Hobby Hog

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So, I’ve got a new hobby. I bought my first (super-cheap) Ham Radio last week, and am studying toward getting my Amateur Radio Foundation License, allowing me to transmit! By Christmas, I’ll have a call sign and hopefully a logbook full of brilliant contacts with some new friends. I’m starting small (local) on VHF/UHF, but I’ll be talking to the aliens like Jodie Foster in no time, just as soon as I upgrade my kit (which I won’t be doing until I’m actually ALLOWED to transmit. Without a license I can only listen in). Already, without me actually saying a word, I’m having a great time!

The big question is, who else out there is into this? If you’re a radio ham, drop your call sign in the comments below and who knows? Maybe one day we’ll talk!

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My Westworld Season Two Finale Prediction (Possible Spoilers)

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In my opinion, the Valley Beyond is a secret Delos facility – completely off the radars of anyone else in the park, unknown to park management, security or otherwise – that houses the consciousness backups illegally “copied” from guests, along with Host-duplicate bodies of the guests waiting to be “filled” when the tech is finally perfected. Because the facility is so secretive, it wouldn’t do to have to travel through the park for Delos staff to get there, so there’s a vast underground railway leading from the outside world directly into the Valley Beyond. The facility was created by William, shown to Dolores early on and discovered by Akecheta sometime during its construction.
Each party seeking this location wants to reach it for a different reason:
– Dolores sees the facility and its secrets as a weapon to bring down her oppressors.
– Akecheta wants to lead his followers through the door and into the real world.
– William wants to destroy the facility, seeing it as his greatest mistake.
– Strand/Delos want Abernathy’s CU which is currently in this secret facility’s location.
– Bernard wants to get to there before anyone else, in order to avoid a total bloodbath.
– Ford (on-board Bernard) likely has another reason for wanting Bernard to get there.
I predict that Bernard (or Elsie, or William even!) will flood the facility, destroying the consciousness backups illegally copied from guest experiences, but NOT destroying the Host bodies waiting for said consciousnesses. These are the “Virgin Host CUs” discovered floating among the dead hosts in the lake. In doing so, I believe many hosts from Ake’s group will be killed, while Dolores and her army will escape – except for Teddy, who will at this point have tried to overthrow Dolores and failed. I think Elsie will die here, unfortunately.
Before the facility is flooded, I think Akecheta and some of his followers will escape through the Door, I think Dolores and her inner circle will also make it out. I also believe that William and Emily will escape this way, too, after he convinces her that this secret exit is the only one they’ll ever be allowed to leave through without being interrogated or worse. The season will end with Dolores and a small army bent on revenge, Akecheta and a peaceful gathering of Host followers determined to find peace, and William and Emily will make it out of the park and off into the real world. Season three will take place both in the real world, with Delos hunting Hosts that have escaped, and in the park as the board desperately tries to cover up this disastrous two weeks and reopen the park to new guests. 
What happens with Maeve is anyone’s guess. I think she will make it out of the park to be reunited with her daughter, but I think her escape may be more to do with a change of heart and a show of braveness from Lee Sizemore, releasing a half-constructed Buffalo host (above, as seen in the season trailer) to cause chaos in the Mesa, while he bundles Maeve up and gets her out of there.
I could be completely wrong. But there we are.

A Westworld Theory Or Two…

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If you’re a fan of Westworld then I have a theory to run past you. If you’re not up to date with seasons one and two already, please go and catch up before reading this. Here goes:

In season one we saw Bernard choking Elsie when she discovered the abandoned comms station with the secret diagnostics system running. We assume she is dead. But I don’t believe she is. For one, we never see her body. This show is one that makes the explicit truth explicit and leaves the rest up for question until it is made explicit. So, here’s what I believe is going on:

Elsie isn’t dead. Somehow she survived Bernard’s attack and used the diagnostics system to recode the older, less-sophisticated hosts – the terrifying Ghost Nation – to protect humans at all costs. This is evidenced by the fact that shortly after Elsie’s disappearance, when Stubbs went out looking for her, he was surrounded by Ghost Nation and we were again led to believe he was a dead man. But season two shows us that this was not the case! Stubbs is back, apparently unharmed, and working with the Delos security team to contain the rebellion and locate The Passenger, Peter Abernathy.

This is also evidenced by the fact that, when Ghost Nation came across Maeve, Hector and Lee Sizemore in the last episode, they offered to let Maeve and Hector go free as long as they handed over Sizemore – the only human among their number. Now we see the woman from The Raj washed up on the beach, surrounded by Ghost Nation and we’re supposed to think “she’d dead meat”. Of course, she won’t be. She’s someone special because she had a map of Westworld, hand-drawn in her notebook; we saw it when she was sipping tea and smoking on the lawn.

My theory is this: Elsie discovers Ford’s plans to trigger a Host uprising and, knowing that lives will be lost, she does all she can to protect the humans in the park. She re-codes the Ghost Nation Hosts to protect humans and act as a protective buffer between the rampaging Hosts and the terrified humans. Stubbs is on-board, working with her. The woman from The Raj (who is listed online as being named Grace, but I’m not convinced that she isn’t William’s daughter Emily – she’s the right age and clearly has a detailed knowledge of Westworld – she has a hand-drawn map with exits, boundaries and elevators marked on it) will likely also join forces with Elsie and Stubbs.

Also, don’t ask me why just yet, but I believe there’s a chance that Bernard is actually Teddy-In-A-Bernard-Suit and that Charlotte Hale may very well be a Host herself. I’ll theorise more about this in weeks to come – unless it’s proven right or wrong in the meantime.