Reading Digest: Alien Olympics Edition

 Wenlock and Mandeville

Image taken from myfreewallpapers.net.

“I am so fuckin’ embarrassed.” – Marge Simpson

As of this writing, the above is the seventh result on Google Images for “wenlock mandeville”, the names of the two suspiciously Rigelian mascots recently unveiled for the London Olympics in 2012.  Kang and Kodos appear again at #9.  The actual mascots appear nowhere.  That will change, but it’s still a pretty devastating roll out for your shiny new public relations vehicle.  I only included two links to this topic, though there were many more if I wanted them.  Oh well, the run up to every Olympics is always filled with horror stories about stadium construction, cost overruns and, in this case, alien mascots, but once the games start no one remembers them.  In addition to Olympic mascot follies, we’ve got some excellent usage, a disappointing guest star list, Top Chef pictures, excellent usage, a pathetic conspiracy theory, another victory for Malibu Stacy in her war against Barbie, and a spectacular road trip idea. 


Springfield – Detail, with photos, of the Simpsons themed foods on Top Chef

Springfield, USA – An all Springfield road trip?  Going from one Springfield to another across the US?  That is a fantastic idea.  No, it’s better than that, it’s a fan-fugu-tastic idea.  Sadly it’s still theoretical at this point, but if I ever have any money and free time, that would be a kick ass way to spend a month or so on the road.  Click through for tidbits on many of America’s Springfields.

Ten Fictional TV Businesses that I Wish Were Real – Moe’s is on here, though I’m disappointed in the lack of Leftorium. 

In the unlikely event of/that…

… I don’t laugh the next time I watch any episode in the sixth season of the “Simpsons”, I will go longer than a week without watching a single episode. That would be a record. The sixth season produced so many upper echelon episodes that some (“Lisa’s Rival”) even spawned T-shirts.

Hmmm, have I gone more than a week without watching the show since it started on syndication?  Probably not.

Matt Groening Draws Joanna Newsom And Sonic Youth As Simpsons Characters – Remember that music festival “curated” (I’m still not sure what that means) by Groening?  Well, he drew the performers, and you can click to see the one of Joanna Newsom.  Also, there’s this piece of awesomeness:

The image of Sonic Youth below was on The Simpsons back when people our age actually watched The Simpsons, like a million years ago.

On Second Thoughts… – Looks like I wasn’t the only one to see the new London Olympic mascots and immediately think Kang and Kodos.  And this is after the logo was compared to Lisa giving head, what’s next London?  (Also, there are two quotes there, the first is kosher, the second not so much.) 

Are Wenlock and Mandeville Olympic-Size Simpsons Copies? – Here’s another one, with side-by-side art.

Barbie is a working girl and farts out dust – This is excellent usage of the highest caliber, working some of the magic of “Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy” into a report about new Barbies.  Bravo.

The 11 biggest nerd heroes to have appeared on ‘The Simpsons’ – Ugh, lotta Zombie Simpsons on here.  No James Earl Jones, no Buzz Aldrin, no Patrick Stewart, neither of the X-Files twins . . . and no George Takei!  How dare you! 

Bart Simpson’s Chalkboard by Work Club – Someone wrote all of Bart’s chalkboard sayings on a real chalkboard.  There’s YouTube at that link, as well as a clickthrough to a neat zoomable image of the completed work.  (Also, fuck you spellcheck, “zoomable”, “clickthrough” and “spellcheck” are too words.) 

Wut? – This is a side by side image of a background painting from the Springfield Monorail (pre-catastrophe) and the World Trade Center back in 2001.  They do bear a resemblance, but I’m more inclined to think it has something to do with The Towering Inferno, one of the bloated masterpieces of the 70s-disaster genre.  Image here, (yes, that is O.J. Simpson).  Oh, and for the record:

I wonder how many hits the tags ‘Simpsons’ and ‘conspiracy’ will get my blog?

I found it from the Simpsons tag, but we don’t generate all that many hits. 

Take Me Out to [the new and improved] Ballgame – This is a list of suggestions for making Major League Baseball less boring, and it begins with “Duffless”, as it should.  Personally, I’ve gone to far fewer games since they jacked up the price of beer a few years ago, because Homer was right, that is not a game to be enjoyed sober. 

The Top Ten James Bond Parodies of All Freaking Time – I’d have put Scorpio higher, but this is a pretty good list.  Though, where’s the Peter Sellers Casino Royale?  Also, Archer is great. 

FP Tech Desk: Computers now detect sarcasm (…great) – I think boing boing had the right take on this:

An Israeli research team has designed a computer algorithm that recognize sarcasm with about 77 percent accuracy. How many computers have to understand all the jokes made at their expense before we get Skynet?

We really are just asking for the robot apocalypse at this point.  That said, the link above made the Simpsons connection and it comes with Spanish (I think) language YouTube:

Comic Book Guy sounds muy macho. 

World Of Springfield: Mr Plow Homer – I am generally against crappy Simpsons merchandise, but I’ve got to admit it’s pretty clever to include a “Stockdale for Veep” shirt with the Mr. Plow doll.  Also, excellently quoted.

Are We There Yet? – To my knowledge I’ve never had a cyst, so I’m probably not qualified to speak here.  But I do know that The Simpsons can only help any situation, so, best of luck. 

The Simpsons – The original Family Guy – This guy held out longer than I did:

Up until about season 15 my claim to fame was that I had seen every ‘The Simpsons’ episode about 4 or 5 times.

Let’s Make a Deal – This isn’t the usual vitriol I like when talking about the decline of the show, but it counts:

While I’ve enjoyed The Simpsons for many years, and still tune in every now and then, it just doesn’t have the same zip it used to.

I say kill it with fire, but to each his own.  Wait, there’s one more!

Simpsons – Now this is more like it:

I don’t know when I smartened up, but we both enjoy a good laugh at the classic Simpsons and not the simpleton clone all comedy shows have now become.

I don’t know about all comedy shows, but “simpleton clone” is a great way to describe Zombie Simpsons. 

2 Responses to “Reading Digest: Alien Olympics Edition”

  1. 1 Derp
    21 May 2010 at 8:54 pm

    In regards to the Simpsons being the “original Family Guy”, some people suggest Homer’s Enemy was the idea behind Seth MacFarlane’s show.
    For such an early episode, Homer’s characterisation went out the window and he became unreasonably dumb and unable to feel empathy.

    I think it’s an excellent episode and it explores how Homer seems to always win, despite his bumbling ways, but I do see their point.

  2. 22 May 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Haha, thanks for the link to my blog :] I enjoyed this post, not just because of my presence…! I found the picture elsewhere, but I thought it was funny/interesting to post. Always tempting to write a post with every conceivable popular tag; less honourable than building a dedicated fan base…but much quicker.


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