April 12, 2015

The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.
Ernest Hemingway

[Discussing a new prisoner who has to spend the night in the box]
Dragline: "He ain't in the box because of the joke played on him. He back-sassed a free man. They got their rules. We ain't got nothin' to do with that. Would probably have happened to him sooner or later anyway, a complainer like him. He gotta learn the rules the same as anybody else."
Luke: "Yeah, them poor old bosses need all the help they can get."
Dragline (George Kennedy); Luke (Paul Newman) Cool Hand Luke (1967)

I get to go to lots of overseas places, like Canada."

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 23 of 53)
  • The helicopter used in the movie was later involved in an accident in Hawaii in March 2001. In the accident, the chopper dropped ten feet to the ground, bounced back up and then tipped on its right side.
  • Steven Spielberg didn't want people to be constantly reminded that what they're seeing is CGI, but real, full-blooded dinosaurs, starting with the Brachiosaur scene, where Spielberg was keen on the dinosaur interacting with the background, and would offer suggestions to the animators on how to make it better. The second scene done in that same vein was the Gallimimus scene, which made use of 25 animated individual Gallimimuses. Geometric shapes represented them initially and were choreographed onto the scene. Spielberg needed complete freedom to convey the energy of the scene, so worked with Dennis Muren to shoot it, because he wanted to move the camera and not lock it down everytime a Gallimimus came into frame. The scene was shot gradually with Sam Neill, Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards running through a field by themselves. A grid was placed over the ground as a frame to chart the movement of the camera by computer, using what looked like golf balls whenever an actor looked somewhere. The dinosaurs were than added later.
  • Michael Crichton wrote the novel because of his concern for the rise of scientism, and the exploration of bio-genetics for the sake of profit.
  • On the last night of filming, cast and crew lifted their glasses in a champagne toast and the weary but enthusiastic Steven Spielberg announced that Jurassic Park (1993), after two years in planning and four months before the cameras finished on budget and twelve days ahead of schedule.
  • The film revolutionized dinosaur behavior; whereas in previous films they were slow moving, they were now fast and athletic; this derived from paleontologist Robert Bakker. Another aspect included was dinosaurs are not cold-blooded but rely on the Sun to be active. Steven Spielberg wanted his dinosaurs to be fast-moving, hot blooded predators, e.g. if a T-Rex in the rain were cold-blooded, it couldn't do anything, hence the scene in the film.
  • The T-Rex's visual acuity based on movement (which is true of most animals) was not entirely right in the movie; it still had an incredible sense of smell and would have sniffed out its prey if not for a sinus infection, in the film allegedly.

  • "The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget."
    Thomas Szasz,

  • In order to sell his sets of Shakespeare door-to-door, David McConnell offered free perfume to his customers. He realized the perfume was more popular and began selling cosmetics door-to-door. This began the company that grew into Avon.
  • Some china is called "bone" china because some powdered animal bone is mixed in with the clay used to make this china: it gives the china a special kind of strength, whiteness, and translucency.
  • Russians are buying skateboards from the U.S. - but not for recreational purposes. They see them as an answer to some of the country's transportation needs, because the boards are less expensive than bicycles and require little storage space. The first boards went to school instructors so they could train pupils how to ride them.

  • I come in different shapes and sizes. Part of me are curves, others are straight. You can put me anywhere you like, but there is only one right place for me. What am I?

    Don't trust people that do acupuncture, they're back stabbers.

    "The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life."

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