April 25, 2015

Guidelines for Bureaucrats: 1. When in charge, ponder. 2. When in trouble, delegate. 3. When in doubt, mumble.
James H. Borden

Gun shop owner: That gun takes a 14 shot clip. You expecting an army?
Frank Serpico: No. Just a division."
Frank Serpico (Al Pacino), Serpico (1973)

A computer and a cat are somewhat alike -- they both purr, and like to be stroked, and spend a lot of the day motionless. They also have secrets they don't necessarily share.
John Updike

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 36 of 53)
  • David Koepp trimmed much of the character's excessive details, because he felt that whenever they started talking about their personal lives, he couldn't care less, and neither would the audience. He instead substituted individual moments like Malcolm flirting with Ellie, making Grant jealous, or Lex's adolescent crush on Grant, who fails to notice.
  • Steven Spielberg identified with Hammond's obsession with showmanship.
  • Another change to Lex's character was that she was more sporty in the novel.
  • The T-Rex chasing the jeep was changed by Steven Spielberg from a scene with them just driving away at the sound of the T-Rex's footsteps.
  • Costa Rica was dismissed as a location for Steven Spielberg's concerns about infrastructure and accessibility. He chose Kauai as a location because he had worked there before.
  • Michael Crichton's original idea for the screenplay was about a graduate student who recreates a dinosaur; he continued to wrestle with his fascination with dinosaurs and cloning until he turned it into a novel. Steven Spielberg first learned of it in October, 1989.
  • Jack Horner supervised all of the dinosaur designs, to get them as close to the real thing as possible.
  • Jurassic Park was completed on May 28th, 1993 and released into cinemas on June 11th, 1993, but it premiered two days earlier at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC in support of two children's charities. Its nationwide release was in 2404 locations on an estimated 3400 screens, with an international 3400 prints. Following release, a traveling exhibition called "The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park" began, showcasing dinosaur skeletons and props from the film.
  • Jack Horner described the T-Rex model as "the closest I've ever been to a live dinosaur".

  • My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.
    George Washington

  • Salt helped build the Erie Canal. A tax of 12 1/2 percent on New York State salt, plus tolls charged for salt shipments, paid for nearly half of the $7 million construction cost.
  • Superman dates back to June 1938, when he appeared in Action Comics No. 1. Batman arrived on the scene one year later in Detective Comics No. 27, appearing May 1939.
  • There is a house in Rockport, Massachusetts, built entirely of newspaper. The Paper House at Pigeon Cove, as it is called, is made of 215 thicknesses of newspaper. According to a 1995 survey, 7 out of 10 British dogs get Christmas gifts from their doting owners.

  • If a farmer met a farmer in a farmer's field, how many F's are in that?

    At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.

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