Reading Digest: In 50 Words Edition

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“Oh, it’s so hard to get to five hundred words.” – Homer Simpson

Our old friend Galileo of “In 10 Words” has five links this week, all of them perfectly quoted.  Plus I saw on Twitter that he went to Rifftrax Live for Manos last night (which was excellent and will be happening again in October).  This intro is fifty words long . . . now.


Lisa & Maggie Simpson Get Inked – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is this interview with a woman who has one of the hands down damndest Simpsons tattoos I’ve ever seen.  It goes all the way from her neck down to her ass!  It is astonishing, and it isn’t even done yet. 

Day 47: International Left Handers Day – The woman from that kickass Surly costume last week is back with an excellent Ned Flanders.  I’m especially fond of the hair and the moustache.  Bravo. 

A look at some of Spinal Tap’s more colorful song lyrics and album covers – A common experience, I’m sure:

I’m pretty sure the first time I heard of Spinal Tap was thanks to an episode of The Simpsons in 1992 called “The Otto Show.” Harry Shearer (who plays Derek Smalls in the movie This Is Spinal Tap) also does several of the voices on The Simpsons, so it was a natural crossover for the group to perform a rock concert in Springfield. Their rock concert quickly goes awry and ends up turning into a full-blown riot with Milhouse and Bart among the rebel-rousers.

After seeing how cool the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle must be, Bart decides he wants to be a rock guitarist and for some reason Homer and Marge buy him an electric guitar so he can pursue his new passion. Needless to say, he doesn’t stick with it and the episode ends up being more about Otto than anything, but once I’d seen the film several years later in high school, I appreciated this cameo all the more.

I had to have someone many years my senior explain to me that they were not, in fact, a band invented for the show. 

Marge vs. the Monorail is a perfect parody – I certainly agree that this episode is as good as anything that has ever been, but I do get a little tired of reading things like this:

With 23 years/seasons (and going), it’s rather easy to dismiss The Simpsons as being past its prime. In some ways it’s true, but I get tired of people criticizing a show that was so spot-on for so many years. Even if the last few seasons have been weaker, that doesn’t stop me from remembering the damn near amazing episodes that have shaped my own humor and writing. Take, for instance, the little bit of perfection known as “Marge vs. the Monorail.”

We get called humorless killjoys enough around here that I understand the impulse for a little preemptive ass covering, but c’mon.  Zombie Simpsons sucks and has for far longer than The Simpsons was on the air.  That said, there is some good YouTube there.  (via)

The Simpsons on Meth – A rather twisted, but well drawn, piece of fan fiction. 

Goverdose on the Behance Network – That cool Homer poster with the cracking paint I linked last week turns out to be a piece called “Homer’s Thoughts” by Michal Sycz.  

Lunching with The Fangirl (and boy) Elite – A pop culture discussion leads to two perennial Simpsons topics, things you learned about from the show and how they’ve done it all:

Chrissy: There are things that I didn’t know were real things that I knew from The Simpsons first.
Me: Like that South Park episode!
Chrissy: Exactly!
Glenn: Wait, what?
Chrissy: Butters, but he’s Professor Chaos at that point right?
Me: Oh God, yeah! Anyway, he keeps coming up with evil schemes and then it keeps getting pointed out to him that Mr. Burns already did that.
Chrissy: Or Bart.
Me: Right, and then I think Stan is all, “Dude, you can’t stress out about that. The Simpsons has done EVERYTHING!”

For the record, I would like to point out that “The Simpsons Already Did It” episode of South Park was first broadcast in June of 2002, more than ten years ago. 

I could watch this .GIF forever – Did you have to be so graphic?

Marge Simpson, Pretty In Pink and Gorgeous Jewelry – Cool, if very abstract, Marge painting. 

Fried Fridays: After the Last – Never heard this before:

What I mean is that the opening of the video is almost a copy of the dance that Cab Calloway did at the beginning of a Betty Boop cartoon. (Interesting side note that dance was used as an early iteration of rotoscoping.) The rest of it is also inspired by the same Betty Boop commercial. This cartoon being made by a couple of animators from the Simpsons.

The video is at the link, and is indeed very well animated.

Famous Cartoons Dressed as Famous Fictional Characters – There are some old ones and some ones I haven’t seen on here.  Homer as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in a donut is a great idea. 

Homer Simpson – A cake with a distressed looking Homer on it. 

Lisa Simpson School Portrait by ~vikung-fu on deviantART – Cool computer animated Lisa picture, complete with crappy 1990s school portrait lasers.  Excellent. 

Outrage Sunday 65 On First Looking into Beechboro’s Homer – A poem to what I think is a Homer slipper sitting on a chair in Australia. 

When I’m too old I want to be… – “…Just like Hans Moleman”.  Good (Zombie Simpsons free) YouTube at the link. 

