Let’s stipulate that as decades go, the ’60s were one wild ride. The creators of Mad Men know this and it’s why they chose to set their series during those turbulent times. Many look at this era as if we were napping through most of the ’50s only to be jolted awake in the following decade. The list of seminal moments from this time that forever changed us is a long one. Music is something that can take us back to certain moments and periods in time, and the music that came from this particular decade certainly affected how we listened and approached music to come in later years. Rock and roll wasn’t that old when the calendars switched over to 1960. Here are some of the iconic albums of the ’60s that you should add to your playlists. These can provide the perfect soundtrack for your Mad Men viewing party.
You can’t really single out a single album from the Beatles. You have to include them all. When the lads from Liverpool crossed the pond, they literally took America by storm. Interestingly enough, most of their dedicated followers were already fans. They knew the early singles by heart. That first tour, kicked off on the Ed Sullivan Show, cemented their status as a force to be reckoned with. Want to trace the evolution of music in the ’60s? Start with Please Please Me, then go to Meet the Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night, to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. That is some music library.
Before the season four premiere of Game of Thrones, I went back to watch the last episode of the last season. I was sure glad I did. First impression: “I’ve been away from Westeros for far too long.” Second impression: “I forgot that happened.” It was wise to get caught up. Now, I plan on doing the same thing with the return of Mad Men. Fans of the show know that Mad Men started at the beginning of the 1960s and is now approaching the end of that turbulent decade. Using the ’60s as a backdrop has provided fertile ground for the writers to create some amazing stories. How can you pick just one? You can’t. However, if you want to get ready for the beginning of the end of Mad Men you should catch up with these great episodes.
The Gypsy And The Hobo (Season 3, Episode 11)
Right out of the gate, you knew that Don Draper was not your typical “hero.” He cheats on his wife and carries a dark secret that he has kept from everyone. It’s that kind of character complexity that draws us to him and this series. Simply put, the Don Draper who everyone deals with in the office is not the real Don Draper. In this episode, someone finds out Don’s secret and how he handles that gives us a unique glimpse of what makes Don Draper tick.
To every season, there is a turn. For television series, that means we have to say good-bye to a favorite show. Next up on the chopping block will be Mad Men. Instead of being cancelled, the creators have decided to go out while they are still on top. Got to give them props for that. Of course, this means all eyes will be on Mad Men as they begin the final countdown to series end. It also means we’ll be feeling nostalgic for the ’60s once again. Thanks to your iPoll rewards, you won’t have a problem getting your ’60s groove on. There are many ways you can explore your nostalgic urges from the films, TV, books, music, and clothes of the era. First, however, you should go on a few Mobile Missions to build up your iPoll rewards bank.
According to box office figures, fantasy films are big business. Consider the top five fantasy films and what they made:
• Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: $381,011,219
• Lord of the Rings: Return of the King: $377,845,905
• Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: $342,551,365
• Alice in Wonderland: $334,191,110
• Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: $317,575,550
The rest of the top ten is filled in with more Harry Potty and Tolkien. Add it all up, and you’re talking several billions. What is fascinating is that the vast majority of fantasy films and television series started out as novels. Are you up on your fantasy must-reads? Let’s stipulate that you should have already read the Game Of Thrones, Harry Potter, and Lord Of The Rings series. Of those, Game Of Thrones is still considered “active,” which is good news for the fans. If you’re looking to add to your epic fantasy book series, might we suggest the following tomes:
Don’t you just hate missing out on things? I’m not talking about the great birthday cake from the last office party, but rather those cool movies and television shows that everybody can’t stop talking about. Exhibit A: Game of Thrones. Before this show landed on HBO, there was already a devoted following of readers who lapped up every word inscribed by George R.R. Martin. They knew what was coming, and couldn’t wait to see how the show depicted memorable events. However, there were far more viewers of GOT who hadn’t read the books (present company included) and had no idea what to expect. What we got was fantasy storytelling at its finest. As movie and television shows go, fantasy and sci-fi are often lumped together. There are elements of sweeping narrative and far off worlds/realms that apply to both. For the sake of this discussion, we’ll distinguish fantasy as anything without robots or spaceships. If your love of Game of Thrones has you yearning for other fantasy gems, consider these fantasy films and television shows you may never have heard of.
Do you know your MMORPG from your straight up RPG? A massively multiplayer online role-playing game lets you plug into a fantasy and go on a quest with players from around the world. A role-playing game lets you have the same kind of fun, but it’s just you and the fantasy realm. Either way, fantasy-themed games have been a big player in video game development. Of course, all fantasy video games owe a debt of acknowledgement and gratitude to the game that started it all: Dungeons & Dragons.
Long before there were home gaming consoles, there was D&D. The original version of this game was sold in 1974. The game is as simple as it is complex. Each player takes on the role of a character in the vast Dungeons & Dragons universe. A Dungeon Master is the referee/storyteller who, along with a roll of the dice, decides the fate of the characters. You need to bring your wits and imagination, as opposed to hand-to-eye coordination, to win at D&D. Although still popular, D&D is out-shined by the sophisticated content available for today’s gamer. Here are some of the best fantasy video games ever brought to market:
Back when the Game Of Thrones series was first published, author George R.R. Martin was approached by Hollywood producer types to turn the books into a movie franchise. Mr. Martin politely declined their offer, knowing that his stories we’re too big to be crammed into a 2-hour feature. Boy, was he spot on with that decision! So far, we have 30 hours of GOT for our viewing pleasure, and there is no end in sight for the palace intrigue, backstabbing, surprises, dragons, and white walkers. The wait for the next ten hours is over, with Game Of Thrones returning to HBO this Sunday for season four. To get you ready, here’s what you can expect from the clans of Westeros. (WARNING: There be spoilers ahead. If you haven’t binge watched season three yet, then bookmark this post until later. That’s an order!)
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some had greatness thrust upon them.” Old Will Shakespeare used this phrase in his comedy Twelfth Night. What many folks leave out is the opening to that famous quote: “Be not afraid of greatness.” Could the Bard of Avalon have had a premonition about the reign of kings? I’m not talking about British royalty, but the royalty of Westeros, the realm of Game of Thrones. Yes, the epic HBO miniseries returns for another season and I’m still getting over the Red Wedding. Fear not, friends. I shall attend to see who might rise to sit upon the throne this go round. Unlike some others, I haven’t read the bestselling books, so I have no idea what is coming. I like it that way. I run from spoiler alerts as if they were dragon fire. Of course, I do own the novels. I b ought them with my iPoll rewards a few months ago. I’ll wait until the series is over, however, before cracking them open. One thing I won’t wait for is another round of iPoll Mobile Missions. These are where the real power lies, if you think of adding money to your wallet as power!
With the Academy Awards behind us, iPoll users were asked to take a look at the film industry and tell us what they thought of trends in movies. What makes a good movie? What are they sick of seeing? Find out what a little over 400 iPoll users thought!
There is a cliché image of Fortune 500 company boardrooms being populated by old men smoking cigars. Many movies portray these corporate types as the quintessential villain (Old Man Potter, anyone?). Don’t become disillusioned by these stereotypes. Today, you’ll find many thriving and successful companies that have women at the helm. Does this mean they’ve broken through the proverbial “glass ceiling?” Perhaps, but it could simply mean these women were the most qualified for the job.
Mary Barra: GM
For the first time in auto manufacturing history, a woman is running the show at GM. This was definitely a well-deserved promotion from within. Ms. Barra has spent most of her professional career within GM working on supply chain logistics, engineering, design, and program management. If you’re going to hire a CEO, it should be someone who knows the company inside and out.