Administrivia: 27 January 2023

This post is more of a note-to-self for me. I have long lamented Netflix’s apparent refusal to release The Irregulars on DVD. I’ve been collecting Rory’s works, as some of you know, and that’s hard to do when there’s no hard copy.

It’s been a while since I searched, so when I saw some mention of it today (I guess? I’m kind of in a bit of a mental fog) I searched again.

Apparently it is available as a region 4 out of Australia.

I don’t know a thing about DVD Land. This may be pirated. Or maybe just there’s been some kind of deal to release this show on hard copy in Oz but nowhere else. But just be aware this could be a hinky site before you plunk down your hard-earned pocket change.

Just the same, I’ll keep it in mind. It’s pretty easy to reset an external DVD drive to play a different region than the one your country’s in; failing that, universal region-free DVD players (which attach to your TV, usually) are a thing.

Now if someone would just bend Annie Griffin’s ear about Coming Soon

Burns Night

A Bottle And Friend

There’s nane that’s blest of human kind,
But the cheerful and the gay, man,
Fal, la, la, &c.

Here’s a bottle and an honest friend!
What wad ye wish for mair, man?
Wha kens, before his life may end,
What his share may be o’ care, man?

Then catch the moments as they fly,
And use them as ye ought, man:
Believe me, happiness is shy,
And comes not aye when sought, man.

– Rabbie Burns

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P.S. If you would like to watch a performance of Burns’s “Address To A Haggis,” go here at 8pm GMT. You can convert that to your local time here.

Administrivia: 23 January 2023

Adding in more header photos. It’s a very easy, low-stress way to improve the site and it’s long overdue, frankly. I mentioned in the previous incarnation of this blog that I hadn’t been happy with the way the previous crop of header photos had turned out. This was because I had been fucking lazy and thought that simple trimmed (of black bars around the edges) screenshots would suffice. Unfortunately that’s only true if you’re on a laptop or something else with a horizontal screen orientation. People on phones or vertical tablets were sometimes finding that Rory’s face got cut in half or was missing entirely. This simply would not do, so I planned to fix it at some point.

Well, welcome to Some Point. Enjoy your stay.

I am debating something with myself, too. It’s not terribly important, but I thought it might be cool. I thought I might do a subsection of the Links area about Scotland and Scottish stuff. What do you think? Well, I can’t imagine I’ll hear much feedback about that. But one thing about me getting obsessed* with the big man is that I followed up and got curious about Scotland, and once I went down that rabbit hole I didn’t want to come back out again. I even thought I’d love to go over for at least a few weeks — yes, with some faint hope of running into him, since I’d rather knock back a few at a pub with him and listen to his stories for an hour or three than spend thirty seconds getting an autograph and saying hi at a con. But I thought that even if I never saw him I’d still have an excellent time. From this distance Scotland reminds me of the Pacific Northwest, particularly the Puget Sound area, but with nicer people in it. And swearing is more socially acceptable unless you’re posh, which means I’d fit right the fuck in.

ANYWAY. Might be fun to put together a sort of Scotland 101 links page and link it off the main links page — have I lost you yet? But like that.

I dunno. I already have other stuff I’ve fallen way behind on. But it’s at least on a sort of tentative agenda in the back of my skull. We’ll see if I make it happen.

Can’t help thinking Rory would like it too, a little bit. He seems to be all in about promoting various Scottish things.

When he feels like having the social interaction.

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*In a harmless, well-meaning, Aspie-nerd sort of way. Promise.

Administrivia: 19 January 2023

Very slight updating to the bio page. Not a big deal, just a thing I noticed I needed to change.

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Got approached by someone going “oh how romantic, he finally found someone in his 50s,” and I don’t think they were being sarcastic or ironic. I do like the idea that he’s got someone looking after him and someone he can look after — he may be his own best company but even introverts get lonely. I don’t know how schmoopy he might get, though. I dunno, I can’t really see it. He strikes me as mostly practical. That may be the Scottish-ness, I don’t know, or it could just be him. When I read where he used to talk about relationships and women I got the impression he really wasn’t down for a lot of bullshit, just wanted to be treated like regular folks. I could see him spoiling her rotten, in his way, but the whole thing of… well, let’s put it like this. I’ve known of some guys who tried to get into the flowery language and behavior around some woman they loved or were attracted to. It gets gross. I can’t see him doing that, and I’d be glad if he didn’t. Not out of jealousy. Out of not wanting to get nauseated. Because I wouldn’t want a hypothetical partner being like that with me either. I know these guys mean well, but it’s just really over the top.