The Campaign…In 10 Words – We begin our “In 10 Words” section with a movie I’m glad I didn’t see last week. 

Untappd…In 10 Words – Like beer itself, this is made for the discerning drinker and yet will likely be overwhelmingly used by unrepentant drunks like myself. 

Stars Earn Stripes…In 10 Words – They don’t call me General Wesley Clark because I’m some dumbass Army guy. 

Collection Intervention…In 10 Words – I generally like these posts, but they do occasionally inform me about things I wish I didn’t know about. 

The Expendables 2…In 10 Words – “Wow, a thousand shows!  In that time, we’ve seen Sylvester Stallone rise and fall, rise and fall, fall further and then somehow rise again!  Who could survive Rhinestone?  He’s not human, I tell you!” – Jay Sherman (1994!)

Simpsons Angry Nerd T-shirt (Medium, Red) – Wendell looks a little more queasy than angry, but I chuckled.  And where’s Lisa? 

Springfield Elementary Is Totally Cézanne’s “Chateau Noir” – The Springfield Elementary picture doesn’t seem to want to load, but there is definitely a resemblance. 

lovelinetapes.com – 6/5/2003 – Tim Long, Matt Selman & Al Jean – As a rule I don’t generally link to things I haven’t at least skimmed through, but there is no way I’m listening to the overrated Adam Carolla and the execrable Dr. Drew for ninety minutes on the off chance that Jean said something interesting nine years ago.  If anyone else wants to, be my guest.  (via)

An Experiment . . . – A broken television could easily lead to madness:

Luckily, I still had some beer.


In Case You Missed It: Drunk bears, Shark Week and Marketing is dead – There’s Jasper YouTube all the way at the bottom. 

I’m not really angry, just … disappointed. – Agreed:

The sheer volume of ads in any new television series premier, or the amount of ads in the last half hour of a premier movie, or just in general the gigantic pile of ads they shove into any free slot of airtime. Especially when they squish down the credits and play half screen ads. How rude. As someone who has thoroughly enjoyed seeing her name in credits on any home movie project or film course short, I tell you it is disrespectful to people’s egos. I will never forgive the first time they played ads over a particularly entertaining credit role of the Simpsons episode where Homer is coach of Bart’s football team. As far as I was concerned Homer’s voice over cutting members of the credit list was still a hilarious part of the episode and shouldn’t have been sullied with some promo for a crap Channel 10 reality show, or whatever shite they were trying to plug at the time. As Grandpa Simpson would say ‘Forrrrshhaaaamee.’

Back when syndication runs were still the only way to see the old episodes, it was always aggravating when the local news blowhard would come on during the credits to tell me that a popular soft drink had been found to be poisonous when I’d rather be listening to the softball song.  Thanks Jebus for DVDs and DVD rips. 

The Simpsons Movie (8/11/12) – A rather positive review of the movie, but one that does include this:

I have been a fan of the show since the beginning and, for me, comedic television doesn’t get much better than the 4th and 5th seasons of The Simpsons.

Bart, You are Addicted to the Internet! – Animated .gif of Bart becoming isolated and weird. 

The Simpsons Writers Pick Their Ten Favorite Obscure Characters – Lotta Zombie Simpsons on here.  Meh.  (via @dailysimpsons)

The Downfall of The Simpsons – Agreed:

I think the biggest problem now is creativity. With a show going on for more than two decades, it will obviously be hard to come up with new attractive stories and intelligent jokes and as a result, the creators seem to have lost that edge that they had in the 1990′s and early 2000′s. Senseless plots are created in which the eyes of Springfieldians pop out and Bart notices a scar years after he gets it, leading to a senseless flashback. These stories do not fit the purpose of the Simpsons nor do they have the depth that would bring good tasteful jokes.

(via @dailysimpsons)

The Principal and the Pauper: The Fall of The Simpsons – And finally, I get to end with someone who agrees with us:

But, like most die hard Simpsons fans, I don’t watch the new episodes.  Sadly, The Simpsons isn’t on air anymore, but just a shallow imitation with the same title.  I occasionally watch a new episode, usually for tradition (like the Tree House of Horror episodes) or sometimes out of boredom.  The show can surprise (I really liked an award show parody that came out a few years ago), but nothing has come to even approach the greatness of the Golden Age.

No.  No it has not. 

5 Responses to “Reading Digest: In 50 Words Edition”

  1. 1 Thrillho
    17 August 2012 at 8:21 pm

    That obscure characters list sucks. Most of the selections are from the bad seasons, and how the fuck are Bleeding Gums Murphy, Blinky, and Spider-Pig obscure?

  2. 19 August 2012 at 9:08 am

    First off, glad you found me and thanks for linking to me! I’m glad you appreciated our little vignette. There will probably be more in the future.

  3. 5 abra cadaver
    20 August 2012 at 8:16 am

    The Master DOES approve.. of this reading digest.

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