Administrivia: 03 July 2021

Oh wow, this turned out way better than I had any right to expect. This is hilarious. The theme is called Twenty Seventeen, and it is one of the “default” themes that comes with a WordPress install. I’ve been glancing at it and playing around with it a bit off and on for years, but never thought much of it. What do you know. Holy shit.

My ONE complaint insofar as the photo rotation is that it doesn’t work as well on my phone, and I am on an Android system using Google. You may find you have a similar experience. To wit, I can’t just reload the page and presto there’s another picture. Typically I have to have gone to other areas of the website first, then when I come back to the home page it’s a different picture.

But this is not a dealbreaker. I can live with it.

The one other issue with the photos is that I’ve got at least one where Rory is not centered in the picture, so if you’re on your phone you’re seeing a whole lot of nothing, just the background and whoever else is in the image. Sorry about that. But like I said, this thing works best on a real computer. I’ll try to be more mindful moving forward as I upload more.

In other news, I had an epiphany last night and I thought I’d share. It’s rather unlikely, but not impossible.

Some of you may have thought of this already. If so, my apologies. The way my brain works, I get a lot wrong immediately when I’m trying to figure out a situation but if I let the data percolate for a while in the ol’ gray matter, I start making interesting connections, figure out the situation more fully, or both. I wouldn’t say I’m slow, but… I’m slow. I get there eventually though.

So you’ve probably all seen the thing about Rory’s boats. Enough of you have seen the thing about Rory’s boats that when people google “Rory McCann boat” it comes up first after the image thumbnails in the search results. Finding that out was great fun. Anyway, I was going back over some pages last night to see how they looked in the new layout and I looked at that page too, and then I thought some more. Hm… Two boats that look very much alike… Apparently muddled sales-ad information… Two boats that look very much alike…

TWO BOATS THAT LOOK VERY MUCH ALIKE

…Oh. Right.

Hm. So I wonder if Rory really does own Wooden Boat. Stay with me, right? And his marina friend maybe owns a different Wooden Boat that is by the same manufacturer and in the same class. So basically Twinsie Boats, right? But the one Rory owns is not the one Marina Friend was selling. Maybe they still mixed up some pictures, but the one we all thought Rory owned (those of us who know the boat name and, again, if you don’t know, don’t ask me) was the one Marina Friend owned, and Rory owns the other one?

Put another way: Let’s say the boat Rory owned was named A, but we thought it was named B. Marina Friend actually owns B. Some exterior photos of A wound up in the sales ad because they were the only nice ones Marina Friend could get a hold of, but the interior photos were of B. And B is the boat Marina Friend was selling.

[edit: I corrected the above paragraph just a little bit because that first sentence made no fucking sense. I trust it’s clearer now. What it is now is what I meant.]

In fact, IN FACT, Rory and Marina Friend could have taken Boat B on that run to Norway just to see how it held up with the understanding that Marina Friend would be selling B at some point, while Boat A stayed home safe and sound. And Rory still has it.

Do you think that could perhaps be it?

…Right. Sorry. I don’t take comments here.

So it’s still entirely possible Rory’s on a boat, and maybe even the boat we’ve all seen him on in photos. And maybe we don’t know what the name of his boat is after all.

Even if we’ve seen him on Wooden Boat with Name B clearly visible at the time, doesn’t mean that was his boat. He could have been on Marina Friend’s boat at the time for some reason.

AAAAARGH

Anyway. I’m gonna laugh my ass off if it ever comes out I’m right. Meanwhile maybe this will be conversational fodder in fan circles if this hadn’t occurred to any of you. I am not counting on that because, like I said, I’m slow. But JUST IN CASE, y’know, there it is.

This actually occurred to me last night but I stayed up entirely too late for what time I was supposed to get up today and I thought, If I write another blog post it’ll be another hour before I sleep. No bueno. So I wrote a little note to myself and left it next to my chair. I’m pathetic.

Anyway! Enjoy your weekend. More pics forthcoming for header at… some point. Definitely.

Administrivia: 02 July 2021

You’re going to laugh at me.

I was digging through all sorts of things for another blog I’m working on (never mind, it’s not important here), and looking at features available on free themes through WordPress dot org, and then…

of all things…

after a moderate bit of testing, I realized that one of the default themes you get with a self-hosted WordPress install like this one is actually going to best meet my needs here.

*headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk*

Rotating header images? Check.

Header images bigger on the main page than anywhere else? Check. (So the content will be easier to read.)

Menu items wrap around properly, if I can’t put in header and footer menus? Check.

Okay. I can work with this. I like the Genesis stuff, but I was NOT looking forward to all the fucking around with CSS I’d have to do to make it do what I wanted it to do here. I might still want to change some stuff like link colors on the theme I’m about to use, but that’s not as hard as what I’d not been looking forward to having to do with the Genesis one.

I’m not going to set it up until I set up some images to put into the header. I don’t just want to dump screenshots into it; too many of them have black bars around them or are otherwise unsuitable. I’ll pick some good ones though, don’t worry. I don’t think there is an upper limit to how many the theme will take and it specifically has a rotation setting. This should be fun.

