June 25, 2008

“No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort…”

Filed under: Animals, games, Humor, movies, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 6:41 pm

Groan… why is is taking so much effort to pick up the energy to blog this week? Our students are on holidays a month starting this week and we’re not… you’d think the bitterness and outrage at such unfairness would bolster my spirit! Instead I’m expending most of my energy actively boring our prac students to tears, passively boring my colleague’s Education students to tears, and alternately dreaming and fretting about possibly being on TV…. Nargh, enough about me, we all know what we’re here for!

1) Following a comment tip from Vena a few weeks back I checked out for some more fun animation for us all. And what I did find was a very silly, very cute, and terribly cruel little game – Smacky the Squirrel. The premise is pretty simple. You, an angry mean squirrel, use your mouse to bash up your cute squirrel neighbours before they come to your house and annoy you to death. Cathartic? Oh yes…

2) If you were smarter than me and forewent (? I assume this is the past tense of forgo. Latin is so much easier than English!) the new Indiana Jones movie, you can get pretty much the entire gist of it here at this unofficial “Abridged Script”. Even if you did go and see it (silly!) it’s still probably worth a look for a giggle. Unless you really loved it. Then give it a miss. Go rub salt into your eyeballs, by all means. But give this a miss…

3) Finally, our YouTube clip this week tries to give a shout-out to all of those doing good in this world. Even if Doing Good involves freezing your underpants in liquid nitrogen and smashing them up with a mallet in public. No doorknock will ever be successful again!

June 17, 2008

“Rejoice with them that rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”

Filed under: Blogs, Books, games, Just Plain Weird, movies, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 7:19 pm

Well, if tonight’s post looks a little red-eyed and tear-stained, it’s because the Liberry is awash with sorrow tonight – yes, this poor little LiberryDwarf is sobbing her poor little heart out as she stares again and again at that awful screen… “We’re sorry, but all 18+ tickets to Opeth are sold out…” Ohhhhhh… am I too old to have a tantrum? Damn Damn Damn!!

We’ll just push my anguish to one side for the moment, shall we? Here are some links…

1) An ongoing and interactive new toy first up – too cheap to fork out for World of Warcraft? Have a crack at Kingdom of Loathing instead… Just as much fun. A billion times more witty and satirical. And more Gnoll Crossdressers than you can poke a stick (or a seal-clubbing club) at…

2) I heard about this guy Thiel on the radio the other day: he’s making 2008 the Year of Following People. He’s an Aussie living in Paris, and every day he follows one random stranger to their destination to see what they’re doing, and blogs about it. Cool? Creepy? You decide…

3) Youtube. Harry Potter. Naked Dumbledore Puppets. Six words to describe awesome, sweet, deliciously silly internetness…

June 10, 2008

“Any truth is better than indefinite doubt… – Arthur Conan Doyle”

Filed under: art, history, Humor, I.T, music, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 8:03 pm

I’ve a conundrum at the moment – the sitch (I hate that word, but I’m feeling particularly lazy today. Write it off as an Australianism…) is that I’ve got a trip to the UK booked for the end of the year. And I will never never forgive myself if I don’t go to Baker Street, trek up to 221B and take a look. But what if I’m so very disappointed it breaks my heart and my love for all things Sherlock? What if it’s crap, and the dream dies just a little? But then, what if I don’t go and it’s actually awesome? Aaargh! Head asplode! Have any readers ever been???

(Good thing it’s still 189 days til I go, eh?)

Anyway, here’s what I’ve tracked down for you all in between mental crises…

1) Bored? Take a look at Wikipedia’s “Unusual Articles” list. (Yeah, irony, I know…) Wikipedia defines this as “This page is for Wikipedians to list articles that seem a little unusual.” I have one word for you… Phantom Kangaroos. Oh, yeah, this is what the internet is for…

2) For cool old photos, look no further than Shorpy: the 100 year old photo blog. Great old candid photos, there’s heaps of interesting, quite beautiful, and downright creepy old stuff there.  I particularly like the Mah Jongg set for the pool on page 5. History rocks!

3) Finally, this week if you haven’t ever seen Flight of the Conchords – what the heck are you doing? Get out of this blog entry and onto YouTube right now? FOTC are a terribly funny comic music duo from New Zealand (so yeah, we can practically claim them) and are well worth a peek. Here’s a taste…

June 3, 2008

“Society is now one polished horde, — Formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored…”

Filed under: Animals, Books, Food, Just Plain Weird, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 8:10 pm

I’m grumpy this evening and have a headache, so no long ranty chat for you. (Stop that sigh of relief, mister, I heard that!) Study Week is truly, truly the most boring time of year (like the Lord Byron quote, by the way?) Nobody ever wants to know anything. If they don’t know it by now, it’ll just make their head asplode, so no need to bother the nice Liberrian… Alternating blogging with writing my name, extension number and date on a pile of about 700 forms, so quick – dig in before my eyes fall out of my skull!

1) If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll know I’m a sucker for Sci-Fi. And usually, knowing me, it’s sci-fi that’s either too old to find in a bookshop, or sci-fi I’m too cheap or time-poor to buy it. So I’m also a sucker for sci-fi e-books. Enter the Baen Free Library – Baen Books, who publish some of the best (well, the most stereotypically sci-fi anyway) have gotten some of their authors to stick up the text of some of their books up online for download as tasters of their work. We’re talking Mercedes Lackey, Elizabeth Moon, Larry Niven, Eric Flint and more! (And if those names mean nothing, shame on you. Go to your public library and look for the books with the little planet on the spine. Now!)

2) Hit another gross food motherlode – if you’re feeling brave enough to sample more of the infinite delights of Japanese culinary crimes, head over to the blog Culinary Abortions from Japan. *shudders* 幸せなダイニング! Happy Dining!

3) Finally, your weekly YouTube: This is a little bit silly, but kind of cute… (and what else is YouTube for, really?)