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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Found 20 posts tagged ‘meow’


January 26, 2021 (permalink)

From Lasell's 1923 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #cat #vintage yearbook #meow
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November 20, 2020 (permalink)

From Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1908.
[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 #cat #puss in boots #oz #meow
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October 2, 2020 (permalink)

From Lasell's 1924 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #cat #vintage yearbook #alley cat #meow
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November 1, 2019 (permalink)

From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
[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 #black cat #cat #art #kitty #yowl #meow
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August 20, 2019 (permalink)

From Le Journal Amusant, 1912.
[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 #art #smiling cat #meow #happy cat #kitten #happy kitten #smiling kitten
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July 1, 2019 (permalink)

From Le Journal Amusant, 1912.
[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 #cat #art #smiling cat #kitty #meow #happy cat #sleeping cat #kitten #happy kitten #smiling kitten
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July 2, 2018 (permalink)

From Fliegende Blätter, 1928.
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[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 #art #mouse #cat and mouse #kitty #tabby #meow #striped cat
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February 9, 2018 (permalink)

"I'm going to write a love letter for you, Popsy-wop!"  From The Judge, 1920.
[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 #cat #art #love letter #kitty #i love you #cat lady #meow #cat lover #love of cats #my special kitty #sweetest kitten #my one and only #precious kitten #precious kitty #my very own cat #i'll love you forever
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January 21, 2018 (permalink)

Reblog if you agree: "I will always love them more than words can say, including my future cat children."  From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1910 (though the sentiment is our own).
[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 #love #art #cats #kitty #kittens #cat lady #meow #cat children #cat family #i love cats #house of cats #animal companion #more than words
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October 22, 2017 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to How to Be Your Own Cat.  From Die Muskete, 1934.
> read more from Precursors . . .
#vintage illustration #art #cat lady #meow #cat lover #catwoman #half cat #cat face
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September 22, 2017 (permalink)

"Mewing in a frightful manner."  From The Arabian Nights Entertainments, 1899.  This should also be of interest: How to Be Your Own Cat.
[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 #cat #art #meow #mewing
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August 1, 2017 (permalink)

"Do you mean to tell me you are sparing the world and all mankind … for the sake of a cat?"  From Pearson's, 1907.  Now, you can dispense with the world for the sake of being your own cat: How to Be Your Own Cat.
[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 #cat #art #kitty #meow #how to be a cat #cat lover
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July 22, 2017 (permalink)

From Friends and Foes from Fairy Land by Lord Brabourne and illustrated by Linley Sambourne, 1886.  This should also be of interest: How to Be Your Own Cat.
[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 #cat #art #caterwauling #meow
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April 13, 2017 (permalink)

"Presence of Mind": an illustration from a 1900 issue of Punch magazine.  The caption reads, "Little girl (who has been disturbed by a mouse, in a stage-whisper to her sleeping sister).  'Wake up!  Oh, wake up and mew, Amy, mew for your life!!'"  For some extraordinary tips on mewing, see How to Be Your Own Cat.
[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 #art #meow #how to be a cat #mewing
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January 7, 2017 (permalink)

From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1876.
[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 #black cat #art #howling #vintage cat #meow
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November 26, 2016 (permalink)

We're delighted to see our How to Be Your Own Cat rising to the top at Quimby's Bookstore.  (Photo via the Quimby's instagram.)  Looks like we're in fine company alongside the Twin Peaks recipe book (Damn Fine Cherry Pie), as well as guitarist Johnny Marr and some Ancient Aliens.
> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#meow #how to be a cat #cat lover #bookstore #cat book #be your own cat
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August 26, 2016 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to How to Be Your Own Cat.

From Love Lyrics and Valentine Verses by E. M. Davies, 1875.

> read more from Precursors . . .
#vintage illustration #cat #art #shadow #kitty #cat lady #meow #how to be a cat #cat shadow
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July 26, 2016 (permalink)

We have discovered a non-surgical, instant way to be your own cat.  We call it, How to Be Your Own Cat.  There are 25 chapters with the steps involved, but results begin immediately.  Literary humorist Jonathan Caws-Elwitt blurbs, "It’s commonly known that you can be your own best friend or your own worst enemy.  It’s even well established that you can be your own grandpa.  But it takes a Professor Oddfellow to teach you How to Be Your Own Cat—and isn’t it about time?"
Martha Brockenbrough, author of The Game of Love and Death, notes: "I am also curious about how to be Schrödinger's cat."  There actually is much to say about being Schrödinger's cat!  We would begin by installing slatted blinds in the windows, because when light goes through a slit it's both a particle and a wave (plus, that's how the Cheshire cat got separated from its grin).  We'd get an "I am not a doormat" doormat so as to foster uncertainty.  We would collect nesting boxes.  We would always leave some mail in the mailbox  and a newspaper in the driveway so as to suggest the possibility of not being home.  We would play music by the dance band M-Theory and spin to it.  We would study ways to entangle strings (putting the macramé into M-theory).  We would adopt the pat answer of agnosticism, "I don't know."  We would collect (infinite) monkey memorabilia.  Then we'd sleep like the dead.
Of course, before you can become Schrödinger's cat in particular, you must transform into a cat in general.  Hence, How to Be Your Own Cat.
> read more from This May Surprise You . . .
#cats #cat people #cat lady #meow #cat humor #how to be a cat #cat woman #feline
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June 27, 2016 (permalink)

From Incidents and Adventures in Rebeldom by George W. Darby, 1899.
[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 #cat #art #cheshire cat #smiling cat #cat teeth #smiling animal #meow
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May 31, 2012 (permalink)

83 years before Why Cats Paint: an illustration from a 1911 issue of Harper's magazine.  The caption reads: "Mrs. Cat: 'Are you going to sit there and mew all day?  Why don't you paint?'  Mr. Cat: 'I am waiting for my mews to inspire me.'"
[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 #art #cats #why cats paint #artistic animal #meow
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