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“Well, I suppose if this doesn’t work out, you can always go back to the plant.” – Marge Simpson
“Not the way I quit.” – Homer Simpson


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“Hi, Dad, how was work?” – Lisa Simpson
“Cold.” – Homer Simpson


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“Now, behind that door is Edison’s actual preserved brain. Ordinarily, folks, tour groups are not allowed to see it. And, of course, today will be no exception.” – Edison Museum Tour Guide


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“From this day forward: I am an inventor!” – Homer Simpson
“Do us a favor, invent yourself some underpants.” – Sarcastic Guy


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“Oh, honey, don’t eat that.  Wouldn’t you rather have your sugar bag?” – Marge Simpson
“I don’t deserve sugar.” – Homer Simpson


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“Homer, you can’t punish the children just because you can’t come up with an idea.” – Marge Simpson
“I don’t see why not.  They’re my kids, I own them. . . . Okay, we own them.” – Homer Simpson


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“Now, no tour would be complete without a visit to Edison’s boyhood gift shop.” – Tour Guide

Happy birthday John Swartzwelder! 


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“Dad, what are you doing here?” – Bart Simpson
“Reading about this Edison character.  They won’t let me in the big people library downtown.  There was some unpleasantness.” – Homer Simpson


Reading Digest: Makeup Edition

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“This next one’s for the ladies.  How many times have you gals been late for a high powered business meeting only to realize you’re not wearing makeup?” – Homer Simpson
“That’s every woman’s nightmare.” – Marge Simpson
“That’s why I invented this revolutionary makeup gun!  It’s for the woman who only has four fifths of a second to get ready.  Close your eyes, Marge. . . . And now you’re ready for a night on the town.” – Homer Simpson
“Homer, you’ve got it set on whore.” – Marge Simpson

That Marge related makeup line they announced a few weeks ago got its big marketing rollout this week, so there were a ton of links to it.  Amusingly, personal blogs and sites were mostly filled with geeky love while the big commercial sites were uselessly parroting the press release.  In addition to all that merchandising glamour, we’ve got a couple of really stand out analysis pieces, one about animation and Bob’s Burgers, and another about the delicacy of translating Flanders.  Plus there’s some great fan art (including zombies!), a couple of lists, some usage, some soccer, some Australian politics, and the Lisa Simpsons version of Sir Mix-a-Lot.


Beyond Easy: Bouchard Buffet, Part 5: Bob’s Burgers – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is this detailed look at Bob’s Burgers and the early years of The Simpsons from our old friend Patrick R.  The focus is on animation, but it goes deep into characters and stories as well.  It’s worth reading even if you aren’t a Bob’s Burgers watcher, because it really gets at the underlying comic sensibilities of various shows.  Bravo.

The Fun of Nonstandard Lang-diddly-anguage – This was going to be the link of the week before I read the above, and it is also very much worth a read.  It’s a linguistic look at translating Flanders into other languages, with particular attention to the Fladerseses from around the world in “Lisa the Vegetarian”:

When assimilating these tics to their respective linguistic systems, several European translators opted to use variations of typical expressions (“salut”, “salve” and “hola” in FR, IT and ES for “hi-diddly-ho”) distorted in such a way as to retain the rhyme, alliteration and assonance that characterises the odd, yet distinctive, effect created in the English.

How do you translate “ding dong diddly días” into Italian?

Vampire Mob Graphic Novel – Issue 1 – I am really good at ignoring press releases and I get a lot of practice because this is a semi-popular internet site in a time when everyone is starved for attention, but I got one this week for an Indiegogo for a graphic novel based on a web series that Marcia Wallace was in before she died:

Zombie Simpsons: Mrs Krabapple by danosborne on deviantART – And speaking of Edna Krabappel, this is one of a series of excellent fan made zombie drawings.  There’s also Otto, Willie, and Krusty.

The Simpsons Wasted My Youth: Top 15 Episodes, Pt. 2 (Top 5) – Completing the list from last week, there is still no Zombie Simpsons and Hank Scorpio sits atop them all.

