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.

December 1, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Children, movies, music, Trivia, TV — liberrydwarf @ 3:34 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!



New historical epic movies set to hit our screens soon (bit of a mixed bag here. But hey – Rome: The Movie, hello!)

Dan Akroyd throws around some more Ghostbusters 3 casting rumours. (A couple of which I’m less than thrilled about, to be honest…)




Very cute! (The music. I meant the music. Sheesh!)


Waste the whole day away on trivia quizzes at

Made me smile…

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!



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


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

June 29, 2010

Blogging Month Day 29: Sharing Sites, Salons, Silly Names and Sookie Stackhouse

Filed under: Books, Celebrities, Fashion, music, Trivia, TV, Vampires, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 2:00 pm

I have something large and overarching prepared for tomorrow as the last day of June, so this is probably my last entry of day to day “good thing/bad thing/learned thing/link thing”. So enjoy!

1) One Good Thing: Taught an, um, “older” colleague (okay, he’s old. Not like my grandfather old, but probably older than my dad. I often get accused of being ageist. I’m not, I’m just observant about these things…) anyway, taught a colleague how to use LibraryThing. He’s a classic book hoarder, has sheds full of bookshelves on his property, thousands and thousands of titles, and had the idea that not only did he want a list of exactly what he had, but he also wanted to be able to sort or filter it by things like topic, year, author etc. He’s also, not to be unkind, a two-finger typing technophobe. But I showed him how my account worked, and how he could use a barcode wand to scan in the ISBNs from the back of his books to add them to his account quickly, and he’s happily going off to give it a go, and if he gets to 200 titles on his free account and likes the way it works for him, he’ll get an upgraded one. Sensei Liberrydwarf, guiding pupils to greatness!

2) One Bad Thing: My old hairdresser has moved out of town, and I’ve been putting off the decision about a new one for ages. I finally called the local salon for an appointment – painstakingly explaining what I usually have done, etc. And I get the feeling that they think I’m a complete idiot. I’m hoping that it was just the girl answering their phone who wasn’t overly thrilled to be getting my business – and that they don’t screw it up! D-day is Thursday, so hopefully I won’t have to come and put “I’m so horrified” pics up!

3) One Thing I Learned: that apparently in NZ you can name a baby “Midnight Chardonnay” but not “Fish and Chips”. By law. Ah, thank you Mental Floss!

4) Today’s Link: pinched from kalafudra – again! I know! I’m sorry! But since the Book and TV Memes proved so many #blogeverydayofjune bloggers were Charlaine Harris/True Blood fans, I absolutely had to share this new Snoop Dogg clip 🙂

June 22, 2010

Blogging Month Day 22: Holiday Gifts, Hard Work, Honest Truths and Hotties

Filed under: Blogs, Librarian, Trivia — liberrydwarf @ 6:20 pm

Last late evening shift of the semester: and it’s the time of year when nobody wants anything, so lots of time for blogging!

1) One Good Thing: hubby on holidays = hubby that goes shopping and buys me gifts! (We won’t mention the new digital camera he got himself which I am afraid to ask how much it cost). I got home yesterday to find new books and The Sims 3 waiting for me, and he even got off Assassin’s Creed II long enough for me to have a go before bedtime. Booyah!

2) One Bad Thing: Having visited my Head of School a couple of weeks ago, I was gung-ho to prove to him that yes, librarians could be helpful. And yesterday an opportunity came up where his PA wanted some figures on economics publications. I said yep, sure, no problem, I could help with that. BIG MISTAKE. This was a complex query. Very complex. Compare numbers of publications in top ARC ranked journals by staff in similar discipline departments to ours at other universities for the past 4 years. It took me 2 hours just to write the search syntax. And the job just kept getting bigger and bigger. It’s done now. The PA is grateful. The presentation can go on. But it makes you wonder (well it makes me wonder anyway): what was it all for? Aside from that it’s my job, of course. This took me the best part of a whole day to do. The figures aren’t perfect, there was no way to account for the dozens of variables in the scope of this project. The PA has no appreciation of how much time and anguish it took, and I doubt the HOS will ever get to hear that it was me that found the figures. So what exactly do I get out of it that I wouldn’t get out of Business As Usual?

3) One Thing I Learned: that apparently, following yesterday’s Meme Monday, I’m not as shrouded obscurely in mystery as I thought I was! Yes, most of you guessed that I do not, in fact, write Twilight fanfic. I dabble in a bit of writing (more so when I was younger in school) but most of what I right is original. I think the rabidness (rabitidy?) of fanfic devotees frightens me off. The whole “Character X so would not do that!” thing. And I dislike Twilight and accompanying Twi-Hards very much.

