Reading Digest: Internet Tips Edition

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“Okay, here we are, alt.nerd.obsessive.  Need know star RM pic.” – Comic Book Guy

We have two amazing compilations of Simpsons stuff this week, one is merely big, the other is huge.  The merely big one is a YouTube rich list of Simpsons quotes that get used in everyday conversation.  The huge one is a list of all the famous paintings and such that have been in episodes one way or another.  As befits this modern time, I found both of these through regular people blogs; many thanks to them.  There are also three fan made Simpsons Pokemon cards, some excellent usage, another blog taking a futile whack at ways to revitalize Zombie Simpsons, a sweet fan made quick, a DVD review that agrees with us, and the poignant, life affirming story of a Homer Simpson cardboard cutout.

Oh, and just for fun, in response to this morning’s quote on Twitter, a lonely spam bot replied with this:

@deadhomers Check out here to see if you’ve already met your true love!

Happily, the account has already been suspended.  I don’t know if this has been anyone else’s experience, but Twitter spam seems to be greatly down in the last 6-8 months.


13 Simpsons Quotes We Use In Everyday Conversation. – The first of our awesome lists comes via The Nerdy Girl Life, and is chock full of YouTube and great examples.

Art History via The Simpsons – Holy crap:

I grew up watching The Simpsons and was introduced to so much history and popular information that way, for better or for worse. Music, fairy tales, world events… I’ve had several occasions where, when asked if I recognize a particular name or fact will instantly brighten up with “oh yeah, that simpsons episode!”.

Art is no exception to this. Complex.com has put together a complete list of all art references during the course of The Simpsons.

When they say “complete” they aren’t screwing around.  Wow.

Quiz: Tom Berenger or Troy McClure Film Title? – Berenger has been in a lot of terrible movies.

Law Man Walking: Nature Treks With Bill Holston – This was making the rounds on Twitter this week, but near Dallas there’s a lake called Bart Simpson Lake.  It was the result of a levee built after floods in 1989.  You can see a satellite picture of the lake here, but you’re going to have to squint if you want it to look like Bart’s head.

The Simpsons aim for viewer world record – As a publicity stunt for the 500th episode, which is officially going to be broadcast on February 19th, FOX is asking people to sit in and watch all the episodes in a row.  The current record is eighty-six hours.  Out of curiosity, I just queued up a bunch of seasons, and if you go from Season 1 through Season 10, it’s 86h:16m:34s.  I wonder if the previous record holder staggered through Season 10, then ran screaming from the room at the thought of beginning Season 11.

The coolest cars from the Detroit auto show – Nice reference:

We’ll admit that every time we hear the words “concept car” we think of Homer Simpson, who designed “The Homer” for his brother, the head of Powell Motors. Complete with extra Homer-ish options (bowler hood ornament, sound bubble for the kids), it turned out to be a hideous, pea-green disaster that cost $82,000 to build and bankrupted poor Herb Powell’s car company.

And yet the Homer is probably closer to the assembly line than many concept cars presented each year at the big car shows. And yet we can’t stop looking at them.

If Your Argument Can’t Beat Homer Simpson, It Probably Sucks – A nice pairing of Pascal’s Wager with a Homer quote.  I’d be in love, except that they botched the quote.  Homer actually says:

And what if we picked the wrong religion?  Every week we’re just making God madder and madder.

The story of life-sized cardboard Homer Simpson – If only all minor marital disagreements could be solved by beheading.

3/4 There – A report on the final stretch of comedy school, complete with non-English clown college YouTube.

Pokemon Card: Marge Simpson by ~Pokecardcreator on deviantART – Exactly what it says.

Pokemon Card: Lisa Simpson by ~Pokecardcreator on deviantART – Same as above.

Pokemon Card: Maggie Simpson by ~Pokecardcreator on deviantART – And Maggie makes three.

Proof positive – A little history about Fermat’s Last Theorem and the equation that appears behind Homer when he’s 3-D.

