E-rated video game
E is for "everyone", i.e. a non-age-restricted rating.
James Bond at the baccarat table
See ultra-cool Bond introduce himself at the baccarat table, a game he played throughout the books and films.
Lennie on Law & Order
Lennie Briscoe was a detective for 12 seasons on the TV show Law & Order.
Zabar's is a specialty food store at 2245 Broadway and 80th Street, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, founded by Louis Zabar. It is one of the best known commercial landmarks of the neighborhood, and is known for its selection of bagels, smoked fish, olives, and cheeses. Zabar's is frequently referenced in popular culture. From WIKI.
Karaoke establishment that has many different rooms for rent with karaoke equipment.
Reserve Requirements for Depository Institutions (Regulation D) is a Federal Reserve Board regulation that limits the number of preauthorized withdrawals and transfers from a savings account or money market account. The regulation applies to all United States banking institutions offering such accounts. From WIKI.
A store where designer clothes are sold on discount.
From this website: The low-grade synthetic fiber indelibly associated with North Korea's failed "juche" or self-reliance ideology has become fit only for rags, Radio Free Asia reported on Thursday. Once touted as the future of the socialist clothing industry, Vinalon fabric is now chiefly used as rags, or as wallpaper paste by heating it to high temperatures, RFA quoted North Korean expatriates in China as saying.nDeveloped by Dr. Lee Sung-ki during Japanese colonial rule in 1939, Vinalon is made from limestone and anthracite, unlike other synthetic fibers that are made from petroleum by-products. It is produced only in North Korea. The problem is its inefficiency. A Unification Ministry official said, "The North has to use too much electricity to extract Vinalon from anthracite. It would be more cost-effective to import finished textile products, even at a rip-off price." - 9/30/11 - More...
Bridge attire is a pricing and styling category of misses apparel. Typically, bridge designers are one notch under designer (luxury) lines. Bridge lines have more unique styling than contemporary misses but are usually not as pricey as designer lines. The name comes from the fact that they are a "bridge" between less expensive lines and luxury lines. 
Japanese jewelry company, pretty much top of the line in pearls.
A ubiquitous doughnut/coffee shop in Canada.
we're trying to go legit . . . like Michael Corleone
The main character in the Godfather films. After he becomes the head of his family, he tries to make his family's business legitimate.
Amy & Joey, an Off-Broadway musical
This fictional musical is about Joey Buttafuoco (from Massapequa, NY). In 1992, he had an affair with Amy Fisher, who then shot Buttafuoco's wife Mary Jo. Mary Jo survived.
- Funny, we're 150 pages into a Pynchon novel and this is the first song. Must be some kinda record.
like Gloria Grahame in Oklahoma!
Gloria Grahame starred in the 1955 musical film Oklahoma!
Soju is Korean rice liquor. A "Harvey Wallbanger" is a cocktail made with vodka, Galliano, and orange juice.
DarkEden is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing computer game that's big in Korea. From WIKI.
Brando of Cuban cigars.
"Volare" . . . Domenico Modugno on Ed Sullivan back in '58
This happened. Watch it here.
- Pynchon's commentary on Volare lightly recalls a central theme of Gravity's Rainbow-- flying in the sky, above it all, defying gravity...
Young man dreams he's flying . . .
This paragraph is a faithful summary of the lyrics of "Volare" (which means "to fly"). Knowing that 9/11 is right around the corner, I found this unsettling.
I don't think it's 'I left my brains down in Africa'
Spud is singing "Africa" by Toto. The actual lyrics are "I bless the rains down in Africa."
Gematria is a traditional Jewish system of assigning numerical value to a word or phrase. From Wikipedia: "The best-known example of Gematria is the Hebrew word Chai ("life"), which is composed of two letters which (using the assignments in the Mispar gadol table) add up to 18. This has made 18 a "lucky number" among Jews, and gifts in multiples of 18 are very common."
tables versus CSS
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a style sheet language used for describing the presentation semantics (the look and formatting) of a document written in a markup language. CSS is designed primarily to enable the separation of document content (written in HTML or a similar markup language) from document presentation, including elements such as the layout, colors, and fonts. From WIKI.
some telltale fidgeting of the Florsheims
Florsheim is a brand of shoes.
- Brings to mind the comment of Lucas or Justin in regard to getting out of DeepArcher, i.e. just gotta click your heels three times. Also, all of the special focus on shoes so far... And the comment at one point of Maxine, I believe, that in NYC shoes told everything, or something to that effect.
John Romero's Daikatana, or simply Daikatana, is a first-person shooter video game developed by Ion Storm and published by Eidos Interactive. The game is known as one of the major commercial failures of the video game industry. Daikatana was delayed multiple times from its conception in early 1997 to its eventual release in 2000. By this time, numerous games based on more advanced graphical technology (such as id Software's Quake III and Epic MegaGames' Unreal Tournament) had already been released, causing Daikatana to lag technologically in the market with its dated Quake II game engine. From WIKI.
"Are You with Me, Dr. Wu"
Actually, the song is simply called "Doctor Wu," from Steely Dan's 1975 album Katy Lied. Does Doctor Wu metaphorically stand for a drug habit? The harmony lyrics in question are:
Are you with me Doctor Wu?
Are you really just a shadow
Of the man that I once knew?
Are you crazy; are you high?
Or just an ordinary guy?
Have you done all you can do?
Are you with me, Doctor?