Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt


The wrist of my right hand is giving me some pain. Everybody I have mentioned it to has brought up that it might be carpal tunnel syndrome, but I'm not so sure as CTS tends to be gradual, and this came upon me pretty quickly.

I moved the mouse from the right side of the keyboard to the left. This is possible because in hooking up the first computer with a mouse back in the Windows 3.1 days, my grandfather figured that since I was left-handed, it would be easier for me. Of course, every other computer in the galaxy has the mouse on the right side, so I am one of the few people that I know who are truly mousebidextrous. In fact, the previous desktop computer to this one had the mouse on the left side as well. I switched it because it was difficult for anybody else to use the computer that way. Well, I'm switching it back, 'cause it hurts one way and doesn't the other.

If the pain persists much longer, I'm going to see my doctor.

Yoinked from paintedponyxox is this rather fun meme that I could have done for several more films if I wanted to. It said to tag people, but I'm not doing that anymore. Still, it's one of the cooler memes of this type, so I recommend it:

[01] -- Look up TEN of your favorite movies on IMDB.
[02] -- Click the "trivia" link in the sidebar.
[03] -- Post a fun and random bit of trivia from each film.
  1. Alien (1979)
    All of the names of the main characters were changed by Walter Hill and David Giler during the revision of the original script by 'Dan O'Bannon' and Ronald Shusett. The script by O'Bannon and Shusett also had a clause indicating that all of the characters are "unisex", meaning they could be cast with male or female actors. However, Shusett and O'Bannon never thought of casting Ripley as a female character.

  2. Conan the Barbarian (1982)
    The runes on Conan's father's sword are translated as; "Suffer no guilt, ye who wield this in the name of Crom."

  3. The Fisher King (1991)
    For the "waltzing commuter" scene in Grand Central station, the main hall of the terminal was shut down for the shoot from 8pm until the first commuter trains arrived at 5:30 am the next morning. Lighting effects outside of the large terminal windows made it seem to be 5:00 in the evening the entire night, and over 400 extras waltzed around the mirror-ball topped Information Booth again and again throughout the night. Now, on New Year's, an orchestra plays there and people waltz for real.

  4. The Hunger (1983)
    David Bowie said that, in order to make his voice suitably hoarse for when he aged so drastically in the movie, he stood on the George Washington Bridge every night and screamed all the punk rock songs he knew.

  5. M*A*S*H (1970)
    The first take of the shot where Hot Lips is revealed in the shower didn't work because Sally Kellerman anticipated the reveal and was already lying on the floor when the tent flap went up. To distract her, Robert Altman and Gary Burghoff entered the shower tent and dropped their trousers while the shot was rolling outside. While Kellerman was staring at them, the tent flap was raised, resulting in her genuine surprise and shock when she realized what had happened. In the special double disc dvd they say that Radar is standing naked beside the camera and that that's the reason why Sally Kellerman looks so surprised when she the flap was raised.

  6. Once Upon a Time in the West (C'era una volta il West) (1968)
    Henry Fonda originally turned down a role in the picture. Director Sergio Leone flew to the United States and met with Fonda, who asked why he was wanted for the movie. Sergio replied, "Picture this: the camera shows a gunman from the waist down pulling his gun and shooting a running child. The camera pans up to the gunman's face and... it's Henry Fonda." Henry Fonda asked his friend Eli Wallach, who had just made The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il Buono, il brutto, il cattivo) with Sergio Leone, if he should take the part of Frank. Wallach said that he had to do it and told Fonda, "You will have the time of your life."

  7. Spartacus (1960)
    Draba, played by Woody Strode, is killed in the ring after attacking one of the senators. His body is hung upside down in the gladiators' quarters as a warning. Originally this was going to be a replica of Strode, but when the effect wasn't satisfactory, he himself hung upside-down, ropes tied around his ankles. As the gladiators slowly file past his dangling body, Strode doesn't flinch or twitch. According to his son Kalai Strode, the unused replica hung inside the entrance to Universal Studios' prop room for several years.

  8. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
    The Transit Authority (TA) of New York at first refused to allow the film to be shot on the actual New York subway. They feared it would lead to imitative crime (it didn't, but their position was shown to be reasonable when the later film Money Train [1995] apparently did). Associate producer Stephen F. Kesten was equally adamant that no other city's subway could be credibly used (and he was apparently right: see the goofs entry for the 1998 TV remake). The TA finally did cooperate after Mayor John V. Lindsay intervened, but they required United Artists to buy anti-hijacking insurance at a cost of $75,000 in addition to paying $275,000 for the use of the subway.

  9. Young Frankenstein (1974)
    The brain which Igor is sent to steal is labeled as belonging to "Hans Delbrück, scientist and saint." A real-life Hans Delbrück was a nineteenth-century German military historian and professor at the University of Berlin, notable for going beyond technical problems and linking warfare to politics and economics. His son Max Delbrück was a twentieth-century biochemist and Nobel laureate.

  10. Zulu (1964)
    Because of the strict apartheid laws enforced in South Africa at the time, the Zulu extras could not be paid equivalent rates to their white counterparts. To get around this, director Cy Endfield gifted all of the animals bought for this film (particularly cows) to the tribes - a gift far more valuable to them than the money that had been denied them.
For the record, these are not my ten favorite movies, just ten of my favorites (that's why the list is alphabetical). I have not altered my policy about desert island lists as I know that the moment I make one, Rod Serling will show up and stick me on a desert island with only ten records, ten movies and ten books to read for the rest of my life.
Tags: alien, cinema, mel brooks, memes, new york, plate of shrimp, robert altman, sergio leone, subway, terry gilliam

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