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

Date: May 2002

Fugazi postponed

The Fugazi tour has been postponed due to a death in the family. I don’t know who, I don’t know the band anyway, and it feels kinda cliched of me to say that my thoughts and prayers are with them, but I’d still like to convey a similar sentiment. Let’s hope they’re doing okay and can reschedule things without too much hassle later in the summer.


Friday Five #16


1. What’s the last vivid dream that you remember having?

It was a long time ago. Probably the last lucid dream I had (see #5).

2. Do you have any recurring dreams?

No. I’m not really a dreamer. Or at least, I’m not really a profound dreamer, and I don’t really read too much into my dreams whren I have them.

3. What’s the scariest nightmare you’ve ever had?

Probably something to do with Freddy Krueger. Freddy was the bane of my childhood.

4. Have you ever written your dreams down or considered it? Why or why not?

No, usually because the ones I remember aren’t very interesting, and the ones that are I forget as soon as I wake up. That’s always the way.

5. Have you ever had a lucid dream? What did you do in it?

I’ve had one or two. I think the last one… it was some time ago, another Freddy dream, but this time I was like the director or camera operator in a Freddy movie, and during the dream it was like I had an epiphany; I suddenly realised, ‘wait a minute, I’m dreaming!’, and I turned off the camera and basically willed myself awake.


Record Executives Foiled By Black Magic Marker

It was only a matter of time before someone discovered this.

I noticed a few copy-protected CDs today at work. Funny, they were all shite dance discs, the kind of stuff most people wouldn’t bother buying if they could get them off the intramanet.


Magic 8-Ball

I asked the Magic 8-Ball if it was really just a stupid toy with no powers of clairvoyance, and it replied: ‘Signs Say Yes’.

I knew it was hokum all along.


Election Results

It looks like Bertie is Taoiseach again. It doesn’t matter much, the way the system is set up, the only parties with enough mass appeal to actually get into government here are the most boring and undynamic ones. I mean, look at our Labour Party – bland leftists, which is almost an oxymoron.

I found this link to an actually-pretty-good fact sheet on the elections.

I was trawling the Guardian site for stuff pertaining to the election. Strangely enough I didn’t find anything, but I did find this. Disgusting.


Friday Five #15


1. What shampoo do you use?

Head & Shoulders. So ordinary, I know.

2. Do you use conditioner? What kind?

No I don’t. I don’t have enough hair.

3. When was the last time you got your hair cut?

About four weeks ago. I got a number three before my exams started.

4. What styling products do you use?

None. I’m not vain enough.

5. What’s your worst hair-related experience?

I don’t actually have one. Sorry to disappoint anyone.


Controversy? What Controversy?

I completely agree with Woody Allen regarding this so-called ‘controversy’ at the Cannes Film Festival. Why should he boycott? If these ‘American Jews’ actually practiced their own logic, surely they’d have to boycott their own country.

How come such a disproportionate percentage of the world’s idiot population lives in the United States?


I Could Do Better Than That

I was guessing that this was gonna happen.

There’s too much of an imbalance between the rosters to really have two distinctive and viable touring operations, at least for the moment. They – the WWE – have a wealth of mid-card talent, of course, but only a few big names who have main event status and the necessary drawing power.

How can this situatuion be rectified? I have a solution. Put all the big stars on one show (say Raw), and the up-and-comers on the other (SmackDown!). The bigger-name roster can tour the larger arenas, with the likelihood of attracting more fan support that they’re getting now, whilst the younger, fresher roster can tour smaller venues, maybe appeal to the more discerning fan: for example, the fans who attend indie shows, the old fans of ECW. On one side you get the larger-than-life entertainment, on the other you get the ‘new generation’, so to speak. Raw could be the Majors to SmackDown!‘s Triple-A, or something to that effect.

I’m sure I could explain this better if my brain wasn’t so fried.


Like Waiting For a Bus

A few weeks ago there was this, then two days ago this happened, and now there’s been another one. Why do accidents like this always happen in clumps?

The real world scares me. I’m gonna go hide and study.


XML and weblogging

An interesting piece about how the implementation of XML could help improve weblogging.

I’m surprised such an idea never crossed my mind before, seeing as I keep a weblog and did a course in XML this year.

Actually, this could be a big help for my exam next Friday.


All Is Not Well

Oh dear. Things are not going well in the WWF/WWE at the moment.

I actually agree with the World Wide Fund for Nature on this point. McMahon should come up with a better name, or use the WCW trademark. They even had a cool new logo for it that they totally wasted.


Why Is Everyone So Surprised?

The rest of Europe may be stunned by this assassination, but I can’t say I’m really bothered.

It goes without saying that murder is wrong, but – without making excuses for what happened – he was a racist who would’ve probably cracked a smile if a Muslim was killed in simiar circumstances.



This is the biggest case of arse-covering I’ve seen in a long time.


RIP Randy Anderson

Randy Anderson, a former referee in the old WCW, has passed away.

I used to see him all the time on WCW Worldwide back in the day, before Nitro and the nWo and all of that, back when Big Van Vader was still there and cut an interview every week saying ‘Shtiiing!’ or ‘Shtinger!’ at least once.

I’d see Anderson in the wrestling magazines after WCW went off the air here; him and Nick Patrick were their two top refs. I’d wondered what happened to him when then Vince McMahon bought WCW, I’d always assumed he’d just be around.


The Coolest/Uncoolest Records of All Time

Rolling Stone has provided us with yet another redundantly subjective music magazine top-whatever list: this time, it’s the 50 coolest, and 50 uncoolest, records of all time.

Why am I bothering with this? Because I’m easily distracted from more important things.

So, from the ‘cool’ list, I have #24 (which is not just cool, it is outstandingly excellent) and #49 (which isn’t great, but pretty good, once you ignore the hype machine).

From the ‘uncool’ list, I have this (Is it really uncool? Does it matter?), I want this, and I find this one intriguing. This one however, while I can’t say I like it, is not uncool. (You see, because they didn’t need to get big in the States, the Media there – with their cultural superiority complex – assume they just disappeared.)

And as for this one, well it shouldn’t even count. It’s just a bad postmodernist piss-take that went wrong.


Lack of Imagination

So the WWF is becoming the WWE? That plainly sucks, I must say. Even WCW is a better name than that.

Could they not be even a bit more creative? I mean it’s fine for the corporate name (which was officially Titan Sports for years) but for the actual promotion? There’s just no ring to it.


Show Me the Funny

I hate to say it, but it’s about time. There just isn’t enough funny to make The Simpsons season as long as it is.

But why not just up the quality control and make the series shorter? And how about a movie?

Somewhat related to this, I started watching South Park again recently after a long time giving it a miss (while it was popular). I have to say that – while it is gratuitously crude and not for the easily offended – it is pretty damn brilliant. Maybe because they can get away with more, it’s fresher. It certainly shows.