Reading Digest: Thanks Chicago Edition


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“Wow, Capital City, the Windy Apple!” – Mindy Simmons 

Before we get to this week’s links, I’d like to say thank you to everyone at classic Simpsons trivia in Chicago on Monday at Pizzeria Serio.  There was Neil Arsenty and his two man cadre of fanatics, who ran the show and graded our poorly scrawled answers while the rest of us laughed at “Bart’s Friend Falls in Love” and “The PTA Disbands”.  There was the nice bartender dude who gave us the list of cheap bottle beer they were trying to get rid of.  There was the cool but semi-bewildered manager guy who couldn’t quite believe that there were more than enough Simpsons fans to pack his place on an off night and wolf down pizza and drinks like it was the weekend.  There were the fine members of the upstairs staff who gave me a free shot of whisky and toasted it with me.  And, of course, there were all the other Simpsons fans, that shushed conversation when the episodes were on, answered some very tricky questions, and laughed and laughed and laughed.

Best of all, “L’il Bandits”, the team that came in dead last (32nd out of 32), answered every question and stayed for the whole thing.  A team had to be 90% correct or better to place in the top five, so competition was fierce, but whether people had the answers or not, everyone had a good time: watching episodes (“Homer at the Bat” started the evening), quoting lines, and laughing at answers, questions and quotes.  So, thanks again to all involved, participants, organizers and hosts; let’s do it again sometime.

In terms of actual Simpsons news, we’ve got quite a few links to video games old a new this week, including some great suggestions for making Tapped Out less crappy and exploitative than it is.   There’s still no word on what the FXX cable syndication deal will actually mean for us lowly fans, but someone got’s a great suggestion, plus there’s some usage, a couple of great fan made items, an interesting tidbit about Bono, and all the Krusty Brand Seal of Approval merchandise you can shake an upscale clothing store at.


“Distroy” by PEZ Λrtwork – Smooth Charlie’s link of the week is this collection of awesomely elaborate drawings of famous cartoon characters, including Homer and a very creepy Bart.  Excellent.

So It’s Come To This: The Case for the Simpsons Clip Database – Harrumph:

So here’s my pitch to FX and FXX: Work with 20th Century Fox to create the Simpsons Clip Database. Launch it in Summer 2014. At the end of every clip created through the database, append a brief reminder that all episodes of The Simpsons will be available streaming on FXNow, and on the FXX linear channel starting in August. Rather than having to promote the launch yourself, let the show itself do the work for you, and weaponize the series’ cultural capital to let the show’s fans spread the word of the show’s new home.

The meager collection of legal clips on Hulu and YouTube is an insult to the show.  Three cheers for the Simpsons Clip Database!

A Hierarchy of Quoting ‘Simpsons’ Characters – This was making the rounds this week, it’s a list of what I guess are supposed to be the coolest or dorkiest Simpsons characters you can quote.  So quoting Ralph is lame but quoting Sideshow Bob is cool.  Meh.

‘The Simpsons’ Sam Simon to Receive WGA Award – Last night he got a lifetime achievement award. 

Converse x XLarge ‘The Simpsons’ Pro Leather Canvas Hi – More sneakers with Bart on the side.

UK’s first The Simpsons ice cream on way for 2014 – They are running out of things to license.  Clown college, ho!

Twentieth Century Fox signs fashion labels for The Simpsons – And from the same site as the above link:

“It’s clear that The Simpsons is more relevant than ever and the 25th anniversary next year is set to be an even more exciting year in the history of the brand.”
Additionally, new collections will be introduced for existing global partners such as Bershka, Pull and Bear, H&M, C&A, Zara Kids and Original Marines.
The Simpsons collections have launched in the UK this year across high street fashion outlets including, Topshop, Topman, Pull and Bear, Bershka, H&M, C&A, New Look, river Island and Urban Outfitters.

Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the teevee show is made.

How to make friends: Wear a Simpsons Shirt – And here’s why they’re doing it:

Yo looking for friends? Just hop on over to the mall, grab yourself this Simpsons sweatshirt at Forever 21 and walk outside your apartment. Seriously never have I seen people more excited or interested in talking to me than when I wear this. It’s like a love connection, but weirdly I’m into it. Although, if you don’t like compliments and avoid people at all costs, DO NOT wear this. You will probably go rogue bitch on everyone and no one wants that. So be warned: wear Simpson apparel with caution.

