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Craig Conley
"Some kind of quirky genius of unlikely scholarship" -Geof Huth
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I was gifted this a decade ago and cherish it. A favorite quotation from the book: "We carry within us the wonders we seek without us. There is all Africa and her prodigies in us." —Sir Thomas Browne
Fascinating set of tidbits you collected from this book!
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2023 on Book Review: Over My Dead Body at Gordon Meyer
Refuting the Amazing Kreskin on time travel. Continue reading
What a really great bullet list of notes you took!
Toggle Commented Nov 13, 2022 on Book Review: Existential Physics at Gordon Meyer
"Sneaky Feats" is a charming title, and maybe it's just nostalgia, but the 70s art style and sensibilities engender some good feelings. Yes, finding a phone book to rip would be a stunt in itself, eh?
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2022 on Book Review: More Sneaky Feats at Gordon Meyer
Great list of tidbits! (I really appreciate this aspect of your book reviews.)
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2022 on Book Review: Creative, Not Famous at Gordon Meyer
Yes, that's a very clever subtitle, indeed! Gotta love the Victorian period, but as my grandma always said, "The good old days -- they were awful!"
Imaginary streets are “facts” and can’t be copyrighted‽‽‽
Toggle Commented Jul 4, 2022 on Book Review: How to Lie with Maps at Gordon Meyer
"Your local woo-woo shop"! I'm now picturing a brick-and-mortar storefront with the sign identifying it as "Your Local Woo-Woo Shop." I'd shop there! I'm actually there now, in a parallel universe.
Toggle Commented May 8, 2022 on Book Review: Sidewalk Oracles at Gordon Meyer
This sounds amazing ... and The Library of the Dead is such a fantastic title, too!
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2022 on Book Review: The Library of the Dead at Gordon Meyer
Great review, and what a weird accidental excursion into Galena, Missouri!
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2022 on Book Review: Secret Route 66 at Gordon Meyer
I wonder if the color-coding is possibly an homage to Andrew Lang's color-coded fairy series: The Blue Fairy Book (1889), The Red Fairy Book (1890), The Green Fairy Book (1892), The Yellow Fairy Book (1894), The Pink Fairy Book (1897), The Grey Fairy Book (1900), The Violet Fairy Book (1901), The Crimson Fairy Book (1903), The Brown Fairy Book (1904), The Orange Fairy Book (1906), The Olive Fairy Book (1907), and The Lilac Fairy Book (1910).
Toggle Commented Jan 21, 2022 on Book Review: The Fairy Tale Review at Gordon Meyer
Translating the Radio Shack part numbers to modern components sounds like a very worthwhile project. Looking forward to an update on this, if/when you're able to build one of the gadgets.
Here's a fascinating way to decode the hidden meanings of words, using the Mantong alphabet code or the Christopher Smart alphabet code. Continue reading
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Nov 2, 2021
Great -- love all your bulleted notes! Really nifty that the author includes details on where all the clues were hidden throughout the story!
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2021 on Book Review: Death From a Top Hat at Gordon Meyer
People dove into open graves to escape the flames!
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2021 on This documentary is on fire at Gordon Meyer
A rainbow string is a brilliant hack, especially because sometimes the electrical outlet can be the same color as what you've plugged in (in my case of leaving something behind, the compact black charger for a cordless electric razor, left plugged into a black outlet), thus making it practically invisible. The drag queen Alaska Thunderf*ck has a song called "Everything Must Be Leopard Print," but I'm now hearing it as, "Everything must be rainbow string." :-)
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2021 on Hotel Room Nightlight Hack at Gordon Meyer
I love your zinger, "If you’re not lucky enough to receive a copy by divine intervention..." In one of my upcoming videos, I review a book without ever mentioning its title, noting how the best books have a knack for finding you on their own. :-)
"My job is to follow the trail wherever leads, even if that’s right into the gaping maw of the impossible" !!! What a fantastic line!
When we encounter fun and intriguing examples of magic words in the wilds of old literature and magazines, we post them here: Continue reading
I really like how your photo shows the number of page markers you added -- there's major visual impact, showing how you found valuable information throughout the book. Too many books have a strong beginning but then fizzle out (at least with fiction; I rarely read non-fiction, so I don't know if that genre suffers the way fiction does).
I was unaware of this book! Gene Wolfe's /Book of the New Sun/ is an all-time favorite around here.
Philip K. Dick confirmed that this is the age of iron. He called our present universe "the black iron prison."
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2021 on Book Review: Urban Faery Magick at Gordon Meyer