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


Illness has put paid to my planned excursion to see Horse Lords tonight, but here’s a nice video to tide me (and you) over #video

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Still catching up on the wrestling from last weekend. Right now it’s the #JJSB8 Cluster and Veda Scott clearly had a long day at the commentary desk; she sounds like Kathleen Turner #aside

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Just tried to watch the start of WrestleMania (to see the stage set-up, etc) and the VOD file is borked, so yeah that won’t be happening today #aside

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It’s WrestleMania fringe festival time! This evening I’m watching last night’s STARDOM show; tomorrow it’ll be Supercard of Honor and Joey Janela’s Spring Break #aside

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If the Numero/Tiger Style news means I’ll get a coloured vinyl reissue of that album by The Sick Lipstick, I’m all for it #aside

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At the shops this evening, I overheard someone tell a friend of theirs: “Don’t come too close, I’ve got a dose.” Was this person wearing a mask? Of course they weren’t. I mean, it’s not like we learned anything at all about communicable disease in the last four years, is it? #aside

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Yeah, of course Slim J or Anthony Henry or Stu Grayson aren’t going to sell tickets like you know who. But they’re solid, charismatic hands that a promotion needs for a healthy talent-development-focused midcard. Otherwise, in the long run you just get WWE lite #aside

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These AEW cuts are sad. It’s not that long ago there was some pride about that company being the place that honoured contracts for the full term, even if the talent weren’t used to their full potential. But now it’s pretty obvious heads are being cut to pay for certain other wrestlers’ contracts #aside

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How to Cook Pasta in the Instant Pot

The measurements are US imperial (sigh) but it’s more or less a two-to-one ratio of water volume to pasta weight. I made macaroni and it came out fine, certainly good enough for me. #link

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LIRA-8

An emulator for the Lyra-8 synthesiser. Which doesn’t currently support M1 chips so it won’t work on my Mac. But I’m saving this here for later. #link

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It’s not even Easter yet but Lidl have already cleared off their shelves, so no mint choc egg for me this year #aside

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Latest Ventura update has ruined streaming to the Xbox so now I have to go back to copying stuff to a USB stick like some kind of animal #aside

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Film review — Next of Kin

An effectively spooky, twisty little horror thriller here, with shades of the greats (Hitchcock, Argento, Kubrick) but without getting completely lost to its influences. And not to mention a pulse-pounding synth score from Klaus Schulze that’s employed at just the right moments. More…

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Some years ago I did a few editions of a roundup column on heavy music (‘heavy’ being a vague definition on purpose). If I did something along those lines again but as a newsletter, would anyone read it? #aside

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I see The Journal didn’t test their ‘pay us’ pop-up as it’s un-closable on mobile #aside

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Well done, last-month me, on booking tomorrow off to make it a four-day weekend #aside

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#NowPlaying Meat Puppets - Monsters (the 1990 repress on blue marble vinyl, which I just got for a steal) #aside

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Spent my day in the word mines and all the news happens #aside

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Just got an email saying the reissue of NoMeansNo’s Wrong has been pushed back by yet another month (it’s early May now, apparently). I know it’s bad for indie labels pressing vinyl these days, but most seem to handle it better than what Alternative Tentacles have been doing #aside

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That title “Frozen Empire” annoys me inordinately; it’s got that ring of dullard studio meddling, and says far more about the film’s prospective quality than a trailer ever will #aside

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Film review — Dario Argento: Panico

Here’s a strange one, mostly played straight — talking heads, clips from films and interviews, you know the score — but partly staged, like an attempt to underline the kayfabe of the documentary form but done as ham-fistedly as the director’s latter filmography. More…

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Film review — The Beekeeper

I have a lot of time for Jason Statham, as you’d know if you know me well, but this… I’m not convinced it wasn’t ‘written’ by a large language model. More…

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Mystery Wrestling 7 was the best laugh I’ve had in ages. Do yourself a favour and throw Evil Uno a few bucks to watch the VOD when it’s posted tomorrow > patreon.com/mysterywrestling #aside

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Film review — The Story of Microdisney: The Clock Comes Down the Stairs

