Administrivia: 27 July 2022

I’ve mentioned several times in the past that I use a visitor tracker.

For those of you previously unaware who are now panicking: Yes, it records your IP address. No, that does not tell me where you live, other than city, state/shire/province, and country. It’s not like a street address. It just says where on the internet you are, and the internet is mapped out geographically, sort of. A few of you know that and are still paranoid and I notice you are using anonymous proxies to come here and that’s fine. I employ the thing out of curiosity, not because I want to stalk anyone, so if you want to opt out you are certainly welcome to do so. Though I have to say I do get a kick out of seeing Scottish visitors, and particularly from Ayrshire and Glasgow.

(If you don’t know why by now, you need to look around this site some more.)

ANYWAY. I had a reason for bringing this up. When I look at the visitor tracker my favorite bits are how many people have stopped by and where they stop by from. I might glance at other bits like search engines, what browser used, etc., but they don’t grab my eyeballs as often. And the thing I’m probably least likely to look at is what search terms people use to come here.

It is probably just as well, looking at the list just now. I’m beginning to wonder if maybe I should tone down the swearing. Because a LOT of people seem to have come here using some combination of the terms “big,” “ass,” and “XXX.”

😐

At first I thought it might be some kind of weird trap because the list of search terms renders them as links to the relevant Google search results and yes, if you click on those word combos you get taken RIGHT to porn results. I thought, “What sort of rank fuckery is this, and should I worry about it?” I mean, I’m the only one who can see that list, anyway.

Then I thought about it.

“Big” is explicable enough: it’s only in the fucking website title. I probably say the word at least once in every blog post. It’s all over the bloody place otherwise.

“Ass,” well, see what I said about maybe I should swear a bit less. Probably won’t, but I’m still at fault for that one.

And then I kind of chuckled because I know where “XXX” came from, too.

God, the internet is weird. Also, I try to remember to mention Rory’s full first and last name* at least once per blog post but clearly either I’m not doing it enough or it’s not helping. While I’m the only one who can see that search term list in my visitor tracker, perhaps it is reflective of the site’s performance on Google. There are a couple search phrases people use to look for Rory that do turn me up on the first page of results, but only a couple that I’m aware of. So, maybe that’s something to try and tweak more in the future.

Still good for a laugh though. Jeez.

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*Someone remind me to ask Rory if he has a middle name if I ever meet him. Everyone seems to think it’s Phillip, but I couldn’t find any evidence of that, and it’s now been removed from his Wikipedia article.

More than meets the eye?

Oh hey, I’m writing in this thing twice today! I just got a Google alert.

Who’s got a new voice acting job?

Big’s got a new voice acting job!

Specifically, Rory McCann gets to play this guy.

I gotta say, I was a little weirded out at the news because I had vague memories of the TV cartoon from childhood and I could have sworn Megatron had a higher, raspy voice. I was like, “Are they basing this off Movie Megatron?” because I haven’t seen the films.

Then I went and looked up TV Megatron and turns out I was misremembering. Yeah… I can see it.

Here is the announcement from San Diego Comic-Con. For those of you unfamiliar with the franchise, this is a BIG role, second only to Optimus Prime. Which, frankly, Rory could have pulled off very well, and I can’t really picture Alan Tudyk in the role but hey, we’ll see, won’t we? And Rory seems to prefer being bad guys. Or that’s how everyone wants to cast him. Same result, in the end.

The really really funny bit is that fan scuttlebutt had apparently previously held that maybe Rory would play this guy:

Sludge. Not only a Dinobot but the dumbest of the Dinobots. This is how you nerdboys see Rory, huh? Eat my chonky ass, nerdboys. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

(and Noel Fielding? Really??? What the hell are you people smoking???)

Anyway. YAY! Moar acting work! I guess Rory took that suggestion to try voice acting absolutely to heart. It’s got to be a lot less taxing than the shit he was put through in Game of Thrones, though. No more eleventy billion pounds of armor and drinking nasty flat ginger beer! Also yay!

Still waiting to hear more about the DCI Daley role, though…

Administrivia: 23 July 2022

…Oh, all right, I guess I’ll put my two cents in on this fucking fad.

We’ll completely ignore that I’m old enough to remember where these characters came from.

Little Miss Rory McCann Fangirl

That IG handle will take you to the creator of some of the more widespread Little Miss and Mr. Men memes, though the franchise isn’t her intellectual property. I mean… it’s memes. Whatever.

