Monthly Archives: December 2015

Annual Blog Review For 2015

Hi folks. This is the annual blog review, for 2015. This year I have continued my Simpsons Sunday posts and the Weather Wednesday posts have also continued, until recently. This is because I haven’t had much to write about on this topic.

In my Simpsons posts I have discussed recent episodes that have aired at the time. Another thing I have continued to do is talk about characters within episodes. One of them is Kevin, who is a blind boy who appeared in the Season 21 episode Stealing First Base. I like how the writers have been respectful to the blind community as they could, but also playing up that this is a comedy. One thing I don’t understand is why the entertainment industry feels the need to have blind people touch the face, in order to recognize people. I don’t blame anyone from The Simpsons for this though. I highlight this because I am also blind from birth.

. Something else I have mentioned throughout this year and once last year was the stories written by fans, based on The Simpsons. I have read a few complete and partial stories this year and I must admit, the fans have a great imagination. Some have even created their own characters and used existing stories from episodes as a basis for their own story. One story involves Lisa and Nelson becoming a couple again, while Bart finds a new girlfriend. No, it’s not any of the girls we know of and it’s a new character created by the author.

I have even found some Sideshow Bob based episodes in which he wishes to make amends with Bart and in one episode, Bart dies from illness. If you would like the links to them, just let me know and I’ll send you the links.

I have even dabbled in some writing in the past couple of years too and my stories are based on blindness. One has Homer going blind because of a work related accident and Bart just goes blind out of the blue. They are their own plots and I haven’t completed either one of them yet but hope to at some point. I am using existing characters in my stories except for my Krusty one, where I create a character based on me. It involves Krusty’s father and was written before he was killed off in 2014. I may change it but I’m not sure yet. I’m not really sure if I will include the stories in the blog but I’ll have to think about it. Oh, my Krusty story does not mention blindness but involves Krusty retiring, again.

I can’t forget about the people who have also been a part of the history of The Simpsons from 1989 to present day, who have passed away this year. In particular, Sam Simon in March and Alex Rocco in July. I have written posts acknowledging the passing of both these two men and their contributions to the show. If you’d like to read them, check out the archives for either March or July.

Another thing I have also done is commented on recent events such as iOS 9 and new album reviews. I have published 2 such reviews this year on new albums by Disturbed and Queen. Thankfully the Disturbed album debuted at No. 1 as I had hoped. Another previous album I reviewed .5: The Gray Chapter by Slipknot also debuted at the top spot on the album charts. I wish I could take credit for this but I don’t have proof that my post had any impact on this.

I have also been writing about things such as: how the new music release day has changed from Tuesday to Friday. I think it is a win win for everyone, if everyone cooporates with each other. This post did not appear in this blog and was a guest post in another blog by Alan Cross. Here is the link to it. http://ajournalofmusicalthings.com/guest-blog-new-music-fridays-is-a-good-idea/

If you have followed Alan on Twitter, you will have noticed that my 2 previous album reviews I mentioned earlier have also appeared in the blog as links to this one.

Another thing I have continued to do from time to time, is write about random things that have been on my mind. One such point of discussion was my dream about the school bus. I have yet to ride on one and well, hopefully I get to soon.

This year I took a further dip into the iTunes waters and besides the bands and albums I have reviewed in the past 2 years of the blog, I have managed to collect the entire essential albums from The Beatles. I have some other albums to purchase and I will have all the songs.

My favourite period of their Development is from 1966 onward and especially The Beatles (White Album) and Abbey Road. Don’t get me started on Let It Be, because I don’t like it except for a few songs And moments.

As for 2016, the blog will continue as long as I can write and for as long as I have idea’s coming out of me, about things that interest me. In writing about those things I insert points about my own life that go along with what I am discussing. It’s not that I don’t want to write about my life both past and present… I feel it may come off as I am complaining about how things have gone for me and how they are now. Actually, I have things to say about my life course that aren’t exactly flattering to people involved, in some cases and in others I have a great deal of gratitude for what they have done for me.

I would like to thank everyone who has followed me through the blog and also on Twitter and Facebook throughout the year. I haven’t been Tweeting much lately because of having to watch my data for this month. I will hopefully be back tweeting and retweeting and posting again in 2016. I also hope to have my Weather Wednesday posts return to the blog. It’s just been so quiet on the weather front that I have had nothing really to write about, without repeating myself. I like sameness but I also know that there is a need to move forward and I wouldn’t want to be writing the same post over and over again.

Anyway, this has been a great year for me and hopefully 2016 will be even better for all of us, no matter where we are in the world and in our lives.

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The Simpsons Christmas Part 2 For 2015

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. Okay, this weeks post is actually part 3 of the Christmas 2015 posts and last weeks post was actually supposed to be part 2 of this years Simpsons Christmas posts. However, I had other things I felt needed to be said in it, thus the title of last weeks blog post. So, this is actually Part 3 of my Simpsons Christmas posts for 2015. This week it is all about the episode Holidays Of Future Passed because I like this episode and there are some things about it that are interesting to me that I want to share with you.