Now, comments have asked for clarification on the two truths, so here you are:

1. I’ve been to every continent except South America and Antarctica.

I have indeed. When I was 14 we had lived in a rent-free house for the last 3 years (my mum was a residential director of a mental health facility and we lived there free. Yes, I grew up in a mental hospital. That should have been one of my truths!) Anyway, since she’d had no rent or mortgage bills for 3 years, Mum had a whole bunch of savings, and as she was preparing to quit that job she figured we’d blow it all on a round the world trip. So in 12 weeks we went to North America (US & Canada), Europe (UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Greece) and Africa (Zimbabwe). I’ve also been since to Spain and briefly to South Korea. Hubby argues that it’s in fact part of Australasia and not Asia, but I’ve also been to NZ. I haven’t ever been to South America: though my father grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and I’d love to go visit with him some time and see what it’s like now. I have never met anyone who’s been to Antarctica – many of my little Scouts claim to have, but they are dirty little liars and I don’t believe them at all.

2. I have done modelling shoots for several Australian fashion magazines.

Yep, done this too. Two of them (which I’m totally going to say is several). A couple of years ago I did Weight Watchers Online, and mostly through sheer stubbornness managed to lose about 25 kgs. Once it had stayed off for 6 months, I figured there wasn’t much point keeping on giving them money, so I cancelled my account. When you do this, if you’ve been successful, they invite you to fill out a success survey and send them before and after shots, which I did. They then phoned me to say they had an opportunity for someone who’d successfully done WW Online to appear in an advertorial-style thing in Cleo Click magazine, did I want to do it? I did – flew down to Sydney for the day, did hair and makeup and dresses in this gorgeous house in Mossman, flew back in the evening and was sent the photos and a copy of the magazine a month or so later. They also called me a few months after that to do a similar story for their own WW magazine, which I also did – a bit more relaxed of a shoot than the Cleo one which was full of models, but pretty much as surreal. At least I have some photos to one day show my grandkids how hot I was. I present them below for your viewing pleasure…

4) Today’s Link: In the words of Flight of the Conchords: “Just wanna do something special / For all the ladies in the world”. Thus I present, for your viewing pleasure, Hot Guys Reading Books. You’re welcome.

August 6, 2008

“You know what your problem is, it’s that you haven’t seen enough movies – all of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.”

Filed under: Food, movies, Trivia — liberrydwarf @ 5:58 pm

I’ve just come back from the Monthly Movies jaunt I do with my friends, and oh BOY did this month make up for last month’s Indiana Jones debacle! Keeping it brief, I’ll just put the opinion out there that “Wanted” was awesome. Okay, so some of the stunts were cringeworthy. And the whole thing did leave me hating myself for being so boring and not doing anything worthwhile with my life, sure. But awesome nonetheless. Fight Club meets the Matrix, maybe. If you’re into blenderization like that.

Mmm.... want!

Mmm.... want!

Drool check…. ehem….

So on the subject of awesome. And movies. And…um… nope, got nothing. Ah, here are this week’s links…

1) This one I’m throwing in especially for Kalafudra – If you love movies, and you love procrastination, look no further than Select Level of Difficulty. Randomize MovieQuote List. Guess Selected MovieQuote. Earn MovieQuote Point. Rinse. Repeat. Wonder where that whole morning could possibly have gone… you get the picture. No pun intended.

2) I felt it was time for weird food again – so we’re taking a little educational trip to the museum. That is, the Museum of Food Anomalies. As it says, “An online exhibition of the Art of Regular Food Gone Horribly Wrong.” Rude carrots abound (BC may enjoy!)

3) I cannot believe I managed to leave this final treat until last. Let’s just say – it’s teeny tiny, it’s spare-pants-requiring exciting, and it absolutely cannot be December 11th soon enough!

May 6, 2008

“A dog wearing clothes is still a dog…”

Filed under: Celebrities, Kittens, Trivia — liberrydwarf @ 9:00 pm

So is porn wearing Tudor costumes still porn? And if you had to choose between sleeping with a sibling or dying, which would you choose? Moreover, if you had to choose between being/having (delete where appropriate) Natalie Portman or Scarlett Johanssen, which would you choose? (Ladies, you get Eric Bana by default…) Yes, I saw “The Other Boleyn Girl” this morning. No, I have no answer to any of the above questions (Could I have Natalie’s face and Scarlett’s body, yet keep those tiny Portman feet? And do I indeed get Eric Bana by default??) Luckily, I have internets, and a million other people with opinions on the above….*blissful sigh* why ever have an answer for anything? Delightful!

1) Tonight at work we were making a shortlist of “hot old men” celebrities (well, I thought they were old. I’ve learned to keep my dirty ageist thoughts to myself…) We had your usual Connerys, Firths, Depps and the like… but this got me thinking. Who are the most unattractive celebrities out there? Like, officially? Lucky for me, Listmania cover everything (and are just as bored and weird as me) so thanks to them, I bring you the Top 10 Ugliest Male Celebrities …do you agree? (Comment to me, not them! Or to both of us!)

