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

Date: May 2017

Anyway, the story of Liger in #BOSJ24 is special: he’s still got it, but the fighting spirit is weak. A beast god confronting his mortality #tweet

Someone needs to step up and replace the Deathlock NJPW calendar. She did us all an invaluable service #tweet

The only time percussive maintenance actually works: when you get a stuck pixel on your LED monitor #tweet

Wow at KUSHIDA’s roll-up cradle body slam on BUSHI in the day 5 main event #BOSJ24 #tweet

The goldfinches brought one of their fledglings to the garden awwww #tweet

Promised myself I’d skip the stationary cam #BOSJ24 shows but I have to watch the Liger matches. I mean come on, it’s Liger #tweet

Love that the nuns are like ‘we were planning this all along’ and not bowing under considerable public pressure #tweet

When I woke up this morning I could’ve sworn it was Sunday #tweet

Still on day 2 of #BOSJ24; Liger taking it to Takahashi is a wonderful thing to behold #tweet

This animated short did the rounds a month ago so you’ve probably seen it already, but I like it so it’s here. [c/o io9] #video


“A subreddit around interactive explanations, thinking tools, concept visualizations, and other media for communicating and generating ideas.” Even at that, much of this goes way over my head. But it’s still worth a browse. #link

Won’t be at the Afghan Whigs gig tonight, alas, but I know a few of you are going so enjoy yourselves #tweet

Two months into the MeFi Baseball season and I’m strictly a middle-of-the-pack runner. All these injuries! I know how the Mets feel #tweet

Just read about the main event at PROGRESS. All I can say is, get your MMA out of my wrestling #tweet

Ax & Smash > Axl & Slash #tweet

Whoa, FloSlam can gerrowra that garden with that 50% subscription rate hike #tweet

In a CS chat window for my ISP. It’s funny how troubleshooting issues only goes as far as your own end; couldn’t possibly be the cabinet #tweet

Provided our broadband connection is stable enough, I’ll be catching up on #BOSJ24 today. I expect I’ll be skipping a bit, too #tweet

Y'all I had to mute The Rock for a month as I just couldn't handle that 'critics against people' horseshit any longer #tweet

Felt run down for days and my knee is killing me but I’m on holiday for a bit so swings and roundabouts? #tweet

It’s my lunch break and I’m watching It’s Alive 3: Island of the Alive on YouTube, so that’s how my day is going #tweet

Bass is on its new stand. Nice. Now I just need a proper amp. Or maybe an iRig would be a better option for me #tweet

Oh hey my Amazon order arrived finally #tweet

Gah, Boris are playing on a Sunday a million miles from my bus home #tweet

The new NJPW World website is much nicer, but VOD still no longer works in Chrome for me #tweet

There’s nothing more ‘90s than flashbulb cuts in music videos #tweet

My Thumped review of The Red Turtle

Studio Ghibli’s first non-Japanese production, and a beautiful one it is too. Plus a few words on the latest entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. #link

It’s sad to think that in the wake of tragedy, compassion is a story; why the expectation to default to vengeance? #tweet

18 years today since we lost Owen Hart. I don't think I ever really got over it #tweet

Apologies to Timothy Dalton but I never saw your Bonds. A View to a Kill was mine #tweet

Even the better sources resort to idle chatter when there’s nothing new to break, so maybe stay away from the news for a bit #tweet

Hey US media: your coverage of Manchester is tabloid bullshit right now #tweet

What kind of monsters attack children? Cowardly doesn't even cover it #tweet

Those hiking shoes I ordered last Tuesday arrived this morning. That Amazon order I made last Sunday hasn’t even been picked yet #tweet

So, rent controls would bring on a constitutional crisis, but requiring a 'non-compulsory' ID to access citizenship rights wouldn't? Got it #tweet

The Heel Who Flexed: How Jinder Mahal got to the top of WWE

Ahead of tonight’s Backlash PPV, David Shoemaker over-analyses the Jinder Mahal ‘phenomenon’. But it’s strangely fitting, considering the ruckus his push has caused among wrestling Twitter, etc. My take? He’s boring, it won’t last, the end. And if I want to see a real heel in WWE, I need look no further than the conclusion to last night’s NXT TakeOver: a masterful presentation, not just by the wrestlers but the TV production side as well. #link

Test-driving a new VPN this weekend and we’re pretty happy with it so far #tweet

Spoiler thoughts: I went to the trouble of muting the requisite hashtags, so the least you could do is go to the trouble of using them #tweet

Started my Saturday with a film review draft. But now I’ve used up all my brain juice #tweet

On Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell@P&L

Soundgarden were my band. ‘Black Hole Sun’ came on MTV some time in the early summer of 1994 and I was transfixed. Before that moment, ‘rock’ was a big ugly thing to me, for older kids who drank in the park or hung out at the Wellington Monument with candles and baggy clothes when Kurt Cobain topped himself. So this was a strange feeling, hearing that song, with Chris Cornell’s soulful voice and Kim Thayil’s colourful guitar lines, alluring and scary at the same time. I didn’t even hear the album Superunknown till months later, when I got a CD player for Christmas. I’ve probably played it hundreds if not thousands of times since then. I still have the original CD. More…

Reading things about how much of a nice guy Chris Cornell was is lifting some of the dark clouds round these parts #tweet