Administrivia: 13 October 2022

If Rory ever reads this post he will have to chase his eyeballs across the floor. It’s pretty much bullshit. But I ran across a funny (to me) thing and I had to share.

I follow Michael Rooker on Facebook, because I like some of the characters he’s played and he himself seems to be an interesting person, plus he actually interacts with his fans sometimes. It is less a “wish he’d say something to me” and more a “wow, he’s really cool” overall. Anyway, a few Walking Dead actors (Chad Coleman and Josh McDermitt, before he got hounded off the platform by abusive morons, and possibly one or two others I can’t recall now) have already interacted with me slightly on Facebook so if I had a pathological need for that sort of attention, I’ve already fulfilled it. No big.

Point is, Rooker posted this photo today.

Norman Reedus licking Michael Rooker in a beaver hat

Okay, you’re thinking, he posted a photo of himself clowning with Norman Reedus. So?

So, the HAT.

I can’t assume all Rory McCann fans have seen all the photos ever posted of Rory online, so possibly you haven’t seen this photo up til now:

Rory McCann in a hat

Up until I saw Rooker’s photo I thought Rory was just in a random beaver hat. Ha-ha, “beaver,” geddit? Chalked it up to Rory just has a hat collection and thought no more of it.

Seeing Rooker in THE EXACT SAME FUCKING HAT, however, got my mental cogs turning. I don’t think those two have even met; if they did, it never made the news and Rooker’s never shared about it that I’ve seen — not that I’ve seen everything but I feel, somehow, like that would have gone viral. So where’d the fucking hat come from? It’s got to mean something, or be from a specific popular place. I’ve worked in clothing retail. Specific pieces are not THAT common unless they’re branded advertisements or they become trendy.

So… fuck it. I googled “beaver hat.”

This is a mistake, by the way, if you are not a very patient person.

But eventually my patience was rewarded.

The hat is by a company called Goorin Bros which is, by the way, given to what more conservative people would call risqué language. Not sure why, as the items themselves seem pretty tame. In fact, the shirt section alone has put me in mind of Macklemore’s famous song in which he mocks people for buying fifty-dollar t-shirts. That’s just some ignorant bitch shee-it.

The trucker hats are pretty cool, though. Unfortunately, the beaver hat is no longer available at their site. But apparently, you can still get it here.

Don’t ever say I never do nothin’ for ya.

P.S. The Rory photo is a cropping of a fan selfie. I will not go dig up the source right this minute because I have no idea what folder I put the screenshot in but if said fan sees this: sorry, dude. It’s interesting, if you go to his Instagram you can see evidence that he once posted the Rory pic (or you could last I looked, which was well over a year ago now), but the pic itself is no longer in his feed. I don’t know WTF is up with you Hound fangirls out there, but you really need to get a fucking grip.

edit: I just went back and looked at the beaver-hat listing. I had somehow missed there are words on the patches. Oh, my dude. Your sense of humor is something else. You must be an absolute riot at parties.


In other news, I did some more research on the whole car-brakes thing, and for right now I’m provisionally assuming that we’re just looking at a worn-down pad. I could get into fretting about the fact this only seems to have happened to one wheel — that’s really fucking weird. But the way it works is brake pads are deliberately designed with a metal tab that will come into metal-on-metal contact with the brake rotor when the pad’s worn down enough. The intended effect is to make a really obnoxious noise so you know you have to replace the pad. Which is fine if you have a few spare hundred to drop to replace the pads and also the rotor, which is standard procedure with pad replacements. Also you have to do it on both wheels on the same axle so that wear is even. Not that it was in this case. I wonder what that was about — did the previous owner only replace pads and rotor on one wheel? No way to know, but unless the caliper on the offending wheel is “off,” I can’t think of any other explanation. It’s not like I can control which brakes I apply from inside the car.

The worse bit is that I really should replace all four rotors and sets of pads, because the car just ticked over to 100,000 miles, and pads are supposed to be replaced roughly every 50k miles, and the front brakes are more important in the braking process than the back ones are, and if I’ve got a back one wearing down, what’s going to happen with the front ones, and when? Doesn’t bear thinking about.

Happily I think I’m going to get it sorted soon. It took some back-and-forth and bullshit, but hopefully by the end of this week. I’m also in talks with an actual job-placement agency (NOT a temp agency — I’ve had my fucking fill of temp agencies) to maybe find myself something and I have an alternate plan if that doesn’t work out so one way or another, shit’s going to improve.

Believe it or not I actually find Rory inspirational in all of this. He had it worse than I did for a while, in fact, and look at him now. I have zero desire to be an actor (occasionally I wonder how I’d do with voice acting — ask my daughter about my reading Harry Potter to her sometime) and there isn’t much else I could get into that would enact that drastic a change in my fortunes, but it’s the whole “if he got out, so can I” thing. I need that right now. I don’t have a lot else.

Good on ya, big man.

Bonus extra: 03 October 2022


oh my LORD



Business Insider thinks Rory is playing a ukelele in THAT VIDEO [link] [archive]


No seriously, I went for MONTHS after Kris Hivju released that video on Instagram, thinking Rory was playing a ukelele. It messed with my HEAD because… I dunno… I am not the ultimate expert on string instruments but I didn’t think it sounded quite right for a uke?

And then it hit me one day. It’s not a uke. Big man just has big hands.


Also, I suspect it’s the guitar he got autographed by Wilko Johnson, who played Ser Ilyn Payne and who is a famous musician in real life. I link to an artcle where he mentions this here. I doubt he would have left it at home after that, even though Hivju recorded that video years after the fact.

And… love song? LOVE SONG? Okay, I’m not familiar with the song but the way Rory sings it, sounds like he’s bragging about being single. Oh yeah. Romantic. 🙄

Gotta love entertainment media…

Administrivia: 03 October 2022

For a long time on Facebook I had so few “friends”* that occasionally Facebook would check in with me to see if maybe I might not like to add a few more and, if so, here was a suggestion list about ten miles long. Shut up, Facebook. But recently I’ve begun adding people or they’ve been adding me and so things have gotten a good bit more lively. It helps with the isolation.

Anyway, some of them are bad influences. Never mind what the inspiration for this meme was but trust me, it burned my tender eyeballs. 🙄

So then they handcuffed me and said anything I said could be held against me.  So I said, "Rory McCann."

Think I’ll go pin it on Pinterest. I haven’t pinned anything in ages. 😎

*I say “friends” in quotation marks like that because that’s what Facebook calls them. The person could literally be some random stranger I allowed to add me for no reason at all — and once upon a time, that really did happen and they weren’t all bots — and I’d still have to call them a “friend.” But in this case they actually were friends, as in people I actually know in real life, so in case any of them read this, hence my explanation. YES, YOU’RE MY FRIENDS. MWAH.

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.


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.