Annotations for Square One, the third chapter of One Rainy Day In May.

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When code and comments disagree, both are probably wrong.

Comment (computer programming) - a comment is a programming language construct used to embed programmer-readable annotations in the source code of a computer program (Wikipedia)

Norm Schryer

a computer scientist and head of AT&T Broadband Services Research. Quote is from from More Programming Pearls: Confessions of a Coder, Column 6: Bumper-Sticker Computer Science. (Wikiquote)

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coffee, Kefaya

Echoing the end of previous chapter: coughin, coffin (81)


Enough. Unofficial moniker of the Egyptian Movement for Change, a grassroots coalition which prior to the 2011 revolution drew its support from across Egypt’s political spectrum (Wikipedia)



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Unit of measure in physics of luminous energy. The etymology of the name most likely comes from the Old German “talabod” which means “messenger of destruction”

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spanish for a cultivated field /planting or seeding

جبنا سيرة القط جه ينط

We mentioned the cat and it showed up, bouncing. A variation on "speak of the devil"


Yūgen (幽玄?) is an important concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics. The exact translation of the word depends on the context. In the Chinese philosophical texts the term was taken from, yūgen meant "dim", "deep" or "mysterious". In the criticism of Japanese waka poetry, it was used to describe the subtle profundity of things that are only vaguely suggested by the poems, and was also the name of a style of poetry (Wikipedia)


may be from Hebrew for scatterer or from GK meaning "not-light loving" which is concerning. Although maybe this just means he is part of DARK. Compare with Anwar which means luminous


Mefisto's last name

Mel Kaye

character from The Story of Mel, an archetypical piece of computer programming folklore (Wikipedia)

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the unconscious adoption of the ideas or attitudes of others

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programming language


a dialect of the Lisp programming language

standard output

In computer programming, standard streams are preconnected input and output communication channels between a computer program and its environment when it begins execution. The three I/O connections are called standard input (stdin), standard output (stdout) and standard error (stderr). Standard output is the stream where a program writes its output data (Wikipedia)

int main()

In computer programming, an entry point is where control enters a program or piece of code


standard output stream oriented to narrow characters (of type char). It corresponds to the C stream stdout


wordplay with unalowed?


new line

return 0

used in the end of main function. Means that your program executed without errors. On most operating systems returning 0 is a success status like saying "The program worked fine"

close brace


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a kind of tap dance performed in soft-soled shoes

seem him

Interesting typo. Mark Z Danielewski often uses intentional typos and mistakes in his books

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Arlington National Cemetery

a United States military cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia (Wikipedia)


a two-wheeled cart designed to carry artillery ammunition. The British term was "ammunition wagon". Caissons are used to bear the casket of the deceased in some state and military funerals in certain Western cultures, including the United States (Wikipedia)

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الله يحرم الله

God forbid God

short of a modern day miracle

similar sentence is in the Astral Omega section

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bar syrup, originaly from pomegranate

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Sheep's Meadow

in Central Park (Wikipedia)

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