Administrivia: 18 April 2021

First up, I think we would all be amused to see this. I know I was.

I think we have pretty well established that fuck is Glasgow native Rory McCann’s favorite go-to cuss word, possibly followed by See You Next Tuesday, the latter demonstrated with lyrical fluency here:

In other news, and better language (for those of you who got the vapors), Google gave me this:

Meet the actor that became the ‘heart’ of Game of Thrones and he’s got some great stories

The only reason this got sent across my radar is it mentions Rory in a sentence. Here:

Aside from this, who else knew that in real life, Rory McCann (The Hound) has a history of looking after chickens (Thrones fans are probably immediately thinking of that scene)…

Oh, that’s just classic. And given everything I’ve heard about Rory in passing, like as not Rory and this guy Andy were chatting randomly between scenes and Rory regaled him with personal stories. Because oddly, given his reputation as a recluse, that’s what Rory does. That’s how he inspired Annie Griffin to write The Book Group, which kickstarted his whole fucking career in the first place. It’s so him.

I’d just about kill to be his biographer, but that’s not gonna happen, so this is close enough, I guess.

Oh, and I was delighted to learn I have the documentary the article mentions. I will have to watch that at some point and see if Andy mentions Rory any more. I like the show well enough, for all its flaws (not a dig at Rory, more a dig at book-to-film culture), that I’ll likely enjoy the rest of it too but I’ll be looking for that in specific.

Meanwhile, Breaking Bad continueth apace. I’m on season 5, either in the middle or close to it. Last call. I get done with this, I’ll go more in-depth on The Irregulars and see just how many times Rory shows up. A lot of you are ahead of me by now but I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers. All I know is Rory has been hitting my Google Alerts far too often lately to have only been in the story twice. Or maybe I overestimate the worth of entertainment media. I guess we’ll just have to see.

Okay, need more info!

I got a Google Alert on my phone about Rory (well, he’s the only one I’ve got set), and upon further investigation I find an article about movie props that actors have kept, including this gem. Pardon the sloppy screencap:

Screencap of article excerpt about Rory McCann

WAIT A MINUTE, WHAT HOUSE

I have no way of knowing, without being a nosy bugger and emailing the author to ask, when Rory made this statement. The photo they included is very likely from his Jumanji: The Next Level premiere in London last December. The quote itself could be from any time between 2010 and now. Logically it should be a lot more recent — why keep a prop if you are not done filming — BUT, props for major shows and films are generally massively expensive and studios are loath to part with them. They could feasibly have let Rory keep Sandor’s sword during his off time with the understanding that he’d bring it back to work. But who knows.

HOUSE

WHAT HOUSE

Without wanting to stick my nose into Rory’s street address or anything, I am dying to know when he decided he “want[ed] a home base” after all. Denying it previously could have just been something he said in frustration at his slow career pre-GOT, though. I know he’s got a collection of armor pieces and swords from lesser-known works he’s acted in, and maybe he was tired of having no place to put them.

Or! Maybe you romance junkies are right and he did get hitched. We do know that he has always connected Having A Long-Term Relationship with Settling Down And Getting A Mortgage. Or buying the whole damn thing outright, maybe, by now.

Would explain the uptick in voice work, too.

Hmmm.

Anyway. I’m writing this from my phone and I need to go to bed. (Unless I decide to pull an all-nighter. I seem to be moving in that direction.) May revisit this later. Perhaps I can dig up his quote somewhere else to at least pin a date range on it. We’ll see!

New B&Q ad!!!

Well, I probably won’t screenshot every single Google Alert I get about Rory. But I am TREMENDOUSLY! HAPPY! with the one I got today!

NEW B&Q AD! I love Rory McCann’s voice! YAY!!!!!

…I gotta say it’s kinda funny to hear him talking about planting stuff, what with his having wanderlust so often. My dude would never keep a garden going, it’d all be back to weeds by the time he returned.

That’s OK. You should see my poor spearmint and I don’t run around.

Oh well. NEW FROM RORY NEW FROM RORY YAY

and SPEAKING OF new from Rory… see next post!

