March 30, 2015


People seem to enjoy things more when they know a lot of other people have been left out of the pleasure.
Russell Baker



"It is surprising, is it not, how soon in life the die is cast."
— Hercule Poirot (David Suchet), Five Little Pigs (2003) Poirot (1989-)



"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
- Thomas Watson (1874-1956), Chairman of IBM, in 1943



MOVIE TRIVA
Jurassic Park (1993) (part 10 of 53)
  • The sounds made by the Dilophosaurus were a combination of the sounds of howler monkeys, hawks, rattlesnakes, and swans. The main cry of the Velicoraptors was a combination of the sounds of elephant seal pups, dolphins and walruses. The elephant seal sounds were recorded at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA, a marine mammal hospital that rehabilitates and releases sick and injured seals and sea lions.
  • During the scenes with the T-Rex, Steven Spielberg would roar like one through the megaphone. The cast cracked up whenever he did that.
  • Wayne Knight felt Nedry deserved to die, but it bothered him that it happened off-camera, and it was not as gory as in the novel where he was also decapitated.
  • The raptors in the kitchen scene was filmed on Joseph Mazzello's 9th birthday. Due to a misunderstanding, Joseph ran into one of the raptors on one of the takes and was injured.
  • The gun that game warden Muldoon uses is an Italian Franchi SPAS 12, a commonly used gun in films due to its aesthetic modern appearance. Steven Spielberg kept the gun after the production ended. It is part of his very large, private gun collection, and he had many of the stars sign it. When he invites guests to his home in Beverly Hills, he lets them shoot it.
  • Hammond (Richard Attenborough) creates the dinosaurs from DNA trapped in amber. He also carries around a cane capped with a mosquito in amber. Attenborough's brother is naturalist David Attenborough, who has his own collection of animals trapped in amber. This was the focus of The Natural World: The Amber Time Machine (2004).
  • The company name "InGen" is the Norwegian, Danish and Swedish word for "nobody".



  • A man can do only what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day.
    Albert Schweitzer



  • The issue of leap year and the weirdness of February is always worth looking at because, coming so infrequently, who can remember the explanation for it from the last time? The earth revolves around the sun every 365.24 days, not an even 365. That produces an extra day's worth of hours every four years. We could distribute them as a bonus to everyone: a one-day time-out every fourth year in which the clock is stopped and we stay in bed all day. But we don't. Instead we add an extra day onto February. Why February? It was originally the last month on the Roman calendar and a logical place to stick the extra day. But Julius Caesar changed the first month to January, stranding February and its little peculiarity in the second spot.



  • "My life can be measured in hours, I serve by being devoured. Thin, I am quick, Fat, I am slow, Wind is my foe. What am I?"



    Yogi Berra
    I don't mean to be funny
    Yogi Berra



    ““The only thing that does not change is that at any and every time it appears that there have been great changes”



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