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Oreo won the Super Bowl blackout. 

Agreed.
Also noteworthy: At the end of Oreo’s library-centered “Whisper Fight” commercial (anyone else turned off by the violence in it?!), viewers were driven to Instagram.
However, on Instagram: Oreo’s recreating Instagram fans’ photos into either cookie or cream renditions — in conjunction with fans tagging their Instagram photos with #cookiethis or #cremethis? That’s just weird. 
May I present, from Oreo’s Instagram gallery, exhibit A: Oreo’s photo of an Instagram user’s mouth … rendered by Oreo in “Oreo creme.” 
Um, weird, right?
I rest my case.

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Oreo won the Super Bowl blackout. 

Agreed.

Also noteworthy: At the end of Oreo’s library-centered “Whisper Fight” commercial (anyone else turned off by the violence in it?!), viewers were driven to Instagram.

However, on Instagram: Oreo’s recreating Instagram fans’ photos into either cookie or cream renditions — in conjunction with fans tagging their Instagram photos with #cookiethis or #cremethis? That’s just weird. 

May I present, from Oreo’s Instagram gallery, exhibit A: Oreo’s photo of an Instagram user’s mouth … rendered by Oreo in “Oreo creme.” 

Um, weird, right?

I rest my case.

By tomorrow afternoon (well, actually, 12:35 p.m. Central tomorrow), if all goes according to plan (not my plan, mind you, but the property owner’s plan), the Ben Milam Hotel in downtown Houston will be reduced to a big pile of rubble. (Think dynamite + implosion.) The 10-story brick hotel opened in the 1920s to house travelers who visited Houston via Union Station (which sits across the street and now is a part of Minute Maid Park, the Houston Astros’ home field). When the building goes down tomorrow, so will two of Houston’s few remaining ghost signs. I’m posting this photo as kind of a memorial to a piece of Houston history, I suppose. RIP, Ben Milam. (posted via Instagram at Inn at the Ballpark)

By tomorrow afternoon (well, actually, 12:35 p.m. Central tomorrow), if all goes according to plan (not my plan, mind you, but the property owner’s plan), the Ben Milam Hotel in downtown Houston will be reduced to a big pile of rubble. (Think dynamite + implosion.) The 10-story brick hotel opened in the 1920s to house travelers who visited Houston via Union Station (which sits across the street and now is a part of Minute Maid Park, the Houston Astros’ home field). When the building goes down tomorrow, so will two of Houston’s few remaining ghost signs. I’m posting this photo as kind of a memorial to a piece of Houston history, I suppose. RIP, Ben Milam. (posted via Instagram at Inn at the Ballpark)

Neon Museum, Las Vegas

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Ever wonder what happens to all those neon signs that line the Las Vegas Strip when they’re taken down? They end up at the Neon Museum! The Neon Museum is a non-profit in Las Vegas dedicating to preserving Las Vegas’s iconic art form, and it’s a must-visit spot for great Instagram photos!

Photos by @logos728, @sv1, @40_in, @karaannbanana, @petitserif, @rockstarmomlv, @labeaufrand, @alphabetarm, @cshimala, @robgwilson, @toomuchfire, @apocryphanow, @mygulrealsun & @li150girl.

Great to see photos of several of my sign-loving Instagram buddies — Sharlynn (@ sv1), Tita (@labeaufrand), and Corey (@toomuchfire) — included here.

I’ve long been a fan of artist Jean Shin; she’s turned discarded objects into really cool artwork. (We’ve featured some of her work on the Unconsumption Tumblr.) Here, I’m standing in front of one of her broken umbrella sculptures, in a private collection in Houston. (Taken with Instagram at Houston, Texas)

I’ve long been a fan of artist Jean Shin; she’s turned discarded objects into really cool artwork. (We’ve featured some of her work on the Unconsumption Tumblr.) Here, I’m standing in front of one of her broken umbrella sculptures, in a private collection in Houston. (Taken with Instagram at Houston, Texas)

Via 100bostonsigns:

Built in 1933, this 68-foot high piece of history is displayed on Magazine Street in Cambridge along the Charles River. Although the station is still pumping gas, the sign has been not been illuminated for over two years. So many of the bulbs burned out that it appeared to spell the word “HELL”, and offended residents petitioned for it to be shut off.

