LiberryDwarf

November 3, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Books, games, Kittens, Librarian, movies, Photos, Statistics, Trivia, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 9:30 am

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!

Movies

Books

Apparently Jane Austen was about on par with Stephenie Meyer in the “I can write English” stakes apart from the fact that Austen had a great editor

Other

Total time vacuum if you’ve got the sort of mind that can’t leave a jigsaw undone…

Worldometers – all the real-time stats your geeky little mind can handle

Why does the Web love cats so much?

Librarians + Zombies = ? Calendars, apparently

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April 2, 2008

“Designing pages in HTML is like having sex in a bathtub…”

Filed under: Humor, I.T, Statistics, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 5:46 pm

Actually, the rest of that quote goes “If you don’t know anything about sex, it won’t do you any good to know a lot about bathtubs”, but I reckon if we left it at the first half we’d solve all our country’s IT shortages in a matter of months. This off the back of my suggesting to a lovely little freshman student who asked me how you became a librarian that doing a little bit of IT might be helpful – she stared blankly and then said “so it’s something you actually need a degree for?” Me and my three degrees just about went home and cried… Ah, never mind. I’ll use all my wondrous HTML skills to lazily write another installment of this blog and give you some links…

1) We all know how much I like useless statistics. Apparently, people who work in offices like them too, and with a darn sight more time on their hands, they like to play with them. Hence the birth of GraphJam: Pop culture for people in cubicles. Proving that a) Stats are fun when you’re bored and in a silly frame of mind, and b) that computers in no way save companies time and money, and c) the human race is very, very, very strange…

2) My local radio station decided to ring in April Fools Day by making all their time calls an hour off yesterday morning(5:30 at 6:30, for example) The irate “I was late for work/school/court hearing/etc” calls that followed this morning were in fact much funnier than the original prank, to be honest. But in honour, I’m bringing you last years (because I assume this years isn’t finished) Urgo List of 2007 Website April Fools Jokes. The World of Warcraft tinfoil hat brings back fond memories… ah yes…

3) Finally – a colleague whined at me this morning about how “today’s young people” (cringe!!) were completely unable and unwilling to engage with adults. Let’s celebrate that, shall we? Oh – and let’s celebrate it in song. Because we can.

August 21, 2007

Three old ladies and a park bench…

Filed under: I.T, News Articles, Statistics, Trivia, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 6:51 pm

“Three old ladies named Gertrude, Maude, and Tilly were sitting on a
park bench having a quiet conversation when a flasher approached from
across the park. The flasher came up to the ladies, stood right in
front of them and opened his trench coat and flashed them.

Gertrude immediately had a stroke.

Then Maude also had a stroke.

But,Tilly, being older and feebler, couldn’t reach that far.”

Yeah, you’re supposed to laugh now…

Anyway, sorry for the week’s silence – it was Show Day, nobody blogs on Show Day! In this country it’s traditional once a year to give everyone one day off to look at monster trucks and piglets, eat too much strawberry icecream and puke on the Thundertron 3000… Australia really is the lucky country! (If you’re from overseas and have no idea what I’m talking about, we call it The Ekka – it’s kind of a sad tiny state fair. There are flickr pictures from people who aren’t me here…)

So this week…

1) Serious one – but still fun – it’s The World Clock. Not only does this baby tell you the time, you also get the stats and growth figures on everything from internet access points and US divorces to bicycles produced and drowning deaths. Useful, pretty and terribly, terribly depressing – take a look!

2) Loving inappropriate governmental misuse of modern technology, if you haven’t already heard it (you under-rock-liver you!) take a look at one of lots of news stories this week about the CIA secretly editing Wikipedia pages… quick, Howard government, redirect Kevin Rudd’s wikipedia entry to Hooters, now! What? What do you mean it already goes there…? (Apologies overseas-ians, you probably won’t get that one either…)
3) Finally, we haven’t had much YouTube-ness lately have we…? Here’s a piece from MadTV where “Steve Jobs” launches the “new Apple product”, the iRack… witty political commentary abounds! Even Australians get this one!

July 18, 2007

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.

