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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March 23, 2016 (permalink)

Just as the nearest exit may be behind you, the nearest sun may be below you, as we learn in Guida alla Chimica by Carlo Lancillotti, 1706.

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February 25, 2016 (permalink)

"The land of the midnight sun": a view of Bolgen Mountain by Thorolf Holmboe, ca. 1907.  A scan by Nasjonalbiblioteket.

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February 22, 2016 (permalink)

Our fellow hermits are privy to the secret of how to "Enjoy the sun indoors."  Circa 1937.

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January 19, 2016 (permalink)

From Heroes of the Dawn by Violet Russell, 1914.


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January 17, 2016 (permalink)

"Little by little the golden aureole crept on," from The Conquest of the Moon by André Laurie, 1889.


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January 7, 2016 (permalink)

We draw a daily waking dream card from the Self-Intuiting Polarity deck, and only when the Cloud View card comes up do we perform cloud busting with the Original CloudBuster app.  Needless to say, we never dissolve clouds in times of drought.  In the photo, there was a 70% chance of rain, so we dissolved clouds until the National Weather Service changed the forecast to 30%.  Foggy mornings have proved difficult to clear, and we admit total defeat in our face-off with a tropical storm, but we walked away feeling we had given it our best.

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November 25, 2015 (permalink)

So in 1896 we had already sliced open the sun (to discover its labyrinthine innards), and yet NASA's launch of a solar probe has been pushed back to 2018.  One step forward, two steps back.  From The Half Hour Library of Travel, Nature and Science for Young Readers, 1896.


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November 24, 2015 (permalink)

From The People of the Mist by Henry Rider Haggard, 1894.


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August 13, 2015 (permalink)

"Gaze on the sun; the shadow-time is past," from The Lily and the Cross by Edith Nesbit, 1887.


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July 29, 2015 (permalink)

This is the best sun-riven-in-twain we've seen all week, from Prodigiorvm Ac Ostentorvm Chronicon, 1557.


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June 3, 2015 (permalink)

The sun as an egotist, from Oculus Hoc Est by Christoph Scheiner, 1619.

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April 14, 2015 (permalink)

"Up, up, up in the air I went, so that I counted the spots on the morning sun."  From In the Green Park by F. Norreys Connell and illustrated by F. H. Townsend, 1894.

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January 30, 2015 (permalink)

"The ship that sailed into the sun," from Lilliput Lyrics by William Brighty Rands, 1899.

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Three suns from Bilder aus der Deutschen Kulturgeschichte by Albert Richter, 1882.

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January 14, 2015 (permalink)

"Worshippers of the rising sun," from from The Foreign Freaks of Five Friends by C. A. Jones, 1882.

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September 22, 2014 (permalink)

"By some means, however, they got to the sky, / And found the Sun throned in his palace on high."  From Thoughts and Fancies by John Cotton, 1897.

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April 2, 2014 (permalink)

"But yonder beam forbids me to despair": from Sir Walter Raleigh: A Tragedy by William John Dixon, 1897.

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