Reading Digest: Snowmen Edition

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“Check it out, boy, it’s like looking into a living snow mirror.” – Homer Simpson

Two different people in St. Louis decided to use this winter to make some snow Simpsons.  One is just Homer, but the other is the whole family and the couch.  It’s great.  In other impressive fan feats this week, there’s glow in the dark zombie Simpsons, a zombie Springfield, a grammar rodeo t-shirt, and money.  In addition to that we’ve got some excellent usage, lots of Nimoy links, reviews of old episodes and Season 7, and someone who literally agrees with us.


Zombie Simpsons MAGGIE by Undead Ed Glows in the D by Undead-Art – A Maggie figurine, zombified.  There are lots more, including the rest of the family, Burns, Wiggum and Krusty.

Springfield Zombicide Map: (Part One) The Simpson’s House – A fan made look at what Springfield might look like post zombiepocalypse.   Nice touch on the plywood saying “P.S.  Screw Flanders”.

Zombicide in Springfield: Moe’s Tavern – Construction photos of Moe’s.

That’s it! Back to Winnipeg! – Excellent fan made National Grammar Rodeo t-shirt.

The Simpsons – The Springfield Files (Review) – A very thorough discussion of how The Simpsons and The X-Files complimented each other.  Also, heh:

o cite a convenient example of The Simpsons‘ anti-authoritarian leanings, The Complete Guide to The Simpsons pointed out that the episode which aired directly before The Springfield Files – the classic El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer – included a “blink and you miss it” gag about government surveillance. In a joke that seems even harsher in 2015, a quick peek through the Simpson family floorboards reveals that the phone is tapped by (handily labeled wires to) the CIA, FBI, ATF, NSA, KGB and MCI. No wonder the Cigarette-Smoking Man got down so quickly.

Money Art by Donovan Clark – One dollar bills with various characters on them, including Homer, Otto and Wiggum.

In Post-Apocalyptic ‘Mr. Burns,’ ‘The Simpsons’ Are, Literally, Legendary – The San Francisco version has opened to the customary positive reviews.

Hipp regulars light up stage in dark comedy ‘Mr. Burns’ – The play has also made it to Florida.  Like most things, it probably won’t get out alive.

Exploring ‘Trilogy Of Error,’ The Most Ambitious ‘Simpsons’ Episode Ever – I’ve never found it funny, but it is impressive in its way.

Jonathan Bradley on Instagram: “Feels like I’m drinking nothing at all… nothing at all… nothing at all…” – Flanders beer:


Remembering Leonard Nimoy’s Enduring Pop Culture Reach: Bilbo, The Simpsons and Big Bang – It’s been a week, but who couldn’t use a little more Nimoy appreciation?

10 times Leonard Nimoy proved he was the king of cameos – I didn’t know he was a bad guy on Columbo one time.

New trending GIF tagged the simpsons leonard nimoy… – Great .gif of Nimoy beaming out after saving the monorail passengers.

RIP: Leonard Nimoy – Our old friend Noah does a send off.

Fashion Spotlight: Ridley Buster, As You Wish…, and Donut Portal – Donut Portal is great.

HYPE. THE SIMPSONS COLLABORATION – Yet more high fashion Simpsons clothing.

“The Streetsons” – And the Simpsons drawn with their own trendy threads.

The Simpsons Skin Pack now available for Minecraft on Xbox One, Xbox 360 – Excellent reference:

Are you ready to rasta-fy your Minecraft experience by 10%?

Father and son make snow sculpture of the Simpsons – That is fantastic:


If you watch till the end of the video, you can see the horrific, melted aftermath.  Plus someone else made a Homer:


Ranking all 25 Episodes of The Simpsons Season 7 – There’s a lot more in the “Not Classic” category than I would have, but to each his own.

‘Whoa, Mama!’: A Voice Actress’s Road To Fame As A 10-Year-Old Boy – A four minute NPR segment of Cartwright recalling her audition for Bart.

One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish – There was no way around this:

-The first time I shaved, the scene with Homer teaching Bart how to do it was playing in my head the whole time. Probably because my Dad was the one teaching me how to shave, and he brought the scene up.

