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(Las Vegas Review Journal)   You might think you know what the Luxor Sky Beam is all about, but you really don't   (lvrj.com) divider line 36
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2012-11-19 07:32:59 AM  
That it draws in drunk idiots just like moths?
 
2012-11-19 07:35:36 AM  
Its about showing where an 18 year old building thats already falling apart inside is located, right next to the Trop and all the other 1990s dumps. Its like a warning light saying head to the other end of the strip.
 
2012-11-19 07:50:16 AM  
It's a laser beam!

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2012-11-19 08:00:55 AM  
light pollution?

The only good thing about light pollution is it goes away once you turn off the lights.
 
2012-11-19 08:05:39 AM  
Advertising?
 
2012-11-19 08:12:29 AM  

Happy Hours: light pollution?

The only good thing about light pollution is it goes away once you turn off the lights.


Oh great, now we're going to get the light pollution deniers in here mucking up the thread.

/they really do exist.
 
2012-11-19 08:17:02 AM  
Someone killed the Wither?
 
2012-11-19 08:25:43 AM  
That place is crap and the breakfast buffet's chorizo gave me bad gas. So, I went to the Chris Angel giftshop and let it rip.
 
2012-11-19 08:26:40 AM  

PirateKing: Someone killed the Wither?


i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-19 08:39:42 AM  
So it isn't used to blind Soviet satellites?
 
2012-11-19 09:03:19 AM  
When the light was first turned on in 1993, no one imagined it would become the world's largest bug attractor. But it did. Soon after it debuted, moths flocked to the Luxor Sky Beam like, well, moths to a flame. You can see them on almost any night, flitting around in the beam.

The light technicians soon learned that, where there are moths, there are bats. They came to feast on the moths. Then the owls showed up. Apparently, bats make for a nice meal, too.

"It's a whole circle of life thing going on in there," Hayes says.


Thompson was right! We can't stop here, this is moth bat owl country!
 
2012-11-19 09:07:37 AM  

Generation_D: Its about showing where an 18 year old building thats already falling apart inside is located, right next to the Trop and all the other 1990s dumps. Its like a warning light saying head to the other end of the strip.


The Trop is a 1950's dump, thank you very much. Which is probably why the cross street is named Tropicana and not Excalibur Blvd. Haven't stayed there since 99 but it was pretty dated then.

Yes, the Luxor is kind of a dump. Is Mandalay Bay still decent or has that gone to seed too?
 
2012-11-19 09:23:02 AM  

CognaciousThunk: When the light was first turned on in 1993, no one imagined it would become the world's largest bug attractor. But it did. Soon after it debuted, moths flocked to the Luxor Sky Beam like, well, moths to a flame. You can see them on almost any night, flitting around in the beam.

The light technicians soon learned that, where there are moths, there are bats. They came to feast on the moths. Then the owls showed up. Apparently, bats make for a nice meal, too.

"It's a whole circle of life thing going on in there," Hayes says.

Thompson was right! We can't stop here, this is moth bat owl country!


images.wikia.com

We're OWL exterminators!
 
2012-11-19 09:43:32 AM  

Generation_D: Its about showing where an 18 year old building thats already falling apart inside is located, right next to the Trop and all the other 1990s dumps. Its like a warning light saying head to the other end of the strip.


Dumps no doubt, but still with more character than all of the soulless Wynn/Encore/THE/Trump/etc. North Strip properties combined.

Sorry Vegas, just about every state has legal gambling within a day trip. If I want generic "classy" there are a dozen places within 3 hours of me in SE Michigan.

Give me the amusement park for grown ups. Give me the volcanoes and pirate battles and Star Trek experience and you'll keep me coming back.
 
2012-11-19 09:51:36 AM  

ryarger: Generation_D: Its about showing where an 18 year old building thats already falling apart inside is located, right next to the Trop and all the other 1990s dumps. Its like a warning light saying head to the other end of the strip.

Dumps no doubt, but still with more character than all of the soulless Wynn/Encore/THE/Trump/etc. North Strip properties combined.

Sorry Vegas, just about every state has legal gambling within a day trip. If I want generic "classy" there are a dozen places within 3 hours of me in SE Michigan.

Give me the amusement park for grown ups. Give me the volcanoes and pirate battles and Star Trek experience and you'll keep me coming back.


What sold me on Vegas was the unlimited and free Smirnoff roof top dance party I went to. Supposedly I'm in one of their commercials in a crowd.
 
