07
Mar
14

Reading Digest: Promotional Selfie Edition

Homer's Night Out5
“Whoa, man, look at the size of this thing.  I wonder if it really works.” – Bart Simpson
We have a much shorter than usual Reading Digest this week because the show put out a Simpsonized version of the tweet that ate the internet.  (You know the one I mean.)  Once there was a Simpsons version of it, pretty much everything Simpsons related on-line mentioned it and that drowned out other Simpsons stuff.  Out of a sense of completeness, I’ve got one link to it below, but that’s all.  In addition to that, we’ve got another painting of a Springfield, a cool fan made rendition of Willie, several people who agree with us, and a guy doing a bunch of voices.
Enjoy.
Artist Tim Doyle Bids Farewell to ‘The Simpsons’ With Open Edition Poster – This is that same guy who did those other amazing paintings from the show and other fictional settings.  This one is Bart staring at the town, complete with tire fire, from behind the Springfield sign.  And there’s one that changes colors into glow in the dark.  Once again, bravo Tim Doyle.  
“Two Kyles, Both Alike in dignity, In Fair Cubicle Environment, Where we Lay Our Scene” – The epic tale of one office drone’s quest to protect his donut with the same sign Homer used for his soul donut.  Well, played, Sir Kyle.
The Simpsons do Ellen’s Oscar Selfie – If you’re reading this blog then you’ve probably already seen both the famous group selfie from this year’s movie industry promo night as well as the Simpsonized version of it the show put out.  In case you haven’t, however, here you go.
The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon Kills Homer Simpson With a Golf Club (PHOTO) – The guy who plays Daryl on The Walking Dead got one of the animators from the show to draw him killing Homer and put it on Instagram.
Impressions of 33 Characters From ‘The Simpsons’ in Five Minutes – This was making the rounds this week (it’s at half a million views already) and is worth a quick look:
Some are quite good, others less so, but at least he had Lovejoy, standing in for the audience, ask to limit quotes to the first ten seasons.  Good move.
Review: The Simpsons Game – A thorough and mostly positive review of that game they released along with the movie.
Random Simpsons Screencap of the Day 2/28/14 – The grand exalted one has requested a moment of her time.
Random Simpsons Screencap of the Day 3/4/14 – I never get tired of how sad all the other girls are.
Reasons to be Cheerful #63: Pancake Day – Some love for pancakes along with a .gif of Homer and Bart fighting over a lamb chop that is now a pancake.
Chelsea and The Simpsons: A Bridge too far? – A bunch of Chelsea players got Simpsonized as part of a marketing deal.  You can see the picture at the link.  (Thanks to reader Emma for sending this in.) 
Krusty Burger – A fan made recreation of America’s favorite meat flavored sandwich.
How To Correctly Open A Beer GIF – Animated .gif of the big Irish bartender serving Duff with a cleaver.
Tenuous Link – the Simpsons to Restorative Justice – A lot of people blog about the Tapped Out game.  Kudos for finding a new topic to connect it to.
Random #13 // Duff Beer tetoválás – Awesome Duff forearm tattoo.
Top ELEVEN TV shows! – A list that at least partially agrees with us:
11.  The Simpsons : I’ve seen nearly every episode from Season 1 and love it so much. But the reason it gets number 11 on my list is that I’ve not seen much of the last series to verify how good it is, and the last few series I have watched, there’s been like 4/5 episodes really good out of 20+ episodes, which is disappointing.
Disappointing doesn’t even begin to cover it.  My advice would be to ignore everything past Season 11, then you don’t have to slog through the mess.
“Groundskeeper Willie” – A cool fan made “digital illustration”.
Let It Die With Dignity – As if often the case, a list of shows that need to end includes Zombie Simpsons:
Once a legend now a shadow of what it once was. Just put it out to pasture.
Well put.
Last week I began my journey through every Simpsons episode from the 90s. I was not allowed to watch the Simpsons growing up, and I can only remember seeing part of one episode as a kid. I have never gone back and watched them until now. After only seeing two, I am very, very excited.
I am envious.  Not of the whole “couldn’t watch it in the 90s” thing, but of the getting to watch them for the first time thing.
A Tale of Two Cities – Agreed, The Flintstones has certainly not aged well, but pre-“doldrums” Simpsons has.
This… Is Something I Didn’t Consider Before – Would Nelson grow up to be Barney?
[Article] The Simpsons mania Jung Yong Hwa, run for that very day – The lead singer of a Korean rock band is something of a Simpsons fan, and there’s art of him posing with some of his stuff, including a rather well decorated guitar.
THE SIMPSONS: Al Jean Previews the Upcoming LEGO Episode, the Return of Sideshow Bob, Guest Spots by Daniel Radcliffe, Zach Galifianakis, and More – Jean did a conference call with reporters.  Nothing much in the way of news (lots of celebrities coming up, they’re working on next year’s Halloween episode).  They’re still renewed through just one more season and he gives his usual answer about hoping to continue it.
Theme Songs – And finally, I get to end with someone who agrees with us:
Also as I’ve mentioned before, I am a huge fan of cartoons.  Love ‘em.  I don’t get the chance to watch them as often as I used to.  My favorite animated show ever (and my favorite show ever) is The Simpsons.  I still watch it every week, even though the best season was season 8.  This is an inarguable fact.  That was 17 seasons ago.
It was.  In a few more years, Zombie Simpsons will be old enough to vote.

