April 4, 2015

Nothing is irreparable in politics.
Jean Anouilh

"I hope they don't hang you, precious, by that sweet neck. Yes, angel, I'm gonna send you over. The chances are you'll get off with life. That means if you're a good girl, you'll be out in 20 years. I'll be waiting for you. If they hang you, I'll always remember you."
Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart), The Maltese Falcon (1941)

"You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone."
- Al Capone (1899-1947)

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 15 of 53)
  • The real species called Velociraptor was much smaller (about turkey-sized) than the animals in the film and were believed to have been feathered. They were part of bipedal, bird-like predators of the family Dromaeosauridae, some of which were even larger than the "velociraptors" in the film.
  • The scene where Grant, Tim and Lex meet the heard of Gallimimuses was scheduled to be the last scene shot on location in Kauai. When Hurricane Iniki hit, filming for this scene had to be postponed. Production returned to California and then, a few weeks later, Sam Neill, Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards had to travel back to Hawaii, but this time to the island of Oahu, to shoot the scene.
  • Although sickly in the film, a Triceratops could in reality battle a T-Rex.
  • Steven Spielberg considered Richard Dreyfuss for the role of Dr. Alan Grant.
  • The crew had to have safety meetings about the T-Rex; it weighed 12,000 pounds and was extremely powerful. They used flashing lights to announce when it was about to come on to alert the crew, because if you stood next to it and the head went by at speed, it felt like a bus going by.
  • The sound of the T-Rex killing Gennaro and a Gallimimus was Gary Rydstrom's Jack Russell terrier Buster, shaking a rope toy in his mouth recorded and slowed down because he thought a T-Rex would sound just like that. Buster also provided the sound for the T-1000 eye-spiking a prison guard in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).
  • The T-Rex chasing the Jeep took some engineering. Paleontologists alleged a T-Rex could run up to 50mph. But the model was too big to run that fast, and its bones couldn't support its weight. So they dialed it down to a more acceptable 25mph. Hammond says it can go 32mph.
  • When the audience first saw the T-Rex, Steven Spielberg wanted it from inside the cars so the audience feels like they're experiencing it right there with the characters and feeling their fear.

  • In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
    Bill Cosby

  • A car uses 1.6 ounces of gas idling for one minute. Half an ounce is used to start the average automobile.
  • Many of us feel that we have at least one book in us. But the business of publishing and the process of creating and selling a book can be forbidding. In New York City, America's publishing capital, things have gotten so hectic that some agents are seeing several editors over the course of one lunch.
  • The Lord's Prayer appears twice in the Bible, in Matthew VI and Luke XI.

  • Why do scuba divers fall backwards out of a boat?

    America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.

    "For darkness restores what light cannot repair."

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