Reading Digest: Mendoza! Edition

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“Mendoza!” – McBain

If you’re reading this site, then you have probably already seen the fantastic College Humor mashup of all the McBain clips.  I would like to point out two things about it.  First, between Tango & Cash, Lethal Weapon 2, and License to Kill, 1989 was the year of the suave, well protected drug lord and the heroes who break the rules to bring them down.  Second, none of those clips are from Zombie Simpsons.  And don’t give me any of that “Schwarzenegger stopped making movies to be the governor” crap.  He didn’t stop making movies until Season 15, well into Zombie Simpsons.  We’ve also got some great fan art, some excellent usage, a Simpsons story told entirely through Facebook updates, The New York Times trolling Wikipedia with a truly stupid Simpsons reference, and a couple of people vowing to write more on their blogs (good luck!). 


Crazy Art by: Enkel Dika – Smooth Charlie’s Click of the Week is this set of sweet pop culture paintings, especially the one of Homer and Marge as Frankenstein’s Monster and Bride of Frankenstein.  I love the way the steam from the power plant bleeds into Homer-stein’s shirt. 

**QUIRKY MUST SEE HOMER SIMPSON MUG** – Live in New Zealand?  You can get this awesome fan made Homer mug for twelve dollars.  The way the mouth recesses into the mug is really cool.  

McBain: the Movie – I put this up on Twitter on Wednesday, but it deserves its own link because it’s been all over the place since.  If you take all of the McBain clips the show ever did and patch them together, you can make a pretty decent short film (via Springfield Springfield’s Twitter feed). 

Mauve his mop and other mashed up movies – This is a link to the McBain movie above, but it’s also got a sweet McBain poster and some other movie mashup videos. 

GOOD GRAFFITI – SKARY – Excellent Simpsons related graffiti, I like Gil and Jimbo the best.

Donut – I found this on Banksy’s site yesterday when I was writing that post about Murdoch.  That is a police escort Homer would stand up and salute. 

It’s funny because it’s true! Plus some thoughts on mortification practices outside of graduate school. – Tisk tisk, only moderate usage in a jokey but interesting post about how much better Ph.D.s are than the rest of us.  In “Lisa vs. the Eighth Commandment”, Homer says “It’s funny cause it’s true”, and in “Bart the Murderer” Fat Tony articulates the “because”, but to my knowledge Homer never actually says “It’s funny because it’s true”.  Philosophiae doctoris indeed, cite your sources! 

A good sit: Not so good for the heart – Excellent usage:

Once, on “The Simpsons,’’ Homer and his boss, Montgomery Burns, were trapped by an avalanche in a mountain lodge. Burns expounded on the virtues of a favorite human pastime. “Oh, yes, sitting — the great leveler,’’ he said. “From the mightiest pharaoh to the lowliest peasant, who doesn’t enjoy a good sit?’’

Burns may have been right that sitting is enjoyable, but a growing pile of scientific evidence is suggesting that too much could be deadly.

No, I will not get off my ass.

I Need Music To Think – Animated .gif of “You know Lisa, music helps Daddy think.”

Aled’s Make Something 365 – Making even 8-bit games more realistic.  Both the Mario one and the Simpsons/Paperboy one are great. 

Alfred Pennyworth vs. Waylon Smithers – Comparing two intensely devoted men. 

I’ll do it this afternoooooon! – Now this is how you launch a blog, with procrastination. 

i SAID ha-ha – A little “Bart of Darkness” YouTube. 

Hoy Hoy – A short Simpsons story crafted by Facebook artisans who work exclusively in the medium of Facebook. 

Scully saw benefits in benefits – If there’s one thing I don’t mind about Zombie Simpsons, and there may indeed only be one, it’s that a lot of people who worked on the show when it was good were making peanuts at the time and now many of them are actually getting paid.  They didn’t even have health insurance for the writers until sometime after Season 9?  Cheap bastards. 

Chowdafest ’11: Chefs vie for chowder bragging rights in Westport – I think you know where this is going:

I should probably be embarrassed to admit this, but whenever I see chowder on a menu, I feel inclined to repeat the scene from "The Simpsons" where a French waiter places a bowl in front of Freddy Quimby.

"Hey, what the hell is this?" asks the Boston-accented Freddy.

"It’s a bowl of show-dair, sir," says the waiter.

