How Much Do You Know About 80s Music?


You Scored 65% Correct

You are a solid child of the 80s

You’d never confuse Tiffany from Debbie

And while you may not know Prince’s first #1 hit

You know every word to Little Red Corvette

How Much Do You Know About 80s Music?

I thought I’d do better, but I only remember the last year of the 80s, so I guess 65% isn’t too bad.

Where were the U2 questions, though? Scandalous. 😉

Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Springfield anymore…

chris_simp3.jpg Not sure about you, but I feel like I’ve been dodging spoilers all month. First there was Harry Potter, then The Simpsons MovieHP was easier as most people read it at once, so you just had to avoid anything online. The Simpsons has been harder. I meant to see it opening day but got sidetracked – and then of course everyone I know wanted to talk about it. Seriously, it was starting to feel like something from “The Charge of the Light Brigade”. Spoilers to right of me, spoilers to left of me, spoilers in front of me, volley’d and thunder’d…

Anyway, I finally managed to see it over the weekend. Really enjoyed it. I was a little dubious going in; I’ve been a fan of the series since it started (I’m getting old, lol) but I haven’t been watching it as much over the last few years. The stories have been more about putting The Simpsons into strange situations than having any real plot. The movie though is much more like what I remember; quirky, but more about the relationships between Homer and Marge, Homer as a father to Bart. It was nice seeing the writers get the formula right after such a long wait.

The thing which surprised me was the number of families seeing the movie. The cinema was about 3/4 full and a lot of them were fathers and sons seeing it together. I’d not really thought about it before but The Simpsons has been around long enough to transcend 3 generations; if you were 14 when it started, it’s possible that your parents liked it and now you could have a child yourself who’s grown up with the show. And everyone seemed to get something different from it; the kids found the gags funny, while the parents sympathized with Homer trying to do the right thing (and failing).

My favourite parts were Bart’s nude debut (I almost choked at Flanders’ “Thank you, Lord, for this bountiful… penis!”) and Cargill’s manipulation of President Schwarzenegger, but I really enjoyed the scenes with Bart and Homer as well. The writers walk a fine line with Homer; make him too stupid and he just seems retarded, but by exploring Homer through Bart, we see him differently – we see he’s not perfect, but he’s trying, and that’s really the heart of the story. I also thought Hans Zimmer did a good job with the music. He captured the spirit of the show very well, something I thought only Danny Elfman could do.

My only real criticism is the length; 87 minutes is okay, but they cut out material with characters like Sideshow Bob which could have made it longer. Perhaps the scenes just didn’t work, we won’t know until the DVD’s out. Other than that I thought it was great fun, one of the few films this year which hasn’t disappointed. If there’s anyone else who hasn’t seen it yet, it’s definitely worth it. Just make sure you bring donuts. And yes, that’s a Simpsonized picture of me; click it if you want to do one of your own. 😉

Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Springfield anymore…

chris_simp3.jpg Not sure about you, but I feel like I’ve been dodging spoilers all month. First there was Harry Potter, then The Simpsons MovieHP was easier as most people read it at once, so you just had to avoid anything online. The Simpsons has been harder. I meant to see it opening day but got sidetracked – and then of course everyone I know wanted to talk about it. Seriously, it was starting to feel like something from “The Charge of the Light Brigade”. Spoilers to right of me, spoilers to left of me, spoilers in front of me, volley’d and thunder’d…

Anyway, I finally managed to see it over the weekend. Really enjoyed it. I was a little dubious going in; I’ve been a fan of the series since it started (I’m getting old, lol) but I haven’t been watching it as much over the last few years. The stories have been more about putting The Simpsons into strange situations than having any real plot. The movie though is much more like what I remember; quirky, but more about the relationships between Homer and Marge, Homer as a father to Bart. It was nice seeing the writers get the formula right after such a long wait.

The thing which surprised me was the number of families seeing the movie. The cinema was about 3/4 full and a lot of them were fathers and sons seeing it together. I’d not really thought about it before but The Simpsons has been around long enough to transcend 3 generations; if you were 14 when it started, it’s possible that your parents liked it and now you could have a child yourself who’s grown up with the show. And everyone seemed to get something different from it; the kids found the gags funny, while the parents sympathized with Homer trying to do the right thing (and failing).

