Reading Digest: Google Translate Edition


“Please to repeat again, and I will translating for the El Presidente.” – Aide
“Which way does the water turn in your toilet?” – Bart Simpson
“He says the tide is turning!” – Aide
“!Ay Caramba!  Then the rebels will soon take the Capital!” – El Presidente 

We’ve got two posts this week brought to you by the algorithmic magic of Google Translate, one a discussion of censorship in France, the other a Swede who agrees with us.  (All hail Google and its glorious new regime!)  Other than that it’s a bit short this week, partly because it’s getting toward Christmas, and partly because WordPress had another little tag problem and would only load about half of the Simpsons tagged posts since last week.  We do have some more fan art, real life lion cubs, Sam Simon getting honored again, and some other people who marked Simpsons Day.


Dead Bart – A mixture of screen grabs and mostly fan made art with “Dead Bart” as the theme.  Some of them are quite creepy and good.

The Simpsons! – Instructions on making your own Simpsons nail art, with pictures.  Cool.

Marcia Karen Wallace’s Tribute – I didn’t catch this last Sunday, but it does serve to further confirm that the opening is the best thing they do (“best” being quite relative, of course).

Photos: Moleskine unveils new ‘Simpsons’ notebooks – Sir, have we made enough Simpsons merchandise yet?  Never!

December 17th 1989: The Simpsons debuts – See?  Lots of people celebrate Simpsons Day.

In Which I Make A Few More Predictions (TV Edition) – A better than average prediction:

Ohhhh boy! What can you say about a TV show that’s been on the air for nearly 25 years? How about “when’s it gonna end”? So, with that in mind I give The Simpsons at least 8 1/3 years and at most 18.

Now that I’m on the record, time will only tell.

Why You Little… – I assume one of these isn’t actually from the show, but since I think a couple are from Zombie Simpsons, I’m not sure which.

Op-Ed: Can modern media keep out of the toilet? Apparently not – A guy in Australia complaining about “toilet scenes” in movies and teevee cites “Bart vs. Australia” as an example of one he likes:

Even on genuinely funny shows like The Simpsons, the toilet, somehow, has become a magnet for comedy. At least The Simpsons managed to make the toilet jokes funny. Bart is introduced to the Coriolis Effect, rings Australia to find out which way the water flushes, and goes to Australia to apologize after creating a diplomatic incident. (We haven’t forgotten, Simpson…)

Simon Singh Presents ‘The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets’ – The New York Times finally got around to mentioning the new book.  It must be news now.

Reasonable Doubt: Bart Simpson, child litigant – Using “Bart Gets Hit By a Car” to discuss the legal rights of children in Canada.  Also, they misidentified one of Springfield’s busybodies:

Any Simpsons fan will recall the late Maude Flanders’s common plea: “Won’t someone please think of the children?!”

Family Guy aims to take on The Simpsons: Tapped Out with similar free-to-play iOS and Android game – Well, anything you can do with the Simpsons franchise, you can do dumber and later with the Family Guy one.

Should Lion Cubs’ Names Come From ‘Star Wars,’ ‘The Simpsons’ or Shakespeare? – A zoo in Maryland is thinking about naming some lion cubs Bart and Maggie.

14 Ralph Wiggum Moments to Make You Feel Smart – Mostly animated .gifs, with a few from Zombie Simpsons.

Here comes Santa Claus … – The Christmas parade in Show Low, Arizona had an inflatable Homer as Santa riding a pickup truck and driving electric reindeer.  There’s a picture at the link and it is just as epic as it sounds.

If you write just one fan letter – Nancy Cartwright gets to her fan mail much quicker than Ringo Starr.

Round 95: Girly Edition vs. Treehouse of Horror VII – Only two entrants in the tournament section this week.  Damn waffle iron.

THE BEST EPISODE THINGY THERE EVER WAS Round 1 Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire VS Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? – Tough choice:

Two strong episodes. Classics really. “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” is probably the funnier of the two, but “Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire” is the more integral of the two in terms of Simpsons history. Maybe it’s the Eggnog talking, or just because it’s that time of year, but if I could only ever watch one again for the rest of my life I’d go with “Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire.”

Whoo-hoo! Homer for the Holidays – From the same guy who brought us Bart sledding last week comes Santa Homer in the snow.

“Oooh, so Mothe… – Heh.

You know, boys,… – Heh, again.