In this flashForward episode, the Simpson family are in the year 2041 and Bart is divorced from his wife Jenda, Who appeared in an earlier FlashForward episode Future Drama. Meanwhile, Lisa is finally married to Milhouse and he is dealing with his hay fever. So, Milhouse suggests taking her daughter Zia to see Homer and Marge, along with Bart taking his two boys to see them.

At some point Homer takes his grandsons out to see their great-grandfather, who is cryogenically frozen, Yet still alive. Zia escapes to the UltraNet to get away from her mother. Lisa complains about her daughter being rebellious, like her brother. She and Bart meet in the treehouse and talk about their problems with their children and find that they both need to try harder to be better parents. Bart also admits in a drunken state, that she is the person he always wanted to be.

Bart goes looking for his boies and Lisa goes into the UltraNet to find her daughter. When she finds her, Zia admits that she does look up to her mother and they reconcile. One Bart finds his boys with Homer he tells them he will be a better father to them and they also reconcile.

As for Maggie, she is in a successful band and in the late stages of pregnancy and on the way to the Simpsons house, she has contractions and is taken to the hospital by former bully Kearny. At the end of the episode she gives birth to a girl and does not speak a word throughout this episode.

That is only the basics of the episode and For more on the story and neet tidbits about the production, check out this link. http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Holidays_of_Future_Passed

I wish to point a couple things out that may not be obvious on the first watch or listen. Lisa’s daughter Zia is actually voice by Yeardley Smith, who also voices Lisa Simpson, herself. Another thing I should mention is that Yeardley subconsciously goes into her own speaking voice, which is not very different from her voice for Lisa. This is when Lisa talks with Bart and goes into the UltraNet to save her daughter. What clinched it for me was the line “Google… even though you’ve enslaved half the world, you’re still a damn fine search engine.” I immediately recognized her cadence, from an interview she did on Fox back in 2009, before recording Season 21. She was asked about being a connoisseur of cupcakes and she mentioned her favorite cupcake being a strawberry cupcake from Sprinkles. She also pointed out that strawberry cupcake is not her favorite. So for it to be her favorite “it has to be a damn fine cupcake.” If you can find this interview on YouTube like I did and then listen to the episode you know why it’s stuck with me. I found it back in the spring of 2013, a year and a half before I downloaded and purchased The episode from iTunes.

Like Yeardley Smith, I am also a big fan of cupcakes and my favorite is chocolate, no matter where it was made. I also love my donuts, muffins, coffee and or hot chocolate from my local Tim Hortons donut shop. If you don’t know about them, I suggest giving it a try and especially give their coffee and donuts a taste. I’m sure you will like them, along with their hot chocolate. Just Google Tim Hortons and I’m sure you can find a location near you, almost anywhere around the world. They are almost as ubiquitous as other donut shop franchises.

On the birthday front, Harry Shearer turns another year older on Wednesday. He of course voices characters such as: Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Smithers, Principal Skinner, Otto Man, Kent Brockman and many other major and minor characters. Of course, you can check his radio show out on various apps such as TuneIn and Soundcloud. I am so glad he did not ultimately leave the voice cast because it would be difficult to replace his voice with others in various character rolls. Maybe you could replace Mr. Burns and maybe Ned Flanders with the right person but it wouldn’t be the same. So, I’m just happy that Harry has decided to stay on as a cast member.

Well that’s about it for this Simpsons Sunday post. In the mean time, I recommend checking out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
Also, check out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
Don’t forget about Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you can comment directly to me that way too.
You can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again on Weather Wednesday.

Christmas Stories And Other Stuff

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. If you watched the latest episode Paths Of Glory and you are a fan of Ozzy Ozbourne, you noticed that they used Crazy Train. It was in the seen when Bart decided to be a psychopath, since Homer and Marge thought he was becoming one anyway. I noticed the original version wasn’t used and I wonder why? They used the version on the 2002 reissue of Blizzard Of Ozz with Mike Bordin on drums and Robert Trujillo on base, who is currently with Metallica. As opposed to the original with Lee Kerslake on drums and Bob Daisley on bass. Not that it’s a bad thing but I just notice these things and wanted to point it out to anyone who may not have caught it on the first watch and listen.

This week I’m going to talk about the episode Simpsons Christmas Stories and my favourite part of it. Okay, the first and third act are my faves, just to put it out there. The second act was alright but 1 and 3 are just lol funny and I’ll explain.

