September 29, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Books, Education, games, movies, Nerds, TV, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 2:57 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


Stephen Fry will be Mycroft Holmes in Guy Ritchie’s next Sherlock Holmes film (Yay! Die from excitement!)


TV’s (well, mostly TV’s) Top Ten Sexiest Evil Twins of All-Time

Apparently no hoax, this really is going on Sesame Street…


We had Neil Gaiman’s attempt at Holmes pastiche a few months back, now here’s Kim Newman’s


Hours of geeky fun combining 2 Pokemon into one at Pokemon Fusion

Because poor final-year PhD’s have no sanity and no life left, they’re now invited to Dance Your PhD


September 27, 2010

Meme Monday: Memorable Book Moments

Filed under: Books, Memes — liberrydwarf @ 2:22 pm

As a follow-on to last week’s memorable movie moments: the 20 moments in books I’ve read which have stayed with me long after I’ve read them. (Note, most of these are about sex or death, which I don’t think says particularly healthy things about me as a person!) Not in any particular order, and with apologies for any spoilers…

  1. Arthur, Van Helsing and the gang “euthanize” Lucy (Dracula by Bram Stoker)
  2. The two little brothers go into the gas chamber (Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks)
  3. Raistlin jumps through the Dark Queen’s portal to save his brother Caramon (Test of the Twins by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickmann)
  4. Georgette’s death (Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr.)
  5. Phedre in the Mahrkagir’s harem (Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey)
  6. Anita and Jean-Claude get together (The Killing Dance by Laurel K. Hamilton)
  7. The Red Wedding (A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin)
  8. “Lady Esmerelda Weatherwax” attends the opera (Maskerade by Terry Pratchett)
  9. Ending (The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis)
  10. Lord Azrael makes his sacrifice (The Golden Compass/Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman)
  11. Morpheus’ wake (The Wake by Neil Gaiman)
  12. Dumbledore’s death (Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince by J.K. Rowling)
  13. Hammond’s death (Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton)
  14. Ellie and her friends are captured by the invaders (The Third Day, The Frost by John Marsden)
  15. The fight with the mountain lion (Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls)
  16. The Angel Islington (Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman)
  17. Phoebe & Joe on the shores of Quiddity together (Everville by Clive Barker)
  18. The Witches’ Convention (The Witches by Roald Dahl)
  19. Celia tells Martinez she likes him even without the suit (The Wonderful Ice-Cream Suit by Ray Bradbury)
  20. Holmes’ first analysis of Watson (A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle)

What do you think? And what would yours be?

September 24, 2010

Friday Wrapup: Secondments, Scammers and Single Ladies

Filed under: family, I.T, Librarian, music, Travel — liberrydwarf @ 1:36 pm

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Got a lunch invite from an old boss trying to poach me for project work with his new team. I said I wouldn’t commit to anything without doing it all properly (i.e. not annoying my current boss!) and that if anything came up for me we’d sort it out then. But it’s very very nice to be wanted!

2) One Bad Thing: Got a scam email – and then a panicked teary phone-call – from my mother in Hungary; she’d used an internet cafe and they’d stolen her email account and changed her password. The email said she was in trouble in Scotland and needed money, and she was terrified people would have actually sent it over. (Don’t think she realises her Gen Y children are used to that sort of thing. And it was typed in complete coherent sentences, so of course it couldn’t have been from her, my mum emails like a tipsy 15-year-old texts!) My mum almost never cries, and it was awful to hear her do so when she was over the other side of the world. Can’t wait til Sunday morning when she’s home for a big hug!

3) One Thing I Learned: all the real words to “Single Ladies” at last, thanks to The Pigs (see Wednesday’s Post)…

September 22, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: movies, music, Nerds, TV — liberrydwarf @ 2:32 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


Sacha Baron Cohen will play Freddie Mercury in a new biopic (I’m a bit nervous about this one…)

Real-life The Lion King!


Awesome Sci-fi lego geekiness here and here


Be rickrolled Muppets-style…

Australian readers might have seen this before on the ABC a week or so ago – everyone else, enjoy!

September 20, 2010

Meme Monday – Memorable Movie Moments

Filed under: Memes, movies — liberrydwarf @ 10:54 am

I got this idea from kalafudra – though I’m not quite so ambitious (or maybe just am worse at remembering things) so here are my Top 25 Memorable Movie Moments (but not in any specific order):

  1. Gandalf and Eomer ride down the mountainside to break the siege of Helm’s Deep (Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)
  2. Simba climbs Pride Rock in the rain to declare his victory over Scar (The Lion King)
  3. The Beast transforms and turns to face Belle as a human for the first time (Beauty & The Beast)
  4. Marla & Jack holding hands and watching the city explode (Fight Club)
  5. The Performance of Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare in Love)
  6. The Chariot Battle (Gladiator)
  7. The Dragon Challenge (Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire)
  8. Verbal leaves the police station and Detective Kujan discovers the truth (The Usual Suspects)
  9. Queen Elizabeth I cuts off her hair, puts on her makeup and becomes “Gloriana” (Elizabeth)
  10. Opening Street Fight (Gangs of New York)
  11. The three-way shoot out (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly)
  12. The tour bus singing “Tiny Dancer” (Almost Famous)
  13. The Box/Wrath (Se7en)
  14. Archy’s final run (Gallipoli)
  15. Ennis and the shirt (Brokeback Mountain)
  16. The real “Shooter” is revealed (Secret Window)
  17. Meeting Satan (Constantine)
  18. Michael kills Rooney and all his men in the rain (Road to Perdition)
  19. Opening shot of the huuuuuge Imperial Cruiser (Star Wars: A New Hope)
  20. Beth’s Death (Little Women)
  21. Stonehenge descending to the stage (This is Spinal Tap)
  22. “I shall never be hungry again!” (Gone with the Wind)
  23. The Boat Ride (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory)
  24. Jack Sparrow makes his entrance (Pirates of the Caribbean)
  25. “No man can kill me”…”I am no man” (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)

