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Some of the references in Yvelheim:

Introduction Page
"Yvel" is "Levy" backwards. Yarvis was a stupid and inept character of mine in a role-playing game run by Goldenflame. Blovis was the mangling of an abbreviation for black olives at a pizzeria, but its risqué made-up meaning quickly became a running gag. These words have other uses now: "Yarvis" is a call to someone unseen. "Blovis" is the response call. The previous incarnations of Yvelheim had the words "Reality stops here" under the Blimix logo. (It now says, "Reality starts here.") "What, you're still here? The introduction is over!" is a reference to the end of the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". The pi symbol in the lower right is a reference to the movie "The Net" ("a movie so bad that even Sandra Bullock in a bikini couldn't save it").
The House
"Vin.13.10" is a footnote to The Boomer Bible by R.F. Laird. The arrow reading, "Thwpp: 6.46 miles" is a reference to Tenebrus' arrow to the Archie Bunker Chair, with the distance changed. "Weak-minded fools" is a reference to "Return of the Jedi". "How can a jumprope be poly-fi?" is a parody of a "Peanuts" quote, "How can a jumprope be hi-fi?" "Don Alfonzo's tweezers" is a reference to So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish by Douglas Adams. "I loved the lemon meringue pie" was told by my uncle-to-be to his girlfriend's mother, my grandmother. So she baked him a lemon meringue pie every time he visited. He hates lemon meringue pie. "The comfy chair" is a reference to the Spanish Inquisition skit from "Monty Python's Flying Circus". Myrtle was a small stuffed cow, who left Tommy Sciacca's possession without his consent to travel the world in the apron of a high ranking Hooter's hostess. (Myrtle returned to Tommy a year later.)
The Smart-ass Cashier
In case you didn't catch it, "Part i" means it was imaginary.
The mountain is based on Crane Mountain (in the southern Adirondacks), where the pictures were taken. Have you tried swimming immediately after lunch? "Demons skate over you" is a reference to Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. ("And the road to hell is paved with good intentions. (This is not actually true. The road to Hell is paved with frozen door-to-door salesmen. On weekends many of the younger demons go ice-skating down it.)") Talking to the initially unresponding beaver is meant to be reminiscent of a similar scene from The Dragon and the George by Gordon R. Dickson, involving a badger. Dentist Rabbit was the protagonist in a series of improvised stories told long ago by my grandfather. You'd better have gotten "M. Fibian". "We can't all have beverage teleporters and usenet access" is a reference to the lair of the dragon Wyve in "Images," by Rachel Schwartz. The pit is a heffalump trap, the shards of pottery left from Pooh's honey pot after the events described in Winnie-The-Pooh by A.A. Milne. The filename thot.html (contemplating silence in the pine grove) is a reference to Pooh's "thotful spot". The attack frog is based upon two such beasts that I have encountered, though I was fortunate enough not to suffer their wrath. "Peter! Peter! I can see my house from here!" is the punchline to a joke about Jesus. It is there because the house where I used to stay can be seen from the equivalent lookout on Crane Mountain.
The Realm of Air
If you have found the Key of Air, it is expected that you have caught the references scattered thickly throughout the Realm of Air. Its primary inhabitant is a bit of an airhead. The technobabble is in the style of Star Trek, as is the plight of "those nice people from that starship". "Most of it seemed to make some kind of sense at the time" is a quote from Arthur Dent in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. "Put the dangly bit in the tea" is one of the commands needed to assemble the infinite improbability drive in the Infocom game based upon the same book. The leaving of the Realm of Air is a tribute to Warner Brothers cartoons (exemplified by "Roadrunner vs. the Coyote"). "Nor was that the only amusement," repeatedly standing alone, is meant to be reminiscent of The Boomer Bible.
The Realm of Earth
If you don't recognize the name of the inhabitant (once you've figured it out), ask someone or Google it.
"Robster Craws" and "Frush" refer to the movie "Revenge of the Nerds". "Gim," "nummy," "bop" and "lello" are RachelSpeak words, though "Bop" was originated by Isaac Asimov. "Stimpy" refers to the cartoon "Ren and Stimpy". "Bleem" is the integer between three and four. (This really screws up arithmetic, but in a fun way. Bleem is a bastardization of "bleen," invented by George Carlin. ("The Nobel Prize in mathematics was awarded to a California professor who has discovered a new number! The number is bleen, which he claims belongs between 6 and 7.") "Dankeschmeckle" is a word made up by Tenebrus, as a response to a harsh comment. "Fourteen" is a reference to the question of whether one can aspire to be the number fourteen (from Professor Zenzen's Philosophy of Mathematics class). Fourteen is also a baker's buttload (coined by Jen Tallon), because a buttload is thirteen. (A buttload is thirteen because a drunk Delta Phi brother once phoned in an order for "a buttload of chicken," which the employee took to mean the thirteen-piece meal.) A Selmer (named for Professor Selmer Bringsjord, who teaches Philosophy of A.I.) is a unit equal to tangents per second. "Kweepa" and "$CATACOMB" are references to the maze of catacombs in the hilarious Infocom game "Leather Goddesses of Phobos". "Woozle" is from A.A. Milne's "Winnie-The-Pooh". "Forty-two," "Whop," and "Foop" are references to the Hitchhiker's trilogy. Bogart is my stuffed psychedelic frog. (Yes, it is named after Humphrey Bogart.) "ROFL" and "ROFLMAO" are acronyms for "Rolling On the Floor, Laughing" and "Rolling On the Floor Laughing My Ass Off" respectively. Ivanovah is a character from the television series "Babylon 5". Calvinball is from the comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes". "Grok" is a reference to Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land. "Quadell" is what the "Q" in "MyQ" stands for. "Zorkmid" is a reference to Infocom's Zork series. "Flush" refers to the "I found Jimmy Hoffa!" / "Did you remember to flush?" in-joke. "Absarka" was the answer received when Jen Tallon's history teacher climbed a mountain, found an old Native American sitting at the top, and asked him for some words of wisdom. (He says it changed his life.) "Rabbi Nussbaum" refers to Mad Magazine #270, which features a priest pretending to be a rabbi. The yak shaving certificate is a reference to a similar one that was received in real life by MyQ, from an anonymous sender.
The Gauntlet
"Schwertfisch" is one of the possible passwords to the thieves' guild in the original "Quest For Glory: So You Want To Be A Hero." "Ken sent me" is the password to the pimp in "Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards". "My voice is my passport" was part of a password in the movie "Sneakers". "Peekaboo" was (I think) Scotty's password/authorization code for enabling the Enterprise's self-destruct mechanism. Four cuts / eleven pieces is a reference to an ancient mathematical problem: Into how many sections can you divide a convex, two-dimensional figure (such as a square) by drawing N lines through it? The behavior of the pizza elementals is a parody of the "Dungeons and Dragons" games.
The Cathedral of Fate
"Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs" is a "Calvin and Hobbes" reference.
The Book of Answers
"Eat mountains of olives" is a reference to the Dan Byrne song "Jerusalem".

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