August 30, 2010

Meme Monday: Stranded on a Desert Island…

Filed under: Memes — liberrydwarf @ 12:09 pm

1. List 5 people you’d want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island -First off, definitely my husband, as useless as he’d be. Then I’d want a medical professional of some sort, because there’s to be no dying on my island unless absolutely unpreventable! Then I’d probably want three of the less annoying Scouts in my scout group, since they’re all up with making shelters, fires, cooking, etc. And for the most part they’re pretty nice kids. Let’s just hope it’s not too small an island…

2. What 4 cds would you want with you (supposing you had a boom box)? – Ugh, what is it with memes and CDs? See the music meme from a couple of weeks ago… if it had to be CDs, I’d have pre-burned as much stuff as I could from my collection to 4 CDs, and just have that baby on continuous shuffle…

3. What 3 survival items would you want to bring? – Satellite phone/radio. Reinforced watertight marquis tent. At least 2 shovels. (To be honest, if I was organised enough to have all this stuff with me, I wouldn’t be stranded in the first place would I? But never mind, for the sake of the meme, continue…)

4. What 2 food/beverage items would you miss the most? – Chocolate, for sure. And probably pizza.

5. What is the 1 thing you’d miss the least? – The morning work commute 🙂

August 27, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Courses, Collections and Constitutions

Filed under: Australia, Education, Librarian, Politics — liberrydwarf @ 11:59 am

1) One Good Thing: got to sit down with the course coordinator for the course I’m lecturing in from next week, and not only did she move my class forward to 3-6pm so I can get home in time, she also gave me complete teaching notes for each week! Down to 5 minute intervals! So I pretty much just have to show up and talk! Easiest $35 an hour ever!

2) One Bad Thing: On the collection development front at my library: I’ve been behind in orders (which I maintain is not my fault because now we have to buy stupid eBooks and can’t use our own money so I never get to spend mine!) and now have to find $9000 worth of books to buy before Wednesday. And I’ve run out of publishers to check. *gulp* think I might be in trouble!

3) One Thing I’ve Learned: far more about the Australian political system, Westminster system and the Constitution than I ever thought possible. And I thought I was reasonably well-informed because I’d done Constitutional Studies at highschool. Hurry up and make your minds up, independents – we’re all sick of it now!

August 25, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: art, history, Humor, movies, Politics — liberrydwarf @ 12:19 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


25 Classic Science Fiction Movies That Everybody Must Watch (I’ve only seen 9, and I can think of many many glaring omissions from this list but hey, you don’t argue with!)

Cute cartoon art for StarWars geeks (and MAGIC if you’re also coincidentally a Pooh fan)


Sookie and Bill get real-life married! (everyone… one, two three… AWWW!)


If historical events could have Facebook statuses

eHowTo – How to Write Bad Fanfic (I guess in case you were setting out purposefully to destroy minds…)

A “Downfall” parody nobody outside Australia will get, but I’ll post it anyway…

August 23, 2010

Meme Monday: a Random Dozen

Filed under: Memes, Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 4:02 pm

(From here)

1. What is your favorite Mexican dish?

To be honest, Mexican wouldn’t ever be my first cuisine choice. That being said, I think I prefer a slow-cook Chili Con Carne over anything in a wrap or a shell.

2. When you were a kid, did you get started on your homework right away after school, or did you procrastinate?

Right away. We used to wait after school at the Library until our mother finished work and picked us up at 5.30, so those 2 hours I’d always churn through the homework (except Maths which I never in 5 years did any homework for) so I could go read novels.

3. What is your favorite store for home furnishings?

Gosh, that would assume I’d bought any home furnishings in the last 5 years 🙂 In all seriousness, I like unique pieces, and I like wood. Last couple of things we bought, we went to an artists village up in the mountains north of Brisbane and bought some pieces from the local woodturner’s group.

4. When you were young, did you like school lunches?

Yes. Too much. Hence having to lose 25kgs in my early 20s.

5. Is religion a crutch?

I think it can be. It can also be a great help to some individuals. Religion’s like underwear, everyone has their own style they’re comfortable with (even none at all) and is entitled to it, but it shouldn’t be worn on the outside or be forced on people.

6. In your region, what is the “big” (most popular in the community or state) high school sport?

Not being a sport person at all, I have no idea. Back home in the country, it was Rugby Union, and the big derby between the Grammar school and the Catholic school.

