Administrivia: 20 September 2023

Hey, I don’t know who the fuck’s visiting here from Chicago from like a dozen related IP addresses in one day but you can knock it the fuck off. It’s not cute, it’s not charming, it’s gonna get your entire IP range blocked because there’s no fucking call for that. Period. Grow up.

I mean the chances of that even being a weird cellular-network glitch are pretty slim. Reads more like an attempted DDOS attack, and not even a very professional one.

I got no beef with Chicago usually; I’m aware some American conservatives have a hard-on for criticizing every little thing about the place and just making shit up if they can’t think of anything. That’s not me; I’m not a conservative anyway. That just really is where this fuckwit was from. No, I’m calling you a fuckwit. Yes, you deserve it. Don’t ever do that again.

Not a good time even if I were up for weird attacks. It’s the two-year anniversary. Go find something useful to do, like chasing parked cars. Thanks.

I almost never have news about Rory. We all know this. Hello to Dundee, though. [waves] Cheers.

Oi! Big man!

I will be very surprised if Rory has NOT ever heard of this band.


Big man! Watch! Enjoy! I just… have a feeling this may be up your alley.

One crazy coincidence

Some of you longtimers will recall I used to screenshot episodes of The Book Group on Tubi.

It’s totally free, no need to sign up for an account. The only real drawback, aside from the occasional ad (and it’s not too bad), is that they cycle through offerings a lot faster than Netflix does.

As you know, my ass is broker in the past two years than it was for over a decade before that because it’s just me now and I’ve got no backup anymore. So I haven’t tried paying for cable or Netflix or Hulu or anything like that. So, aside from checking videos out of the library, which I have also done from time to time (we have a fantastic library system), I tend to look to Tubi as one of my forms of television or film entertainment. Not all the time, but it’s there and sometimes I take advantage.

Well, tonight I discovered they have the film One Crazy Summer. I hadn’t seen it all the way through since I was a kid, and have forgotten more than I remembered. I did remember liking it a lot, so was delighted and decided to watch it again.

And here is where I explain why I am writing about it here.

It’s a story about a guy last name of McCann…

…Who takes part in a sailboat race.

The universe is a fucking hoot sometimes.

A note to Rory McCann fans on Instagram

I have put this note on Instagram itself, and I will also share it here in case you get here first and go there afterwards.


Normally I don’t want to bother with these sorts of things because it’s getting too mixed up in various and sundry and I have gotten, like, fatally allergic to social-media drama. But I am given to understand people are being scammed and I’m not fucking having that. Big man doesn’t deserve his identity being dragged along for the ride either.


1. If it isn’t @bigmanrorymccann, it ain’t Rory.

2. Rory is 99% UNlikely to ever message 99.9% of people on Instagram. And that includes me. I never hear from him either. I am completely fine with this. Man’s busy and don’t know me from Eve.

3. Rory is certainly never going to ask you for info or send you links to click, or whatever these scamming fucking bastards are doing, to steal your account or rip you off. Again… Man’s busy. And that’s just not how he rolls.

So. Follow the blue check that I’ve already tagged twice [in the original Instagram post]. Ignore all those scamming fucks. Report them to @instagram. I understand someone’s notified Rory’s agent too.

Thank you. And for those of you who got snagged, I am sorry to hear it. I hope you nail their asses to the wall.


Someone emailed me about this today and first off, that was a fucking surprise: her email went straight to my normal inbox. I have no control over where they end up unless I use a filter, but I don’t think I have any (or very many) filters enacted there; nevertheless, in the past when people have emailed me about the fan site or Rory, it’s been a crap shoot and they’re highly likely to wind up in my spam folder. But secondly, she was the one who alerted me about the scamming specifically. Me, I’ll see something in my inbox on Instagram from a “Rory McCann”, take one look and know it’s not him, and delete the whole thing mostly-unread. Occasionally I’ll report them. Usually I just see them as a two-second nuisance. But it sounds like some of you weren’t seeing it that way. So be on the lookout.

And… I’m going to scold you a little bit. How many different fucking ways do I need to explain why this is Rory so stop saying it isn’t? That’s half the damn problem right there. Fans have been doubting his official IG account for months. When he didn’t have the blue check, I sort of understood though honestly, a little investigation would have told you that your concerns were likely unfounded. He has had people following him nearly all along who have his personal contact information: Chloe who was his Hound makeup artist from season four onward, and his agent, and a band who’ve actually met him, and his VOICE agent, and need I go on? They had other channels to check whether it was him, yet there they were. That should have been good enough for the rest of us until the blue check popped up. And now it’s there, so you’ve got no excuses left. It isn’t Twitter (X?). IG’s got slightly higher standards for verification. They just do.

So. Stop being fucking wet blankets and pay attention to what’s going on. Thanks. Not all of you were guilty of otherwise, but a lot of you were. Hopefully you were not taken in due to your inordinate degree of suspicion, but I never know what people are going to do anymore, so I’m covering all the bases. Moving along now.

[edit] He’s following Texas now too! Remember this?

Administrivia: 29 August 2023


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But, hey. How many times have I gone on about how LAZY entertainment reporters are? Making news pieces out of other people’s social media stuff. I mean, damn. They’re getting paid for what I’m doing here for free!

Meanwhile. Do people out there have an alert set for when I start whinging about Scotland not visiting here?

Because suddenly it was everyone in Glasgow and their frickin’ mother. NOT COMPLAINING. Always a delight to see.

(Also, I may be exaggerating slightly. But there were several hits. Didn’t look closer to see if it was all the same IP address. Not bothering now.)

P.S. I’m pretty sure The Daily Record is the namesake of The Daily Prophet in JK Rowling’s Wizarding world. I just started a blog about my love of Scotland, and at some point I am probably going to write about the intersection of Scottish landmarks and cultural references vs. works of popular culture. Not just Harry Potter either. The world of A Song of Ice and Fire might as well be set there — it’s crazy. That’ll be fun.