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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1079

VIVA LAS VEGAS: NASA tracks its growth since 1972.

BLACK PARTY NYC: The trailer.

CUPCAKE ATM: Didn't these used to be called Automats?

ANIMATED GIFS: The birth of a medium.

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  1. Re the cupcake "ATM", you may have to explain to much of you audience what an Automat was. I can remember going to the Horn & Hardart one on 3rd Ave in NYC (in the around 34th St?) in the late 70s/early 80s.

    Posted by: Jim | Mar 8, 2012 11:39:09 PM


  2. Is it me, or does Vegas look like a spreading STD-like rash?

    Posted by: jetrunr | Mar 9, 2012 3:48:37 AM


  3. More like Mersa Jetrunr

    Posted by: Bruce | Mar 9, 2012 5:07:13 PM


  4. In terms of waiting time, I think the automat was better. You could browse the many individual windows (lower case windows, not Windows ;-)) rather than waiting to use a single machine. The ACM (Automatic Cupcake Machine) would probably work as an addition to a walk-in store. I have a very early memory of eating at one of the very last local automats and being fascinated by the plethora of options.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automat

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Mar 10, 2012 11:09:33 AM


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