Song Of The Day – Ramble On by Led Zeppelin

Jan 3rd, 2017 – Ramble On by Led Zeppelin

Today is the 125th birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien, writer of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion and more. As it’s just after New Year’s, and I’m usually on holidays at this time of year, i go into full nerd mode with an annual LOTR trilogy film marathon (I’m up to the bit in Fellowship Of The Ring where they’re just about to meet Galadriel. Elves = swoon 😍 ).

Tolkien’s work has inspired a gazillion artists. Led Zeppelin were famous fans, and mentioned people, places and references from Middle Earth in several of their songs, including today’s Song Of The Day – Ramble On. It’s also my fave Led Zep song. Huzzah!

Happy birthday, Professor Tolkien 😃

Here are some pics of me getting my LOTR nerd on…

Grumpy cave troll is grumpy #WetaCave #Miramar #wellington #nz #geekfest

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Lucky me with the delish #RichardArmitage today!! #TheHobbit #ThorinOakenshield

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NASA Nerds FTW

I love that the boffins at NASA are so obviously a bunch of geeks. The ‘dark spot’ on Pluto’s greatest moon has been named Mordor!!

Remarkable new details of Pluto's largest moon Charon are revealed in this image from our New Horizons spacecraft taken late on Tuesday from a distance of 289,000 miles (466,000 kilometers). A swath of cliffs and troughs stretches about 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) from left to right, suggesting widespread fracturing of Charon's crust, likely a result of internal processes. At upper right, along the moon's curving edge, is a canyon estimated to be 4 to 6 miles (7 to 9 kilometers) deep. Mission scientists are surprised by the apparent lack of craters on Charon. South of the moon's equator, at the bottom of this image, terrain is lit by the slanting rays of the sun, creating shadows that make it easier to distinguish topography. In Charon's north polar region, a dark marking nicknamed 'Mordor' is prominent in the image. Higher resolution images still to come are expected to shed more light on this enigmatic region. New Horizons traveled more than three billion miles over nine-and-a-half years to reach the Pluto system. Image Credit: NASA-JHUAPL-SwRI #nasa #pluto #plutoflyby #newhorizons#solarsystem #nasabeyond #science

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Geek Out – It’s Supanova Sydney time!

June is Supanova month in Sydney and for geek girls like me, that’s cause for ALOT of excitement.

Black Widow is bloomin' excited about Supanova! Pic: instagram.com/dansssstar

Not only is this huge fan con a supersized dream for lovers of all things cosplay, comics, gaming, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, anime, superheroes and more, it’s a chance to get up close and personal with artists whose work you’ve admired for ages – and to meet up and coming artists too. Last year i bought some fantastic artwork by young illustrators, cool handmade stuff from stores based in other states who i might not otherwise have had a chance to see, chat and get things signed by very talented and lovely artists and costume designers from New Zealand’s Weta, alongside the big name brand merch from Marvel, Image Comics and more (Yes, DC fiends, there’s stuff to cater for your needs too, but I’m a Marvel fangirl…)

The other brilliant thing about Supanova (and Oz Comic-Con, which happens later in the year) is the chance to go to exclusive Q&A sessions with everyone from big name comic book, film, tv, art, design, and cosplay stars, and you can also get your fangirl (or boy) on by getting a personal pic or something signed by a celeb you’d otherwise never get a chance to meet. It’s also really cool to find  out that they’re often just as likely to geek out over stuff as you 🙂

This year I’m excited that Graham McTavish, star of The Hobbit, Outlander (and also a guest role on one of my absolute fave tv shows, Pushing Daisies) is one of the guests this year. As a Tolkien / Hobbit / LOTR fan and through my career in the media, i’ve been very lucky to meet and chat with several of the stars of the Tolkien universe – Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Stephen Hunter, Jed Brophy and Adam Brown. I’m on a dwarf hunt and counting down all the members of Thorin Oakenshield‘s company i can meet. In a totally non-creepy stalkerish way, obvs…

Aidan Turner (Kili / Poldark) was just as lovely and even more handsome than you’d expect. He called me ‘darlin’ in his lovely Irish brogue and i melted… #swoon

At some point I’ll do a post about my Hobbit encounters, but for now, wish me luck on my quest to meet Dwalin tomorrow!