FlipbooKit: lost for words


We’ve built a mechanized device that reaches into the past to find wisdom. Just think of a question, push the button, and the fluttering pages will help guide you. Each card has a selected set of phrases written by luminaries in science fiction such as H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Edgar Alan Poe. You can also personalize ORACLE with your own words or movie! There are many incarnations of this all wise Oracle… More at kickstarter.

I am lost for words because it has almost reached its funding goal. To be fair, the idea is impressive and so is the way it works, but don’t put it in a hat!

Texas Teacher Gives ‘Most Likely To Become A Terrorist’ Award


A Texas middle school principal plans to launch an investigation after a 7th-grade student was named “most likely to become a terrorist” in a mock award ceremony

“I was shocked,” Lizeth Villanueva, a 13-year-old student at Anthony Aguirre Junior High in Houston, told Click2Houston. “[The teacher] said, ‘Most likely to become a terrorist,’ and she said my name, and she gave me this.”

Lizeth received the award in an advanced learning program that’s supposed to help kids prepare for college. The teacher, who was not named, told the students the award was supposed to be funny, but Lizeth’s not laughing… More at Huffpost.

I can understand why she is not laughing.

A backward society


Great artists are always messengers of Truth. They may not speak through verbal language, or even the written word. But through their personal creativity, they are able to communicate deeper thoughts, and feelings, that conventional language often times cannot. And they do this in such a way that their chosen form of expression comes to be known invariably as Art… More at Anonymous.

Some interesting images here.

Elvis Presley’s Private Jet Is Up for Auction


The musician shared the private jet with his father, Vernon Presley. But since The King’s death, the jet has sat abandoned on a tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico for the past 35 years. Now the aircraft is going up for public auction for anyone who wants to travel like a rockstar — though a lot of work will need to happen to the engines before takeoff. It looks like the exterior could us a fresh paint job, too… More at CountryLiving.

If we club together, we could buy this.

Families That Still Rule the World


Look up in New York City and you’ll no doubt see a wooden water tower topping a roof. Resembling rustic grain silos, the towers are an iconic part of the cityscape and quietly keep millions of people alive. (Normal pipes can’t pump water more than six stories, and these barrels help hydrate higher floors.) The whole industry is run by just three families, but the Rosenwachs reign supreme. They made their first barrel in 1894 and have built more than 10,000 since. The technology hasn’t changed much: Each tank lasts 30 to 35 years, at which point it will be replaced … likely by a Rosenwach… More at Neatorama.

Very interesting article. Power can live long for some people.