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Someone online was describing a nightmare he had when he was little, where Superman was waiting in the bushes to attack him. I thought it was such a goofy idea I had to sketch it:

The Simpsons used to be so awesome:

I think it can be a problem when anything gets too polished: Notice the strange lavender sky and Homer’s weird motions and angle during his soliloquy – I think it makes the whole thing a lot funnier and more “intimate,” contrasted with how the animators have figured out a way to do everything consistently now, taking the surprise out of it. Maybe it’s just nostalgia, but when the show was dealing with the ’80s and early ’90s it seemed so much “realer,” whereas now they make self-conscious references to things like cell phones and Facebook in a bid for relevance. Any comedy that isn’t completely absurdist needs to engage with the society that created it somehow, granted, but by deliberately drawing attention to the “furniture,” I think it actually diminishes its ability to comment on and point out all the silly things we take for granted. …Or you could just say “Show, don’t tell.” Whatever works for you.

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  1. Andrew
    Posted April 8, 2009 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Amen about the Simpsons. I don’t know quite what it was about the earlier episodes vs. today’s, but I totally agree with you here. Homer somehow seemed…more genuine back then, and the dialogue seemed more natural, witty, and smooth. Nowadays it all seems somehow contrived, and the plots seem to be trying too hard. Maybe it’s just that, of course, it’s a very old show now and you just can’t keep up that kind of energy forever.

  2. frogisis
    Posted April 8, 2009 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Definitely… When anything goes on long enough you start to see the proverbial strings holding up the spaceship. I had trouble sleeping one night and ended up watching a bunch of Simpsons clips until I got tired again, and realized there’s a definite drop in writing quality that creeps in at about the same point where the art gets polished and consistent. I guess that’s where it went from being a new, clever show that skewered pop culture to becoming the establishment itself, like how if you hear the Stones these days you’re probably watching a car commercial.

  3. Posted May 10, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    I like your post. Good stuff. Keep them coming :)…

  4. Posted May 13, 2009 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Wow! Thank you very much! I always wanted to write in my site something like that

  5. Posted December 1, 2015 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Well, my marriage has not only maneagd to survive after an affair, but our marriage is better than it was before the affair (well, if not better stronger and more mature). My wife cheated on me, and while I was devestated and thunderstruck, we decided to see if this was something we could work past and save our relationship.The primary advice I can give to you is to make sure that you are willing to make changes to make the marriage work as much as you expect to get your spouse to make changes. Most of the time after an affair the spouse will make their SO simply pay for what they did in order to show that they won’t put up with what happened and make them pay the price. The problem is that once the pennence is over your relationship is no better off and probably worse off than it was beforehand.As much as it seemed like the wrong thing to do, when my wife cheated on me we tried to figure out what we could BOTH do to fix our marriage. Sure there were more than a few screaming matches and attempts by me to try to push her away to see if she would just leave. And I certainly called her a number of things that I wouldn’t be allowed to repeat here. However, when it came to the marriage I also talked to her about what was lacking in our marriage from her perspective and we BOTH tried to address it. I didn’t just draw up a list of demands that she please me, I worked on the marriage and things I was not doing or communicating and she did the same.It was a hard and painful journey, one that 3 years later is probably not 100% complete. Yet, I can say with certaintly that we are closer now than we ever were before and we understand each other now more than we ever did before. Sure there are moments where I let myself dwell on what happened, but honestly my main regret is that it took us going that far down before we were willing to fight for our marriage.So yes, it certainly can work, but you have to BOTH invest into it for it to work. That means you have to give as much as you get which seems wrong to reward him for his bad behavior, but in the end, if you both commit to the relationship, it can work out.That doesn’t mean it can work out for everyone, nor does it mean that it will work for you. However, it is certainly possible to overcome this so long as you don’t just try to forgive and forget. It isn’t about putting it behind you, it is about moving forward to a point where it happens to be behind you. But you will never forget, that is the thing you both will always have to live with. I hope for your family that it is mainly a regret that you both ever let it get that far.

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