Sunday, September 13, 2009

Blogging MAD MEN

You have your Bridges of Madison County, now there are the men of MADISON Avenue. Ad Men... the phrase they coined for themselves, MAD MEN. Last weekend, I was watching some shows on Sundance channel about teaching from a teacher's perspective. The Education of Ms. Groves, a documentary series, and Chalk, a 'mockumentary' shot in The Office style. Because I like to look at the background of the actors, etc. I stumbled upon some links between an actor (asst. producer?) and MAD MEN, and decided to check it out. What a media cocoon I live in, I'd honestly never heard of it before or just was too wrapped up in politics not be even look at what Hollyweird has been dishing out. It's been on AMC for two years now, but I'd never watched that channel as it wasn't in my cable lineup. (It is now) After viewing a few recent episodes on On Demand, I found the full lineup on SurfTheChannel. Like T-Rev watching the Lousiana Vampire porn, I'm addicted and am honestly going to be very bummed when I make it to the end of the current season.

For anyone who wants to see what was really happening in the 60's, besides the Beatles, this show is a terrific insight into how it was back then. Go ahead, LifeLearners, look up the Greek roots of Utopia and Nostalgia, ad men understand. Cudos to MAD MEN writers, they're doing a terrific job.

Tip: The best links on STC are the Megavideo ones. But if your streaming (I never download), it only runs for 74 minutes before you have to stop and wait 54 minutes to continue. That's ok, because it factors in anticipation to get back to it after a break long enough to get something else done around here. << for the seriously addicted ;)

End of Season 1, The Wheel, has some really good stuff, but being a soup opera, I advise starting from the beginning to get the back story. Nixon and Kennedy has some historic moments that are bound to be built on and give your political history buffs some juice into that administration.

Viewing Tip #2: Some episodes don't seem to be on STC, so you have to check out some of the Japanese sites. Some are blocked (in my area... the US?), but the Tudou sites work in English, but with Japanese subtitles (no biggee).

Oh, and did I tell you? My neice looks just like Peggy Olson before she got pregnant, bumped up to junior copywriter, and took down her pony tail.