Friday, February 10, 2006

The TMI Files. Dino-mite!

Needless to say, there's been a lot in the news about those cartoons. I'm too lazy to link at the moment as I've been busy working on a large post and I'm very tired tonight. I'm even aiming for an early one.

Anyway, what do people like to watch to cheer themselves up? Some like comedies, some like a bit of drama, or film noir.

I like dinosaurs. I consider Ben Hur is the pinnacle of filmmaking, but there is something infinitely more satisfying in a velociraptor ripping up the occasional person.

I've had Jurassic Parks 1,2 and 3 on rotation this week, and I think I've had my fill for now.

Dinosaurs rock. They always have in my world, and they always will. I've got my dinosaur books from when I was a kid, I've got my plastic dinosaur collection (passed on to Magilla), stuffed dinosaurs, and dino dvds and vids. You can't have too many dinosaurs.

Dimetrodon and ankylosaurus are probably my two favourites. I like the "sail" on the first, and the club tail on the second. Pretty cool things to have. If I remember later, I'll post some pics for those who are lazy and can't be bothered googling. :) I'm too lazy myself.

You homework.... please let me know what your favourite dinosaur is. T-rex or anything off Jurassic Park is not acceptable. There are plenty more out there awaiting a bit of attention.


At 10:14 PM, Anonymous Tiberius said...

I always liked Allosaurus as he would have hunted the sauropods and my second favourite - Stegasaurus - since they both lived in the Jurassic period.

I was most upset to learn that all those books with pictures of Tyranosaurus fighting sauropods and Stegasaurus had lied to me since Tyranosaurus lived in the Cretaceous period.

Those plates on Stegasaurus were cool.

I also had a softspot for Iguanadon as he was the first model dinosaur I ever put together.

And good ol bone dome - Pachycephalosaurus - was the second model I think. Or was it Plesiosaurus? One of those two was my second. I think it was Pachy.

Ah the good ol' days :)

At 5:33 PM, Blogger Caz said...

Jurassic Park films for relaxation, hey, well, go figure.

I used to have dinosaurs everywhere, even a dinosaur rubbish bin. Stuffed toys, ceramic, place mats, plastic dinos from Pizza Hut (the complete set).

No favourites,they're all good.

At 11:15 PM, Blogger Jai Normosone said...

I developed a likeness for the stegosaurus. Mainly because The Phantom had one on his "Isle of Eden" (Australian issues, 800-900 (?) Somewhere around there... haven't read them for a few years... All stored away).

At 5:32 PM, Blogger Nilk said...

Pachy's a good one, Tiberius. Stegosaurus is also great.

Caz, I've still got a stego biscuit barrel which I use for loose change. I don't have any posters, but I would have loved a mural when I was a kid.

Dinosaurs and creepy crawlies are so wonderfully alien. I think that's why I like them so much.

At 8:05 PM, Blogger Ben Ze'ev said...

Move over extinct relics, and get ready to rebuild Tokyo for the umpteenth time.

My favourite dinosaur is:


and not Gough Whitlam...

At 9:03 PM, Blogger Jai Normosone said...

DAMMIT!! I forgot about Godzilla!

I hated the American version they did of that film. I wanted *her* to chew up everyone and poop them out across Manhattan.

Typical - always have to kill the "monster" in the end.... :(

At 11:19 PM, Blogger Mike Jericho said...

Triceratops had all of your lame lizards beat, hands down.

I can't recall, did they feature in the JP movies?

At 1:26 AM, Anonymous Tiberius said...

Yeah they did, Mike - first and second.

And I can't believe I forgot Parasolophus. He was way cool :)

I thought about Godzilla (I remember the old cartoon with Godzookie - loved it as a kid) but he's not really a dinosaur so I don't think he counts.

Not the fire-breating, laser beam shooting Japanese Godzilla anyway

At 2:18 PM, Blogger Ben Ze'ev said...


Your intolerant, unnuanced and reactionary anti-leftist, anti-Islamist stand has now broadened to discrimination against fire-breathing laser-beam shooting Japanese monsters.

To paraphrase Noam Chomsky and Cindy Sheehan:
You, Tiberius, are a big nasty meany poo. Meanwhile Bush lied, Dinasaurs died (as a species).

As for your non-inclusive attitude toward's Gozilla's attempt to gain asylum seeker status in the dinosaur category:


I have another non-extinct dinosaur for you:

Plesiosaurus ! (Nessie LIVES !!!)

At 4:31 PM, Blogger Nilk said...

