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Recently, I was reading an old, unproduced pilot by former Simpsons writers Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein. It is called Great Society, and the script is great. You can find it on the Twitter if you want to check it out, and I think you should. It takes place in the 60′s, and there are some jokes about Nixon in it, and I laughed, as I often do at Nixon jokes. Which is where things get odd.

The thing is, I literally don’t remember Richard Nixon being alive. Our lives crossed, but by the time he died I had not heard of him. Which makes sense, given my age, and the nature of the world and such. Also, this could be not true, but I don’t have any memories of hearing his name or hearing about him dying. I may have heard him in passing, but he was an old man out of the public eye by the time I started collecting memories. However, I still have an affinity for Nixon jokes, and it seems pretty clear to me where this comes from.

I speak, of course, of The Simpsons. And Futurama too. Nixon is such a punching bag in both of those shows, and rightfully so. If anything, their cartoonish take on him is like Will Ferrell’s George W. Bush. It is almost more than they deserve, because it makes them figures or jovial ridicule instead of barbed contempt. Ah well. The jokes are still funny. Sometimes war criminals are humorous.

So, in short, I have heard so many Nixon jokes, and he has become a real touchstone to me, despite him as a real person not being part of my life. And I’ve used him as a comedic point too. He’s weaseled his way into my go to people for jokes, although a lot of my old pop culture references have gone by the wayside, as I don’t traffic in quite the same kind of jokery anymore. I mean, I used to drop names like Corey Feldman all the time for the sake of humor, but now I don’t know if I really do that same sort of thing. I still laugh at lots of Nixon jokes, though. Thanks Matt Groening.

 

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Existential Parachute Pants: A 90′s Pop Culture Podcast – Episode 58: Face/Off

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Face/Off is not about hockey, and it’s barely about anything. The movie tells the tale of John Travolta and Nicolas Cage being themselves then being one another and a bunch of nuts stuff happens. It’s pretty iconic in its ridiculousness. We have thoughts about it. Maybe we should have pretended to be one another when recording it. A little late for that.

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The theme song remains “Her Favorite Bra” by Dan Emery Mystery Band. Thanks for listening, especially if you are in secret magnet jail.

 

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The Cadillac of Dinosaurs

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Evidently, there was a cartoon for children that aired for one season in the mid-90′s called Cadillacs and Dinosaurs. That is an evocative title. The main character is an eco-warrior named Jack and he has a group of dudes called the Mechanics, just like Mike did. A chick named Hannah often comes along for the ride. They face ecological issues and poachers and shit. Also, there are dinosaurs. And intelligent lizards called Griths.

Here’s the thing. The dinosaurs I get. I mean, it doesn’t make sense in the story at all, and has nothing to do with environmental issues. I get why it’s in the title, I mean. Dinosaurs catch the eye. What I don’t get is the cadillacs. I don’t see where cadillacs fit into things, or what they have to do with this show. They aren’t race car drivers. Apparently Jack has a Cadillac, but big deal. It wasn’t magic. It’s not like there are a bunch of Cadillacs, near as I can tell. It seems out of place. Cars and Dinosaurs doesn’t make much more sense. Why not just Jack and the Dinosaurs? Or Mechanics and Dinosaurs! That makes sense. They are called the Mechanics!

This is why this show got cancelled after one season. It’s all branding, dudes.

 

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Smiles, Everybody! Pokemon Smiles

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I never really played the Pokemon, with the pokey and the man and so on. I played the Game Boy game briefly, like, for 20 minutes or something, but I never saw the show or played the card game or anything. I did, however, play Pokemon Snap.

Pokemon Snap is an odd premise for a video game. You play Todd, a “Pokemon photographer,” who goes through all these different levels in a “motorized buggy” and you have to take pictures of pokemon. Like, they are around, and take pictures with your camera. Sometimes they do stuff, and that gets you more points. Basically, it is a video game where you succeed by taking as good of a fake picture as you can.

I played this a handful of times, so I imagine I enjoyed it to some degree. It was fairly basic and simple, and you didn’t have to really be into Pokemon to get into it. Of course, I wasn’t into picture taking, either, so I don’t know what I got out of it. Well, what I got out of it was that it was a video game that we had rented, and thus played. I ended up playing a lot of games a few times on account of that. Apparently there was also a voice recognition Pokemon game for the Nintendo 64 called Hey You, Pikachu!, which I did not play ever. It was the only voice recognition game that came out in the United States for N64, and one of two in general.

I am also familiar with the Pokemon from the Super Smash Bros. series of games.

 

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Nobody Wants To Be Anybody’s Thurston Moore

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So, uh, I don’t have a ton to say here, but I’ve been listening to Sleater-Kinney recently. I hadn’t really listened to them before. I had listened to Wild Flag, and their drummer Janet Weiss used to drum in The Jicks, and I’ve watched Portlandia, but I hadn’t really listened to Sleater-Kinney at all.

Well, I was missing out, because they are tremendous. I listened to a bunch of their stuff recently, and it’s pretty much front-to-back top notch. I listened to two albums from the 90′s, Call the Doctor and Dig Me Out, in their entirety. They are both excellent albums. If you like edgy, energetic rock music, give it a shot. The vocals are really interesting too. I know “interesting” is probably both an inapt and tedious word to use there, but I did it anyway. What I mean really is that they are distinct and idiosyncratic, but I think they are by and large very good. Also, did you know by and large is a nautical term?

Anyway, Sleater-Kinney dudes. Get with it. Over a decade later. Like me.

 

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A Schtickel Of Emmy’s

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On the Emmy’s last night, Bryan Cranston won, once again, for his role as Walter White on Breaking Bad, while Anna Gunn won, for the second time, for playing his wife Skyler. Of course, these two have another connection. They were both on Seinfeld.

I don’t need to tell you about Cranston’s time on Seinfeld. He was Tim Whatley. He showed up several times. He tried to date Elaine. He considered Jerry an agitator. He had a beard once. It was nice to have him around, because Cranston is a very talented actor, and it was a good character.

Gunn was around for only one episode. I don’t remember her character’s name. She dated Jerry. She loved air conditioning. George thought he saw her kissing Jerry’s cousin Jeffery. It may have just been a horse, and it may not have been Anna Gunn. Honestly, Gunn doesn’t make much of an impression in this episode, admittedly, but she wasn’t given much to do. She was just a girlfriend, and not even a fun one. She didn’t get to have any hangups or quirks. She was acted upon entirely. Gunn would very much impress as Skyler, of course.

Also, Seinfeld is a tricky show to parse sometimes. Like, to what extent is the real life ethos of Larry David or Jerry Seinfeld coming across from time to time? Because, as we all know, the gang are awful people, but they aren’t always in the wrong. Sometimes they are right, but the world is against them. Sometimes, though, things seem weird in the middle. I’m always reminded of that episode with Denise Richards as Bob Balaban’s daughter. It always felt like that episode was abiding the notion of a dude looking down a teenager’s shirt, which, you know, would be super creepy. But, it is hard to be sure. Unlike in real life, where I know Jerry Seinfeld is a creep.

Aaron Paul, to my knowledge, was never on Seinfeld

 

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