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20
Jun
15

Quote of the Day

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“I really feel awful about your lawn, Marge.  George can be so stubborn when he thinks he’s right.” – Barbara Bush
“Well, Homer too.  They’re so much alike.” – Marge Simpson
“Too bad they got off on the wrong foot.  It’s just like the Noriega thing, now he and George are the best of friends.” – Barbara Bush

Happy birthday Tress MacNeille!

15
Jan
15

Quote of the Day

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“Let’s see now, what do you folks have here? . . . Hmm, a crusty burger, that doesn’t sound too appetizing.  What kind of stew do you have today?” – Bush the Elder
“Uh, we don’t have stew.” – Krusty Burger Order Sign
“Sir, why don’t you just have the cheeseburger.” – Secret Service Ray
“That’s really more of a weekend thing, Ray.” – Bush the Elder

15
Apr
14

Quote of the Day

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“I’m sorry I spanked your boy, Homer.” – Bush the Elder
“Woo-hoo!  In your face, Bush!  Now apologize for the tax hike.” – Homer Simpson

12
Mar
14

Quote of the Day

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“I’ve got nothing but time until they fix that malfunctioning squishy machine.” – Apu Nahasapeemapetilon

10
Jan
14

Reading Digest: Simpsonized Politicians Edition

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“Just gonna relax with my U.S. News and World whatnot.  Ah, good, roasting the new guy.” – Bush the Elder

Before we get to this week’s links, I’d like to show you something that illustrates just how different the attitude of the Zombie Simpsons writing staff is from that of The Simpsons.  Yesterday, Matt Selman, who is the longtime second-in-command at Zombie Simpsons and who’s been running some of his own episodes the last two seasons, tweeted this:

Sell-out Man

Zombie Simpsons has long acted as unpaid advertising for businesses The Simpsons genuinely mocked, but it’s another level of commercial apathy to have one of the head writers take to Twitter and personally help his “pals” at Axe advertise the shitty and laughably stupid perfume they sell to insecure and sexually naive adolescents.  (Selman, by the way, is in his 40s.)  Twitter didn’t exist twenty years ago, but it’s damn hard to imagine the guys who wrote the beer parody ad where dour feminists turn into giddy bikini babes at a splash of Duff personally endorsing Budweiser or Miller Lite in their spare time, much less repeating the ads they mocked so harshly.  That tweet is some shameful shit.

In more pleasant Simpsons news, the big story this week was the release of official pictures of the new Lego Simpsons set.  There were uncountable tweets, blog posts, and articles about this, but there’s only one link below because all of them were just reposting the same pictures and information.  In addition to that, we’ve got two links each this week to people getting themselves Simpsonized and politicians invoking the show to lambaste their enemies.  And in addition to that, we’ve got quite a few excellent fan made drawings, some excellent usage, several people who agree with us, and some real life turnip juice, just like they make in Shelbyville.

The Merciless Peppers of Quetzalacatenango – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is this scientist’s discussion of those merciless peppers:

When Homer just barely puts one of these peppers on his tongue, it burns so much he has to find something to drink; beer is at hand, but he doesn’t drink it only dipping his tongue in it to remove the heat (capsaicin is not water soluble, but is in fat, so milk or drinking straight up butter is the way to go, alcohol actually makes it worse),

Say cheese! You’re being Simpsonized – The first of our two Simpsonizing posts this week has the entire process, from sketch to done, of Simpsonizing a picture of two young women.  Looks great.

You Can Add Lego’s Simpson Set To Your Must Have List For 2014 – All New Pics AND A Video! – Lots and lots of pics from the Lego set, including a video of nice Scandinavian people explaining how they were designed.  You can buy it next month for $200 (ouch).

Turn Your Handsome Face into a Simpsons Cartoon – The “Simpsonize Me” site has been dead for a few years now, but you can get yourself done that way for a mere $5 if you’re so inclined.

homer.jpg – Just because it was 15 KBBL degrees below zero on my way to work Tuesday doesn’t mean it isn’t blazing hot on the other side of the planet.  Heh.

How ‘The Simpsons’ Taught ‘Parks and Recreation’ to Create Rich, Memorable Characters – Sadly, this stopped being true about fifteen seasons ago:

The success of the formula boils down to the writer’s diligence for giving each character a specific role to play from episode to episode. Dr. Hibbert is the doctor, and that’s it; we see him every time there’s a storyline related to medicine. Moe is always serving drinks at Moe’s, and Apu is always behind the counter of the Kwik-E-Mart. Similarly, you’ll rarely see Groundskeeper Willie away from Springfield Elementary.

