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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July 31, 2007

Puzzles and Games :: Film-ictionary (permalink)
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Did You Hear the One I Just Made Up? (permalink)
Is regression therapy a form of reverse psychology?
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Uncharted Territories (permalink)
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July 30, 2007

Book of Whispers (permalink)
Piecing together the secret of the dragon . . .


 
* The most profound secrets lie not wholly in knowledge, said the poet.  They lurk invisible in that vitalizing spark, intangible, yet as evident as the lightning—the seeker's soul.  Solitary digging for facts can reward one with great discoveries, but true secrets are not discovered—they are shared, passed on in confidence from one to another.  The genuine seeker listens attentively.

No secret can be transcribed, save in code, lest it—by definition—cease to be.  This Book of Whispers collects and encodes more than one hundred of humankind's most cherished secrets.  To be privy to the topics alone is a supreme achievement, as each contains and nurtures the seed of its hidden truth.  As possessor and thereby guardian of this knowledge, may you summon the courage to honor its secrets and to bequeath it to one worthy.
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Forgotten Wisdom (permalink)
From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook:


Printed collections of Forgotten Wisdom diagrams are available: Volume I from Mindful Greetings and Volumes II, III and IV from Amazon.  Selected posters are also available via Zazzle.
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Oldest Tricks in the Book (permalink)
Sex

I reached most of my goals, but I didn’t do it in a conventional way.  I did it using the oldest trick in the book.  Sex.
—Karrine Steffans, Confessions of a Video Vixen (2005)
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July 29, 2007

Puzzles and Games :: Letter Grids (permalink)
This puzzle grid contains several big words. Can you find them?

• 7-letter words: 21
• 8-letter words: 1
• 10-letter words: 1

Hint: the 10-letter word is a real headache!

All letters in the word must touch (in any direction), and no square may be reused.

Click to display solutions
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July 28, 2007

Unicorns (permalink)
A panorama of Unicorn Peak and the Tuolumne Meadows area from summit of Mount Althuski.

Venture inside the unicorn hot air balloon (created by Unicorn Balloon Company)!

A unicorn enters the "Forbidden Forest Gate."

Unicorn-themed color palettes from ColourLovers.com:


"Unicorn" by Pixelpoet. The full palette description is here.


"Temporary Unicorn" by MattyD. The full palette description is here.


"Purple Unicorns" by Angiers. The full palette description is here.
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Uncharted Territories (permalink)
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July 27, 2007

Did You Hear the One I Just Made Up? (permalink)
Did you hear that Hollywood is doing another one of those movie mashups, like Alien vs. Predator?  This time they're sending Indiana Jones into Flatland.  Indy's going to be in search of "the arc of the covalent."
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The Right Word (permalink)
Referring to the Dictionary of All-Consonant Words, Jonathan wrote:

I visited Merriam-Webster online just now.  Due to browser sluggishness, the consonants in the phonetic display of "bookkeeper" loaded first (presumably because the vowels, which are all represented with accent marks, are special characters).  For just an instant, M-W was an all-consonant dictionary!
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Puzzles and Games :: Film-ictionary (permalink)
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July 26, 2007

Book of Whispers (permalink)
Piecing together the secret of dominion . . .


 
* The most profound secrets lie not wholly in knowledge, said the poet.  They lurk invisible in that vitalizing spark, intangible, yet as evident as the lightning—the seeker's soul.  Solitary digging for facts can reward one with great discoveries, but true secrets are not discovered—they are shared, passed on in confidence from one to another.  The genuine seeker listens attentively.

