Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Everything's shiny, Captain, not to fret

If you know what the title of this post is from, you automatically get a thousand geek points and my eternal friendship. I said something today on Twitter about how I wished I'd worn a certain t-shirt to work today. Angie asked me if I'd gotten it from Thinkgeek, which made me decide that I needed to do a feature of my recent nerdy purchases from Thinkgeek.

Now, if you remember this post, you'll know that this isn't the beginning of my nerdy t-shirt collection. I think it's starting to come along nicely. First of all, we have this:
Also, I can kill you with my brain
Simple, but effective, I think. Also, nerdy! Obviously. Next, there's this:

It's kind of hard to see the detail, so here's a close up:
"Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal"

Oh, Wash. I still can't believe what Whedon did to you *sigh*. This one's less esoteric and more outright obvious:
Take my love, take my land, take me where I cannot stand...

And my last t-shirt purchase is a throwback to the brilliant Joss Whedon's earlier work:
If the apocalypse comes, beep me.

I also bought this awesome keyring from Thinkgeek, which I love love LOVE:
Shiny!

And this one's not from Thinkgeek, but from my BFF Sara. It was part of my birthday present, and I love it:

It's probably not surprising to you if you read this, though!! It combines two of my favourite things: Ron Weasley and Harry Potter Lego. I have grand plans for finishing the Lego Harry Potter game when I move home in six weeks or so. MWAHAHA!!!

So there you have it - my latest nerdy purchases!

K xx

Sunday, May 29, 2011

30 Days of Books - Day 22

So how's your weekend been? I spent yesterday shopping for an outfit for opening on Thursday night. HOLY CRAP, THE GALLERY OPENS ON THURSDAY NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!! No matter how many times I say that, I still just can't quite believe it. Anyway, I spent about a bazillion hours walking around the shopping centre yesterday in search of something to wear. I wound up with a purple skirt quite early on in the piece, but then spent about three hours searching in vain for a top to go with it. I never thought I'd say it, but thank God for the Juniors section at Myer! Not only did I get a top, but it was on sale and cost me $12.50. SCORE!

And today has been baking palooza - I made raspberry and chocolate fudge Dalek cupcakes for a farewell at work tomorrow:
Extermicake, extermicake...

Day 22 - Favourite book you own
There's any number of possibilities here, but I'm going with my latest book purchase for this one:
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5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (and other useful guides) by Matthew Inman (aka The Oatmeal). If you haven't read an Oatmeal comic before, you should head over there right now. I'll wait. 

I love The Oatmeal. I do a happy dance in my chair every time I see a new comic/quiz/whatever. So when I saw his book at Dymocks the other week, I jumped on it. Sure, I've read most of the contents online, but there's a bunch of new comics that are only in the book. Any page in it makes me crack up laughing, and given that my brain has basically melted out of my ears with the stress and insanity of work the past few weeks, it's nice to have a book to go to where I can just read for two minutes, laugh hysterically, and then put back on the shelf. It's a totally awesome book, and you should all go and buy it. Or at the very least, read this:  How to use a semicolon 

K xx

Day 01 - The best book you read last year
Day 02 - A book you've read more than 3 times
Day 03 - Your favourite series
Day 04 - Your favourite book of your favourite series
Day 05 - A book that makes you happy
Day 06 - A book that makes you sad
Day 07 - Most underrated book
Day 08 - Most overrated book
Day 09 - A book you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Day 10 - Favourite classic book
Day 11 - A book you hated
Day 12 - A book you used to love but don't any more
Day 13 - Your favourite writer
Day 14 - Favourite book of your favourite writer
Day 15 - Favourite male character
Day 16 - Favourite female character
Day 17 - Favourite quote from your favourite book
Day 18 - A book that disappointed you
Day 19 - Favourite book turned into a movie
Day 20 - Favourite romance book
Day 21 - Favourite book from your childhood
Day 22 - Favourite book you own
Day 23 - A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven't
Day 24 - A book you wish more people would've read
Day 25 - A character you can relate to the most
Day 26 - A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 - The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 - Favourite title
Day 29 - A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 - Your favourite book of all time

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Friday night genius

Yes, I know I'm writing this on Saturday night. Shut up. It's my blog and I can do what I want, dammit! Ahem. Anyway, yesterday was my Work Mum's last day at the museum. *sad face* We had farewell drinks for her after work last night, and it was filled with much mocking of Canberra. Canberra drivers are notoriously shit, and what passes for freeway here can (I'm told, not being a driver myself) be backed up for miles and miles solely because people don't understand how to merge.

