How Bob Dylan Redefined Poetry


Pictured above: Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan accepting his Nobel Prize.

Bob Dylan has added another huge accomplishment to his already impressive catalog of awards: the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature. Much of the world had grown up on Dylan’s music since the 1960’s, where he first took the folk music world by storm. For many, hearing his lyrics brings about nostalgia and creates a way to relive fond memories, and for others, his lyrics create inspiration to express their own creativity. Despite having stretched his writing across many talents, including the popular performers Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, Ed Sheeran, and beyond, Bob Dylan weaves each song into a poem of its own kind.

Dylan’s writing is timeless, and his influence across many different types of music created a widespread phenomenon. He was first considered for the Nobel prize years ago, but many experts felt that the academy would not want to open its more than a century-old award to the world of music. However, after being likened to the ancient Greek works whose poems were performed to music, Dylan was considered again for the award. And he won.

Despite the unusual circumstances and heavy debate surrounding his achievement, Dylan has been praised highly by writers, musicians, and even heads of state for his success.By winning a Nobel Prize for literature, Bob Dylan has succeeded in opening up the world of literature to the other arts, and gives hope to all those who practice their own form of expression.


The Science of Selling Slots


Pictured above: A still from the Global Gaming Expo 2016, also known as G2E.

Everyone knows that Vegas is big business – everything from its nightclubs, to its showroom shows, to sporting events, and concerts is meticulously planned out for a great user experience. Very little is better planned out than the casinos; floorplans are devised to draw traffic through to the nearby restaurants, sports books, and shopping outlets, windows are pretty scarce so that it’s a bit easier to lose track of time, and clocks are nowhere to be found. All of this is so that each guest can get lost in the ‘True Vegas Experience’ of being a high-roller at a blackjack table.

Despite all these efforts, gambling is shrinking. Casino owners are left scratching their heads about why they’re getting more and more tourism, with less and less gambling. A huge part of it is the other incredible attractions that Vegas has to offer (like the nightclubs, shows, and events can help you with), but another big part is that millennials just don’t seem to want to gamble.

The picture above is of G2E, the largest gaming expo in America. G2E is held yearly at the Sands Expo Center, and provides an amazing glance into the kind of planning that goes on behind the scenes as far as Vegas gambling. Engineers for a variety of slot companies have made slot machines bigger, louder, and brighter. On the casino floor, there’s a lot of competition for who is the most playable, and the 11-foot-tall machine with LED lights and EDM music is most likely going to win. In addition to bringing advancements in design and function to slots, new immersive games such as the awe-inspiring The Brookhaven Experiment, are coming to live. TBE is the first VR gambling game, where you bet on your own physical performance in a virtual reality simulation of a zombie attack.

With these advancements coming to a casino floor near you soon, we can see the new age of gambling in Vegas dawning already. Do you welcome these changes, or would you prefer to stick to the classics?


Backstreet’s Back, Alright!


Pictured above: Promotional art for the new Backstreet Boys residency.

After the end of Mariah Carey’s incredibly successful high-energy show, Vegas found itself a little bit quieter – but not for long. Joining the roster of long-running residencies like Britney Spears‘ top-selling show is one of the icons of the early 2000s: the Backstreet Boys.

The Backstreet Boys (or BSB for short) got their start in Orlando, Florida, back in 1995. Their first self-titled album was an instant success, selling over a million copies shortly after release. The addictive and catchy song “Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)” was featured on the album, and peaked at No. 2 on the US Billboard 100. Although the popularity of Backstreet Boys (the album) was incredible, their second and third to prove even more impressive; Backstreet’s Back and Millenium both achieved critical acclaim and record-breaking sales.

The band took a brief hiatus shortly after 2002, but returned strong with their 2005 album, Never Gone. Their band member Kevin Richardson left the band for a brief while, but returned and has stayed with them since. Since 1995, BSB has sold over 130 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling boy band in history.

The Backstreet Boys’ residency proves to already be a success, despite not launching for another six months, with tickets for their first performance on March 1st, 2017 selling quickly. Settling down in the pop queen Britney Spears‘ own theater, the AXIS at Planet Hollywood, the Backstreet Boys may prove to become not just an icon of pop music, but an icon of Vegas as well.