05
Dec
13

Reading Digest: The Lego Men (And Women) Cometh

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“How ingenious, the forks are made out of Lego.” – Marge Simpson

The internet got its first look at the Simpsons Lego people this week.  Well, sort of, all we got was Homer and the torsos of Marge and Lisa (maybe there was a clog in the leg chute?), but they look okay.  We’ve also got another great Simpsons painting, Marge as past fashion icons, more fans of the Simpson math book, the beginnings of Christmas, and some excellent usage.

Enjoy.

Tim Doyle – The Simpsons Unreal Estate – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is this new painting of the Simpson home by the same guy who did all those amazing ones last year.  I love that you can see the outline of Marge and Lisa (with sax, naturally) in the house and Bart in the treehouse.  The first three remain just as gorgeous as they were last year.

Reruns of ‘Simpsons’ Episodes on FXX Won’t Change Actors’ Residuals – If I were them, I’d be looking at that contract with a microscope:

Gaudry said she hasn’t reviewed the details of the deal yet but when SAG-AFTRA receives the documents next year the union does have remedies if it believes performers were shortchanged. “We can’t dictate what companies do with their programs, but there are options under the agreements if we see an issue,” she said.

Diary of a Nerdy Kid: Back to Basics (Season 1) – Rewatching Season 1 with an eye towards things that should be included in Tapped Out.  The Jazz Hole would be cool, but who can resist a “Dip” sign?

LEGO The Simpsons Official Homer Simpson Minifigure Found – Homer’s got his tie and badge on.

More LEGO The Simpsons Minifigures Found – Marge and Lisa, though mercifully the legs they have there aren’t the real ones, as they currently look like they’re wearing sumo thongs.

Upworthy Springfield: Linkbait With A Hint of Nostalgia – Upworthy Springfield is genius, no two ways about it.

Lisa Simpson – A guide to a do it yourself Lisa costume.  Total cost: $63.

PHOTO: Ned Flanders returns to Peter Budaj’s mask, and he’s mad – Click through for art of Angry Hockey Ned.

AnOther Happy Monday – Marge Simpson does Fashion – An Italian artist drew Marge in the same pose and outfits as various famous fashion models.  Warning/enticement-to-click: you will be seeing Stephanie Seymour’s crotch and Marge with a matching tuft of blue pubic hair.

AlexSandro Palombo sposa Marge Simpson – More of fashion Marge, in slideshow format with much smaller pictures of the originals.

And now, the episode tournament/marathon portion of our show:

Round 90: Homer vs. Patty and Selma vs. Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words – Brooks was a little skimpy, but I love Sarandon’s ballet teacher.  Batman, for example, and . . . Magellan.

Round 91: Krusty Gets Kancelled vs. Treehouse of Horror – Fun fact, Johnny Carson can’t actually life a Buick Skylark over his head.  He can lift an Oldsmobile Cutlass over his head.

S1E11 “The Crepes of Wrath” – “For the first time, the show really managed to embrace its lingering zaniness, but it also chooses to pepper the episode with French culture references, and a commentary on wealth distribution and capitalism, as told through an argument between Lisa and Adil. This is what The Simpsons is like when it’s firing on all cylinders: jokes for everyone that are heavily layered, while keeping the main idea simple enough that it’s enjoyable.”

THE BEST EPISODE THINGY THERE EVER WAS ROUND 1 The Telltale Head VS. Dancin’ Homer – Very true:

Too often in later seasons, the bullies, including Nelson, are reduced to essentially being a teenage version of the three stooges, or worse,  hanging out with Bart & Milhouse and treating them like equals. Here, they are what they should be.  Untrustworthy little jerks who will turn on Bart in a heartbeat the second he shows he has a conscience.

THE BEST EPISODE THINGY THERE EVER WAS ROUND 1 There’s No Disgrace Like Home VS. Dead Putting Society – Great George Carlin quote, and appropriate too.

THE BEST EPISODE THINGY THERE EVER WAS ROUND 1 Principal Charming VS. Old Money – Good point about “Principal Charming”:

This is the first episode to put three secondary characters in the lead roles. Here, the Simpson family take a backseat to Patty, Selma, and Principal Skinner.  And all three are more than capable of carrying the episode.

THE BEST EPISODE THINGY THERE EVER WAS ROUND 1: Bart vs. Thanksgiving VS. Homer vs. Lisa & The 8th Commandment – Never thought of it this way:

One of the programs Homer watches is an infomercial hosted by Troy McClure called “I Can’t Believe They Invented It!” So essentially, Homer “purchased” cable from a con-man cable guy so that he could watch an infomercial featuring two other con-artists, sellout actor Troy McClure, and phony physician Dr.Nick. I have a feeling whatever money Homer is going to save by stealing cable, he is going to lose even more from buying crappy infomercial products.

Homer, are you buying junk off the TV again?  Shh, they’ll hear you!

THE BEST EPISODE THINGY THERE EVER WAS ROUND 1 Bart Gets Hit By A Car vs. Blood Feud – Kids these days:

But Bart spits over the guardrail and soon finds himself in Hell, which is a Hieronymous Bosch painting where the Devil’s desktop is equipped with a Windows based program.

The Devil, young man, is using a Mac.

THE BEST EPISODE THINGY THERE EVER WAS ROUND 1: KRUSTY GETS BUSTED vs. ITCHY & SCRATCHY & MARGE – Great freeze frame of “how crazed Bob looked cuffed and sprawled in the back of the police wagon”.  He’s cracked and you know it.

THE BEST EPISODE THINGY THERE EVER WAS ROUND 1 Bart The Genius v. Bart The General v. Bart The Daredevil – Never gets old:

Grampa’s letter to TV advertisers: I am disgusted with the way old people are depicted on TV. We’re not all vibrant, fun-loving sex maniacs. Many of us are bitter, resentful individuals.