11 Responses to “Reading Digest: Promotional Selfie Edition”


  1. 7 March 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks for agreeing with me on season 8. Clearly the best. And Bart After Dark is my favorite episode ever. “Oh I don’t know how to punish you! What does Marge usually do?” “She makes me taste beer.”

  2. 2 Rob K.
    7 March 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Tweet that ate the internet? If someone could please give me even a hint of what that was or is, I would be forever grateful.

    I am on twitter btw.

    • 3 Charlie Sweatpants
      7 March 2014 at 6:19 pm

      http://mashable.com/2014/03/04/oscars-by-the-numbers-ellen/

      Fleischman also detailed the numbers behind Ellen’s selfie tweet, which now holds the record for most retweets, sitting pretty at 3.2 million RTs as of Tuesday after quickly surpassing President Barack Obama’s “Four More Years” tweet on Sunday.

      – 8.1 million people saw the tweet a total of 26 million times (impressions). “The way we measure views is by looking at a metric known as impressions: how many times tweets are displayed to users,” Fleischman said.

      – 13,711 web pages embedded the tweet, and those embeds were seen 6.8 million times by 5 a.m. ET on Monday.

      – Overall, the tweet was seen 32.8 million times.

      – The tweet has been retweeted more than 3.2 million times (it was at 2.4 million RTs by 5 a.m. ET on Monday.

      • 7 March 2014 at 7:49 pm

        Thank you Charlie Sweatpants for this info! On a side note, years of watching Homer has indeed made me dumb like him (I swear, it’s just a theory though my mind can comprehend books like Gulag Archipelago, solve PC game puzzles, get pop culture references on The Simpsons and even debate politics on youtube/facebook, so go figure).

      • 5 Stan
        7 March 2014 at 8:53 pm

        Thanks indeed. I wish there would be a place where you could just come and freely insult people who think they’re above others because they grow beards, own ultra-pooper smartphones and talk hipster with their “selfies”. Like, saying to someone “I’m not on Twitter” to see them twitch of amazement. “What? But… I thought I was off-mainstream”… And then you just kill the person “What’s a mainstream?” Checkmate, muthafockaz.

  3. 7 March 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Hah. My sister hates the flintstones too. Calling them machists neurotic jerks XD

    I still like them :( not as much as the simpsons though ;)

  4. 7 Stan
    7 March 2014 at 8:47 pm

    “As you’re on the internet right now, statistically there is no chance whatsoever that you haven’t seen Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar selfie already.”

    Guess what =)


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