A Guide to the Dark, 420 Simpsons Remix on Twitter – The complete Denton write up.

Simpsons on the Block – A minimalist design of the family on a t-shirt.

The Simpsons – Heh:

“I like big books and I cannot lie
You other readers can’t deny
When a good book walks in with
A good plot base
And a big spine in your face
You get sprung!

Simpsons football lookalikes: Luiz Suarez as Cletus and David Luiz and Sideshow Bob – 12 football stars who look like your favourite characters – It just isn’t that hard to find a picture of Sepp Blatter looking like the personification of desiccated greed.

Dagwood Bumstead – TV characters and their sandwiches.  I think you all probably know the sandwich Homer has.

Makeup Like Marge: The MAC Simpsons Collection – That makeup collection from a few weeks back got a release date: end of August.  Give them this, it may be the first makeup to use the title “Nacho Cheese Explosion”.

Marge x MAC – But this just seems silly:

The Simpsons x MAC collection won’t hit stores until September, but the nerds at Comic-Con get first dibs when it goes on sale there for one day only in a few weeks. Me? Well, I’m yellow with envy

Ha!  Giving out makeup at Comic-Con . . . do they know their audience at all?

mac x simpsons makeup collection: it’s not a want, it’s a need. – Oh, one last link:

And a probably the first makeup tip I ever learned:

Ladies pinch.  Whores use rouge.

5 best memes of the Brazil World Cup 2014 – Comparing Brazil-Germany to Ralph’s heartbreaking moment on the Krusty 29th Anniversary show.

Webcomic Wednesday – There is a Simpsons Facebook page dedicated to making fun of Australia’s Liberal Party.  That is all.

Time For Change – Cool fan made Bart and Milhouse (among others) sketches.

Pick one and Never Lego – Ralph graffiti in the city of the angels.

Fox’s Fall Premiere Plan Includes Family Guy/Simpsons Crossover, 3-Part Utopia Launch, Late Mulaney Start – Ugh:

8 pm The Simpsons (Season 26 Premiere)
8:30 pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season 2 Premiere)
9 pm Family Guy (One-Hour “The Simpsons Guy” Season 13 Premiere Crossover Event)

Krusty go BOOM! – The destruction and rebuilding of a Tapped Out Krustyland.

Should I Purchase Lincoln? – The irony of that headline is tough to beat.  Heh.

Good or bad teeth? The genetics of tooth decay – Excellent reference from CNN:

Remember “The Big Book of British Smiles” from “The Simpsons”?
The dentist used it to scare children into proper dental hygiene.
And let’s be honest, it was funny! Because though British tea and good manners have an excellent international reputation, British teeth are mostly used as a punch line.

Top Thirteen Female Characters – #3: Lisa Simpson – Awesome:

I don’t remember a lot about that first season (I do now since I own it due to the miracle of DVD), but I do remember pretending to be Lisa Simpson. In kindergarten there was a stage you could play on and I distinctly remember playing Jem and the Holograms with my friends, but wanting to be Lisa Simpson instead of Kimberly of the Holograms. The mind of a five-year-old, right?

Round 117: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire vs. Bart vs. Australia – Tough.

30 All-American Simpsons Episodes – There’s some Zombie Simpsons on this list, but it’s all buried down near the bottom, so well done on that.

How Fireworks Work, It’s All In The Chemistry – Excellent reference:

In the immortal words of The Simpsons, July 4th is a time to celebrate the independence of our nation by blowing up a small part of it.

Draw your friends – Well done:

I spent the whole night drawing my friends. Haha. Simpsons and Tim Burton styles.

Simpsons Denied Animated Emmy Nom for First Time – I suppose I should make a note of this, but I don’t give even the teensiest of fucks about the Emmys, so I have nothing to add.

