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.
Though known as the "land of the rising sun," "it's always night in Japan," as we learn from Electro Spectre's song "Night in Japan." It seems unlikely, yet Electro Spectre is correct. Sunrise implies darkness. Photographers know only too well that even as the sun begins to rise, "the sky is bright and the earth is still dark" (Photographing the Landscape: The Art of Seeing, 1997). Pictured, a Japanese sunrise by Boris Iu.
"I had to make my getaway between two suns. There was no other horse nor time," said Billy the Kid (The West of Billy the Kid by Frederick Nolan). Here's what a horse of two suns looks like, from Archiv für Physiologie, 1877.