Mad/e Men

I hadn't tried it yet when writing about
Mad Men the other day, but now that I've done so I cheerfully direct you to "Mad Men Yourself" on the show's official website. Here's me:

You get just enough choices at each stage that the process doesn't become a chore yet, at least in my case, manages to produce a surprising likeness. I did think it was strange, though, that the options for facial hair included a full beard and a goatee but not a mustache-&-goatee combination (what I currently sport, and which I've learned from an unsourced but convincing Wikipedia page — just confirmed via a search that led to an LA Times article on the subject — is called a "circle beard" or "moutee"; you may have heard this referred to as a Van Dyke, but that term is reserved for beards and mustaches that are unconnected, with the latter typically upturned at the corners).

The artwork for "Mad Men Yourself" was done by the illustrator and designer Dyna Moe, whose portfolio is an absolute delight. Also on the Mad Men website are a cocktail guide to era-appropriate libations, a four-minute video recap of Season Two, a stunning photo gallery of the cast as they'll look in Season Three, and, in case you're curious about how the actors dress up offscreen, another gallery from the recent Season Three premiere party.

Given the series' return on AMC Sunday at 10 p.m. (for slightly over an hour, remember), tonight NBC is repeating Jon Hamm's hosting turn on Saturday Night Live, which featured "Don Draper's Guide to Picking Up Women". Following Mad Men each Sunday is an encore presentation of Season Two of Breaking Bad, which I've been awaiting eagerly since falling hopelessly behind several weeks after recommending the show. While almost difficult to watch at times due to its raw emotion, it's easily one of the best series on TV. [Update: Mad Men is actually repeated right away on Sunday nights and via On Demand; Breaking Bad airs from about 12 to 1 a.m.]

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