Reading Digest: Pop Culture and Do-Gooder Edition

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“Krusty, what are your plans for the royalties?” – Kent Brockman
“Well, we gotta pay for promotion, shipping, distribution, you know those limos out back?  They aren’t free.  Whatever’s left we throw down the well.” – Krusty the Klown

Lots of creative, fan made takes on pop culture this week, including nesting dolls, desktop images, and a ton of artwork.  In addition to that, both Yeardley Smith and Julie Kavner are lending their considerable talents to charitable causes.  Plus we’ve got the usual assortment of YouTube and usage, some rock climbers, a poorly forged petition signature, and Shakespeare in Northern California. 


MacHomer – Shakespeare in the original Simpsons is coming to California’s East Bay next week, shows run Tuesday through Saturday.  (via Twitter)

Rogue Android Apps Secretly Grab User Data – Some wallpaper apps for Android, including at least one with a Simpsons theme, were sending user data to China. 

Popcap reveal new Disco Zombie – Click through for a zombie from the “Plants vs. Zombies” people that looks suspiciously like Zombie Disco Stu. 

“Lisa’s Wedding” comes full circle – Somebody else noticed that we’re now living in the year of “Lisa’s Wedding” and went through all the various things they got right and wrong.  And, don’t forget, her actual wedding date is Sunday. 

Pop Icons In A Different Light Part 2 – These are fantastic, and they include that sweet “Springfield Still Life” thing we’ve linked to a couple of times.  Here’s part one, which doesn’t have any Simpsons, but does have a cool Conan O’Brien.  (Thanks Monstermike!)

Muhammad Yunus on the Simpsons – Yeardley Smith’s involvement with microfinance has landed the concept’s originator a guest spot on Season 22. 

Couch Joke – The family on the couch in what looks like a screen grab from a badly frozen NES game.  

Reality TV and the Secret Rejection of Neoliberalism – I really wish we had something to call it besides “reality”, but oh well.  Regardless, this is excellent usage:

Encouraging alcoholism? Well, yes, but this can be turned into a plot point as well. A Tool Academy contestant was forced off the show when it was revealed he had alcohol problems, something the producers displayed with dramatic slow-motion clips of the man holding the beer the show gave to him in endless quantities. The show then took credit for this intervention into the contestant’s addiction that it had enabled. To paraphrase Homer Simpson, reality TV, the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems.

Comic-Con – I don’t know if this picture is of the same guy who was there last year, but that’s a pretty sweet Dancin’ Homer costume. 

Simpsons Sunday – More YouTube from Leah:

Halle Berry on The Simpsons – The title tells you pretty much what you need to know.  And if you cynically assume she’ll be playing herself, you would be correct:

The actress will play herself in a storyline which will see her present an Academy Award to both Bart Simpson and his dad Homer, Simpsons producer Al Jean told reporters during the Comic Con Convention in San Diego last weekend.

“It’s a bit of a satire of the different Oscar acceptances where two people clearly race to the stage to get there first, and Homer and Bart are fighting to be the one that accepts.”

The episode is scheduled to air in early 2011.

Well, that certainly sounds unpleasant and boring.  Many upcoming guest voices were announced at Comic-Con, including Dr. House and Wallace and Gromit, but I don’t care and I suspect that you don’t either. 

Mayor, DMC take stand on caregiver abuse – Julie Kavner has been lending her voice to some PSAs in New York City. 

Wood Village casino initiative fails to make November ballot – This will not help your cause:

For the exemption initiative, 61 percent of the 172,136 signatures turned in were valid — the second lowest validity rate of any petition in the past decade. The average rate is 73 percent.

Moe Szyslak, the fictional bartender from "The Simpsons" TV show, turned up on one petition sheet. So did Satan, said Brown’s spokesman Don Hamilton. He said the secretary of state’s office took extra care when checking the signatures.

Fatherly, er Homerly Advice – This is a new site called “Daily Funny Quotes”, and their second post is two perfectly quoted lines from “Boy Scoutz ‘N the Hood”:

Homer: Marge, don’t discourage the boy. Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It’s what separates us from the animals…except the weasel.

There’s also Homer’s encounter with poetic justice at the hands of poor quality furniture. 

My 50 Favourite TV Characters – Part 2 – This is numbers 40-31, and Burns is right there are #31:

I’ll be honest; I’ve decided to limit myself to only 3 Simpsons characters for this list. I didn’t want to overwhelm it with all the colourful characters of the greatest TV show ever.