In the first act (The First DohEl) Homer delivers the sermon for Reverend Lovejoy and Ned Flanders, who is supposed to be his replacement but he fainted after a Papercut. It was about how The virgin Mary and Joseph Learned that they were expecting the baby Jesus. In this case, Homer was Joseph and Marge was the Virgin Mary and Lisa was Gabriel. When they needed a room at the inn, Moe was the inn keeper. The three wise men were: principal Skinner, Dr. Hibbert and Professor Frank who came bearing gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh, regifted by Professor Frink to the King of the Jews because “who needs myrrh? ” The two shepherds were Lenny and Carl and of course, Mr. Burns was King Herod. Oh, and Bart was the baby Jesus. If you know the real story you get the idea why characters were what they were and let’s not forget that Cheif Wiggum, Lew and Eddie were King Herod’s man. Let’s just say the sermon homer gave was successful.

Act III was basically focusing on the music of The Nutcracker and various character sang songs to the tune of some of the peaces, mostly about getting gifts for each other or forgetting to get them, in Homer’s case. If you really want to dig deep into the episode here is the link. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simpsons_Christmas_Stories

As for the first act, I like how The Simpsons make fun of such things as religion, in their own edgy yet respectful way. If you watch the episode it may seem a bit subversive to make fun of the birth of the baby Jesus but, they don’t mess with the story which is good. I think by them Simpsonizing it they make it more fun yet palatable to those who aren’t really into that sort of thing. That’s the main thing I appreciate about The Simpsons and refreshing to hear a comedic take on any type of religion and or religious stories.

On the birthday front, Singer Frank Sinatra would’ve turned 100 years old yesterday, had he lived today. Of course, we know that he died in 1988 at the age of 82 and some of his songs were used on The Simpsons. For example: the song witchcraft was used in the Season three episode BART the murderer, sung by Bart. His signature song New York New York was used at the end of the Season 9 episode The City Of New York Vs. Homer Simpson, sung by a soundalike. His son Frank Sinatra Junior is a good friend ofFamily Guy creator and Season 24 guest star Seth MacFarlane. Will the younger Sinatra or his daughter Nancy appear as guest starrs on The Simpsons one day? Well, it’s hard to say but I don’t close the door on any possibility and I’m still holding out the hope that Corey Taylor will guest star as himself or as a character.

Speaking of Corey, his birthday was on Tuesday, as well as the anniversaries of the murders of Dimebag Daryl and John Lennon. Had Lennon survived, I think maybe, just maybe he would have guest starred, along with his ex Beatles band mates. Oh, The Doors singer Jim Morrison would’ve turned 73 years old on Tuesday as well, had he lived or if he is still alive.

Well that’s about it for this Simpsons Sunday post. In the mean time, I recommend checking out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
Also, check out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
Don’t forget about Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you can comment directly to me that way too.
You can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again on Weather Wednesday.

The Sad Side Of Christmas

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. I’m certainly looking forward to the next episode Paths Of Glory tonight and wheather Sideshow Bob will show up or not. It was thought that he would be on it at first but now, I’m not so sure.

On a sad note, singer Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver passed away on Thursday, aged 48. I liked his work with both bands but unfortunately, I never had the chance to see them live. RIP Scott and my condolences to your family and friends. Thank you for all your great music over the years, whether it was with the bands I’ve mentioned or with your solo work and appearances on other peoples albums and movie soundtracks. For example: the one time band The magnificent Bastards have a couple songs: Mockingbird Girl and a cover of John Lennon’s How Do You Sleep? which both appeared on movie soundtracks and a John Lennon tribute album respectively.

This weeks post is on the episode I Won’t Be Home For Christmas, which aired on December 7th 2014. Basically, Homer gets home very late from Moe’s Tavern and Marge assumes that it was his idea to come home early the next day. She kicks him out of the house and he goes off looking for places which are opened but there aren’t a lot of options. He pays a visit to Apu and purchases some scratch and win tickets, of which none of them are winners.

At home, Lisa and Bart are wondering why Homer isn’t with them and Marge considers letting this go or doing something about it… Like leaving Homer. Moe shows up and tells Marge that it was him who made Homer stay with him at the bar as late as he did and Marge goes off to find Homer.

Homer ends up at a party with people who look like food and eventually, Marge shows up and forgives him and tells him that she won’t always assume everything he does is his fault. They go back home and I’m not sure what happens next but I can assume that they go up to their room and well, you know. Mean while, Bart and Lisa wake up and open their presents, before Homer and Marge emerge from their loving room.

I like this episode because it shows that Christmas isn’t just all about good cheer, shopping, Santa Claus and all that stuff. There are certain people in our population, who live on hard times during the season. Especially now that it’s colder outside. We only to think of those people to, as well as those of us who have the luck of a warm house to live in and a warm bed to sleep in at night. What I realized after watching the episode was at the end, their was a preview of sorts, of the next episode The Man Who Came To Be Dinner. If you have it in your iTunes collection or how ever you have this episode and others from Season 26, take a listen and look at both this and the next episode.
Well that’s about it for this Simpsons Sunday post. In the mean time, I recommend checking out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
Also, check out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
Don’t forget about Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you can comment directly to me that way too.
You can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again on Weather Wednesday.