I never was able to get the piece of toilet paper thing to work.  Fortunately, it’s much easier to just not cut yourself in the first place.

The Way We Was – Heh:

-Homer: Debate? Like…arguing?
Teacher: Yes.
Homer: I’ll take THAT, you dingpot.
I have no idea what a “dingpot” is, but it’s still a great line.

I’ve always heard it as “stinkpot”, but either way, it is a great line.

Homer Simpson ‘discovered the Higgs boson’ – No, he didn’t, but they did have a similar equation in “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace”.

11 Best Uses of Bad Grammar from ‘The Simpsons’ – There’s a little Zombie Simpsons in here, but not much.  I love “unfaceuptoable”.

Mid-concert selfie stage invasions – hasn’t Dvorák suffered enough? – Excellent usage:

There’s an episode of Simpsons in which Homer ruins a U2 concert by coming on stage mid-song to boost his campaign to become Springfield’s sanitation commissioner. As the audience boos, Homer explains that he would be, if elected, “the most whack, tripped-out sanitation commissioner ever! Can you dig it?” Not before time the security goons drag him off stage. “Don’t worry, he’ll get the help he needs,” Bono tells the crowd. A video screen behind the band reveals Homer getting his face filled in by the aforementioned goons – totally justifiably in my view – as the band play the richly ironic accompaniment, their song In the Name of Love.

20th Century Fox & FXX Unveil THE SIMPSONS Kwik-E-Mart Truck! – The headline tells you pretty much what you need to know, they’re going to have a traveling food truck trussed up as a Kwik-E-Mart.  The article refers to it as an “activation”.

The Simpsons has been on for a long time… – This August it’ll be five years since the date Lisa was supposed to get married in the future.  Time flies.

A Case of Plagiarism – Competing versions of “what MLB players would Burns hire today”.

Universal Studios: Krusty Burger – Heh:

The Krusty burger is just a regular burger with this yellow sauce on it, I believe it’s cheese? It’s a bit scary, the fact that I can’t tell what I’m eating, but I trust Krusty.

It probably wasn’t circus animals.  Probably.

QC on TV: A Series – Some love for everyone’s favorite attorney.

Hello! Hello! Hello! – .gif of Homer wolfing down NFL snacks.

Lisa Simpson on Thinking – Heh.

Sadly truth – Heh.

The Simpsons – A couple of cool Simpsons logo designs.

17 Simpsons quotes to cheekily work into everyday life – And finally, I get to end with someone who agrees with us:

For me The Simpsons ended around season 13.

Anything after that doesn’t count as The Simpsons I watched at 6pm every night, except not on Saturdays during footy season when Channel 10 had the rights to the Saturday AFL matches.

It didn’t matter if you had seen the episode twenty times beforehand, something was reassuring about knowing the plot and jokes, even the ones you didn’t get because they referenced something from the early to mid 1990s in the United States.

I will continue to refer to The Simpsons in the past tense, as it is how I will always view it.

Agreed.  (Also, there are some great quote suggestions in there.)

9 Responses to “Reading Digest: Snowmen Edition”

  1. 6 March 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks for the plug(s)! I actually heard it as “dingbat” originally, but upon closer inspection, it appears to be “pot”. Either way, it’s funny when Homer loses it.

  2. 2 Stan
    6 March 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Great. Flanders beer. I bet it’s so low on proof and gluten even Rod and Tod can have some.

  3. 3 torbiecat
    6 March 2015 at 2:38 pm

    I kind of forgot just how many episodes from season 7 elicited a “meh” reaction from me until I looked at that list. I never have been gaga about the seasons Weinstein and Oakley produced like how some fans seem to be. To be fair, a lot of shows tend to become weak around their seventh seasons, so I mostly don’t hold them responsible for why I’m not crazy about the seasons they showran. I also actually like that they tried to restore a certain emotional center The Simpsons (and sounds as if they actually cared about creating quality output as opposed to Mike Scully). But nonetheless, I preferred their writer-based Simpsons-related work and think that their general showrunning and producing style is better suited for shows like Mission Hill (which is a shame that network-related nonsense from WB kept that show from taking off because it was actually pretty decent and funny). It’s hard for me to articulate, but I sort of feel that their showrunning added a certain Gen X flavor to The Simpsons which I’m not big on; the seasons before theirs somehow feel more influenced by Baby Boomers (which would make sense) which I prefer despite me being someone who was born during Generation Y.

