July 28, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Books, Humor, Kittens, Librarian, movies, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 3:53 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

Neil Gaiman has written a script to turn Anansi Boys into a movie!


Nick Cave writing script for remake of The Crow


Kitten “returned” through library book drop (poor little guy! I hope he ends up okay!)


July 26, 2010

Meme Monday: A Bookish Meme

Filed under: Books, Memes — liberrydwarf @ 4:24 pm

Stole the idea for this meme from Matt. Thanks, a good meme is hard to find!

What book could you read over and over?
I rarely re-read things (got too much else to read!) But if I could pick, and would be allowed a series, it’d be the Game of Thrones series by George RR Martin. I find new levels and intrigues every time I read that series (or what’s written of it so far anyway)

Name a bookstore where you could waste an afternoon.

I love Pulp Fiction in Brisbane city – the prices are good, they have awesome author signings, they focus on ‘genre’ books so they have a better range of the kind of stuff I like, and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable about not only what they have in stock, but what else is out there that they could order in for you. (Plus they have a cute guy working there who loves urban fantasy: what more could a girl ask for? :D)

Name a book that was difficult to read.

This is a tricky one, as I usually give up on things that don’t pass the 50 page test! I remember having a lot of trouble with From Strength To Strength in high-school, but mostly because this book was utterly vile and I hated being forced to read it.

Name a long book that’s worth reading.

The Jackal of Nar – all the books in this fantasy series are 800+ pages, but it was nonstop action, beautiful scenes and great characters, I practically ate it up and didn’t even realise how long it was until I weighed it to post it and it was HEAVY!

July 23, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Twitter, Tweaks and Turk’s Heads

Filed under: art, I.T, Librarian — liberrydwarf @ 11:17 am

Last week of (relative) sanity before students come back. A wonderful week for looking at everything you should have done, realising you haven’t done half of it, shrugging and going to the university bar at lunchtime anyway :).

1) One Good Thing: gave a Prezi on Twitter – what it is, how it works, what you can use it for – with Skinnibitch, our workplace’s Marketing/Communications manager, and my boss’s boss’s boss :). It went pretty well (with a couple of minor technical hitches and one audience interruption that nearly threw us), lots of people showed up, and seemed genuinely interested and engaged. I will make TwitterFiends of all librarians, mwahaha!!

2) One Bad Thing: Oh gosh, can I think of one? It’s been a not-too-bad week! I did get back the peer review of an article I submitted to a journal – they want me to make some moderate changes and resubmit. And that means more work. At a sucky time of semester. It’s groan-worthy, if not 100% “bad”…

3) One Thing I Learned: Well, I spent last weekend at scout leader training camp, so the answer to “what I’ve learned” is “OH WOW A LOT FAR TOO MUCH”! 🙂 So I’ll just pick one thing – I learned how to tie a Turk’s Head Knot. Not particularly politically correct, but pretty. It doesn’t have any real practical uses, it’s just decorative. You can do it with two loops, like mine (then it’s called a Gillwell Woggle) or with three. Instructions (not particularly good ones, but you’re all creative people, you’ll work it out) are here

Looking through the centre. You can see the end of the leather I have yet to glue down...

The knot from the side - you can see the braiding more clearly here...

July 21, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Books, Food, Librarian, movies, TV, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 12:54 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


Tim Burton’s new project – board game to movie?

More ‘Arrested Development’ movie teasing –  enough already, kill our hopes and get it over with!


Rosemary Basil Chicken recipe (tried this week, and gosh it’s good!)


Libraries get on the @oldspice bandwagon (snarkiness not intended, this is actually quite brilliant in terms of quality parody with a useful purpose…)

Handsome Men Who Are Now Dead (for slightly macabre eye candy)

How we’ll explain books to our children 10 years from now…

July 19, 2010

Meme Monday: The Happiness Meme

Filed under: Memes — liberrydwarf @ 8:05 pm

Very simple: list 10 things recently that have made you happy:

  1. The @oldspice ad campaign.
  2. My cat’s belly – the fur is kind of thin there and his skin is quite pink underneath. Soft, warm and very tickle-able. Need to forcibly restrain myself from kissing it (or risk having my eyes scratched out!)
  3. Pancakes and maple syrup on scout camp Sunday morning.
  4. Coming home exhausted from said scout camp to find hubby had dinner organised 🙂
  5. Sleeping in my own bed again!
  6. Getting a good night’s sleep after a sleepless night.
  7. Paul the Psychic Octopus.
  8. Holding my friend Claire’s newborn baby.
  9. Relaxing and reading Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel.
  10. Establishment of Friday afternoon drinks at MPOW.