No secret can be transcribed, save in code, lest it—by definition—cease to be.  This Book of Whispers collects and encodes more than one hundred of humankind's most cherished secrets.  To be privy to the topics alone is a supreme achievement, as each contains and nurtures the seed of its hidden truth.  As possessor and thereby guardian of this knowledge, may you summon the courage to honor its secrets and to bequeath it to one worthy.
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Forgotten Wisdom (permalink)
From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook:


Printed collections of Forgotten Wisdom diagrams are available: Volume I from Mindful Greetings and Volumes II, III and IV from Amazon.  Selected posters are also available via Zazzle.
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Oldest Tricks in the Book (permalink)
Set-Up

It’s a set-up, oldest trick in the book.
—Ian Rankin, The Hanging Garden (1999)

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July 25, 2007

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
The enchanting artist Apollonia the Red created a marvelous color palette in honor of my Professor Oddfellow persona. Entitled "Hail to the Prof," it is based upon a photo of me playing a version of the strategy game "Cathedral" with miniature architectural landmarks.



The colors (left to right) of the
Hail to the Prof palette are:

Olive
:  #787830
Different Path:  #786030
Pluto Moss:  #001818
Laca China:  #E90909
Fruit Kiss:  #F0A890
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Uncharted Territories (permalink)
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July 24, 2007

Did You Hear the One I Just Made Up? (permalink)
Why can't you compare cobblers to sherbets?

They're apples and oranges!
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Puzzles and Games :: Letter Grids (permalink)
This puzzle grid contains several big words. Can you find them?

• 7-letter words: 25
• 8-letter words: 3
• 9-letter words: 1

The 9-letter word is an act of causing a bruise.

All letters in the word must touch (in any direction), and no square may be reused.

Click to display solutions
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July 23, 2007

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
It's been said that everyone secretly wishes for something:
  • The gardener himself secretly wishes for a frost, though it isn't quite cricket to come right out and say so.
  • Abby secretly wishes for "a hundred rainbows."
  • Lisa secretly wishes for real problems, so that she can have something to complain about.
  • At one time or another, everyone secretly wishes for more time or an extra pair of hands.
  • Every man secretly wishes for a troublesome wife upon which to blame his failings.
  • Every mom secretly wishes for a little more time on her side, a stolen moment to relax.
  • Every pet owner who has had the misfortune to put down a pet secretly wishes for some sign from above that he or she has done the right thing.
  • The fearful ones secretly wish for the entire world to be as helpless as they perceive themselves to be.
  • Each of us, at times, secretly wishes for more personal fulfillment.
  • Each side secretly wishes for a doomsday scenario in the misguided belief that their side will be proved "right."
  • And although everyone secretly wishes for change in one or more bodily features, peace is discovered in a genuine love for one's self.
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Book of Whispers (permalink)
Piecing together the secret of divine civilization . . .


 
* The most profound secrets lie not wholly in knowledge, said the poet.  They lurk invisible in that vitalizing spark, intangible, yet as evident as the lightning—the seeker's soul.  Solitary digging for facts can reward one with great discoveries, but true secrets are not discovered—they are shared, passed on in confidence from one to another.  The genuine seeker listens attentively.

No secret can be transcribed, save in code, lest it—by definition—cease to be.  This Book of Whispers collects and encodes more than one hundred of humankind's most cherished secrets.  To be privy to the topics alone is a supreme achievement, as each contains and nurtures the seed of its hidden truth.  As possessor and thereby guardian of this knowledge, may you summon the courage to honor its secrets and to bequeath it to one worthy.
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Q: Why does it seem to take forever to drive across New York State?

A: Because of the shape and geographical orientation of New York State, time actually slows down north of New York City and makes all travel seem incredibly monotonous. Einstein called this the Upstate Temporal Distortion Effect, which he discovered during a trip from Princeton to Cornell. Note that it also explains the phenomenon of the "New York Minute."

Recent studies have suggested that the magnetic field of the earth has a slight "bulge" around New York State, now thought to be related to the type of metal reinforcements used in the structural mass of the Erie Canal locks, and this could explain the time-dilation effect.

