January 31, 2007

“Haul up the flag, you mourners, Not half-mast but all the way; The funeral is done and disbanded; The devil’s had the final say.”

Filed under: Books, Humor, Overseas, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 8:43 am

A short week, a long weekend – and don’t you just need a weekend-end to recover from it! Special snaps to Sydney’s BDO organizers for taking back their ridiculous ‘ban’ on the Australian flag – as our PM most eloquently put it (thereby proving that FAR too much crack is smoked in Canberra) “Flags don’t have arms or legs.” Whether this means that A) the flag isn’t responsible for violence, or B) all the flags that bought BDO tickets and then couldn’t walk or drive to the venue really needed someone to carry them, I guess we’ll never know….

But what we WILL know is this week’s time-wastery treats!

1) A game my 16-year old (today! Happy bd Larry! ) brother can surely vouch for, “The Profane Game”. ( The rules: Get points by typing profane words in the box. No guesses as to whether or not this takes Australian swear words too, but get creative, people! Break that record!

2) I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned BookCrossing yet! Lax, naughty dwarf! (Although seeing as half of you reading probably came over from BookCrossing or a similar site, perhaps it’s a moot point!) Anyway BookCrossing ( is a wonderful experiment in “literary karma”. 1 – get a book you don’t want anymore. 2 – register it on BookCrossing. 3 – leave it somewhere, and make a release note on the site saying where it is. 4 – sit back and wait – if someone finds it, you’ll get an email telling you who they are (roughly), what they thought of it and where they’re releasing it next! If the randomness of it all is a bit too much, there are hundreds of affiliated book swapping and sharing sites you can use in combination to make sure your book has a safe journey. Read and Release!

3) More YouTube – this one thanks to Koji from the BA First Year English Lounge blog. Just when you thought it was all too much for you, along came Japanese game shows…educational Japanese game shows!

January 24, 2007

“To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author.”

Filed under: Books, Comics, News Articles, Overseas — liberrydwarf @ 8:54 am

Okay, back into the swing of things. Teaching lined up for APRIL already, for goodness sake. This year I will be busy, this year I will be busy (ruby slippers moment!)

This week’s project is to start writing up my C&RL article for publication… *shudders* Chicago style! So in my normal procrastinatory(?) style, drumroll please…

1) If you like web comics, check out Cat and Girl (, “About a cat, a girl, and experimental metanarrative.” Kinda Calvin & Hobbes with a girl-power twist. In case you care about these things, “Cat and Girl Answer Your Questions” is my current favourite.

2) Stuck for what to get from your library-slash-bookshop? (A problem I never have, but then I don’t have a lot of problems other people have. Like Tourettes, or bulimia, or having too many work outfits to choose from.) ( can help with their handy book-selecter! Move the sliders to change your preference between happiness and sadness, expected and unpredicted; select a race/age/gender for the character; tick off what you want in the plot or pick the setting on the rotating globe! I came up wit “The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse” by Robert Rankin (and I don’t even like that guy!) What will you come up with – and will you read it?

3) Working with undergraduates, I have fast come to realise that young people have no soul. (Technically there’s NO WAY I couldn’t be classed as a young person too, I know, but I can pretend like I’m better than that.) Our students think they’ve got it hard with HECS fees? Make like these German students ( and hire yourself out as a protester. Makes me think of Ancient Rome and feel all warm and fuzzy inside…

January 17, 2007

The Road to Hell…etc…

Filed under: Blogs, Librarian, Trivia, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 12:09 pm

Promised to blog while in Spain…I know, I know. I had enough trouble trying to find a post office, thankyou very much, let alone sit in EasyInternetCafe long enough to blog without getting my bag stolen!

Now I’m back, and I guess I owe you all, so here are some treats. Say thankyou…

1) In the grand old tradition of Overheard At The Beach and Overheard In New York, I bring you…the Overheard In The Library blog! ( Hillarious real stories from real librarians, classics from real patrons and colleagues. Example: Overheard at the library – “I’m not making any more wedding cakes. Every time I do, I have to chase cows!”. Wonderful!

2) You probably know by now that funky young librarians can tell you pretty much anything you need to know. Back in the mid 1990’s before there were funky young librarians (they graduated old and crabby back then) people had to rely on a weekly column called “The Straight Dope.” Some enterprising soul has put the entire Straight Dope archive online AND made it searchable, so you can just bypass us funky young librarians and find everything you ever wanted to know at Ever want to know What are the REAL lyrics to “Louie Louie”? or Will poppy-seed bagels cause you to fail a drug test? The Straight Dope knows the answer.

3) Finally, another YouTube clip. Cascada dances around a Library (capital L – it has a card catalogue and everything! Where did she ever manage to find a library with a card catalogue?) and flirts with the Guy-Brarian therein. Please, for the love of god, don’t try this down at your local library…