This issue sets a new record for our newsletter, but it's not a good one. The newsletter is almost a week late, which I have to chalk up to problems at work that left me with no time or energy to work on it. From what I can tell, it's going to be about the same for a while, so I will have to do some planning over the next couple of days so I can avoid having this happen again.
To all those who were missing the newsletter, I'm sorry.
Message Wall has arrived
If you haven't noticed it, the Message Wall is now active. You should have noticed it because we talked about it in the last two newlsetters and in the Community Messages.
When you send a message to someone, they will see an indicator next to their name at the top-right of the page that shows how many messages are waiting for them. If they reply, you'll see the same indicator so you can go back there and see what they said. As always, if you're on a different wiki, you'll receive the standard "you have new messages" popup to let you know.
If you'd like to have a header above your messages, create a page called Message Wall Greeting:yourName and replace "yourName" with your actual user name. There's more information about this on the Preparing your Message Wall Greeting help page.
Odds 'n' Ends
From Mouseinphilly: Hey, Where's the Perry Topiary? Yes, Phineas and Fern have gone green. If you visit EPCOT at Walt Disney World in Florida, you can see their topiaries en route to the World Showcase. Amd maybe, you can even play Agent P's World Showcase Adventure there as well.
Thanks to KinHikari, who alerted me that a new documentary will be released this fall. I Know That Voice is about the history and processes of voiceover artists. If you've seen Dee Bradley Baker demonstrate how he does Perry's voice, then you won't want to miss this, especially since some other Phineas and Ferb cast members are in it, like Dan, Swampy, Tara Strong, Diedrich Bader and Kari Wahlgren. Check out trailer #1 and trailer #2 on YouTube.
Watch for something special to happen on the wiki to mark the premiere of the Season 3 finale and cliffhanger, "Where's Perry?".
Before we get to the subject of missing monotremes, the day before the debut of the first part of this summer's biggest cliffhanger, July 25th, is used by marketers as something called "Christmas in July", where radio stations play holiday music, cable systems on demand music channels play holiday videos, sales are held and so an and so on. I should know a bit about this as I am an administrator (with fellow user JeremyCreek) on something called the Christmas Specials Wikia.
So in that spirit, let's retro review A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas, where the boys make a live holiday special sponsored by Wintobreath Toothpaste in a tribute to the old, old, old TV specials of the 1960s and 1970s, before there were over a thousand cable channels and hosted by big name stars like Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, or in this case, The King Family.
Of course, we all know the three important plot lines: The special (with a guest appearance by none other than Kelly Clarkson), Candace trying to bust them and Doofenshmirtz building another inator to try and get his Christmas shopping done because Phineas and Ferb's special is on, putting Agent P to work on stopping it. After all, as Ferb says "Every Christmas family special needs a little forced drama." The shopping part? Been there, did that, different holiday though.
All in all, this is a spiritual sequel (or prequel in this case) to "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!" I wrote on my blog on Christmas Specials Wikia that it was a wonderful episode, and enjoyed it. After all, isn't that the Holidays are all about, even if it's five months away?
Several years ago, there was a commercial for an office supply store where the dad was joyfully riding a shopping cart through the store, while his two kids trudged slowly behind him. The dad was celebrating the return of school and it was accompanied by the song It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year! Unfortunately for many of you, that time has returned. To help perk up your spirits, there are several school supplies now available.
If you need something to hold your lunch in, both places have you covered. The soft-sided lunch bag to the right was at Toys R Us, and I got it during their "buy a backpack ($12.99 or more) and get a lunch bag free" sale. Walmart also has a combination backpack and lunch bag for about $13.
To go along with the lunch bags, Thermos has two "FUNtainers" available. One is a beverage bottle with a built-in cap and drinking straw. The second is a food jar. Both will keep items cold, the bottle for 12 hours and the jar for 7. The jar will also keep foods warm for about 5 hours. They're made out of metal, so read the directions for what types of food and drink that shouldn't be put in them.
Finally, different stores will have different kinds of notebooks and other school supplies. The Toys R Us store had a set that included two portfolios and a 70-page notebook. If you've read past newsletters, you know that stores like Walmart, K-mart and Target also have these kinds of things. They're not typically listed on the websites, so you just have to go exploring through the stationery and office supplies areas to see what they have. If you go to Walmart, check the "Under $1" section for other Phineas and Ferb goodies.
In keeping with my "start planning things ahead" plan that I talked about in the Crat Corner, I already know what I'm going to do for the next merchandise review. It's time to take a look at the latest in the series "Funnest" games: the Funniest Card Game Ever!