February 28, 2011

Meme Monday: Book Meme

Filed under: Books, Memes — liberrydwarf @ 5:50 pm

(from kalafudra as usual)

The book that’s been on your shelves the longest.

My books don’t usually have a long shelf-life, constant turnover… I think we took some of the Willard Price Adventure books I used to read when I was about 10 years old when we helped my mother move, if you don’t count the intermission it would be them.

A book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time).

I remember reading The Illuminatus Trilogy the year (well, four or five months) I lived with my father. I remember feeling really uncomfortable about it, because he absolutely loved it and wanted to discuss every plot detail, and I just thought it was weird and wasn’t really into it.

A book you acquired in some interesting way.

I bought my copy of Dragons of Autumn Twilight from a tiny English Language second-hand bookstore in Athens which was so much like I later discovered Black Books to be that it’s quite uncanny.

The book that’s been with you to the most places.

I’m not entirely sure that it’s the same copy, but I have taken The Complete Sherlock Holmes with me to the UK and to more than one local/interstate beach holiday.

The most recent addition to your shelves.

I think it was Midnight Louie’s Pet Detectives anthology.

Your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next.

Last =Plum Lovin’ by Janet Evanovich

Current =The City Who Fought by Anne McCaffrey & S.M. Stirling

Next =Monsters from the Id by Anthony L Abraham

All from BookMooch mooches, which usually dictate my reading patterns. I read quite quickly, so this doesn’t seem to inconvenience anyone too much.


February 25, 2011

Friday Weekly Wrap-up: No More Work!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 5:28 pm

This week’s wrap-up is particularly Friday-centric…

One Good Thing: I just had my last day before I leave for an entire year! (And there were many presents involved – some even for me rather than for the baby!)

One Bad Thing: I didn’t get finished the very few things I needed to get finished, because I couldn’t go fifteen minutes today without having someone come past my desk for a long chat about what a wonderful experience I was going to have on maternity leave. As a result I’m less satisfied, and have less completion and closure, than I quite easily would have if people had been slightly more focused on their own work rather than on me…

One Thing I Learned: That even though the little voice in my head is screaming obscenities at soppy, irritating time-wasters, I’m a good enough actress, or at least a good enough colleague, not to snap at any of them and just to smile, be gracious, and listen to their tedious trips down memory lane. I’m sure my Human Being Of The Year medal will be in the post any day now…

February 23, 2011

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Comics, Just Plain Weird, Kittens, Librarian, movies, Trivia, TV, video, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 6:03 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


If Star Wars had been a Western, and there had been action figures made, they’d probably have been something like this…

Ten trivia fact things you didn’t know about “The Empire Strikes Back”


One throwaway comment later, and we’re all helping Nathan Fillion raise money to buy Firefly and get it back on the air


I believe I’ve said it before – librarians are totally uncool. Daggy-in-a-cute-way, but uncool.

Cat Superhero

I have NO idea what is going on here. It is, however, adorable.

February 21, 2011

Monday Meme: Sleepy Meme

Filed under: Memes — liberrydwarf @ 9:19 am

[taken from here]

How do you relax?

Varying degrees of relaxation would include DVDs on the couch, on the bed with a book (though that’s less relaxing since I lost the ability to lie on my stomach) or a hot bath. Cat cuddles are relaxing in small doses if the cat isn’t too unwilling.

What do you sleep in?

It’s summer here at the moment, so usually a spaghetti-straps nightdress. Lately, one of stretchy fabric, the stretchier the better.

What kind of pillow do you like?

I have one quite full pillow for my head, and at the moment have a body pillow for elbows, knees and belly. And cat, most nights.

Do you sew in bed? Read? Watch tv? Eat?

I read in bed. And sometimes have breakfast in bed. I make a point of not using my laptop in bed, and we have no bedroom TV. I don’t sew at all, in bed or out (I am distinctly unladylike.)

Early to bed or all-nighter?

Probably later than I should, given a 6am wakeup time…

When you were young did you sleep with a stuffed animal?

Many. I still have a lot of them, even if they don’t have pride of place in the bedroom anymore. They’re all ratty and I’ve no plans to give them to my children, but even just thinking of disposing of them makes me a bit teary.

Who would you most like to have a pillow fight with?