2) Want the ultimate frustrating trivia game? How many countries can you name in five minutes? Type quick, punk! It’s full pressure on, the most heart-pounding minutes I’ve had all week (yes, even including all Eric Bana’s screentime in aforementioned histor-erotica!) I got 70 – can you beat me? You can? Fine, well can you do it drunk? (Hey, I wasn’t drunk, I was at work. But I do need to feel superior about something…)

3) I heart cats. So does more than one of my co-workers. One of them sent me this. Perfect, pure, unadulterated cat. Heartless little bastards, and their evil mindgames…

March 25, 2008

“You don’t get older, you get better…”

Filed under: Food, games, Humor, Trivia, TV, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 8:15 pm

That’s a lot to live up to, thanks Shirley Bassey! (Who rocks, by the way, I can see why she said that…)

Well, older, but probably not much wiser… plus I spent Easter long weekend looking after poor suffering sick Mr LiberryDwarf who had the bad manners to get the ‘flu on Easter, and what’s more on my birthday! As evidenced in an earlier blog entry, men really are the BIGGEST BABIES when sick! Oh well, at least there was waaaay too much chocolate to make up for it!  So here are this week’s links, high on sugar and pretending to be far more mature than they really are…

1) Think you’re a Monty Python fan? Take Mental Floss’s Monty Python Quiz and find out once and for all! Ranging from the very silly to the fiendishly hard – it’s worth getting to the end just to read back over the comments of other quiz “contestants”! More fun than the sound of two bricks being smashed together… (But not more fun than Cardinal Richlieu’s impersonation of Petula Clark, not by half…)

2)  Gotcha more gross food! Try keeping your chocolate down after you check out The Sneeze’s fantastic column of gross-barely-food-ness, Steve, Don’t Eat It! Remember, I only bring you this because I care…

3)  Finally, Youtube feeds my need to share my childhood nostalgia again… remember Trapdoor? (if you’re not from the UK or Aus, you might very well not!) Good ol’ Berk and his haunted castle… and the bad bad jokes… *sniff* all together now, “They don’t make ’em like they used to…”

November 28, 2007

Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody…

Filed under: Alcohol, Blogs, Celebrities, Just Plain Weird, Trivia, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 9:57 am

Hooray for politics! Actually, I think people who rock-star-idolise aging Aussie politicians are a bit pathetic, but I’m probably just bitter that I got hit on by grotty Young Liberals at the polling booth and didn’t manage to dislodge my smug local member. Anyways, with the election safely behind us, we can crawl out from under the bed where we’ve been curled up and whimpering the last six weeks, and enjoy some links…
1) Proving for us again that there really isn’t any purpose to the internet except laughing at rich and famous people, it’s the glorious gallery of celebrity photo madness that is “Men who look like old lesbians“. Featuring our very own dear new Fearless Leader (see Sunday, November 18, 2007). Sorry sir, your majesty…blame the Americans!

2) Dragging the Liberry back into some vague semblance of educational-ness… get a weekly dose of delightful trivia (and the accompanying news stories for all you “it is SO true, see here!” needs), it’s the BBC’s “Ten Things We Didn’t Know Last Week” blog…

3) Finally, this week’s YouTube vid is shamelessly Aussie – if you’re local you’ll probably break into a big grin within the first ten seconds! But I hope all you terrible foreigners like it too, it’s quite clever even if you don’t know the theme tune…

October 24, 2007

I’m not a dictator. It’s just that I have a grumpy face….

Filed under: Children, Classics/History, Trivia, TV, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 6:04 pm

Super, thanks Pinochet, we all believe you. Speaking of grumpy, I can’t believe nobody answered my wooden box question? Shame on you people! Anyways, its just as well there’s such a thing as Forums and bored people out there or I might never be able to sleep for wondering!

Here are your links this week (though you don’t deserve them, bad blog readers, grumble grumble…)

1) The internet makes everyone an expert on something, doesn’t it…? That’s why I quite like the idea of Squidoo lenses. Go take a look if you have no idea what I mean. Anyway, some clever soul’s made a Monty Python Squidoo page, so rather than bring you snippets of Pythonism here and there, I thought I’d bring you the motherlode… every ham and jam and spamalot you’d ever need!

2) The Godchecker is the ultimate resource for religious reference, trivia and a bit of fun. Also guaranteed to appeal lots to Dungeons and Dragons gamers, people who like to name cats silly names, and Stargate fans who disagreed with scriptwriters choices for Goa’uld character names…

3) Finally, as tribute to my lovely boss asking me to make our next year’s orientation programmes “A bit more emo, so they appeal to the kids” (groan!!!) I thought we’d all get a big mascara-d hug from Tickle Me Emo, courtesy of MadTV…

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