Administrivia: 30 July 2021

This is less a site admin thing than a fandom thing, but I have to share, because it delighted me.

I was in a conversation with someone on a social media site because I had posted a pic of my dude in his most famous role. This is not the pic, but I’ll add it for color.

Sandor "The Hound" Clegane

This person was quite impressed with Rory McCann’s performance as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, and said so. I remarked that Rory had seemed slightly awkward to me in the first three seasons and pointed out that he’d only had one acting seminar for formal training, but that you could tell he was talented anyway because his ability really came out when he had a good director, and he had been blessed with several in his time on Game of Thrones. That he finally pulled the director for the Red Wedding episode who had a little talk with him and then Rory came into his own from season four onward. Boom.

Conversational partner was surprised by this and said they’d thought Rory was acting slightly awkward in the first three seasons on purpose, that it was all from having the scars on his face and feeling out of place because of that, but eventually he developed greater confidence and his demeanor changed as a result. (I’m paraphrasing.)

I said Rory would no doubt be delighted to hear that, and that for all I knew he had been doing the semi-awkward bit on purpose, you never know.

Frankly I only noticed the awkwardness after watching the show a few times and watching other things Rory had been in. I doubt most people saw the pattern. But if they did, maybe they made the same assumption as this person, so it all worked out anyway. I mean, Rory is not a fan favorite for nothing.

I think that is so fucking cool. Had to share. Don’t dare hope the big man will see this, of course.

Administrivia: 17 July 2021

So you know how Rory used to dock at Troon in Ayrshire? (Don’t know if he still does, but I know he used to.) There was a fire at their train station today!

Trains cancelled as firefighters tackle station blaze

Heard about it on social media first because I follow about umpty-billion Scotland-related Facebook pages now. The fire was severe enough to affect at least one nearby business, and they’re telling everyone traveling to or from Troon to just take the bus and no, the bus won’t take train tickets/ passes/ whatever, by the way.

Hope Rory wasn’t mixed up in that at all. Probably not, I can’t see him taking public transit much anymore.

Should be adding more pics to the website header soon. Thought about it today but am not sure I’m up for it. My sleep patterns are a lot better since kiddo’s doc told her to try sleeping from 10pm to 6am for her sleep issues, and of course your teenagers will listen to a stranger before they’ll listen to you. Haven’t had any up-all-nighters since we started with that habit, but I’ve had a few bad-sleep or little-sleep nights, including last night. So I’m torn between wanting to keep busy to keep myself better awake, and wanting to just go take a fucking nap. I imagine that’ll get worse as the evening wears on.

At last, more than a month after the fridge started dying, we may be replacing it for real on Monday or Tuesday. Not sure how much of that story I shared here, basically House Male gave himself less than half an inch allowance on the sides for getting a new fridge and it backfired spectacularly. Neither the wall nor the floor is trued up, for different reasons, so the fridge won’t fit in its allotted space. (The kitchen is an add-on to a Cape Cod style house.) Lowe’s then gave him the runaround on getting it swapped out but I think we may be on the downhill side of that bullshit now. We’ll see. I refuse to get my hopes up after the way this year has gone.

Finally used the Clegane dog stamp again and am waiting for the printings to finish curing, which should be good to go tomorrow or Monday. That’ll be the last bit of yellow mask-making I do. I still have a good little bit of yellow flannel which I had originally bought for masks but, with the machine I had at the time, was too thick for the job. I will probably be making some small hanging banners out of that. Which will mean carving that second dog stamp after all.

I will probably offer at least one mask and one banner for sale, probably on an Etsy shop. Against my better judgment as I may get flagged for trademark violation or something. But I’m not keeping all the dog masks I’ll be making — there will be five total including the one I’ve already made. I want at least one more for myself and will keep these on hand for when I have a cold or other creeping crud that I don’t want to pass to other people. The mask has a pocket in it to hold a piece of coffee or HEPA filter, but with that pocket alone the whole thing has four layers which is an improvement on the Center for Disease Control’s three-layer recommendation. (This pattern also typically contains an encased nose wire. I don’t have one on my existing mask but there will be one in each of the new ones once I’ve sewn those up.) We basically almost killed the common cold and the flu over the past year and a half just masking and distancing. So now that I’ve got a way to not be a Patient Zero for airway infections, I’m running with it. But again, five of the same cloth mask is ridiculous. I don’t mind passing some on.