For “naughty” pillow fights -Richard Armitage, in full North And South Mr Thornton period costume. Never tell my husband.

For “extreme warfare fun” pillow fights – I’d have to say an orangutan. Long crazy arms and particularly ticklish. Winner.

February 18, 2011

Friday Weekly Wrap-Up: Heroes, Herbs and Hairdresser Gossip

Filed under: Children, Health, Librarian, Nature, Scouts, TV — liberrydwarf @ 4:52 pm

The (2) week(s) that was! (Or were, rather. It’s been an exhausting fortnight. You can have a double concentrated dose.)

1) Two Good Things: Rediscovering Heroes: Season 1. And watching it with hubby this time (rather than alone) and he’s really enthusiastic, it’s kind of cute… 🙂

On the other hand, it's really going to suck when it gets crappy and breaks his heart...

Also got to attend a follow-up session for a conference I missed (apparently big fat preggos don’t fly interstate real well) and catch one or two of the presentations I was really sore about missing. Of course, with one more week of work there’s not a whole lot I can actually DO with all these cool new ideas, but at least I now have them. Fodder for daydreaming, at least.


2) Two Bad Things: All my lavender has, through a combination of drowning and drying out, died horribly. 😦

Was aiming for this. Needless to say, do NOT have this.

Also, apparently nobody makes children’ s face paint anymore. It’s impossible to get. And despite one’s best efforts to improvise with water-based acrylics and baby lotion, apparently today’s children are far too fussy to have their faces painted, delicate little flowers that they are. What is this sad world coming to?

3) TwoThings I Learned:

Pretty much every intimate detail about the shopkeepers who were flooded out at our dearly-departed local shopping centre – who was insured, who’s coming back, who was going bankrupt anyway. Apparently dog groomers are much like hairdressers are in the human world, and know EVERYTHING.

Nothing like what actually happens. Nothing to do with this story at all, really. But amuses me nonetheless...

Also – Do not wear Mary Janes when you’re pregnant, or a Sumo Wrestler will swap feet with you when you’re not looking and you will end up with scary jelly ankles and be forced by your colleagues to lie down with your feet in the air for most of the afternoon.

February 16, 2011

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Books, games, Librarian, movies, music, Nerds, News Articles — liberrydwarf @ 8:25 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


The Top 5 Library Scenes in Movies


Amanda Palmer discusses her new music business model – you give her $5000, she plays you a concert. No tickets, no middleman. The future of music?


“Jersey Shore” versus the new up-and-coming UK version “Geordie Shore” (collective shudders…)


The most popular books of 1983 (a very good year, if I do say so myself!)


Proof that libraries have been trying daggy things to be more popular for over 50 years…

The Best of the Chronicle” – true gems from the local paper from the country town I grew up in.

February 14, 2011

Meme Monday: Superhero Meme

Filed under: Comics, Memes, movies, TV — liberrydwarf @ 11:39 am

Taken from kalafudra.
And like her, these are my personal favourites, rather than who I think would win a fight. Because I am not nerd enough for the latter challenge, not by half.

With the caveat – most of my superhero experience would be from TV or Movie incarnations of said heroes, never went in for print comics much

Male Against Male

1. Conan or Superman?
Superman. Purely by exposure. Though once Jason Momoa’s Conan comes out I may be a changed woman. (Or at least a very drooly one.)

2. Spiderman or Silver Surfer?
Cartoon version Silver Surfer. Not from the Fantastic 4 movie. The live-action movies were not as cool as the cartoons ever were, and the second movie particularly so.

3. Captain America or Batman?
Batman. Don’t think I’ve ever come across Captain America before.

4. Wolverine or Cyclops?
Wolverine. I’m nothing if not a patriot. Please pass this message on to Hugh Jackman so he can send his (preferably shirtless) thanks.

5. Daredevil or The Phantom?
Ugh – hard work. Awful Ben Affleck or Awful Billy Zane? It’s like picking a dish off an offal menu when you can’t stand offal but you have to eat something… I’m going to go Phantom, because I’ve probably seen that movie once more than Daredevil.

