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The naughty 2012 Olympics logo

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 12, 2012

With the Olympics about two weeks away, consider this a final you-can’t-unsee-it reminder that the 2012 London Olympics logo looks like Lisa Simpson performing oral sex.

2012 Olympic Logo Lisa Simpson

It’s not as bad as some of the others on this list (oh, that Mon-Sat logo), but it’s still exceptionally unforgettable. Enjoy the wall-to-wall Olympic coverage for the next two weeks!

Watching 130 episodes of The Simpsons simultaneously

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 30, 2012

If you’ve never seen the early seasons of The Simpsons, a good way to catch up might be to watch this:

Just a quick hack to experiment what happens if you watch a lot of The Simpsons episodes at the same time. It just took 10 lines of code and a few hours of processing.

About the video:
-Top to bottom: each row shows a season (from season 1 to season 10)
-Left to right: each column shows an episode (from episode 1 to episode 13)

A total of 130 episodes is displayed, framerate is 25fps, thumbnails have been captured at 80x60px

I also enjoyed this minimalist representation of the Simpson family in Lego:

Simpsons in Lego

(via @TrevorBaum)

Did Usher rip off Homer Simpson?

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 08, 2011

Usher’s OMG sounds suspiciously close to a Christmas carol that Homer wrote in an episode of The Simpsons. Take a listen:

Behind the scenes of The Simpsons

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 01, 2010

Here’s Bill Oakley, a former writer and showrunner for The Simpsons, on how the show got made back in the show’s golden years (seasons 4-8).

Twice a year, from at least season three ‘til season eight, there’d be these story retreats where everybody would come and present their ideas for episodes. We’d get a big conference room in a hotel about a hundred yards from the office, and we’d go around and everybody would tell their ideas, one by one. It was sort of like opening Christmas presents on Christmas morning; we’d go around in a circle and everybody would have a turn or two.

It was always a huge treat to see. You had no idea what George Meyer (for instance) was going to say, and suddenly it was like this fantastic Simpsons episode pouring out of his mouth that you never dreamed of. And it was like, wow, this is where this stuff comes from.

Oakley also provided an example of a script as it went through all of its revisions on its way to the airwaves; it’s the one where Principal Skinner gets fired and Bart tries to get him his job back.

Bart Simpson’s blackboard

posted by Aaron Cohen   May 19, 2010

Recently, Mat Williams hand wrote 288 of the lines Bart Simpson writes on the blackboard to open every episode. He used 20 white markers over 2 days to complete the work on the 22m long blackboard at Work Club, a London based ad agency. Clicking here will allow you to zoom in on any part of the blackboard, while clicking here will allow you to watch a video of Mat skateboarding through London and writing on the blackboard in a Bart Simpson mask.

Incidentally, there have been 463 episodes, and Bart doesn’t write on the chalk board in the opening to all of them. To read a list of all the openings, go here. To SEE a list of all the openings, go here. There’s an electrical outlet in front of Bart’s knee in every season except season 1 and season 21. This might only be interesting to me.

(via nerdcore + thedailywh.at)

The SiM&Mpsons

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 09, 2010

Simpsons M&Ms

More here if you scroll lots.

New Simpsons intro

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 16, 2009

After 429 episodes, The Simpsons finally get a new intro sequence…in HD and Dolby Digital 5.1 no less. (via fimoculous)

Eye On Springfield

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 27, 2009

Eye On Springfield celebrates Simpsons moments from seasons 1-9, when the show was “still funny”. If you’re around me for more than a few minutes, it’s likely you’ll hear “freshen ya drink, govenah?” at some point.

Simpsons spoof Mad Men

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 29, 2008

Video of the Simpsons Halloween episode opening that spoofs the Mad Men intro.

Just Don’t Look

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 15, 2008

In a special Halloween episode of The Simpsons that aired in October 1995, a freak lightning storm brings all of Springfield’s giant advertising statues to life. The advertising monsters begin to destroy the town when Lisa, an advertising executive, and Paul Anka come up with a jingle urging everyone to stop paying attention to the monsters. Here’s the chorus:

Just don’t look. Just don’t look.
Just don’t look. Just don’t look.
Just don’t look. Just don’t look.

The townspeople comply and with no one paying attention, the advertising monsters collapse and die, saving the town.

The “just don’t look” strategy works for more than advertising…it’s effective in any situation where someone or something runs on attention. On the web attention comes in the form of links and pageviews so “just don’t look” translates roughly into “just don’t link or read”. If you don’t like who’s on the cover of Wired, just don’t look. If no one talks about her, she’ll go away. Think media gossip sites are ruining the web? Don’t read them. Leggy blonde conservative got your knickers in a knot? Just don’t look. Commenters ruining the internet? Moderate your comments or close them up. If some Web 2.0 blowhard says something stupid, just don’t look. Hate blonde socialites? Just. Don’t. Look.