What about you?

September 17, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Students, School Holidays, and Spiders

Filed under: Education, Food — liberrydwarf @ 9:08 am

1) One Good Thing: Students ACTUALLY SHOWED UP to tutorial this week! Granted, it was compulsory assessment, and granted, it was exhausting because all of a sudden there were twice as many of them. But it felt much more like a real class that people wanted to participate in. Though I’m not delusional enough to believe in a repeat performance next week!

2) One Bad Thing: School holidays start tomorrow. That means Mr Liberrydwarf at home for 2 weeks, while I still have to go to work. Two words – NOT. FAIR!!!!!

3) One Thing I Learned: How to make Chocolate Peanut-Butter Spiders. These are absolutely awesome and SO on the menu for Joeys next term!

September 15, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Books, history, I.T, Kittens, Librarian, movies — liberrydwarf @ 4:04 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


Star Trek 2 sneak peaks and promises… (all of which you’ll break anyway, JJ Abrams!)


University without textbooks – just iPads (Sign me up!)

Goodreads guide to the Best Fairytales and Retellings (*sighs* my wishlist will never shrink now!)

What the Library could do with all its old books (very cool!)


Five fictional stories you were told in history class

All in the name of science, surely…

September 13, 2010

Meme Monday: The Cooking Meme

Filed under: Food — liberrydwarf @ 10:15 am

1. What is the best dish you can cook?

I make, in my own humble opinion, the most kick-ass Spaghetti Bolognese ever. The secret is bacon.

2. Do I have to beat eggs or can I whip them gently? Sounds so violent to me.

Hahaha – I’m actually pretty terrible at beating eggs either way. I don’t have the patience, particularly for egg whites.

3. I am reading a recipe right now for Hearty Beef-n-Cheese Pie from a recipe book I dug out of the cabinet. The instructions read…”Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large frying pan, brown ground beef, onion and green pepper.”
I am already lost. Why must I turn on the oven and put the frying pan in it? And how does one turn beef AND peppers brown at the same time?!
What color should the onion be?

Good gracious, what was your mother DOING when you were a teenager? Turn off the oven and head straight to YouTube for basic cooking classes. Or, alternatively, to Pizza Hut.

4. Did you ever cook something for your family that no one enjoyed and you had to throw out?

More than once. My most memorable was a Moroccan meatball casserole which called for 2tsp sugar. At that stage I was dieting, and chose to use artificial sugar substitute instead. Didn’t read the instructions that 1 drop = 1 tsp, put in a whole 2 teaspoons, and the resulting mess was so sickly sweet even the dog wouldn’t eat it.

5. Why do all recipes say “mix sugar, flour and salt?” Don’t they cancel out the other?

I leave salt out of most things for health reasons, so I’d ignore this anyway. I always assumed that salt was either for PH balance or chemical reaction to make things lighter and more airy anyway.

6. Why must you add eggs “one at a time” to a mixing bowl? Does anybody really know the answer to this question?

I don’t know anyone who’s physically capable of cracking more than one egg at once anyway 🙂 I’m sure there’s a fancy reason to do with correct consistency and stuff though.

7. Please post the recipe to something you think even I can cook.
I am begging you! It is no fun being a afraid of my own crockpot.

This one’s pretty easy…

September 10, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Blood, Besties and Bokomatens

Filed under: Health, Librarian, Science — liberrydwarf @ 4:38 pm

1) One Good Thing: Excellent blood pressure results when I went to see my specialist today. Close to normal, for the first time in about 3 years. I’m sure there’s an explanation for this, and once  I can confirm it I’ll gladly share with the class…

2) One Bad Thing: Said goodbye to one of my best friends at work – the restructure we’re having at the end of the year probably would have cost her her job, so she’s found something else at another university. I’m more than a bit sad at this, and reasonably angry at MPOW for letting someone energetic, passionate and enthusiastic go rather than fighting to keep her. Especially considering all the dead weight around here…

3) One Thing I Learned: we’re apparently getting one of these at work. It’s like a snack vending machine but for textbooks. I remain unconvinced…

September 8, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 11:17 am

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


Terry Gilliam’s “Time Bandits” being remade in 3D? (3D makes me queasy but I’d make an exception for that!)

Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman are doing Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” and it’s gonna be epic

The Guild: another music video…


The Most Vicious Put-Downs in Music (warning: cuss words ahoy!)


The Tractor Beam is real! (And Australian – nice!)

Monopoly by Map…

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