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 10 posts tagged ‘blank map’

Uncharted Territories – July 8, 2020 (permalink)

"In the map your heart is taking the curves.  Sometimes you miss one in the borderlands.  Sometimes you get there with the help of the saints."  From Mothers News, 2013.
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#blank map #weird map
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Uncharted Territories – January 13, 2020 (permalink)

Here's a blank map from Jim White's No Such Place album.
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Uncharted Territories – July 26, 2019 (permalink)

"There was romance in the unknown, but once a place had been discovered and cataloged and mapped, it was diminished, just another dusty fact in a book, sapped of mystery. So maybe it was better to leave a few spots on the map blank. To let the world keep a little of its magic, rather than forcing it to divulge every last secret. Maybe it was better, now and then, to wonder." —Ransom Riggs [via DevilDuck]
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Uncharted Territories – February 5, 2019 (permalink)

"Bear location still bare."  From Butler Community College's 1986 yearbook.  See this most unusual collection of the blankest maps ever attempted: The Carte Blanche Atlas.
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#bear #blank map #not pictured
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Uncharted Territories – December 27, 2018 (permalink)

"If you get into unmapped territory, improvise."  —Tim Powers, Declare
See this remarkable book of truly unmappable regions: The Carte Blanche Atlas.
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Uncharted Territories – October 5, 2015 (permalink)

A "retroactive lifetime goal"* is having our own Carte Blanche Atlas [of Blank Maps] referenced by a Lewis Carroll expert as "amazing" and "a reliable source of information ... without errors."  Scholar Doug Howick even quotes our nine crucial differences between a blank map and a blank page.  (Those nine differences are listed here as well.)  It's all in the Knight Letter of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, and a pdf of the issue is available via  (Granted, this is technically news from 2011, but we blog years in advance as part of our ongoing time-bending experiments.)
*Phrase courtesy of Jonathan Caws-Elwitt
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#blank map #lewis carroll #hunting of the snark
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Uncharted Territories – October 16, 2014 (permalink)

Here's a blank map of the White Sea, from This Giddy Globe by Peter Simple and illustrated by Oliver Herford, 1919.  For a most unique collection of unmappable places, see The Carte Blanche Atlas: 75 Uncharted Territories for Off-the-Beaten-Pathfinders.  (Thanks, Jonathan Caws-Elwitt!)
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#vintage illustration #blank map #white sea #arctic ocean #unmappable #off the map
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Uncharted Territories – August 30, 2007 (permalink)

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#walt whitman #self invention #self discovery #new beginnings #blank map #i've never been to me
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Uncharted Territories – July 31, 2007 (permalink)

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Uncharted Territories – April 26, 2007 (permalink)

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