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


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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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Film review — Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero

Batman does nothing in this. It’s about 80% Barbara Gordon being a badass, 18% Robin stepping up and 2% at best of ol’ Brucie boy showing out for the grand finale. Meanwhile, the story isn’t sure whether it wants its Mr Freeze to be a tragic anti-hero or a comically ruthless villain, which might be a duality worth exploring if the scope were broader and the stakes were higher. More…

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Kevin Conroy was Batman. End of story #aside

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Don’t think I have the energy to traipse into Dublin for Godflesh tonight. I’ve got a QR code ticket thing; can anyone else use that? #aside

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Just spent the last half hour shopping around for that Mogwai Young Team vinyl reissue, how’s your Thursd… oh #aside

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Locked out of my Last.fm account (b/c muggins here forgot to change the email when I removed it from my host) so fingers crossed a kind support person can help me out #aside

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#NowPlaying King Crimson - Discipline (the 40th anniversary mix by Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp) #aside

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Here’s a really cool intro to gamelan for the uninitiated (I picked up the Dewa Alit record last Friday) > @Bandcamp #aside

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Would love to do this but unless it finishes at 10pm or something there’s no way to guarantee we’d get back home from Dublin that night > @aikenpromotions #aside

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Waiting for a parcel all morning; checked online and it says ‘delivery attempted’ but there was no knock on the door. Come on, like > @MacDara #aside

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