They have turned most of the secondary characters into goo and will mash them willy-nilly into any scene, no matter how out of place they are.

Hank Scorpio – #310/#365 – Somebody slapped a Scorpio sticker on a trash can in Ireland.

The Boy – Cool fan made drawing of a very pissed off Homer.

Bartfink – An awesomely creepy fan made Bart drawing.

Kick-flip Triptych: Rad Dogs. The United Geekdom Geek Dogs Expo. – Fan made drawing of Santa’s Little Helper flipping over a car on a skateboard.  (The Back to the Future one is pretty good, too.)

Ogni volta che un autore spagnolo usa un laismo, in Italia un traduttore muore. – Nelson photoshopped into laughing at the Death of Marat.

The Simpsons – Fan made drawing of the Simpsons swimming.

The Proverbial Skeptic’s 5 Buzzwords to Stop Using in 2014 – Excellent usage:

There is a scene in an old episode of The Simpsons from 1997 which depicts a corporate meeting held to create a new cartoon character (Poochie, who ends up being voiced by Homer). The executives in the meeting keep throwing out buzzwords until a writer, clearly fed up that the conversation is going nowhere, interrupts to say “Excuse me, but ‘proactive’ and ‘paradigm’? Aren’t these just buzzwords that dumb people use to sound important? Not that I’m accusing you of anything like that. I’m fired, aren’t I?”

But that was 1997. It’s a new year, and it’s also National Hangover Day, so, as The Proverbial Skeptic, it is only right for me to suggest some resolutions. People don’t say “paradigm” or “proactive” or the all-time classic, “synergy”, anymore.

He keeps on rockin’ and stompin’: Greg Rekus stomps his way to the Park Theatre Wednesday – And excellent reference:

Armed with an acoustic guitar and a tambourine-clad stomp box, Winnipeg musician Greg Rekus often gets the “one-man band” tag, a musical term that, according to The Simpsons, will get you attacked by a monkey.

Go for the face!

Isaac Newton in the Simpsons – Did you forget Isaac Newton’s birthday last week?  I sure did.

Round 46, Part 2: The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star – The winner by default wins again.

THE BEST EPISODE THINGY THERE EVER WAS ROUND 1: When Flanders Failed VS. Homer The Heretic – True:

After dancing around in his underwear, Homer heads to the kitchen for something to eat. What’s he cooking? Comedy gold.

THE BEST EPISODE THINGY THERE EVER WAS ROUND 1: Stark Raving Dad VS. Separate Vocations – This line always gets me:

Marge: Doctor, if you just talk to him for five minutes without mentioning our son Bart, you’d see how sane he is.
Doctor: You mean there really is a  Bart?! Good Lord!

Blurst of times – YouTube of those blurst times.

The Simpsons: The Sixteenth Season – True:

There are a few laughs, but overall the 16th season reminds us just how good we had it during seasons 4-8.

IL Gov. Compares GOP Candidates To The Simpsons’ Mr. Burns – He even got the full name right, calling him “C. Montgomery Burns”.  Well done.

‘The Bart Simpson defence’: Surprising pop culture references in the Dáil and Seanad – Irish politicians like quoting Bart.

Istanbul Grill’s Turn of the Turnip – Excellent reference:

Remember that episode of The Simpsons in which Bart and his pals meet their Shelbyville doppelgangers after the latter steal Springfield‘s hallowed lemon tree? Remember how the episode ended, with Springfield kids quenching their thirst with sweet lemonade, while Shelbyville’s youngsters chugged turnip juice in disgust? And remember how your palate recoiled at the thought of the beverage, even if you had never conceived of it in your life, let alone tasted it? Well, turnip juice has been a Turkish staple for centuries, and you can order a glass of it at Istanbul Grill in Fountain Valley.

Poll: An Affair to Remember – I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that this pretty much sums up my relationship to the Tapped Out game, and I’ve only been playing it for four months:

Longer than the grueling hours it used to take to play Monopoly. Longer than the occasional dalliance with solitaire. Longer than my late night virtual gambling phase with Blackjack and Poker. And longer than any marathon session with Donkey Kong, Solid Snake, or Zelda.

TSTO and I have basically been having an affair for 15 months now – it’s been an illicit affair, one my family and friends don’t quite approve of.