7. Do you consider yourself rich?

Comfortable. As long as the Dog doesn’t require any more surgery 🙂

8. Which of these would you have the best chance for success in administering:
B) Heimlich Maneuver
C) Changing a flat tire

None, but probably CPR, I’ve done some first aid training. I am pretty sure the Heimlich is illegal here, and I’ve tried changing a flat but couldn’t even get the nuts undone.

9. Which dance would you prefer to learn & why:
A) Salsa
B) Hip Hop
C) Waltz
D) Swing

Probably Salsa dancing, being the least dorky of the above (*braces for things thrown*)

10. What’s the worst news you’ve ever delivered to someone?

I’ve been pretty lucky and not really experienced much of this. Maybe “I lost your cat” to my 13 year old brother when it ran away under my care, but I found it before he got back from his holiday anyway. (Then he promptly let it run away again.)

11. Name something you learned in college that had nothing to do with classes or academics.

Fencing. Which I highly recommend, because it changed my life.

12. New variation on an old question: If there’s a song in your head that just won’t get out, what is your favorite (or most repeated) line in that song?

I get everything stuck. Absolutely everything. So I guess I could just name what’s stuck in there right now – the chorus for BigBoi’s “Fo Yo Sorrow”…

August 20, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Air Activities, Agony and Apple

Filed under: I.T, Librarian, Scouts — liberrydwarf @ 6:59 pm

Last chance to breathe before election fever!

1) One Good Thing: took my little Scout kids out to the airport at Archerfield for an activities day – they painted stuff, built stuff, played games, read stories, raced around in sparkly silver outfits pretending to be clouds… and all I had to do was hand out the paintbrushes and drink tea, someone else did all the work. Days like this, being a Scout leader is awesome!

2) One Bad Thing: I keep hearing rumours that my library branch (well, one of the two that I work in) is going to close. It’s not a huge life-changing-job-threatening kind of problem, as my permanent position is in my other branch, so I’m not going to lose my job or anything. It’s just upsetting, as there’s nothing concrete either way from the management to set us straight, and not only is it making it hard to plan for coming months, but it makes it hard to have any enthusiasm about the rest of the year at all. *wails* I feel so undervalued and in the dark!

3) One Thing I Learned: Far, Far, Far too much about how different and difficult and stupid Endnote is on an Apple laptop. Why we don’t have seperate Endnote classes for Mac users is beyond me (though it’s probably segregation and discrimination and illegal…)

August 18, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Books, Comics, Just Plain Weird, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 9:42 am

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


Choose Your Own Adventure – iPhone style!

Kurt Vonnegut Library/Museum about to open

Designer Coffee Table Books. Bound with the author’s own blood. (You wouldn’t be licking your finger to turn the page on this one, I think…)


Clever Spoof Ads

“Two Rocks Converse” by Tom Gauld

(I am pretty sure that, sadly, this guy is absolutely for real…)

August 16, 2010

Monday meme: A reading Meme

Filed under: Books, Memes — liberrydwarf @ 8:29 am

1. Favourite childhood book: That one’s tricky, I read a lot as a child. I think, despite all the latter-day bagging of it for being un-PC, The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton stands out – I remember being absolutely captivated by the wacky (and sometimes jealousy-inducingly wonderful) worlds the tree took them to. Even if it’s rude to call someone Moonface nowadays…

2. What are you reading right now? Sara Paretsky’s latest V.I. Warshawski book Hardball.

3. What books do you have on request at the library? I don’t usually request books at the library – I only use the library to get kids’ books to read to the kids in my Scout group. And usually I’m so disorganised that I’ll rush there just before the meeting, pick up whatever’s around that’s on the theme and go with that!

4. Bad book habit: I carry them in my handbag and so they often get bumped around and will have dents in the covers and on the top and bottom of the spine…

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? See above with kid’s books – I think I have Mrs Armitage Queen of the Road for car night next week, a book I can’t remember about a kid and his plane, and a children’s pictorial atlas of the world.

6. Do you have an e-reader? No, and I don’t think that for recreational reading I ever would.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? Has to be one at a time to keep the momentum and excitement going. I read pretty quickly so it’s not like I have to wait long before moving on, if I’m not 100% “into” something I’m reading.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? Not really. I guess now that I blog I read other blogs, and find out book news and book links for my blog, so it has expanded my wishlist a lot.

