April 8, 2015

What a dog I got, his favorite bone is in my arm.
Rodney Dangerfield

[reporting on shadowing Firefly] "Monday we watch-a Firefly's house, but he no come he wasn't home. Tuesday we go to the ball game, but he fool us: he no show up. Wednesday HE go to the ball game, but we fool him, WE no show up. Thursday it was a double-header, nobody show up. Friday it rained all day, there was no ball game, so we stayed home, we listen to it over the radio."
— Chicolini (Chico Marx), Duck Soup (1933)

"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."
Dan Quayle

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 19 of 53)
  • Steven Spielberg wanted the dinosaurs to be birdlike, e.g. snapping to attention like a chicken. He wanted the Raptors to turn their heads so they could look behind them to make them have a scarier appearance. Spielberg likened the Raptor tapping its claw to Morse code to any Raptor listening, and it was such a scary sound.
  • Steven Spielberg liked the dinosaurs to do things behavioral that had nothing to do with the plot, like stopping to scratch, something he learned on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
  • The kitchen scene was Ariana Richards' favorite scene; it was filmed in two weeks with Raptors there most of the time, and a man in a suit some of the time. Anyone in a Raptor suit could only do it for up to 15 minutes, because they were bent over in a downhill skiing position which is very physical. The Raptor clicking its toenails was done with a puppeteer walking on Raptor legs.
  • The original ending had a rib from the T-Rex skeleton skewer one of the Raptors and the jaw drops and kills the other. But it seemed too phony and the crew approached Steven Spielberg to come up with a better ending. They all pitched ideas but Spielberg came up with the finale himself. He needed the T-Rex to be the star at the end.
  • Both times Lex and Tim are left by an adult, Gennaro when he leaves the car, by Grant at the Visitors Centre, they come under attack from a dinosaur or dinosaurs.
  • After Malcolm snatches the radio off of Hammond, and gives Ellie directions on how to get to the power box, Jeff Goldblum doesn't get any more dialogue from that point on.
  • The storm overpowering the park has been read into as the film's theme of trying and failing to control nature.
  • For the premiere, Steven Spielberg turned out in one of the Jurassic Park tour cars. Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum also attended the premiere.
  • The dinosaurs were billed as the most accurate ever created on film.

  • "The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves."

  • If an object has no molecules, the concept of temperature is meaningless. That's why it's technically incorrect to speak of the "cold of outer space" - space has no temperature, and is known as a "temperature sink," meaning it drains heat out of things.
  • The gesture of a nose tap, in Britain, means secrecy or confidentiality. In Italy, a tap to the nose signifies a friendly warning.
  • In 1981 a guy had a heart attack after playing the game BERSERK - video gaming's only known fatality.

  • I am a path situated between high natural masses. Remove my first letter & you have a path situated between man-made masses. What am I?

    Always try to be modest and be proud of it!

    “Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?”

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