The Liebster Award!!! – Good answer:

5. What is your favorite TV show?

All time? Probably “The Simpsons”. There was a time in my life when a 24-hour all-Simpsons channel would have made perfect sense to me.

An Important Announcement From In 10 Words – This post is actually 130 words, but I’m glad it’ll keep going.

Line(s) of the Day #TheSimpsons – Heh.

‘The Simpsons’: Judd Apatow on playing ‘self-involved’ Judd Apatow – A short interview with Apatow.  No real news, but there wouldn’t be, would there?

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh – A book review that agrees with us:

Another fun thing about this book is reminiscing about old Simpsons episodes from my childhood. This book describes different episodes that have secret mathematical equations or anecdotes built-in. When the author describes the episodes and the deeper mathematical meaning, I gain a newfound appreciation for the episode. Nothing beats old Simpsons episodes in my humble opinion, and now I know why – the writers are so smart!

Wendy Wept – This is about the most recent finale of South Park, but it does nicely agree with us:

The show filled a subversive void that The Simpsons had left back in the nineties, when they transitioned from being edgy to over to just plain sad.

True.

02
Jun
13

Quote of the Day

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“Good old Evergreen Terrace, the swankiest street in the classiest part of pressboard estates.” – Homer Simpson
“Well, if you love it so much, why are you always littering?” – Bart Simpson
“It’s easier, duh.” – Homer Simpson

15
Jun
12

Reading Digest: Presidential Heads Edition

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“Okay, son, give him the glue!” – Homer Simpson
If you were reading about American television on the internet this week, you likely encountered the uber-stupid nontroversy over ex-President Bush the Younger and HBO media darling Game of Thrones.  It’s not worth tracking down in full, but the basic story is that someone was watching the DVD commentary for the final episode of Season 1.  On it, the two guys who run the show noted that in a shot where there are a bunch of heads on spikes, one of the anonymous ones in the background was a George W. Bush replica head.  The person watching the commentary made a note of it on Reddit, and since Reddit and politics are far more explosive than pop rocks and Coke, here you are still reading about it several days later even though nobody should’ve cared in the first place. 
Topless Robot had one of the calmer write ups I saw:

• This was not done as any kind of political statement at all.

• Indeed, production just needed severed heads, and the prop department had a Bush head laying about.

• As you can tell from the pic — which is a severe close-up of part of the shot where Joffrey makes Sansa look at her dad’s head on a pike and not an actual shot in the show — they put a wig on it and turned it away from the camera to minimize the chance anyone could tell it was Bush.

• In fact, no one would have even know it was Bush except that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss mentioned that it’s Bush in episode 10 director’s commentary track.

Here is the picture that was making the rounds:
Bush Head on Game of Thrones (Close Up)
First of all, I would pay several dollars to see Bush the Younger grow his hair out like that.  More importantly, here’s what the actual shot looked like:
Bush Head on Game of Thrones (Normal)
The old woman’s head in the middle is the actual focus of the shot, Bush’s head is incidental and likely would’ve gone noticed by precisely no one if it hadn’t been on the commentary, which was itself released months ago.  This is the very definition of unimportant, so naturally everyone panicked, HBO apologized, the Game of Thrones people apologized, and by this time next week no one’s going to remember it except the occasional Game of Thrones fan who a) cares enough to figure out where it is, b) rewatches the first season, and c) still remembers that this is the shot by the time they get all the way to the end of Season 1. 
The only reason I care enough about this to write it up is because I think Game of Thrones should be ashamed of itself.  Not for putting Bush’s head on a spike, but for being so foolishly coy about it.  If you’re going to put a divisive, right-wing President’s head on a spike, just go ahead and fucking do it:
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As usual, Simpsons did it and did it better (and nearly twenty years before HBO to boot).  Anyway, now that we’ve got wax sculpture heads out of the way, we’ve got lots of great stuff this week, including a Lisa Simpson costume wardrobe malfunction, lots of excellent usage, several fan made pictures, a Flanders cake, a couple people who agree with us, and plenty of cheap laughs. 
Enjoy.
A Perfectly Cromulent Trivia Night – Via the guy who organized it (thanks Andrew!), comes this article about Classic Simpsons Trivia night in Toronto.  The best part is this YouTube video of everyone (and I mean everyone) in a big room singing along to the Monorail Song:
Excellent.
Lisa Simpson Looking Good – Someone in a Lisa costume jumped into the arms of what looks like some kind of television host guy.  Unfortunately, the costume isn’t exactly well made (the heads are just hideous) and has no bottom.  Whoops.
Bart Simpson called… – Some old school Krusty Brand Seal of Approval:

A phone call from Bart Simpson huh? Thats pretty exciting
I found this inside a Simpsons gaming manual for the NES and thought that it’d be worth sharing.

