This just in from the “only in Las Vegas” department.
The New Frontier Hotel near the north end of the Las Vegas Strip is demolished in a huge explosion preceded by a great fireworks display that mimics the pending destruction. I think I have this right that the Frontier was the *last remaining* big hotel casinos from the second big surge of activity on the Las Vegas Strip. First there were the original “rat pack” hotels like the original Tropicana and original Frontier. These were gradually replaced by hotels like the Sands, and New Frontier (but not the current Tropicana? I was there less than a year ago for Bodies – The Exhibition so I’m sure it’s still standing, but the current one must be a third generation Tropicana. These in turn have been “replaced” – though not by destruction – by the mega hotels like MGM, Caesar’s Palace, the Mirage, TI, The Venetian, The Wynn, and the Bellagio.
It is *so cool* to be around to see some of the most sweeping changes in human history unfold right before our eyes. www.23andme.com, the new service that will provide you with your complete genetic blueprint, brings the potential for a sea change in the way humans will view our relationship to each other and to our own biology and chemistry.
This company is brought to us thanks to the amazing work of the Genome Project, which fully documented a complete human DNA record. 23andme allows all of us to get a copy of our own genome – at a fraction of the cost for the first set of DNA.
Hopefully this will also help us along the path to a better philosophical and emotional relationship to the world that spawned all of us from physical and evolutionary processes that we continue to grasp in more fascinating detail.
www.23andMe is also intriguing as it’s the brainchild of Google founder Sergy Brin’s wife and early Google employee Anne. One of the exciting things about Google is that the founders and early employees are not only brilliant – they are also young and enthusiastic technological visionaries who, unlike some of their predecessors like Tesla, have *tons* of money to invest in these visionary technological dreams.
Will I be signing up for a copy? Maybe, but even though $999 is an amazing deal it’s a lot of pizzas, so I’m going to wait for the first …. ummm … “Genome sale”.