Reading Digest: Baby Gaga Edition

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Give Lady Gaga credit, she’s so popular right now that a little thing like Zombie Simpsons releasing a picture and short clip of her doing a guest voice for an episode that doesn’t even air for a week and a half caused a minor internet conniption.  I’ve been expecting the Gaga explosion since last year when her guest spot was first announced, but even I didn’t think it’d start the week before the episode.  It’s impressive, though next week when the full grown hysteria hits I’ll be lucky to find five links that aren’t about her. 

Anyway, none of those Gaga links are below because they’re all just the same thing, and I feel no need to jump ahead and start letting next week’s Zombie Simpsons bother me before I get through with this week’s.  Speaking of which, among the links we do have is a sad preview of Sunday’s episode from our old friend Lenny.  On top of that, there’s a couple of people who agree with us, a kick ass Chicago punk band, a couple of Mother’s Day lists, some fan made stuff (including a cool Diablo 3 picture), a child star of the 1990s, two lists that brush against Zombie Simpsons without venturing too deep, and the people of New Zealand indirectly rebuking Zombie Simpsons.


Rising Stars of Geek Rock III: Hired Goons – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is this post about a Chicago band called Hired Goons.  There’s YouTube of one of their songs, “Stupid Sexy Flanders”, cover art from their album “Bigger Than Jebus” and lots of background about how they combine The Simpsons and The Ramones.  Their other album is called “Everything’s Coming Up Milhouse”.  Sweet.

The Simpsons Breaking Bad Mashup Makes Me Miss The Simpsons – A long, praise filled rant for our favorite show, and it agrees with us:

I don’t tape The Simpsons anymore, or rather I DVR it and immediately delete it. I stopped buying the DVDs and I sold the toys. I will watch it limp along to a landmark 25 seasons and then I kind of hope it stops.

The Simpsons at 500: your favourites – The 500th episode was finally broadcast in New Zealand, which prompted a website to ask people for their favorite moments and episodes.  I didn’t read all the comments, but, as you’d expect, the overwhelming majority of favorites are from the before time, the long long ago.   

Simply Cakes Melbourne: Homer Simpson and Marge Simpson Cupcakes set – Awesome professionally made cupcakes for a couple’s 10th wedding anniversary. 

An Open Letter to Adele – If you are old enough to remember the 1990s, then you probably remember Mara Wilson, even if the name isn’t familiar.  She was the cute little girl in Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda, and that remake of Miracle on 34th Street.  Well, she’s got a blog now, and she quoted an episode that first aired when she was about three years old, so good on her:

You have managed to capture the feeling of utter hopelessness perfectly. It has been said, by the late Bleeding Gums Murphy, that “Jazz isn’t about making yourself feel better; it’s about making other people feel worse – and making a few bucks while you’re at it!

She fumbles the first part of the quote, it’s actually “The blues isn’t about feeling better”, but she’s got the rest dead on, and anyone who had to deal with Robin Williams at the tender age of six deserves some slack, so it’s still excellent usage.  (Thanks to reader Chase for sending this one in.) 

Top 25 Episodes of The Simpsons: Part 1 – #26-20 . . .

Top 25 Episodes of The Simpsons (Parts 2,3 & 4) . . . and #19-1.  This list has more Season 11/12/13/14 than I’d like, but it doesn’t have anything past that. 

HOMER – Fan made, computer drawn Homer.  This is basically accurate:

Homer looks high. And for whatever reason, one eye is swollen. Not sure what happened here.


Smart Education: How Lynda.com Hit $70M In Revenue Without A Penny From Investors – Excellent usage:

As Ned Flanders would say, education in the U.S. is in “a dilly of a pickle.” At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the cost of education has become unsustainable.

Not only is this perfectly quoted, but it’s also from when Ned was trying to mediate the fight over school funding in “The PTA Disbands”.  Well done.

5 Awesome and 5 Terrible Moms of Nerd-Dom – Marge makes the “Awesome” list at #1, and Mom from Futurama is on the “Terrible” one.  

Woolly Mammoth hosts Simpsons-themed trivia – The post-apocalyptic Simpsons play that’s opening in D.C. soon is holding a series of Simpsons trivia nights in local bars as a promotional gimmick:

The specially-themed games will take place from May 21-31 at various destinations, which means you’ll have the opportunity to show off your smarts whether you live in Silver Spring (Fire Station 1) or along H Street (Star and Shamrock), in Fairfax (P. J. Skidoos) or Georgetown (Old Glory). And while a bar tab is nice, these quiz nights promise an extra special prize — tickets to the show.