Filed under: Books, Comics, Statistics, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 9:14 am

Welcome back! Enjoy some links! WordPress made me put an About Me section somewhere here on this blog (if you find it, you win a cookie!) but if you’ve been reading it won’t be anything new, don’t worry…

1) I’m crazy about Sherlock Holmes. Especially new “versions”. ESPECIALLY Holmes-Dracula crossover versions…but that’s enough about me and my sad predilections. Anyway, thanks to the magic of public-domain-internet-ness and wicked copyright and stuff (Hey, I am not the only librarian who slept through all the copyright lectures, thankyou very much!) all Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock tales are free on the web HERE. Go you crazy drug-fiend mastermind!

2) Who says statistics can’t be fun? Or colourful, for that matter? Check out Wellington Grey’s “World Obesity Rankings” in cartoon format. Go you little fat people! (P.S For extra time-wasting check out the archive of other cartoons…)

3) Finally, consider this my nod to the oh-so-average Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix movie – Harry Potter in Lego, thanks to YouTube. Go you Lego Weasleys!

July 3, 2007

And the winner is… Syd-e-nee!!

Filed under: games, Humor, Statistics, Trivia — liberrydwarf @ 9:50 am

Sorry for the week’s silence, folks. I’m on vacation (yay!) at the moments, and currently in an internet cafe in The Rocks (Sydney’s historic colonial district) posting – cool, no? So I will share these links with you before I trudge off on my guided tour and then hit up the justice museum to giggle at 1930’s mugshots…

1) Oh, have I found theBEST time waster ever or WHAT?? Blufr.com is a highly addictive trivia game from the folks at Answers.com. The game is all about how much you thought you knew. Answer each deceitful statement with a simple “way” or “no way” and see how you did against everyone else. This baby ate up my entire last day at work, almost…

2) Another marvelous time waster (and probably more educational than the previous) is Buzzdash.com – a site and tool for gauging popular opinion on a wide range of topics – from sports, movies and politics to relationships and philosophy. They have functionality for you to submit your own poll question, too, and see what people think. What time I didn’t spend on Blufr I spent here on my last day. Never ever tell my boss…

3)  Finally, to cap off this week’s educational streak, here’s a lesson on How to Pimp-Slap. Ah, the Liberry’s just full of gems, aint it? Peace out, and keep my poor tired legs in your prayers!

June 12, 2007

And wouldst thou leave me so unsatisfied…? (HBO, not Juliet)

Filed under: Economics, Humor, I.T, Kittens, Overseas, Statistics, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 7:53 pm

Well, for the second most deadly-dull week of the semester, it’s been all upsy-downsy hasn’t it just! Upsy because I did really well for my conference presentation (hardly surprising seeing as how I was better than half the keynotes, and NOT just in my own humble opinion I assure you!)

Downsy because I got up, came to work, got sent home at 12 then had to come back again and work all ungodly night… the Great Library God hates me.

Then Upsy AND Downsy at the same time since I bought the final season of Deadwood – up because c’mon, it’s DEADWOOD people! And down because I already KNOW it’s going to end all open and stuff and I’ll have to sit and wait for HBO to make a movie-length closure piece that will NEVER happen…hence our post title tonight!

Anyway, having atypically chronically overshared…then kicked myself for doing it because I promised not to… here are some links to play with. Enjoy, please, thankyou.

1) Statistics/economics buffs, one for you – we all know the US has some obscenely huge GDP, but what about its states, how do they rank with the rest of the world? The Strange Maps blog features one map of US States renamed for countries with similar GDP’s. One one level (the obvious one) it’s pretty scary stuff. On another, it’s pretty crappy because poor Australia ends up as Idaho. On yet another, it’s ironic because seeing as only 10% of US citizens can find even their own country on a map, this might actually help them get geography a bit better…

2) Second, a clever gem from The Onion – which everyone knows is the best news source in the world – about the MySpace Outage of a few weeks ago (I can think of at least 3 people reading this right now who just practically brown-trousers panicked and rushed off to check their MySpace to make sure it was still working…they’re talking about you guys here, you know. Mockery and such…)

3) Finally tonight, we’re upping the cute factor with the (very) short French YouTube film “Un chaton qui a sommeil”. I am told this translates as “A kitten which is sleepy”; don’t worry, whatever you think the subtext is here it really is just a sleepy kitten. Watch him doze off, die from cute and call me in the morning…Dr LiberryDwarf signing out!

