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


Date: July 2020

Just slap a big ol’ asterisk on every MLB stat this season #tweet

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There’s no support for the arts because the middle and upper classes see the arts as a hobby, not a skilled profession > @MacDara #tweet

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The Spin list’s biggest sin is giving X any oxygen of publicity in 2020 (and also, the best version of ‘Cyrano de Berger’s Back’ is objectively the one by the Flesh Eaters) #tweet

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Film review — Blood Brothers

This one’s a bit of a drag, alas, with a dearth of gripping combat and a thin love quadrangle plot that isn’t enough to sustain the two-hour run time. However, the impressive geometry of its shot composition does count for a lot. More…

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Sighing at everyone jumping straight to ‘ROIDS’ re Matt Cardona’s physique when all he’s been doing the last few months is work out and record his podcast #tweet

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Matt Webb: How would I improve RSS? Three ideas

We all know RSS was killed off by the double-whammy of Google shuttering Reader (for no real reason) and Facebook becoming the de facto walled garden for the majority of people online (finally realising the promise of AOL!). But it also never died. My blog has been consistently publishing a feed since the early days, although some backend SSL issues with my domain mean it’s not currently validating. But! You can subscribe to it just fine with NetNewsWire, which I’ve returned to after a few years with Feedly (which is also good, but it no longer recognises my feed, so…) and with which I’m rebuilding my ‘blogroll’. I’d also love the option to send newsletters from my Gmail inbox to NNW, but not enough to pay Feedbin $5 a month for it, sorry. #link

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This parcel arrived this morning; 16 days by ‘express’ post from the States. I’m still awaiting something sent via USPS on the 10th so good luck to me, I guess? > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — Come Drink with Me

No option to watch this on Prime Video without the atrocious dubbing (or with subtitles to translate the on-screen text and mid-film song) but holy moly it’s beautifully composed stuff, scene after scene, shot after shot. More…

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Save the date: the brilliant Dead Neanderthals are streaming a gig this coming Bank Holiday Monday > @deadneanderthal #tweet

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Do you like tapes? Do you like noise rock? You could do worse than give this a lash > @electricalsband #tweet

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I’m not getting into this on the forum thread where it started, but let’s be clear: Imperial Triumphant haven’t been ‘cancelled’ > @MacDara #tweet

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To mix my metaphors, the carrot on a stick of ‘foreign direct investment’ is a hell of a drug > @colettebrowne #tweet

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I’d forgotten about it till I was just clearing files from my Kindle, but it seems Instapaper now works again in GDPR land? #tweet

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Film review — Searching

Did you spot the big clue to unravelling the mystery right at the start? I sure did, then forgot about it till the final act, which is actually a good sign for how engrossing the story is despite the desktop interface gimmick. The one big mark against, alas, is (not a spoiler, you won’t know what I mean until the end) its unfortunate treatment of mental illness as a deviant character trait; I thought we were over that by now. More…

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#NowPlaying Thumbscrew - The Anthony Braxton Project #tweet

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Thread on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and the Government’s botched-in-real-time approach to it > @Tupp_Ed #tweet

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Will this be a Boredom Singularity match? > @WWE #tweet

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Just finished Beyond a Steel Sky with Bee; my first completed full-length adventure game, believe it or not #tweet

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If your head’s in a bad place, it’s probably not a great idea to watch Japan Sinks 2020. It’s just tragedy after tragedy, oof #tweet

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WCW at the Point Depot, December 1991. I met Bill Kazmaier backstage, and a bunch of us saw Mr Hughes looking out from the curtain with his fly open > @WrestleJoy #tweet

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There’s no single reason for WWE’s issues, but a big one is that a man in his 70s probably shouldn’t lead creative direction for a product primarily marketed to children and young adults > @allan_cheapshot > @MacDara #tweet

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I feel bad about this now, having seen the video, because I forgot that rinsing rice after cooking is a perfectly normal way of doing things in some parts of the world. So more fool me > @MacDara #tweet

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They won’t do it, but I think we all want to see Hiromu Three Belts #njsengoku #tweet

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To the handful of people who follow my blog via RSS or Atom: my feeds no longer validate, something to do with my awkward SSL setup, so haven’t worked in @feedly for a while #tweet

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The National Concert Hall Gamelan Orchestra (I didn’t even know we had one, but there we are!) in a special performance for the socially distanced Hotter than July festival. (I’d prefer if it were strictly instrumental but that’s just me.) #video

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This week I found a discarded latex glove and, separately, a single-use face mask just tossed into our front garden. That’s medical waste you’re littering our lawn with, people #tweet

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In a previous life I didn’t wash my rice before I cooked it. But I didn’t have a rice cooker in that previous life, either. The point is we can all learn and grow, and cook rice with respect #tweet

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Got shipping confirmation for a package from the US on 2 July, but tracking says the item didn’t physically ship out till the 14th. Is that the done thing now? #tweet

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North: Belfast* / South: Cape of Good Hope / East: Kruger National Park* / West: Toronto (*Not counting flight paths) > @jackalexe #tweet

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Film review — Fear City: New York vs The Mafia

“There’s a strange bond that sometimes exists between law enforcement officers and criminals. They both live by codes of honour and respect more stringent than most normal people. And there’s a certain psychological connection there.”

That’s one of the cops of this piece, inadvertently revealing the police psyche as we see it plain as day today. More…

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I’ve got more than a few friends who are Cardiacs fans so I’m thinking of them at the news of Tim Smith’s passing #tweet

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Trying to do some work but sunshine and humidity means the broadband’s down again so that’s put paid to that #tweet

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Film review — Matinee

Something tells me we won’t be getting any equivalent comedy-drama reminiscences of the Gulf War period in the next few years. More…

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Here’s a question for your Monday: Are supply chain logistics predicated on delivery drivers ignoring parking restrictions? #tweet

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Giving this morning’s press screening a miss as it would’ve meant a three-hour commute from door to door #tweet

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I mean really, how much was it to ask for a gangly eye flopping around on Rey’s face and then he yanks it off and throws it at Seth and Seth swallows it #tweet

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Watching last night’s Impact Wrestling show out of sheer curiosity. It’s been so long... are the ring ropes always so nubbly? #tweet

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Ugh ran into a logic bug fairly early in so need to replay a whole section from an older save gah! > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — Archive

Archive has an interesting story to tell in as far as how toxic masculinity can imbue one’s best intentions and response to grief — then chucks it for a cop-out ‘sci-fi’ twist that centres the problematic protagonist at the expense of its themes. A lost opportunity, indeed. More…

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The instructions on this pasta I bought the other day are literally ‘cook it till it’s done’ #tweet

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Bee and I are playing Beyond a Steel Sky and she is being very patient with me, especially since it’s the sequel to one of her favourite games #tweet

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Don’t understand the rush to defend Eamon Ryan’s snoozing on the job. Even if it was a politician I personally liked, I’d have to admit the symbolism is Very Bad #tweet

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Went to Newry yesterday for a couple of hours. Feck-all people wearing face masks in shops but at least I felt like distancing is still a thing, unlike here > @MacDara #tweet

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Travelled out of Dundalk today for the first time since… February, I think? #tweet

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It’s remarkable how much harder it is to enjoy AEW Dynamite when Schiavone isn’t on commentary #tweet

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My second attempt at making maple fudge (well, tablet) was more successful than the first, thanks mostly to using non-weird-smelling maple syrup #tweet

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