April 23, 2015

“Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.”
Eckhart Tolle

"Uh-uh, Mother-m-mother, uh, what is the phrase? She isn't quite herself today."
— Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), Psycho (1960)

Misers are no fun to live with, but they make great ancestors.
Tom Snyder

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 34 of 53)
  • Dr Alan Grant is based on famous paleontologist Jack Horner.
  • Steven Spielberg changed the climax weeks before the end of the shoot. He felt the audience would hate him if the T-Rex doesn't make one final heroic appearance, since he considered the T-Rex the star of the movie, hence the Raptor/T-Rex fight. The original climax involved the Raptors being killed by the T-Rex skeleton in the Visitors Centre. The new climax was completely computer animated unlike the first T-Rex attack. First, they enacted it, and then added in the effects. It was the last scene to be filmed.
  • According to Daan Sandee (Thinking Machines Corp), the CM-5 super computer used in the control room was one of only two ever built to that size (1024 nodes). The other machine was at Los Alamos. The machine used in the movie was sold as smaller segments after the scenes were complete. Mirrors were used to make it seem like more CM-5's were present.
  • Principal photography finished 12 days ahead of schedule and on budget.
  • CAME(Excision): Jeff Abel, better know as Canadian dubstep producer Excision, has a small cameo appearance.
  • A Triceratops did indeed live in the jungle. The name means "three-horned face". The DVD implies it had no protection from 20th Century plants which could poison it.
  • Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy began recruiting the design team in the Summer of 1990. They wanted the freedom to create a reality where their imaginations were unrestricted in Hawaii, on soundstages or through CGI.
  • Steven Spielberg needed miniature photography for any wide angle or full length dinosaur shots.
  • Production moved to Red Rock Canyon State Park, chosen for its similarities to a Montana dinosaur dig where Sam Neill and Laura Dern filmed they're first scene; they were coached by Jack Horner, the premier paleontologist and curator of paleontology at Bozeman, Montana's museum of the Rockies.
  • The film visits four places within the first 13 minutes. After that the film stays on Isla Nublar.

  • No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
    Eleanor Roosevelt

  • It would take 11 Empire State Buildings, stacked one on top of the other, to measure the Gulf of Mexico at its deepest point.
  • Nearly a quarter of all U.S. pet owners bring their pet on the job. Last June, 200 American companies participated in the first ever "Take Your Dog to Work Day".
  • Nobody knows who built the Taj Mahal. The names of the architects, masons, and designers that have come down to us have all proved to be latter-day inventions, and there is no evidence to indicate who the real creators were.

  • I can be cracked, I can be made. I can be told, I can be played.

    Benjamin Franklin
    “Good sense is a thing all need, few have, and none think they want.”

    “Researchers have found very little difference between men and women in terms of the amount of time spent gossiping.”

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