April 6, 2015

Don't wait for the last judgment - it takes place every day.
Albert Camus

[to Seth]"You gotta get with the program if you're gonna catch this guy."
— Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood), Absolute Power (1997)

"Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so."
- Bertrand Russell

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 17 of 53)
  • Biosyn is InGen's genetics rival in the novel.
  • Michael Crichton estimated that the screenplay has about 10 to 20% of the novel's content.
  • John Williams scored the film at the end of February, 1993 and recorded it a month later. He felt he needed to write "pieces that would convey a sense of awe and fascination, given it dealt with the overwhelming happiness and excitement that would emerge from seeing live dinosaurs."
  • Dennis Muren suggested most of the full size dinosaurs could be done on computer from head to toe, but he had to prove it first to Steven Spielberg, which he did with a skeletal Gallimimus herd running through a field. Spielberg was so blown away by the scene, especially when a fleshy T-Rex arrived on the scene; he and Tippett looked at each other and Tippett said, "I think we're extinct". Spielberg liked the line and gave it to Jeff Goldblum to say to Sam Neill in the Visitor's Centre.
  • The electric cars in the film are Ford Explorers, but in the novel, they were Toyotas; Steven Spielberg managed to get seven for the film. The Explorers were modified to create the illusion of automation by hiding the driver in the trunk. The jeeps were also customized for the shoot. Universal Studios, Japan has a replica of one of the Ford Explorers from the movie.
  • To study the movement of the Gallimimus herd, the film's digital artists were ordered to run along a stretch of road with some obstacles, their hands next to their chest.
  • At one point Lex is hanging from a floorboard between stories. She looks up for a moment. The stunt double looked up accidentally while filming and Ariana Richards' face had to be superimposed in post production.

  • Success is that old ABC - ability, breaks, and courage.
    Charles Luckman

  • A 41-gun salute is the traditional salute to a royal birth in Great Britain.
  • At the height of the teddy bear's huge popularity in the early 1900s, there is record of one Michigan priest who publicly denounced the teddy as an insidious weapon. He claimed that the stuffed toy would lead to the destruction of the instincts of motherhood and eventual racial suicide.
  • Beatrix Potter created the first of her legendary "Peter Rabbit" children's stories in 1902.

  • In olden days, the student of logic was given this problem: If half of 5 were 3, what would one-third of 10 be?

    Yogi Berra
    I never figured I'd go into the Hall of Fame. A kid from the Hill.
    Yogi Berra

    “My country owes me nothing. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor. In no other land could a boy from a country village, without inheritance or influential friends, look forward with unbounded hope. ”

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