9.Least favourite book you read this year: The Anderson Tapes. People who like police procedurals always rave about Lawrence Sanderson, but I couldn’t stand this book – boring, dirty and dated. Couldn’t even finish it.

10. Favourite book I’ve read this year: Oh gosh, I have read SO much this year I couldn’t even begin to guess. Perhaps Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel? Or The City & The City? Or one of Janet Evanovich’s?

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? If I get something that’s not one of my usual reads, I’ll 9 times out of 10 give it a go anyway.

August 13, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Mieville, Motorcars and Maturity

Filed under: Books — liberrydwarf @ 3:21 pm

On time for once too!

1) One Good Thing: discovered China Miéville. Three words – Oh. My. Gosh. If you’re a modern fantasy fan and you’ve never read Miéville’s stuff, off to the library with you RIGHT NOW!

2) One Bad Thing: I’m about to get a new car and give my old one to my brother. Turns out it isn’t so simple as “here are the keys, have fun, don’t kill yourself.” Oh no, it’s a sea of paperwork and expense. And frustration. I don’t understand why it can’t be simple if it’s all in the family! Should have sold the stupid thing for scrap!

3) One Thing I’ve Learned: that no matter how horrible your high-school bullies are, if you can get through it all and make it through high school, come your ten-year reunion you’ll be the one surrounded by friends and they’ll be the ones nobody wants to talk to. It’s okay to feel good about this, I think… as long as you’re mature enough not to kick ’em when they’re down. This might be hard but it’s worth it, trust me!

August 11, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: music, Nerds, Vampires — liberrydwarf @ 2:53 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


The possible science behind how Twilight vampires sparkle


Sequel to “American McGee’s Alice” announced (yay!)

How Star Trek artists imagined the iPad… 23 years ago

George Lucas is giving away half his fortune! (This from the man who apparently charges journalists entry fees to visit his ranch…)


10 Songs Secretly Written About Famous People

Barenaked Ladies perform “The Big Bang Theory” theme song live…

August 9, 2010

Friday Wrapup and Meme Monday – together again!

Filed under: Food, Librarian, music, Nerds — liberrydwarf @ 8:00 pm

Last time, I swear! From Wednesday I am so very back on track I promise!

1) One Good Thing: taught using a SmartBoard for the first time this week. In a word – AWESOME. I will not go happily (nor quietly) back to projector and whiteboard ever again!

2) One Bad Thing: Not content with letting dog hog the medical limelight, hubby got himself an eye infection. It was gross and made him headachey and grumpy and refused to drive anywhere. Not fun for anyone!

3) One Thing I Learned: that lamb chops + paprika = awesome!

And Monday meme: it’s another music meme –

Were you in the school band? I was in school choir. But not school band, I never played an instrument with enough dedication.

Church choir? I did, for about a year last year. It was only a small choir though, and when several people moved it sort of died…

What is your favourite song right now? Ooh, tricky one! My favourite song changes constantly depending on my mood and what I’m doing… I like Big Boi’s “Shutterbugg” at the moment, and Ou Est Le Swimming Pool’s  “Dance The Way I Feel”.

Favorite Lyrics? To be honest, I don’t think I pay a whole lot of attention to lyrics. But I do like the lyrics to Sally Seltmann’s “Harmony to My Heartbeat”, they make me smile and feel glad I’m in love 😀

Favorite Band? Barenaked Ladies. Hands down, absolutely no question. Thankyou and goodnight.

Favorite Soloist? This one’s a bit more difficult – Tori Amos maybe?

Favorite Musical (theatre)? I’ll admit to a secret (well not any more) weakness for Jesus Christ Superstar…

Favorite Musical (movie)? If movie musical = movie with mostly singing, again it’s no contest. Muppet Treasure Island forever!

Have you ever belonged to a mail order music club? Hubby has, but I haven’t.

Do you still have your old tape collection? I think I mostly missed the “tape” thing, too young 🙂

Do you let your friends borrow your music? “Let” is a word I’m not familiar with. Do I stand back and do nothing powerless as my siblings raid my CD collection? Yes, I do…

If you were stranded on a desert island what CD would you take with you? I wouldn’t. I’m not a CD person – I’m one of those awful people musicians hate who doesn’t enjoy listening to an album from start to finish. I’m a shuffle on iTunes girl. And before iTunes, I was a random-on-the-cd-player girl. I’m going to assume there’s a powerpoint on this desert island in order to plug the CD player in – so I’d bring my iPod and a charger instead!

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