haphazard world

Randomly interesting, often unusual, pieces of news and opinion that can’t otherwise be categorized.

Why it pays to under-promise and over-deliver

…rather than the opposite, as this incident–unfortunately caught live on camera–from CES shows: Reporter Dan Simmons from the BBCs technology show Click managed to break a mobile phone marketed as “unbreakable”, during a demonstration at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. via BBC News – Reporter breaks an unbreakable mobile phone at CES. Click …

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If a red flag is flying, brazen bold against the blue…

Taking a minute from the grind of analyzing the April Nevada gaming revenues, I figured I’d post this story, which surprisingly hasn’t really been picked up by the Vegas blogosphere. From KLAS: The Raelian Movement is announcing plans to build a UFOland in Las Vegas where visitors can attend a Happiness Academy and see a …

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Mmmm…yeah

In 1969, Florida-based fast-food chain Lum’s bought Caesars Palace. Lum’s was best known for their hot dogs and beer, but the company owned a slew of businesses, including the Abner’s family fast food chain (which didn’t serve beer), Dirr’s processed meats, and Eagle Army-Navy stores. One of the top items on Lum’s menu was the …

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Trademarked color

Trying to ship some things, I found an interesting disclaimer: UPS, UPS brandmark, and the Color Brown are trademarks of United Parcel Service of America, Inc. All Rights Reserved. UPS Rates and Services. If a company really can trademark a color, Wynn Las Vegas is due to get with a HUGE trademark infringement lawsuit any …

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Don’t buy, barter

As more people have less cash, many of them are turning to bartering goods and services. It’s a bold leap back to the Iron Age for America’s formerly fastest-growing metropolis. From the LVRJ: According to a craigslist spokeswoman, the site has seen a "significant growth in our bartering section as craigslist users get creative to …

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Too stupid to post

While I might actually be, I hope that’s not true. I wanted to examine and deconstruct this Chronicle of Higher Education piece on stupidity in American culture (particularly among the youth), but I’m way too busy. And next week is looking even worse, so don’t expect much here. Hopefully by the end of the week …

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Inconspicuous luxury?

Reading this article by Virginia Postrel, I started thinking about how “inconspicuous consumption” might translate on the Las Vegas Strip. Then I got back to work. But then I figured I should share some thoughts with the rest of you. Here’s just the most relevant part of the article, which you should read in its …

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