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- 1 ☽ - Lyle, the Guru on the Towel Dispenser
- 2 ☽ November 3rd, YDAU - Orin calls Hal (about Separatism)
- 3 Ennet House Drug and Alcohol Recovery House
- 4 State Farm E-mail - my def. of a bad day.
- 5 February 21st, YPWC - Hal's First Film Commentary
- 6 August 10th, YDAU - Helen Steeply's Only Putative Published Article
- 7 Tally of Sèparatisteur/Anti-O.N.A.N. Groups
- 8 Decline of Videophony
- 9 ☽ - Urine Testing
☽ - Lyle, the Guru on the Towel Dispenser
yogic full lotus
the cross-legged sitting position
the branch of animals with external skeletons, including lobsters, shrimp, and other similar shellfish
Latin: God will provide. The line appears in the Vulgate (Latin) version of the Bible at Genesis 22:8, where Abraham tell Isaac, whom he intends to sacrifice, that God will provide an animal for the sacrifice.
worked in a gang
derogatory slang for a person of Asian descent
insentive not to eat no cheese
to discourage the victim from contacting law enforcement
Copley Square, a neighborhood of Boston
(personal works) - personal equipment for injecting drugs
a reference to the Bow and Arrow Pub at 1 Bow Street. Closed in 2000 due to a building renovation and the rent being raised.
a reference to Cheapo Records (no hyphen) in Central Square, Cambridge. It was located at 645 Mass Ave when the book was written, but the building has since been demolished. It now resides at 538 Mass Ave. http://www.cheaporecords.com/
in withdrawal from opiates such as heroin
(peddled ass) prostituted himself
legless on shots alone
very drunk to the point of not being able to walk well
sexual acts in exchange for drugs/money/etc. [Not sure of poster's source for this. Seems like a reasonable interpretation, but "wet work" usually refers to killing, with "wet" referring to blood, which is at least equally plausible in this context.]
(stiffing) They did not give the Santa any money.
feather boa - a feathered scarf
be a rat
people who administer urine drug tests
for smoking crack
Crown Royal in purple bags
Crown Royal is Canadian whisky that comes in a purple cloth bag
heavily cut heroin
poor quality, cut, or fake
poisoned heroin so as to be lethal when injected
true straight eating cheese
Kicking the Bird
eliminate the heroin habit (going thru withdrawal)
three squares; i.e. three square meals
Methadone - used to help ease off a heroin addiction
☽ November 3rd, YDAU - Orin calls Hal (about Separatism)
Orin uses it to mean a native of Phoenix, but the Phoenicians were actually an ancient culture who founded the city of Carthage. True, true, not related. The demonym for persons who live in Phoenix is Phoenicians
the four Sundays preceding Christmas
Ennet House Drug and Alcohol Recovery House
a suburb of Boston about eighteen miles from the city
the creating of a myth
literally appears to be: "You shit, you"
State Farm E-mail - my def. of a bad day.
blood-alcohol of .3+
If "legally drunk" is now .08 in many states, it's fair to say this guy was hammered
The story of the barrel of bricks is thought to have originated in British music halls of the 1920s, and was printed as a story in a 1937 issue of Readers Digest. The story's most famous iterations are probably the speech given by German-British musician and humourist Gerard Hoffnung at the Oxford Union in 1958 (later released as an LP) and the comic song 'The Sick Note', written by Pat Cooksey in 1969.
fifteen pounds short of a ton
about 165.3 pounds
a little over 66 pounds
February 21st, YPWC - Hal's First Film Commentary
David Foster Wallace was born February 21, 1962.