Marge Simpson AleXsandro Palombo Iconic Dresses – Someone drew Marge wearing a bunch of dresses.  That is all.

Marge Simpson Felt finger puppet – Cool fan made Marge puppet to go with a previously made Homer one.

Eight of our favourite Mayor Quimby moments in The Simpsons – Plenty of good YouTube here.

Homer Simpson beer moments. – More good YouTube here.

Copyright? – A hair salon in Seoul using a little unauthorized marketing.

As New Jersey Prepares To Launch Internet Gambling, Congress Has Plan To Tax The Industry – Excellent usage starts an article about on-line gambling:

Gambling is the finest thing a person can do; IF he is good at it.”

Krusty the Klown’s lawyer, lamenting his client’s decision to bet on the Washington Generals against the Harlem Globetrotters because, as Krusty put it, they were “due.”

Bart Simpson and the cone of ignorance – The 3D map is just devastating.

scribble #41 – Heh, clever.

5 Shocking Revelations About U2’s ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ Broadway Musical – I’d kinda like to see this:

5. Bono does a killer impersonation of Mr. Burns on The Simpsons.
During one meeting, Bono turns to Berger and says, “How long have you been with us, Smithers?”

The link between Bart Simpson and the Irish Language. – The etymology of the word “brat”.

Gamecube Review: The Simpsons Hit & Run – A video game review:

Overall, it’s not great, but it’s better than most other Simpsons games out there, and that in itself is an accomplishment because most Simpsons games are terrible.

Indeed they are.

Top 10 Most Requested Features for Tapped Out – Speaking of which, I wholeheartedly endorse #3 and #1 here, but let’s be clear about one thing:

#4 – Voices for the Regular Cast

Due to some legalese, only characters voiced by the main cast are permitted to have voices in the game. At the very least a deal to add-in characters voiced by Tress MacNeille and Pamela Hayden would be welcomed, as each of those two women voice a dozen different characters in the show.

Their absence, and that of many other voices, has nothing to do with legalese and everything to do with FOX and EA being a bunch of cheap bastards.

Dag 289 – T-shirt of Homer asleep on the couch.

Whatever you say, Mr. Billboard! – Heh.

The Best Episode Thingy There Ever Was Round 1 Homer’s Odyssey vs. Homer’s Night Out – Amen to this:

I like how Princess Kashmir, aka April Flowers, is portrayed in this scene. Despite her wings and halo, she is neither an angel nor a sinner. She neither loves nor hates what she does for a living. She’s just a woman doing her job. A lot of shows back then, and even today, would have gone down the road of having her be some poor lost soul who needs to be saved from an industry she hates.

Fish koozies and Bart’s Comet: Pre-class overheads (November 4 – 8) – A science teacher employs “Bart’s Comet” in class:

In the Thursday class, we used one of my favourite Simpsons clips, taken from the “Bart’s Comet” episode. This clip connects to energy and somewhat bridges to the topic of electricity via the bike light generator Bart uses. In the clip, Principal Skinner has a fun quote: “Ah, there’s nothing more exciting than science. You get all the fun of sitting still, being quiet, writing down numbers, paying attention… Science has it all.”

S1E7 “The Call of the Simpsons” – I always like this joke:

The Bigfoot message on television interrupting the presidential address is pretty silly, and easily missed if you aren’t listening.

Brockman’s clipped and hurried delivery makes it.

Halloween Art – The Homer Devil jack-o-lantern is great.

WedNESday: The Simpsons’ Video Games – A detailed look back at the earliest of the Simpsons games.

3 Responses to “Reading Digest: Thanks Chicago Edition”

  1. 1 Jeff
    22 November 2013 at 3:52 pm

    The next couch gag will reference a Disney Silly Symphony cartoon. It just turns the Simpson characters into musical instruments but it doesn’t even attempt to look like a 1930s cartoon. “Pretty lame, Milhouse.”


  2. 2 Oscar
    22 November 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I cant say how many times I’ve told my friends about making an app that would show the specific simpsons quote I had just told them to put it in context.

    Someone make it happen.

  3. 3 Rob K.
    23 November 2013 at 10:46 am

    I live right by Chicago, woo hoo!

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