Sunday, December 11, 2016
Now many people have watched Westworld lately
I understand the 2016 Tv version of Westworld. Its taken me a while but I think Ive got a very good idea of it. Basically the park is set up by Arnold Weber and Mr Ford ( played by Sir A Hopkins) and they let the androids play for three years and in that time Arnold tries to make Dolores Sentient and able to lie and find consciousness) He feels that she has reached consciousness, he puts all of his efforts in because his son has died ( probably from cancer) and so he treats Dolores as a new child for him. The other androids in the park are also doing well but havent yet achieved consciousness but their programming is such that they will eventually. Arnold goes to Ford to say that they cannot open the park because the androids are conscious sentient beings that will feel and hurt and eventually fight back. He makes it such that Dolores ( who he also programs as Wyatt the fearless killer) Reference the song Devil in the Blue dress ( song) just google it here on youtube) What Dolores wear when you first see her? A Blue dress.....)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXy7qYAKrfc
*( courtesy of one of Evan Rachel Wood's dubsmashes ) also searchable here on Youtube. So Dolores kills every other android in the park in the town with the church and eventually kills Teddy aswell. You see this massacre in flashback a few times. and then finally using the voice command " these violent delights have violent ends" Arnold engineers his death by Dolores because thats the command that sends her to be homicidal towards the humans. So that all happens around 2015-2018 The three years in development The town is then buried under god knows how many tons of rock and sand etc leaving only the steeple above ground. which is where Dolores comes and says Ive been here before but it didnt look like this. William and Logan come to the park as members of Delos because the park is haemorrhaging money and Logan wants to buy part of it to keep it going He's been before ( we don't know when.) So this is 2022 and they come in on the train and if you notice the Logo at the top of the escalators then you'll see that its completely different from the one you see at the regular time which is set in 2052 when Sidse Babett is playing Theresa. So in 2022 they do their stuff and then Dolores goes off schedule with them and does the whole wild west thing on the train and William goes from a sweet innocent person to a killer He understands what the game is Its to kill without feeling remorse but he wonders why the androids cant fight back and also Dolores tells him of the Maze ( the maze that Arnold used as an analogy to getting fully sentient and conscious Once you figure out the maze you are conscious etc. Fast forward 30 years later and you see William ( ie the Man in Black slaughtering left right and centre but in the intervening period he has bought the park ( or a majority in it ) and kept it going and there fore he as a guest gets anything he wants. He is also trying to figure out the " Maze" because he has been coming to the park probably every year for the last 30 years and he wonders what it is. He yearns for a more realistic version of the park where the robots can fight back . Lets explain about the androids robots whatever you like to call them. Their programming has had " reveries" Now reveries are memories which make different improvisations Ie its learning from your memories and mistakes to be come conscious and its been activated in several hosts ( you see Thandie Newton and Bernard and she says weve been down this road before. Whilst all this is going on Delos the board management are trying to make the park more easy for people. Its too much to get all this accurate detail because they feel that they want to change things But they cant get any of the programming outside of the park because its stuck in the hosts so they interfere so that they can get stuff out but this causes problems etc because Ford is the one that writes the code and he keeps a tight lid on the programming So there are three separate timelines in the show and its all dovetailed together to look and fool the viewer,
Ford also rebuilds Arnold Weber as Bernard Lowe ( which is an anagram of arn ol d we ber ber nar d lo we )and programs him as a host but as his spy at the management area because he is head of operations. Its quite fabulous which is why he couldnt see himself in the photo that Ford showed him because it might cause him harm and therefore to make him malfunction. You see they are not supposed to harm living things which is why when Dolores swats the fly it shows that she is not as sweet as she is supposed to be and she also remembers to dig up the gun.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Dominic Frisby of the Guardian wrote this post
The link was posted on Facebook on an MP's page
The following comment was posted first.
