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.


January 26, 2011

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Just Plain Weird, Kittens, music, Science, TV — liberrydwarf @ 1:34 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


A nice big long critics’ opinion piece on upcoming HBO juggernaut Game of Thrones. In case like certain others of us, you just can’t get enough GOT. Ever.


As if you ever needed more proof Christopher Walken was awesome…


via (so you can’t say you weren’t warned) 6 Cats More Badass Than You (And Most Superheroes)

Cat versus Internet…

Win for me and fellow dino-fans – hooray, Triceratops has been redeemed and declared a dinosaur again! (Now, we work on reinstating Pluto…)

Made me smile as we’re arguing about what sort of bookshelves we want at home at the moment…at least we can agree, not these…


November 17, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Just Plain Weird, Kittens, movies, TV — liberrydwarf @ 9:52 am

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


All things Cowboys And Aliens. (My two favourite things! How could I possibly have missed this movie?)

John Cusack is Edgar Allen Poe. And he looks awesome! Add this to the list of things I’m looking forward to seeing!

Let’s hope this is less Twilight-style-sucky than the trailer indicates…


The 100 Greatest Fantasy/Sci-Fi TV Shows Of All Time. (I am suprised somewhat by some of the ranking here…)


Mural art is alive and well. And full of kittens with laser beam eyes

Horrible horrible story from my hometown. The war is over, Bogans 1, Civilised Society 0…

September 3, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Conferences, Classes, and Conjurers

Filed under: Children, Food, I.T, Just Plain Weird, Librarian — liberrydwarf @ 12:20 pm

1) One Good Thing: Gave excellent and exciting conference workshop presentation with @katiedatwork and @andvanessa. Everyone muchly impressed. @NaomiDoessel is the best facilitator/organizer ever!

2) One Bad Thing: Taught my first tutorial as a sessional academic on Tuesday. I was brilliant – but where were the students? So few people showed up (out of the 40 or so meant to attend, there were 12 all up) we ended up combining our tutorials and team-teaching. And it was the world’s most boring tutorial material. We do what we can, people…

3) One Thing I Learned: several new magic tricks. On account of how small children can’t keep a secret to save their lives, and we had Magician night at Joey Scouts. (I performed the famous Pre-Cut Banana trick to thunderous applause and wild-eyed amazement – or maybe they were just happy because they got food.)

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…)

June 15, 2010

Blogging Month Day 15: Writing proposals, Work-life balance, Worrying news, and Will It Blend?

Filed under: I.T, Just Plain Weird, Librarian, movies, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 7:26 pm

Halfway through the month: and I’m not sure what to think. I’m getting a kick out of the interaction the whole exercise is bringing. I like the memes. But I do worry that I prattle, and that maybe it’s all too far towards the trivial side of things!

1) One Good Thing: Wrote a really snappy project proposal for my School to try and get them to go digital with the deposit thesis collection they force on us each year. I might just be being vain, but boy this baby was a firecracker of a proposal! When I went to the Aurora Institute earlier this year, one of the biggest things I picked up is that my enthusiasm and ideas-generation is a good thing, but if I want to harness it I have to cement it all in a proper business plan or proposal, and spotlight the benefits (to other people, not to me. And “because it would be awesome!” is not a benefit, sadly.) Anyway, I spotlighted the schizzle out of the benefits in this one, and I think it’s going to be a really powerful document and get me exactly what I want. (Unless it ends up in the Head of School’s recycling bin, that is…)

2) One Bad Thing: not for me, for hubby – his workplace did a staff perception survey, and found that 90% of staff thought they didn’t have an appropriate work-life balance in their position. So tonight after work, he’s sticking around for a compulsory whole-staff meeting to talk about how they could fix this, and then a compulsory whole-staff dinner to thank them for their hard work. Maybe this should have been labelled “One Ironic Thing”…

3) One Thing I Learned: that there’s to be a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie. Oh dear…

4) Today’s Link: We all know the iPad can do amazing things. But the real question is: Will It Blend?

