“We visit with heavyweight champion Drederick Tatum, who reminisces about growing up in Springfield.” – Kent Brockman
“That town is a dump! If you ever see me back there you know I really fucked up bad.” – Drederick Tatum
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“Mom! We can go on the factory tour and I can complain in person!” – Lisa Simpson
“Honey, you’re not going to throw red paint at the executives, are you? The Keebler people were very upset.” – Marge Simpson
Welcome to tonight’s open thread, or live blog, or live watch, or whatever it is we’re doing for the Season 5 episode “Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy”. The comment section is open, the Twitter hashtag is #NewHat, and feel free to quote things as you see fit. Also, please tell us, during or after, how you think we can improve this. As I said earlier in the week, I really don’t know how this wants to work or what I’m doing. But it seems like there’s enough Simpsons fans on-line that watching together should be more fun than watching apart, and suggestions are welcome. Now let’s forget our troubles with a big bowl of strawberry ice cream.
Edit 9:00pm: Well, that was fun. It was a controlled disaster, but first times of anything usually are. (I’m reminded of Jay Sherman reminiscing about “the agony of my first public shower”.) Dave and I got way out of sync on Twitter, I foolishly thought my wireless would be fine if I sat out in the yard instead of closer to the hub (it died with about three minutes to go), I got started late because I had to reboot my laptop, and running these episodes with no commercials makes quoting and commenting on the fly hard to do. On the other hand, I got to watch The Simpsons, which I am pretty much never unhappy about. Thanks to those who watched and commented along, here and on Twitter, and we’ll try this again next week.
“Back up or it’ll hurt your eyes.” – Homer Simpson
“Oh, it will not.” – Bart Simpson
“Oh, yes it will.” – Homer Simpson
First off, all the chapters of the “Tapped Out” minibook are now live here at the site. If you’ve been waiting to read it for free, now you can. Thank you to everyone who has purchased it, linked to it from message boards and aggregating sites, or simply read it. Now onto my next hair brained scheme . . .
I’ve threatened to start a regular Simpsons watching liveblog here a couple of times now. With the upcoming release of the show on streaming (albeit with a sadly restricted audience of only cable customers and people to whom they give their logins), now seems as good a time as any to start actually doing so. Repetitive complaining about repetitively mediocre Zombie Simpsons episodes is all well and good, but The Simpsons is always more fun to watch than Zombie Simpsons.
I don’t know quite how this wants to work, but this is what we’re thinking:
- Watch an episode every Thursday evening at 8pm Eastern (currently GMT/UTC -4)
- Put up an open thread here at DHS for comments
- Probably create some kind of hashtag so people can follow along on Twitter
- Let you fine Springfieldians decide which episode we watch
Comments, suggestions and general improvements on how we do this are welcome. In the meantime, and with that final point in mind, I’ve put up a poll on the sidebar at right. For no particular reason, I picked one episode for each Simpson family member. (The numbers and letters in parentheses are that episode’s season and DVD disc.) We can use a different set next week, repeat the ones that don’t get picked, or do something else; whatever happens, that’s a next week problem. This week, on Thursday evening, Dave and myself (Mad Jon’s out of the country this week, but will be along eventually) will watch whichever episode gets the most votes.
Join us here, yell at us on Twitter, or just watch them at your own damn convenience (you guys come to this site from a whole smorgasbord of time zones, so my Thursday at 8pm isn’t most of yours). Whatever you decide, my advice is to ride it out, make an occasional smart alec quip, and before you know it, things will be back to where they started from, ready for another wacky adventure.