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Posted on April 1st 2006 by Arthur in Pop culture

Wikipedia has a great list of dozens of today’s April Fools jokes, from the Internet, TV, radio and newspapers. Very funny stuff.

CNN Europe TV changes appearance

Posted on February 11th 2006 by Arthur in Pop culture, Television

CNN Europe today changed their TV look. The familiar American red and blue interface has been replaced by a much more British, simple, boxy look. More »

Uproar at closed gates of HK Disneyland

Posted on February 2nd 2006 by Arthur in Disney, News, Pop culture

When Hong Kong Disneyland was filled to capacity by 11:30am today, an angry mob of parents tried to force their way into the park after the gates were closed. Furious crowds pushed and grabbed on to fences. Some lifted their children over the fences into the park and others climbed over themselves. More »

Happy Groundhog Day

Posted on February 2nd 2006 by Arthur in Illinois, Pop culture, Travel

Today is Groundhog Day, and this reminds me of our visit to Woodstock IL in December, where the movie Groundhog Day was filmed. There are events today in Punxsutawney PA and Woodstock IL for the event. More »

It is final: Disney buys Pixar

Posted on January 25th 2006 by Arthur in Disney, Leiden, Movies, News, Pop culture

After a lot of rumours it is now official that Disney acquires Pixar for $7.4 billion. I think this is a great deal for both companies. I was disappointed a few years ago when Michael Eisner let go of Disney’s contract with Pixar, but now it looks like Disney will continue to distribute Pixar’s films as it has for the last 12 years. More »

Pre-opening Mount Everest at Animal Kingdom

Posted on January 18th 2006 by Arthur in Disney, Pop culture

This week the new Mount Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida pre-opens for cast members. Disney also launched a new website for the attraction: www.disneyeverest.com. More »

Google: “We’re sorry, but this video is not available in your country”

Posted on January 12th 2006 by Arthur in Life in Holland, Pop culture, Television

This week’s newly launched Google Video Store has been very badly received by the press and the blogosphere (“So far it’s just a really crap web site,” writes The Register‘s Ashley Vance). Personally I am very disappointed that the TV shows available in the new video store (CSI, Survivor, Star Trek, to name a few) are not available outside the United States. More »

Woodstock, set of Groundhog Day

Posted on December 30th 2005 by Arthur in Illinois, Pop culture, Travel
See my other posts about Groundhog Day in Woodstock:

Today we visited Woodstock, IL, to see the set of one of my favorite movies, Groundhog Day (1993), featuring Bill Murray. Groundhog Day was filmed here 13 years ago, but everything still looks just as in the movie. You can retrace Bill Murray’s footsteps from Ned’s Corner to Tip Top Bistro to the place where he stepped into the puddle, then across the street toward Gobbler’s Knob in Square Park. More »

Sudoku madness

Posted on December 22nd 2005 by Arthur in Pop culture

Do you know what the number 6,670,903,752,021,072,936,960 stands for? It’s the number of possible (9 by 9) Sudoku grids, as calculated by Bertram Felgenhauer. Since we saw so many Sudoku books on our last trip to London, and Amy started doing the puzzles on her way to work, I decided to pick up a small book of Sudoku puzzles myself. This was only last week and already I am hooked; it’s incredible how addicting these puzzles are, and how quickly I am longing for new and more complicated ones. More »

The Best of 2005

Posted on December 19th 2005 by Arthur in Pop culture, Science & technology

This is the time of year when magazines and websites publish ‘Best of 2005 …’ lists. Here is a list of some of the best news stories, books, movies, music, and gadgets of 2005. More »