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I helped with iPhone: The Missing Manual. Please buy it here!

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Once again, I was thrilled to assist award-winning tech writer David Pogue with his latest iPhone: The Missing Manual book. And this year, my picture is even in it!

No, that’s not me cartwheeling on the cover. David was out walking and had his iPhone 5s with him when he saw a complete stranger walking on his hands. David asked if he could snap him and the guy agreed.

For many years now I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to help David with his iPhone guides. It’s quite an honor that he appreciates my work. He sends me each of the books’ chapters as he writes them. I review the tech in the book—trying out his tips and suggesting some of my own. I also took some of the screenshots for sections of the book where it’s helpful to see a picture of what he’s writing about. And in two of those I snuck in “selfies” of me—but don’t let the prospect of seeing my ugly mug keep you away from the book! With a Magic Marker you can customize those pictures to make me look even sillier.

This year was a huge undertaking because Apple didn’t just make an incremental update to last year’s iPhone operating system, they started from scratch with iOS 7—changing almost everything about it. This meant that in the expanded 7th edition of iPhone—The Missing Manual, David had even more to explain than ever before.

I highly recommend this book to all iPhone users, and not just because I helped with it! After reading just a few pages of it, you’ll discover why it’s the world’s most popular iPhone book. David has a fun, witty way with explaining the complexities of Apple’s computer-in-your-pocket while providing tips, workarounds and shortcuts in his full-color illustrated guide. You can read it all the way through and enjoy it—or pick and choose which parts of iOS 7 you want help with immediately.

Both of Apple’s new iPhones are covered, too—the iPhone 5s and 5c—as well as information for those who’ve upgraded to iOS 7 on their old iPhones. The changes in iTunes on a Mac or PC as well as tips about the revised apps that Apple makes for the iPhone are in the book this year as well.

You should order iPhone: The Missing Manual now using this link that takes you to Amazon.com. When you order the book from that link—or anything at all there after using the link, for that matter—I’ll get a few cents out of each sale. (That’s whatcha call “full disclosure”… Oh, I am also paid very generously by David for helping him each year with the book. But I’d love iPhone: The Missing Manual even if I wasn’t a part of it).

I’d love to hear from you if you have a comment or a question about this. Leave a reply below or follow me (@DisneyEcho) on Twitter and leave a comment there!

“Rich Custard Dishes”

20130929-105333.jpgHmm…Something very familiar about @GaryKWolf’s “Toontown Through a Keyhole: Rich Custard Dishes” ^_^

Gary K. Wolf’s long-awaited 3rd Roger Rabbit novel

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Hey, Roger Rabbit fans!

Gary K. Wolf has a Facebook page — “Fans of Who Wacked Roger Rabbit? — where you can keep up to date on all the latest developments about Gary’s long-awaited 3rd Roger Rabbit novel.

Check it out: “Fans of Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?.

Gary also writes on his blog: Toontown Through a Keyhole. That’s fun, too!

Jessica Rabbit Busts Out at Disney Park

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Image courtesy of CharacterCentral.net

Originally brought to Toon life in Gary K. Wolf‘s novel “Who Censored Roger Rabbit?”, Jessica Rabbit first appeared onscreen in Disney/Touchstone’s 1988 “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” motion picture but has been noticeably absent from Disney theme parks as a character you can “meet and greet”.

Until yesterday.

On May 24th, Jessica Rabbit walked around for the very first time in any Disney theme park. The photo above was taken in Disneyland Paris during the Disney Dreamers Event.

She’s not creepy, she’s just portrayed that way.

Jessica certainly wasn’t creepy looking on the old Pleasure Island sign at WDW…
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and she still looks great in many animatronic depictions of her in Roger Rabbit’s CarToon Spin at Disneyland.

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But this walk-around of Jessica Rabbit in the park is a bit creepy looking because with this particular mask face she seems like a blow up doll. It would be better to have the same outfit below the neck but with a beautiful real woman face character (with padding in her costume as necessary). Also, change the wig to cover her right eye most of the time, as in the Roger Rabbit movie. And the look can be achieved with humans portraying Jessica, as in this photograph courtesy of Hyracoden Photography Studio:
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It would be more interesting if Jessica could talk, which is easier if she’s a face character. There might be fewer passes and pawing by too-excited males if she’s allowed to say snarky lines at them and occasionally slap a face when necessary, too! There just needs to be an advisory sign at the meet and greet area, similar to ones at Splash Mountain but with the wording slightly changed to “CAUTION: YOU MIGHT GET SLAPPED.”

For more about the Jessica Rabbit walk-around character see The Jessica Rabbit Debate – Park Character Under Heavy Scrutiny.

What are your thoughts about this? — leave a reply below or follow me (@DisneyEcho) on Twitter and leave a comment there!

All photos and characters copyrighted © by their respective owners.

Disney’s Monstrous Summer 24-Hour All-Nighter

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As part of the “Monstrous Summer” promotion, Disney kicked off “24 Hours of Magic” in its parks on both coasts of the U.S.

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom as well as Disneyland and Disney California Adventure were open for 24 hours, which ended this morning.

Here are my thoughts that I wrote about it, from home, on Twitter as DisneyEcho

https://twitter.com/ThrillVillePark/status/338113938438901760

https://twitter.com/DisneyEcho/status/338155886830829569

https://twitter.com/EisnerCEO/status/338330008298864641

What are your thoughts about this? — leave a reply below or follow me (@DisneyEcho) on Twitter and leave a comment there!

Weird stuff viewed on the Disney Echo this yEAR

Crunchy numbers

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This Disney Echo blog had 28,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals. But probably not very well.

Disney Echo readers are weird. Or maybe I’m weird, I forget. But here are the posts that somehow got the most views in 2012:


Subliminal Message in Disney Tangled Marketing


Ghost orb photo courtesy D.Frazier, http://www.diannespiritlight.comTitanic Ghost Tour


Disney Park AppNew Official Disney Parks iPhone App Features Augmented Reality And Official Wait Times


TangledDisney Tangled: Spoilers


Free iPhone app lets you zoom while recording


Disneyland PeopleMover, Innoventions replacement, Tomorrowland revamp, Frontierland expansion approved? Here’s why


Song of the SouthDisney rereleases classic Song of the South


Lego Store at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney


20121110-130130.jpgiPhone — The Missing Manual for iOS 6, iPhone 5 and earlier iPhones


20121112-183334.jpgiPhone iOS 6 Bug with Sounds


20120929-200532.jpgHappy birthday, Siri!


20120921-153417.jpg Siri vs Siri: The battle of the iPhone 5 turn-by-turn navigation apps


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Thanks, everyone, for a wonderful year!

The Land of Disney


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This is a parody of adventure movie trailers. It was shot on iPhone at Disneyland in Anaheim, California and edited in iMovie. Enjoy it on YouTube or in higher quality on Vimeo.


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The display on this page is set up to show the posts in reverse chronological order of when they were posted originally, so if you want to read the reports from the beginning, go to the last post on the last page and work forward. The first entry about the Koster family's July 2008 Disneyland trip can be found by clicking here and the first entry about their Easter 2008 Disneyland trip can be found by selecting this link.

That link goes to the very first travel-related article on this website: Welcome to our Trip Report.

The entry made after that first one is found after clicking the link named "Our Vacation Plans At-A-Glance" and that link is found above and below the first entry.

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