March 29, 2015

It's not how much you know, it's how much they think you know.
Jennifer Cudmore

[after Jack has just arrived at the Central Intelligence Agency] "Jesus! You look like hell!"
Admiral James Greer (James Earl Jones), The Hunt for Red October (1990)

The computer cuts my production time in half. I love it.
Scott Adams

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 9 of 53)
  • Grant fashioning a functioning seat-belt with only two latches (female ends) and no latch plate (male end) foreshadows a later scene where the dinosaurs are suddenly able to breed, despite that they were all originally female.
  • Sean Connery was offered the role of John Hammond. Ariana Richards' audition consisted of standing in front of a camera and screaming wildly. Director Steven Spielberg "wanted to see how she could show fear." Richards remembers, "I heard later on that Steven had watched a few girls on tape that day, and I was the only one who ended up waking his sleeping wife off the couch, and she came running through the hallway to see if the kids were all right."
  • Many errors were corrected digitally: some stunt people were made to look like the actors, and in one scene an entire Ford Explorer was digitally generated.
  • The original idea for Jurassic Park (1993), came from Michael Crichton's attempt in 1983 to write a screenplay about a Pterodactyl being cloned from an egg. The screenplay and movie never came to fruition. Originally, Crichton's novel was rejected by his "people", a group of about 5 or 6 personal acquaintances who always read his drafts before he sends them off. After several rejections, Crichton finally figured out what was wrong: he had originally intended for the story to be through the eyes of a child who was at the park when the dinosaurs escaped, which his peers felt was too ridiculous, and could not identify with the character. Michael Crichton re-wrote the story as it is today, and it became a huge hit. (The story also incorporates the "amusement park run amok" element of Michael Crichton's Westworld (1973).)

  • The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.
    Adam Smith

  • The car-making Dodge brothers Horace and John were Jewish, that's why the first Dodge emblem had a star of David in it.
  • Studebaker was the only major car company to stop manufacturing cars while making a profit on them.
  • The first person selected as the Time Magazine Man of the Year - Charles Lindbergh in 1927.

  • Forward and forward I go, never looking back. My limit no one knows, more of me do they lack. Like a river I do flow, and an eagle I fly. Now can you guess, what am I?

    A bicycle can't stand on its own because it is two-tired.

    "Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go but rather learning to start over."

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