December 12, 2006

“When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course…”

Filed under: Blogs, Books, Statistics — liberrydwarf @ 6:16 pm

Well, I passed Enterprise Architectures, so I won’t have to repeat it – yay! Although I do miss the good old GPA-of-6.25 days… whoever said studying and working full time would work has a lot to answer for!

This week at work is REEEEEEEEAL slow – and it’s only going to get worse as Christmas rolls round. I have been doing plenty of….ehem, “research”…. over the past few days, and offer up the fruits of my not-particularly-labourious labour below:

1) One crazy project I’ve had this week is to explore the possibility of liberrian-ing in Second Life. Although my personal opinion is that my workplace is probably throwing themselves into this (and pretty much all other Web 2.0 technology) just for the sake of saying they can, lots of libraries are already strutting their virtual stuff in SL. Two of the most notable Aussie SL Librarians blog at http://virtual.librariesinteract.info/. Take a look if you like, crazy stuff. At least there’s not a virtual twin-set anywhere to be seen…

2) Fantastic Fiction (http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/) is a wonderful resource, a database of fiction titles, series, authors and genres. I use it to BookCross. I use it to review. Hell, if I was a public librarian, I’d probably use it to choose 90% of my fiction budget (damn you, Economics!) I am notorious for finding parts 2 and 3 of a tetralogy and stubbornly refusing to get rid of them until I have read the series. At least on FF I can find the titles, then go on Amazon and whine about how I can’t afford the shipping. Good times.

3) If I die, I never want to come back as an ABS statistician…I’m now at least 85% sure that it was my ABS stats collection at work that gave me legionaire’s disease or whatever it was last week. So I’m directing traffic this week to the ABS website, http://www.abs.gov.au. The more hits they get, the more they might justify digitizing, and make my life that much easier (and less prone to the black lung!) Seriously though, their site has stats and figures for pretty much any Australian question you have. And now it’s free, so no more hassling the State Library! Leave them to cry over their ugly uniforms, and throw spitballs across the river at the City Council building! Get your own damn stats, people!

I leave you now to go back to (apparently) what I spent all that money to get a masters for – looking up my work on Technorati to find out what students are saying about us, and playing with the pie chart feature on indicators databases. 8 work days ’til Christmas… may it be a mantra to you too!

October 27, 2006

Nice to meet you – roll for initiative…

Filed under: Blogs, Humor, Statistics — liberrydwarf @ 12:44 pm

Ha…so great. Going to get that on a shirt. Would have been way better than the boring “RPG Geek” one I have ordered. Last shirt I bought was “I’m not your damn search engine”, went over a treat at work at the library.

Barenaked Ladies are offering their new album for USD$10 download from their website – yeah, stick it to Warner music!! And screw waiting six months for an import! I got me some “Peterborough And The Kawarthas” action right now, baby!
Anyway, inaugural post….um, let’s think. For punters this week, three new goodies to waste time with – let me know what you think.

1) Serious one up first – Nationmaster.com, lots of stats from places like the CIA factbook and collated side by side. Loving the graphical representation features and the really quirky categories…hmm, which country has the most roller coasters per capita?? Won’t that make you look clever next dreadful nerd party you go to… oh, then you can bring out your damn blackberry and show off the nationmaster pie chart that backs your facts up. You gimboid… That being said, educational-tool-wise, it’s pretty comprehensive, pretty darn good lookin’, and pretty (well, totally) free.

2) An oldie but a goodie, Lore’s Book of Ratings at bookofratings.com. Lore rates stuff with hilarious consequences. We’re particularly tickled by his Magical Artifacts from D&D and Aspects of Pirates ratings…

3) Speaking of pirates, I read this guy’s blog far too late at night, almost peed myself laughing. Terrible terrible pirate jokes (also take to party if your rollercoaster stats don’t get you into bed with someone’s older sibling…) at mcsweeneys.net/2000/06/14pirates.html

Until next time, waste time, and good luck at that party. You gimboid.