a window: "The basic idea behind the computer use of the window metaphor is that, at any given time, there is more going on than what can be shown on the screen. The user can only engage actively with one process at a time, and view perhaps one or two more, but it is the concurrent operation of a number of different processes, both seen and unseen, that determines the global state of the system and keeps the computer operating." M-L Ryan, "Cyberage Narratology: Computers, Metaphor, and Narrative." In, D. Harman, Narratologies. Columbus, OH., 1999. p.125.

bulbar storks: The bulbar (bulb) of the brain's limbic system, composed, basically, of the cerebellum, medulla and pons, is responsible for many involuntary functions that keep us alive. It also coordinates eye movements.

paces: "This kind of ritualistic pacing is known as stereotypy. The repetitive motions are mechanical, and they have no apparent function or goal. Relentless walking while oblivious to one's surroundings is a sign of unrest, even turmoil, common to human beings as well as captive animals." G. Thorp, Caught in Fading Light. New York, 2002. p.5.

a friend of mine: Personal correspondence from F. Lasay. imaginero@yahoo.com. August 23, 2001.

tattoos: "This people, the Haida, are the only ones in the habit of tattooing their whole bodies---wrists, arms, breast, back, legs, and feet--the design being conventional representations of animals, the 'crest' of the person on whom they are tattooed. The tattooing is done by puncture and by rubbing soot into the wounds. The patterns are exactly analogous to the paintings and carvings of those people. Tattooing is not unknown to the neighboring tribes, but chiefly confined to marks on the wrists and eventually on the ankles. Such designs are found, for instance, among the Tsemshian. Tattooing on the arm and breast is also found among the Nutkas [nuu-chah-nolh] of the west coast of Vancouver Island, but in this case it is connected with religious practices, not with the social organization--the totems of the people--as it is among the Haidas." F. Boas, "Tattooing of the Haida." In, A. Jonaitis, Editor, A Wealth of Thought: Franz Boas on Native American Art. Seattle, WA., 1995. p.38.

Pintados: "painted people," is what the sixteenth century Spanish conquistadors called natives of the Western Visayan islands of The Philippines. "An anonymous manuscript dated 1590, and later acquired by Charles R. Boxer (hence known as the Boxer Codex), includes illustrations of these resplendently tattooed peoples. It later became clear that the body marks were not painted on, as the Spanish description suggested, but were applied via the tattooing practice of puncturing the dermis and inserting pigment to create an indelible design. Some scholars think that tattooing was born of even earlier kinds of body decoration. Such practices of smearing the skin with mud, pulp, waxes and oils were likely multi-purpose: to evade predators, to evoke the preening of birds and beasts, to mark a rise in rank." www.Filipinoheritag,com/ Pintados.htm.