April 3, 2015

Man has no greater enemy than himself.

[on the phone with his wife] "I'm gonna hang up. You can keep talkin' but I'm gonna hang up."
— Lt. Columbo (Peter Falk), "Columbo: An Exercise in Fatality (1974)"

"Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservative."
John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 14 of 53)
  • The last element to make the dinosaurs real was sound. They had to guess what they sounded like because vocal cords wouldn't survive to the present, so Steven Spielberg instructed Gary Rydstrom to make them sound like animals; real, but big and deep. Rydstrom recorded different animals and then pieced them together. The Dilophosaurus was a swan call with a hawk, a rattlesnake and a howler monkey. Raptors were dolphins, a walrus and geese that when blended, sounded horrific. These sounds were put onto a computer and then played through a keyboard. Rydstrom's favorite scene was when the T-Rex ate a Gallimimus, and it looks up one last time, either to beg for mercy or just to see what's got him; Rydstrom likened it to a dog playing with a chew-toy. Ironically, the T-Rex and the Gallimimus vocals were performed by Rydstrom's Jack Russell terrier, Buster.
  • The leaf Ellie examines is something she took en route, and its in the trailer but not the film.
  • Steven Spielberg received $250,000,000 from the film's gross and profit participations.
  • When Michael Crichton was asked why the novel with Jurassic in the title had a dinosaur from the Cretaceous period on the cover, he replied that had never occurred to him, and admitted "that was just the best looking design".
  • To give the 1993 Ford Explorer XLTs the appearance that they were driverless and were running on an electric track, the SUVs were driven by remote from the rear cargo area of the vehicle. The driver was hidden under the Ford Explorer's cargo canvas, which was always pulled closed during filming. To see where to steer the SUV, the driver watched a small TV that was fed outside images via two cameras. One camera was mounted on the dash in front of the steering wheel, and the other was mounted on the lower center portion of the front bumper, above a black box. Both cameras can be clearly seen in the movie several times.
  • Anna Chlumsky and Christina Ricci auditioned for the role of Lex Murphy, but the part went to Ariana Richards.

  • Dreams are necessary to life.
    Anais Nin

  • Owing to a faulty cornerstone, the church of St. John in Barmouth, Wales, crashed in ruins a minute after it was finished. It was rebuilt, and the new edifice has endured to the present day.
  • A car operates at maximum economy, gas-wise, at speeds between 25 and 35 miles per hour.
  • A car that shifts manually gets 2 miles more per gallon of gas than a car with automatic shift

  • The higher I climb, the hotter I engage, I can not escape my crystal cage.
    What am I?


    A Daniel come to judgement

    “Things do not change. We change.”

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