Vegas Rex Reviews Aria

Vegas Rex tours the newly opened Aria resort/casino:

Anyway, this was the first day I arrived to Aria by private vehicle, and I felt as if I was being dropped off for a flight. Cab and drive-up approaches to Aria require navigating a ramp and/or tunnel, and the long sweeping driveway with large metal awnings reminds me of Dulles International Airport. Hell, the entire property outside of the casino proper reminds me of an airport terminal.

I’m seriously thinking of calling the place “Aria International Airport”.

List of U.S. States Ranked by Happiness

This is a depressing list. (Note, I’m from Massachusetts)

A new study found that a person’s self-reported happiness matches up with objective measures of state-level happiness.

The results are based on an examination of two data sets, one that included personal reports of happiness for 1.3 million Americans and the other that included objective measures, such as how crowded that state is, air quality, home prices and other factors known to impact quality of life.

(via Reason)

If You Only Watch One 70 Minute Video Review of the Phantom Menace Today

From Slashfilm:

Some guy named Mike from Milwaukee, WI put together a 70-minute video review discussing the many reasons why the movie was horrible. And this isn’t your usual fanboy rant, this is an epic, well-edited well-constructed piece of geek film criticism. In fact, the way I learned about the video was from Lost co-creator and Star Trek producer Damon Lindelof, who said “Your life is about to change. This is astounding film making. Watch ALL of it.” Watch the video review embedded after the jump.

It’s really a bad sign for your movie when hour long rants bashing it are far more entertaining.

(via Kottke)

30 Secrets Your Waiter Will Never Tell You

From Readers Digest (They’re still around?):

If someone orders a frozen drink that’s annoying to make, I’ll say, “Oh, we’re out. Sorry!” when really I just don’t want to make it. But if you order water instead of another drink, suddenly we do have what you originally wanted because I don’t want to lose your drink on the bill.

If you make a big fuss about sending your soup back because it’s not hot enough, we like to take your spoon and run it under really hot water, so when you put the hot spoon in your mouth, you’re going to get the impression—often the very painful impression—that your soup is indeed hot.