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Another Simpsons-related post? Yeah, but whattya gonna do

This is, to date, probably one of the greatest linkbacks this blog has ever received (Ya hear that, Gothamist??)

From the great blog Dead Homer Society, which is dedicated to preserving the memory of the true glory days when The Simpsons ruled our lives and our conversations (not to be confused with what the site succinctly dubs” Zombie Simpsons,” aka the double-digit seasons of the show calling itself The Simpsons that just WON’T EFFING DIE). It’s from a roundup of links from Friday pointing back to the previous post:

I will return the linkback love by pointing you some of the Dead Homer Society’s most dead-on descriptions of why true Simpsons fans feel not only frustrated but also personally assaulted by the show’s perilous decline in quality after a certain point, including their manifesto and this explanation of the unseen true social cost of Zombie Simpsons:

That is why Zombie Simpsons needs to be attacked and criticized.  Not because it’s a boring, mediocre television program (there are lots of those), but because each new episode eats away at the foundations of one of the most important and influential shows ever made.  Every year a new batch of Zombie Simpsons gets dumped into the rerun pool and steals precious airtime away from the good ones, and so each new batch of potential fans has to work a little bit harder to see the good stuff.  Bit by bit Zombie Simpsons is poisoningThe Simpsons for future generations.

And, as we all say: won’t someone think of the children?

Favorite new blog feature

Worst News Ledes, from MEDIAite, the buzzy new media blog on the scene (because we don’t have enough of those already), created by Dan Abrams of NBC.

Here’s an excerpt:

2. From Daily Mail, “The BNP councillor who drives a car with ‘Nazi’ number plate”:

A senior British National Party member has infuriated his opponents by driving in a car with a number plate that resembles the word ‘Nazi’.

BNP councillor Julian Leppert arrives at meetings in his black Ford Focus with a registration NA51 ZCY.

But the rising star of the far-right wing party insists he had no idea the number plate looked like ‘Nazi’.

This may be the most breathlessly written exposé yet about a government-assigned license plate that kind of looks like the word ‘Nazi.’ As one of the article’s commenters points out, under the British vehicle registration system, N stands for North,  A for Newcastle, and 51 for the year 2001,  “so a large number of cars registered in newcastle in 2001 will have the prefix NA51.” Apparently, they are all Nazis.

Abrams calls the site Huffington Post meets Gawker (whereas I thought Huffington Post was already Drudge Report meets Gawker, and The Daily Beast was Page Six meets Huffington Post slathered with a layer of Gawker, and Gawker itself was The New York Times letters page meets message board, so if anyone can trace back to the irreducible nut of internet ingenuity, let me know). But the site is pretty entertaining and informative, though it probably replaces “Idolator” as the hardest blog name to pronounce.

Plus it has a cross-platform job search tool so you can see across different career services just how many jobs that aren’t out there for you all at once!

For anyone who doesn’t know, ledes are notoriously hard to write. Sometimes they are self-evident, revealing themselves in a violent mashup of the day’s events and the victims involved.  Sometimes you can spend a half an hour or hour crafting the right mix of information and intrigue that you know will draw the reader into the story, all in 30 words or less. Then you look at the New York Times and see their unadorned, simplistic ledes and wonder why you spent so much time worrying about it in the first place.

Ledes were never my strong suit. I’m much more of a nut graph kind of guy. Maybe I’ll start a media new blog in the coming days: NutGraphKindaGuy.blogspot.com.

The nut of the story. It’s where the information is. You know you want to read more about it.


from clumpy.blogspot.com

See ya at Blog 9 3/4

Inverted Soapbox is off to England for a week! This trip will now take over the spot for my most authentic British experience, a position previously held by a four-year stint as an employee of Union Jack’s on the Seaside boardwalk.

England, of course, I have every reason to expect will be nearly identical in look and behaviour to this:

Probably no posts in the next week or so, so this is a good chance to offer some recommended reading, a virtual Diagon Alley of blogcest, if you will:

Subway Style — Robin Monheit’s blog on fashion underground

Brokelyn — Living big on small change in the county of Kings (look for a new post by me on Father’s Day, I think)

Look at This Fucking Hipster — In case you haven’t seen it yet, for all your Billyburg schadenfreudists. Probably only about a week away from the inevitable book deal, I figure

Cribbster — A peak into the projection room of the J. Edward Cribbs’ cinema-fueled mind, focusing on the movie scene in Atlanta. He was linked to by Gawker last week. Nevermind what for.

Jeff Vrabel dot com — Music reviews, interviews and columns from a terribly underemployed editor in South Carolina, who texted me like 100 times this weekend about how many times he ran into Ted Leo backstage at Bonnaroo.

And, in honor of the trip, the only authentic British person I know (confirmation pending), Peter Hull, staff writer at the Charleston Post and Courier and all-around football hooligan.

Cheers, mates!

Web clip: Brokelyn’s swaponomics

Swaponomics: bring t-shirts, get Kiss albums

by Tim Donnelly | 5.31.09 | 1 Comment // SHARE | PRINT

Some people (not us) have a hard time believing the concept “free.” Organizers at the Score! swap meet in BKLYNYard on Saturday repeatedly had to remind visitors that yes, it’s free, as in, just take as much as you can carry, and if you want more than you can carry, come back later with a bigger bag. Get used to it, folks—Mean Red Productions, the group behind the event, told us they’re trying to open a semi-permanent swap-meet store. But can you really get anything decent at these things? We performed a  spot check.

alex-legerPhotos by Tim Donnelly

Alex Leger, 24, assistant manager at Baked, Red Hook
Got rid of: Nothing: “I heard about this at midnight. I’m just here to take.”
Walked away with: New Ikea picture frames, art prints, a piece of a glass brick wall, a large wooden frame.  “It’s a project in itself just to refurbish it.”

Keep reading the rest of the post. See more pics from the event here.

And tell yo’ friends about Brokelyn!

What they’re teaching in J-school today

One of the most frequent discussions among my fellowship of disaffected print journalists these days (besides the maximum bodily tolerance for whiskey and the availability of internships in ether the Laserdisc or American auto industries) is just what in the hell people in journalism schools could possibly be telling kids these days. I found out the answer this week, sort of.

UMDs j school building

UMD's j school building

Journalism schools traditionally are very print-oriented, and the University of Maryland’s (which I attended) was no exception. This print-centric approach, in my mind at the time, was a great thing. I  am biased toward the  importance of print media over other forms anyway, and it allowed us to share intimate classroom space with some of the DC area’s greatest living journalists: David Broder, Haynes Johnson, Gene Roberts, David Lightman (not Mathew Broderick from War Games) and others. Broder brought Dana Milbank and Mike Leavitt (and his daughter) into class unannounced on separate occasions. Continue reading