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Reading Digest: Licks Edition

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“Oh look, you haven’t touched your salt lick.  Num-num, good salt lick.” – Lisa Simpson

This week we’ve got lick-able food, and some excellent guitar licks.  Sadly no salt licks, but them’s the breaks.  In addition to that there’s some television retrospectives, a list of people you don’t want as your boss, an awesome new Tumblr, a couple of fan made links (including one by a wee child), and a very creative use of an animated .gif file.


[Programming Note: Crazy Noises for “A Midsummer’s Nice Eve” will be along next week, but there’s no new Zombie Simpsons this week so that’s okay.]

Simpsons song medley – Internet?  More like this please:














Fantastic.  Two things I’d like to add.  1) That guy might be younger than some of the songs he’s singing.  2)  No Zombie Simpsons.  The kids are alright.  (via @springfieldx2)

Simpson’s Cake Pops – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week contains a recipe, tips, and an awesome picture.  Damn, those look good.

Technologic – This is like that Pink Floyd/Wizard of Oz thing, but much simpler and involving Daft Punk and an animated .gif of Flanders from “Hurricane Neddy”. 

Wordless Wednesday – Drawings from preschool days – Excellent drawing of the Simpson family by a pre-schooler.  I especially like how Bart and Lisa got started in the middle, then crossed out and replaced elsewhere.  That’s wonderfully unpretentious child think. 

Greeting Cards for Every Occasion – A cool fan made Simpsons birthday card. 

Born in the USA – A paean to American television with moderate usage:

I can’t help thinking of Bart Simpson’s maxim about television and parenting ‘It’s hard not to listen to TV. It’s spent so much more time raising us than you’.

And now I must nitpick, for that quote is missing a “just” and a “have”: “It’s just hard not to listen to TV.  It’s spent so much more time raising us than you have.”  Other than that, well done; and that link goes to YouTube of Homer on Rock Bottom. 

The Sad Story of the Real-Life Simpsons House – I fail to find this sad.  It’s just another dumb marketing idea that didn’t work.  And why the hell did they build it in a suburb of Las Vegas?  (via @springfieldx2)

Look what I found my drawing of Lisa Simpson :) on Twitpic – Fan made drawing (painting?) of Lisa.

Steve Totally Looks Like Ned Flanders – Agreed.

Homer – Tying weight loss to The Simpsons, including excellent usage and some YouTube from “King- Size Homer”. 

Fashion is Hell: Comme des Garçons Toons in to Matt Groening – Neat?  Slightly larger picture of one of the shirts here

Check it out ya’ll checka check it out – A college radio DJ in Eugene, Oregon has named his show “Soul Donuts”, including a real life picture of everyone’s favorite forbidden donut fragment.  Sweet. 

Pop Art of the Day – Homer and Homer, together at last. (via @springfieldx2, geez they’re on a roll this week.)

Homemade Weed Vaporizer – Excellent usage, even if it is flagrant false advertising. 

A different kind of list – Listing Simpsons supporting characters by tiers instead of individually. 

42. The Wrong Box – An audio book review of a Robert Louis Stevenson story involving a tontine.  As you’d expect, “Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish"” is mentioned. 

Who’s The Boss??? – A list of fictional bosses, including Burns and good old Zapp Brannigan. 

Lessons from great (and not-so-great) television – This is about good and not so good teevee.  But it does contain this:

The Simpsons, at least in its classic seasons, acquired a richness and velocity that continued to build for years, until it had populated a world that rivaled the real one for density and immediacy. (Like the rest of the Internet, I respond to most situations with a Simpsons quote.)

Don’t we all?

Update – 22/02/11 – And finally, I get to end not just with someone who agrees with us, but someone who’s running a Simpsons Tumblr and who has had it with Zombie Simpsons:

The first announcement for the blog is, from now on I will only be concentrating on the first ten seasons of the Simpsons. I started this blog last Autumn as a a labour of love towards our favourite yellow family and I believe the first ten seasons of the show is when The Simpsons is at its best.

I had a lot of requests from people, asking for things from later seasons and I didn’t enjoy doing them at all. It meant sitting through episodes that I didn’t care for to get them, causing me to become unenthusiastic about updating the blog. I think if I focus on Seasons 1 – 10, I’ll enjoy working on the pages more and hopefully you guys will see a lot more updates! I still love The Simpsons and will watch it whenever I can but you can’t deny their golden age!

No, you can’t deny it.  Our link list?  Updated.  Bonus love for the first ten seasons here.  (Original link via @dailysimpsons.)


Saturday Morning Cartoons

File this under shit I’m still impressed the show got away with in 1991:

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That is, uh, not subtle. 


