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Page 47

run three times around the building without thinking of a fox and you can cure anything

Hofstadter says in his book that a cure for hiccups is to run three times around the building without thinking about the word "wolf". His source?

Which book? Probably his most-quoted-from one, Godel, Escher, Bach MKOHUT 13:23, 8 July 2007 (PDT)

(Note that an injunction not to think of something is a perfect example of anthropologist Gregory Bateson's 'Double Bind'.)

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48.25 " . . . one of Lazslo Jamf’s subjects . . . "
The name "Jamf" apparently derives from an acronym used by Charlie Parker: "Jive-Ass Mother-Fucker"!

48.38 Transmarginal and Paradoxical phases
see here

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Cobb & Beach at Lyme Regis
51.31-32 the Ick Regis jetty

The name is Pynchon’s but evokes "The Cobb," the famous jetty at the city of Lyme Regis on the southern coast of England.

Regis is the Latin genitive of Rex, "the King" thus, "of the king." As William Safire notes, "The colloquial noun and interjection ick, as well as its adjectival form, icky, are terms of disgust, distaste and revulsion." Oedipa Maas uses the term in CoL49 in response to a grisly play.

Combining Ick and Regis, could therefore render the anarchic sentiment "sick of the king."

Ick Regis, when spoken aloud, sounds like 'egregious'--perhaps a comment on the programs being run at the White Visitation?

Interestingly, for PISCES and White Visitation to be headquartered in a place named Ick Regis, brings associations with the fish sickness "ick" also known as the white spot disease, which is a severe dermatitis of freshwater fish caused by a protozoan of the genus Ichthyophthirius and is especially destructive in aquariums and hatcheries called also ichthyophthiriasis, ichthyophthirius. Hence, the "white visitation" could, again, be a sickness.

Apparently a TRP neologism. More about blastulas here: --Jpicco 10:12, 16 May 2009 (PDT)

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Rundstedt offensive
A reference to The Battle of the Bulge. --Jpicco 10:19, 16 May 2009 (PDT)

Beyond the Zero

3-7, 7-16, 17-19, 20-29, 29-37, 37-42, 42-47, 47-53, 53-60, 60-71, 71-72, 72-83, 83-92, 92-113, 114-120, 120-136, 136-144, 145-154, 154-167, 167-174, 174-177

Un Perm' au Casino Herman Goering

181-189, 189-205, 205-226, 226-236, 236-244, 244-249, 249-269, 269-278

In the Zone

279-295, 295-314, 314-329, 329-336, 336-359, 359-371, 371-383, 383-390, 390-392, 392-397, 397-433, 433-447, 448-456, 457-468, 468-472, 473-482, 482-488, 488-491, 492-505, 505-518, 518-525, 525-532, 532-536, 537-548, 549-557, 557-563, 563-566, 567-577, 577-580, 580-591, 591-610, 610-616

The Counterforce

617-626, 626-640, 640-655, 656-663, 663-673, 674-700, 700-706, 706-717, 717-724, 724-733, 733-735, 735-760

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