April 5, 2015

Habit is a great deadener
Samuel Beckett

"Signor Lassparri comes from a very famous family. His mother was a well-known bass singer. His father was the first man to stuff spaghetti with bicarbonate of soda, thus causing and curing indigestion at the same time."
Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx), A Night at the Opera (1935)

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 16 of 53)
  • When the T-Rex turned at the sound of the doorslam, Steven Spielberg wanted a quick turn because "slow isn't scary".
  • The best dinosaur movies in the past were done with stop-motion photography, but Steven Spielberg wanted to push the effects envelope. After interviewing every effects shop in town, a cadre of effects people were assembled. Stan Winston created the live action dinosaurs, which were to be quick, mobile, full-size animals. Winston broke Jurassic Park (1993) into three phases; research, design and construction. Winston's team spent a year on research, consulting with paleontologists, museums and hundreds of texts. His artists prepared detailed sketches and renderings that later led to 5th scale sculptures and the 20ft T-Rex.
  • 'Samuel L. Jackson' qv) was supposed to fly to Hawaii to film Arnold's death scene but a hurricane destroyed the set and the scene had to be scrapped; he regrets this because he was physically chased by them and killed and he really wanted to do it.
  • If one looks carefully, when Malcolm is being chased by the T-Rex and it catches up with him at the Porta Potti, as it smashes its way through, one can see Malcolm on the T-Rex's snout.
  • The most commercially successful film of the Jurassic Park franchise, the most popular, and the biggest monster movie of all time. Its also one of the highest grossing films of all time.
  • In the 3D version, Steven Spielberg claimed adding leaves to the jeep chase took the excitement from a seven to a nine.
  • Michael Crichton wrote the novel in 1990, but he first got the idea in 1981. Crichton wasn't sure how to plausibly bring dinosaurs back to life until he learned about insects in amber preserving their DNA, which was the breakthrough he had been looking for. He later learned the idea is hypothetically possible. A Weevil, containing dinosaur blood from more than 65 million years (125-135) ago was discovered in amber. But DNA quickly breaks down in an insect, which is why Jurassic Park's dinosaurs are more fictional.

  • Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
    Winston Churchill

  • The Luxor Hotel (shaped like an Egyptian Pyramid) is 36 stories tall, required more than 150,000 cubic yards of concrete, six thousand construction workers and 18 months to build. It takes a specially designed window washing device 64 hours to clean the sides of the pyramid, which is covered by 13 acres of glass. The Luxor atrium is the world's largest and could comfortably hold nine Boeing 747 airplanes.
  • To prevent some numbers from occurring more frequently than others, dice used in crap games in Las Vegas are manufactured to a tolerance of 0.0002 inches, less than 1/17 the thickness of a human hair.

  • I have two rings. I move by request. If the mixture is not right, I just sit at rest.
    What am I?

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

    "I am dead. Only vengeance can restore me!"

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