Bleeding Edge Alpha Guide to Characters, Places & More
45, girl playing Tetris at hashslingrz; "freelance Web-page designer"; singing with Pringle Chip Equation nerdcore band, 230; 294;
139 - a counter-culture within the Russian-speaking Internet most famous for using a distinctive slang, known as padonkaffsky jargon or, alternatively, as Olbanian. The singular of padonki is padonok, an intentional misspelling of podonok, which means riff-raff, scoundrel, or scum; 331;
58 - someone who intentionally inundates a website or network with data packets, resulting in a denial-of-service situation for users of the attacked site or network. Packet monkeys typically use tools created and made available on the Internet by hackers. Unlike a script kiddy, a packet monkey leaves no clues as to who is making the exploit, making the identity of a packet monkey more difficult to trace. In addition, a denial-of-service attack can be launched on a wider scale than attacks performed by script kiddies, making them more difficult to investigate.
Hackers look down on packet monkeys and often describe them as "bottom feeders." Because a packet monkey uses tools created by others, the packet monkey has little understanding of the harm that may be caused. Typically, packet monkey exploits are random and without any purpose other than the thrill of making an effect. Source
55 - the Daiquirí recipe from El Floridita that Hemingway drinks with A. E. Hotchner in his book Papa Hemingway.
Paradise Garage, Danceteria
158 - The disco Danceteria was "Madonna's playground" in NYC in the 80s; The Paradise Garage was a NYC discotheque notable in the history of modern LGBT and nightclub cultures and in dance and pop music.
Deep Web 10, 35, 57, 77-78; 83-84; "the garlic in life's kitchen" 11; hidden patterns, 22; "She hates it when paranoia gets real-world," 42; fucking fascists, 56-57; Eric Outfield, 57; 59; 80; 97; paranoia-calibration updates, 103; U.S. government and Montauk Project, 117; 146; 153; 167; paranoid halo, 183; urban myths, 197; Ice's tunnel, 197; nasal scans and cops, 203; military time travelers, 242; "the locker room back at Julia Richman" 275; 305; Reichstag fire, 317; 322; 325; 339; Bush's people, 349; 361; 378; "Who makes a case that Nero didn't set fire to Rome so that he could blame the Christians?" 378; 399; Internet, 420; 432
54, a Latin phrase that literally means "with an equal step" or "on equal footing." It is sometimes translated as "ranking equally", "hand-in-hand," "with equal force," or "moving together," and by extension, "fairly," "without partiality." Wikipedia entry
78 - The Penet remailer (anon.penet.fi) was a pseudonymous remailer (type 0) operated by Johan "Julf" Helsingius of Finland from 1993 to 1996. Its initial creation stemmed from an argument in a Finnish newsgroup over whether people should be required to tie their real name to their online communications. Julf believed that people should not indeed, could not be required to do so. In his own words:
"Some people from a university network really argued about if everybody should put their proper name on the messages and everybody should be accountable, so you could actually verify that it is the person who is sending the messages. And I kept arguing that the Internet just doesn't work that way, and if somebody actually tries to enforce that, the Internet will always find a solution around it. And just to prove my point, I spent two days or something cooking up the first version of the server, just to prove a point."
16 - a municipality in the Monte Cristi Province of the Dominican Republic. It is the one on the shore located closest to Haiti.
15 - a government-sponsored genocide in October 1937, at the direct order of Dominican President Rafael Trujillo who ordered the execution of the Haitian population living in the borderlands with Haiti. The violence resulted in the killing of 20,000 ethnic Haitian civilians during approximately five days.
Philippa "Philly" Blunt
22 - Horst lover, as imagined by Maxine, named after a cheap cigar
45; Adobe Photoshop is a graphics editing program developed and published by Adobe Systems, popular with website designers.
81 - Film starring William Holden and Kim Novak, directed by Joshua Logan
83 Pigeon drop is a confidence trick in which a mark or "pigeon" is persuaded to give up a sum of money in order to secure the rights to a larger sum of money, or more valuable object. In reality, the scammers make off with the money and the mark is left with nothing. In the process, the stranger (actually a confidence trickster) puts his money with the mark's money (in an envelope, briefcase, or sack) which the mark is then entrusted with. The money is actually not put into the sack or envelope, but is switched for a bag full of newspaper or other worthless material. Through various theatrics, the mark is given the opportunity to make off with money without the stranger realizing. In actuality, the mark would be fleeing from his own money, which the con man still has (or has handed off to an accomplice).
95, Horst's co-tenant at WTC;
164 - dances with Maxine at Chuy's Hideaway;
115, Mike the waiter
88 Le Plateau-Mont-Royal is a borough (arrondissement) of the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. There is a difference between the borough, Plateau-Mont-Royal—a political division of the City of Montreal—and the neighbourhood referred to as "the Plateau". The borough includes not only the Plateau proper, but also the neighbourhoods of Mile End (bounded by Avenue du Mont-Royal to the south and the Avenue Henri-Julien to the east) and the McGill Ghetto (bounded by University, Sherbrooke, Saint-Laurent and Pine). Both neighbourhoods are generally considered distinct from the Plateau.
280 - "a financial-community big shot and fixer of some repute"
216 - Maxine's high-school drama teacher from hell
131 - Collectable cards for kids - Maxine gives Kennedy "Gengar" and "Japanese Psyduck" - "West Indian proctologist"; 372;
Politics & Prose
106 - aka P&P, is an independent bookstore located in Chevy Chase, Washington, D.C., on Connecticut Avenue. The store was founded in 1984 by co-owners Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade. Politics and Prose is known for its knowledgeable staff and is seen as a part of DC culture. Its author events attract a number of famous speakers, such as Bill Clinton and J.K. Rowling, and have a reputation for their astute audiences.
105, in 1985
88, poutine is a common Canadian dish (originally from Quebec), made with french fries, topped with brown gravy and cheese curds. Sometimes additional ingredients are added.
Jennifer Aniston as the next Elvis, 50; movie Girl Happy, 464;
prewar classic six
104, data-sharing software; "A cash cow for Mossad" 248; In the mid-1970s, Inslaw developed for the United States Department of Justice a highly efficient, people-tracking, computer program known as Prosecutor's Management Information System (Promis). Inslaw's principal owners, William Anthony Hamilton and his wife, Nancy Burke Hamilton, later sued the United States Government (acting as principal to the Department of Justice) for not complying with the terms of the Promis contract and for refusing to pay for an enhanced version of Promis once delivered. This allegation of software piracy led to three trials in separate federal courts and two congressional hearings. Wikipedia entry
240 - In Deep Web, Eric's ad-business acquaintances, and his co-adjutor Sandwichgrrl;
92 - a 1960 American suspense/horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, and Janet Leigh. The screenplay is by Joseph Stefano, based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch loosely inspired by the crimes of Wisconsin murderer and grave robber Ed Gein.