End marathon segment.

Educating [Geeks] Drinking Game – Simpsons Treehouse of Horror – I enjoy drinking games as much as the next besotted fool, but this is suicidal:

Take a shot every time Willie takes an axe

Take a shot any time there is a Marge hair gag

Harry Shearer’s ‘Le Show’ reaches 30th birthday – Congrats.

A Thanksgiving Haiku – Gotta love cranberry sauce a la Bart.

Time to Prepare! – And YouTube of the same.

Best of South Park – 10 – The Simpsons Already Did It – That episode was completely correct . . . and it first aired eleven years ago.

Do’h! Simpsons marathon farewells analog TV – Two Australian artists watched all of The Simpsons and Zombie Simpsons to mark/commemorate/art the end of analog TV broadcasts down under.

Clowns: What is all the fuss about – and who are the ten scariest clowns of all time? – Krusty and Sideshow Bob make the list.

Movie Review: Good Ol’ Freda (5 out of 5 stars) – Hey, someone had to deal with that fan mail until Ringo could get around to it all.

Dag 294 – A Pulp Simpsons t-shirt of Homer and Barney instead of Lenny and Carl.

Some Fun Burlesque! – More Simpsons burlesque, this time with Marge instead of Ned.  Awesome.  Shaky cam YouTube, but still awesome (because belching and drunken stripping).

An analysis of The Simpsons as a cultural phenomenon, paying particular attention to its genre, form and place in the television schedule. – I like this formulation of it:

The gravity of The Simpsons influence can clearly be seen in a number of contemporary adult-oriented animated sitcoms still running today including Futarama, Family guy and South Park

Gravity indeed, like all the other shows are falling toward it and can never quite get there.

My Favourite Christmas Episodes – “Marge Be Not Proud” makes the list, which I’m fine with.

XMAS 25 Day 5- XMAS Episodes: The Simpsons Season 1, Ep. 1 ‘Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire’ – Ah, but there’s a Christmas episode:

Even without the highest of intelligence, Homer cares about his family first, himself second. To me, that is what makes this special a true classic and gets heavy rotation on my Christmas classics list. Hopefully those reading this feel just the same.

It’s what makes him Homer.

Michigan State Police mustache contest benefits Toys for Tots – This is a local news report that doesn’t tell you much more than the title.  However, Captain Roesler won the “Ned Flanders” category, which his certificate describes as “For the creepiest or most unsavory mustache”.  You can see him on the video noting that it wasn’t the most flattering award, but he seems to be a good sport about it.

Doodle-a-Day: November 25 – Clinton and Dole, naked and in orbit.  Heh.

Singh and the Simpsons – You know it has to be a good book when the tour includes stops at university physics departments.

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets – YouTube about the book, including Singh describing how “Treehouse of Horror VI” was the one that gave him the idea.

shegot80hd – Printer: Don’t mind if I do!

BREAKFAST WITH THE SIMPSONS – Bart and wooden Bender for breakfast.

2013-11-23 – Not quite sure that’s a windup toy, but it’s definitely Milhouse as Fallout Boy.

Brunch Is Nice – That’s a nice naked Homer you got in the bathroom there.

When Dr Who Called – Oh, nothing, just a picture of a Dalek next to a frightful looking Krusty mannequin.

THE NANNY STATE AND THE MANNY STATE PART I: DON’T DO THAT, DON’T DOOO THAAAT!!! – Excellent usage:

The concept of the nanny state always misses the point. Subtle measures and incentives for ‘correcting’ social behaviour are used by whoever is in charge – whether centre-left or centre-right – but built on different concepts of both the social good and the relationship between citizen, the market, and government. These concepts typically dominate mainstream confines of both camps. This two part series addresses the rationale and consequences when both centre-left and centre-right overreach.
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Helen Lovejoy: “You’ve got to lead our protest against this abomination!”
Marge: “Mm, but that’s Michelangelo’s David. It’s a masterpiece”.
Helen: [gasp] “It’s filth! It graphically portrays parts of the human body, which, practical as they may be, are evil”.
Marge: “But I like that statue”.
Helen: [gasp] “I told you she was soft on full frontal nudity! Come on, girls…”

It’s actually Maude who calls Marge “soft on full frontal nudity”, but the quote is dead on so it’s still excellent usage.

Can’t stop laughing! – Homer as the world’s worst Nike icon.  I might want to get that on a t-shirt.

22 Hours To Live – It helps to have a plan when you accidentally swallow part of a plastic knife:

I needed to snap out of it. When Homer was given his death sentence, he didn’t despair. He quietly accepted his fate, making a list of all the things he wanted to do before he died.

I flipped to the notes section of my iPhone and titled a fresh page “Death List”.

1. Sleep In.

Heh.

Top Ten Musical Guests on the Simpsons – And finally, I get to end with someone who agrees with us, even if he does put a lot of Zombie Simpsons on this list:

Remember when the Simpsons was mind-blowingly funny, and not just mildly watchable background programming? I do. I used to put on striped pajamas before my bedtime and catch reruns with my older brother and dad at the miniature white TV in our old kitchen. Much of the pop culture references flew over my head at the time but as a testament to the show’s brilliance I still bellowed my 7-10-year-old hear out.

It took a lot of post-childhood viewings for me to catch even most of the jokes.


1 Response to “Reading Digest: The Lego Men (And Women) Cometh”


  1. 6 December 2013 at 9:46 pm

    “simpsons roasting in an open fire” is mandatory to watch every holiday season along “its a wonderful life” and “the nightmare before chritsmas” ^_^


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