Posts Tagged ‘Brother’s Little Helper


Makeup Quote of the Day

“Principal Skinner, what would you say is the most important firefighting tool? Would you say it’se prevention?” – Lisa Simpson
“Oh, absolutely, Lisa. That and the sand bucket.” – Principal Skinner


Makeup Quote of the Day

“Thank you for coming.” – Principal Skinner
“Thank you for getting me out of work.” – Homer Simpson


Quote of the Day

“I take hormones to lower my voice. Now all I want to do is fight! What are you looking at?” – Martin Prince


Quote of the Day


“And I want a bike, and a monkey, and a friend for the monkey…” – Ralph Wiggum
“You’re not gonna start any fires, are you?” – Hosey the Bear
“At my house we call them Uh-Ohs.” – Ralph Wiggum

Happy (one day late) Birthday Mike Scully!


Quote of the Day

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“I’m having some side effects from the dope.” – Bart Simpson
“It’s not dope!  It’s something to help you concentrate.” – Marge Simpson
“All I know is my testicles won’t fit in my underwear.” – Bart Simpson
“Bart, get those oranges out of there.” – Marge Simpson


Quote of the Day

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“I don’t want to pump my little boy full of drugs.” – Marge Simpson
“Yeah, yeah, we get a lot of that.” – Pharm Team Scientist


Reading Digest: Not Relating to the Non-Geeks Edition

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“This is a job for the Green Lantern, Thundra, or possibly Ghost Rider.” – Comic Book Guy
“What about Superman?” – Otto
“Oh, please.” – Comic Book Guy

It’s a shorter and more random than usual list this week, I assume because of a Labor Day related reduction in the amount of time people spent at their keyboards over the last seven days.  We do have a couple of people confessing to having chronic cases of Simpsons on the brain, but I’ve never thought of that as a bad thing.  Having great jokes and scenes pop into your head randomly during the day has never bothered me.  We’ve also got some good Simpsons usage, Albert Brooks being cool, the undeniable quality of Seasons 1 and 2, and a couple of links leftover from Clint Eastwood’s Grampa Simpson moment last week.


On Truth – A discussion of what it means for something to be “true”, with plenty of Simpsons examples.  Sadly, none of them are Lionel Hutz’s “Yeah, but what is truth?  If you follow me.”

Weinman on TV: First seasons first – The show did, indeed, hit the ground running:

And third, there’s the first season that recognizably is the show, but in a rough or primitive form compared to what came later. The first season of The Simpsons is an obvious example. It’s not that it wasn’t good; those first 13 episodes were a smash hit. And by the end of the first season, the characters are more or less established as what they would be. But the show was slow-paced compared to what came later. It wasn’t until the third season that it achieved a super-fast pace and became the most densely-packed comedy in television history. Someone watching, say, season 2 of The Simpsons for the first time won’t find the show unrecognizable, just a little sluggish by comparison. (Though I should add that I’ve watched early episodes of The Simpsons in crowds and everyone laughed all the way through them, so there goes that generalization.)

I generally tell people to start with “Bart Gets an F”. 

Out to the Ball game – Why would this be sad?:

Is it sad that, as I write this, the song stuck in my head isn’t “Take Me out to the Ball game” or (God forbid) “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” but instead is “Talkin’ Softball” from that one baseball episode of The Simpsons? (“Ken Griffey’s grotesquely swollen jaw . . . ”)

17 Ways Television Has Destroyed My Brain – There is nothing wrong with this:

5. I genuinely can’t relate to people who haven’t seen the first eight seasons of The Simpsons.

It’s their fault, not yours.

So This Happened: The Voice of Bart Simpson Stops by Digitaria – Cartwright stopped by some ad agency and gave a fake PA announcement, of which there is YouTube.