(Literary humorist Jonathan Caws-Elwitt's plays, stories, essays, letters, parodies, wordplay, witticisms and miscellaneous tomfoolery can be found at Monkeys 1, Typewriters 0.  Here you'll encounter frivolous, urbane writings about symbolic yams, pigs in bikinis, donut costumes, vacationing pikas, nonexistent movies, cross-continental peppermills, and other compelling subjects.)


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July 22, 2007

The Right Word (permalink)
The “a” word is “attitude.”  —Todd Phillips, “A Whole Lot of Finger Pointing,” Advanced  Manufacturing


The illustration of the letter "A" is by Tauba Auerbach and appears here through special arrangement.
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Uncharted Territories (permalink)
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July 21, 2007

Staring at the Sun (permalink)


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Puzzles and Games :: Film-ictionary (permalink)
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July 20, 2007

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
I wonder if this 1889 drawing of a daredevil girl on a horse (both made from bottle corks and burnt matches) was an early attempt to educate children on the dangers of smoking and drinking.


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Oldest Tricks in the Book (permalink)
Seduction by a Pretty Face

He had fallen for the oldest trick in the book: being seduced by a pretty face.
—Kathryn Harvey, Private Entrance (2005)

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July 19, 2007

Book of Whispers (permalink)
Piecing together the secret of destiny . . .


 
* The most profound secrets lie not wholly in knowledge, said the poet.  They lurk invisible in that vitalizing spark, intangible, yet as evident as the lightning—the seeker's soul.  Solitary digging for facts can reward one with great discoveries, but true secrets are not discovered—they are shared, passed on in confidence from one to another.  The genuine seeker listens attentively.

No secret can be transcribed, save in code, lest it—by definition—cease to be.  This Book of Whispers collects and encodes more than one hundred of humankind's most cherished secrets.  To be privy to the topics alone is a supreme achievement, as each contains and nurtures the seed of its hidden truth.  As possessor and thereby guardian of this knowledge, may you summon the courage to honor its secrets and to bequeath it to one worthy.
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Uncharted Territories (permalink)
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July 18, 2007

Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Sunlight filtered through a stained glass window inspired this color palette on ColourLovers.com. 


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Puzzles and Games :: Letter Grids (permalink)
This puzzle grid contains several big words. Can you find them?

• 7-letter words: 32
• 8-letter words: 7
• 9-letter words: 1
• 10-letter words: 1

The 10-letter word describes the twisting of a snake.

All letters in the word must touch (in any direction), and no square may be reused.

Click to display solutions
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July 17, 2007

Forgotten Wisdom (permalink)
From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook:


Printed collections of Forgotten Wisdom diagrams are available: Volume I from Mindful Greetings and Volumes II, III and IV from Amazon.  Selected posters are also available via Zazzle.
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Oldest Tricks in the Book (permalink)
Sedation

Oldest trick in the book—keep them sedated so they’re easier to handle.
—Eileen Goudge, Wish Come True (2004)

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July 16, 2007

Did You Hear the One I Just Made Up? (permalink)
What's the quickest way to become a minister?  Vocation Bible school.
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Puzzles and Games :: Film-ictionary (permalink)
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Uncharted Territories (permalink)
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July 15, 2007

Book of Whispers (permalink)
Piecing together the secret of the deity . . .


 
* The most profound secrets lie not wholly in knowledge, said the poet.  They lurk invisible in that vitalizing spark, intangible, yet as evident as the lightning—the seeker's soul.  Solitary digging for facts can reward one with great discoveries, but true secrets are not discovered—they are shared, passed on in confidence from one to another.  The genuine seeker listens attentively.

No secret can be transcribed, save in code, lest it—by definition—cease to be.  This Book of Whispers collects and encodes more than one hundred of humankind's most cherished secrets.  To be privy to the topics alone is a supreme achievement, as each contains and nurtures the seed of its hidden truth.  As possessor and thereby guardian of this knowledge, may you summon the courage to honor its secrets and to bequeath it to one worthy.
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Puzzles and Games (permalink)
Can you guess the nature of this diagram?