If you click on the image here, it’ll open the full-sized file in a new tab. Yes, you can use it. Don’t take the stuff off the bottom. I know this site could be better, but I still like to get my visitors, as anybody would.

When I saw there was a star-shaped Little Miss (I remember the storybooks, but not every single character), I knew I had to use that one. Fangirl. Actor. Star. Geddit? heh heh heh

…..

I still have a few memes around here that I made about the big man. I’ve shared at least a couple here in this incarnation of the blog. Maybe I should do a roundup soon. Maybe like five of you will ever see it.

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I took a mental-health day and really hoped I’d be farther along with stuff and nonsense than I actually am, but it turns out taking a mental-health day includes not fucking acting like an adult one single fucking iota, and that’s just going to have to be okay. I went out and got food and laundry supplies. That was basically it.

I’m waiting to hear back about a new temp gig thing that opened up. I’m hoping to get news of that on Monday maybe. I’d like to apply for a couple of normal jobs before I turn in, as well — it’s half an hour past midnight right now and I’ll be surprised if I’m in bed before 3am.

Am thinking about trying to draw something again. My setup is not great. I have this dinky round table and let me tell you, I hate round tables. About the only place they work is in Arthurian legend; everywhere else they use space inefficiently. Best you can say about them is you’ll never bump your ass on a corner and leave a bruise. Watch where you’re walking and you usually won’t have that problem. Anyway I use my laptop to hold the source photo if I’m drawing from a photo so I need to clear off the stupid table soon so that I can even try that and it’s still going to be a close fit, unfortunately.

What would I draw? Probably Rory. The Hound? Dunno. Already did that once.

Hound drawing

But I wasn’t totally happy with it (this even after redrawing his face) so I wanted to do it again. So it could be this image again. I don’t know yet.

Normally I grid when I’m going for realism. I didn’t do that with this drawing, I just sort of eyeballed things. I have to say I didn’t do half bad considering I was winging it, I’m just… not happy enough. This is actually pretty normal among People Who Make Things, though. I had friends back in high-school art class who would turn out something amazing and I’d be like “wah, you are better than me” and they’d be like “see, this spot is where I erased too hard, and this bit over here is half an inch too long” and they could see it and I couldn’t. We’re like that.

If you want to see what it looks like when I grid, here you go:

Rory drawing in progress

Now. About this drawing. Let me tell you about this fucking drawing. I attempted this drawing THREE FUCKING TIMES. Not once did I finish. Not even once. I am not precisely sure what was going on there, but it was like I hit this huge artist’s block or something (inasmuch as I would call myself an artist, and jury’s still out on that one, far as I’m concerned — feels a bit more like being a human Xerox machine, not very creative really) and just couldn’t continue. I don’t even have any of the three attempts in progress. I trashed them.

I actually want to go back, finish this image, and then do the one that goes with it where he’s got his hand halfway to his face and is looking surprised (one person who saw the photo said he looked like he was about to sneeze, I think it looks like he’s clowning) so it’s a two-drawing grouping. But as I can’t even finish the one, we’re not even gonna consider the other.

I have one other pic of him that’s finished but I wasn’t happy with it either. There seems to be a common theme going on here. I won’t show you that one. (It’s not perverted or anything, I just don’t like it much.)

Anyway. And now I have worked out how to grid in such a way that I have no lines to erase. I like it a lot better. I didn’t finish the pic I first did with this technique either, but by that time I was at Dad’s last fall and honestly, I wasn’t in a good headspace, plus any time people around me in meatspace see me draw, they start asking me to do things for them which just throws me completely off my feed. (Because I’m slow and then I have to contend with “when are you gonna get this done” and then being underpaid for it which just takes all the fun completely out of it. Pass.) So eventually I gave up. That’s now been trashed too. But here it was in progress.

guess which movie *this* was from

I really like that image of him (no doubt most of you know what it was), so I’ll probably try that one again too. I would also like to get him in his Greek getup for Alexander, however. He was SO PRETTY in that. In, y’know, a rugged, manly sort of way.

Sorry, Rory. Can’t help it.

Lil’ Miss Fangirl, that’s me. Mwah.