Click through for the image, but the thrust of it is that for $10 (~$17.50 in 2012 dollars), "Bart" will call your house and wish the child of your choice "happy birthday".  All I can think of is Senor Beaverotti and company. 
thesimpsons « superstickmen – Cool fan made drawing of the family and the pets. 
Bart Simpson, Stained Glass and a Three-Day Workshop with Master Artist Joseph Cavalieri – The guy who did those awesome stained glass Simpsons scenes is teaching a three day workshop in Connecticut. 
Lisa Simpson, the Simpsons clan smart girl. by ~Jojocoso on deviantART – Fan made pencil drawing of an anime-style Lisa. 
Principal dyes hair blue after students surpass fundraising goal – An elementary school principal dyed her hair Marge Simpson blue.  There’s two pictures, one of the principal, and one of the fundraising chart with her hair drawn as Marge’s. 
Television: Griffin enters talk-and-comment fray – Kathy Griffin is getting a talk show, which prompted this:

Homer described “Calvin Klein, Gloria Vanderbilt and Antoine Bugleboy” as “people who saw an overcrowded market and said, ‘Me, too!’ ”

Well, Kathy Griffin is nothing if not brave. She saw an overcrowded talk-and-comment market and said, “Me, too!”

Homer actually says “or” not “and” before “Antoine Bugleboy” and “marketplace” instead of “market”, but those are minor quibbles.  Excellent usage. 
Photo of homer simpson bong – There’s also a Krusty pencil holder. 
Nancy Cartwright Goes Into Dayton Hall – Nancy Cartwright was inducted into the Dayton Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame.  In other news, there is a Dayton Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame. 
It’s like having my own Card Shop – In further Cartwright news, she signed a Simpsons bookmark for a fan who sent her a postcard.  That was nice.
marge simpson by =TovioRogers on deviantART – Great fan made color drawing of a busty Marge with her hair down. 
Shhhh! – Subtitled picture of Lisa when she didn’t need her brain anymore.
I’ll keep that in mind haha – Same as above, but with some of Homer’s more memorable advice from "The Otto Show".
Damn! – Three in a row; can’t win, don’t try. 
23 SEASONS – Picture of a couple dressed as Homer and Marge, not bad.  Having a balloon-animal Maggie, very clever. 
San Diego Comic-Con 2012: FOX Announces Shows to Attend – The Simpsons panel will be on Saturday,  July 14 with Groening, Jean and Yeardley Smith.  (The Futurama panel is the same day with Groening and Simpsons alum-David X. Cohen.) 
The Simpsons as Spoofs of Art Work – I’ve seen most of these before, but this is a nice collection of them, both of things from the show and fan made stuff. 
Why ‘The Simpsons’? – This guy uses Simpsons clips to teach students how to speak in public, and he’s got good taste:

most of my clips are from the first eight seasons when the show was focused on the characters much more than the newer episodes are.

Good move.  Clips from Zombie Simpsons would just teach people to scream at random intervals and then disappear from the stage.
Big Feet, Creepy Fruit, and Ugly Things for your Lawn – You’ll have to click through for the picture, but this description is pretty accurate:

Speaking of body parts, welcome to the strangest fruit that I have ever encountered–the Buddha’s Hand (a clever segue, even if I do say so myself).  This citrus fruit is kind of creepy looking–like the hands of a Simpsons  character that has hung out at Mr. Burns Nuclear Power plant a little too long.

“I’ve wanted to do something to you for years…” – This is a brand spanking new blog the idea of which is quite simple and rather innovative:

Just take a photo of whatever is on your TV. it could be a funny moment in your favourite show, an advert that annoys you, or a cool scene from a video game you’re playing. Whatever really, as long as it’s a photo and not a screen grab. Keep it pure people.