6. Hellboy or Hulk?
Hellboy. The Hulk has just had too many incarnations recently, spoils it a bit.

7. The Flash or Green Lantern?
Haven’t really had much experience of either…

8. The Punisher or Blade?
Blade – guilty pleasure. Even Blade III *hangs head in shame*

9. Zorro or Thor?
Zorro. 100%. There’s something physiologically wrong with anyone who could pass on Banderas…

10. Blade or Spawn?
Blade again. They should probably have had someone else unique here?

Female Against Female

1. Batgirl or Supergirl?
Batgirl. I mean come on, she’s a librarian. Who else was I going to pick?

2. Elektra or Catwoman?
Catwoman. I was always Catwoman when I played Batman with my friends in grade 1. Happy memories.

3. Wonder Woman or Phoenix?
Wonder Woman – never heard of Phoenix

4. She-Hulk or She-Ra?
*sings* She-Ra! Princess of Power! (Admittedly, I wasn’t aware there even was a She-Hulk…)

5. Ultra-Violet or Wildstorm?
I’ve never heard of either of these superheroes…

6. Wonder Woman or Elektra?
Again, hard choice. Megan Fox (who I can’t stand) in a role I haven’t seen, or Jennifer Garner (who I love) in a terrible role? I’m going Elektra purely out of Garner loyalty, and I’ll just have to cringe later…

7. Leeloo or Buffy?
Why are these two even paired together – they’re absolutely nothing alike for comparison! I’m going with Leeloo, because unlike Buffy she never did anything that remotely annoyed me, and Buffy was on the odd occasion maddening as hell.

8. Queen of Swords or Xena?
Xena by default, as I have no idea who the Queen of Swords is.

9. Red Sonja or Nikita?
I assume Nikita = La Femme Nikita? I’ve never heard of Red Sonja before…

10. Storm or Wonder Woman?
Storm. And cartoon Storm, rather than Halle Berry Storm.

Female Against Male

1. Buffy or Blade?
I think Blade. Wesley Snipes’ one-liners are just too priceless to pass up.

2. She-Hulk or Hellboy?
Hellboy – but again, by default.

3. Red Sonja or Conan?
Conan – default again.

4. Supergirl or Superman?
Superman. Supergirl was kind of lame…

5. Xena or Spiderman?
Xena. I love the cheesiness…

6. UltraViolet or The Punisher?
Haven’t really come across either one…

7. Queen of Swords or Zorro?
Zorro – by default, true. But also because he’s awesome 🙂

8. Catwoman or Cyclops?
Catwoman. Cyclops is a whiny girl…

9. Nikita or Batman?
Batman. Batman would win pretty much any competition hands down though.

10. Phoenix or Silver Surfer?
Silver Surfer, by default.

February 4, 2011

Friday Weekly Wrap-up: Board Games, Blood Pressure and Biting One’s Tongue

Filed under: games, Health, I.T — liberrydwarf @ 11:30 am

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Picked up a lovely old copy of 221B Baker Street: The Boardgame at BookFest. It’s amazing what serendipity sends your way occasionally…

Don't even get me started on the expansions which have been out of production for decades...

2) One Bad Thing:  I now have blood pressure drugs. I was trying very hard not to have to resort to medication there. Well, not trying hard necessarily – I think it’s pretty much out of my control. Probably just hoping really hard. I’m sure there’s absolutely no earthly reason to feel that way, but I’m disappointed in myself now…

3) One Thing I Learned: Well, that I’m not getting a work iPad. Which, given that I’ve got less than a month left to work, wasn’t a big surprise. But that since they’ve got the iPads, they appear to have forgotten about the old iPod Touch devices we all got. And according to a work friend, if I’m very quiet and don’t mention it they probably won’t ask for the iPod back while I am on leave for a year (maybe 2). Mum’s the word…

February 2, 2011

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Kittens, movies, Nerds, Science, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 2:24 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


Ooh – Ender’s Game: the movie??

The Dark Tower lead – we have a winner, ladies and gentlemen! (And a damn fine one at that!)

The best picture nominees for the 2011 Oscars. Done as tableaux in Lego. Just to make them even more awesome.


Ten pop-culture catch phrases you swore you’d never use but do anyway (admit it, you do it too!)

More dino-news: Hooray, new dinosaur discovered! (And it’s super impressive, and totally not compensating for anything with that horn…)

Random and stupid, but since the debate over whether cats would really eat corn on the cob came up…