Administrivia: 19 July 2022

I seem to be dealing with my financial situation a bit better. I had set my sights too high trying to cope with it previously, I think, and that was causing extra stress. So I lowered my standards a little and now it’s like things got easy. [knocks on head] On top of all that I have an onboarding tomorrow with a temp agency that’s found me work before, though the employer was an ass and dropped all our hours. I have temped for that employer before and this is textbook for them, which is a shame because I enjoyed the first job I had with them, but never mind. I don’t know who the current employer is, I just know it’s near me and I’m pretty sure it’s morning hours only. I am not what you’d call a morning person, but 9am isn’t bad, and I’ll have time to do other stuff the rest of the day. I also get to miss most of the morning traffic, which is extra cool. And it’s gig temping, which means I pick which days I work, which is good for all sorts of reasons. If I can keep this for a while it’s around $16 an hour and I would still drive to earn at least $50 a day on top of that, so I should be able to get some of my financials sorted for the short term. Some good thoughts my way would be appreciated. Thank you.

Speaking of knocking on one’s head. Funny Rory story there. Here in the States, we say “knock on wood” for luck. One day it occurred to me to knock on my head when I said that, because I am all about the self-deprecating humor, and I’ve been doing it ever since, for well over a decade and a half now, at least. Well, a few years back I was watching that three-parter of Rory doing a live Q&A in Glasgow, and he was chattering on about something and then goes, “touch wood,” and KNOCKS ON HIS HEAD. “Touch wood” is how UK people say “knock on wood.” Same usage. All this time I have never run across anyone who did my knocking-on-head thing, and that includes people who’ve seen me do it — they never picked it up from me. But Rory does it. So I’m sitting there pointing at the screen, eyes bugged out, jaw dropped to the fucking floor, “OH MY GOD, HE DOES IT TOO!” It was pathetic. Hahaha.

I’ve been thinking about him a good bit lately with the heat wave going on in the UK. By U.S. standards it’s not so bad in Scotland, where the temps are apparently running in the 80s Fahrenheit, but down in London I think they’ve broken the 100-degree barrier. I remember Rory talking about how when he auditioned for Game of Thrones in London, it was hot and he was very grumpy, even before he figured out his sister printed him off the wrong audition speech, which tells me he’s no great fan of hot weather. Warm, sure — I mean, he’s been seen in Portugal, which seems to be a favored vacation spot for Scots — but I think if he had to be in London right now he’d melt into a puddle of rage. Poor guy. So I wonder if he’s escaped to the Highlands for a bit of camping to get away from it all. That seems to be the one spot on all of Great Britain (the island) where the climate’s actually reasonable. And it’s probably still unseasonably warm there.

Okay, got stuff to do and it’s a bit later than I wanted already. See ya.

Administrivia: 11 July 2022

It’s been almost a month since the last, so here’s another “I’m not dead” post.

I have this whole thing going on right now where, if I’m smart, I’m working every day. I hate it, but it keeps a roof over my head. The main things I hate are worrying that my car will go kaput (had a mini-heart attack the other day when I realized I had a leak in a tire that is less than a year old but happily, tire repair is the one thing mechanics don’t over-charge for) and not having a whole lot of down-time to do anything actually fun. So I don’t have a lot of time to do anything special here, and my other option is when my lipsfingers are moving on the keyboard and I’m complaining about something, which is whinging [sticks tongue out at Rory], and a body can only take so much of that before they decide to go read things somewhere else. I understand. Thus the not a lot of updating.

The nice thing about fandom, though, is that you have it/ are in it whether or not you are maintaining a whole-ass psycho-obsessive website about it. So there’s that.

NO I’M NOT TAKING THE SITE DOWN. The domain name doesn’t expire until next April, anyway. If I haven’t got my shit relatively together by then and thus can’t afford to renew the domain name, I fucking deserve to lose it. That’s just the way that is. So there.

Whatever I get up to between now and then to update things here is whatever I get up to. Or nothing at all. We’ll see. I can’t promise anything.

Okay. Enough of that. Here’s Rory. Very likely one you’ve already seen but what the fuck, I like it too. And him. Again I say: So there.

Rory McCann as Kenny McLeod in The Book Group

P.S. I have come to the realization that this year marks thirty years since I graduated high school. In fact, the 8th was the thirty-year anniversary of my joining the Army, as well.

That’s okay. Today is the 31st birthday of the daughter of a woman I went to high school with. High-School Classmate is a year younger than me and the mother of a 31-year-old. My older kiddo is 26. Point. Guffaw.