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.
I carry this book everywhere. On my iPad, sure, but I still carry it around and read from it every once in a while. To get that whack against the side of my head and wake up from the sometimes numbing and increasingly one-dimensional world of news, politics and chores. Great to see some of it animated with nice visuals and a great voice over! Thanks.
Our planet's spokeswizard, Cyril the Sorcerer, honored us with an invitation to formulate a magical coin. We jumped at the prospect of alchemical metallurgy, but this wizard added the twist that he wished to work with precious woods, not metals. He sought something less silver than sylvan. For his coin design, I was inspired by the wizard's remarkable eyeglasses. They have marvelous loops at the ends of the ear pieces. I overlapped those loops, like linking rings, to form a third eye of wizardly wisdom. The lens pieces are emblazoned with the two heavenly luminaries most associated with our planet. The coin's other side depicts an open hand reaching for a star, surrounded by Cyril's teaching that "the magic is in your hand." What a privilege to be a part of our planetary spokeswizard's enchantment!
Because water bends all the rules of science ("Water: The Weirdest Liquid On the Planet"), we used the mysteries of crystallization to uncover the deepest secret of the Easter Island monoliths. What we saw in the carved Polynesian ice cube froze our blood!
Instead of a "Page 3" topless glamour model like in the British tabloids, this page three features a psychedelic visualization of a mathematical equation, created in HyperCard. News we can believe in! From The Connector newspaper (University of Lowell), Feb. 14, 1991. We made a giant version of the graphic for you to zoom in upon and get lost in.