Crazy Noises: American History X-cellent

Possibilities“Don’t worry honey, I’m sure your father is . . .” – Marge Simpson
“Maybe . . . No . . . That’s a long shot . . . Bingo.” – Marge’s Brain
“Don’t worry, he’ll be here.” – Marge Simpson

In our continuing mission to bring you only the finest in low class, low brow, and low tech internet Simpsons commentary we’re bringing back our “Crazy Noises” series and applying it to Season 21.  Because doing a podcast smacks of effort we’re still using this “chatroom” thing that all the middle schoolers and undercover cops seem to think is so cool.  This text has been edited for clarity and spelling (especially on “carnivorous”).

Dave couldn’t make it this week.  He was in a bar letting strange men buy him drinks, apparently that’s more fun that reliving the 22-minute wasteland of “American History X-Cellent”.  I can’t say I blame him.  Minus one third of our complement we only went for about half our usual length.  Does that mean Dave is responsible for more chat than we are?  Or does it just mean we’re lazy?  You decide.

Charlie Sweatpants: Okay, so ready to get started?

Mad Jon: ready enough

Charlie Sweatpants: Without using the words "awful", "reprehensible", or "tortuous", describe this episode.

Mad Jon: Carnivorous

Charlie Sweatpants: Good one.

Mad Jon: My soul has been left half eaten and cold on a cheap paper plate

Charlie Sweatpants: Bummer.

Mad Jon: I don’t even know where to begin. This was not only boring, and unoriginal, but also unorganized and almost offensive to gays, there I said it.

Charlie Sweatpants: Because of Smithers?

Mad Jon: More of because of the bar scene where homer was flashing Smithers. Also Smithers was terrible on his own.

Charlie Sweatpants: Oh man, I forgot about the flashing thing, that was horrible.

Mad Jon: I had the feeling that this episode was originally written for season 20, for some reason it has that kind of feel to it, but then they decided it was too awful, and canned it. Only to bring it back now.

Charlie Sweatpants: That whole scene was a mess. I mean, Smithers ducks out for a phone call and they get caught talking about him? Soap Operas have more realistic turning points.

Mad Jon: And better reactions to drama

Charlie Sweatpants: I can’t really tell Season 20 and 21 apart.

  Second that.

(about the reactions to drama)

Mad Jon: I can. 20 has a distinct flavor that to me tastes like the ashamed feeling I had the first time I got caught peeling one off.

Charlie Sweatpants: And 21?

Mad Jon: 21 feels more like I’ve been a hooker for 5 years… I’m still young and could probably turn my life around at a community college, but we all know it’s too late. And that’s the saddest part of all.

But I digress.

  There is a lot more anger as opposed to confusion with 21.

Charlie Sweatpants: And you’ve only been watching the last couple seasons of Zombie Simpsons, I hate to think what you’d feel like if you’d sat through all of 12+.

Mad Jon: Yeah, that’s an ugly thought.

Charlie Sweatpants: But we digress…

  Bringing us back to the topic of sudden, pointless character changes, they’re getting really clumsy at swapping Burns from good to evil and back again.

Mad Jon: I can’t even tell anymore. I think he is a new type of thing. Some sort of evil good guy.

  Like when Jesus ran that ponzi scheme.

Charlie Sweatpants: They do it at the end of "Rosebud" with about three lines of dialog, by the end of "Team Homer" it’s a quick change of heart. Now he has to get green electro-puke sucked out of him so he can be good for about six minutes.

  Jesus would like to assure you that this is not one of those shady pyramid schemes you’ve heard about. His model is the lower case "t".

Mad Jon: Was that the same guy who was the big black dude in the green mile? It didn’t sound like him, but who knows what that dude’s up to nowadays.

  "t" for time to leave…

Charlie Sweatpants: Michael Clarke Duncan was the guy in Green Mile, but IMDB says he’s never been on Zombie Simpsons.

Mad Jon: I think he even points it out in the end of Team Homer. If I only knew then what I know now…

Charlie Sweatpants: But the whole Burns in prison thing was a waste.

  Burns gets saved, Burns has a small montage, Burns immediately turns evil again.

Mad Jon: Well, they had to start and end and have a middle of the episode somewhere. I think your opening to this weeks Synergy was dead on.

Charlie Sweatpants: If they had any sense of pacing left they’d have done all that in about thirty seconds.

  The whole "Smithers as tyrant boss" was a complete waste as well.

They only showed them working for one scene (which was shorter than the oh so clever reveal in the bar) and they weren’t doing anything.

Mad Jon: I definitely had even more of a "c’mon lets move on" feeling than I usually do with zombie episodes.

