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Reading Digest: “Season 22? What Season 22?” Edition

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“I’ll just be a second, Marge.  I’m going to get some beer for those kids over there.” – Homer Simpson
“I’m gonna pretend that I didn’t hear that.” – Marge Simpson

Lots of good links this week, we’ve got some Simpsons love from both a vegetarian site and a vegan site, scientists with cunning marketing skills, someone who’s never actually watched the show, some excellent usage, and a couple of musical links.  Oh, is there some worthless cross-promotional stunt happening on Sunday?  I hadn’t noticed. 

Enjoy.

The Simpsons: Saying a lot with a little – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is this interesting take on the show, especially the opening sequence, from someone who never watched it growing up and is coming to it fresh: 

And then I met my husband.  If I’m a total Star Wars fanatic, he’s a total Simpsons fanatic (and I’ve got a giant X-Wing tattooed on my leg).  We’ve made it through two seasons of the show so far, and are working our way through the third.

I love it.  It’s smart, funny, socially conscious, emotionally touching and self-aware.  Of course me liking it makes my husband happy and gives us something to do when we want to relax.  And there are like, 37,589,042 million seasons, so we’ll probably never run out of episodes.

Unfortunately, you will.  All those things (funny, socially conscious, etc.) are going to come crashing down around you.  A little further down is one of the many reasons why:

The show doesn’t rub anything in the viewer’s face or shout “HEY LOOK AT ME I’M SELF-AWARE!” or judge the viewer for watching TV.  It says what it needs to say, and that’s that.

“HEY LOOK AT ME I’M SELF-AWARE!” is a great deal of what Zombie Simpsons passes off as humor.  The whole thing is worth a read. 

Powerglove – The Simpsons (Feat Tony Kakko) – Your speed-metalish musical accompaniment for the rest of this week’s Reading Digest (via):

Back in the Day, Sept. 19, 2010: ‘Whacking Day’ – This is kind of like “Man Bites Dog”, but more “People Kill Snake” in its particulars. 

Free Ice Cream Around NYC All Weekend! – I’m not recommending you watch Zombie Simpsons, but free ice cream is free ice cream. 

Matt Groening, The Simpsons, spoken by the character Homer Simpson – Homer’s preamble to not winning friends with salad perfectly quoted but accompanied by an image from “Lisa the Simpson”.  Still, excellent usage. 

Doh! Scientists uncover Homer Simpson gene – Removing a gene that primarily affects the CA2 region of the hippocampus gave mice a greater ability to recognize objections that had been previously placed in their cages.  Okay, Homer’s stupid, but unless removing this gene also increases the mice’s lust for donuts and beer I think we can hold off on officially recognizing the name.  Points to the scientists for a clever bit of marketing gimmickry though. 

‘The Simpsons’ named top TV brand – Simpsons sells more shit than any other teevee show.  This concludes this week’s edition of Shit You Already Knew.

Is this the Devil in a fire – or Disco Stu from The Simpsons? – Pareidolia can be used for good as well as evil.  The photoshop with Stu really makes it. 

Bart Simpson statue stolen – A restaurant in Boston had a Bart statue sitting on a bench, and someone yoinked it.  I searched around a little bit, but I couldn’t find a picture of it before it got stolen.  I’ll just assume it was one of those movie promo ones

Nancy Cartwright, the Voice of Bart Simpson, Sued for More Than $260,000 – Yeah, there’s nothing good about this story. 

Obesity Focus of Latest Blackwell Talks – Not much by way of Simpsons content here, but I’m pretty sure this counts as excellent usage:

Roy, in her twelfth year at Longwood, began her presentation with a video from the popular television program "The Simpsons." The clip featured Homer Simpson, the overweight main character, at the doctor’s office receiving a body fat check. To administer the test, the doctor jiggled Simpson’s belly, a humorous scene that continued until the end of the clip and received laughs from faculty and staff in attendance.

Woo-hoo, look at that blubber fly! 

The Simpsons – ten snapshots of Season 6 – A bunch of Season 6 quotes and images (I didn’t check the quotes, but they look okay at a glance), with a nod to our friends at Eye on Springfield

Apu is a Vegan — So Where’s the Love? – Is Apu the world’s most famous Vegan?  I don’t know, maybe? 

The Simpsons Songwriting Appreciation Post. – Links to many Simpsons songs. 

supernintendo chalmers – Simple photoshop is often the best photoshop. 

Homer Simpson – So this is, like, a Homer wall sticker or something?  I can’t read Cyrillic characters. 

Analyzing Adam Brown’s TV ad – And finally, one more person who speaks the truth and expects to get flack for it:

I don’t get TV. Not as in “I don’t understand TV,” but I literally don’t get TV at my apartment. The Simpsons stopped being good when I was in middle school (direct your comments below), so what else is there?

That’ll do. 


5 Responses to “Reading Digest: “Season 22? What Season 22?” Edition”


  1. 4 Kelly Lynn Thomas
    7 December 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Sometimes I’m slow with this internet stuff, so I just realized you posted a link to my post on The Simpsons (thanks!).

    I am now at the end of season 4, and so far so good. I have started saying “Excellent” ala Mr. Burns without even thinking about it. Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing…

    I am sad to hear the show gets super crappy, but considering how long it’s been going on, I guess I can’t say I’m surprised. =/ At least I’ve been warned…


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