"What did you call it?" asks Freddy. "Show-dair? It’s chowda! Say it right! Say it Frenchy! Say chowda!"

There are more than a few omitted lines there, but a transcription of them all would’ve taken up most of the article and all of those lines are in the episode so I’m still calling this excellent usage.  And no, there’s no reason to be embarrassed to admit that. 

Your say: readers rant on TV – That’s a bloody outrage, it is:

We’ll take Bart, any day

MY TWO young kids used to eat their tea watching The Simpsons at 6pm. So what has Channel 10 done? Put on another current affairs show with over-the-hill George Negus. How much dribble do you think viewers can take? Geoff, email

I’m gonna take this all the way to the Prime Minister.  Julia! 

Define Gender Gap? Look Up Wikipedia’s Contributor List – You can file this under “it’s not news until the Times notices it” since this is something that’s been known for a while but only received a shower of links and attention in the wake of a New York Times story with this little bit of blogger bait:

Is a category with five Mexican feminist writers impressive, or embarrassing when compared with the 45 articles on characters in “The Simpsons”?

It’s neither.  You just made a classic apples to oranges, lemons to lemon shaped rocks comparison. 

Infrequent Short Stories – There should be a “you” before “failed”, but other than that this is spot on.  The lesson remains excellent usage, however. 

5 Current TV Shows That Have Degraded Since It Began – And finally, I get to end the way I like to, with someone who agrees with us:

The two biggest factors here are the age of the show and the overturn of writers from the beginning to now. Conan O’Brian used to be a writer for goodness sakes.

Simply put, the writing isn’t nearly as funny as it used to be. Most of the jokes or the gags are old and tired and coming up with new material for a show that’s had 500 episodes isn’t easy.


My guess is that it will take one of the main voice actors to leave before this gets cancelled, but it’s probably long overdue. It’s really just become that lead in show for FOX’s Sunday night animated block.

Got that right.  Interestingly enough, Simpsons was only #2 on the list.  You’ll never guess what’s #1. 

6 Responses to “Reading Digest: Mendoza! Edition”

  1. 4 February 2011 at 9:37 pm

    To be fair, they also stopped making McBain references roughly around the same time the Governator took office. Sure, Rainier Wolfcastle the actor appeared dozens of times since then, but it was rarely in movies. And if his movies WERE mentioned, they’re the mediocre comedies that Arnold & the like degraded themselves to in the 90s & beyond. Which, of course, were perfectly sent up in “McBain: Let’s Get Silly.” Nothing but McBain performing awful stand-up to a heckling crowd (that he shot at) in front of a brick wall that cost $80 million to make. Perfection.

    I’d also bring up that the mashup lacked the Commie-Nazis, but admittedly, that was a different movie.

  2. 5 February 2011 at 4:06 am

    of all the links… I like the homer mug the best.

  3. 3 D.N.
    5 February 2011 at 5:26 am

    Love the McBain compilation. Was it originally intended by the writers for all five of those clips (hailing from seasons 2-4) to be from the same movie, or are we meant to assume that McBain was tracking Mendoza over the course of more than one film? (it’s kinda cool that the show presented the chronology of “McBain” out out of sequence, given that we see Mendoza getting killed off by McBain in season 2’s “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”, but then we later see Mendoza foiling McBain with the salmon puff in season 4’s “Last Exit to Springfield”).

    Incidentally, I came across a clip of Scoey’s death in German: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIbpfmhIRJc (it’s a mirror image of the original version. The back-to-front writing in the diner and on Scoey’s photograph is a giveaway – I assume this is standard practice in the foreign market to disguise the English lettering. Anyway, it makes McBain, Scoey, and Scoey’s assassin all left-handed).

  4. 4 Leo
    7 February 2011 at 12:00 pm

    D. N., it’s mirrored simply because they want to avoid copyright claims by Fox. You’ll find that 90% of Simpsons videos on Youtube (in any language) are mirrored for this same simple reason, nothing to do with the lettering. It would be dumb to reverse everything just to disguise that something is written in english, now wouldn’t it?

    • 5 D.N.
      7 February 2011 at 5:37 pm

      Good point. I didn’t necessarily think everything would be reversed (obviously it would make plenty of things look ludicrous), I just thought maybe it was done for select scenes with visible writing. Mea culpa.

  5. 6 Ezra
    21 February 2011 at 8:55 pm

    You can see through the hot dog in the pic above. Never noticed that before.

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