    And even though I don’t agree with just sorting season 7 episodes into just “classics” and “non classics” piles, I think “Homer the Smithers” and “The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectular” are a lot better than “Scenes of a Class Struggle in Springfield” and “The Day Violence Died,” and I like them better than a number of episodes that blogger deemed as classic, though I could argue that some of those episodes are more iconic or memorable by a lot of fans.

    • 4 torbiecat
      6 March 2015 at 2:40 pm

      *emotional center TO The Simpsons

    • 5 Patty Cash
      7 March 2015 at 10:16 am

      – I think “Homer the Smithers” and “The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectular” are a lot better than “Scenes of a Class Struggle in Springfield” and “The Day Violence Died,”

      I agree, though “The Day the Violence Died” was worth it for some jokes (mostly about 1920s cartoons), like, “No! Money Down?”, the Schoolhouse Rock parody (which they actually got the original singer of “I’m Just a Bill” to do), Lisa telling Marge that there’s a foul odor and a lot of cursing coming from the basement and, for once, Homer’s not causing it, Roger Meyers’ line “Great, just put it in an envelope and mail it to last week when I might have cared,” and, if you watch the DVD commentary where they draw on the screen to highlight animation mistakes, the staff pointing out all the coloring errors in the episode. The only part I didn’t like was the ending. It was too much of a weird cop-out.

      Season seven to me was one of those seasons where it did have good episodes and even the weaker ones (like “Marge Be Not Proud,” the one where Bart, Lisa, and Maggie are put in foster care under the Flanderseses, “Radioactive Man” [which I hate because of the digital animation change that would later be used from season 14 to now. Yeah, I know — shallow], “Scenes from a Class Struggle in Springfield,” and “Homerpalooza”) had memorable moments. It was like season four, only there were no signs of the writers getting burned out near the end of the season and the clip show episode they had was more well-done and wasn’t that cliched “Let’s make part of a new episode and give an excuse to add clips from past episodes.”

      • 6 torbiecat
        8 March 2015 at 6:23 pm

        Yeah, I agree with you that there didn’t seem to be any sense of burnout, and I would even say that care was taken in even creating the weaker episodes and that they are still rather decent in general (well, “Homerpalooza” is kind of iffy in regards to my latter-most point). Though, I’m pretty hard to please, so I that’s largely why I feel the way I do about this season.

        That damned amendment song is my most favorite part of “The Day Violence Died,” and I agree that it was pretty awesome that Jack Sheldon sang it. It’s actually one of those songs that randomly pops in my head at times. And I forgot that, “No, money down!” was in this episode.

  4. 7 torbiecat
    6 March 2015 at 3:01 pm

    By the way, those zombie figurines are a lot more impressive than what some people might think. At first glance, those zombie figurines might just look as if somebody painted some blood on some existing figurines (I wonder he bought them at Dollar Tree–that’s where I bought this very same set sans the zombie gore, of course) but on closer examination, you can really see the fine work that went into the details. The teeth and intestines on some of the figurines is downright impressive, especially considering the scale–these figurines are smaller (I’d guess about 3″ to 4″ in height) than those World of Springfield figurines and I’d even be impressed with the artist doing something similar to those–and I really like drooping eye on Chief Wiggum and dislocated foot on Marge.

    And that second snow sculpture looks a bit as if the sculptor started to create Peter Griffin, but changed his mind after realizing that creating peach-colored flesh is more challenging than yellow-colored flesh. (It’s pretty impressive to make a large upright sculpture out snow nonetheless.)

  5. 7 March 2015 at 12:34 am

    Next time it snows where I live I’m going to make a crappy Bart snow sculpture with snow from under my car.

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