Latin abbreviation for videlicet, meaning "that is to say"
read his or her rights, from the Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona (1965)
August 10th, YDAU - Helen Steeply's Only Putative Published Article
undoubtedly named for Robert Koffler Jarvik (born 1946), inventor of the first artificial heart placed in a human being
stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of blood vessels; restenosis is a recurrence of stenosis
a fashionable leather goods manufacturer
Brigham and Women's City of Boston Hospital
a real hospital, now affiliated with Harvard Medical School
Tally of Sèparatisteur/Anti-O.N.A.N. Groups
Les Fils de Montcalm
French: Sons of Montcalm. Probably referring to Louis-Joseph de Montcalm-Gozon, Marquis de Saint-Veran (1712-1759), French general during the French and Indian War who presided over the fall of Québec.
Decline of Videophony
of or pertaining to a diminutive human being
a type of hat (a "boater") made of straw
common name for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Company
in this context, most likely [OED]: of a vaccine: giving immunity to three forms of a disease. Also, [having a chemical valance of three]
To vector is to direct the position of (an airplane).
By context, it would seem this word is a synonym for aglet.
shifty or sneaky
Loosely, it means "feeling badly about how one looks."
plural of "snafu," a military acronym for "situation normal: all fucked up"
pretentious or showy
enthusiasm or vigor
sudden, hasty, or rash
An econometrist is an economist who uses statistical methods. A microeconomist is an economist who studies a smaller level of economics, i.e., firms and businesses rather than nations or international business.
Named for Ned Ludd (born Ned Ludlam), the Luddites were 19th century opposers of the Industrial Revolution.
electric zirconium jewelry
Jewelry made of zircon. Electricity can be applied to a zircon to make a lamp.
tongue scrapers designed to remove a film coat
Et cetera or etc. is Latin for "and other things." Here Wallace has translated et and left c untranslated.
fear of going outside (agoraphobia) in any place (pan-)
☽ - Urine Testing
related or akin through males, as in a line of males and a line of females (coeds)
a hairline that dips down to a V-shaped point in front when the hair is pulled back
an optical instrument used to measure properties of light over a specific portion of the electromagnetic spectrum
E.M.I.T. and AbuScreen/RIA
Enzyme Multiplied Immunoassay Technique; Abusecreen is a brand name of drug test, and RIA stands for radioimmunoassay, "a procedure that measures minute amounts of a substance, such as a hormone or drug, by quantitating the binding, or the inhibition of binding, of a radiolabeled substance to an antibody" (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition).
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cubic centimeter, equal to 0.001 liters
a type of boat sail, seen here
a university in Malibu, Calif.
A derrick is "a jib crane having a boom hinged near the base of the mast so as to rotate about the mast, for moving a load toward or away from the mast by raising or lowering the boom" (Random House Unabridged Dictionary).
a lever worked by foot
special effects in film
a Swiss camera manufacturer
moving with a wave-like motion
a chemical derived from petroleum or natural gas
sprong is Dutch for "to leap or bound"
The name of the game is based on the same root as eschatology, i.e., the study of the end of the world.
There is no such German word.
from "dilettante" - a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject merely for amusement, especially in a desultory or superficial way; dabbler.
by the skin of his teeth
Emulsion is colloidal suspension of one liquid in another.
first derivatives in calculus
three Canadians copulating on a snowmobile
One Website (x281 Beast From 20,000 Fathoms) seems to give the answer as a "BBQ-ed Polar Bear," which, if correct, makes about as much sense as the question!
pants hemmed too high
1. bursting forth. 2. (of fungi or algae) prominent; projecting from or bursting through host tissue.
free of charge
Latin for "from the chair" and referring to the doctrine of papal infallibility on matters of faith and morals
great brilliance or conspicuous success
exhibiting childlike simplicity
FIENDS IN HUMAN SHAPE
how a Memphis newspaper described Union soldiers during the Civil War
possibly "fenian", referring to a breed of horse or to both the Fenian Brotherhood and Irish Republican Brotherhood, two organizations dedicated to the establishment of an independent Irish republic
a section of Boston
of or pertaining to a person's birth
Marcus Junius Brutus (85-42 BC) was the most famous assassin of Julius Caesar (100-44 BC).
Latin for "go with me," this is a book for quick reference