Here are a few things in news, sports, entertainment and pop culture that we’ve been talking about lately.
• Nevada gaming regulators warn casinos about a card-counting application for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. Not to worry: Tourists still haven’t even figured out how to use those laminated wallet cards to figure out a 15 percent tip.
• A nude photo of a 20-year-old Madonna fetches $37,500 at auction. Like paying eight bucks for a bottle of water on the Strip in late July: It seems like a good value at the time, until you realize later that it’s hardly a scarce resource.
• Bowlers from across America come to Las Vegas for the 106th annual USBC Open Championships. Coincidentally, Las Vegas’ style quotient mysteriously falls by 13 percent.
• A new biography about Alaska governor/Tina Fey impersonator Sarah Palin is published. Fourteen minutes and 15, fourteen minutes and 16, fourteen minutes and 17 …
• University of Minnesota researchers say 43 percent of active duty military personnel admit to frequent binge drinking. Finally, a shared bond to bridge the historic gap between America’s civilian and military cultures.
By JOHN PRZYBYS (email@example.com)