2012-11-19 09:58:15 AM  

Girion47: ryarger: Generation_D: Its about showing where an 18 year old building thats already falling apart inside is located, right next to the Trop and all the other 1990s dumps. Its like a warning light saying head to the other end of the strip.

Dumps no doubt, but still with more character than all of the soulless Wynn/Encore/THE/Trump/etc. North Strip properties combined.

Sorry Vegas, just about every state has legal gambling within a day trip. If I want generic "classy" there are a dozen places within 3 hours of me in SE Michigan.

Give me the amusement park for grown ups. Give me the volcanoes and pirate battles and Star Trek experience and you'll keep me coming back.

What sold me on Vegas was the unlimited and free Smirnoff roof top dance party I went to. Supposedly I'm in one of their commercials in a crowd.


Link There's a video of it. Some of those lucky farkers got paid to be there.
 
2012-11-19 10:04:36 AM  
i466.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-19 10:09:34 AM  

CognaciousThunk: Generation_D: Its about showing where an 18 year old building thats already falling apart inside is located, right next to the Trop and all the other 1990s dumps. Its like a warning light saying head to the other end of the strip.

The Trop is a 1950's dump, thank you very much. Which is probably why the cross street is named Tropicana and not Excalibur Blvd. Haven't stayed there since 99 but it was pretty dated then.

Yes, the Luxor is kind of a dump. Is Mandalay Bay still decent or has that gone to seed too?


Just got back from a weekend stay at the Trop and was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. It was recently remodeled (so I'm told) and seemed modern and lively. It doesn't have a lazy river or the amenities that the bigger places have, but it is was nice enough for me to feel like I had to defend her honor in a Fark comment thread; so that's got to be worth something.
 
2012-11-19 10:13:21 AM  
FTFA:

The Luxor Sky Beam actually consists of 39 individual xenon lights with 7,000-watt bulbs.

While the hotel management may have claimed that it was the brightest light on Earth, it has been dimmed considerably. It's not visible to the naked eye but the beam has been shining at half-strength since 2008. As a cost-cutting and energy-saving effort, management decided to use only half of the lamps every night, Hayes says.

He declined to say how much energy the lamps use or how much it costs the hotel.


Average cost per kilowatt in LV: $5.85

19 bulbs @ 7000 watts * $5.85/kw = $778,050

They may have a negotiated rate with the utility.
 
2012-11-19 10:14:55 AM  

lohphat: FTFA:

The Luxor Sky Beam actually consists of 39 individual xenon lights with 7,000-watt bulbs.

While the hotel management may have claimed that it was the brightest light on Earth, it has been dimmed considerably. It's not visible to the naked eye but the beam has been shining at half-strength since 2008. As a cost-cutting and energy-saving effort, management decided to use only half of the lamps every night, Hayes says.

He declined to say how much energy the lamps use or how much it costs the hotel.

Average cost per kilowatt in LV: $5.85

19 bulbs @ 7000 watts * $5.85/kw = $778,050

They may have a negotiated rate with the utility.


Oops. $778/hour. Forgot to divide by 1000.
 
2012-11-19 10:35:40 AM  

lantawa: [i466.photobucket.com image 640x480]


Now witness the power of this fully armed and operational casino nightlight!
 
2012-11-19 10:41:59 AM  
I remember when that built that hotel. Can't believe it was 20 years ago.

/fark I'm old
 
2012-11-19 11:29:49 AM  

CognaciousThunk: Generation_D: Its about showing where an 18 year old building thats already falling apart inside is located, right next to the Trop and all the other 1990s dumps. Its like a warning light saying head to the other end of the strip.

The Trop is a 1950's dump, thank you very much. Which is probably why the cross street is named Tropicana and not Excalibur Blvd. Haven't stayed there since 99 but it was pretty dated then.

Yes, the Luxor is kind of a dump. Is Mandalay Bay still decent or has that gone to seed too?


Tropicana has been refurbed recently. I've been in the lobby and one of the restaurants as recently as a year ago. The rooms look pretty nice in the website photos now. I'll be staying there in a few weeks, so I'll let you know if it lives up to expectations or disappoints.
 
2012-11-19 12:47:57 PM  
What a Las Vegas casino might look like during the daytime.
 
2012-11-19 02:19:19 PM  

CognaciousThunk: Yes, the Luxor is kind of a dump. Is Mandalay Bay still decent or has that gone to seed too?


Still awesome and in good condition, my wife and I like the atmosphere there. It has table minimums you'd expect at Bellagio and Aria though, like $25 pai gow all the time, and $15 minimum craps on weekends.
 
