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


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So what’s the story with this HR show next summer? Is it punk or reggae or spoken word or what? > @TGSDublin #aside

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I’ve had what’s probably glue ear for a few weeks now (again, sigh) and you know what? It really sucks the joy out of life to lose something so important that you usually take for granted #aside

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‘Residents’ group’ should be in inverted commas. As it stands, the headline suggests they’re representative of the community when they’re demonstrably not. I expect better editorial practice from this outlet tbqh > @thejournal_ie #aside

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They don’t serve root beer in the UK ones so it won’t be the same > @RTEbusiness #aside

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Film review — Knights

While Albert Pyun’s reach consistently exceeded his grasp, one can only admire his passionate ambition and imagine that, given the time and money he lacked throughout his career, he probably would’ve struck gold. Alas, with movies like this — rich in concept but deficient in budget and casting choices — he’s clearly panning for pyrite. More…

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Film review — Radioactive Dreams

I admit I was only half-watching this as it’s really not my thing. Sure, Albert Pyun (RIP) had the huevos to shove in a blender a whole slew of ’80s gimmicks — post-apocalyptic fever, an overbearing new-wave soundtrack, crazes for retro fashion and dancing — in the hopes of a hit but the result is exactly the incoherent slurry you’d expect. More…

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Just saw my first Coke Xmas ad of the season on YouTube. Here we are, now… #aside

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The thing I’m most excited about with tonight’s #SurvivorSeries is the first time ever seeing a two-ring set-up at a WWE pay-per-view (sorry, ‘Premium Live Event’) > @MacDara #aside

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Film review — Disciples of the 36th Chamber

I’m not sure why you’d want to portray your legendary cultural hero as an immature dickhead, but hey. It’s a slog until the grand finale, but that’s what we’re all here for. Also, foreshadowing! More…

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I’ve re-upped my Network sub so I can watch God’s greatest creation: World Championship Wrestling #aside

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Fite app failing yet again to stream live AEW to the Xbox so that’s my subscription cancelled, so #aside

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I already felt unsettled about mastodon.cloud as it’s ostensibly O&Oed by a crypto bro, but the absence of moderation is a major red flag as it only serves to cultivate the fash and their ilk > @tomcoates #aside

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Just had occasion to break out the big dictionary for work. So much weight, such thin pages! #aside

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After nearly seven hours I’ve finally copied my media HDD to a new SSD with twice the capacity and that’s smaller than my palm > @MacDara #aside

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You-know-who turning Twitter into ersatz PayPal because that’s his only frame of reference for this stuff is not surprising in the least #aside

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The new FFP2 face masks I ordered from Germany just arrived and now I finally have ones that fit around my chin! #aside

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Putting in for a day off to get the train to Belfast for Greggs sausage rolls. I’m not even joking #aside

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It’s so cold in the bathroom that my beard oil froze #aside

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It’s bloody cold out there this morning #aside

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It’s 18 November which means Shawscope Volume Two is now streaming on Arrow Player. That’s the next few days/weeks’ viewing sorted, so > @MacDara #aside

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New work computer arrived today. It’s exactly the same model as my personal one. I’m certain no high jinks will ensue #aside

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I’m 340 tweets away from a nice round 30k; doesn’t look like I’m gonna make it #aside

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Dark chocolate Catch bars are S-tier confectionery. How have I only found them now? #aside

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Work call this evening got cancelled so I get to finish earlier. But I like the overtime! Swings and roundabouts #aside

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Just heard the Dundalk air raid siren for the first time in forever #aside

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Oh, this? Just a video of a herd of guinea pigs living wild in a Dutch garden. [c/o TKSST] #video

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In today’s post: an XLR-to-mini-jack cable so I can once again use my stick mic with my ancient iMic dongle #aside

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Film review — Smile

This film has something interesting to say about society’s obsession with witnessing tragedy, and how we really view mental illness, beyond the platitudes and lip service, which is refreshing considering how the subject is normally treated. It’s also a story that struggles for a sensible ending, and that’s told via by-now well-worn horror mystery tropes, from the inverted aerial shots to the sympathetic cop to the copious jump scares, which I think does it a disservice, even if it evokes an effectively harrowing, skin-crawling mood. More…

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Saw a DeLorean this afternoon so my Sunday is already better than yours #aside

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As my SO pointed out, this could be a move to push people (staffers or contractors) to quit, thereby saving on severance > @balinares #aside

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