Hello, world. I’m MacDara Conroy, and this is my blog.


In the battle of the Devo tributes, the new Ceremony beats the new Sleater-Kinney hands down #tweet


Yesterday at the shops, I saw a 5,000-yen note dropped at the trolley bay. Not beyond the realms of possibility; there are Japanese students here. But that's a lot of money (around €42). Except... > etc @MacDara #tweet


My MA dissertation was on blogging and journalism, put laughably out of date by the rise of social media within a couple of years, but at least it pointed analysis in the right direction > @icod #tweet


Hasbro (has-bro?) laughing to the bank as MAGA hatters grab their copies to own the libs and never even make it through a single play because it's not even a game, it's just a troll > @nick_kapur #tweet


In hindsight, a better headline for last night’s Brexit news might’ve been ‘Johnson takes 30-day deadline from Merkel’ since it’s what he (and pol-eds) took from it, not what she offered (which was nothing, just a generalised comment) > etc @MacDara #tweet


And there’s the solid evidence (if it were needed) that Bolsonaro and his industry mates are solely to blame for this disaster > @rtenews #tweet


Guardians and Defenders are basically the same thing, right? Like the CFL had the Roughriders and the Rough Riders #tweet


Thought I’d just invented the scromlette (microwave scrambled eggs, but flop it out of the bowl at the end in a single mass) but I was beaten to it by an inferior concept, drat! #tweet


Having one of those weeks where I keep forgetting what day it is. What would we do without calendars? #tweet


This should have been included in the original press release. I'm fine with a 24-hour delay. I mean, how many Raws or SDs get watched on that ridiculous four-week hold? > @WWENetwork #tweet


Does anyone have an answer for how people outside North America can keep watching NXT? Will it still be on the Network? #tweet


Working headline: Rock puts rock on his rock > @WWE #tweet


Can I say how jazzed I am by the potential of living at a weaponised frontier? Cheers, Boris. Really looking forward to it #tweet


Just yelled across the road at some teenage bros who hit me in the arm with a slingshot. I guess this means I’m an adult #tweet


Film review — Orphan

A trimmer edit and a tighter script — say, down to 90 minutes — might have solved some of the frustrating ‘people would never behave that way!’ issues that mar what’s otherwise an effectively chilly Hitchcockian/De Palma-esque thriller, especially in its all-out final act. More…


Village magazine have gone full-on Spiked, haven’t they? #tweet


The #SummerSlam kickoff will be starting soon which means I’ll be tweeting about wrestling intermittently for the next seven hours > etc @MacDara #tweet


Film review — Molly’s Game

Before I saw either, I kept getting Molly’s Game confused with Miss Sloane. Now that I’ve finally watched the former, I still don’t see the difference. More…


Second go with the cold brew bag last night and I somehow got grounds on the outside, in the water. Not good > etc @MacDara #tweet


Stupid sinus infection is killing my enthusiasm for this big wrestling weekend #tweet


Film review — Fist of Fury

There’s a solid 40 to 50% of this film that isn’t Bruce Lee just straight up murdering people with his feet and fists and it would be better off without it, to be honest. More…


Just want to make it clear I’m fully in support of running fascists out of Ireland #SpeakersUnicorner #tweet


So, this turned out OK? I could add more grounds and use more water for the finished product. And I think my coffee-to-milk ratio was off so it tasted a bit too strong, but I could have another one > @MacDara #tweet


Film review — Beautiful Boy

A reminder that very personal stories of the needle and the damage done don’t necessarily universalise, especially when the tincture is tainted with so much white privilege. More…


Trying out one of those cloth bags instead of the cafetière for my cold brew. Got the grounds steeping now; I’ll report back in the morning on how the coffee tastes > etc @MacDara #tweet


Late from the shops and missed the parcel van by five minutes (saw it leave my street). But they didn’t leave a slip in the letterbox. So tell me, @Postvox, how do I get my parcel now? etc @MacDara #tweet


Jushin Thunder Liger’s final match in Mexico Arena México, from Friday 19 July. Nice of CMLL to put the whole show on YouTube, as well. #video


If I wasn’t working Thursday evening I’d be going along to this > @seanlclancy #tweet


I was going to go see Hobbs & Shaw this afternoon but it’s too wet out #tweet


Weaknotes for w/o 4 August 2019

After my previous tribulations, I finally got Webmentions (or at least pings between my own entries) to display on my posts. That involved a lot of trial and error to find the right PHP code to display comments in WordPress, which is a lot more difficult than you might imagine. More…


Does anyone who follows me here have that Unwound box set from Numero Group? Is it worth getting? It’s €90 inc postage in their CD fire sale right now > etc @MacDara #tweet


Metadata is the biggest little problem plaguing the music industry

It’s bad enough that music is missing the richness of metadata to give listeners context and background for recordings (streaming services don’t even come with high-res original artwork, for crying out loud) but when it means the artists themselves aren’t even getting paid? Well, we shouldn’t be so surprised; the music industry hasn’t been about supporting its artists for many years, if it ever was. #link


What the hey, it’s only a fiver: I just subbed to the AAA Twitch channel to watch TripleMania #tweet


#NowPlaying Truly - Fast Stories...From Kid Coma #tweet


I think I’ve finally cracked how to display Webmentions on my blog, at least between my own posts. Next task: to style ‘em up better, and to see if outside mentions show up #tweet


Film review — Creed

Creed is… less than what I’d expected? Maybe it was too much to want something different than what amounts to a near-literal retread of the original Rocky. And especially one that’s so impatient to get to an ending it neither needs nor deserves that it fails to explore and expand upon the unique aspects it really has going for it. When it does stop to breathe, those are the moments when it truly comes alive as its own thing. More…


Sometimes I forget we live close to an estuary, but that ‘salty seaweed cooked in the sun’ smell outside tonight is unmistakable #tweet


Why aren’t the lyrics for ‘Goat’ included on the lyric sheet for Shudder To Think’s Get Your Goat? #tweet


For what was supposed to be a day off, I did a fair amount of work today #tweet


I haven’t seen any of the #g129 since the first night, but I’ve got the day off so I’ll be damned if I’m missing Moxley vs Yano #tweet