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 OneLetterWords.com.
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Today — April 4, 2020

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
We're honored by this 5-star review of The Egyptian Secrets in Your Name:
Egyptian ideograms, our Latin alphabet, and essential secrets of the self
While reading The Egyptian Secrets In Your Name, I began to realize that the secrets in letters of my name, as in every other symbol set I encounter, are to be found within me. They remain occult only to the extent that they're unexplored and the best way to reveal the personal meaning communicated by any symbol is to make a conscious decision to allow the unconscious to operate freely. Even the most 'common' name becomes unique when you view the letters as images, allowing your own intuition to connect with their latent significance.

Our intuition speaks to us through a kind of psychic poetry. Each individual is an author in this regard.  As Craig Conely demonstrates using the method he's devised, an ancient symbology can be as relevant to us today as it was to to those for whom it was designed. A person's name is a private stanza of truth about the essential self.  This book helped me to see mine, showing me how to look for Egyptian ideograms evoked by our Latin alphabet and engage with their energy. —Natasha at Amazon
The quest to decode the individual letters in a name goes way, way back.  Our research triggered a realization that every name encodes an ancient Egypitan poem.  As the original publication of our findings is freshly out of print, and as it was originally intended exclusively for professional magicians and mentalists, we were inspired to offer a revised and expanded edition containing twice the number of example readings, so that anyone can perform the technique for friends.  No memory or guesswork is required.  You’ll understand the hidden Egyptian meaning of your name instantly, and you’ll be able to dramatically interpret friends’ names.  You don’t have to be a poet or expert on symbolism to shine with our technique.  You’ll simply say aloud what you secretly know the letters to mean.  Here are the details.

> read more from Go Out in a Blaze of Glory . . .
#egyptian #occult #name reading
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You noticed how dumbed-down movies are, and here's why -- the dictionary ran out in 1934.  In case viewers couldn't follow the simple statement, both the projection room and dictionary are labeled.  The artist put the book title on the back cover.  From The Film Daily, 1934.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #dictionary #dumbed down #walking dictionary
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
This recalls the old (Bob Newhart?) line: "The last thing I want to do here is be condescending—that means 'to talk down to.'"  The article says, "Most everyone understands what UFO means—Unidentified Flying Object."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1989.
> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#vintage illustration #ufo
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Temporal Anomalies (permalink)
We encountered a mysterious temporal anomaly in Linville, North Carolina.  The east and west faces of the town clock are nearly an hour in disagreement.  As constant investigators of such phenomena, we sought to diagnose the source of the problem, but to date this anomaly remains unsolved.
> read more from Temporal Anomalies . . .
#clock #temporal anomaly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From CENAP Report, 1988.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #hourglass #occult #sacred geometry #yoga #third eye #mysticism #spiritual energy
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
Ever since we spent the night in that haunted clock tower in Solvang, we haven't been able to properly time our seasonal posts.  Whenever you happen to be, this one is from Salem's 1983 yearbook.
> read more from Staring at the Sun . . .
#vintage illustration #sun #vintage yearbook #summer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1926.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #political cartoon #eagle #lion #national animal
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Order of the Old Bean Birds."  From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's yearbook of 1964.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #bean bird
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1923.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #woods
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by Trier.  From Lustige Blätter, 1918.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #conductor #cut in half #sliced in two
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Swarthmore's 1923 yearbook.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #occult #fire #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1878.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #animal attack #dogs #horned man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1869.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #angel #money #gold
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Duke's 1914 yearbook.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #egypt #vintage yearbook #stone carving #picture writing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #end of the world #war #missile
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Are the lines of the palm actually the stems of flowers?  That's what we get from this drawing on the cover of Cultivating Thinking in English and the Language Arts, 1991.  See our own surprising study of palmistry: Crossroads Chiromancy: The Secrets of the Glowing Red Hands.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#hand #palmistry #flowers
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
To say that the 1960s were spent lounging atop giant paisley eggs would be a terrible stereotype.  From Calumet's 1969 yearbook.
> read more from Images Moving Through Time . . .
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #paisley #egg #1960s #easter egg
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #giant #violin #tiny woman #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #demon #devil
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Is Today The Day? (permalink)
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April 2020

“Today is the day for collecting the bones.”

—Yukio Hayashi, Practical Buddhism Among the Thai-Lao, 2002

From the outrageous to the inspirational to the hilarious, here’s a daily reminder to break out of the old grind and do something unexpected, for the fun, the challenge, or the heck of it.

If today simply isn’t your day, click here to have a different day.


Music Box Moment (permalink)
Do you deserve a nostalgic breather?  Through the delicate workings of the music box, even the most dramatic compositions seem to play only for you.  You’ll hear even a very familiar piece in a whole new way.  Courtesy of home recording pioneer Ken Clinger, here’s today’s music box selection.  It will sound surprisingly good even through built-in computer speakers, and it will cut through the ambient noise of the office without being distracting.

Featured in Today’s Music Box:
Piano Sonata #1 - Movement 3 (Brahms)
performed by Ken Clinger
If you could use another Music Box Moment, choose a piece:


Today’s Color Palette: For Prof. Oddfellow (more info)
For Prof. Oddfellow is the name of the color palette featured today, created by AlicjaCz. The palette consists of the following colors:

• hex #0D0808 — This is Love
• hex #452929 — ArchitectureOrnament
• hex #995A5A — Almost
• hex #EDA45A — Poppetypop
• hex #E36F10 — Lethal Toxins

The palette name refers to my avatar Professor Oddfellow.
> learn more about this palette at ColourLovers . . .


There’s a Signpost Up Ahead (permalink)
One's life path is marked by crossroads and signposts.  If you are confronted with making a choice today, perhaps the signpost displayed here will help to characterize your situation and guide you to make a decision.  If you need more guidance, refresh this page for another symbol.  If both signs are the same, perhaps any choice will lead to the same outcome.

The signs are inspired by a system of symbols entitled "Spiritual Diagnosis," developed by Dr. Robert McNary of Montana.  Dr. McNary actually creates nine-faceted mandala charts for people and interprets the symbols with uncanny accuracy.  Dr. McNary's web site is RockyMountainAstrologer.com.
> view a larger version of your signpost . . .
Yesterday — April 3, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
They don't write 'em like Dark Shadows anymore.  These three are all from episode 245:
"I guess some of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen in my life have been microscopic views of hideous malignancies."

"It’s the peculiar magnificence of the human spirit that’s required to provide the potential for such corruption."

"After all, blood is the life force.  It reaches into the deepest recesses of both the heart and the brain.  It is the familiar of our complete being.  To surrender even one drop of it is to suggest a partial surrender of one’s utmost self."
> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#horror #vampire #dark shadows
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