Friday Link Dump – Screw Season 21 Edition

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“Ladies and gentlemen, behold your new god!” – Mr. Smithers

The internet has been producing a mind numbing amount of Season 21 agitprop this week, you will find none of that drivel here.  Instead we’ve got fan tributes, Wolf Blitzer exposing himself on national television, a neat compilation of real life actors who might play Simpsons characters, one piece of excellent usage/citation, and an upcoming gossip book about The Simpsons that an editor desperately needs to revise.  Enjoy.

The 7 Creepiest Simpsons Fan Tributes – I don’t think creepy is really the right word here, though some of them are kinda weird.  For example, if one happens to be musically inclined how on earth does it qualify as creepy to play the theme song?  On the other hand, some of the videos seem to have been created by people with an excess of . . . uh, enthusiasm.  Sadly, blogging obsessively about a show you want cancelled does not make the list.  Very much worth watching (via).

CNN rots your brains. Especially if you work for them. – Perhaps you’ve heard, perhaps you haven’t, but Wolf Blitzer, one of the Keystone Kops CNN trots out in place of actual journalists, got demolished Saturday Night Live style on Celebrity Jeopardy:

What does this have to do with Simpsons?  Well, the original link above also embedded the video where Homer burns his GED, and Andy Richter, sidekick to Simpsons alum Conan O’Brien, was the one who humiliated Blitzer.  Celebrity Jeopardy final score?  What is:

Wolf Blitzer: –4,600

Andy Richter: 68,000

This man has his own show, on a highly rated cable network, in a nation full of Flanderseseses, for sixteen hours each week, and he doesn’t know what city Jesus was from.  In any other country on earth he would’ve starved to death long ago.  U-S-A!  U-S-A!

Crash blossoms up the garden path – This is a blog about the English language.  Normally I’d steer clear of this because my knowledge of grammar is so negligible that I don’t even know the terms to use when describing how bad my grammar is.  However, this qualifies as excellent citation at least:

New examples emerge constantly. Yesterday, Language Log brought my attention to a glorious new crash blossom in an Associated Press headline: “McDonald’s fries the holy grail for potato farmers”. My immediate reaction was to burst out laughing. The images evoked were as silly as they were sacrilegious – or as Homer Simpson might put it, sacrilicious. Mmm… deep-fried holy grail… Then I was baffled by how such an obviously ambiguous line could have slipped by an editor (or a series of them).

I like to think that pestering people about the crappiness of Zombie Simpsons is a hopeless and thankless hobby.  But people who care about proper language are living in a darker time than even the most dedicated hater of Zombie Simpsons.

Revealed: The Real Smithers! – Here’s some writing even I can recognize as shitty.  There’s an “unauthorized” tell all Simpsons book coming out next month.  Apparently Smithers was based off of noted anesthesiologist Richie Sakai.  Okay, that’s at least plausible, but it doesn’t help your credibility when you misspell the character’s name (quoting from the book itself):

Later Simpsons writers would model the behavior of the sycophantic Wayland Smithers — with his undying adulation of his boss, Mr. Burns — on Sakai, one of the most important figures in The Simpsons’ history.

Smithers first name is Waylon (like Waylon Jennings), not Wayland.  That’s a quote from a blog post that was quoting the book, so it’s possible it was transcribed incorrectly, but that whole sentence is a mess (is Sakai or Smithers “one of the most important figures”?) so I’m inclined to believe that the misspelling is in the original.  For their sake let’s hope that was just a galley and not the final edit (via).

ch, ch, ch, changes… – This is kinda about ants and kinda about this guy’s blog, but it’s got the Brockman clip and that makes it cromulent.

If The Simpsons Played Real Actors – This is an extensive list of real life actors next to the Simpsons characters they might play.  Kevin Smith as Comic Book Guy is a great pick, so is Orlando Jones as Carl and, of course, they have the obligatory William H. Macy as Flanders.  Problem is, they aren’t labeled and I don’t recognize a few of them, I have no idea who the kids next to Bart and Lisa are (Bart at least gets a kid, Lisa’s looks more like a teenager), nor do I know who’s next to Burns or Marge.  Paul Giamatti as Homer?  I could buy that.

First Look: THE SIMPSONS “Treehouse of Horror XX” – Want to see bunch of what looks like concept art for this year’s Halloween episode?  I didn’t, but hey, I’m not you.

Green Is New Face Of Butterfinger Candy – Seth Green, the guy who voices Chris on Family Guy, is now going to do Butterfinger commercials with the same tag line Bart used to use.  There’s something fitting about that.

Religion across the board – This guy created a board game where deities fight each other.  The only reason you should care is this:

Mike Reiss, writer and producer for the hit TV series “The Simpsons,” praised the game’s wit and design.

“It’s smart and funny and so handsomely mounted,” he said in a review on the game’s Web site.

“handsomely mounted”, tee hee.

Does Big Tide offer up big tastes? – There is a brewery in St. John, New Brunswick that has tables postered with teevee shows, movies, etcetera.  There may or may not bee a Homer table, but who cares?  It’s a brewery.  Mmmm, beer.

‘Squarepants’ is 38 hours of F.U.N. – And finally, this is more about SpongeBob than Simpsons, but it’s still right on target:

“Spongebob Squarepants” was never part of that, and these days, like “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons,” the show is just something that’s still on.

Pretty much.

6 Responses to “Friday Link Dump – Screw Season 21 Edition”

  1. 25 September 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Is that zombies in “Treehouse of Horror XX”?? Do the writers/producers think we don’t remember “Treehouse of Horror III”? What’s lined up for next season’s Halloween special, a killer doll and/or a giant ape??

  2. 25 September 2009 at 10:04 pm

    If you haven’t seen it – I thought you’d get a kick out of it.

  3. 4 Charlie Sweatpants
    25 September 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Ah “Downfall” parodies. As it happens I have seen that one before but that doesn’t make it any less funny. And DN, I don’t think it’s that they think we don’t remember, it’s that they think they can make it “fresh” or something. Kinda like every time Bart gets a new girlfriend (I’ve read there’s another one of those on tap for this year). Yecch.

  4. 26 September 2009 at 6:27 am

    Bart gets a new girlfriend? Why am I not surprised? Jesus, Bart’s probably had more girlfriends now than James T. Kirk. And none of those shitty “Bart-gets-a-new-girlfriend-voiced-by-a-popular-female-celeb-of-the-moment” episodes are fit to hold “New Kid on the Block”‘s slide whistle. That Laura Powers episode really did inspire a lot of unworthy knock-offs.

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