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As You See It: Readers on fashion, aliens and zombie apps

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All corporate, no kink

When alternet.org listed Las Vegas as one of the 10 kinkiest cities in the U.S. (in the fantastic company of seriously steamy places like Roselawn, Indiana and Hurley, Wisconsin), our sex columnist Lynn Comella called bull. Readers called ... Pahrump.

Awesome essay. Las Vegas needs to evolve if sex appeal is still going to be a draw. —Bill Ramsey

Vegas definitely likes its vices mainstream and custom-tailored so as not to frighten the tourists from Topeka. —Patti Beadles

Nevada is a Republican state. And with all the vices Vegas offers ... 24/7 anything, drugs, women, liquor, gambling, you name it—they have a hard time with that. If they embraced sex, they’d have to hand over the state to the Democrats. —Beezy Cuervo

Now Pahrump is another story ... —Rick Oden

Welcome home, again

The Las Vegas home of historical preservationist Courtney Mooney and restoration mechanic Josh Rogers revives the design of the 1950s—from its architectural bones down to the tiny accessories. Last week, we gave you the grand tour, and the view looked familiar.

This could have been my family home in the ’50s (except it’s much neater). We even had a jukebox that played 33 1/3 records (very rare to find, I guess). I lived it—I’m glad people still enjoy the vibes from that time. —Judy Dixon Gabaldon

We live in a ’60s house in Winchester, and we also try to keep it as vintage as possible. We were lucky to have the old Magnavox stereo (with working turntable) stay with the house when we bought it. Courtney and Josh have done a wonderful job on their house, and I am in love with their bathroom! Great article. —Sylvia Rowe

Honk if you love fashion

The owner of local boutique Haute Chix is taking her sense of style on the road, launching a new fashion truck that brings tunics, handbags and up-to-date looks to customers all over town. It’s just the latest business to build on brick-and-mortar with four rubber wheels.

To be perfectly and utterly honest, although this looks good on the surface, I give these ladies six months. Las Vegas is not the right market for something like this. C’mon ladies, be a little bit more creative and think outside the box, not inside the box. —Anonymous commenter

I agree, Las Vegas will never be known for its style. Iconic Las Vegas “style” is silicon, a G-string and some duds from Affliction or Ed Hardy. Look at what these ladies are wearing. And look at the selection picks in their truck. Looks to me like these are all sale rack items that they can’t get rid of. This is not really “shaping” or “molding” Las Vegas style at all. If anything, they’re taking an idea (food trucks + social media) and dumbing it down for the Las Vegas locals, who would rather shop at a mall anyway. —Anonymous commenter

Finally spreading some fashion sense that Vegas desperately needs. I absolutely love the clothes here! Can’t find anything cuter in town, trust me! Bringing styles that you find from fashionable cities to Vegas. —Kristine Quach

As soon as I walked into this store I fell in love! I’d rather shop at Haute Chix than Forever Charlotte Russe and all those other stores at the mall. They definitely know what they’re doing. —Maritza Hernandez

Death behind bars

Last week, in response to the murder of a non-violent offender held on possession of child pornography by an 18-year-old confessed murderer who claimed to be hearing the devil, Rick Lax wrote that the incident should serve as a wake-up call to those in charge of our overcrowded jails.

It’s pretty easy to say we have too many people in our jail, but where is the answer to the problem? Are you saying we shouldn’t place people in jail for drug-related charges? And before you say we have people in jail for minor drug charges, maybe you should do a little research. Most minor offenders do not get jail time, or if they do go to jail, they get out right away with house arrest or time served. The problem is we don’t have the money to expand the jails to compete with the growth of crime in this city. —Robert Lewis

There are a couple of issues here. Classification of inmates is an imperfect system relying on interviews of inmates, past criminal history, medical and psychiatric evaluations. This information is used to then create a housing assignment. Higher risk inmates such as those who are severely mentally ill and child predators are housed in segregated housing. This means that, on occasion, these inmates will end up sharing a cell.

The overcrowding of jails, detention centers and prisons is a complex socioeconomic problem. Many areas utilize these facilities as mental health centers. Additionally, there are for-profit services that lose money if the census drops too low (e.g. in a 1,100-bed facility when the daily census drops below 1,000 then the company is obligated to return money to the municipality). —Brian O’Loughlin

How about you don’t end up in prison and you don’t have to worry about it? It’s getting so bad out of prison that I need to worry about living next door to a child pornographer or a devil-obssessed murderer, I could truly care less if they are “rooming” together. As callous as some might think it is, society is better off without him. —Abbie Lewis Corea

Gone Alienin’

And the Best Comment of the Week Award goes to ...

At the rate that Lake Mead is going down, obviously it’s the alien life forms sucking out the water. What are we at now, 2-3 feet down per year? Strange that most people don’t realize that the aliens have transmogrified themselves to look like giant fish ... That trout you caught last week? Baby aliens. —Josh Javage

Which would make baby aliens’ snack of choice ... nightcrawlers? Funny, we thought they preferred buffets.

There’s an app for that, you blood-thirsty, brain-hungry zombie

A reader’s endorsement for ZombieBooth:

Rick, dude, the ZombieBooth find was the best ever. Kept four kids and several adults endlessly entertained over the weekend. —Scott Roeben

Got any plans for this weekend, Scott? No? Well, try out MyCeleb. Just snap a photo and let the app match you with your celebrity look-alike based on, well, we’re really not sure. We can’t vouch for its accuracy—the app matched Associate Editor Ken Miller with Kathy Bates, among other people—but seeing the ridiculous people it cites as your famous doppelgängers is good fun. Who knew you could resemble Johnny Depp and Lindsay Lohan?

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In last week’s story about the devil-possessed murderer (comments above), information was mistakenly attributed to the Pew Research Center. The data, in fact, came from the Pew Center on the States, a division of the Pew Charitable Trusts.

In the story “Three sites to style your life,” we listed a design website as The Foundry. It’s actually The Foundary. You could try buying a couch from the former, but they’re medical device consultants and might be a little confused.

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