A river of words flowed between us.
Anorak's Almanac is a book written by James Donovan Halliday. It is made up of various undated journal entries from Halliday's personal life concerning his interests in the videogames, films, music, and pop culture references of the 1980s. It was made available on Halliday's personal website, where it could be downloaded as a PDF file. Parzival once printed a physical copy of the book in his hideout on an old printer he had salvaged. Parzival and fellow Gunters would soon search throughout the book for clues to a Easter Egg hidden by Halliday within the OASIS. This would also one of the "special" items Wade took with him when he moved out of the stacks and to Columbus.
- AA Chapter 17, Verse 32: Going outside is highly overrated.
- AA Chapter 23, Verse 234: For one quarter, Black Tiger lets me escape from my rotten existence for three glorious hours. Pretty good deal.
- AA Chapter 91, Verses 1-2: Being human totally sucks most of the time. Videogames are the only thing that make life bearable.
- AA Chapter 241, Verse 87: I would argue that masturbation is the human animal's most important adaptation. The very cornerstone of our technological civilization. Our hands evolved to grip tools, all right - including our own. You see, thinkers, inventors, and scientists are usually geeks, and geeks have a harder time getting laid than anyone. Without the built-in sexual release valve provided by masturbation, it's doubtful that early humans would have ever mastered the secrets of fire or discovered the wheel. And you can bet that Galileo, Newton, and Einstein never would have made their discoveries if they hadn't first been able to clear their heads by slamming the sausage (or "knocking a few protons off the old hydrogen atom"). The same goes for Marie Curie. Before she discovered radium, you can be certain she first discovered the little man in the canoe.
- (Unspecified AA Quotation) "People who live in glass houses should shut the fuck up."