December 15, 2010

LA News Radio Jingles

Part of the experience of growing up in LA is listening to LA radio. Power 106, Pirate Radio, KROQ, KDAY, KIIS -- so many fun and fond memories of cruising along to a soundtrack of favorite songs. Totally not mash.

But... Listening to boring AM talk radio in your Republican dad's car on the way to school in the morning? Super, duper mash. A friend recently reminded me of the AM radio jingles of my childhood and I can still hear them now.

Some classics:

"All you need to know... KNX 1070 News Radio"
Listen: KNX Mash Medley

"KFWB News 98. You give us 22 minutes, we'll give you the world."
Listen: KFWB jingles from the '50s

"KFI in the Sky"
Listen: KFI shudders

And lastly, someone has taken the important step of creating a medley of SoCal radio jingles on YouTube.

December 6, 2010

Mama's Family: Bad Mash, Reaaaally Bad

Vicki Lawrence in greyface, the twang, the apron,
the brown-hued living room... 
...shivers....


More shivers....

Blossom: Good Mash!

Awkward pre-teen classic!




Thank you, Mayim Bialik!

June 1, 2010

Olde Timey Reenactors




As previously mentioned, historical reenactment is mash...  RenFaire, Civil War, Celtic Warriors, Frontiersmen -- yes, yes, yes and hell yes.

According to Wikipedia, reenactors divide themselves into three categories:


1. FARBs: "Far be it from authentic" (which is amazing, btw) or "Fast And Researchless Buying" (also ridiculous)
"Farbs" or "polyester soldiers" spend relatively little of their time or money maintaining authenticity with regard to uniforms, accessories, or even period behavior. See also "Good enough attitude." 

2. Mainstream: somewhere between "farb" and "authentic"
Make an effort at appearing authentic, but may come out of character in the absence of an audience. 

3. Progressive: "hard-core authentics," "authenticity nazis," or "progressives."
Hard-cores seek an "immersive" reenacting experience, including eating seasonally/regionally appropriate food, sewing inside seams and undergarments in a period-appropriate manner, and staying in character throughout an event. They also carry this to extremes for periods where archaeological or historical data is lacking; for example, refusing to accept items that are known to have been used in earlier and later periods but which have no known evidence for their specific period. Yeah, pretty damn mash.

Some photographic evidence, from Wikipedia's entry on the subject:
image via MamaGeek on wikipedia

image via Megatonman on wikipedia

image via wikipedia


Whilst googling "reenactor," I stumbled upon this archive of mash horror, www.reenactor.net, "the worldwide online home of reenacting."

Sometimes, mashness speaks for itself, oftentimes in Geocities-style web design:
My favorite part of this website is the incredibly intricate subcultures and subdivisions of reenactment and time periods.  When I clicked on "Frontier Period," I learned the following:
What does "Frontier Period" mean? Well, in reality, it covers quite a lot... In fact, the Frontier Period covers so much area, we just HAD to make a separate area for it--much like we are going to now try and do for the RenFaires...
These subdivisions include (but are not at all limited to):
-- Frontier Era Buckskinning and Muzzleloading Parent Organizations of American Mountain Men and Fur Trade (um, WHAT?)
-- Coalition of Historical Trekkers
-- Replica Percussion Revolver Association
-- National Rifle Association (shocker)

I can't wait to see the RenFaire breakdown.

And on another note: 
Check out this total Farb I saw in Paris over the weekend.

May 31, 2010

Confederate Pride Knows No Bounds (of Time OR Place)

First off... Hi!

A few random commenters have so very sweetly encouraged me to continue spreading the mash gospel so... I am back (kinda). Reporting temporarily from the front lines of Paris to expose the dark underbelly of transatlantic mashness.

Second of all, flag-waving, GIT-R-DONE American pride is seriously mash... and seriously embarrassing to fellow Americans, especially when abroad.  BUT, what about when it's racist too? Or when it's a crazy confusing and gross window display in my quaint Parisian neighborhood?  Tr├Ęs bizarre!
Wow. I love this French interpretation of "American style." Who wants an awesome souvenir? 

March 18, 2010

Cobwebs

Having an old-ass blog with a bunch of broken images and links is pretty mash.  You're better than this, Turner.