What about you?

July 16, 2010

Friday Weekly Wrap-up: “D”, Discards, and Driving

Filed under: Librarian, Travel — liberrydwarf @ 3:51 pm

1) One Good Thing: We’re saying goodbye to our awesome prac student today (who I’ll call “D” for anonymity’s sake.)  D has been great fun to work with – he’s worked hard, asked questions, brought in ideas. Moreover he’s been very nice on a social level too, he’s a good conversationalist with a good sense of humour and he’s been fun to hang out with. Probably the most fun prac student we’ve had here in a number of years (like, the last 3 years probably). I hope D keeps an eye out for opportunities here once he graduates (if they ever actually come up) since I can easily say I’d be more than happy to work with him again. (Please note: it’s not D leaving that’s a good thing. It’s having had him work with us. I swear.)

2) One Bad Thing: I’m currently drafting a collection retention policy for my subject area. It’s brain-churning hard work, because while I’ve done collection development based on textbooks and research areas for the last 4 years, when it comes to “keep or pulp” for my collection I have NO idea about long-term importance of works. I have NO idea of key theorists. Paranoia is setting in!!

3) One Thing I Learned: Shorter is not necessarily easier.

Drove to training for scouts a couple of weeks ago. Pulled up my trusty Google Map, and also a map for comparison (because I’m a good librarian and need to view a variety of sources to ensure accuracy of information 🙂 ). Worked out the quickest route there – 35 minutes, cutting through a couple of northern outer-city suburbs. Easy, right?

35 minutes turned into 90 minutes – of getting stuck on a highway I hadn’t known existed, of roundabouts that weren’t really roundabouts, of closures for roadworks, of streets that apparently changed names but didn’t in real life, of unexpected turn-offs, of “veer lefts” which weren’t veers at all leaving me wondering if I’d done the wrong thing. It was, in short, a nightmare, a torrent of tears and bad language. I’m not the most confident of drivers in unknown territory, to be fair, but this was truly an awful drive.

The old route. Note deviation off into the wilds of suburbia. Anguish not depicted above.

Anyway, I have to go again to roughly the same location tonight. Again, I got my Google Map and Whereis map. This time, I choose a slightly longer option. I studied it. I tweaked it a little in the beginning to take me along streets I know how to drive on. It goes into the city and then out again. It has 3 – count ’em, 3 – turn-offs only. And sure, it’s 50 minutes, not 35. But I’m not in a breathe-in-a-paper bag fit over it this time. As Effie used to say, “Happy Days”.

New Route - note exact same road 90% of the way. Hooray!

July 14, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Books, Celebrities, Humor, Kittens, movies, TV, Vampires, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 8:20 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


Neil Gaiman talks Vampires with EW. *fangirl drool…*


Twilight Saga: Eclipse as performed by Lolcats

Costumes and Singalongs – the new movie theatre craze. (You would never catch me dead doing this. Ever. I knew they did it in Britain with Mama Mia! but I just assumed it was one of those nutty British things…)


Ghylene blogged the hilarious “Old Spice – the man your man could smell like” ad clip during Blog Every Day Of June. I shared this newer follow-up with her, but it’s worth sharing with everyone. (If you’ve never seen the original, go have a look, it’s brilliant and well-deserving of the awards it’s won!)

(Update: Isiah Mustafa will apparently now do you one of these on request via @oldspice on Twitter…)

Seven D-Bags on TV that we love to watch.

July 12, 2010

Meme Monday: Two Things

Filed under: Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 1:50 pm

The Two Things meme – via Ghylene.

