Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A note about the "Guess the casino" posts

I originally envisioned the "Guess the casino" posts as photos of particular places and things in and around the Vegas casinos that were sufficient thematic or otherwise distinct that one could guess the casino without even having been there. There are probably some such items still in the archives (I have hundreds of photos not yet deployed, mostly taken many months ago now, when I got into a bit of a frenzy about it), but as those paying attention will have noticed, most of them now are things that you would have to have seen and noticed in person to recognize. I.e., usually now you can't just spot something about the object or background and deduce where the shot must have been taken. I discovered that there just weren't enough distinctly identifiable spots to keep the series going for very long under the original premise.

So there is definitely a change in emphasis. That is, it's not really any longer reasonable to expect even a fairly Vegas-savvy reader to know or guess the location of more than an occasional photo in the series. But I still enjoy posting them, and hope that some readers still enjoy looking at them. If you find it frustrating to try to actually deduce or just plain guess the casino, well, you might try to stop looking at it as a game at which there is an expectation that you can figure it out with some effort. Instead, think of it as just a little feature about the beautiful or odd things that this strange city has hidden away if you go looking for them.

Incidentally, the other day I ran into a reader who admitted that he only looks at the "GTC" posts, and not the rest of my content! I would never have guessed that there were any such people, but I'm happy to pick up readers whatever their tastes. It balances out the occasional nay-sayer who thinks the "GTC" posts are either a mar on the blog or my way of being lazy and skimping on writing fresh content.

Also, as a special addition, sooner or later you will see pop up in the series some guest shots taken by my good friend Cardgrrl. I don't think she would mind me revealing that she spent a good number of years as a professional photographer in an earlier phase of her life. She has a far, far better eye for physical beauty than I do, along with much more skill and experience at using a camera to capture the beauty she perceives.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is there anything Cardgrrl can't do?

Anonymous said...

Rakewell you say so many nice things about Cardgirl that you are making me wonder. are you in love?

Anonymous said...

I enjoy both your blog and guess the casino. I visit your blog almost everyday, and sometimes there is 3 guess the casinos with no poker playing info. I did not enjoy them at first, but they kinda grew on me, the Rivera Convention Center one made me laugh, I spent a week at the Rivera and saw that everytime I parked my car. I usually can get about 33% of them right, and always enjoy how tough and unusual the photos are. Keep up the good work, and thanks for keeping up a interesting and fun blog.

Jay Ethridge said...

I have always enjoyed the Guess the Casino posts. Some I can identify almost immediately and others - the rest - I have to resort to using the highlighting trick. Those posts are not the main reason I visit your site, however. I truly enjoy the thoughtful and reasoned approach you take when detailing a poker hand or bringing up an overlooked card room rule or variations of rules between different rooms. Some of your tales have been down right hilarious, but most have made me reflect on my own game - with the intentions of making it better, plugging the various leaks and such. I earnestly hope you never tire of writing, especially on this blog.

Now, whenever I wake up with a 2-4 (suited or not) my inner voice says, "you've got the Grump." I find myself playing that hand a little more often as well - just a little though. I have considered bluffing with it often, but I usually do not. I believe that bluffing is a matter of timing, along with a conscious effort to establish the correct table image and proper opponent evaluation.

Thanks for providing us with a window into your world.

Rakewell said...

To the best of my knowledge, she can't pee standing up.

Freight Train said...

Can't?...or won't?

Anonymous said...

Any woman can pee standing up if she doesn't mind getting wet. And any woman who is afraid of getting wet is, well, wet.