Today, in “Things I Love.”

Via 100bostonsigns:

Built in 1933, this 68-foot high piece of history is displayed on Magazine Street in Cambridge along the Charles River. Although the station is still pumping gas, the sign has been not been illuminated for over two years. So many of the bulbs burned out that it appeared to spell the word “HELL”, and offended residents petitioned for it to be shut off.

Today, in “Things I Love.”

At last, pleased to add this pic to my ghost sign series! … Had time today to drive by this building — the former Waddell House Furnishing Co. building — before I leave this side of Houston. Sadly, it’s a disused building. What future does it have?
Bonus: captured a bird in flight!
(Taken with instagram, with gotham filter.)

At last, pleased to add this pic to my ghost sign series! … Had time today to drive by this building — the former Waddell House Furnishing Co. building — before I leave this side of Houston. Sadly, it’s a disused building. What future does it have?

Bonus: captured a bird in flight!

(Taken with instagram, with gotham filter.)

And the roadtrip adventures continue …
The extra-awesome double ghost sign in Gonzales, Texas.
Related: My earlier post here about this ghost ad, and posts about other ghost signs here.
(shared via Instagram, this pic with no IG filter) 

And the roadtrip adventures continue …

The extra-awesome double ghost sign in Gonzales, Texas.

Related: My earlier post here about this ghost ad, and posts about other ghost signs here.

(shared via Instagram, this pic with no IG filter) 

Roadtrip adventures, continued …
This pair of attached buildings in Shiner, Texas, just earned my top spot for favorite ghost sign, so far. The building on the left, covered in nailed-on sheets of painted tin, says, among other things, “Feed Store,” “Purina Chows,” and “BABY CHICKS.” The building on the right was a “hatchery,” per its sign. Seriously awesome, no?

Roadtrip adventures, continued …

This pair of attached buildings in Shiner, Texas, just earned my top spot for favorite ghost sign, so far. The building on the left, covered in nailed-on sheets of painted tin, says, among other things, “Feed Store,” “Purina Chows,” and “BABY CHICKS.” The building on the right was a “hatchery,” per its sign. Seriously awesome, no?

Roadtrip adventures, continued:
A faint “J PLACE” ghost sign — painted on the side of the dilapidated wood building — remains behind the “CHUDEJ PLACE COLD DRINKS” and “PEPSI-COLA” metal signs. Very cool.
(Location: On Highway 90, somewhere between Schulenburg and Flatonia, Texas.)

Roadtrip adventures, continued:

A faint “J PLACE” ghost sign — painted on the side of the dilapidated wood building — remains behind the “CHUDEJ PLACE COLD DRINKS” and “PEPSI-COLA” metal signs. Very cool.

(Location: On Highway 90, somewhere between Schulenburg and Flatonia, Texas.)

Abandoned historic building. Cool ghost sign & architectural detail. #roadtrip (Taken with Instagram at Schulenburg Texas)

Abandoned historic building. Cool ghost sign & architectural detail. #roadtrip (Taken with Instagram at Schulenburg Texas)

Okay, last shot of that same site from this evening’s walk downtown. This pic shows the open space / parking lot between the two other buildings (the ones with the ghost signs). A relic —  the word “shoes” — is intact in the terrazzo (beneath the metal barricade). The tile in the area to the left of this spot is different, leading me to think two or three narrow stores once sat on this site. Bonus: See that red brick building in the background? I used to live in a loft there.

Okay, last shot of that same site from this evening’s walk downtown. This pic shows the open space / parking lot between the two other buildings (the ones with the ghost signs). A relic — the word “shoes” — is intact in the terrazzo (beneath the metal barricade). The tile in the area to the left of this spot is different, leading me to think two or three narrow stores once sat on this site. Bonus: See that red brick building in the background? I used to live in a loft there.

A building used to sit between the site of this ghost sign & the other one. The ground now is a parking lot.  (Taken with Instagram at 402 Main St in Houston)

A building used to sit between the site of this ghost sign & the other one. The ground now is a parking lot. (Taken with Instagram at 402 Main St in Houston)