“Is a coma painful?” – Lisa Simpson
“Oh heck no, you relive long lost summers, kiss girls from high school, it’s like one of those teevee shows where they show a bunch of clips from old episodes.” – Abe “Grandpa” Simpson
The stuffing of my inbox with “Marge in Playboy” crap continued apace this week. Hopefully it’ll die down soon. In the meantime the Ortved publicity machine continues to roll, there’s a recipe for squishies, one piece of absolutely excellent usage and a ton of links with time wasting video clips.
How to make a super squishy…. – A recipe for a Super Squishy with unrelated YouTube! Also there’s this:
I had one of these during the BIG SIMPSON MOVIE (frankly that movie was overrated) They have been on air for 20+ years, the movie should of been made in their first or second season!
Indeed. (via Twitter)
Lisa Simpson Or Apu-Who Would You Rather – This is an internet poll for vegetarians as in, “Who would you rather have vegetable lunch with?” We posted this on Twitter but I thought it deserved a second look. Lisa is killing Apu right now, which I don’t get. A worldly guy like Apu seems like he’d be better conversation than a know it all eight year old, but that’s just me.
Stefan Bucher’s Daily Monster #76 – This is a rather fascinating video of a guy drawing a monster. Why should you care? Well, you shouldn’t, except that it’s a hover monster and he describes it thusly:
To paraphrase Homer Simpson, "Grand Funk Railroad paved the way for Jefferson Airplane, which cleared the way for Jefferson Starship. The stage was now set for Monster 76, which I believe was some sort of hovercraft."
Excellent, excellent usage.
Eddie Van Halen Totally Looks Like Crazy Cat Lady – You know what, he does kinda look like the cat lady, though I’m guessing she’s done less cocaine than him.
Video: “An Amendment to Be” makes learning fun – Pretty much exactly what it says, be careful though, the video plays as soon as you open the page. It’s not like you’ve got anything better to do with the next 90 seconds of your life.
Readers’ Favorite ‘Simpsons’ Lines: ‘You Don’t Win Friends With Salad’ – That New York Times Arts Beat blog just can’t get enough, can it? Most of the quotes are pretty accurate, though this is terrible:
Homer toasting: “Alcohol, the answer to, and cause of, most of life’s problems.”
His heart’s in the right place but, wow, that isn’t even close. Anyway, I’m just linking it today to point out, once again, that the overwhelming majority of the quotes, in the post and in the comments, pre-date Zombie Simpsons.
The Story Behind The Simpsons – Total Film has this little history of the Simpsons piece up. It’s nothing you don’t know or haven’t seen, but there are clips and they’re nice enough to acknowledge that it sucks now.
The six best ‘Treehouse of Horror’ segments from ‘The Simpsons’ – This is most assuredly not the six best. #6 is the dolphin segment from Season 12 and #5 is the Xena segment from Season 11. While I’d agree that those two are amongst the cream of the later seasons (the dolphin thing, while lousy overall, is better than pretty much everything else in Season 12) they just aren’t up to par. On this list they look like tokens, sops to get something from the double digit seasons included. Happily #s 1-4 are much better, and they have clips!
Ottawa International Animation Festival (Part 3) – David Silverman, who directed many episodes in the before time, in the long long ago, gave a talk at this animation festival. Here’s a recap.
The Awl Bookmobile: John Ortved’s "The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History" – It’s another excerpt from Ortved’s book, this one’s about acrimony over the division of the lucre.
An insider’s look at The Simpsons – Yet another write up the book. I will read and link to 10,000 of these before I click on one more fucking thing about Marge being in Playboy. The book is about The Simpsons, Marge being in Playboy is a desperate publicity stunt for two franchises that are long past their primes.
Kid Robot X The Simpsons (Ralph Wiggum) – Krusty Brand Seal of Approval on this little Ralph Wiggum doll.
Pic of the Day: Blinky the Radioactive Fish – I don’t think this needs any explanation from me. The tear is a nice touch.
TOP 5: Americana. – A cool sidewalk chalk drawing of Homer eating hot dogs/sausage links is #3.