Highlight this black bar to reveal answer: It's a proposed widening of a traffic intersection to allow for safe turning movements for long trucks..


A larger and fully labeled version of this diagram is located here.
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July 14, 2007

Oldest Tricks in the Book (permalink)

A hollowed-out eye in the sand, in the sheer walls of Petra.  Source.
Sand in the Eye

Then, in desperation, the captain scooped up a handful of sand and flung it at 
his enemy.  The oldest trick in the book.
—Thomas M. Reid, Forged (2003)

Speaking of sand in the eye, here's a sand sculpture of Argus that could be called "Sand in the Eyes."

To be avoided: a giant cloud of sand descending upon a beach.
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July 13, 2007

Did You Hear the One I Just Made Up? (permalink)

This one comes from humorist Jonathan Caws-Elwitt:

What do you call an urban elf?  A metrognome.

Speaking of elves, this is apparently what very bad elves drink.
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Uncharted Territories (permalink)
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July 12, 2007

Book of Whispers (permalink)
Piecing together the secret of death . . .


 


* The most profound secrets lie not wholly in knowledge, said the poet.  They lurk invisible in that vitalizing spark, intangible, yet as evident as the lightning—the seeker's soul.  Solitary digging for facts can reward one with great discoveries, but true secrets are not discovered—they are shared, passed on in confidence from one to another.  The genuine seeker listens attentively.

No secret can be transcribed, save in code, lest it—by definition—cease to be.  This Book of Whispers collects and encodes more than one hundred of humankind's most cherished secrets.  To be privy to the topics alone is a supreme achievement, as each contains and nurtures the seed of its hidden truth.  As possessor and thereby guardian of this knowledge, may you summon the courage to honor its secrets and to bequeath it to one worthy.
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Puzzles and Games :: Film-ictionary (permalink)
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July 11, 2007

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
The secret of the Great Penny Pyramid (see original photo here) is that a roll of quarters is hidden inside the King's Chamber.


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Did You Hear the One I Just Made Up? (permalink)
Have you ever noticed that a person with a mind like a sponge tends to be self-absorbed?

Speaking of sponges and brains and dessert, check out this stunning brain cake (and here's the recipe).
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Puzzles and Games :: Letter Grids (permalink)
This puzzle grid contains several big words. Can you find them?

• 7-letter words: 14
• 8-letter words: 1
• 9-letter words: 1

The 9-letter word refers to composing 14-line poems.

All letters in the word must touch (in any direction), and no square may be reused.

Click to display solutions
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July 10, 2007

Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Sun-bleached red rocks, weathered wood, and cacti are framed by the desert sky in this photo I took of Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain roller coaster.  It was an immaculately clear day thanks to the Santa Anas!  The photo inspired the Big Thunder Mountain color palette at ColourLovers.com.


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Uncharted Territories (permalink)
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July 9, 2007

Unicorns (permalink)

Unicorn drawing by Noel Leas.  Source.
Umbrellas and Unicorns — because "poetry should be able to embrace both the ordinary (umbrellas) and the extraordinary (unicorns)."

The unicorn mohawk.

The unicorn hex sign represents peace and contentment.

According to Jewish lore, "unicorn skins were used in the building of the Tabernacle."

Is there a unicorn in every crashing waveYes!  How to spot unicorns at the seashore.  Hint: look for unicorns near dolphins and whales.

A unicorn procession in the rare book Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (1499)

Caution: Unicorn playing
.

A lone unicorn looks out the window.

Don't put an eye out with that unicorn horn hat made of aluminum foil.

Unicorn's sunset.

The unicorn hopper.

A Victorian carousel unicorn, San Francisco.

The Sancton Wood School's Baby Unicorn Nursery in St Paul's Road, Cambridge.

Blazing unicorn
ceremony.  As opposed to the ice unicorn.

The palace unicorn watches from the roof.  The unicorn man simply looks.