So you probably won’t see it tonight, but it shouldn’t be too long from now if not.

(But you never know. I need a shower and, while my hair’s really short these days and doesn’t need long to dry, it needs some time. I imagine I’ll make a decent amount of progress in image-editing if nothing else.)

Oh wait, right, I bet I know what you’re thinking. “Why are you starting another blog if you have so much trouble keeping up with this site?” Because in the new one I’m just writing (and I type at more than 100 words per minute), whereas here I have all this other content to take care of. They require different kinds of effort and different amounts of energy. That’s why.

Don’t worry. I’m still here, and stuff is still getting done. Promise.

Administrivia: 30 June 2021

I saw a sanitized version of this on the internet somewhere and thought, “Nah, no way would he talk like that.”

So I went and dug up the photo and put my own spin on it.

where's ma fuckin kilt

I don’t think I have the patter quite right, but it’s a hell of a lot closer than it was.

Also, I have a veterinary tech on my Facebook friends list and she commented something like, “Silly dog, you’re German.” So this is possibly (probably) not a Scottie, but I think he’s close enough for government work.

Additional note: It is habitual in Scotland amongst patterers to say “How is there no whisky in my bowl” rather than “Why is there no whisky in my bowl”.

If, y’know, two-legged Scottish types drank whisky out of a bowl. Which, at least while sober or not very pished, they do not.

Speaking of whisky, I’m almost done with the Highland Park but putting off finishing it. I don’t think I’m even halfway through the Balvenie yet and I’m deliberately dragging my feet because I could have gotten another bottle this month but other stuff happened first, mostly that my bedsheet set has finally given up the ghost (I somehow wore a hole in the ground sheet, and that’s a neat trick considering all I have ever done with that bedsheet set was sleep in it) and I needed another one. Priorities. Anyway, so far I like the Highland Park better than the Balvenie. I don’t know if you remember me saying there was this weird “gap” in the flavor when I first tried the HP, but that may have been because I was early in the bottle (maybe some of the flavor settled farther down?), or maybe just because I got used to it and no longer noticed it. At any rate I find it really enjoyable now. Don’t get me wrong, the Balvenie is really good too. It’s kind of a little sweeter, or as much as that’s possible when no one added sugar. I’d get it again at some point. I’ll definitely get the HP though. I’ll go back and find one of those beginner lists at some point and figure out what to get for next month.

This not being a whisky blog, some fandom crap now: I had been meaning for some time to find the issue of Rolling Stone that Rory probably appeared in. I think I have zeroed in on it, and someone was selling it on Amazon. If I’m right, that’s now on the way; if not, I spent fifteen bucks for nothing. We’ll see, won’t we? How exciting!

Also, I was on Pinterest the other day and — sorry, Rare Rory Pics — I saw this and got curious.

formal kilt

The reason I was curious is I have seen him in this getup in another photo by a completely other person.

formal kilt again

The account that posted this second pic at Instagram is mark_irvine28. I just went and looked at him and the pic is still there. Here’s the kicker, he’s posted it three times. The oldest instance of it was from early April of 2015. That doesn’t mean that’s when the event happened but it’s likely to be the closest to it. Given the usual fan habit of waiting a day or three before posting that they’ve run into him.

What interests me is that Rory’s completely in formal getup and not only is he wearing a tie, he’s wearing some kind of boutonniere. My brain goes immediately to “wedding,” and in fact to “Rory was part of the wedding party.” Best man? Groom? Who knows. Definitely not just an invitee, they don’t usually dress that formal.

He has the same exact boutonniere in the first photo, so that’s from the same event.

My personal theory based on the scant available evidence is that likely, if this was a wedding, Rory was in the wedding party, but not the groom. Why? His grooming, pardon the pun. The way he hovers between clean-shaven and bearded, and his hair’s kind of in-between too. When he wants to make more of an effort, we’ve all seen that he does. Unless he was about to start filming his comeback episode in Game of Thrones — and I don’t think the timing was quite right for that — but he has a pretty heavy beard so I can’t imagine he needed that much time to grow it out for work. Clearly he hadn’t started filming yet, for sure, because he hasn’t got that weird shaved bit on his right side in these photos.

But anyway, if I were a comic strip character I’d be going around with one of those thought bubbles full of question marks about this. I am intrigued. What was going on here, and what was Rory doing? Maybe one day we’ll find out. Who knows.

Administrivia: 23 June 2021

So, after the air conditioning problems I mentioned on the 14th, that got resolved on the 15th, and much more cheaply than it could have been done. That said, we started having refrigerator problems around the same time and had to actually call in expert help to see what was going on. This fridge is at least thirty years old and probably, to be frank, more around forty to forty-five. I’m really not sure, but somewhere around there. I opined that it would really suck if the part we needed to fix the problem was no longer being made, to which House Male tried to reassure me that every fridge-maker has interchangeable parts for all their models so it likely wouldn’t be an issue. Guess who was right. Not House Male. So we’re going to have to replace it, and payday’s Friday and it only happens once a month. We did get the fridge back up and running, but with lots of paranoia involved because honestly it could go again at any time. It can’t properly defrost itself anymore because the heater died. Yes, there is a part in a fridge called a heater. Oh, the irony.

