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.
"The sea's relentless waves are like continually renewing sets of teeth gnawing at the land, and with over 221,000 miles of coastline in the world, that's a lot of nibbling. But the sea is capable of more than just amphibious assaults: it can also penetrate the land through a series of air raids, as water from the oceans is air-lifted up into the atmosphere where it creates a formation of clouds that are ready to deploy their water cargo down on the rocks and the soil of this land at will. The land invasion can come in varying degrees, from light rain raids through to heavy blanket bombings, randomly deployed throughout the year. The resulting saturation causes the land to weather and erode, which in turn can cause devastating mud- and landslides." —Richard Horne, A is for Armageddon: A Catalogue of Disasters That May Culminate in the End of the World as We Know It (2010)
Hungry, pitiless, murderous sea! Oh, what wild shrieks hath terror sent o'er thee! How many millions, dead, Lie waiting in thy oozy bed, Till the last trumpet sound, and Death no more Shall revel 'mid thy rage and maddening roar! —Nicholas Michell, "Ocean's Changes" (1867)
Dr. Boli notes that "feral water is dangerously unstable. It has been estimated that more than 50% of the damage in so-called natural disasters is caused by water in an uncontrolled state. Feral water can destroy buildings and ravage landscapes. It is a documented fact that feral water, in sufficient quantities, can kill."