The beautiful unicorn fireplace at Stirling Castle.

Run over by a "rocking unicorn."

A smoking pipe in the style of a unicorn horn.

Unicorn breath
— in yarn form.  Such yarn could be used to create a unicorn headdress.

At the Met Museum, "The Unicorn Tapestries display the medieval desire for interpreting in history and nature a vast interlocking network of symbols. The tapestries may be read as the popular tale of the hunt for the elusive magical unicorn."

According to this article, seeing a mountain lion in the wild is akin to "tracking a unicorn."
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Oldest Tricks in the Book (permalink)
Roses

Damn roses!  Oldest trick in the book.
—Nancy Bartholomew, Film Strip (2001)



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July 8, 2007

Book of Whispers (permalink)
Piecing together the secret of the cyclops . . .


 
* The most profound secrets lie not wholly in knowledge, said the poet.  They lurk invisible in that vitalizing spark, intangible, yet as evident as the lightning—the seeker's soul.  Solitary digging for facts can reward one with great discoveries, but true secrets are not discovered—they are shared, passed on in confidence from one to another.  The genuine seeker listens attentively.

No secret can be transcribed, save in code, lest it—by definition—cease to be.  This Book of Whispers collects and encodes more than one hundred of humankind's most cherished secrets.  To be privy to the topics alone is a supreme achievement, as each contains and nurtures the seed of its hidden truth.  As possessor and thereby guardian of this knowledge, may you summon the courage to honor its secrets and to bequeath it to one worthy.
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Puzzles and Games :: Film-ictionary (permalink)
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July 7, 2007

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

The Egg Cuber makes square eggs, via The Green Head.
"A Sick Dali Egg" by Ken Clinger could be referring to:

This egg near near the London Eye
The Dali Egg pumpkin
These eggs atop a museum in Spain
The Birth of the New Man by Salvador Dali
Fried Egg on a Plate Without the Plate by Salvador Dali

or perhaps something much sunnier

but probably not this giant egg that oversees the folk dancing.
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Puzzles and Games :: Film-ictionary (permalink)
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Uncharted Territories (permalink)
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July 6, 2007

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
My One-Letter Words dictionary has inspired a new color (and it's not scarlet!). It is entitled, naturally, "One Letter Words." The color was created and named by the New York City artist Linsomnia, who showcases her work on ColourLovers.com.

The "One Letter Words" color features in Linsomnia's new color palette named for my "Do-Re-Midi" system of musical notation.

I couldn't be more delighted!


One Letter Words, by Linsomnia
HEX: #DFF76C RGB: 223, 247, 108


Do-Re-Midi!, by Linsomnia.
The purple is entitled "Wordsmith," the yellow is "One Letter Words," the green is "Verbiage," the light blue is "The Odd Fellow," and the darker blue is "Lexis."
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

Living Chess

A blog about Emigrating to New Zealand by a British couple, Jonathan and Rebecca

Volcano Camera - White Island crater

Stamps of Antarctic research centers for glaciology, meteorology, geology, and biology, on Kiwi philately

Ancient Maori Kites

Outdoor chess in Christchurch

A proposed new New Zealand Flag

Bed & Breakfast & Four-Wheel Drive combos: Kiwi Housetrucks

"Southern lights" aurora on APOD. New Zealand from space (Click to biggify. Another angle)

Maori liquor made from Ti-Toki berries

Walking upside down on the Southern Hemisphere

World's largest tape ball

Penguin Crossing

This is a post that I am “co-blogging” with Hanan Levin of Grow-a-Brain. Thank you, Hanan!
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Book of Whispers (permalink)
Piecing together the secret of the crystal skull . . .


 
* The most profound secrets lie not wholly in knowledge, said the poet.  They lurk invisible in that vitalizing spark, intangible, yet as evident as the lightning—the seeker's soul.  Solitary digging for facts can reward one with great discoveries, but true secrets are not discovered—they are shared, passed on in confidence from one to another.  The genuine seeker listens attentively.