Anyway, it culminated in Femaelstrom going "Ugh, Canberra. What a SHITHOLE..." Now, I don't know what happens overseas, but in Australia, the number plates for most states come with a lame slogan on them. Like "Victoria - the place to be" or "NT - Outback Australia". Or, as I've just discovered from looking up number plate slogans on Wikipedia, "Queensland - the smart state". AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Now, I know it's a shocking generalisation to make fun of an entire state, but Queenslanders voted in Pauline Hanson. And voted against daylight savings, because "the furniture will fade". And they like rugby LEAGUE. Ew. It's kind of like saying "The Tea Party - we vote for the Democrats".

AaaaaaaaaaaaaaanyQueensland'snotthatsmart, when Femaelstrom made the above statement, my immediate response was "HOLY CRAP. THAT SHOULD BE ON THE NUMBER PLATES!!!", which resulted in much a) hilarity, and b) agreement. I can see it now - cars driving down Northbourne Avenue sporting number plates that say "ACT - What a shithole" instead of the "ACT - Heart of the nation" that they do now. How awesome would that be? Clearly, I should be a copy writer.

K xx

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Small Snapshots: Letters

Sorry guys - I'm kind of phoning it in this week. 


Considering my whole weekend was taken up with Little Miss A's birthday party and associated family nonsense, I didn't have the time to take my camera on a search for this week's theme: letters. I did briefly have a grand plan to make Little Miss A stand like various letters while I was babysitting her on Saturday night, but then she went to bed at 6.45, which kind of threw a spanner in the works. 

So instead what I have is this:

Once again, I took it at work. It's kind of hard to see, but the top of the museum building has giant Braille on it. Not ENTIRELY what Carissa had in mind, but I didn't want to skip Small Snapshots due to lack of time! Kind of cheating, but still within the topic for this week :)

Want to join in? Head over to Kissed a Frog and link up!

K xx

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

30 Days of Books - Day 21

I'm pretty sure today was the longest day ever... No particular reason why. It just seemed to drag on foreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeever... Tomorrow, at least, it looks like I'll have my final bit of install. At least I hope so, considering the gallery opens next Thursday! (EEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!!!!!! Plan for this weekend? Buy an outfit for opening...) Anyway, on with the books:

Day 21 - Favourite book from your childhood

Okay, it's actually not possible for me to pick ONE here. When I was about five, it was this:
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The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. Robert Munsch is a Canadian children's author, and everything he writes is amazing. Sadly, I Love You Forever is pretty much his only book that's available here. First published in 1980, The Paper Bag Princess is the story of a princess named Elizabeth. She plans on marrying a prince named Ronald, who's perfect. But then a dragon turns up, destroys her kingdom and kidnaps Ronald. The only thing she can find to wear is a paper bag. So she puts it on and sets off to rescue Ronald, who turns out to be kind of an arsehole. So she dumps him and sets off to live her own life. It's awesome, and every little girl should be given it.

When I was seven, my favourite book was Little House on the Prarie, as I mentioned here. When I was ten, I had three favourites:
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The Boggart by Susan Cooper. A Canadian family inherit a castle in Scotland, only to find that when they take some of the furniture home to Scotland with them, they've inadvertently brought an unexpected guest - a boggart. Nothing like the boggarts in Harry Potter, this boggart lives for mischief and likes to play tricks and practical jokes. I reread it at the weekend. It's still awesome, although reading about how a computer with a 1GB hard drive costs $10,000 made me cackle hysterically and pine for the early 90s when a colour monitor was the height of sophistication.

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. What can I say - even at the age of 10, I was secretly a nerd. Our copy at home is so well read that the spine has broken and it's now a two part story. I bought the version above recently and I'm reading it at the moment. Needless to say, I'm insanely excited about the movie, and I really wish it was coming out sooner than December 2012. UGH!!! SO FAR AWAY!!!!!!!!! >.<

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Finally, we have Redwall by Brian Jacques. I read this when we drove to Scotland for a family holiday in 1993. In hindsight, the idea of mice, squirrels, otters, hedgehogs and badgers living together in an abbey is pretty whacked out. Especially when they're fighting a war against a giant rat and his army of vermin... But good GOD, I loved the Redwall series. I pretty much read the words off the pages until I was about 14, which was about the time that I got Lord of the Rings for Christmas. One of these days, I should probably reread some of the Redwall books and see just how violent and crazy they seem as an adult...