I wouldn’t be surprised, given how quiet he is about his marriage, if he’s tried to get into something with various women several times over the years since Hazel (his doctor ex from the early ’00s) and just never said anything. But then I have this weird idea that a lot of the things we have assumed about him haven’t really been things with him, but he’s let us assume they were true because it wasn’t important to him to set the record straight. Basically, if he hasn’t come out and explicitly said that something’s true about himself, the field’s wide open as far as I’m concerned. He was always going to be too sweet and gorgeous to be alone for long. We’re just now hearing about a for-sure because someone accidentally told me. And I’m not sure they were supposed to. And I only repeated it because, as I said, marital status is considered public information. Well, by everyone except certain rabid fans. Y’all can have that. I’ll be over here living in reality. I would rather know. I don’t have to know who, I just want to know.

It could be my own bias, given what I’ve suffered at the hands of someone who never gave me the full story on anything I needed to know unless I dragged it out of him, but at the same time this is a thing we’ve had in our culture for a long, long time. I’m an outlier about a lot of things, but not about this thing. Most of us want to know. We’ve generally agreed we should know. There it is.

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I see I’m still getting more visits than usual here. I would love to give you an update on all of this, but the information given to me really was a one-off and I doubt I will ever hear from that person again. All I can say is I have 100% reason to trust the source and the statement’s validity. It was just a really weird situation that I didn’t get into on purpose and I’ll be stunned if it ever happens again for any other issue concerning him.

I mean, I gotta say I’ve had my moments here: some of the people who used to follow the account on Instagram, the once or twice I heard from Chloe (his former makeup artist: nothing to really brag about in terms of being singled out; she is really, really good about communicating with fans in general when someone’s got a question she can answer), the random exchanges with the woman who licked his face in The Book Group and the woman who went to high school with his sister, and so on. It’s not the Rory exclusives that Hound’s Lair gets, but it’ll do me. I’m not sorry I started this thing. I’m only sorry I haven’t done better with it. Well, it’s not a done deal. It’ll be around for a while yet. And I get good library time lately, so I’ll probably take advantage.

Don’t count on any screenshots for a while yet, though. I suppose I could watch my DVDs here in the library, the problem is I’ve got them in storage because I couldn’t justify keeping them in the car. But if I can get that going again after things settle down, I was thinking maybe do them with the commentary like I used to do on Instagram. That seemed to tickle some people’s funnybones. I wish I could say I was that funny in person. I would be lying. Alas.

Administrivia: 16 January 2023

Had a bit of a hiccup today and yesterday with the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, as the library was closed both days. So I haven’t been on my laptop today. I was at a coffee shop yesterday but didn’t get around to here. And now I’m on my phone. And now I’m putting you all to sleep so let’s get on with it.

Haha, remember how it was me saying “oh no, big man can’t be married, and here’s why”? Well, now I’ve gone in the direction of “yes, he probably is” and apparently there are people coming up with reasons that just can’t be. Y’all got more camps than a Roman legion. I’m just saying.

Look, I don’t get why he runs around without her either, but we’re talking about the guy who will not even go on record to say he’s hitched. I have to think she insisted upon staying on the down-low because, as I’ve pointed out before, he was a pretty open book about this back in the day. Maybe she knows the fandom a bit too well? Maybe she has a crazy ex? I dunno, but something’s going on there and hey, if it were me, I probably wouldn’t want to tell people either. ‘Course, my reasons would be probably be very different. For one thing, I am not red-carpet material. Not arm candy. Nothing to brag about, really. People would laugh. I would be very sad. I can’t fathom she has those issues, I’m just saying it’s possible to have some kind of issues and those would be mine.

Anyway, from what I understand, he had been working when spotted in Northeast England two weekends ago. It’s pretty normal for actors to not take spouses along on a job. He clearly takes her other places. I bet she was the photographer for that pic of him in his IG post, as well as holding the camera for his silly little joust video. (And by “silly” I mean “big man is too cute for his own good.”) And of course they were in Portugal together.

As to the idea that if he were married she would have sorted out his wardrobe by now. Yes, I heard (read) that sentiment expressed. Damn, y’all savage. 😆 No seriously though, don’t be like that. And here again I can only speak to how I’d do in that hypothetical situation. If he launders it, keeps it in good repair, and is marginally competent at matching colors, I don’t give a rotten fuck what he wears. Well, okay, don’t be a weirdo with it (for reasons of political neutrality and drama-avoidance, I will not elaborate), but other than that.

I gotta say (1) his prioritizing a good time over being a fashion plate impresses me — he knows friends and family and laughs matter more; (2) it’s been tremendous fun for me recognizing some of his shirts, e.g. “Oh hey, that’s his Hound audition shirt!” which, by the way, I think he still owns; (3) I would be the world’s biggest hypocrite if I criticized his wardrobe because I dressed like a hobo long before I became one. I wouldn’t even call him one. I’d say he likes to be comfortable. Is me. I get it.

But… come on. We’ve seen him be gorgeous and natty.

Bond. James Bond.

Bet he didn’t need any woman to show him how to do that.

But I have to say even his unkempt look, especially in full beard… mmm.

[slap]

Oh. Right. I said I’d scale that back.

Anyway. YOU know what I mean.

Okay. Perhaps more work on this site tomorrow. No promises, but I’d like to. ‘Later.