April 10, 2015

I learned you can't trust the judgment of good friends.
Carl Sandburg

[after reading Lillian's play]"You better tear this up. It's not that it's bad, it's just not good enough, not for you."
— Dashiell Hammett (Jason Robards), Julia (1977)

"Ask her to wait a moment - I am almost done."
- Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855), when informed that his wife was dying

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 21 of 53)
  • The film is quite faithful to the novel, no doubt because of Michael Crichton's involvement with the screenplay. In fact, both are said to be thin on plot and characterization, but there are some differences. Alan and Ellie were never a couple in the book, and indeed, by the time of Jurassic Park III (2001), have gone their separate ways; Hammond has gone from a misguided fanatic to a kindly, but eccentric billionaire; Lex and Tim have swapped ages, are closer, and Tim is the computer hacker in the novel while Lex is a petulant, useless character but more capable in the film; Grant becomes an uncomfortable surrogate father figure to Lex and Tim who softens his attitude over the film, no doubt Steven Spielberg's influence; Arnold, Muldoon, Gennaro and Dr Wu all have bigger roles in the book; the night vision goggles are put to more use in the novel; aerial dinosaurs are not seen until the sequels, etc.
  • Steven Spielberg wanted the T-Rex's roar to sound like a "King Kong" roar, particularly at the climax. King Kong (1933) was one of Spielberg's biggest influences when making the film.
  • The first film to use DTS (now Datasat) digital surround sound.
  • Alan Grant is modeled after Paleontologist Jack Horner who, like Grant, digs and teaches in Montana, and was also a technical advisor on this film.
  • The sounds made by the Brachiosaurs were a combination of whale and donkey sounds
  • Dr. Alan Grant has at least 2 dinosaur models from the 1988 Carnegie Collection: The original green color Tyrannosaurus Rex, and the adult Apatosaurus.
  • Was followed by two sequels. There were plans for a fourth film, but they were immediately scrapped in late 2008, after the death of Michael Crichton. However in 2012, they eventually did decide to set things into motion, and have announced a planned release date for 2014.

  • Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life."
    Immanuel Kant

  • The Grand Coulee Dam in the state of Washington in the U.S., completed in 1942, was hailed in its time as a structure more massive than the Great Pyramid of Cheops.
  • The United States government keeps its supply of silver at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.
  • A 17th-century Swedish philologist claimed that in the Garden of Eden God spoke Swedish, Adam spoke Danish, and the serpent spoke French.

  • Many different types of my last seven letters can be found in newspapers, magazines, & journals. Physicists have built devices to get me moving very fast.
    What am I?


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