10 raisons (supplémentaires) de zapper la VF… – Google Translate is an amazing thing, but it still has to be taken with a grain of salt.  But I guess Duff got censored in France:

Simpson also had the right to their censorship in France. Indeed, the brand of beer “Duff” became floutter W9 and Canal +. And yes, it is forbidden to advertise a brand of alcohol on television in France.

‘The Simpsons’ Sam Simon Tapped for Writers Guild Honor – No idea if Simon cares or not, but I suppose this is nice of them:

The Writers Guild of America West has named “The Simpsons” co-developer Sam Simon as its 2014 Valentine Davies Award honoree in recognition of his humanitarian efforts and community service on behalf of writers.

It’s the second WGA honor for Simon in recent weeks. He received the WGA West’s Animation Writers Caucus animation writing award earlier this month as a lifetime achievement honor recognizing his contributions to the craft of animation writing.

The Return of/My Return to Community – I know this feeling (both of them, actually):

I watched a lot of TV as a kid, and part of my thinking was that if I missed something, it might never be shown again.  I didn’t want to miss anything.  It’s easier to let go now in the knowledge that YouTube, Netflix, or a DVD set will allow me to catch up down the road.  I think The Simpsons is the first show that stopped being “appointment television” for me; the decline in quality around 2000 was part of it, but I also knew the episodes I missed wouldn’t disappear into the ether like so much of the stuff I watched as a kid.

I stayed up way late to watch the last few episodes of the Johnny Carson tonight show because I loved the theme song and thought I’d never get to hear it again.  Well, it was still cool to stay up late.

Homer Simpson gets a new friend – I have no idea who actually writes the Tapped Out updates, but while they aren’t going to be quoted or win any prizes, they do tend to be funnier than Zombie Simpsons:

What I loved about the game is the humour. The writers did a great job!!

Comedy tonight! – A top ten list of comedy episodes includes “Kamp Krusty” and “A Streetcar Named Marge”

Monday Inspiration – Someone who agrees with us:

I wish The Simpsons were as funny as they used to be while I was growing up. These t-shirts, though, make me love ‘em all over again.

We all wish that.

Simpson och konceptet “overstaying your welcome” – And finally, I get to end the way I like, not only with someone who agrees with us, but with someone from Sweden who agrees with us (per Google Translate):

6an sends Simpsons whole damn time – we all know it. In our home, we gave up on Simpson somewhere in season 20. Now I’ve seen a few episodes from recent seasons, such as season 24 (above). It’s such a disappointment, why can not they just give up? Let us rest in the memory of an incredibly fun and trendsetting series! This is well iofs too late now because the whole series has been denigrated by how lousy it has been in recent years.
I’m sorry, Simspsons, “but you are dead to me now.”

Let us rest in the memory.

9 Responses to “Reading Digest: Google Translate Edition”

  1. 1 RaikoLives
    20 December 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I can’t tell if “Bart Vs Australia” is a better-than-average episode, or if I just remember it so well because I was referenced in it (being Australian and all). I do know, however, than I got to watch it in Geography in High School, so that will always be a special memory. We even had a quiz on it! How many numbers does Bart press to dial Antarctica? Fifty. (There were more questions than that, but it’s the only one I remember. -_-)

  2. 2 Jeff
    20 December 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I think that they will keep making new Simpsons episodes until one of the following things happens:
    * Sazaesan (a Japanese animated show that has been on longer than The Simpsons) stops airing. At that point they’ll make at least enough new episodes to beat Sazaesan’s Guinness World Record.
    * One of the actors that plays a member of The Simpson family dies.

  3. 20 December 2013 at 9:12 pm

    “Better than average”…

    Well, thank you very much!

    – William A. Ferguson, The Noise

  4. 21 December 2013 at 8:43 am

    Thanks for the shout out.

    Happy Holidays to everyone here at DHS!

  5. 7 FireFlower
    21 December 2013 at 11:05 am

    I never heard of Saezaesan so I looked it up. It has been on the air since 1969 and has over 2,250 episodes!

    I think–and hope and pray–that will be finally end the show after they have more episodes than Gunsmoke’s 635.

  6. 9 Monty Python Forever
    22 December 2013 at 1:06 am

    There are some advantages to watching shows at the time they broadcast: The excitement of a new episode with an interesting premise; talking about the show with others while it is still fresh; the lowered risk of spoilers; thinking about the possibilities while waiting for a new episode, rather than seeing everything available at once; the ability to watch without fear the useless fucking piece of shit Flash Player will crash before the episode finishes loading.

    I heard that the lead programmer on the Family Guy game was killed, but then it turned out he was just locked in his mother’s basement.

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