Charlie Sweatpants: The "asbestos" joke took forever, and had been done twice between Seasons 2 and 6, and much better.

Mad Jon: Remember the days when Lenny was put in charge by the Germans? ahh, sweet memories.

Charlie Sweatpants: No, that was the bank.

Mad Jon: Oooh, you’re right. Where am I?

Charlie Sweatpants: Three beers deep?

Mad Jon: Three?

  Anyway, I didn’t catch the Asbestos joke the first time since I stopped paying attention 20 seconds in.

Charlie Sweatpants: Well, there really isn’t much else, unless you want to talk about the B plot with the ant farm.

Mad Jon: Wait, the part where Bart and Lisa have ants and then don’t?

Charlie Sweatpants: All that happens in this whole episode is Burns has a dumb Fourth of July party (total waste), Burns goes to jail, Burns gets out of jail.

Mad Jon: I guess that was a plot wasn’t it

Charlie Sweatpants: Plus the B plot. There just wasn’t much here.

Mad Jon: And what was here was in no way organized other than Burn’s getting keen on Jesus.

Charlie Sweatpants: What was with the keen on Jesus thing, anyway?

Mad Jon: I meant to say, Burn’s was evil, then he got keen on Jesus, then he was in charge again.

Charlie Sweatpants: They put Monty Burns in a prison, and all they could think to do was make him Christian for three minutes?

Mad Jon: What was the book title?

  I forget.

Charlie Sweatpants: It was Helter Skelter.

You know, because Charles Manson looks like Jesus.

Mad Jon: Is that a book I should be familiar with?

Charlie Sweatpants: Probably not.

Mad Jon: Good.

Charlie Sweatpants: So is there anything left worth complaining about here?

Mad Jon: I’m almost out of beer…

Charlie Sweatpants: No, I meant about the episode.

Mad Jon: Ahh, no.

  I am out of hate for tonight

Charlie Sweatpants: Good, it’s always bad when you run out of beer before you run out of hate.


Bart Bucks

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This afternoon boing boing had a link to a page with a bunch of drawings people have done on currency.  There’s George Washington with an iPod, Andrew Jackson as King Leonidas, and Queen Elizabeth as the Wicked Witch of the West.  There’s also el Barto:

El Barto by ChukD

Clicking on the source link at that page took me to Flickr user ChukD.  He’s got quite a few of these including an actual Bart Buck:

Bart Buck by ChukD

He’s got a bunch on there, with characters from Goofy to Batman to Dr. Zoidberg.  Check it out. 


You Kids and Your Teevee Programs

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“Wait, where’s the hyperspace?” – Abe “Grandpa” Simpson

As Dave noted last weekend, the Burns for Mayor campaign was a smashing success in that, had only write-in ballots been counted, Charles Montgomery Burns would’ve won the New York City mayoral election in a landslide.  The publication of the write-in totals has lead some normally staid political sites to take notice.  This one,, which advocates for easier minor party representation on ballots, wrote it up as follows:

The results show that the person who got the most write-ins for Mayor is Charles Montgomery Burns, the fictional character in the Homer Simpson series. He is Simpson’s boss.

This was written by a guy named Richard Winger (b. 1943).  I’m noting it here because I’ve never heard the show referred to as “the Homer Simpson series”.  It’s just downright endearing to see it described in such a well meaning yet anachronistic way.


Quote of the Day


“All the years I’ve lobbied to be treated like an adult have blown up in my face.” – Lisa Simpson


Quote of the Day


“You sound like you’re going to buy a pony.  Promise me you won’t.” – Marge Simpson
“Mmm.” – Homer Simpson
“What was that?  Was that a yes or a no?” – Homer Simpson
“Buh.” – Homer Simpson
“Those aren’t even words!” – Marge Simpson
“Snuh.” – Homer Simpson
“Mmm.” – Marge Simpson


Saturday Morning Cartoons

“Just sign this form, and the money will be yours.” – C.M. Burns
The above is a perfect example of proper plot exposition and minor character usage.  I would submit this in direct contrast to, say, Rev. Lovejoy not being holy for a while, Skinner and Comic Book Guy chasing an ancient riddle and especially magical tomato sauce.  
Homer needs $5,000, Burns gives it to him because Homer doesn’t understand the word “usury”, and the story moves along.  There are no words wasted and no more time taken than necessary.  The five grand is never mentioned again because it doesn’t need to be.  Everyone acted in character; Homer made a poor financial decision and Burns tightened his stranglehold on Homer’s tiny life.  It’s hilarious, it fits, and it ends quickly.  
I love this show.


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