The Indoorsman: Making a molehill out of a mountain – First time mountain climber:

It was my first summit. (As a now-seasoned mountain climber, I’ve learned that using the word "summit" is among the best parts of the whole experience. It’s great as a verb and a noun: "I summited the summit.") I guess it’s not surprising that this was my first summit. I am, after all, The Indoorsman. Historically, I haven’t cared at all about mountains or streams or jaunts through the forest. I mean, I’ve always assumed they were great. But I also know for a fact that season four of the "The Simpsons" on DVD is great, and I can enjoy that in my underwear with a beer and a sandwich. I usually opted for "The Simpsons."

It’s beautiful.  After I catch my breath, can we go home?

Matt Groening Knows Can Do More Than Entertain – Another person who puts Futurama above The Simpsons:

But I digress, so why do I think that Futurama is a better show than The Simpsons? It’s rather simple actually, when I think of some of my favorite Simpsons episodes (like the Who Shot Mr. Burns twofer or the Behind The Music episode) they are good, yeah, but after you finish watching them you are left with nothing but a few repeatable lines. The best episodes of Futurama however, are not just comical, but heart wrenching.

Take for example some of my two favorite episodes, The Luck of the Fryrish and Jurassic Bark. Both episodes present the typical comedic story in normal Matt Groening fashion, but then someone throws a wrench in the gears and you find yourself drowning in the tears of a schoolgirl… and then you realize, you are that school girl and….  OH GAWD HOW DID THIS HAPPEN I WAS LAUGHING NOT TWO SECONDS AGO!!!!

Ahem.  I still blame Zombie Simpsons. 

The Simpsons as a teaching tool – It’s a good one:

Knowing my fondness for The Simpsons a colleague just sent me a link to this article, ‘Teaching Sociology Seminars through The Simpsons‘. Looks great and appears to give some quite specific ideas about how to build The Simpsons into the curriculum.

And there’s a whole book about it too.

Why I’m Weird – Ah, sex ed:

“Mrs. Johnson? How long after a man lies on a woman does it take to… ejaculate?”

Giggles from the class.

“Two hours.” Mrs. Johnson, completely serious.

“Whoa!” Class, in unison.

“That’s like, 4 episodes of The Simpsons!”

But without commercials it’s 5!  That’s twenty-two more minutes of show per ejaculation. 

Albert Brooks – Brooks is awesome.  You likely knew that already, but here’s another reason anyway:

I sent a drawing to be signed (along with a request letter and stamped envelope) to Albert Brooks on July 3, 2012.
It was signed and returned to me on Friday, August 31, 2012. 59 days later.

“Gerald – Best Wishes, Albert Brooks”

It’s a pretty good drawing too.  Marlin (Nemo’s dad) looks appropriately terrified. 

Simpsons – Tricking Hugo (gif) – Animated .gif of Hibbert knocking out Hugo.

This is What Liking Your Own Posts Looks Like – Animated .gif of Milhouse playing along on the teeter-totter. 

For A Good Time, Call… …In 10 Words – Oh, come one, you need a phone sex joke and you didn’t use this one?  For shame.

The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure…In 10 Words – The Oogieloves seem to have lost their edge.

The Voyager Spacecrafts…In 10 Words – Like Barney’s $2,000, Voyager 1 is very far short of “there”. 

Max Power – That would’ve been cool:

This is a quick 20 minute illustration of my son Max. When thinking of a name, we originally wanted to go with Max Power Watson (a reference from one of the greatest Simpsons episodes in case you are wondering why anyone would do such a thing) but ultimately settled on Max Paul Watson instead.

Bart Simpson is BART’s new mascot (according to this awesome t-shirt) – Bay Area people have a lot of shirt pride. 

I Must Have Missed That Episode – More Simpsons fun with the cable channel guide.

Teaching for Montgomery Burns – A for-profit college described (for legal reasons) as being run by Charles Montgomery Burns.

Pop culture’s best and worst teachers: Who gets your vote? – This is page whoring, but it does have Mr. Bergstrom and Mrs. Krabappel. 

10 of my most favourite The Simpsons quotes – A couple of Zombie Simpsons quotes are on here, but on the whole it’s a good list.

Musicians on The Simpsons: 5 Favorite Guest Appearances – Sadly this list contains two Zombie Simpsons entries. 