My favourite parts were Bart’s nude debut (I almost choked at Flanders’ “Thank you, Lord, for this bountiful… penis!”) and Cargill’s manipulation of President Schwarzenegger, but I really enjoyed the scenes with Bart and Homer as well. The writers walk a fine line with Homer; make him too stupid and he just seems retarded, but by exploring Homer through Bart, we see him differently – we see he’s not perfect, but he’s trying, and that’s really the heart of the story. I also thought Hans Zimmer did a good job with the music. He captured the spirit of the show very well, something I thought only Danny Elfman could do.

My only real criticism is the length; 87 minutes is okay, but they cut out material with characters like Sideshow Bob which could have made it longer. Perhaps the scenes just didn’t work, we won’t know until the DVD’s out. Other than that I thought it was great fun, one of the few films this year which hasn’t disappointed. If there’s anyone else who hasn’t seen it yet, it’s definitely worth it. Just make sure you bring donuts. And yes, that’s a Simpsonized picture of me; click it if you want to do one of your own. 😉

When did I become an authority on Anthony Mundine?

I’ve been inspired. I’ve been keeping an eye on Alynda’s and Simonne’s blogs over the last couple of weeks, and recently they’ve both been studying the search terms that have brought people to their blogs. Alynda calls it “Google-age” and I’m going to steal that term as I love it so much. They’ve both had some unusual and funny googleages, so I thought I’d go and have a look at some of the ones that have brought readers here as well.

It’s kind of left me scratching my head. Apparently I’ve become an authority on Anthony Mundine without knowing it. In the last week I’ve had these googleage variants: “anthony mundine” “platinum ryder anthony mundine lyrics” “Anthony Mundine culture” “anthony mundine music” “platinum ryder lyrics anthony mundine”. There were others as well the week before, so it’s been a steady stream – but I’ve only ever written one article on Anthony Mundine. You can find it here and most of the terms don’t even relate to it.

It’s strange because I don’t have a strong opinion of Mundine. I don’t like his behaviour and the way he’s mouthed off against opponents and authority much, but he’s a big donor to various charities and he won the respect of Steve Waugh, who doesn’t give it away lightly. I respect that side of him. It was one post and I didn’t even tag it properly, so it’s not something you’d expect to find its way to the top parts of the searches… and yet it has. Strange.

So there it is, I’ve become something of an authority on Anthony Mundine; just what I always wanted. 😉 Apart from that, there were a couple of others I thought I’d mention, worth a laugh.

write to someone going through rehab
lindsay lohan and reaction to allegation

Why would you want to write to Lindsay Lohan? Wait a few weeks and you can visit Nicole Richie in jail! Who knows, you might even be able to get her to eat something for once…

tennis is boring
Would I say tennis is boring? I, the world’s biggest fan of Roger Federer? No. I said there was a danger Federer was making tennis boring (this was before Nadal)… I guess that was enough.

attitude of t.a. barron regarding merlin
I thought The Lost Years of Merlin was a good book for kids who liked Harry Potter… no idea where the attitude bit came from. But what’s going on, doesn’t anyone use capitals anymore?

darren hayes david prowse
These weren’t even related posts, but somehow they came up in the search terms together. Maybe something to do with Darren Hayes being a Star Wars fan?

greg bear quantico plot spoiler
It’s a review – if you don’t want spoilers, mate, don’t read it.

“a piece of his own heart” harry potter
This could be a song. “And – he – gave – her a piece of his own heart, yeah, yeah, a piece of his own heart – so that they never would part – a piece of his own heart”

Ah, where would we be without Google? 🙂

5 things that will never change at Wimbledon

There’s been a bit of a shakeup at Wimbledon this year: women will earn the same prize money as men for the first time, Hawk-Eye is being introduced, and a roof is (finally) being built. All good changes, but to balance it here are 5 things that I think will never change.

5) Players will always wear white

4) Tim Henman will always lose

3) Rain will always frustrate players and fans

2) Strawberries and cream will always be spectator favourites (62,000 pounds of strawberries and 1,540 gallons of cream are sold each year)

1) And Sir Cliff Richard will always perform during the rain (and shortly thereafter, the suicide rate in Britain will spike upward 🙂 )

5 names you might not want to call your children

Another Fives list for you. All these are real names, believe it or not. You might want to think about not using them, unless you really hate your kids! 🙂

5) Pilot Inspekter (Jason Lee’s son)

4) Sage Moonblood (Sylvester Stallone’s son)

3) Superman (2 Supermen in Britain)

2) Gandalf (6 Gandalfs in Britain)

1) Firiona Vie Ayers (from Everquest)