June 11, 2010

Blogging Month Day 11: School Liaison, Sports Comps, Stingers and Soccer World Cup

Filed under: Just Plain Weird, Librarian, Science, Sport, TV — liberrydwarf @ 3:00 pm

” ‘The Holidays, the holidays are here!’ cried Liberrydwarf as she rushed home from school. ‘The holidays are here and tomorrow we shall go to the seaside!’ ”

Not quite. But at least it’s a long weekend, a well-earned break, and perfect doona+book weather. Bring it on!

(quote above = paraphrased reference to an old childhood favourite book. So old, in fact, I have no idea what it was called anymore.)

1) One good thing: a work thing. Finally, FINALLY got appointment to see the ‘new’ head of school for the Economics school I do my library liaison work with. (After all, he’s only been head of school for 18 months now, right?) And while I didn’t win any of the concessions I went in there asking for (though most of them I didn’t think I would) I did get asked for a couple of proposal submissions for school committees (not quite as yay) and got a couple of good ideas to take to other staff members in the school directly (including one awesome scenario-based learning initiative for IL I would just LURVE to try with the first years…yay!) A big box to tick, and a bit nervous-making so I’m glad it’s done and that it wasn’t an unprofessional disaster.

2) One bad thing: Hubby’s off to Adelaide tonight – alone. He’s going for a sports competition, which he does 3-4 times a year, and has done so for the whole 9 years I’ve known him, so I feel no pressing need to watch him compete. But darn it, I’ve never been to Adelaide, and it’s a long weekend, and it would have been fun! *pouts*

3) One thing I learned: that if you wear pantyhose while swimming in the ocean jellyfish can’t sting you. You will, however, look like an idiot.

4) Today’s link: for those of you who, like me, will be sneaking a look at the poule results (yes, that’s how you really spell it I swear) for the World Cup in your lunch break, planning your wardrobe around your lucky undies for game days, and staring at your library security gates and wondering if they’ll turn into goalposts if you stare *just* a little bit longer: Mashable help us out with their handy How To guide on following the World Cup via Twitter

There will, however, be no Twitter guide to the Dog World Cup 2010... (image from audreyjm529 CC on Flicker)

June 5, 2010

Blogging Month Day 5: Mums, Mishaps, Madmen and Murdering Your Sims

Filed under: games, history, Humor, Just Plain Weird — liberrydwarf @ 1:24 pm

Made it to the weekend – woohoo! And it’s so nice to have some TIME to blog at home!

1) One good thing: I get to see my lovely Mum tonight. She’s down from Toowoomba on a training course, and we’re having dinner with the Horde of Siblings. (I’m bringing the pasta maker over for another bash at it!) It’s also her pre-birthday celebration, since she’s off to Israel (yeah I know) next week and will be away for a month, missing her birthday… let there be piles of gifts and muchly stroganoff for all!

2) One bad thing: fell off my bike on the way to the shops. Watch for pics of massive shin bruises on tomorrow’s blog entry! What’s even worse, is I wasn’t even moving at the time – no, clever me, I managed to fall completely over onto the ground, bike on its side – dismounting to go onto a footpath. So Alberto Contador, I reckon your Tour De France crown is at least safe from me for another year… 🙂

3) One thing I have learned: Last night I finished reading the fourth Fremonth Jones mystery, “Emperor Norton’s Ghost“. My interest was piqued about this Emperor Norton guy: turns out that he was indeed real. In 1859 local San Francisco crackpot Joshua Abraham Norton proclaimed himself Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico”.  And instead of popping Norton into the closest convenient asylum, the people of San Francisco called him Your Majesty and stuck him on their currency. Which just goes to show, really – though we might shake our heads and declare that all Americans are crazy, they’re probably not: but they do come up with the best kinds of crazy, for sure…

4) Today’s link: I’ve spent the morning playing The Sims 2, so found these “Reports from Sims Child Services” a bit of a giggle (I admit: I have never drowned a Sim, but I did have one set off a firecracker in a locked room to get rid of her…) If @fionawb drops by, I seem to recall she’s a keen Sims fan too: consider today’s link my gift to you, Fi!