How To Draw Sideshow Bob From The Simpsons – A carefully shot, six-minute YouTube video of someone drawing a great Sideshow Bob, first in pencil, then filling it in with a marker. 

Republican National Convention: Who Said It – This got linked in a lot of places this week, but it isn’t too difficult.  There’s only one quote from Grampa that’s from Zombie Simpsons.

D’Oh! Eastwood’s Convention Speech Spawns Fake ‘Simpsons’ Meme – Whoever photoshopped that “Old Man Yells At Cloud” to “Old Man Yells At Chair” did a spectacular job.  It even matches the pixilation of that crappy screen grab.

Chibi Marge Simpson by ~LiloLilosa on deviantART – Just what it says.

WE HEART LISA SIMPSON zine back in stock! From… – Girls Get Busy – Also just what it says:


A zine dedicated to the feminist icon that is Lisa Simpson.
Contributions include writings of personal experiences, art work, lyrics, memories, photos and tributes. 20 pages in b&w – A5 size

The Nerdery geeks out with fun at work – Sadly there is no photo of this room:

The nerds don’t meet in average boardrooms. The office has five conference rooms decorated in nerd fashion. "Springfield" is a replica of the Simpsons’ living room, "Brick House" is made out of Legos, and "Starship" is Trekkie heaven.

"[The conference rooms] let you be happier and keep a positive attitude," says Seemann. "You’re going to work better and think better if you’re in the Simpsons’ living room."

I don’t know if I’d work better or not, but it would be cool.


Crazy Noises: Brother’s Little Helper

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“Fire can be our servant, whether it’s toasting smores or raining down on Charlie.” – Principal Skinner

For the fourth summer in a row, we here at the Dead Homer Society will be spending some time discussing twelve year old Simpsons episodes.  This year we’re doing Season 11.  Why Season 11?  Because we’ve done Seasons 8, 9 and 10 already, and it’s time to take an unflinching look at the end of the show.  Since Skype and podcasts didn’t exist in 1999, and we want to discuss these episodes the way the internet intended, we’re sticking with the UTF-8 world of chat rooms and instant messaging.  This text has been edited for clarity and spelling (especially on “Focusyn”).

Today’s episode is 1102, “Brother’s Little Helper”.  Yesterday was 1101, “Beyond Blunderdome”. 

[Note: Dave fled again, but I am assured that he will be back in custody soon.]

Charlie Sweatpants: This episode always bothers me a little, because I get the feeling that if it had been made just a season or two earlier it would’ve been pretty good.

Mad Jon: This would have been a top episode in season 10.

  I still think it is well above the bar for this season.

Charlie Sweatpants: Oh, it’s above average for Season 11, for sure, but I meant, if they had made it even just a year or two earlier I think a lot of the problems would’ve been eliminated.

Mad Jon: I would go so far as to say I generally like it.

  But that doesn’t mean I don’t have some issues with it.

Charlie Sweatpants: For example, they go back to Homer freaking out after eating the drugs twice. There was no need whatsoever for him to freak out a second time right before they go to commercial, and I really don’t think that would’ve been left in had this one been made earlier.

Mad Jon: Definitely a problem.

I also think they try to cram so much visual effect into the end that they water down the ending. Not to mention that the ending itself was subpar, minus a few choice lines.

Charlie Sweatpants: The ending is a perfect example of that kind of filler. Even if you spot them the tank (which you shouldn’t, but for the sake of argument), there’s the yammering Army guys, the useless suspense as Bart aims the turret at different things, his conversation with Marge.

  The scene goes on and on and yet doesn’t serve or advance the story and doesn’t make sense.

Mad Jon: Yeah, I am not a fan of the ending so much…

Charlie Sweatpants: This one either needed to take the time to make the A-plot much more coherent or it needed a B-plot.

Mad Jon: I agree.

  I think the opening is good. I would say great except for Homer’s dialogue in Skinner’s Office.

Charlie Sweatpants: I dunno, the opening with Bart flooding the gym strikes me as another thing that’s too exaggerated to actually be funny.

