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Quick Hit From Vegas

Here's a few things that I learned from my recent trip to Vegas.

  • Holy crap has everything gone downhill!
  • The 'City Center' (and their casinos) are now the prime Jewel of the strip just edging out the Wynn & The Encore
  • The casinos plan heavily for Chinese new year
  • There are so many Cirque du Soleil shows they're no longer special
  • There are two kinds of drinkers, those who cannot find a scantly clad waitress to serve them something for free and those with a plastic "yard" in the shape of a titty sucking down grain alcohol
  • The closer you walk to Las Vegas BLVD. the closer you come to depravity and emotional doom
  • Finest line from a pan-handler selling bottled water "the water is free ladies, it's just a one dollar handling fee"
  • A new coat of paint does not equal a renovation
  • All cab drivers should be put on suicide watch
  • People don't know how to have fun anymore
  • "Porn Slappers" (these are the people that slap escort service flyers at you on the strip as you walk by) do not clean up bygone marketing materials
  • Smokers you are a dying breed even in Vegas
  • You can get away with shooting cell phone pictures in the casino, but the same cannot be said for USING a cell phone while playing in a casino
  • Less social media advocacy than I would have imagined from casinos
  • Although more location-based services (LBS) offers than I would have thought
  • There still are black-tie events that are not weddings
  • There's nothing funnier than drunk women fighting their CFMP's trying to fall into an elevator
  • Asian card dealers will take all your money
  • Betting 'with the craps table' is still the best way to enjoy the game
  • Penny slots are treated like the plague; while $1 slots are now treated as the default rate
  • Vegas is still not family friendly
  • There are far more coffee shops in casinos now
  • People really do get up at 7AM to workout in the fitness center
  • Don't even look at the mini-bar unless your Indiana Jones and you have a bag of sand
  • The Excalibur, New York New York, The Flamingo, Circus Circus (anything Bally's) and the Stratosphere all need summoned back to Satan
  • All the servers hate you
  • Tip the cleaning staff and you'll win more mini shampoos than a slot machine on a progressive payout
  • Don't quote "The Hangover" if you don't want pee in your drink
  • Aria Hotel & Casino and Wynn's "Encore" are top-notch
  • No, you'll never be able to afford that necklace
  • Two words: "hand sanitizer"
Posted on February 1, 2011 and filed under Entertainment, Fashion Cents, Gaming, Recreation, Soapbox.

What's In My iPhone - Part Six: Shopping For Design

App additions from previous post are:

"Blogs & Magazines" now has the addition of:

App: TED
Rating: ✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: TED is a video bank of speakers from various leaders and in their respective fields.
Cost: Free
Comments: This is wonderful resource is filled with equally wonderful minds, talking on topics from social media, technology to sculpture.

The contents of my "Design Folder" is as follows:

App: What The Font
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This tool allows you to select a unknown fonts from graphics and it will reference it and suggest possible matches.
Cost: Free
Comments: This is a great tool, especially for trying to figure out specialty fonts.

App: Color Expert
Rating: ✩✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This versatile tool allows you to make endless color combinations, shoot a photo and isolated a color to the pixel as well as other functions.
Cost: $9.99
Comments: This is totally worth the $10 bucks. I love this app.

App: Alltop - Design
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This is a feeds aggregator for the AllTop.com website specializing in posts about design
Cost: Free
Comments: Solid feed app with very topical information from a diverse array of content providers.

App: Font Combinations
Rating: ✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?:  A great little tool that shows various font combinations in basic layouts.
Cost: $1.99
Comments: Starting in design or just need a shot of creative inspiration, this is a good app to have.

App: Vectips
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: A decent resource for all things vector graphics related.
Cost: Free
Comments: While I draw from it often I do like to check out Vectips content to stay current and updated.

App: World Grafic Design
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This is a portfolio site that allows you to review a myriad of world-class designers.
Cost: Free
Comments: Good tool for quick reference, inspiration and freelance talent.

App: Typo Junkies
Rating: ✩✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: A great font resource for education, trends and entertainment.
Cost: Free
Comments: Be sure to check out the media resource, great video content for all you font lovers.

App: Workbook
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: Another portfolio site but it also expands to photographers and illustrators as well as other talent.
Cost: Free
Comments: Good tool for quick reference, inspiration and freelance talent.

Who doesn't need a "Shopping & Lifestyle" folder in their iPhone?

App: SnapTell
Rating: ✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This amazing little app allows you to shoot a photo of a product, it then searches the internet for cost comparisons based on the products image.
Cost: Free
Comments: I find this a great tool for videos, books and games. Be sure to shoot the box cover, just shooting a photo of the product will probably render no results.

App: Starbucks Mobile Card
Rating: ✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This app provide a barcode to your online credit account and allows for product purchase.
Cost: Free
Comments: Most Starbucks that are not located in Target stores however do not have the proper scanning devices to make it work. I'm sure this will be resolved over time.

App: Walgreens
Rating: ✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: A great app for those of us on more meds' than Christmas.
Cost: Free
Comments: Punch in your script' number, select your Walgreens and wah-lah! Done.

App: Target
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: It's Target's products in an app.
Cost: Free
Comments: Not rocket science.

App: Craigslist
Rating: ✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This is the free [actual] Craigslist app.
Cost: Free
Comments: This app is about as no-frills as the actual Craigslist.

App: CraigsPro+
Rating: ✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: A more robust Craigslist app that allows for alerts and additional functionality.
Cost: $.99
Comments: A must have for Craig-junkies.

App: eBay
Rating: ✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: Ebay's website in a non-handy app-like version.
Cost: Free
Comments: It is what it is.

App: Amazon.com
Rating: ✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: A great application representing the endless hole that is one of the web's oldest.
Cost: Free
Comments: A must have if your going to shop with your phone.