November 26, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Cocktails, Cricket and Communication

Filed under: Education, Food, Librarian, Sport — liberrydwarf @ 3:41 pm

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Found the gummy snakes I thought I’d lost on the way to the cocktail night for my local professional association (AKA geeky librarian club), in time to have them in the signature Bookworm cocktails which were a big hit!  Watermelon and guava cocktails with red jelly snakes = delicious! (I’m sure someone took a picture, will share if I can find…)

2) One Bad Thing: Have to work all day tomorrow. Through the cricket. Which is just about the only sport I can stand watching. Booh! (Although on the plus side there’s air conditioning. And a free day off…)

3) One Thing I Learned: More about the vocal expression of emotion than I ever wanted to, after sitting through 90 minutes of the most boring research study ever, listening to voice actors say the same 2 phrases over and over again conveying different emotions… ah well, all in the name of science. I’m a good little guinea pig!

October 22, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Performance, Proofreading and Pre-eclampsia

Filed under: Education, Health, Librarian — liberrydwarf @ 1:44 pm

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Had a nice annual performance review, lots of praise from the boss. Performance reviews mean next-to-nothing at most places, and even less at ours given we have to redo them in January anyway because of our restructure-by-any-other-name, but it was nice to hear that people think I’m doing a good job.

2) One Bad Thing:  I got the date wrong for my students to submit their assignments (typo-wrong – and discovered early so it’s not a big drama.) But not only are they now of the opinion that I’m a brainless twit, they now also have an extra 2 day extension to make up for the typo, which gives me less time to mark their work and I’m going to use up all my weekend time now 😦

3) One Thing I Learned: far too much about pre-eclampsia. Now I am stressed out about it, since I have pretty rubbish blood-pressure to begin with and run a pretty high risk of it getting worse. None of which helps the blood pressure. Vicious cycle!


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 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!

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 19, 2009

“These are a few of my favourite things…”

Filed under: Books, Education, Just Plain Weird, music, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 5:57 pm

Three things I like a lot this week:

  • Blackadder. Just bought a box set, about half-way through Blackadder II. I cannot remember laughing quite so much ever, nobody on the planet does comedy like the Brits did it back in the day.
  • My cat, who finally was useful for the first time in his life and woke me up in perfect timing today so I wasn’t late for work.
  • That I impressed everyone I saw “Public Enemies” with with my awesome knowledge of J.Edgar Hoover’s cross-dressing predilections.

Three things I hate a lot this week:

  • We have these cute vanity plates here in Australia which are designed to mimic cool European plates. I hate when people get them put on their Japanese cars. You have missed the point, my friends…
  • That my new keyboard is a bit unsure about what you want to do with quotation marks, and won’t put them in until you’ve typed the next character, so you put in “quotes”and you miss out all the space keys afterwards so you look stupid. See above.
  • New frickin’ WordPress. What was wrong with the last dashboard screen, why is it now five times as many clicks to post?

There you go. All I need to do now is find a melody, and Julie Andrews eat your heart out…

Here are this week’s links. Needless to say I love them!

1) Another “100 books you should read before you kick it” list. I have personally read 16 off here (it’s mostly an American lit list – knew it was worth taking American lit class!) and I think that’s better than I did on the TLS list, but I’d be interested to know if anyone out there has read lots more than that…

2) I often complain that we run dumb programs at my institution. (Being in charge of teaching research for hospitality and recreational tourism research, and buying books about the economics of running a day spa, you might see why…) These courses blur the line between “that’s the dumbest thing I ever heard” and “that’s the coolest thing I ever heard”. And you know you pretty much wish you could take all of them…

3) Youtube = could this be the greatest (most unlikely perhaps but greatest) mashup ever? Both my mother and I like it for different reasons – it WOULD make long car trips with her easier…