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  • 107 - "Trompe L'Oeil"

    I'm on the "this episode blew me away" camp. It contained the most satisfying reveal of theory I (95%) already knew. Plus, it added the element of not only is Bernard a 'bot... He's a killer 'bot!

    Now I want a t-shirt that says "It doesn't look like anything to me."
  • Real cost of "staying" at Westworld

    If you go to and "actually" book a trip to the park, you'll see that $40,000/day is just the tip of the iceberg.

    First of all there are three levels of booking; standard, silver and gold ($40,000/day, $75,000/day and $200,000/day, respectively) Plus, the park requires "detox time" at the Mesa Gold Resort equal to the length of your say in the park and that's $10,000/day. Add on to that the Host Consultation Fee ($25,000), Concierge Fee ($15,000), Standard Guest Insurance ($22,000), Bio-metric Monitoring Fee ($14,000), Arbitration Deposit Fee ($5,000) and Maintenance & Service Fee ($11,000) and your one week stay will cost between $442,000 and $1,562,000.

    I think Lee says that there were 1,500 guests in the park. So if that's a good average, then the park is generating between $94.7million and $334.7million per day in revenue. 

    I know this is meaningless because we don't know how far in the future this is set, but I kept hearing the $40,000/day figure being bandied about and didn't think it sounded like enough to run a park like this. Now I know it's more like $63k to $223k per day.

  • "The Deuce" on HBO

    OMG. This show has hit my formative years. Back in the late ‘80s, I was the publisher of “Consumer Electronics Daily,” a daily guide to what was going on at CES. We printed about 30,000 copies a day and left them at hotel rooms and had models pass them out at the entrance to the show.

    At that time, VHS porn was already big. But video stores were, for the most part, local “mom & pop” outfits (Blockbuster didn’t exist...yet) that catered to their community. But they all had a curtained off area in the back for the x-rated tapes. So porn was a big part of CES and actually selling tapes to store owners was a big part of exhibiting there. (You could get great deals on the last day!) By then, though, the porn booths were in a completely different hotel and eventually split off to be the Video Business Show (which we also published a magazine for.) 

    My best story (besides playing blackjack with King Kong Bundy) was when I won a contest for a date with Kitten Natividad (a Russ Meyers model/actress...look her up). You had to guess her measurements, weight, height and shoe size(!) to win. I had all my models cruise the booth and give me their opinions before I entered. I won, but the “date” included her husband and a rep from the video company. But at least they gave me $100 to game a bit. I lost it all. But I still have the photo of her and me.
  • Undone (Amazon Prime)

    Dummy said:
    Watched the first two episodes and I think it's really cool. The first episode was good, but nothing amazing that everyone should see. The second episode was awesome and exactly my kind of trippy jam. I really hope it can keep up this kind of storytelling because it has me hooked. I now hope this can get some kind of Bald Move TV coverage. 
    Yes. I should have mentioned to not give up on this show after just one episode. And it really does deserve some bmtv coverage.