No secret can be transcribed, save in code, lest it—by definition—cease to be.  This Book of Whispers collects and encodes more than one hundred of humankind's most cherished secrets.  To be privy to the topics alone is a supreme achievement, as each contains and nurtures the seed of its hidden truth.  As possessor and thereby guardian of this knowledge, may you summon the courage to honor its secrets and to bequeath it to one worthy.
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Puzzles and Games :: Film-ictionary (permalink)
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July 5, 2007

Staring at the Sun (permalink)

Photo from Eli Shams' Flickr album.
Photographer Eli Shams recalls the story of this portrait of a sun-starer:

Pacing small lanes of old Banaras, I followed this sadhu coming back from the river with his traditionnal pot. I liked his steps, and when he stopped to sprinkle Ganga holy water on some children, I asked him for a picture.  [He raised his eyes to stare into the sun.]  I waited for him to look at the camera, and waited, but he was frozen… So I shot, than he relaxed. I asked why ???  He said : "I am nothing great, so I wanted you to have the sun in my eyes."

Here are some other sun-starers, including this great painting by Edward Hopper.
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Forgotten Wisdom (permalink)
From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook:


Printed collections of Forgotten Wisdom diagrams are available: Volume I from Mindful Greetings and Volumes II, III and IV from Amazon.  Selected posters are also available via Zazzle.
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Oldest Tricks in the Book (permalink)
Reverse Psychology

In Whispering Lodge (2005), Sabrina Noble calls "reverse psychology" the oldest trick in the book.

Speaking of reverse psychology, here's a funny cartoon about the subject.


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July 4, 2007

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)

Via American.edu.
Early 20th-century postcards celebrating the Fourth of July.  One from 1908 depicts shooting at cats as part of the celebration.  Several address fireworks safety, with one "humorously" offering this advice: "How to prevent your boy being killed on the Fourth of July—kill him on the third."

I prefer this cover from the Civil War Harper's Weekly, July 8, 1865, depicting the spirit of peace transforming the battlefield.

Meanwhile, what's the best perfume to wear on the 4th of July, considering that no one has yet bottled the combined scent of charcoal, gunpowder, ketchup, beer, apple pie, grass, citronella, lemonade, corn, and ice
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The Right Word (permalink)
"I wish there were one-letter words that weren't palindromes."
—James "Kibo" Parry

Speaking of palindromes, have you seen Mozart's Palindromic Duet?
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Uncharted Territories (permalink)
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July 3, 2007

Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Update on my "Spooky Pagoda" color palette:

The artist Reverbe explains how "Spooky Pagoda" inspired the "Spooky Xmas Tree" palette:

Prof. Oddfellow's excellent Spooky Pagoda palette lit a fire in my brain as I struggled to remember a spooky pagoda I've seen before. Then I remembered: there's always a fantastic light display in the local botanical garden at Christmastime; unfortunately, in the Japanese themed garden, they forgo the Christmas lights and use large red and green floodlights instead. The result is creepy as all get out. Seeing a bare-limbed Japanese maple under blinding red light gives one the idea what the shrubbery in hell must be like. Anyway, thanks to Prof. Oddfellow for reminding me that interesting colors can be found in creepy photos and not just the "beauty shots."

Re: the "Spooky Pagoda" palette, moonlight and lanterns illuminate the tiles, woods, and metal work of the oldest structure in Los Angeles—the pagoda at the pool of the Hollywood Hills Hotel below the Yamashiro restaurant. This night shot I took inspired the Spooky Pagoda color palette at ColourLovers.com.


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Did You Hear the One I Just Made Up? (permalink)

The Cookie Mandala seems to suggest that at the core of one's being is a spiritual cookie.
There's a new "Web Browser's Diet."  It's popular because it requires one to enable cookies.

Speaking of cookies, here's one that you eat with your digits.  This cookie is technically a pi(e).