The Simpsons: The Fourteenth Season – A Season 14 DVD review I can get behind:

The release of The Simpsons’ fourteenth season on DVD and Blu-ray means you can choose to watch the series’ continued slide into mediocrity as often as you want. For longtime fans, it’s a painful descent to watch, but it’s one where the progress is clear as day. Whereas three seasons back the majority of episodes still had that comedy magic that made the series a fan-favorite, seasons 11, 12, and 13 saw the ratio shift dramatically, with unfunny episodes gradually increasing and eventually making up the majority of each season. By the fourteenth, fans should consider themselves lucky to have even five episodes that elicit a belly laugh, but even then the whole episodes don’t match up to the franchise highs. There might be just enough in this fourteenth season set for truly forgiving fans to overlook the fact that laughs are separated by minutes and not seconds, but for everyone else, episodes like “How I Spent My Strummer Vacation”, “Large Marge”, “Dude, Where’s My Ranch”, “’Scuse Me While I Miss the Sky” make it clear the show had made its third jump over the shark.

By Season 14, I’m of the opinion that the series had completely flatlined.

Audio: Stephen Hawking’s Best Quotes – Most of these are about, you know, science and junk, but I’d never heard this:

“My daughter, Lucy, knew one of the scriptwriters for the Simpsons. He said he would like to write an episode involving me. I accepted immediately because it would be fun, and because the Simpsons is the best thing on American television.”

The Why-Are-We-Here Debate: Live Thread – Heh:

9:08: Romney’s explanation of why he didn’t run again, that he had basically achieved everything he needed in four years, sounds an awful lot like what “George H.W. Bush” said in the Simpsons episode where he moved into Springfield.

Not Quite Breakfast, Not Quite Lunch – Excellent usage:

I love doing brunch! “It’s not quite breakfast, it’s not quite lunch, but it comes with a slice of cantaloupe at the end. You don’t exactly get what you would at breakfast, but you get a good meal.” ~ The Simpsons

Today I had Sunday brunch with my cousin Jay, a belated 30th birthday outing since I missed her big day when I jetted off to FL for the holidays.

Jacques says “completely” not “exactly”, but other than that it’s dead on.

Dynamic Duos on TV – Lots of good YouTube here, and Bart and Milhouse check in at #1.

Bart Simpson dress up by ~matermctarget223 on deviantART – Fan made Flash dress up program for Bart.  The “I Shot Tupac” t-shirt is a nice touch.

Simpsons Didn’t Do It: Five Plotlines That “The Simpsons” Have Yet to Explore – This is from Dish TV’s in house self promotional blog, but it falls along many of the same lines as those doomed Split Sider suggestions from a few months ago.

The Awesomeness of James Earl Jones – Some YouTube love for James Earl Jones, including “The Raven”.

It’s A Brad, Brad World…In 10 Words – Wow, that looks awful.

Get the Hint…TV Outstaying Welcome – Zombie Simpsons easily makes a list of TV shows that have stayed on longer than they should have.  My dear, we couldn’t have this list without you.

Ode To Spewing Your Drink Out Your Nose And Needing Breath So Bad Your Ribs Hurt – And finally, I get to end the way I like, with someone who agrees with us on a thing that can always get you to laugh:

I guess this is why things that can always make me laugh are like treasured possessions.   The first 9 seasons of The Simpsons;


6 Responses to “Reading Digest: Internet Tips Edition”

  1. 1 oldrope
    13 January 2012 at 3:53 pm

    This was in today’s paper, nothing special, but it’s comforting to see the majority of comments and “votes” are from good episodes.


    • 2 Charlie Sweatpants
      13 January 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Good catch. The comments are at 13 pages and counting, and it’s running way more than 10-1 against Zombie Simpsons. There just aren’t that many memorable moments outside of the good years.

  2. 3 Robert
    13 January 2012 at 7:21 pm

    “here we are”

  3. 5 Patrick
    14 January 2012 at 8:26 pm

    What happened to the person who was going to watch every simpsons and zs episodes?

    • 6 Charlie Sweatpants
      15 January 2012 at 5:33 pm

      He never followed through. There’s a message on the Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=47987491668) asking for help in the form of timers, witnesses, etcetera. The Guinness book of records crowd has a lot of arcane rules to make something “official”, and it looks like those have tripped him up. He may also have just thought better of it. Watching television 24-hours a day for eight straight days (give or take) is a lot more fun to talk about than it would be to do. I wouldn’t even think about it without access to Air Force quality amphetamines.

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