(It’ll take a while! There will be screencaps! Lovely screencaps! I LOVE RORY SCREENCAPS!)

Administrivia: 22 February 2021

First up, as a reaction to my issue with Google Alerts in the previous post, I went into my settings to check and see if there was anything I could fix. Apparently I had set it on something like “only the most relevant results.” Problem was that meant I was leaving it up to Google to tell me what was relevant. And it wasn’t even doing a good job of that because it kept sending me things about that politician in Wisconsin or blog posts or news articles that only mentioned the Rory McCann we want to hear about in passing. So I thought, “ah, fuck it, send me everything,” and changed the setting.

Presto. Now it’s sent me that bit about Rory’s new acting role.

Google Alert 23 Feb 2021

[facepalm]

Fucking Google.

Okay. Secondly, as I also said in the previous post, I’ve started the delete process on the Facebook page. That’s going to take two weeks to finish. It’s giving me a chance to change my mind. I cannot see myself doing that, so that’s that, I guess.

I seem to still be getting messages from Instagram via the Facebook page, though; apparently, setting the page to “delete” doesn’t stop all the functions or notifications. Yay. But people seem to know they can come here to see what’s what, so that’s fine.

Instagram, you’re next. It’s been mostly my avoidant behavior keeping me away from there so far. Probably won’t be a thing much longer. Tumblr and YouTube have already been nuked, so that’ll be it and done when I get around to IG.

If you still get email, and you want to keep up with updates here, it would be worth your while to learn how RSS feeds work. If you look in the right column (or the content directly beneath this post, if you’re on your phone) at the “Stuff ‘n’ Thangs” section, which is what I renamed “Meta” because “Meta” is boring (and yes, I am a The Walking Dead fan — how’d you guess) and I may yet rename it again if I think of something better… ANYWAY, you can see a link there called Entries Feed. If you have a Feedburner account or some other RSS-reader account that’ll send your email alerts for new blog posts, that makes it easy. Of course, you also have to still be using email. Is there anyone out there who isn’t? I would think most people still have a Gmail account at least. So there you go.

Thirdly, going back over the articles in the Articles section is in progress. And can I say that I am even more weirded out by the possible recent developments over Rory’s boat? Because the way he’s talked about Wooden Boat over the past few years, you just get the ownership vibe from him, like that’s his baby and he’s so totally proud of it. The recent topics of speculation about him, this, and the relationship thing, just feel like the sun has risen on Opposite Day in the Upside-Down. Like, just totally wrong. But at the same time I realize that I don’t know him and that I am bound to be missing something. No matter how sad the facts might make me feel when they fully come to light (and they undoubtedly will come to light at some point), I’ll be relieved too because I won’t have to wonder anymore.

Be that as it may. Anyhow, it’s not necessarily easy to see my progress at this point. I had edited a few articles when I first put them up because they had glaring errors in them and I’ve had months to think about it since, and I decided I didn’t want to do it like that because I’m not the one who fucked up spellings or didn’t do the editing job properly and I’m better off just reporting the thing as I see it. So I’m basically repasting things in as they were originally presented, editing some notes or removing them entirely, and so on. There’s one piece I want to link to a note about it and I think you’ll find that interesting, so I’ll link to it in a post here when I’ve got it done.

Oh and finally, I had turned off the “do not spider” setting in the WordPress for this blog months ago. It may never wind up on the front page of Google when you search Rory’s name by itself, but it’s turning up there for certain combinations of words along with Rory’s name. So that’s cool. Be interesting to see how that all develops over time.

Google Alert: 19 February 2021

Back when I first started this site, Season 8 of Game of Thrones had just begun, and I figured the news cycle would feature or at least mention Rory McCann now and again. So I set up a Google Alert to catch those mentions.

I was not disappointed… at first. Eventually, however, with Rory’s legendary reclusiveness in play, the news dried up. I still rarely get something that mentions him — just mentions, usually in the context of his Hound role, and nothing really new most of the time.

More often, it’s something like this.

DAMMIT, WISCONSIN

Wisconsin. WISCONSIN. Get ya boy. He’s clutterin’ up my news feed!