If the remaining 30 (which aren’t posted yet) contain only two more Simpsons characters, which will they be?  Homer’s probably a lock, but will the other one be Bart, Lisa, someone else? 

Lisa Simpson Wallpaper – Very cool fan made Lisa wallpaper.  There are versions for the rest of the family too. 

50 Russian Nesting Dolls for Geeks – Wow, there are a ton of cool ones, including three Simpsons variations.  I especially like the Christmas one.  (Thanks Vinylgoddess!)

The Mall – I loathe malls, it’s nice to know I’m not alone.  Also, excellent usage:

I’m reminded of a surprisingly cheery moment in the Halloween special of one of my favorite series: the Simpsons. After the advertisements of Springfield gain their sentience and begin ransacking the city, Lisa and Paul Anka team up to set things right. They begin singing a (wonderfully catchy) chorus of, “Just don’t look / just don’t look,” for all the residents of Springfield. Their idea is, if no one pays attention to the advertisements, they’ll lose their power.

Tweetly-tweet – Now this is how you announce your new Twitter account:

So anyway, you can follow me on Twitter now. I am just as funny and insightful there as I am everywhere else, which is to say, mildly so.

My twitter name is courtesy of my husband, but more accurately, courtesy of The Simpsons. And my profile picture is a shot of me doing a cartwheel in front of the U.S. Capitol. Because you know, yay America.

Well what about that tattoo on your chest?  Doesn’t it say Die Claire, Die? 

secret garden – Check out the Homer cutout that silently watches over this rather elaborate San Francisco backyard. 

Hangin’ Out – In Southern Oregon people climb a rock formation known as “Marge’s Navel” that looks like a certain teevee mom.  Sadly I was unable to find any pictures, but here’s a little more information about it, and it’s companion “Marge’s Backside”.

How many people in the United States are named Maggie Simpson? – According to this website I’ve never heard of, the answer is 46. 

Have Aliens Visited the Earth – Short answer: no, as this post makes clear:

There are a few major flaws with these theories, some scientific, some psychological. The paramount one from the Misanthrope’s POV is that the people who claim to have been abducted etc. are generally non-descript nobodies desperate for attention. As the great sage Lisa Simpson said, the people that see aliens are “all pathetic low-lifes with boring jobs.” Well said Lisa. When someone like Bill Gates or Barack Obama claims to have been abducted let me know.

That’s slightly off, she actually says “It’s just that the people who claim they’ve seen aliens are always pathetic low-lifes with boring jobs.”  But it’s very close and quite apt so I’m still calling it excellent usage.

In My Brain While Sleeping… The Simpsons Of The Futurama – A dream (literally) episode of the show, and it’s about on par with the real thing.  Also, there’s this:

Every joke that’s attempted throughout the episode falls flat, and a beat following every punchline, Milhouse sobs over what the show has become…

…just like all the old fans

We don’t cry . . . well, not much. 

American History with Grandpa Simpson – And finally, this is a link to that promotional video FOX put up last year, which gives me another excuse to point out that there’s nothing in it past Season 9

4 Responses to “Reading Digest: Pop Culture and Do-Gooder Edition”

  1. 1 Cassidy
    30 July 2010 at 2:13 pm

    “Many upcoming guest voices were announced at Comic-Con, including … Wallace and Gromit ”

    I’m just going to pretend I never read that.

    • 2 D.N.
      31 July 2010 at 1:50 am

      And Hugh Laurie’s going to be guest-starring? Damn, if only he was on the show when it was good – of course, back before The Simpsons was zombiefied, Hugh Laurie wasn’t a big name in the US. Probably known there only to Blackadder fans. That reminds me, last night, while I was online, I overheard on TV the shitty Zombie Simpsons episode in which the family visits Britain and bumps into British celebs every two minutes. The whole “Macbeth” scene with Ian McKellen ripped off a similar scene in a Blackadder episode from 16 years before. But worse, much worse, was what I would regard as the most terrible line of dialogue in Zombie Simpsons history: “Look! It’s J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books! You’ve turned a generation of kids onto reading!”

  2. 3 CT
    30 July 2010 at 10:12 pm

    “Well what about that tattoo on your chest? Doesn’t it say Die Claire, Die?”

    Actually I don’t have a tattoo on my chest, but I am considering getting Milpool tattooed on my lower leg.

    Thanks for the shout out and the link!


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