What is a BCD?

It is a Buoyancy Compensator Device.  It is designed to allow the scuba diver to remain at the desired depth.

What do you mean by immortality?

In the context of the book, immortality refers to the reversal and eventual stoppage of the aging process.  An immortal person could still die if mortally wounded.

Who are the Builders?

The Builders are explained to be Muin from the Mu Empire which may have existed tens of thousands of years ago and may have been more advanced than we are today.

What is HPCAV?

It means Hacking Phreaking, Cracking, Anarchy and Virus.

What is Phreaking?

Telephone-based hacking, social engineering and fraud.

 

Glossary for Destined for Oblivion: As Nature Intended

Arabic Number Notation
Numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Autistic
Having the developmental disorder of autism.

Autism
A developmental disorder usually becoming detectable in very early childhood that is characterized especially by atypical acquisition or use of language as well as atypical patterns of social interaction.

Cairn
A heap of stones set up as a landmark, monument, tombstone, etc.

Calgary Stampede
The Calgary Stampede is a not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values.  It holds an annual rodeo, exhibition and festival held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Carding
Carding is a term used for a process to verify the validity of stolen card data.

Commodore 64
The Commodore 64, commonly called C64, C=64 (after the graphic logo on the case) is an 8-bit home computer introduced in January 1982 by Commodore International.

Dodecahedron
A three-dimensional geometric figure with twelve plane faces.

Eaton Centre
Eaton Centre is a name associated with shopping malls in Canada, originating with Eaton’s, one of Canada’s largest department store chains at the time that these malls were developed.

Egghead
An anti-intellectual epithet directed at people considered too out-of-touch with ordinary people and too lacking in realism, common sense, virility, etc. on account of their intellectual interests.

Fjord
A long, narrow ocean inlet that passes between high and rocky banks or steep cliffs.

HPCAV
A old acronym from the 1990 that refers to Hacking Pheaking Cracking Anarchy Virus

IAEA
International Atomic Energy Agency.

IKEA
IKEA is a Dutch privately held, international home products company that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture such as beds, chairs, desks, appliances and home accessories. The company is the world’s largest furniture retailer.

Kelly Rotary Table
A rotary table is a mechanical device on a drilling rig that provides clockwise (as viewed from above) rotational force to the drill string to facilitate the process of drilling a borehole.

Kitten high-heeled
A kitten heel is a short, slender heel, usually from 3.5 centimeters (1.5 inches) to 4.75 centimeters (1.75 inches) high with a slight curve setting the heel in from the edge of the shoe.

Learjet
The Learjet 60 is a mid-size cabin, medium-range business jet aircraft manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace Canada. It is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada model 305A turbo fan engines producing 4,600 total pounds of thrust.

Lincoln Town Car
The Lincoln Town Car is a full-size luxury sedan that was sold by the upscale Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company.  Often converted into a stretch limousine, it is the most commonly used limousine and chauffeured car in the United States and Canada.

Jarhead
Jarhead is a nickname for members of the United States Marines Corps

Junk
A high-sterned, flat-bottomed boat of Chinese origin, driven by square sails.

Mormons
Mormons are a religious and cultural group related to Mormonism, the principal branch of the Latter Day Saint movement, which began with the visions of Joseph Smith in upstate New York during the 1820s. After Smith’s death in 1844 the Mormons followed Brigham Young to what would become the Utah Territory.

Neutrinos
An elementary, weakly interacting subatomic particle of the lepton family, having little or no mass and a spin of one-half.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a 1975 drama film directed by Miloš Forman and based on the 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.

Order of Canada
The Order of Canada is a Canadian national order, admission into which is, within the system of orders, decorations, and medals of Canada, the second highest honour for merit. It comes second only to membership in the Order of Merit, which is within the personal gift of Canada’s monarch.

Palm-top
A battery-powered microcomputer small enough to fit in the palm.

Redneck
One who behaves in a tough or rude manner; rowdy.  Such a person, considered to be ignorant, violent, or bigoted.

Roughneck
One who behaves in a tough or rude manner; rowdy.

UNDSS
United Nations Department of Safety and Security.

Union Station
Union Station is a major commuter railway station and the central inter-city transportation facility in Toronto

UNLP
A United Nations Laissez-Passer is a travel document issued by the United Nations under the provisions of Article VII of the 1946 Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations.

Uralic
A language family containing the Hungarian, Finnish, and Estonian languages and the Finno-Ugric and Samoyed subfamilies.