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


Date: February 2021

Helped Bee install an SSD yesterday, which required temporarily removing the GPU and its bastard backplate fitting. Couldn’t screw it back in after, so used twine instead. Life is too short > @MacDara #tweet

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Our govt have proven time and again they’re incapable of doing what’s actually necessary to get us out of the Covid spiral. So good luck with your ‘summer’ plans, everyone #tweet

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My copy of the New Alliance comp Mighty Feeble might be a reissue, but it’s still from the ’80s and it’s getting its first ever spin right now #tweet

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Loads of stuff to check out here in this Bandcamp primer on cybergrind > @Bandcamp #tweet

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Spinning the new Mainliner double LP. It’s loud and trippy which is exactly what you’d want #tweet

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That’s twice in recent weeks that the Music app has lost my entire local library. What the hell is going on??!! #tweet

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I saw tonight’s #BeyondFriday is Freaked so now I’m chilling out to Blind Idiot God, the world’s finest instrumental metal/dub trio #tweet

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Starting into Homeland s08 tonight was a bad choice; my anxiety is bumping the ceiling. I need a stupid action movie or something to wind myself down #tweet

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Quick question: if an EU-based retailer advertises ‘free delivery’ with no caveats, but there is actually a delivery charge (€50), is that illegal under EU law? #tweet

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You know what? I’m not gonna dunk on ‘No films before 1975’ Guy’s tweet. Sure, it suggests a concerning closed-mindedness. But he’s not a film writer, and we’ve all got our weird biases and bad takes #tweet

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But it is a priority…to the moneyed middle classes that constitute the FG voter base > @TarynDeVere #tweet

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Spent an hour this afternoon cleaning my keyboard (2007 Apple wired, the best one) with surgical spirit and cotton buds. It looks good as (almost) new #tweet

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Film review — Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel

This is just…not a good documentary. If it’s about the mystery and tragedy of Elisa Lam, then it stretches what’s a two-hour story at best over a painfully meandering four hours. If it’s really supposed to be about the ‘web sleuth’ conspiracy theorists à la Room 237, then it does a piss-poor job of interrogating how their quasi-vigilante actions did and do far more harm than good. Overall, it has a sneering, right-wing slant that builds this false impression of Skid Row as a den of iniquity and a magnet for the morally bankrupt rather than what it really was and is: a manufactured project to ghettoise the underclass. More…

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Film review — The Yin Yang Master: Dream of Eternity

It’s adapted from a game that’s based on a series of novels so clearly has loads of fans, and when things kick off I can see the appeal. But so much of the film is taken up by a sub-Harry Potter mystery plot that’s as tremendously dull as the soppy romance at its core. More…

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Saturday morning: working, watching the snow fall, warming up with a double cup-a-soup #tweet

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Well, that’s Thursday nights out for grocery shopping. Too many dickheads #tweet

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Film review — Red Dot

Let me save you the trouble: this I’m-so-clever thriller hangs on the kind of preposterously grandiose twist that renders everything that came before completely nonsensical. It’s almost moot that it’s just cringeworthy calamity after calamity up till that point, and then more or less continues in that fashion. More…

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Film review — What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

The Pauline Kael primer, more or less. Fans of her work will probably be left wanting, despite (or because of) the hagiography. I was left with the impression of someone of whom I can appreciate the enthusiasm, but disagree with the methods. More…

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Honestly the worst part of the ‘Phoebe Bridgers smashes her guitar on SNL’ thing is the way the ‘monitor’ exploded in sparks like in WWE when they throw someone off the stage onto a worked pile of equipment > @MacDara #tweet

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It’s 2021 and there are still no Slovenly reissues. I don’t get it; they’re basically ‘what if Joy Division and Television were the same band?’ #tweet

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Film review — A Glitch in the Matrix

Unlike Room 237 — which was all curiosity about its subjects and their wackadoo theories, the topic at hand aside — A Glitch in the Matrix has a thesis. It’s not the strongest (to someone who started his philosophy degree the year The Matrix came out so never really saw what all the fuss was about) but it does the work of contextualising where solipsistic ideas like simulation theory come from, and the dark places they can end up. More…

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Who’s soon gonna have the complete vinyl discography of mid ’80s Long Beach punk band Phantom Opera? This guy #tweet

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Film review — Next

Not only does it squander its premise and render what should be a white-knuckle thriller as a weirdly staid talking piece for long stretches, it also fails to harness Nicolas Cage’s unhinged energy for any sustained results. Oh, and Julianne Moore’s character is a brunette. Why would you…never mind. Next! More…

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Film review — Space Sweepers

Completely derivative and far too long for the substance of its story, but there’s always something happening so there’s no time to get bored. That’s more than can be said for a lot of so-called spectacles of this ilk. More…

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Film review — Moon 44

This one is interesting as the first time Roland Emmerich worked with Dean Devlin (here as a co-star; he wasn’t yet a writer). The aesthetic influence of Blade Runner and Aliens looms large in the production design, but that’s the only suggestion of the potential that would be realised in Stargate four years later. In this case, Emmerich is working with a threadbare plot — mostly boring, occasionally uncomfortable — that simply doesn’t support the vision. More…

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What’s that you say? A book on the history of SST Records? Guaranteed purchase right here > @JimVermin #tweet

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