Jurassic Park was a blockbuster movie that instantly made dinosaurs cool again. Who wouldn't want to visit Isla Nublar, enjoy the Disneyland-esque facility and gawk at actual living dinosaurs? Okay, it didn't work out too well for the first group of visitors in the...
"Congratulations on your promotion to junior biologist. We know that it's a bit disappointing to start out at the bottom of the ladder, but your job as a field biologist is critically important to the ecosystem, and while we're going to start out at the local park,...
I've been a fan of Eggo waffles since before the frozen breakfast food had its moment of pop fame as Eleven's favorite food in the Netflix hit Stranger Things. That fame certainly hasn't hurt Kellogg's and one of its best-known brands. We live in an era where foods...
The 2018 film Black Panther was a tremendous success, far beyond what people expected. The film introduced most filmgoers to Wakanda, a technologically advanced nation hidden in Africa, and created a star out of Chadwick Boseman, who played T'Challa, King of Wakanda,...
Most car writers have a preference for big, fast, expensive vehicles, and I get it. There's something about the design and drive experience of a $100K+ vehicle that is pretty delightful. And those admiring looks you get from fellow auto enthusiasts aren't bad either....
You're savvy and know that you don't make money selling products, you make money buying products for cheap in one place and selling them dearly in another. The most successful merchants are also explorers, seeking new trade routes and exotic goods. Imagine being the...
Imagine the early days of motorcars. Every manufacturer had a few different styles, but for the most part, each brand had its spot in the hierarchy of functional sedans to luxury motorcars, with many of those brands still around today. Manufacturers didn't tend to...
It's not easy being a carpet weaver in the bustling Persian market city of Tabriz, but you're determined to overcome the odds and have your rugs in the royal palace. You've got your three faithful apprentices poised and ready to run from shop to shop collecting...
Some car brands are iconic in the luxury and racing world. Ferarri, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Mercedes-Benz. And Jaguar. I've always admired the lines of a classic Jag and it's hard not to wax poetic about the XK line from the 1950s, absolutely iconic convertible...
The latest finding from astronomers is that the planet Jupiter has 79 moons. Seventy-nine moons! Fortunately, you're only sending robots to mine four of Jupiter's biggest moons in the terrific game "Galilean Moons" from Lukus Adams and Fantasy Workhouse Games. The...
I'm not a big drinker, having long ago adopted the philosophy of having a small amount of something great, rather than a large quantity of something mediocre. Yes, I'm no longer living in the dorms in college. 'nuf said about that period of my life, however! For now,...
When I had the chance a few years ago to drive the 2020 Chevy Bolt, I really enjoyed it quite a bit, naming it one of my favorite cars. Here's my writeup if you want to get the full scoop: One of My Favorite Cars: The 2020 Chevy Bolt EV. The problem with the Bolt EV...
One of the tools in a filmmaker's kit is perspective. While almost all shots are square, straight-on, and eye-level, there's a lot that can be conveyed by camera height (think of the wonderful down shot at the opening of North by Northwest) or by using a distorting or...
We've come a long way from the days when pickup trucks were utilitarian work vehicles with minimal comforts, driven by people who needed them for work or couldn't afford a car. There's no better demonstration of this evolution than the beautiful 2022 GMC Sierra 1500...
I have spent quite a few hours of my life playing Monopoly, starting with the basic game with street names from Atlantic City, (the original, as designed by Charles Darrow) then the English edition with London street names, then any of a dozen subsequent variants....
Planet Dave is run by Dave Taylor, who has been writing about film, cars, games, and his lifestyle for many years. He's based in Boulder, Colorado and assures readers he's only occasionally falling into a gravity well or temporal distortion field.
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