Two names you go by:

  1. Jen
  2. J-Diddy (though to be fair, only my sister-in-law calls me this. And I call her S-Dog in return…)

Two things you are wearing right now:

  1. New teal-green Dianna Ferrari blouse
  2. The silver earrings my grandparents gave me as a uni graduation present

Two things you would want (or have) in a relationship:

  1. Fun
  2. Respect

Two things you like to do:

  1. read
  2. play games

Two things you want very badly at the moment:

  1. a new car (current car is old and grouchy and very very basic)
  2. a new kitchen (pretty much point above)

Two things you did last night:

  1. watched TV – Merlin and The Good Wife
  2. took Dog to the off-leash park

Two things you ate today:

  1. Some lemon and green apple jam my assistant made
  2. A crumbed sausage (don’t tell my doctor!)

Two people you last talked to:

  1. Jane, my assistant
  2. The annoying student in the graduate library who I’m 99% sure is an undergraduate but I can’t prove it and kick her out 😦

Two things you’re doing tomorrow:

  1. Representing the Library at my uni’s New Staff Expo
  2. Working on our Library’s research help desk

Two Favourite Holidays:

  1. Four weeks around the UK with hubby, 2008
  2. Epic round-the-world trip with mother and sibs, 1997-98

Two favourite beverages:

  1. Water. I love water. Really cold crisp water with that minerally-filtered taste…
  2. Chammomile tea

Two things about me! Things you may not have known: (this one’s hard as I did a lot of revelation already in Blog Every Day Of June!)

  1. I was the only girl in my class right through years 3 and 4. It was hard (but at least better than, say, years 6 and 7 would have been)
  2. I won an embassy award for German studies in year 6. Cannot speak a word of German at all anymore.

Two jobs I have had in my life:

  1. Donut Shop employee
  2. book editorial assistant

Two movies I would watch over and over:

  1. Muppet Treasure Island
  2. The Usual Suspects

Two places I have lived:

  1. Sydney, NSW, Australia for about 4 years age 2-6.
  2. Rockside, Queensland, Australia. It’s a tiny tiny place in the middle of nowhere. Head to this map, and keep zooming out til you see something familiar. It may take a while…

Two of my favourite foods:

  1. Potato – I love a good potato in almost any form.
  2. Camembert cheese. Or brie cheese if no camembert was available…

Two places I’d rather be right now:

  1. At home, on the couch, with book/doona/cat in any combination.
  2. At the dog park, watching Dog get chased by tiny Malteses and grin idiotically.

July 9, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Mums, Mushroom Risottos and Mild Roast…

Filed under: family, Food, Science — liberrydwarf @ 8:00 pm

It’s been a grey, miserable, chilly (yes I know Australians can’t complain about chilly. Queenslanders especially. Doing so anyway!) week. Hubby has been away, sister (who is usually human-contact backup plan) has been away too, Cat has been stand-offish and unfriendly (and basically Cat-like) and have not found the energy after work to walk Dog more than once, so feeling lazy and unfit. Booh week, booh!

1) One Good Thing: Mum is back safely from Israel. Not that I was overly worried, but we’ve had bad luck being stuck in countries because of protests, riots, accidents/terrorism and stuff before (Zimbabwe, 1998. Greece, 1997. Madrid, 2006.) And she came bearing Nina Ricci perfumes for all, lovely Mummy!

Pretty Ricci Ricci for me!

2) One Bad Thing: in my job as liaison librarian, part of the role is to associate yourself publicly with the School you’re with as much as possible, and support their events. So I went along to a fancy lunch on Thursday to do so. Short wrap-up: I was 30 minutes late, had no idea what half the panel debate was about since I’m not a specialist in the area, and was the only non-practitioner at the table so we ended up talking about MasterChef for an hour since we had nothing else in common. Waste of time, waste of (work’s) money, and I think the mushrooms in the risotto gave me indigestion 😦

3) One Thing I Learned: how they make decaffeinated coffee. Benzene. Dichloromethane. Supercritical carbon dioxide. This is depressing! I thought I was doing my body some good. Now I won’t be surprised if I start glowing Chernobyl-style… damn my curiosity!

Don't be fooled! And I thought we were FRIENDS, decaf coffee!!

July 7, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Food, games, history, Humor, movies, Sport, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 9:41 am

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


More cast released for Game of Thrones:

(I don’t know that this is up-to-date anymore unfortunately. And it’s not as complete as I’d like!)

Five more fictional beings Bella Swan should fall madly in love with


White Chocolate Cheesecake With Dark Chocolate Cream Sauce – I made this on the weekend and can testify it’s totally food-gasmic!


Historical mystery flash game Bow Street Runner is worth a play if you like that sort of thing. It’s a bit like the 221B game brought out when the Sherlock Holmes movie came out, only a bit more straightforward and perhaps a little more gruesome. Good for a couple of hours of timewasting!

Glasses: the ultimate image changer. Very clever advertising. Noted lack of librarian though.

Quick, while the World Cup’s on and we still can!

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