Administrivia: 23 April 2024

Yep, this was down yesterday.

Yep, now it’s back up.

What happened was I thought I had originally bought the domain on the 23rd five years ago. So I let my misremembering override my looking at the actual evidence; Hosting Service did email me ahead of time and I didn’t even look at the date it said. My bad. Sorted now.

I actually would have had it done on time, but Walgreens, Chime, or both have this policy that you can’t load less than $20 on your Chime account at a go and I needed to load $9. First I’ve heard of this. To say I was unhappy is an understatement.

In other news, I do believe the big man’s set a personal record for social-media participation: two posts in seven or eight days! AND replied to a comment Cary Elwes left, and I’m a Princess Bride fan from way back so my inner fangirl was bouncing madly in her seat. It doesn’t take much these days, I guess.

(If you didn’t know, Elwes is in the Knuckles show too.)

I have to say I’ve been kicking around a birthday idea for Rory for years but it isn’t going to happen this time. It may never. There are matters I need to investigate and skills I need to acquire and I don’t know if I will, especially with my internet situation being generally shit now. But I do like the idea. We’ll see.

I did send him a card a couple years in a row, but then life got crazy. Given what I know of his life situation now, likely I won’t do it again. I don’t know. I’ll keep an open mind and see what happens. It is not like his emotional health hinges on me sending him things. Haha.

Administrivia: 18 April 2024

I can’t remember if I have ever posted to this blog from my phone before. So this may actually be a first.

I couldn’t resist. New premiere photo droppage.

Rory at Knuckles premiere

Take the following in the context of my sincere and completely uncreepy admiration for the big man.

I had someone tell me ages ago that they couldn’t believe Rory was married because no one had cleaned up his appearance. I am not sure we talk about this in the fandom very publicly because it is too easy to sound mean about it, but he is a jeans and tshirts guy who keeps outfits a long, long time, and his grooming up til now has been shave it all off or let it go wild ever since his hair loss got fairly advanced.

Notice I shared no opinion about this. I am only describing.

But with that in mind, look at him again.

That is a new outfit. It looks fantastic on him, though it also totally changes his “vibe.” Another thing about him is he’d either be Scottish wild man or James fucking Bond if he did dress up. This is a complete departure from either.

And then? That is the most groomed I have ever seen his facial hair. WOW.

I am not ashamed to say I had to look at his pics twice because y’all, I wasn’t sure it was him.

I do have opinions about this, but they are not important and I don’t care what yours are either, Fandom, so no weird Instagram DMs trying to answer that question, please. I am just sharing the new thing. Enjoy. Or not. Long as the big man’s happy, that’s what’s important.

Administrivia: 12 April 2024

LOOKIT MAH WILD MAN TRYNA BE KNUCKLES

I miss seeing Rory be silly. Wish we’d seen more of him and less of Ellie. No offense, Ellie.

P.S. That beard is fucking magnificent. Rory’s. Not Ellie’s. 🤡 💙🤍💚

Administrivia: 08 April 2024

Oh look, it wasn’t a month again!

You will recall in the previous post I mentioned that Jason Momoa is doing a Guinness ad. He’s actually doing at least two. The first one I saw was the one joking about Ancestry DNA (or a similar service) telling him he was two percent Irish. The other one is just him hanging out with various people. I watched the whole thing hoping for a big man drinking photo. No dice.

Sniff.

But in the general theme of big-man-related (however distantly) TV ads? Have you seen the latest Scotts Lawn ads???

I had thought there were only one or two. There’s an entire muhfuggin SERIES.

Okay. I adore Kris Hivju. He’s fun. But he’s SO not Scottish.

I mean, I can hear him trying. I can hear him nail little bits of it here and there when he speaks. But it sounds more like “I hung out with Rory McCann for months filming the north-of-the-Wall scenes and I’m drawing on what I remember of him speaking off-camera to play this role” than like “I trained with a dialect coach.” And I wouldn’t be at all surprised if that (the former, not the latter) is exactly what it is.

I wouldn’t care, because it is just TV ads and it’s not like they will cure cancer or bring about world peace or anything, but the United States has this long history in our popular media of NOT getting Scottish accents (there are more than one) right. It’s not even close. Here we are with more access to information than we’ve had in all our history and someone should have done their homework on this. It would have been a lot more fun.

As a postscript, and apropos of absolutely nothing, I have seen the headquarters for Scotts Lawn with mine own eyeballs. They are located just southeast of Marysville, Ohio, just off US 33, and I have taken a few food deliveries out thataway (not to the HQ, but traveling the road past it) in the past few years. It is not one building but a literal compound and looks very Stepford. Which is no more than I’d expect from a corporation that is no doubt the darling of suburban homeowner associations across the United States, actually.

Okay. Just checking in. I’m off again. Have fun, kids.

Administrivia: 03 April 2024

Oh look, it hasn’t been a whole month! Whew.

Nothing new really, the same old stuff on Google Alerts (Rory will be relieved), etc. I’m just checking in. We had a bit of a hiccup with Dad’s health, but it turned out to be something easily fixed, so back to normal really.

I wanted to say that there’s a new(ish?) Guinness beer ad on American TV, with none other than the big man’s California drinking buddy.

Rory McCann and Jason Momoa

Rory McCann and Jason Momoa part 2

I mean it’s kind of a funny commercial, and particularly takes the pish about that very American tendency to look at two percent of your genes and go “I AM SUCH-AND-SUCH ETHNICITY!”, and it is worth watching just for that.

But what struck me is that Rory’s ALSO done a Guinness ad.

…Okay, go do your laundry and then come back. I’m about to say more stuff.

Done? Cool.

Anyway. So I got to thinking how COOL it would be if Jason and Rory did some “drinking buddy” Guinness ads.

YOU KNOW IT. They could even joke around about the Irish vs. Scottish thing. It would be a fucking riot.

Okay. That’s enough for now. I gotta pee and then I gotta go home. Hopefully it won’t be a month again.