‘Shooting Thoughts’, An Interactive Installation That Lets Participants Send Stars to a Church Ceiling

In the recent interactive installation Shooting Thoughts by artist Filipe Vilas-Boas, participants sent stars from their mobile devices to the ornate ceiling of a Gothic church in Paris. The shooting stars were projected on the interior of the church with the aid of lasers. The installation took place at Nuit Blanche Paris earlier in October.

Shooting Thoughts by Filipe Vilas-Boas

Shooting Thoughts by Filipe Vilas-Boas

photos by Douglas Cabel

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‘Nudibranchs of Papua New Guinea’, A Short Film About The Unique and Colorful Species of Sea Slug

Nudibranchs of Papua New Guinea is a beautiful short film by underwater photographer Dustin Adamson taken during a recent trip to Papua New Guinea. The film focuses on the gorgeous form, color and slow movement of the eponymous nudibranch, a soft-bodied mollusk that comes in varying sizes, colors and shapes.

Nudibranchs are generally small, a bit like a traditional slug. But these slugs are much more interesting that the ones we find in the garden. The different shapes, colors, and sizes make each species of nudibranchs unique. Hopefully with this video that is up close and personal with the nudi’s, you gain the appreciation for their beauty.

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Park or Bird? A National Park and Bird Identifying App Inspired by an xkcd Comic

Park or Bird App by Flickr
screenshot via Flickr, photo via penguinthemagpie

Park or Bird? is a web app by the Flickr Vision and Search team that can determine whether a photo depicts a bird or a National Park. The app stems from an xkcd comic about the often confusing difference between a simple computer task (determining whether a photo was shot in a National Park) and an extremely challenging task (determining whether a photo contains a bird).

After seeing the comic, Flickr engineers built the Park or Bird? app using existing technology. National Park photos can indeed be identified easily through a photograph’s location data. Birds, on the other hand, require complex computer vision algorithms and something called a “deep convolutional neural network”, which can be read about in a Flickr blog post.

Tasks by XKCD
comic by XKCD

‘SkyMaul 2′, A New Parody of SkyMall Catalogs by Kasper Hauser

SkyMaul 2 Parody SkyMall Catalog by Kasper Hauser

SkyMaul 2: Where America Buys His Stuff is a hilarious parody of the SkyMall catalogs that are found in the seat pockets of commercial airliners. Created by San Francisco comedy group Kasper Hauser, SkyMaul 2 includes such wonderful gifts as the Garbage Detector, Personality Alert Bracelet, and Forever Diaper. It is a sequel to SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy from a Plane that was published in 2006.

SkyMaul 2 Parody SkyMall Catalog by Kasper Hauser

SkyMaul 2 Parody SkyMall Catalog by Kasper Hauser

SkyMaul 2 Parody SkyMall Catalog by Kasper Hauser

SkyMaul 2 Parody SkyMall Catalog by Kasper Hauser

images via Kasper Hauser

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