Futurama portrait

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 13, 2008

Futurama series portrait. Same deal this Simpsons one. (via vitamin briefcase)

The Wire, Simpsons style

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 29, 2008

A few drawings of characters from The Wire drawn in the style of The Simpsons. Here’s a scene from season one; D’Angelo tries to teach chess to Wallace and Bodie:

Wire Simpsons

This might be my new favorite thing on the web. (thx, andy)

Homer Rembrandt

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 19, 2008

Homer Rembrandt

This portrait of Homer Simpson painted in the style of Rembrandt is strangely mesmerizing. Can’t look away from those giant eyes.

Wow, The Simpsons did a parody of

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 17, 2007

Wow, The Simpsons did a parody of Noah Kalina’s Everyday video. Noah, you just graduated summa cum laude from Pop Culture University.

Update: But apparently the background music was used without permission.

A few months back a producer from the Simpsons contacted Carly about using her song ‘everyday’ for an upcoming episode in which they were going to parody my video. She was negotiating a rate for the song, until they never got back to her. No fee was agreed on, no contracts signed.

Maybe they decided since it was parody they didn’t need permission? I don’t find that likely since what little I know about Hollywood/TV is that they’re really concerned about clearing rights. (thx, slava)

Update: The song rights mixup was an accidental oversight and is currently being corrected.

Dozens of stills from The Simpsons that

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 02, 2007

Dozens of stills from The Simpsons that make references to famous scenes in movies.

The Simpsons Movie

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 10, 2007

Photos of a 7-11 set up as

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 01, 2007

Photos of a 7-11 set up as a Kwik-E-Mart to promote the Simpsons Movie. (thx, jon)

Embiggen, a perfectly cromulent word

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 04, 2007

Embiggen, the fauxcabulary word created for an episode of The Simpsons, has found its way into string theory. Here’s the usage from a recently published paper on Gauge/gravity duality and meta-stable dynamical supersymmetry breaking:

Embiggen

Here’s the original quote from The Simpsons episode, Lisa the Iconoclast:

A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.

The uses are probably not related, but you never know.

Video comparing sequences from Family Guy that

posted by Jason Kottke   May 07, 2007

Video comparing sequences from Family Guy that mirror earlier sequences from The Simpsons. (via cyn-c)

Music video for Rock Me Amadeus by

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 26, 2007

Music video for Rock Me Amadeus by Falco. Not to be confused with the Dr. Zaius song from The Simpsons.

Trailer for The Simpsons Movie. At this

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 12, 2006

Trailer for The Simpsons Movie. At this point, is there any reason to believe that this is going to be any good? (via fimonculosusis (sp?))

Alphabetical lists of jobs that Homer Simpson

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 25, 2006

Alphabetical lists of jobs that Homer Simpson has held. (via cyn-c)

A pair of preview clips from the

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 27, 2006

A pair of preview clips from the forthcoming Simpsons movie. (via waxy)

Update: The clips have been removed from YouTube by Fox’s request. (thx, bob & jon)

Powers of Ten

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 09, 2006

Some sweet soul has put Powers of Ten online. If you’ve never seen it, I can’t recommend it enough:

Powers of Ten is a short film by Charles and Ray Eames, whose work you may have previously sat in. The film starts on a picnic blanket in Chicago and zooms out 10x every 10 seconds until the entire universe (more or less) is visible. And then they zoom all the way back down into the nucleus of an atom. A timeless classic. (via youngna)

Update: How in the hell did I miss this Powers of Ten Simpsons couch gag? (thx, ray and jeff)

Videos of Itchy and Scratchy cartoons from

posted by Jason Kottke   May 31, 2006

Videos of Itchy and Scratchy cartoons from the Simpsons. Get ‘em before Fox’s lawyers see them.

Update: If you’d like to automatically grab all the videos, here’s a curl command that’ll do it. (thx, matt)

Interview with Matt Groening about — what

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 26, 2006

Interview with Matt Groening about — what else? — The Simpsons, Futurama, and even a little Life in Hell.

The language of the Simpsons (beyond embiggens

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 14, 2006

The language of the Simpsons (beyond embiggens and cromulent). “You pressed YOU, meaning me. This is incorrect. You should have pressed ME, meaning you.”

The intro to The Simpsons, performed with

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 06, 2006

The intro to The Simpsons, performed with real people. YouTube is almost endlessly diverting.

Fun with threaded comments…the denizens of

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 02, 2005

Fun with threaded comments…the denizens of Kuro5hin recite the lyrics of the monorail song (from The Simpsons) as a series of threaded comments.

Wikipedia has a list of made-up words

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 18, 2005

Wikipedia has a list of made-up words and expressions from The Simpsons. “Cromulent” is my favorite and should find it’s way into actual use. “Car hole” is great as well. (via bb)