Notes and Errata - Pages 983-1079
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In geometry, a cardioid is a plane curve produced by tracing the path of a chosen point of a circle which rolls around a fixed circle. The cardioid shape of E.T.A. has one cusp, i.e., a point on the curve that is not smooth. The r referred to by the narrator here is the radius of the moving circle.
German for "superhuman"
Brandeis is a Jewish-founded university in Waltham, Mass., about nine miles west of Boston, named for Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856-1941) the first Jewish Supreme Court justice.
abbreviation for Latin nota bene, i.e., "note well," stated before an important example or corollary point
involuntary eye movement
French for "warehouse," this is where foreign merchandise can be purchased duty-free
Halcion (still available in Canada, unbelievably, still)
It's also still available here, though the U.K. has banned it since 1991.
Here meaning "smoothed out" and misspelled, beveling is the making of 45º angles where perpendiculars meet.
another mushroom-based hallucinogen, like psilocybin
Endnote 8 (cont'd)
As a dickie is designed to give the appearance of wearing a tie, Wallace uses this word here to deal with drugs that mimic the effects of other drugs.
central nervous system
gamma hydroxybutric acid
now more commonly known as GHB
DMZ is another made-up drug. M.P. is probably Michael Pemulis.
"...Continental Controlled Substances Act of Y.T.M.P., O.N.A.N.D.E.A.'s hierarchy of analgesics/antipyretics/axiolytics..."
There is no such act, obviously. Y.T.M.P. is Year of the Tucks Medicated Pad. The second acronym is Organization of North American Nations Drug Enforcement Agency. Analgesics are painkillers. Antipyretics are fever-reducing drugs, and anxiolytics are anxiety-reducing drugs.
piece of information
French: A person of terrible importance
Latin abbreviation for quod vide ("which see"), used to direct a reader elsewhere in a book. Here we are directed to...
United States Department of Defense
Endnote 145 · Found Drama
ne pas à la mode
French: not in style
When this term is used w/r/t Himself's work, it is probably referring to French New Wave, although there were several other "New Waves" in film.
I'm unable to identify whether this person is real or not.
apparently a created genre
inactivity caused by equal opposing forces
i.e., junior faculty at universities who are on tenure track
According to the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, this word means "representing correctly the relations of colors as found in a subject; isochromatic."
This neologism would seem to have the sense of the study or condition of moving backward.
a real psychiatric hospital in Belmont, Mass., about eight miles west-northwest of Boston
Duquette at M.I.T.
There is no such person at M.I.T.
There is no such person at Brandeis.
to bribe or induce someone to commit a crime or misdeed Endnote 234 · Excerpts From Orin's Interview With Moment
Terrence Rafferty was a film critic for the New Yorker magazine.
National Public Radio
make repeated demands on
the street in New York famous for its advertising firms
Orin probably means "introversion."
a drafting tool
here used to mean "very strict"
produced or formed by fission
capable of producing disease
Orin means "anecdote."
as in "pièce de resistance," the punchline or main point
as in the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Book of Revelation
Boston Public Library
James O. Incandenza
immature in its kind
a pouch at the crotch of tight-fitting breeches, popular during the Renaissance
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909) was a British poet whose work had themes of homosexuality and sadomasochism.
fairly high-sodium way
i.e., with a grain (or more) of salt
serving some purpose
Cornell University apparently has a cow whose stomachs you can see in action.
denoting psychologic dependence
"...as if from the Rose Garden..."
like the President of the U.S. answering a question from a reporter
having to do with vaginal yeast infection
probably a reference to Dr. Samuel Johnson, the lexicographer
Bain has become to get Steeply's name wrong.
Adult Children of Alcoholics
a support group for teenage children of alcoholics
Adult Children of Narcotics Anonymous
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bain gets Steeply's name wrong yet again.
branching or forking
a burden, from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
another mistake with Steeply's name
having various meanings
This isn't even close to Steeply's name.
Rise Over Run
The rise (amount the line increases) of a line divided over the run (length of the line) give you the slope of the line, which is also equal in calculus to the first derivative.
This concept is explained here.
the process by which one determines the first derivative of a mathematical function
songs written by other people than yourself
bacteria that live in the intestine and aid in digestion
Verdun Protestant Hospital
now called Douglas Mental Health Institute
really bad French for "you know what"
apparently some sort of drug
a character from Pinocchio
to spend time idly
more like "camphorated," i.e., contained camphor
consisting of rich, arable soil
Page 1066 (cont'd)
a circular arrangement
plural of "funiculus," i.e., part of the spinal cord
having no fat
referring to the lattissimus dorsi muscles
i.e., Nordic, which is to say blond-haired and blue-eyed
an arsenal, particularly used by physicians to refer to drugs or treatments
a euphemism for "penis"
a tennis game ending in three sets, rather than five, because one player has gone up 3 to 0
here used to mean "irritant"
This is "a strong cord made by twisting the dried intestines of animals, as sheep, used in stringing musical instruments and tennis rackets, for surgical sutures, etc." (Random House Unabridged Dictionary).
"...his late great Da's..."
Clearly Pemulis has no idea that his brother was molested by their father.
full of thin mucous
certain Arabs of the deserts of Arabia and the Levant
being on the receiving end of anal sex
Black and white
Jackie Gleason (1916-1987) was one of the great comic actors of the 20th century.
actually a Hungarian name, which means "ruler"
one of the airports serving Paris
Page 1071 (cont'd)
"...When the boulder's slipped all the way back to the bottom..."
a reference to the myth of Sisyphus
a Latin logical term, meaning, roughly, "the means of denying"
DNA and RNA
A and G, T and C
adenine and guanine, thymine and cytosine, the compounds that make up DNA
The name may be taken from Mihály Csíkszentmihályi (born 1934), a prominent Hungarian-American psychologist. His son Christopher is on the faculty at MIT.
a proven statement used as a step in a mathematical proof
a town about 40 miles west-northwest of the Twin Cities
"...Peano, Leibniz, Hilbert..."
Giuseppe Peano (1858-1932) was an Italian mathematician. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) was a German polymath and one of the creators of calculus. David Hilbert (1862-1943) was a German mathematician.
"...Fourier, Gauss, LaPlace, Rickey..."
Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier (1768-1830) was a French mathematician and physicist. Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855) was a German mathematician. Pierre-Simon, marquis de Laplace (1749-1827) was a French mathematician and astronomer. Rickey would seem to refer to V. Frederick Rickey, though he is contemporary while the other named men are not.
"...Wiener, Reimann, Frege, Green..."
Norbert Wiener (1894-1964) was an American mathematician. Georg Friedrich Bernhard Riemann (1826-1866) was a German mathematician. Friedrich Ludwig Gottlob Frege (1848-1925) was a German mathematician and logician. Green is probably George Green (1793-1841), English mathematician and physicist.
a corruption of "jerry-rigged" (a pejorative term about Germans), which basically means rigged in a makeshift, ad hod manner
"may the road rise up to meet you..."
part of an old Irish blessing
a male demon that seduces female humans
another name for glycerol