CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is
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Images Moving Through Time

March 24, 2015 (permalink)

"Why shouldn't I tell you the whole truth?  I really hope that one day I'll be able to see Time itself.  Not actually there on the face of the watch of course.  But one day I do hope to see how to see Time.  It'd be a discovery with quite unpredictable consequences." —Ernst Kreuder, The Attic Pretenders

Photo courtesy of Ines Seidel.

December 10, 2014 (permalink)

Tapestry figures look at the faceless grandfather clock at Packwood House (England).

November 15, 2014 (permalink)

"The light of other days," from A History of the Cries of London, Ancient and Modern by Charles Hindley, 1884.

October 31, 2014 (permalink)

Here are some creepy old portraits from Broadstone Hall and Other Poems by William Edward Windus, with illustrations by A. Concanen, 1875.  One's canine or skeletal, one's feline, and one's avian or alien.  Note also the dimensionality of the portraits — the standing figure looks like he's ready to step right out into the room.  And even the drapery at the right is haunted.  

August 24, 2014 (permalink)

Here's a proof that time is in one's head, from The Man in the Moon (1847).

May 1, 2014 (permalink)

Dancing around the May-day queen in the village green, from The Quiver, 1873.

March 10, 2014 (permalink)

Here's an owl border we salvaged and restored from an 1860 issue of Arthur's Home Magazine.  For re-sizing convenience, we created an EPS version for downloading.

August 6, 2013 (permalink)

We're glad to have contributed a photograph to "Imagination Made Real," an article about the architecture of Portmeirion, Wales.

July 26, 2013 (permalink)

One of our best-kept secrets: the other half of our daily blogging is over at our

Borgesian Circulating Depository.

July 3, 2013 (permalink)

She's been "waiting and watching" a long time, indeed. To date, she's been vigilant for:

May her unflagging alertness be a source of comfort, an example to us all.

From The Quiver, 1886.

June 25, 2013 (permalink)

Here's an 11:07 from 3:10 to Yuma.

(Film still courtesy of DVDBeaver.)

June 17, 2013 (permalink)

We're delighted to see our photo of the 600-year-old Yamashiro Pagoda (the oldest structure in America) illustrating a Tahoe Trader article about the value of the Yen.

June 9, 2013 (permalink)

We're honored that How-To-Geek used our massive panorama view from the Saint Augustine lighthouse to demonstrate how to create a photo planet.  They took our original photo:

and transformed it:

December 31, 2012 (permalink)

Did you know that Santa, back when he was svelte, used to deliver presents on New Year's Eve and not Christmas Eve?  This illustration is from The Family Magazine, 1840.

December 12, 2012 (permalink)

Bleeding ink and Google's scanning machine combine to form an aptly titled "Pairing."  The illustration is from Peterson's magazine, 1877.

July 24, 2012 (permalink)

Whimsical electrical poles then and now: the first image is from Punch, 1849, and the second is by Choi+Shine Architects (see photos of their stunning "The Land of Giants" electrical pylons on the Iceland landscape). Truly, "electricity dances in the air here" (Timothy Brown, Temple of the Troll God, 2001).

© 2011 Choi+Shine Architects.  This image appears here for historical commentary.

June 9, 2012 (permalink)

A ready-made collage courtesy of Google Books:  from an 1898 issue of Munsey's magazine.

December 20, 2011 (permalink)

"What is the present but the sum of the past in a moment of consciousness?  And because the spirit can call upon this consciousness — this recall — at will, so the present is ever there in the stream of time and the flowing weave can become a broad tapestry spread out for me to contemplate; and I can point to the spot where a particular thread in the weft marks the start of a new design in the pattern.  And I can follow the thread, knot by knot, forwards and backwards; it does not break off, it carries the design and the meaning in the design; it is the essence of the tapestry and has nothing to do with its temporal existence."
—Gustav Meyrink, The Angel of the West Window

October 9, 2011 (permalink)

"Is it the dead who bring our memories back to life when they want us to feel their presence?  Do they cross the stream of time to reach us by turning back the clock within us?"
—Gustav Meyrink, The White Dominican

June 23, 2011 (permalink)

Prof. Oddfellow found his ideal of a wonky homestead: the Carpenter's House (1908), now part of the Dow Museum's preserved city block in the heart of St. Augustine's historic district.  There's no lens distortion in the photo — the house really is that lopsided. 

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