I Want to Write for The Simpsons – And finally, I get to end with someone who agrees with us.  I’m on record, just as recently as yesterday, as saying there is no hope for the show ever resuscitating itself, but there are some good ideas in here, and he agrees with us:

What made The Simpsons great wasn’t that they were going for just gags, instead they told simple stories and then gently assaulted viewers with witty jokes. The Simpsons were witty, they didn’t linger on jokes, they didn’t beat dead horses. I don’t see why the writers don’t return to this style. Worst case scenario, people are too busy laughing at one joke to hear the next, but that just adds longevity; people will want to rewatch episodes to catch everything.
The show was smart, but not up its own ass with pretentiousness. Everyone was self-aware but not self-obsessed.

Al, hire this kid.


Off Topic: A Friend’s Ripping Good Read

“These Hardy Boys books are great, too.  This one’s about smugglers.” – Homer Simpson
“They’re all about smugglers.” – Bart Simpson
“Not this one, The Smugglers of Pirate Cove, it’s about pirates.” – Homer Simpson
If you’re reading this post then you’ve probably already read the “Zombie Simpsons” mini-book.  That little thing would’ve been much worse if not for the help of, as I said in the acknowledgements, “my friend Liz”.  Well, today Liz became a for-real published author with her first dead tree book, Hunted:
As you can probably judge from the cover, it’s a mystery novel.  Specifically, it’s about an FBI profiler on the trail of an asshole who murders young women.  It’s a real page turner, the ending is both scary and great, and I can personally attest that she did her homework.  Liz has been to the FBI’s training center, has shelves groaning under books about modern homicide investigation, and has a sharp eye for which procedural details are cool and move the story and which ones aren’t and don’t.
The main Amazon link is here (Kindle or paperback), her Goodreads page is here (where Hunted has four stars on 28 ratings), and this is her website (yes, that is her in the sunglasses with the semi-automatic pistol).  This is the first book in a series, and if you like fun and pulpy mysteries, it will suck you right in and keep you turning pages long after you planned to be doing something else.

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“Authorities say the phony Pope can be recognized by his high top sneakers and incredibly foul mouth.” – Kent Brockman


Crazy Noises: The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace

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“I brought you a tuna sandwich.  They say it’s brain food, I guess because there’s so much dolphin in it, and you know how smart they are.” – Marge Simpson

For the third summer in a row, we at the Dead Homer Society are looking to satisfy your off-season longing for substandard commentary on substandard Simpsons.  This summer we’ll be looking at Season 10.  Why Season 10?  Because we’ve already done Seasons 8 and 9 and we can’t put it off any longer.  Prior to Season 10, we watched as the show started falling over, this is when it fell over.  And while the dust wouldn’t settle completely for another season or so, there is no bigger gap in quality than the one between Season 9 and Season 10.  Since we prefer things to remain just as they were in 1995, we’re sticking with this chatroom thing instead of some newer means of communication that we all know just isn’t as good.  This text has been edited for clarity and spelling (especially on “extravaganza”).

Today’s episode is 1002 “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace”.  Yesterday was 1001 “Lard of the Dance”.

Charlie Sweatpants: This episode, despite also being a Season 9 holdover, sucks a lot more than "Lard of the Dance". Homer’s insanity goes from 6 to 8 on the Richter scale, and that shit’s logarithmic.

Mad Jon: Agreed. This one hits the ground with Homer’s antics following his incorrect discovery that his life is 1/2 over and the subsequent stroll through traffic, ending up with him talking to the emergency phone operator thinking it’s Marge.

Charlie Sweatpants: That scene sent shivers down my spine when I watched it the first time, and it hasn’t gotten any better since.

Mad Jon: Ugh. It’s bad. And then it inspires him to quit his job, heroically apparently. Although I can’t imagine what would top him playing Burns’ head like a bongo and then lighting the wooden bridge on fire on his way out. My God that was good.

Dave: One of the finest SNPP-related moments ever, frankly.

  It’s like Christmas morning every time I watch him burn that bridge.

Mad Jon: This episode is basically all Homer, all the time, and man, it just keeps going downhill.

