Reading Digest: New Year Edition

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“Now this is exactly what Bart’s teacher was talking about.  Our son did something wrong and you look the other way.” – Marge Simpson
“But Marge, look at that hang dog expression; he’s learned his lesson. . . . Lets’ get him a present.” – Homer Simpson

As expected, another short week on the internet led to another short Reading Digest.  For some reason, people just didn’t want to spend a lot of time between Christmas and New Year’s putting meaningless crap on-line.  (Weirdos.)  Anyway, we do have some people quoting the show, and talking about the show, and making animated .gifs about the show.  We even have two links that agree with us.  But first, it’s time for the programming note:


Seeing has how next week will be the first regular week in the better part of a month, including new Zombie Simpsons on Sunday, I wanted to highlight a couple of comments from the New Year’s Eve post:


31 December 2012 at 9:51 pm

Bring back compare and contrast! Or atleast post some sort of content examining the new episodes.



1 January 2013 at 2:01 am

What happened here? Lightning hit the transmitter?

My original plan for Season 24 was to do Compare & Contrasts for about half the episodes, but Zombie Simpsons has been through eight episodes so far and I’ve only managed to mock two of them.  That simply will not do.  I wouldn’t call this a New Year’s resolution or anything, but those should be cropping up with more frequency here in 2013.  The spinoff took way more of my time last year than I thought it would, but now that it looks like a site you wouldn’t be embarrassed to take your family (it’s even got a Quote of the Day), it should be easier for me to get Compare & Contrasts done. 

Anyway, here’s to less neglect in the new year. 



Eight Awesome Voice Actors and What They Actually Look Like – This is mostly Futurama and other non-Simpsons shows, but Castellaneta makes an appearance and there is a ton of great YouTube.  Maurice LaMarche’s in particular is awesome, in no small part because making fun of William Shatner never gets old. 

Jokealong: HAMMOCKS – It is possible that Scorpio’s riff on hammocks is the best hammock joke in the English language. 

The Simpsons and a Dance Party at the 2013 Tucson International Jewish Film Festival – Mike Reiss is going to be in Arizona:

Opening night of the festival kicks off at The Loft and features special guest, Mike Reiss, longtime writer/producer of The Simpsons. Reiss will share rare clips and inside stories from one of the longest running shows in T.V. history.

He’ll be at the Loft Cinemas next Thursday, January 10th.

My boyfriend is an animator on The Simpsons. This is his attempt to entertain future plane-sick passegers on Southwest Airlines. – Heh.

Are the new episodes of the simpsons not as funny as the older episodes? – Yahoo Answers has this as a “Resolved Question”:

Resolved Quesiton

The rest of the answers aren’t any kinder to Zombie Simpsons:

I’ve seen a few new episodes, they aren’t that funny anymore :(


Been watching Simpsons for years!


Definately the old episodes are better.
Once you’ve seen Homer fall over or bash himself so many times, it just isnt funny anymore.

Siblings – Animated .gif of Bart sharing his ice cream from the end of “Lisa on Ice”.

Seems legit – Save that for court.

Poor Milhouse – A big, subtitled .jpg of nobody liking Milhouse.

[News] Sky Ferreira Has A Video For “Lost In My Bedroom” That I Found While Lying In Bed – Excellent reference:

Any video that opens with an epilepsy warning has got to be a winner, am I right? When the message first appeared I immediately thought of The Simpsons episode where the family visits Tokyo and seizes on the floor every time the flashing Japanese television shows come on.

Ned Flanders Soundboard – An Android app that appears to do little besides play Flanders sounds.  Seems neat, if quickly tiresome.

Stupid Risks – Quoting Homer’s admonition to take risks in “Lost Our Lisa”.  I’ve never really liked that episode, but Marge being the “stable type, and that’s fine in small doses” is a pretty good line.

Doctor Who Monday: The Snowmen…In 10 Words – No, we’ll make real men out of snow.

2012…In 10 Words – Somewhere, Flanders gets started on his income taxes.

Django Unchained…In 10 Words – What I’m trying to say with this cartoon is that violence is everywhere in our society, man, it’s like even in breakfast cereals.

2012 Year-End Roundup – Some Top 5 Lists – And finally, I get to end the way I like, with someone who agrees with us, in this case, our old friend ilmozart.  Zombie Simpsons came in #1 for “Things that Disappointed Me”, and justifiably so:

I feel like this is a given. Considering how important this show has been to me during my life, some of the worst episodes the series has ever done aired this year – notably “Lisa Goes Gaga” the season 23 finale. Pair that with “Moonshine River”, the season 24 premiere, and it is a wonder I still watch the show at all. It has totally forgotten its heritage and has turned its back on what made the show great in the first place. A constant and continued disappointment.

Amen, sister.  Amen.

2 Responses to “Reading Digest: New Year Edition”

  1. 1 Robert
    4 January 2013 at 10:40 pm


  2. 6 January 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I’m very grateful for your link to the Hammock Jokealong, especially since it brought me to discovering this awesome blog. Keep fighting the good fight!

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