2012-11-19 02:40:33 PM  
All i know is that whenever i've gone to Vegas and stayed there, I've gone home with more money than i came there with. Plus it's much easier to find your way home from a drunken night on the Strip by just following the big ass light in the sky.
 
2012-11-19 05:57:53 PM  

CognaciousThunk: Luxor is kind of a dump. Is Mandalay Bay still decent


The casino was nice. I stayed at the four seasons, which is attached to it, and that was awesome.
 
2012-11-19 06:21:55 PM  

lohphat: Oops. $778/hour. Forgot to divide by 1000.


Still no.

(39 bulbs) * (7 kW/bulb) * ($0.0585 / kW*hour) = $15.97 / hour
 
2012-11-19 06:33:46 PM  
FARK the Tropicana right in the butt with a fireaxe

A million bucks worth of Walt Esslinger's sculpted glass that had been put in, what, maybe five, six years earlier?

Gone in 1995. Gone down a mother farking black hole as if it had never existed.

He went searching for the glasswork after the goddamn farking yuppie-ass pissbrain idiots renovated the joint and it was nowhere to be found. Pissed the old man right the hell off, it did.

FARK the Tropicana.
 
2012-11-19 07:09:08 PM  

Kittypie070: FARK the Tropicana right in the butt with a fireaxe

A million bucks worth of Walt Esslinger's sculpted glass that had been put in, what, maybe five, six years earlier?

Gone in 1995. Gone down a mother farking black hole as if it had never existed.

He went searching for the glasswork after the goddamn farking yuppie-ass pissbrain idiots renovated the joint and it was nowhere to be found. Pissed the old man right the hell off, it did.

FARK the Tropicana.


If he got paid, what's the problem?
 
2012-11-19 08:01:44 PM  
static.gamesradar.com
 
2012-11-19 10:30:58 PM  
Duh, it's there to kill the cy-bugs when the game resets.
 
2012-11-19 11:17:30 PM  

profplump: lohphat: Oops. $778/hour. Forgot to divide by 1000.

Still no.

(39 bulbs) * (7 kW/bulb) * ($0.0585 / kW*hour) = $15.97 / hour


You are correct sir, I wasn't paying attention to the "Average Rate cents/kwh" $5.85 -- I was thrown off by the $ sign instead of what should have been a cent sign.
 
2012-11-19 11:39:33 PM  
what-if.xkcd.com
 
2012-11-20 10:25:46 AM  

CognaciousThunk: Generation_D: Its about showing where an 18 year old building thats already falling apart inside is located, right next to the Trop and all the other 1990s dumps. Its like a warning light saying head to the other end of the strip.

The Trop is a 1950's dump, thank you very much. Which is probably why the cross street is named Tropicana and not Excalibur Blvd. Haven't stayed there since 99 but it was pretty dated then.

Yes, the Luxor is kind of a dump. Is Mandalay Bay still decent or has that gone to seed too?


Mandalay Bay is pretty good. The VIP private cabana pools are one of the best things of any property I have ever stayed at. The rooms are ok, nothing super fancy but for most people they are never really in their rooms to begin with. The casino layout is pretty good and the payout rates seem to be pretty good (I have my best luck on Friday night always). As far as restaurants go, it has some really nice places (Stripsteak is probably the best restaurant I have ever eaten at, and eating outside @ Mix on the top floor is a great view albeit hot and gross sometimes out there) recommend and a 24/7 room service menu which not all casinos offer. Clubs and bars inside are meh, but then again pretty much all of the clubs are highly overrated. You either get dirty Cali gang-banger filth or dbags.

We used to stay at the Rio as a part of the VIP members (Harrash properties) and switched over to Mandalay Bay (M properties) when our casino host left. My #1 recommendation to anyone going to Vegas or that will go annually, MAKE FRIENDS WITH A CASINO HOST and get a player's card. It isn't hard to get even the second tier status gambling, especially if you share cards (which M properties mostly allows). You should be able to get VIP status off $5k, which pays for itself in gold and you probably won't lose all of that $5k. Collectively, if you and just one other go to Vegas - that isn't that expensive of a vacation. We gamble, but at most I will be out 2k now - more often than not I come home with a few hundred or thousand playing conservatively though.
 
2012-11-20 06:06:24 PM  
[carefully uses Disgruntled Goat to clean my teeth]

The old man wanted to know where the barking frak his glasswork had gone, that's all.
 
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