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- 1 November 11th, YDAU - Snippets from Gately's informal-interface moments
- 2 Orin and the "Swiss" Hand Model
- 3 Idris Arslanian & the blindfold
- 4 Orin Realizes Something
- 5 (November 11th, YDAU) - Lenz and Green, cont.
November 11th, YDAU - Snippets from Gately's informal-interface moments
i.e., a rat
shy or coy
Orin and the "Swiss" Hand Model
the airport serving Phoenix
Interstate 17 runs from Phoenix to Interstate 10, which to Flagstaff, Ariz.
lack of energy
Idris Arslanian & the blindfold
swelling of the dura mater due to excess liquid
by force of circumstance
a small lump
Pemulis probably means to say "insurmountable."
A dig at Cambridge Rindge & Latin, Cambridge, MA's public high school
advantage, use, efficacy
"...part the veil of Maya.."
This means to glimpse transcendental truth by parting the veil of Maya. Why Idris, a Muslim from Pakistan, would be aware of this Hindu reference is not explained
an indication or warning of a future occurrence
chemical notation for uranium tetrafluoride, used in some nuclear reactors
water in which the hydrogen in the molecules is partly or wholly replaced by the isotope deuterium, used esp. as a moderator in nuclear reactors
a transition metal element, atomic number 40, symbol Zr
a common Irish nickname for one's father
Pemulis is probably about to say "cuckold."
Atomic Energy Commission
Men's Sanity in Corporate Sterno
Mens sana in corpore sano (a healthy mind in a healthy body) is a Latin quotation, often translated as, "A sound mind in a healthy body
likely to be greatly hated
a disease syndrome, or a disease that itself causes other diseases
German for "yes" in a particularly enthusiastic way
i.e., anabolic steroids
"...each month's prime numbers..."
Which would be the second, third, fifth, seventh, eleventh, thirteenth, seventeenth, nineteenth, twenty-third, twenty-ninth, and thirty-first (when the month has thirty-one days)
backlights with a special light used as a lure during hunting
a whole different kettle of colored horses
a combination of "a whole different kettle of fish" and "a horse of a different color."
referring to T.S. Eliot, author of The Waste Land
Orin Realizes Something
(of a woman) imposingly tall and shapely. Juno is the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Hera. Orin means to say that "Helen" is like a goddess.
Arizona State Route 85 connects Interstate 10 to the Mexican border near Lukesville, Ariz.
(November 11th, YDAU) - Lenz and Green, cont.
a misspelled reference to rhinophyma, the reddening of the nose common to alcoholics
"...like a seahorse..."
Seahorses actually have two eyes.
General Equivalency Degree, the equivalent of a US high school diploma, earned by passing a test. The GED is a way for someone who failed to complete high school to earn a high school diploma later in life.
nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas
another name for sodium pentothal, a powerful general anesthetic
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the plural of what is actually muumuu, a long, formless, loose-hanging dress
fabric woven with an elaborate design
past tense of "heave"
Lenz is apparently thinking of "infernal"
to establish or settle firmly or comfortably
i.e., ordinal, or increasing by number
possibly a misspelled Marjorie Clapprood, who was the Democratic nominee for Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor in 1990.
to move joltingly up and down
apparently a combination of "recess" and "receptacle"
not a synonym for "journey," as Lenz is using it, but rather a term meaning a stay in a place for a prolonged period
intended to offend or insult
Lenz means "plaintively."
Michael Stanley Dukakis (born 1933) was governor of Massachusetts (1983-1991) and the 1988 Democratic nominee for President.
That should be "18th Circuit."
about 4.9 feet
Pieter Cornelis (Piet) Mondrian (1872-1944) was a Dutch painter. His work often featured a gridwork of black squares and rectangles, as seen right, which could be read as an urban map.
A relatively rarely employed rhythmic meter in music with five quarter-notes per measure, famously heard in the Dave Brubeck Quartet's recording of Paul Desmond's "Take Five" and in Lalo Schrifin's "Theme from Mission: Impossible." In usual practice, the jazzy rhythm actually has four beats per measure, the first two of which are half again as long as the others: long, long, short-short; long, long, short-short; and c.
a derogatory term for a Black person (in which the apostrophe probably represents the elision of the racially stereotypical occupation, shoeshine)
probably used here in the sense of a dense gas
provoking the sound of the zither, a stringed instrument
covered with frost
a high-crowned felt or fur hat worn by Turks and Central Asians
displaying all the colors of the rainbow
Youth Corrections Act
French: pastry chefs
The way Lenz pronounces brother involves one r.
a short term for the luminous phosphorescent glowing solution applied on watch dials
see image of one of the Impressionist's paintings at right
Buns of Steel
still available for sale
fake (plastic) icecubes with insects seemingly frozen inside
involving much sitting
slang sailor term for a boatswain
a brand of beer discontinued in 2005
World's highest-calorie food except...
In fact, the pili nut has a slightly higher caloric content than the macadamia, and the pecan runs a very close third.
fatty tissue surrounding the kidneys of cattle and sheep, used in cooking
a small candy originating in Germany
i.e., a heart attack
cloudy; not allowing light through
beaten with thorns
an explosive used to make detonators
Veterans of Foreign Wars
members of Rotary International
members of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine
William Miller (1782-1849) was an American religious leader and one of the founders of the Seventh-Day Adventist movement.
Madame Thérèse Defarge is perhaps the principal revolutionary villain in Charles Dickens's 1959 novel A Tale of Two Cities; she knits into her needlework the names of the royalists and aristocrats who must be condemned to the guillotine to make way for the new republic.
in a state of turbulence or agitation
Ohio Department of Corrections
descriptive of molten rock produced by volcanic action, implying that "Green's guilt, pain, fear and self-loathing" are now lava-like in their heat and destructive capabilities
Turkish- or Middle-Eastern-style hats (see right)
In fact, neon has a distinctive orange-red color when electrically charged; this "blue neon" is probably argon with some mercury, as shown in the Wikipedia entry for Noble gas (see the section on "Discharge Color").
warbling, i.e., trilling or quavering
an upward slope
a route that turns at a sharp angle
this is in reference to psoriasis, a skin condition that produces whitish, scale-like scabs of dead skin; the paint is flaking or peeling
probably taken from the Jif peanut butter commerical slogan: "Choosy Mothers Choose Jif"
another name for the mesencephalon
War of the Welles
a reference to the film War of the Worlds, itself adapted from the 1938 radio play by George Orson Welles (1915-1985), American actor and filmmaker
Donald Tai Loy Ho (1930-2007) was a Hawaiian musician.
Sol Hoopi Players
Solomon Ho'opi'i Ka'ai'ai (1902-1953) was another famous Hawaiian musician.
blue and white Quenucker flag
an audio wares company
to move about secretively
a Shetland pony, giving some idea how big the dog is
a superlative pun on noblesse oblige, the requirement of the wealthy to be kind to those less fortunate
to move like waves
a television series than ran in the late 1960s and 1970s
an orange-flavored whiskey
absence of the social, cultural, or ethical standards typical in a given individual or group, (here, a possible malapropism for "anemic")
In music, this word indicates a moderately slow tempo.
Don Ho: From Hawaii With All My Love
This doesn't appear to be a real record.
misspelling of "lallations," i.e., baby-talk
a brand name of glow-in-the-dark fabrics
a machine used to measure radioactivity
'My Lovely Launa-Una Luau Lady'
Nor does this appear to be a real song.
i.e., in French
a Canadian brand of beer
nape of the neck
a little over 70 lbs
to talk rapidly
most likely Dieu!, French for "God!"
turns half-way around, i.e., 180º
away from the wind