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.
In any experiment with time, one is likely to glance ahead, as the author here realizes in his very first sentence. From J. W. Dunne's study of precognitive dreams and the structure of time, An Experiment With Time (second edition, 1929).
When we're asked, as chronologicians, to correct a temporal anomaly, we often have to explain that it's not as easy as resetting a clock, for there are mighty forces out there. From NY School of Agriculture at Alfred University's 1942 yearbook.
[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.]
We encountered and determined the cause of a temporal anomaly in the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The clock in the bedroom of our historic farmhouse lodging displays a frozen time. As constant investigators of such phenomena, we saw the source of the problem instantly. Placed right next to the clock is an empty antique birdcage. That relic is the cause of the clock's inoperability. An empty cage traditionally symbolizes that something in one's life has escaped; we've all heard that "time flies," and so QED. Though the cause is simple enough, great mysteries yet abound, for has an old clock in a nearby farmhouse now gained time? By the way, that slip of paper in the corner of our photo is from a fortune cookie that a stranger gifted me after the Ghost concert we attended (ticket and earplugs also pictured). The fortune reads, "Do what is right, not what you should." (And yes, apparently we do take and eat candy from strangers.)