Sunday, October 27, 2013

Flicker Slide Show


Fremont Street Experience

Images of neon signs seen on Fremont Street East and the Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Some interesting facts about some of these signs:

Red stiletto and showgirl, located in the median on a three block stretch between 8th street and Las Vegas Blvd,  are two of the four original aluminum and neon sculptures designed by Selbert Perkins Design and installed by Fluoresco Lighting and Signs. They are 40-45 feet tall, with distinct features, such as the red stiletto rotating 360 degrees, and part of the streetscape project to revitalize East Fremont Street in 2007. They have a retro look and feel and are a draw for Fremont Street East

Aladdin’s Lamp Neon Sign designed by Raymond Larsen for the Aladdin Hotel then located at 3667 Las Vegas Blvd South. It is owned by the Young Electric Sign Co. who built it in 1966. Aladdin’s Lamp was installed on July 8,1997 as part of the Neon Museum. A Historical Marker about its origins is displayed next to it.

Chief Hotel Court Neon Sign installed sometime around 1940 for the hotel at 1201 E. Fremont Street. It is now owned by the Tiberti Family who have restored and loaned it to the Neon Museum. The sign was installed on July 8, 1997 as part of the Neon Museum and has a Historical Marker beside it with details about the sign’s past.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Riviera Splash Neon


Riviera Splash Neon Sign - Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, NV


Splash starring Frank Gorshin premiered at the Riviera Hotel and Casino on June 21, 1985.
Directed by Jeff Kutash, Splash was an innovative production show centered around a 20,000 gallon aquarium and featuring numerous music and dance numbers. Billed as a variety extravaganza, Splash ran for over twenty years closing in 2006.  The above neon image is a portion of the Riviera facade as it appeared in 2006.  After the show closed this design was replaced with the Riviera logo.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Amazon's New Kindles

This article talks about Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and his plans for the new Kindles incorporating the latest technologies making them available to users.

lasvegas2013 podcast

Images of the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street

Using a RSS Feed Reader

Using a feed reader everyday can be helpful to someone who follows many blogs/websites and needs to stay informed all the time with a minimum of effort. Since Google Reader has been laid to rest, and, after researching extensively, I chose NewsBlur as my feed reader. It is a personal news reader with iOS, Android, and web apps that serve the latest blog and website summaries enabling you to be organized whether using your laptop, ipad or smartphone. This feed reader offers Blurblogs - a means for readers to share stories they have read on their blurblog ( Once you log in your feeds appear and update in real time.  The interface offers four views for reading content: Original, Feed, Story and Text. The default is the Feed view which is the site’s RSS feed. The Original view shows the entire original site within the feed reader interface. The Story view shows a site’s blog post in sequence, newest post first.  Last, the Text view simply shows the text from the post. NewsBlur has training filters which enable you to hide or highlight stories as you choose. One can always go to the original site for more information on a particular subject. Using the NewsBlur app on a smartphone is simple and efficient, a good way to get those headlines fast.  Feed readers do the surfing for you.  If you have a blog or website syndicating your content is the way to go.

Below is a screen shot of the web based feed reader, NewsBlur, in action.

 NewsBlur Feed Reader

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas

Welcome to Las Vegas Sign designed by Betty Willis in 1959.

Young Electric Sign Company currently own this sign and leases it to Clark County.  The original design was never copyrighted and is in the public domain. This sign is a Las Vegas landmark and is located  in the median at 5100 Las Vegas Boulevard South, near McCarran Airport.

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