What was your favourite book(s) as a kid?

K xx

Day 01 - The best book you read last year
Day 02 - A book you've read more than 3 times
Day 03 - Your favourite series
Day 04 - Your favourite book of your favourite series
Day 05 - A book that makes you happy
Day 06 - A book that makes you sad
Day 07 - Most underrated book
Day 08 - Most overrated book
Day 09 - A book you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Day 10 - Favourite classic book
Day 11 - A book you hated
Day 12 - A book you used to love but don't any more
Day 13 - Your favourite writer
Day 14 - Favourite book of your favourite writer
Day 15 - Favourite male character
Day 16 - Favourite female character
Day 17 - Favourite quote from your favourite book
Day 18 - A book that disappointed you
Day 19 - Favourite book turned into a movie
Day 20 - Favourite romance book
Day 21 - Favourite book from your childhood
Day 22 - Favourite book you own
Day 23 - A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven't
Day 24 - A book you wish more people would've read
Day 25 - A character you can relate to the most
Day 26 - A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 - The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 - Favourite title
Day 29 - A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 - Your favourite book of all time

Monday, May 23, 2011

30 Days of Books - Day 20

Howdy y'all! I know I've been mysteriously absent for a while. I was in Melbourne for Little Miss A's 6th birthday, which also included a babysitting stint, making chocolate and orange truffles, and getting the world's most annoying song stuck in my head - Little Miss A's lyrics to The Chicken Dance ("I don't want to be a chicken, I don't want to be a duck, so I wag my butt" *clap clap clap clap*). Oh, and I saw the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. To whoever cast Missionary McHotty, thank you. Really. 
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Also, I noticed that there were a couple of historians listed in the credits. If anyone hears of a job going as a consulting historian to a movie set, let me know?? I can TOTALLY become an expert in whatever overnight. Kthnxbai! 

Day 20 - Your favourite romance book

Okay, seriously? They pick out ONE genre to specify your favourite book in, and it's ROMANCE? I'm not really a fan of chick lit and whatnot, so I was tempted to change this to sci-fi. But then I remembered this:
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Persuasion by Jane Austen. I went to see the Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds movie version for my 13th birthday, and I still adore it. (The 2007 mini-series starring Rupert Penry-Jones and Sally Hawkins is ridiculously inferior.) Back in first year English at uni, I studied Persuasion and realised just how awesome it really is. In terms of Austen books, it's always a distant fourth behind Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma. But I prefer it to all of them (yes, I prefer it to P&P. So shoot me...) Anne Elliot is the underdog, the forgotten sister who, at the grand old age of 28, is on the shelf and taken advantage of by her family. It's only when the man she loved eight years earlier comes back into her life that she starts to come out of her shell. (Huh. I should get a job writing book blurbs...)

The real romance comes when Captain Wentworth overhears Anne discussing with Captain Harville whether men or women are more constant to an absent love. Unable to speak to her directly, Wentworth writes her this note: 
"I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever. I offer myself to you with a heart even more your own, than when you almost broke it eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone I think and plan. - Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? - I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice, when they would be lost on others. - Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating in
F.W.
I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look will be enough to decide whether I enter your father's house this evening, or never."

Obviously after Anne reads the letter, she rushes off after Captain Wentworth and they live happily ever after. So, gentlemen, let this be a lesson to you: never underestimate the power of a well-written letter. It can be enough to make even a cynic like me weak at the knees! ;)

K xx

Day 01 - The best book you read last year
Day 02 - A book you've read more than 3 times
Day 03 - Your favourite series
Day 04 - Your favourite book of your favourite series
Day 05 - A book that makes you happy
Day 06 - A book that makes you sad
Day 07 - Most underrated book
Day 08 - Most overrated book
Day 09 - A book you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Day 10 - Favourite classic book
Day 11 - A book you hated
Day 12 - A book you used to love but don't any more
Day 13 - Your favourite writer
Day 14 - Favourite book of your favourite writer
Day 15 - Favourite male character
Day 16 - Favourite female character
Day 17 - Favourite quote from your favourite book
Day 18 - A book that disappointed you
Day 19 - Favourite book turned into a movie
Day 20 - Favourite romance book
Day 21 - Favourite book from your childhood
Day 22 - Favourite book you own
Day 23 - A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven't
Day 24 - A book you wish more people would've read
Day 25 - A character you can relate to the most
Day 26 - A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 - The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 - Favourite title
Day 29 - A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 - Your favourite book of all time
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