The Simpsons Fans, Unite! FXX Announces Online “Simpsons World”

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Simpsons FamilyPicture” © Fox. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.

My family is ready with our Apple TV for next month’s The Simpsons excitement.

But wait! There’s more!

Accompanying FXX network’s launch of the first-ever The Simpsons marathon that will be running from August 21 through September 1, the network announced the upcoming “Simpsons World” on their FXNOW website and in apps for iOS, Android, and Xbox, offering each and every last episode to network subscribers.

This is an outstanding gift to the world; over the past several years Fox Networks has been working very hard protecting the copyright for the show, limiting their current streaming service to just a few episodes at the time via Hulu Plus.

Let me tell you what’s really cool about “Simpsons World.” Unlike other online content streaming services, “Simpsons World” will be fully customizable for a unique viewing experience. You can search via characters, guest stars, episode themes, and even your favorite quotes from the series.

Even though I had written last month about contemplating cutting the cord with our cable TV, this is actually part of our family’s motivation for delaying canceling our cable. Please note that you need a participating cable/satellite provider login and password to access FXNOW.

Read more about the announcement here.

Sound off in the comments if you’re excited about this availability. We want to hear from you Simpsons’ fans!

The Simpsons Pay Tribute to Miyazaki

Two animated universes will collide on the small screen this Sunday, January 12, in a new episode of The Simpsons. Fox has released a sneak peek of a scene that honors the films of anime master Hayao Miyazaki. The Studio Ghibli founder recently announced his retirement from filmmaking; his upcoming release The Wind Rises will be his last, he says. See how many references you can spot in the clip above.

For those playing at home, there were nods to Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, and Howl’s Moving Castle (and possibly even more we didn’t catch).

The episode, which is titled “Married to the Blob,” features a romance between Comic Book Guy and a manga creator named Kumiko. As if we didn’t already have enough reason to watch, it also boasts guest stars Harlan Ellison and Stan Lee as themselves.

Towel Day: 42 Occurrences of The Number 42 in Pop Culture

42 © Lincolnian via Flickr
42 © Lincolnian via Flickr

Any good geek knows that the answer to the great question of life, the universe and everything is 42. But were you aware just how often that number has crept up in pop culture? From apartment numbers to Hurley numbers, dates to car registrations, the number 42 is everywhere when you start looking hard enough. Here are 42 examples of the number turning up in pop culture.

1. The first reference that Douglas Adams made to 42 was during a sketch called “The Hole in the Wall Club” in which Griff Rhys Jones mentions the 42nd meeting of the Crawley and District Paranoid Society.

2. In Star Trek, the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) has 42 decks.

3. In The X-Files, Agent Mulder lives at apartment 42.

4.In Caprica the license plate of Starbuck’s truck is “FB 42 E3.

5. In Spore, the Staff of Life is limited to 42 uses.

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Geeky Dummy Text for Designers

fillerama_1If you’ve done any graphic or web design (or hired someone to do design for you) you’re probably familiar with the Latin dummy text that is used as a place holder during the planning stage. According to lipsum.com, “Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book.”

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nunc euismod vulputate justo, eu condimentum leo auctor in. Vivamus eleifend, orci vel blandit scelerisque, nisl odio faucibus turpis, sed tempus urna enim et nulla. Vivamus dictum ligula sit amet orci gravida eget pellentesque urna commodo. In eros nisi, ornare at vehicula eu, iaculis in sapien. Pellentesque lacinia dapibus vehicula.

It took more than 500 years but finally there is an alternative that even geeks can love. With Fillerama you can insert quotes from Star Wars, Futurama, or the Simpsons into your work in progress.

You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away! Alderaan? I’m not going to Alderaan. I’ve got to go home. It’s late, I’m in for it as it is. You mean it controls your actions?

That big project of yours just got easier to bear, didn’t it?