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Vegas Geeks: What Happens Here, Stays Here

The best places for geeks to go in the surprisingly geeky city of Las Vegas.
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Zombie Apocalypse Store

The Zombie Apocalypse Store is one of the hardest things to describe. The owner describes it as 'a delicate dance between the fun and functional.' Part tourist trap, part real-life prepper store, it features zombie t-shirts and shooting galleries, but also water pouches, food that will last 25 years, and weapons. The store has a phrase they like to ask their preppers: 'What's your zombie?' That is code for 'What keeps you up at night and makes you buy all of this stuff?' Aside from buying a pair of brass knuckles that doubles as a meat cleaver, you can also go out to the special 'zombie shooting experience.' You get a paint gun that looks real, and they throw a bunch of people dressed as zombies at you.' Here's a video. Survivor or zombie bait? Which one are you?

(Image: Kenny H via Yelp)

Zombie Apocalypse Store

The Zombie Apocalypse Store is one of the hardest things to describe. The owner describes it as "a delicate dance between the fun and functional." Part tourist trap, part real-life prepper store, it features zombie t-shirts and shooting galleries, but also water pouches, food that will last 25 years, and weapons. The store has a phrase they like to ask their preppers: "What's your zombie?" That is code for "What keeps you up at night and makes you buy all of this stuff?" Aside from buying a pair of brass knuckles that doubles as a meat cleaver, you can also go out to the special "zombie shooting experience." You get a paint gun that looks real, and they throw a bunch of people dressed as zombies at you." Here's a video. Survivor or zombie bait? Which one are you?

(Image: Kenny H via Yelp)

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Drew Conry-Murray
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3/23/2015 | 10:31:15 AM
Re: Is there enough time in Vegas to see all of these?
@Sunita T0  There's always time for work and play. I like the idea of guantlets for the zombie apocalypse, but I think cardboard and duct tape around the wrists would be an effective (and cheaper) bite guard.  : )
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3/21/2015 | 10:30:50 PM
Re: Is there enough time in Vegas to see all of these?
@Drew: Session on disaster recovery? I thought we would be going on vacation? Nice idea though. You like to mix work with play but I would go there solely to buy gauntlets just in case a zombie apocalypse is around the corner.
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3/21/2015 | 10:28:23 PM
Re: Is there enough time in Vegas to see all of these?
I've never been to Vegas but I am a huge fan of CSI so I would be checking out the CSI experience, and I do have a liking to guns and mobsters so sci-fi for me too. 
Howard Marks
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3/19/2015 | 6:48:07 PM
Oh please don't arm the attendees
The green tomatoes are bad enough
Drew Conry-Murray
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3/19/2015 | 6:46:01 PM
Re: Is there enough time in Vegas to see all of these?
Perfect! Then we can all go and shoot guns afterward. Not necessarily at you--depends on how good the session is.
Howard Marks
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3/19/2015 | 4:18:29 PM
Re: Is there enough time in Vegas to see all of these?
So do we move my "The cloud is my DR site, I shall not go down" session there?
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3/19/2015 | 3:50:01 PM
Re: Is there enough time in Vegas to see all of these?
@drew genius. All the software security in the world won't save us from a zomie apocalypse. We need brass-knuckle meat cleavers.
Drew Conry-Murray
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3/19/2015 | 3:44:06 PM
Re: Is there enough time in Vegas to see all of these?
We should arrange a field trip to the Zombie Apocalypse store. It would be an appropriate location for a session on disaster recovery.
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3/19/2015 | 3:08:28 PM
Is there enough time in Vegas to see all of these?
But if I had to choose, the zombie apocalypse store and CSI would make top of my list. Eyecandy during Interop would be hilarious.
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3/19/2015 | 2:49:34 PM
Re: Quark's Bar
I'm a huge fan of the mob museum personally.  Not to mention the pinball museum located not too far away from the strip where you can play some of the rarest machines anywhere!
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