Smoothie candy

This is the most distgusting thing I’ve seen in a while. Usually, fruit and yogurt smoothies are relatively healthy alternatives to other soft drinks. As Americans have become more concerned with their eating habits, they have grown more popular.

So the next step is for a completely unhealthy food manufacturer to co-opt smoothies and re-package them as a nutritionally-dubious candy: Skittles Smoothie Mix.
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Singapore Dreams

Nineteen companies have submitted proposals to build a casino resort in Singapore. How to choose the winner? I’ve got three ideas.
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Requiem for a turkey

At first I thought this story would get a few laughs, but like so much else, it ended in tragedy…well, for the turkey. Not since the days of Thomas Granger has a turkey been so unjustly put to death.

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Kindergarten gambling

At last, gambling has come to kindergarten! Seriously. Kindergarten students are going to have to play the lottery if they want a seat at a Virginia elementary school.
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Question of the day

Today the Birmingham News asks, Is there a problem gambling can’t solve? Read the article to find the answer.

Cool Art

I’ve got plenty on my desk today, so I don’t have time to really post on anything. In the meantime, take a look at this cool online art site, the Olea Nova online fine art gallery.

In search of…

This has nothing to do with the TV show In Search Of, I just want to imagine Leonard Nimoy narrating this entry while spooky music plays in the background. This is actually about the disturbing variety of search terms that lead people to this site. I might not be posting for the rest of the week, so I figured this was a good time to post this perennial topic.
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Big prize gone, tix still for sale

The odds of winning the lottery are bad enough, but Michigan is adding insult to injury by selling tickets for the Golden Pack, long after the top prize was won. This is the kind of thing that, if a person tried to do, would be called fraud, but because a state does it is called “maximizing revenues.”
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Cutting the Wire!

I know that I write frequently about Roll the Bones, my forthcoming book with Gotham, and I’m always referencing Cutting the Wire: Gambling Prohibition and the Internet. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2005.

I signed the contract with “the Press” a while ago, but I held off on an “official” announcement until now because we hadn’t agreed on a title.

The book is being edited right now and will be available in the Fall. I’m really excited to have something published by the U of N Press, because they do fine work, and working with everyone there has been great.

I will be relentlessly publicizing the book here and anywhere else I get the chance, so stay tuned.

In other news, I’m in Atlantic City now and will be on the East Coast through next week. So entries will be few and far between.

There is a story about weight restrictions being placed on Borgata Babes, the cocktail servers at that Atlantic City casino, that I’d like to comment on in detail, but for now let me just say that I think that encouraging employees to manage their health is an excellent idea, and that executives should lead by example. No one should ask of others what they are not willing to do, right?

I’ll discourse more freely on this when I get to a faster internet connection and can assemble all the evidence.

Until then, in case UNLV decides to implement a similar policy, I’m carefully monitoring my cheesesteak intake and taking advantage of the running opportunities on the World Famous Boardwalk (yes, it is capitalized).

Internet news: take it or leave it

If it’s on the Internet, it’s got to be true, right? Maybe not. According to Dow Jones (so says Yahoo), Wynn Resorts is looking to build in Singapore. That seems reasonable. But one paragraph in, the article says that Wynn owns the Bellagio and Mirage.
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