A list of dates and participating bars can be found here.  There are a lot of them, so if you’re anywhere in or around Washington, it looks like you’ll be covered. 

The Avengers…In 10 Words – Heh, well done.

"Stopping" For Art – A little Bart themed alteration to an Atlanta area stop sign.

Homer’s Escape – Animated .gif of Homer fleeing the candy conventioneers. 

Accidental Brilliance – Using “The Crepes of Wrath” to help ESL students learn to write English as well as they speak it.  Bravo.

Sermon: “Ralph Wiggum Apocalypse!” – The first draft of some preacher’s sermon is about the “Ralph Wiggum Apocalypse”.  Click through for a picture of the excellent sign.

It Was the Best of Times, It Was the… BLURST of Times? You Stupid Monkey! – YouTube. 

Appointment Viewing: May 7-May 13. – Lenny reminds us that Sunday will be here sooner than we think:

8:00 – The Simpsons (Fox): When word gets out that Edna and Ned have secretly wed, Marge offers to throw them a party. But bringing folks together makes them all realize that no marriage is perfect. Meanwhile, Edna tries to help Ned’s children become more socially acceptable by changing some of the rules. Screw the advisory board, Edna, I said no sugar!

Oh goody, an episode with lots of pointless, fake character development. 

The Ten Best Simpsons Sports Episodes – This list is mostly non-Zombie Simpsons, though there’s a few episodes from the twilight of the show. 

Simpsons Sums Up: 90210 – Nits must be picked, Lisa actually says “never be anything more”, but other than that it’s dead on. 

Pikachomer – A picture of what looks like socks with a very odd pop culture mashup. 

Day 08: 10 Things We Don’t Know About You – I’m just going to assume he’s not referring to Zombie Simpsons here, because that way I can completely agree with him:

Out of anything in the world, The Simpsons is the only thing that I can enjoy from A-Z/1-100/all the way through. There’s something so pleasant and wonderful about The Simpsons and it’s not just the simplicity that it’s a television show that rarely repeats itself. It’s the fact that the writing is so great. Each time you  watch it, you tend to see something new that you hadn’t seen before, you’ll understand a new joke or you’ll laugh at something you’ve never laughed at before.

Matt Groening Original Marge Simpson Cartoon Drawing – This is an auction for a sketch Groening did of Marge.  I like the marketing chutzpah of this description:

A minimalist original drawing of the head and shoulders of Marge Simpson.

It’s not a quick sketch, it’s a “minimalist original drawing”.  The “current bid” is £150.00.  Good luck with that.

SideShow Bob – TrueArtist Photo (30672728) – A fan made minimalist original drawing of a maniacal looking Sideshow Bob.

10 Great TV Moms – These sorts of lists are pretty common around Mother’s Day, but this one stands out for including not only Marge, but Morticia Addams as well. 

Damned Yankees – The New York Yankees have been somewhat bitten by the injury bug this year, prompting excellent usage:

Somehow, Mr. Burns’s speech in “Homer At The Bat” keeps resonating this week:

“Three misfortunes, that’s possible. Seven misfortunes, there’s an outside chance. But nine misfortunes? I’d like to see that!”

Everybody hates the euro. Sorta. – More excellent usage:

"He slept, he stole, he was rude to the customers. Still, there goes the best damned employee a convenience store ever had."

The euro’s "strength" is all relative. It may just be the cream of a sorry crop of currencies.

The Simpsons As Diablo 3 Characters – Fan made drawing of the family as classes from Diablo 3.  Homer’s tattoos are pretty good. 

My 2012 Season Finale Predictions, 100% Accurate on Some Alternate Earth – And finally, someone who agrees with us from the future:

The Simpsons: Absolutely nothing of consequence occurs, except maybe another great couch gag by outside artists. My vote is for Studio Ghibli.


2 Responses to “Reading Digest: Baby Gaga Edition”

  1. 12 May 2012 at 1:35 am

    It really is absolutely kinda sad that the only noteworthy things the Simpsons have done in the past few years have been couch gags by much more talented people (especially Bill Plympton, who didn’t have the best gag overall probably — I was partial to John K’s — but is DEFINITELY more talented than, uh, anyone). Why not just outsource the entire show to different studios to make whole episodes of? I mean, episodes now don’t feel like they’re made by ANYONE who has even SEEN the show, so it wouldn’t even be as bad as it is now. And if it’s worse, eh, it’s going in that direction anyway.

  2. 2 Thrillho
    12 May 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I don’t think I can ever have a discussion about blues without working in that Bleeding Gums Murphy quote.

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