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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October 19, 2014 (permalink)

But what is the point? Despair is the only certainty here.

Even so, recall "yonder beam" from previously.

August 22, 2013 (permalink)

"Listen, you know as well as I do that the only certainty around here is that things are never going to get back to normal, don't you?" —David Moody, Autumn: The City (2011)

July 29, 2013 (permalink)

"The only certainty was the money."
Christopher Farnsworth, The President's Vampire (2011)

Money whirlpool by Patrick Hoesly.

July 22, 2013 (permalink)

Photo by Sam Liau.
"There is no absolute way to know if the dollar will go up, down or sideways—it may well do all of these things. The only certainty is that it will move." —Tim Weithers, Foreign Exchange (2011)

June 13, 2013 (permalink)

"The only certainty is that our current scientific models fail. Entirely."
Brian Clegg, Gravity (2012)

June 12, 2013 (permalink)

"The only certainty is this: the more tricks you pull out of your bag, the greater the chance that one of them will backfire."  —Char Booth, Reflective Teaching (2011)

December 20, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty ... is that you'll never know if you could be one of them unless you try."
Sherryl Woods, The Summer Garden (2012)

November 22, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty is that the utopian moment, if and when it finally arrives, will be the most satisfying of communions precisely because it has been sought out in a spirit of flexibility and mutual consideration."
Robert Tobin, The Minority Voice (2012)

November 14, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty is that ... there are as many 'real worlds' as there are people!"
The Learner-Centered Curriculum

Photo by David.

October 17, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty today is that one must be self-conscious."
John Elderfield, De Kooning: A Retrospective (2011)

October 9, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty is it is almost impossible to please both audiences at the same time.
Deacon Bill Rich, Joy: The Journey Home (2012)

September 22, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty, the only reality that can be trusted, is stillness."
Daniel P. Watkins, Anna Letitia Barbauld and Eighteenth-Century Visionary Poetics (2012)

September 19, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty is this: If you do nothing, you'll achieve nothing."
Vickie L. Milazzo, Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman (2011)

August 29, 2012 (permalink)

"Our Higher Self is at all times there for us—a constant and eternal companion and the only certainty that we can count on."
Brigitte Arora, Transformation of the Human-Animal (2012)

August 10, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty is that exceptions occur."
Rand Wilcox, Modern Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2011)

July 3, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty in our life is that when time moves on it is forever lost."
Paramahamsa Nithyananda, Bhagavad Gita: Demystified (2011)

June 30, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty is that you cannot run a business without cash."
Project Management Accounting: Budgeting, Tracking, and Reporting Costs and Profitability

May 21, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty, the only promise, [is] that night [is] coming soon."
Larry D. Sweazy, The Badger's Revenge (2011)

April 20, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty I have is that perseverance in the habit of writing is usually in direct relation to its absurdity, while we usually do brilliant things quite spontaneously."
—Enrique Vila-Matas, Never Any End to Paris

April 3, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty is that you will have unfinished business, and it will weigh on your mind, and you won't even know why."
Jim T. Lindsey, A Traveler's Guide for Lost Souls: The Flaw in the Fabric (2011)

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