Watching this really hammered home for me how much the story of Cork’s Microdisney mirrors that of Brisbane’s Go-Betweens. So of course it turns out they befriended each other in the 1980s London squat scene and remained somewhat close in the decades since. You wouldn’t know any of that from watching this documentary, mind, which feels like a glaring omission of context. But maybe you don’t need all the dots connected to see the picture for what it is. More…

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I am, however, marking the day by watching the new BBC Four documentary on Microdisney, Cork’s Go-Betweens #aside

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Had to take a detour around the town’s parade to get home from the shops this lunchtime. Do I have to tell you I’m not a St Patrick’s Day person? #aside

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Film review — Primal Rage

A film of highs and lows. The Hallowe’en party has some frankly incredible costumes, but it’s followed shortly after by a lazy continuity-error shot of a body on the ground a good couple of minutes before it’s supposed to end up there. Oh well. Doesn’t seem like the leading man got up to much in the years since but his co-stars did well for themselves: one’s a psychotherapist, one had a memorable run on Sunset Beach and another got into animation and currently has a show on Nickelodeon. More…

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The Quietus: The Strange World Of… U.S. Maple

No one else sounds like U.S. Maple (except maybe Singer, the short-lived act with the guts of the band plus Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, and guitarist Todd Rittman’s subsequent band Dead Rider). This is an easy introduction to their music and story and what makes them so enthralling to me. #link

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Was tempted there for a moment to pay for AEW Plus to see the big debut on Dynamite tonight but then I remembered casting the live stream to the Xbox never works #aside

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Find of the day: under-appreciated 1987 horror Retribution is now streaming on Prime Video (I know, I know) #aside

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Something I learned only recently is that Curt Hennig had a WWF run in 1983, more than five years before he became Mr Perfect #aside

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Film review — Decision to Leave

This one reminded me of Lee Myung-se’s M that I saw last year, which explains a lot why I didn’t connect with it: those magical realist touches are a flourish too much for me. And that’s besides an uncomfortably uneven tone that tries to harmonise a lurid ‘black widow’ thriller with a dry comedy of manners and much goofier moments. Also, people talk about how this looks so exquisite and I’m like, really? This film? With that fake-ass CGI mountain? Not for me. More…

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(Not to say it shouldn’t have been a yes — I voted yes both times — but at the root of it all, we don’t really have the platonic ideal of a democracy here) #aside

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Also, remember when they had us redo the Lisbon Treaty ref like we were bold schoolchildren? The powers that be can put these things to the people whenever they please; always remember that #aside

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Haven’t before said anything about the big vote tomorrow, but I will say this: the problems, as they exist, are way bigger than the wording of our Constitution, and getting lost in the minutiae of whether “endeavour” is a stronger word than “strive”, etc (FWIW they are synonymous; we’re not voting on whether a judge might see that differently) #aside

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It’s taken me three nights but I’ve finally watched all of AEW Revolution and I’m happy to say it was a satisfying show, especially when I’ve been kind of down on wrestling this year #aside

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Used that there Re-Turn thing for the first time today and while it worked fine for me, it certainly added some friction to my shopping. Can’t use the voucher at the self-service checkout, can I? #aside

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Two weeks after appealing those bullshit customs charges and not a peep from An Post so I’ve paid (with much resentment) the crooked double tax so I can have the feckin’ things I can’t get anywhere else. I still want to know who’s responsible for messing this up so completely #aside

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Is it just me, or is today the most Tuesday-feeling Wednesday we’ve had in a while? #aside

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A model of the USS Enterprise-D’s shuttle craft Goddard, from Star Trek: The Next Generation, made from LEGO-compatible bricks. It’s sitting upon the dust cover of my turntable which has side D of Sonic Youth’s Walls Have Ears in silver vinyl on the platter, and the LP sleeve (orange, featuring a lit jack-o’-lantern) is displayed in the background on the left.

Weekend project. Next up: the DS9 runabout I impulse bought last week that’s easily five or six times bigger than this #image

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So annoyed with this, I just splurged on a BlueBrixx DS9 runabout (it was on sale!) to cheer myself up #aside

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Further to this: I get the IOSS number from Juno; I read it out to An Post on the phone; they tell me it’s not valid, and that ‘Revenue don’t lie’. Ha! It’s an Irish institution, I trust it about as as far as I can throw it! #aside

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