  Like Skinner standing there and saying all the equipment names for just Bart and Lisa. What sense does that make?

Mad Jon: Ok, I’ll spot you the gym floor, but look at the quality of the jokes. Lots of quick lines, standard Simpsons opening kind of scene, even a Chalmers-less school scene.

The fun poked at the ‘stop drop and roll’, nowadays you wouldn’t even have a fire to lead to the discovery that Bart took the fire house to flood the gym.

  Skinner’s explanation of the uses of fire….

  There is plenty to chuckle at here.

Charlie Sweatpants: "Raining down on Charlie" is funny, as its Ned and Maude’s ineptness (though the replacement Maude voice is really off putting).

But it’s like the Focusyn itself or Bart’s instant paranoia, it’s too wacky for it to really bite. Good Simpsons parodies are crazy and unexpected, but also recognizable and on some basic level plausible. This is just a little too zany, like it’s working too hard.

Like I said, these are the kinds of things I think would’ve gotten smoothed out had it been made a year or two before.

Mad Jon: You are probably right about that.

  And I agree with the general zaniness of the episode.

  And I agree that there are some bad habits showing up here, like the repeated Homer freakouts.

If you could take out Homer, I would be fine with this episode right up till Bart loses it. Then it gets pretty nutty.

  Although I always enjoy the realization that the MLB really is spying on them, pretty much around the clock.

Charlie Sweatpants: That’s another perfect example though. Having Major League Baseball spy on them constantly is funny, it also doesn’t require a tank or a shot down satellite.

Mad Jon: No, no it doesn’t

Charlie Sweatpants: And, much like Gibson in the previous episode, the Mark McGwire jokes look a bit different in hindsight.

Mad Jon: Well, Big Mac wasn’t much of an actor, but that’s fine. And I think the current insanity of Gibson trumps McGwire’s issues.

  And I always wish they would have ended the episode at McGwire shoving the print out under his hat and them shifting his eyes about.

Charlie Sweatpants: Well yeah, but it’s just funny that McGwire made a joke about distracting people with "dingers" and then the people not caring, which is pretty much exactly what happened afterwards.

Mad Jon: True true.

Charlie Sweatpants: In general though, I agree that this is one of the better ones in 11, but it’s still frustrating to watch.

Mad Jon: Frustrating indeed, when watched as part of the Simpsons series. But this is as good as it gets till the end of this season, and although I probably haven’t watched this one since it was last in the cycle of syndication, which may have been 10 years ago by now, I still am partial to it.

Charlie Sweatpants: I feel the same way. There are enough things here that crack me up that I don’t mind it overall. When Sir Widebottom says, "Sure I’m alive, but why?", that always gets me for some reason.

Mad Jon: I also like the time burglar line, as well as the "I am now one of them."

I generally enjoy the scientists, as well as their demo of the hamsters.

Although it’s not about slavery…

Charlie Sweatpants: And Homer thanking Skinner for getting him out of work.

I use that pretty much any time I’ve ditched work.

Mad Jon: The Navajo boy, the trade scene when Milhouse has Claritin…. There are plenty of good chuckles thrown about.


  Bart’s thank you card for Marge.

I liked the Carboxyl group joke, until Homer started choking the model.

Charlie Sweatpants: As you said, the scientists in general are pretty good. When they go to incapacitate Homer and Marge it’s funny, then Homer gets the air shot for no reason.

  Still, there is a lot of good stuff here.

Mad Jon: Yeah, didn’t really need to stop his heart, valium would have been fine for both…

  But now we are asking a hamburger, though satisfying enough, to be a rib eye.

  Or whatever type of steak you would rather have.

Charlie Sweatpants: Indeed, it’s take what you can get in Season 11.

  Anything else here?

Mad Jon: Nah, I think we covered it.


Charlie Sweatpants: Nope. I’m content to sit back and let the MLB’s marketing algorithms analyze this text and report back my need for more merchandise.

Mad Jon: Excellent, just try to keep your squalor index below 97 ok?

Charlie Sweatpants: No promises.


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