One of the first posts, and part of the header image, is Homer as Burns sees him during his ether induced hallucination.  He’s got the quote there right, but the title quote should be “There’s something I’ve wanted to do to you for years”.  Sorry, nits must be picked.  (Good luck with the blog.) 
RSFans’ Favorite TV Theme Songs Pictures – ‘The Simpsons’ – Rolling Stone asked its Twitter fans for their favorite theme songs.  Needless to say, Elfman’s made the cut. 
Dialogue from an episode of The Simpsons tells us the kind of image the shirts have today. Homer: "Marge, our son was wearing a Hawaiian shirt today! There’s only two kinds of guys who wear Hawaiian shirts: gay guys or big fat party animals! And Bart doesn’t look like a big fat party animal to me!" Marge: "So if you wore a Hawaiian shirt, it wouldn’t be gay?" Homer: "Right! Thank you."
There are few little things off about the quote, but it’s too apt not to be excellent.  The actual quote:
Homer:  Marge, the boy was wearing a Hawaiian shirt.
Marge:  So?
Homer:  There’s only two kinds of guys who wear those shirts, gay guys and big fat party animals.  And Bart doesn’t look like a big fat party animal to me.
Marge:  So if you wore a Hawaiian shirt it wouldn’t be gay.
Homer:  Right.  Thank you.
Artist Turns New Twitter Logo Into Pop Culture Icons – Krusty the Klown (and others) as the Twitter logo.
Trailer for Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ – Starring John C. Reilly – Simpsons alum Rich Moore directed this, and it doesn’t look half bad. 
New Music: Frank Ocean “Pyramids” – I couldn’t find the actual video on-line, but there is a decidedly Springfield feel to the preview image. 
Deixis and Performance – I learned a new word today:

The key to this fine example of deixis is of course (17-year-old spoiler alert) that we assume that “it” is a gun and “you” is a would-be murderer, but in fact Mr. Burns has come upon baby Maggie Simpson with a piece of candy that he decides to take (after having earlier declared an interest in taking candy from a baby). He only gets shot when the gun accidentally goes off in the struggle for the lollipop. Performance– or an imagined performance– is therefore the key to interpreting deictic language. We begin by imagining one version of events, only to see an entirely different one unfold through the same dialogue.

Sadly, no video.
Model Citizens: The Creative Adaptation – Discussing "Treehouse of Horror" and "The Raven":

A true classic of literature made into a classic of television and pop culture.
It is through ideas like this that The Simpsons have cemented itself as THE best show in television history.

No arguments here.  There’s video of the segment at the link, if you feel like watching.
Hip Hop Squares…In 10 Words – Hurry, Ghostface, there is not much time.
The Rock of Ages Movie…In 10 Words – Hey, I think they liked us.
‘The Gold Rush’ review: a wonderful and charming classic – Ever wondered about why the lawyer shows up to halt Abe Simpson’s dinner roll theater?  Now you can see the original on a new Criterion release:
The comedy is where the references come in. The "dance of the dinner rolls" is probably the most recognizable as Abe Simpson did the same thing on "The Simpsons" while the show was in its prime.
Toys at work – Some Mickey & Minnie and Bart & Homer dolls looking at me with their dead eyes.
Simpson’s and Hey Arnold! Get a Mix – I chuckled, and that "Springfield Motel" is just wonderfully horrible. 
The mournful sound of a musical exiting stage left – Apparently they made a musical version of An Officer and a Gentlemen and it didn’t go well:

For those, like me, who haven’t ventured down the "five weeklies for $5" aisle of a Civic Video store lately, just think of that episode of The Simpsons when Homer carries Marge out of the nuclear power plant and declares: "I’m going to the back seat of my car with the woman I love and I won’t be back for 10 minutes!"

The man has a way with romance, it’s true, and if your film hasn’t been referenced in The Simpsons, you haven’t really made it in Hollywood.

But just because a film was once popular doesn’t mean it will be a hit on stage.

Perfectly quoted, excellent usage.
They’ve Jumped the Shark. Now What? – Zombie Simpsons (unsurprisingly) makes a list of shows that need to end:
The Simpsons. The longest-running primetime television sitcom of all time, in its 23rd season with two more secured, The Simpsons has simply run its course. No longer as funny, edgy or interesting as it was in its first 10 seasons it’s time to get out of Dodge, er Springfield.
Homer Simpson: King Idiot – And finally, I get to end with someone who agrees with us:

After more than 500 episodes and 23 seasons, however, it’s the staggering stupidity of this character that is contributing to the series’ decline in quality.
Season after season, Homer Simpson has abandoned what little sarcasm and irony he had, to become a simple ignoramus which, along with his other more ordinary vices – gluttony, laziness, envy and anger – makes him almost unbearable.

It has.



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