Re: Dandyism

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So is that the Smurf that John Oliver voices?


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 8:26 AM
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Maybe they can do an all BBC remake. Judi Dench IS Smurfette! That guy from Downtown that everyone wants to fuck* IS Hefty Smurf! Alec "Papa Smurf" Guinness comes back from the beyond to play the role of a lifetime and stop everyone from thinking he was only ever Obi Wan Kenobe or Kenobi or whatever!

*British slang for "eat scones with and discuss favorite Jane Austen characters."


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 9:01 AM
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s/b Downton. I absolutely always do that.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 9:02 AM
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I mean, I always assumed that The Smurfs did not take place in the US, since there seem to be castles, catapults, cauldrons and general medieval sensibilities (that start with C).


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 9:04 AM
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I had no idea what this post is about, not having seen a Smurfs cartoon in twenty-odd years and not remembering who Vanity Smurf is. So I googled and found the Smurfs wiki which explains, and is very careful to clarify that the events of the movies are non-canonical.

What sort of people write a Wiki like this? Do you think they have some kind of rivalry with the bronies?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 9:08 AM
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Do the sharply dressed smurfs come from Quebec City?

Personally I think they should do a dark, gritty, "postmodern" reboot of the smurfs, like the recent Batman and Bond reboots.


Posted by: AcademicLurker | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 9:18 AM
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What sort of people write a Wiki like this?

Employees of marketing firms specializing the "astroturf"-style ad campaigns.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 9:18 AM
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The logistics of the smurf pie eating contest could only result in hard feelings.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 9:21 AM
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I think you mean astrosmurf.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 9:26 AM
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Personally I think they should do a dark, gritty, "postmodern" reboot of the smurfs, like the recent Batman and Bond reboots.

Bouncy-shaped but painted a more sober color? Or grizzled and human-shaped but still sky blue?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 9:27 AM
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When I was fanatical about The Simpsons, circa high school, my mom used to dismiss them as "yellow smurfs" which honest-to-god enraged me. Now I see the humor in it, though.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 9:29 AM
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Personally I think they should do a dark, gritty, "postmodern" reboot of the smurfs, like the recent Batman and Bond reboots.

Like so.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 9:32 AM
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12: that was awesome.

Now they need a sequel in which the lone survivor obsessively seeks revenge.


Posted by: AcademicLurker | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 9:38 AM
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I somehow catalogued Gargamel as the name of the cat, not the evil wizard, so now I think of Gargamel as a bad-ass name for a cat, which I guess it could be, if I got a cat and named it Gargamel.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 9:40 AM
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Is 12 Robot Chicken? Because if not, their Smurfs parodies should also be linked by someone not at work.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 9:48 AM
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No! It is an anti-war Unicef ad.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 9:53 AM
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Also Despicable Me 2 was really great. Haven't seen the first. Embarrassingly, my love of eastern European accents meant I can listen to Gru and get a bit dreamy about it.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 10:21 AM
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Personally I think they should do a dark, gritty, "postmodern" reboot of the smurfs, like the recent Batman and Bond reboots.

"Avatar", I think it was called.

(Joke already made by South Park among others)


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 10:26 AM
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I don't feel the TV show was canonical either. The canon is in the original Peyo comics, in which Vanity plays a far smaller, and less problematic, role.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 11:03 AM
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For example, in season 2, episode 1, they had a plotline where Bigmouth stole the magic egg from Gargamel, but in the real Smurfs, neither Bigmouth nor Gargamel were featured in the Magic Egg story.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 11:12 AM
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But how do you feel about bronies?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 11:16 AM
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I've now seen a few episodes of MLP:FIM with my kid and can see the appeal of Bronyism; there is something weirdly pleasant and soothing about the show. Still, I suspect that the core of "Bronyism" is more about finding a transgressive unifying principle for one's subculture rather than just unmediated love for Rainbow Dash and Pinky Pie.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 11:25 AM
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Robot Chicken dark Smurfs parody, with "problematic" Vanity Smurf and Avatar. Peak thread, people.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 11:28 AM
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Unmediated love for television characters seems challenging.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 11:31 AM
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Except for the medium, there isn't much mediation.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 11:36 AM
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I like the fact that each time the Smurfs were exported to a new country, some marketing guy had to come up with a name for the creatures that would have the same feel as "Schtroumpfs" did for the original Belgian audience.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 11:41 AM
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Smurf in different languages


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 11:44 AM
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"Smurf" in different languages, including proper HTML


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 11:45 AM
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In 1980's Poland there was a protest movement called Orange Alternative that would dress up as smurfs, paint themselves blue and shout slogans like 'We love the police' 'There is no freedom without smurfs' and other absurd slogans. The police and their political masters were unamused but rather confused.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 3:02 PM
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Oh thank god. I was worried that 23 linked to a thread where all these ideas had been stitched together in the archives, only with more hilarity.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 5:23 PM
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29: And now it's English football fans who dress up as Smurfs.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 5:33 PM
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17: Haven't seen the sequel yet, but loved the original. The youngest girl with her unicorn was adorable.


Posted by: J, Robot | Link to this comment | 09- 2-13 6:33 PM
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Does anyone have experience using Vonage? I am considering replacing my DSL service with municipal broadband. The problem is that the savings I would get from removing the internet service from the bundle I get from the phone company (local + unmetered long distance + DSL) is only about half the cost of the broadband service. It's not worth $30-$40 more per month to me to improve the speed of my home internet connection (though the improvement would be substantial indeed -- on the order of 5X).

If there were a way to take the phone company out of the equation entirely, I would do it. N.B. mobile-only is not an option, as the cellular coverage is too erratic.

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Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 5:58 AM
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Does anyone have experience using Vonage?

I have experience pronouncing it in my head, where it rhymes with "phonage" and is only said in heavy surferese, like "dude, get some vonage, brah".


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 6:19 AM
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Germans are elevated to the aristocracy through a process of vonnage.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 6:25 AM
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My parents either have Vonage and after some initial adjustments got it working so well they don't mention it anymore or they dropped Vonage and now don't mention it anymore because they have a regular phone.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 6:25 AM
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33: I don't have experience with Vonage. Tried Skype as a temporary substitute for a land-line once and it didn't work that well. One possibility to consider if you're otherwise comfortable with cutting the cord might be a femtocell (Verizon Network Extender, AT&T MicroCell, or whatever your carrier's equivalent is) to improve your home coverage.


Posted by: widget | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 6:51 AM
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I had Vonage for several years when I was a full-time telecommuter (in a company of mostly full-time telecommuters), and used it for regular meetings with my boss and my group, customer calls, endless impromptu Raindance meetings, etc. - probably several hours a week for a few years. It was just fine. I might worry about it being my only connection for emergency purposes, but a cell phone has sufficiently different failure modes that I wouldn't worry if I had both.


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 10:10 AM
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I've had Vonage for years. Been generally happy with it, although I don't understand why there isn't an option to go online to set up a blacklist of numbers I don't want to hear from.

We're in the middle of a move overseas and we've taken along our Vonage router. I'm hoping it works, because it would be awesome to be able to keep our US phone number.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 09- 3-13 5:36 PM
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34: no fuckin' way!? me too, brah! I don't know if it can provide all your totally cruce phonage, but I, like, don't care, and stuff.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 1:49 AM
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How are you meant to pronounce it? Rhymes with tricotage?


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 2:25 AM
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Emphasis on the second syllable. v'NAZH. As in "dommage".


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09- 4-13 2:32 AM
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