It's about time they had a shake up of journalists at the Guardian. This is one of the most ridiculous articles on house prices I've ever seen. Mr Frisby is completely obsessed by the "filthy rich" and "hard done-by poor" and his thinking has suffered as a result. The actual reason that the price of housing goes up is the same as anything else that people buy, it's nearly all down to supply and demand. If houses stop selling, then prices will drop. If they start selling well, the price will rise. How on earth can prices be soaring, if no one is buying them? If that were the case we would be seeing "For Sale" signs all over the place, but we are seeing just as many "Sold" signs up as well. So who are the people that are buying houses right now? I have bought and sold houses for many years and I know the market quite well. In fact I've just moved house recently and sold a smaller house that I'd spent money on to improve, to move into a larger one that needed some work. I had so many people wanting to buy my previous house that I got more than I asked for it. I didn't demand the money, I was "offered" it for a quick sale. But there were no shortage of people wanting to buy it off me, so the price could not have been too high. If the government want to make it easier for people to buy houses, they need to get the banks to loosen up their purse strings to allow young people much better access to mortgages, then they need to abolish Stamp Duty altogether as it's an exorbitant, unfair and unnecessary Tax that really does hammer the young people that are trying to get onto the housing ladder. So for goodness sake stop going on about house prices being too high. Whatever they are selling for is the correct price for the day!!
This was my response. I spent ages writing it so I thought I would preserve it for history plus I wanted to give the first commenter a piece of reality. Her/His name is not mentioned here so if he/she does object then I'll remove his/her comment
Have to say that is one of the best articles I've ever read. Despite the comment below saying that Frisby is obsessed by the filthy rich ( which of course they are Rich as Croesus) if he read Who Owns Britain by Kevin Cahill , then he'd realise that 70% of Britain is under private hands and they get paid handsomely by the Common Agricultural Policy payments that form part of our rebate. The poor are suffering because of poor interest rates, what savings they did have are now withering, in fact the best way of making sure you have a decent pot of money is to put it into property because at least that way house price inflation ( or the only interest that is worth getting) will put the value of your money at par whilst real inflation is in the 10-15% mark. when they say inflation is at 2 % I laugh at the telly because I know that with the 375bn of QE our prices have almost doubled since 2008. What £1 would buy you in 2008 now you need to spend £2. If you refer to £1 of property in 2008 now you would probably need £3 ( due to negative inflation in house prices which didn't really last that long) . Its horrendous, I'm not poor but Im hardly able to keep up with the inflation that is really out there, so if I am finding it difficult, people with half my salary/income must be having kittens daily about how to spend the money.
if you want to know who are the people who are buying right now? The ones who have been in their house long enough and who are now trying to downsize unsuccessfully Or those who have been in a property in London and are now moving out. Those who have played the property market and are now in a position to move are buying, Those with larger incomes are buying, but the poor are increasing. Anyone over 45 who bought early enough in their life will have enough to move house. It is quite clear that Frisby has actually hit the nail on the head and has upset the applecart judging by the 1116 comments and the cognitive dissonance of the first commenter. There are a host of for sale signs around, primarily because theyve been on the market for ages, sometimes up to a year because no one can afford to buy them, unless its someone moving sideways having sold a similar property. If your house is perfect, turnkey like the first commenter's then yes it will sell because they want to either rent it or live in it, No one has the time or the energy to do a fixer upper with the busy lives that people lead these days. Some do ( dont get me wrong but in the most part if you are a stressed out worker the last thing you want to be doing on your weekend off is renovating your expensive mortgaged house. Mortgages when offered are now the cheapest theyve ever been. I used to have to pay 350 a month on a £30000 mortgage. Nowadays that will service a debt of £78000, There are empty houses out there, and there is plenty of land, yet the houses that are built these days are smaller and smaller. and yet getting pricier and pricier. Some houses I walk into I wonder why they were built at all you can barely swing a cat in them.
London house prices are crazy, And as for the rents.... in fifteen years the house prices have risen to almost three or four times 2001 values. Thats inflation. And its outstripping wages. Real inflation if you add in house prices has made what would cost £ 35000 in 1997 now would cost £350000. I feel sorry for the first commenter because he's not prepared to see the reality of the situation. Your house is only worth what someone is prepared to pay for it. Yours was probably in a very good location, handy for whatever, and with its walk in turn key condition attractive to everyone who had made the money or had a mortgage offer on the table. Your buyer was probably a cash buyer who had sold a different property.
But youve forgotten one thing. Wages haven't risen with the same rate that housing has. They have risen with " the other rate of inflation" meaning that people can still eat, but they cannot buy the same kind of house that their parents did at the same age with the same inflation adjusted wage.