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, a “monk for the modern age” by George Parker, 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
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Found 4 posts tagged ‘blade runner’

March 29, 2019 (permalink)

Did you know that Blade Runner and Big Trouble in Little China are the same film, with only the tiniest of negligible differences?
  Blade Runner Big Trouble
James Hong obsessed with eyeballs X X
The chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure X X
Antagonist who would be immortal X X
Protagonist narrates his own story X X
Asian crowds with umbrellas X X
Noodle shops X X
Series of tests X X
Ominous statuary comes to life X X
Disguised investigations of disreputable establishments X X
Historic architecture X X
Combatting aliens X X
California setting X X









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#blade runner #big trouble in little china #james hong
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February 15, 2018 (permalink)

Rachael: Do you like our owl?
Deckard: It's artificial?
Rachael: Of course it is.
Deckard: Must be expensive.
Rachael: Very.
Image from Popular Mechanics, 1931.
> read more from Precursors . . .
#vintage illustration #owl #art #blade runner #guardian #someone to watch over me
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February 17, 2016 (permalink)

The Physics of Literary Allusion

When Ridley Scott chose to name his filmed adaptation of Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? after an unrelated novel, Alan E. Nourse's The Bladerunner, an "entanglement" was created.  Imagine a string connecting the two Blade Runners, transcending the Meaning-Context Perimeters of each work.  (In our diagram, the perimeters deliberately resemble Morse code, because beyond a literary work's context, meanings tend toward the cryptic and secret.)  That entangling string is vibrated or "enlivened" by the Meaning-Context Perimeters, very much like the string of a violin activated by a bow.  We see that the resulting resonance is interpenetrating — each work becomes colored by the other.  The significance is quasi-magical, as readers unfamiliar with Nourse's coinage of Bladerunner are yet taken by the word's glamour in Scott's usage (in its original sense, glamour meant enchantment/magic and was an alteration of the word grammar).  And vice versa, since the entangling string connects beyond time.  Each title is powerful in its respective year (1974 for Nourse, 1982 for Scott) because of that entangling string; in other words, the punch of Nourse's title is in anticipation of Scott's echo of it eight years later, and, paradoxically, Scott banked on the glamour "previously" inherent in Nourse's term.  (We of course recall that in terms of quantum physics, time does not exist in the way that we observe and metabolize it.)
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#science fiction #quantum entanglement #blade runner #bladerunner #ridley scott #literary allusion #philip k. dick #alan e. nourse
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July 3, 2015 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the "Tears in Rain" soliloquy in the Ridley Scott film Blade Runner, from The Sirens Three, written and illustrated by Walter Crane, 1886.

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#vintage illustration #art #walter crane #poetry #blade runner #tears in rain
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