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 OneLetterWords.com.
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Inspired by Jeff Hawkins.  Parchment textures by pareeerica.

April 24, 2016 (permalink)

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April 17, 2016 (permalink)

Eddie Loos once said that "there are two sides to golf" (The Best Advice Ever for Golfers), but "to look forward from the other side is terrifying" (Glenn Smith, Aesthetic Wilderness).  This photo of the other side of golf, by Leslie Jones, appears exactly as it was scanned by the Boston Public Library.
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November 22, 2015 (permalink)

You've heard of "turning over a new leaf," but here's what it looks like, courtesy of the person who scanned Massachusetts in the Rebellion by P. C. Headley, 1866.  It's been said (by Arjan Plaisier) that "Autumn has two faces."  In that spirit, both sides of every leaf preserved in this volume are represented.
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September 5, 2015 (permalink)

The phrase "the moon is a penny" is a Googlewhack.  From Ladies' Home Journal, 1947.
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May 5, 2015 (permalink)

The phrase "magician is the rabbit" delivers just one Google result.

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May 3, 2015 (permalink)

Heads he stays, tails he goes, from The Spin of the Coin by Lettice Galbraith, 1893.
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May 2, 2015 (permalink)

"Right now he's stuck between two directions.  In other words, for him, both sides are tail." —Kamen Rider Ryuki.


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April 20, 2015 (permalink)

"But danger and opportunity are two sides of the same coin!"  From Kamen Rider Wizard.

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January 3, 2015 (permalink)

"Silence! he roared out."  From The Newcomes by William Makepeace Thackeray and illustrated by Chris Hammond, 1898.
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December 27, 2014 (permalink)

"The back of King Arthur's Round Table," from The Great Hall, Winchester Castle by Melville Portal, 1899.
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October 24, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from Through the Dark Continent by Henry Morton Stanley (1899).
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October 18, 2014 (permalink)

The bliss of oblivion and the phantom, burden, and chain of memory—these are two sides of the same thing, two dimensions of the conditio humana.
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September 4, 2014 (permalink)

"The self and the other are just two sides of the same coin."
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July 25, 2013 (permalink)

Rebellion and compliance are two sides of the same coin.
Nicholas Lore, The Pathfinder (2012)

Spinning coin by Connie Smith.
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December 19, 2012 (permalink)

Perhaps the sin and the penance
are one and the same,
two sides of the same coin.
Julija Šukys, Epistolophilia:
Writing the Life of Ona Simaite (2012)

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November 2, 2012 (permalink)

"The twin children of life, Hate-Love and Love-Hate." —John Cowper Powys, Porius

A spinning 1901 penny: photo by Jonathan W.
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August 2, 2012 (permalink)

"A mystery and a trick are generally two sides of the same object, according as it is turned to the view of the beholder."
The Works of Robert Hall
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July 12, 2012 (permalink)


We say without irony that we suspected this all along:

"Symbolic fiction and spectral apparition are thus two sides of the same coin."
Slavoj Zizek, Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism (2012)
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February 23, 2012 (permalink)

Love and loss: two sides of the same coin.

Photo by Jonathan W.
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