Here's a blue cookie that actually helps you exercise!

This troubled gingerbread house seems to have been designed not by an architect but a city planner.
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Forgotten Wisdom (permalink)
From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook:


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July 2, 2007

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
The Laws of Average

"An Average Coffee Mug Trapped in Abstraction."

A snowman named "Average Joe."

Average Joes Dodgeball team is so average that they have no individual faces.

"Born as an Average" (a Bossa Nova Ballad).

An average awakening for Joan Collins?

Just another day in the life of an average suburban housewife?

Not your average house cat.  Neither is this.

Not your average Italian Bow Tie Soup.

Not your average bake sale.

South Korea's Youn Sun Nah is not your average jazz chanteuse:

I am leaving today - no more to say
You can find yourself some
hooker if you really need a lay
You can keep your dope and
whiskey and your chain-smoker's cough
And just wallow for eternity in liquor and sloth

Not your average dictionary, if I do say so myself.
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Hindpsych: Erstwhile Conjectures by the Sometime Augur of Yore (permalink)
Today's question is dedicated to conspiracy theorists everywhere:

Was the Apollo Moon landing a hoax?*

With "hindpsych," the answer is "yes," the moon landing was faked by NASA!  The first card in our Tarot spread, the Five of Pentacles, depicts two figures limping past the star-filled stained glass window of a church.  The figures are stooped, bandaged, and barefooted; one walks on crutches.  The figures suggest that NASA is "handicapped," hobbling along on rudimentary technology.  The figures don't notice the warmth offered by the church behind them, suggesting that NASA is unable to find a solution to its technological hardships. The middle card, the Four of Cups, depicts a figure sitting under a tree, looking at three cups before him and not noticing a fourth cup being offered from "on high."  This fourth cup in the clouds represents the Moon.  NASA is too focused on earthly matters to set its sights on the sky.  The third card, the Hierophant, symbolizes power: political, religious, and military force.  The Hierophant is making a proclamation, his right hand pointed to the heavens.  The powers that be announce a successful Moon landing.  Yet we can say with confidence that NASA, whether hobbling on crutches or sitting cross-legged under a tree, isn't going anywhere.  The Apollo mission was a hoax, and we can now move on.


Tarot cards colored by Prof. Oddfellow from Public Domain artwork.
* Historians must reconstruct the past out of hazy memory.  "Once upon a time" requires "second sight."  The "third eye" of intuition can break the "fourth wall" of conventional perspectives.  Instead of "pleading the fifth," historians can take advantage of the "sixth sense" and be in "seventh heaven."  All with the power of hindpsych, the "eighth wonder of the world."  It has been said that those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.  Therein lies the importance of Tarot readings for antiquity.  When we confirm what has already occurred, we break the shackles of the past, freeing ourselves to chart new courses into the future.
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Oldest Tricks in the Book (permalink)
Resorting to Evidence

Resorting to evidence, eh?  The oldest trick in the book.
—Youth Specialties, “Tarzan,” Drama, Skits and Sketches (1997)

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July 1, 2007

Book of Whispers (permalink)
Piecing together the secret of the crossroads . . .


 
* The most profound secrets lie not wholly in knowledge, said the poet.  They lurk invisible in that vitalizing spark, intangible, yet as evident as the lightning—the seeker's soul.  Solitary digging for facts can reward one with great discoveries, but true secrets are not discovered—they are shared, passed on in confidence from one to another.  The genuine seeker listens attentively.

No secret can be transcribed, save in code, lest it—by definition—cease to be.  This Book of Whispers collects and encodes more than one hundred of humankind's most cherished secrets.  To be privy to the topics alone is a supreme achievement, as each contains and nurtures the seed of its hidden truth.  As possessor and thereby guardian of this knowledge, may you summon the courage to honor its secrets and to bequeath it to one worthy.
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Uncharted Territories (permalink)
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