This is not an actual picture, but somewhere in this world (namely The City of Brotherly Love), associate editor Mouseinphilly plans to give out candy to the local kids dressed as Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, while his youngest nephew, Matthew, will be Perry the Platypus this year on Friday, October 31st. Don't say that those of you in the Tri-State Area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware have been forewarned, but you just were.
Don't do that, or that, and definitely don't do that
When you first come to a wiki, you don't know what the rules are. There's a few common sense things that can apply to most wikis, but sometimes they have a lot of rules and policies about what you shouldn't do. We've got our share of them as well.
But what about the other end of the spectrum? Where are the lists of what you should do that helps you be a better member of the wiki?
This is something I have been thinking about for a while and last week I was asked by a person on a different wiki what the rules of that wiki were because he didn't want to be blocked again. That had happened elsewhere, but it was good that he wanted to take the extra step to find out what he needed to do differently.
What I want to do is create a sandbox page that anyone can contribute to, and we'll use those ideas to put together a "How to be a good editor" page. These would be the things that you know can really help a wiki. While it may be necessary to include a few things not to do, the focus should be on the good things that you want to encourage someone to do.
There's no deadline for adding your ideas. This can be something we work on over several months before we look at putting it into a finished form.
Looks like no one had any concrete ideas about what kind of Halloween background we should have, so I'm going to put one together this weekend. Maybe more than one. We'll have to see. If you do have an idea, get them in now in the blog.
Odds 'n' Ends
Last issue, we told you about the new costumes that were being sold by Spirit Halloween. In that same article, there also was the old do-it-yourself costume suggestion subject. Oh, how tempus does fugit, because we completely forgot that Mouseinphilly had written a guide to this subject back in Issue 77 of the Tri-State Gazette. You can find it here for all your make your own costume ideas.
Remember Phineas and Ferb's Rockin' Rollin' Dance Party? Well, sadly all things must come to an end, and on November 3rd, it's the last dance, last chance to party with the boys and the Fireside Girls dancers. Quite a few of our members made the trek to Disney California Adventure to watch and participate in the show. It's been a blast, and thanks to the participants on the cast for all of the fun.
October's easily the scariest month of the year. It's a month where nothing is safe, not even a four run lead in the 8th inning. (And that was technically still in September yet!) Fortunately, here at The Numbers Game, the newsletter column that breaks down the numbers of our favorite show, we fear nothing. In this issue we look back at one of the show's prior Halloween exploits before there were zombies that looked a lot like retro pharmacists.
"That's the Spirit / The Curse of Candace" hit the new airwaves on Friday, October 7, 2011 with two airings on its premiere night. Viewers preferred the later evening showing, with 3.366 million lonely viewers watching their brightly-lit TVs. This marked a 19 percent decrease from "Bullseye!" the prior week. This ranked 6th among cable programming behind a pair of Game Fives in the National League Division Series (including the Brewers' extra-inning walkoff win over Arizona) and the three other new shows in Disney's lineup (Wizards of Waverly Place, A.N.T. Farm and Jessie). While this was not good enough for the Cable Top 25, falling about 230,000 viewers short, a Sunday morning rerun (of an unknown episode) did manage to check in at No. 21.
The 2011 Halloween episode didn't really make a huge dent among the younger age group. Kids 6-11 was the only demographic where the new episode reached the Top 10, checking in at No. 8 despite an 11 percent drop from the previous week. The week saw Jessie top the charts among Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11, while Shake It Up took the honors among Tweens 9-14. Among Adults 18-49, Phineas and Ferb checked in with a 0.5 rating, dropping two tenths from "Bullseye!".
There may not be any new episodes coming up, so we will jump into the "Night of the Living Pharmacists" in our next issue. Until then, leave your comments down below, at least one of my favorite teams is doing something right, and remember...that the numbers never lie.
It must be October because of the chill in the air, the leaves falling and the scent of pumpkin spice everywhere. It also brings about All Hallow's Eve, the night of October 31st that allows you to dress up and get away with free candies. The Boys of the Endless Summer have been scared, scaring and treating everyone with horror-filled (in a comedic way) episodes, so here's a list of them.
First aired on February 15, 2008, the boys go searching in an Egyptian-themed theatre for a mummy, only to find that it was a promotional prop, but what they didn't know that their sister, trying in vein as usual to bust them, is covered in butter and toilet paper looking for them with stale bubble gum in her mouth.
Debuting October 3, 2008, Isabella has a case of the hiccups, and remembers going to a haunted house. Of course, they build one, and everybody is in on the act, except Candace, who has her own problem: Little Suzy Johnson, Jeremy's sister, of whom Buford has the willies. The Bettlejuice style song is a perfect Halloween tune, or was it tomb?
Premiering on October 17, 2008, Grandpa Fletcher tells a muted-color story about Ferb's great-great-great-great uncle creating a platypus monster with Dr. Phineastein, and Doof tells Perry about his ancestor Jekyll Doofenshmirtz and his plans to use a brewer concoction-ator to become a monster, but becomes a fairy princess instead. Constance is going to tell mob about this.
We waited three years for the first official Halloween episode, and there it was. Everyone's trick-or-treating, and they stumble upon a haunted house and a boy named Russell on October 7, 2011. Perry sees Doof and in a plan that goes absolutely wrong, the evil scientist becomes a were-cow. Oscar winning actor Michael Douglas lends a guest star voice as Waylon the magician, and his son Dylan plays Russell.
Also debuting that night was this episode where Candace and Stacy are at a movie theatre watching a werewolf-vampire flick (voiced by none other than Anna Paquin, another Oscar winner, her husband Steven Moyer and Michael J. Fox) when Candace is most likely bitten by a bat on display in the theatre. She thinks she's been turned into a vampire, even after playing with the boys' inventions for their friends (anti-gravity jets, fake dumbbells, a disappearing mirror and a remote controlled sunlight) that she couldn't believe it.
Plenty of in-jokes for this episode, which premiered on October 4, 2013. Start with Vanessa, throwing a big Halloween bash in a castle inherited by her dad, dressed as a vampire queen for the occasion (her voice actress, Olivia Olsen, voices Marceline the Vampire Queen on Adventure Time.) Add gags about the costumes worn by Candace and Stacy (including said vampire queens and Scarlet Pimpernels which would come in handy later for Stacy) as well as Major Monogram and Carl as Carmen Mirandas, a Foot-Stomp Mash Up, a tango on the reason Pimpernels and Vampire Queens fall in love, and a treasure hunt for Doof and Perry on an big cash reward for being a favorite son of Great Aunt Henrietta, and this makes for all the fun you can handle.
The next night, the next spooktacular episode was unveiled in the first three-part episode of the series as Mr. Macbre welcomed us to his book mobile for three tales of terror: Candace unleashes a spell that makes her Ducky Momo doll come alive and seeming scare her, Doofenshmirtz greets the inexplicable Giant Floating Baby Head by being granted three wishes, and the gang fears the worst when Perry is spilled by grape juice thanks to Buford and multiplies into clones. All in all, a haunting good time.
We then waited six days until our next scary episode, where in the Doof and Perry story, the doctor was watching bad horror movies and comes up with a make-living-creatures-larger-inator, and uses it on a bat he bought from a closed bat circus named Derek. Vanessa tells him to get over that fear, and not before Derek flies to St. Louis...with Doof in tow.