I have not decided yet whether these will be U.S.-only sales. Probably, so as to minimize potential complications. I will not link to them from here because that is not what this site is about, but if you see someone selling a few yellow cloth masks with the Clegane dog on them in the near future, that’s very likely me.

I must acknowledge it is possible or probable that selling these will resort in some kind of outing of myself. Rather just come out and admit it as I would look pretty silly giving the impression that my identity is still some big secret if I’m sending people things through the mail, especially if a PayPal payment is involved, which would reveal my name anyway. All I can say is don’t expect any spectacular revelations; I’m no one famous and no great beauty (or any sort of beauty) and certainly no one to get excited about. Some of you will not be surprised at who I am at all, however, because you’ve interacted with me before. I will say that my fandom spaces and my personal spaces are two entirely separate spheres; this is why I started this site in the first place, so as not to get tangled up in fandom drama on my personal accounts, and I am still maintaining that boundary. If you would be so kind as to conduct yourselves accordingly, should you figure out for sure who I am, I would greatly appreciate it.

Speaking of social media. Denzil Meyrick’s following me on Twitter now. Ha ha ha ha ha. HA. Tell you what though, he seems a pretty stand-up guy. Seems to value his fans. I need to read more of the DCI Daley series, the first book was pretty good.

(For those of you who don’t know, in the past few years Meyrick has been contemplating who he’d want to play Daley if his books became a TV show. He hit upon Rory as his favorite candidate — in reading the first book, I wholly concur — and has corresponded with him by email to that effect, which got Rory reading the books too. Awesome.)

Addendum – 07 July 2021

I just want you to know I’m working on adding Beowulf and Grendel to the image rotation on the front page, and I’ve just barely started and “The Immigrant Song” came up on the playlist rotation.

ha ha ha… HA.

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Edit because I’m not doing another addendum for this date: Okay, everybody out of the pool: why the FUCK did I date that other post 2014 in the title? I could have sworn I got enough sleep last night. Or close to it. I even had caffeine today! I am so confused. Welp, hope none of you linked to it from anywhere to say “look at this dipshit,” because I’ve edited both the title and the URL. HA.

[walks off muttering “where’s my fucking cane?”…]

Administrivia: 07 July 2021

O Readers, I am sorely disappointed but not surprised. I had me a brain cramp when I ordered that copy of Rolling Stone. I should have looked for a Game of Thrones special issue, and Readers, I did not. Holy shit, what a clusterfuck. No, RS, I do not want to read about KISS. Fun band, but not my fandom.

But! I have zeroed in on what likely IS the source of Rory’s interview. So unless y’all slurp them all up between now and, let’s say, maybe sometime tomorrow if I’m lucky? I’ll be getting hold of that soon. Probably. I live in hope.

Meanwhile, the new layout. You’re drowning in Alexander scenes, amIrite? I know. I’ll likely add more today. Note I said “likely.” I’m puttering around with random things and may or may not get around to it. You know the drill if you have been here very long at all. It’s a wonder I ever get visitors.

We have been having hijinks around here concerning the fridge, which was finally on its last legs (probably). It’s been replaced, but not well. I’m not going into it just now, suffice to say I’m a mite irritated. That situation is still in progress. Meanwhile I’m starting to sort out my financial situation, and I got caught up in bad luck myself. I don’t know what the fuck is in the water, but it needs to go away. But it’s only temporary bad luck, I hope. If my luck changes for the better tomorrow, not only will I not be entirely broke, I’ll be able to sort out the Rolling Stone situation as previously mentioned. That’ll be nice. We’ll see.

P.S. Holy shit, Batman! There are previous/next links at the bottom of blog posts now!

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.