The nerd frenzy around the original Jurassic Park was significant and led by the promise of lifelike computer animation. This was a win-win for engineers. Not only do we tap into our preadolescent dinosaur love, but we also get to watch the first movie where dinosaurs actually show up, and, by the way, using the tools we wrote. OK, so I was at Borland at the time, and we wrote programming languages and applications in the early '90s, but those ILM guys are just down the street. We're buds.
Strangely, 13 years later, the memory that has stuck with me from the movie was a quote by Jeff Goldblum's character, Ian Malcolm. He was sitting in the Jurassic SUV, busily hitting on Laura Dern, trying to explain chaos theory to ...