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.
You might have assumed the 1980s breezed in like a neon-lit flock of seagulls on a koosh ball with shoulder pads and parachute pants, but it wasn't as smooth as all that. No, not at all. "Crunch, clank, clank — here comes the eighties!" From The Gateway, 1977.
We restored a grandfather clock that possesses a ghostly feature. Thanks to Grumpy Andrew, of Grumpy Andrew's House of Horror, who said, "Wonderful! Oh that was a balm for my soul." Meanwhile, to whatever pathetic soul thumbed-down our video, we'd ask to see what grand illusion you built from scratch this week, but —oh, that's right! — you didn't. But you made us feel even more fabulous, so — lest we disappoint you — the thumbs-down didn't discourage at all but rather set us apart from you! Thanks for social-distancing! We feel safer now.
"The way you can tell a fine pendulum is by the reflections of the lights. Do you see the lights? And do you see the colors? All the colors of the spectrum. Can you see the center? The exact center—do you see it? Keep trying. Look at the colors. See how they move. Watch them—they’re brilliant colors. They flash by. Try to find the center. Can you hear anything? The chiming of the hours?"
Yes, the mesmeric words are based on Dr. Julia Hoffman's hypnotic technique in Dark Shadows. We're looking the other way so as not to hypnotize ourselves.
The pendulum, with its reflective sphere in the middle, is from a haunted grandfather clock we are restoring.