First up, guys, Godzilla is not a dinosaur. He's a bloke in a rubber suit. Even I know that! (We won't even go with the dog's breakfast american version.)

Triceratops also had a featured extra role in JP the first after T-rex and the velociraptors.

Mind you, the trike is a good one. Styracasaurus is even better if you like spiky dinos.

I thought the jury was out on the plesiosaur, 6D. I know the coelocanth is still kicking around, but I thought Nessie had been exposed for a hoax. I know Bigfoot has. James Randi has info on that one here.

And today's question?
What was rhamphoryncus?

At 6:21 PM, Blogger Ben Ze'ev said...


A Fatwa upon you !
I will have you know that
Nessie is as much of a hoax as your spurious factoid defaming the Prophet Godzilla and involving a guy in a rubber suit.

How could we forget


Because "The Colour Purple" was not just a forgettable Whoopi Goldberg movie.

Another forgettable dinosaur is the modern Western Middle-Class,

Homo Dhimmisaurus.

A human/dinosaur hybrid worthy of a 50s B-Grade
Not quite extinct yet but not breeding too well either. Industrious, playful and oblivious, the Dhimmisaurus is busy working on its own version of the next comet.

At 6:38 PM, Blogger Nilk said...

Har Har, SixDays.

I will see your Fatwa and raise you a Papal Bull.

I wasn't aware we had evolved past the Pleistocene. Well, we have no pleistocene here in the Heart of Boganville, due to a certain young primate's tendency to eat it.

I thought we were still in the Cretaceous.

However, as the Dhimmisaurus is still alive and kicking, I'd love to know which branch of the evolutionary tree it belongs on.

Piltdown Man?
New Age Man?
Marlboro Man?

(I was going to suggest the branch descending from australopithecus, but only because that's a great word).

At 9:03 AM, Blogger Ben Ze'ev said...


No Papal Bull of yours would outdo the complete and utter Bull dished forth recently by Benny XVI regarding the cartoon issue.

This is after the recent about face retracting revelations of the Pope's supposed views on Islam. Good old Vatican, dhimmis to the last.

This is the man that Oriana Fallaci saw as such a great hope for Europe. No wonder she is in despair.

Catholicism is still held hostage by the Palestinians, and its business as usual by the Holy See.

The dhimmisaurus seems to be a degenerate descendant of Enlightenment Man (Homo Voltairus).
The faint hum that I often hear at night turns out not be my neighbour's air conditioner after all.
It is instead the increasing high-frequency pitch of Voltaire, turning faster and faster in his grave.

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Jai Normosone said...

I just remembered another dinosaur but it isn't my favourite (truth being I don't really remember many of the names of various dinosaurs anymore. Read heaps about them when I was younger but like everything else: I've forgotten about them because I've slept since then.... :)

So... What do you call a dinosaur that hangs around the Blue Oyster Bar? A Megasaurass!!!
(BWA-HA-HA-ha.... ha... oh well... :)

BARNEY??? Barney shares a unique trait that certified to me, well and truly, that I am definitely of redneck stock. When I see Tele-Tubbies, Barney, and that god-awful, annoying kid that flew into the stadium during the opening of the Sydney Olympics: I see crosshairs floating over the TV screen.

Just imagine if Playstation came up with a game that overlayed the TV screen and put holes in the picture that disappeared after a few seconds when you shot at it with the PS gun? I don't play many games but I have the pistol with the moving slide that I play maybe once a year when I drag out the PS1 and play Time Crisis.

Oh man.... *drool*
*BAM* - cop that i-moaN Robson!!
*KAPOW* - Gay Martin, you're dead meat!!
*BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* - I'm running out of ammo and Nicky Webster is still on the TV - AAAARRRRGGGHHH!!!!

BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA (and this was a serious, sinister "BWA-HA-HA", not a pussy one like before... :)

At 9:40 PM, Blogger Nilk said...

LOL Jai. Barney is ABOMINATION and should be shot on sight.

So should dhimmisaurus, come to that.

At 5:52 AM, Blogger Ben Ze'ev said...

Uh... Nilk... Dhimmisaurus is about 50% of the population...

Higher among the educated, particularly those studying Law or the Humanities...


Re-education camps ?


Yesss !!!

You can re-educate dhimmisaurus but you cannot de-purple Barney...

Finally Nilk, serious dino-blogging means that you have to post pictures. These may include members of your own collection that you described, or leading dhimmisaurs such as Geroge Galloway.

At 7:08 PM, Blogger Caz said...

Aawwwww - now I'm envious of your biscuit barrel - I want one!


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