Charlie Sweatpants: I stand by my comment from earlier though, it is a good line when he alludes to whatever way he quit so that even Burns won’t take him back.

That said, it’s small consolation amidst the extravaganza of Jerkass Homer that is most of this episode.

Mad Jon: Well, it was a quick and humorous joke, so that’s all good. But the point being that it is another of his "well, time to quit my job for the week" moments that I hate.

Charlie Sweatpants: At least they still cared enough to mention him quitting his job, later in Season 10 we won’t even get that.

Mad Jon: I shudder to consider your accuracy in that statement.

Charlie Sweatpants: This is definitely the season when Homer-Gets-a-New-Job became their go to gimmick.

  As for this particular job, it’s the main story and most of it sucks.

Homer’s endless description of Edison sucks, his inventing montage is lame, and then there’s all the pointless gags of him being an idiot/dick.

  I cite the papers in the dryer, trying to get the kids to think of things for him, and his little "inventing" scene when the whole joke is that nothing happens.

Mad Jon: The one thing that did strike a chord with me was the scene in the kids library, but only because of that time in college when I had to give a speech in Spanish about Castro, so I read kids books in Spanish because that was the depth of my Spanish at the time.

Charlie Sweatpants: His line about there having been some "unpleasantness" is good, but it’s another example of them winnowing the show into tighter and tighter corners.

  Homer researching would’ve been fine without him having to scare Bart and Lisa.

Mad Jon: Go School!

  He even had a pennant ready.

Charlie Sweatpants: That wasn’t a good thing.

Mad Jon: Most assuredly not.

Dave: I remember, unfortunately, a weird pennant phase the show had.

  Homer had a pennant for all sorts of inappropriate occasions.

Including one for "Primetime."

  No me gusta.

Mad Jon: Oh yeah, for the mid season replacements….

Charlie Sweatpants: The best parts of this episode occur around Homer’s goofy inventor story, instead of as part of it.

Bart and Lisa muttering about their father being too lazy to spank his own kids, Homer’s vision of the future cemetery, and pretty much everything the Edison Museum tour guide says.

Mad Jon: I loved the spank his own kids line, and I also enjoyed the tour guide. It is a damn shame how we got to the tour however…

The twist . . . oh man the twist. Homer thinks he has the one invention Edison never revealed, so all he has to do is go find it and DESTROY IT!

Charlie Sweatpants: I know, I know.

Mad Jon: The chair isn’t on the list! Let’s go change history Bart!

Dave: Homer smash good, cathartic etc.

Charlie Sweatpants: But we did get "Edison’s boyhood gift shop", which it is impossible not to think of whenever you see a gift shop.

Mad Jon: I liked the dad in line as well.

Charlie Sweatpants: Agreed. Also, the crowd clapping at the guide’s lame "riddle". I have been part of some dumb tour groups in my time, and that pretty much nails them.

I’d also add that the sign that says "No Gang Colors" on the Edison museum is a nice touch.

  But we do have to put up with an awful lot to get there.

Dave: It ain’t worth it.

Mad Jon: A vision of things to come I suppose.

Dave: They should’ve cut out the crap and left in the gags.

Charlie Sweatpants: I’d take this over the current crop, where they leave in the crap and cut out the gags.

Dave: Fair enough.

Charlie Sweatpants: There are some other good lines here, Marge’s thing about dolphins being brain food and Homer’s rushed disclaimer about taking Bart "cross state lines".

  Again, the good jokes are peripheral to the plot instead of part of it. But they are there.

Mad Jon: Agreed.

Does anyone have anything else constructive to add to this?

  Cause I’m running on empty

Charlie Sweatpants: Not really, there are a few other jokes I liked ("phony Pope"), but overall there’s too much Jerkass Homer here for the good stuff to be anything other than a flower that grew out of a pot of dirt.

Dave: Let’s call it good and leave it until next time.

Charlie Sweatpants: Okay. But don’t forget to exit through Edison’s boyhood gift shop.


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