So, that’s been my month. How’s yours been?

Oh. Right. I don’t take comments here.

Anyway.

Other drama has been going on and I have already been moving in a must-improve-my-life direction generally in the past year and a half — when I had the energy and sufficient lack of depression to do so, which means progress has been spotty. But it’s been lots better lately. It is amazing how anger can inspire you.

I wish I’d been angry the whole year and a half. I dropped nearly everything. I knit and crochet, but haven’t finished more than maybe two or three dragon-egg bags, and those are kind of no-brainers once you figure out what you’re doing, and small besides. Haven’t been seriously drawing at all. I was working on one of the big man, too, and it had actually been coming out quite nice, but I’ve lost all momentum and will probably shitcan it and start over. When, I have no idea. I still have things lined up to sew, haven’t started them. The kitchen looks a lot nicer than it has in years, however, and my room’s a lot more usable than it was a year and a half ago. It could always be worse.

I’m more than a little afraid it’s about to get worse, because House Male has been extraordinarily stupid and selfish, even for him, over the last few months and that came out of nowhere, so who knows what else is coming up. If I go completely silent for more than a month, shit probably went down. I’ll get back here when I can, if it does. I make no promises as to how much of the situation I will discuss here, because it really is off-topic.

Speaking of the topic. I don’t really have anything new, but I will say Screen Rant is reporting that Kevin Hart is claiming that there will definitely be a next Jumanji movie. Given what happened with the previous one, I will be very surprised if Rory doesn’t turn up in it. I can’t explain why without spoiling it, and surely some of you weren’t around for when I posted screencaps on Instagram for that, so there you go. You can still watch the third one. And it is the third one. The only reason I hadn’t watched the new movies earlier than I got around to doing was I thought they were a reboot of the franchise, which really irritated me. But no, they are a continuation of the story and, for the genre and everything, quite lovely in their way. You’ll see what I mean if you saw the first one and then watch these.

I am not aware of anything else the big man might have coming up. I don’t have the Instagram grapevine anymore. It is one of the few things I miss from IG, and sometimes I contemplate adding a page with an email form here as a substitute for it, but I haven’t quite gotten to that level of masochism yet.

Okay. Still doing the 10pm to 6am sleep thing… kind of badly. It’s around midnight now. I need to bail. ‘Later.

Administrivia: 14 June 2021

I’ve been going through massive amounts of suckitude lately, and there will be more in August, but to add to this particular bout of fun, our central air conditioning died two days ago.

The machine still works, but if you put your hand out over the condenser outside (that box thing with the fan in it), it blows cool air.

It’s not supposed to do that.

The actual owner of both house and a/c is off in La-La Land on the west coast (not Los Angeles, but bad enough, still too damn far away) and, conveniently, not anywhere he can get messages from me even though he specifically directed me to text him because he’s not picking up data. Oh, and the weather this week ranges from the mid-80s to low 90s Fahrenheit. Don’t ask me to convert that to Celsius, if you’re British. I’m pissed off enough. Google will do it for ya.

All this arose as an issue in the first place because he will blow money on stupid shit like cameras and games he doesn’t need but God forbid he maintain his fucking house, and our kid lives here with us, and she’s a minor. I probably would have learned how to do all this shit myself by now, but buying tools costs money I often don’t have, I’m not going to work to improve a house I will never own, and I refuse to do anything to his house that might get me sued if I fuck it up. So here I sit, fuming.

If he were my legal landlord, I could file a complaint.

Shame.

He’s the one I keep starting to complain about here and then holding off because, really, TMI. Just, trust me. This is the tip of the iceberg. I have until November 2 of next year and, if he hasn’t kicked me out by then for pointing out his wide variety of shortcomings in a fit of rage, I’ll be able to leave as there will no longer be any potential for custody issues. So I am trying to hold it together. Which is hard, because it’s in the low 80s F in this house and I don’t do well in heat. What a fucking laugh, I grew up in the Deep South. I got too acclimated to where I am now, more’s the pity. And I definitely sympathize with Rory being grumpy for his Game of Thrones audition, since he was overheated at the time.

Speaking of Rory. Oh yeah, Rory! Here, I’mma cheer myself up. You’ll like this too.

Bond.  James Bond.

This was… let me see… the SAG Awards in Los Angeles in 2014 or so? My impression that he looks like James Bond here was only intensified by learning that that’s what got him onto acting, wanting to be Bond in the first place. Shame on the UK film industry for never picking him up for the job. I think everyone would have enjoyed the Sean Connery flashbacks. I hear Rory is a lot nicer than Connery, too.

Mrowl.

I’m not even a Bond fan but I would totally watch it for him. So there.

Okay. Better. I’m sorry, I know I’m annoying. It will be better when the a/c is fixed.

Well. Better for me and you.

Maybe not for House Male.