June 4, 2010

Blogging Month Day 4: Computer Games, Cooking Shows, Crazy Children and Cartoon Chararacters

Filed under: art, Children, Food, games, Just Plain Weird, Science, TV — liberrydwarf @ 11:15 am

Friday’s here, Friday’s here! And even though the weekend promises to be full (and not long, as I had fooled myself into thinking: that’s next weekend) I can’t wait for a little bit of downtime – final few episodes of True Blood Season 1, it’s a date!

1) One good thing: my workplace runs a lunchtime session of WiiSports once a week: I managed to scrape 15 minutes together and get along yesterday, and it was such great fun! Only had time for a couple of games of table tennis (which I rock at) and basketball (which I quite clearly do not rock at) but I’d been in a bit of a grey cloud for most of the morning and that little bit of fun exercise pulled me out of it perfectly!

2) One bad thing: Joanne should have left Masterchef (because she’s a truly nasty piece of work) but didn’t. I have no great love for Jake, but thought for sure that the elimination challenge in question would have done for Joanne for sure… Also, anyone else think they’re making up the “Immunity Pin” rules on the spot?

3) One thing I have learned: I run a youth group on Thursday evenings. Okay, it’s Scouts – but I don’t know, for some reason saying ‘Scouts’ gets you the ‘weirdo’ label far quicker than saying ‘youth group’ does. Anyways, I have the little kids in my group – 6-8 years old, but the vast majority of mine are 6, and only just 6 by a few weeks in some cases. There are currently 11 of the little monsters, and they keep sending more and more my way. Ever since I started I’ve despaired a bit about discipline – 11 6-year olds cannot sit still, be quiet, refrain from tackling each other, listen to craft instructions, follow the rules for a simple game, and so on. Every week feel like it’s been run shoddily, and I finish up the hour stressed out and depressed that we didn’t get through all 8 planned activities.

Anyway, after the meeting, the mother of one new kid – let’s call him “Kid X” – comes up to see me, she asks how he’s doing in terms of behaviour etc (which I diplomatically lie about) and she says “Oh, X just lives for this. He has so much fun every week. I guess because he’s an only child, he looks forward to mucking around with the other kids, it’s the one activity I can get him to do willingly every week without fail.” She extricates Kid X from the game of “tag other kids and shriek” or whatever it is he’s playing, and takes him home.

After I thought about it, I guess what I learned is this: who cares if we don’t get through all 8 planned activities? Who cares if they can’t play “Fruit Salad” properly? Who cares if someone cuts through their paper snowflake wrong and wants to do another one? Certainly not those kids! And after all, who are we really running the group for? Not me. Them. So I learned that if I can lighten up, de-stress and worry less, just maybe I could start having just as much fun as those kids.

Maybe that’s something we need to think about in libraries too…

4) Today’s link: For the scientifically curious amongst you all – ever imagined what was under the surface of your favourite fictional characters?

Homer Simpson's x-Ray

June 2, 2010

Blogging Month Day 2: Feet, Firefox, Foreclosures and Feral Teens

Filed under: Australia, Fashion, I.T, Just Plain Weird, News Articles, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 12:02 pm

Well, I made it back for Day 2 (thought that was going to be the hard part! Though I guess just wait til the weekend!). The day is young, and I only got home from work at 9pm last night so not a whole lot’s happened, but let’s see if we can’t knock a daily rundown together…

1) One good thing: I have awesome socks today. They are making me EXTREMELY happy!

You can't see from here, but there are little ribbons at the back too 🙂

2) One bad thing: Posting the previous photo of socks? Took the better part of 30 minutes to do. It also took me an hour to upload 7 photos of my brother’s band from the weekend on Flickr. WHY won’t people write Firefox-compliant code?!

3) One thing I have learned: that the Sydney Opera House might have to close. That would be so awful! Why can the Government apparently afford to guarantee bank loans but not to save what’s probably the #1 identifiable tourist icon of the country?

4) Today’s link: (although technically there are two above… oh you want a proper link…. okay…) One word: America. Actually, two words: Bloody America. And Bloody Twilight. So that’s four. Ah, just watch the stupid clip already…

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