French Interactive Designer Filipe Vilas-Boas has created an awesome and beautiful way to turn peoples’ thoughts into shooting stars and constellations. Entitled Shooting Thoughts, Villas-Boas’ interactive art installation enables people to create their own unique constellations on the spectacular vaulted ceiling of Saint-Eustache Church in Paris, France.

Visitors create their constellations using their mobile phones by sending text messages to a certain number. The text messages are received by a computer program which translates them into instructions for a network of lasers mounted on the cathedral’s pillars. The lasers then project the patterns created by the software and, when certain beams of light align, a large cross is generate in the center of the ceiling.

Villas-Boas says, “Like all of us, each star finds its place at its own speed with its individual trajectory.”

Click here for a brief video demonstration of Shooting Thoughts.

[via designboom and the Daily Mail]

If we think of the douchebag as a social identity as much as an accusation, as a subject with a distinctive persona locatable within the categories of race, class, gender and sexuality, then we find that the term carries a remarkably precise definition.
The douchebag is someone — overwhelmingly white, rich, heterosexual males — who insist upon, nay, demand their white male privilege in every possible set and setting.
The douchebag is always a white guy. But he is more than that. The douchebag is the demanding 1%, and the far more numerically significant class of white, heterosexist men who ape and aspire to be them. Wall Street guys are douchebags to be sure, but so is anyone looking to cash in on his white male privilege.
This narrowness of categorization — perhaps unique in the history of America’s rich history of racial and sexual slurs — is what makes the word douchebag such a potentially useful political tool.

Douchebag: The White Racial Slur We’ve All Been Waiting For — Medium

This is a great, interesting, insightful, long read.

(via wilwheaton)


Today the Department of Awesome Parenting salutes a dad who helped his kids complete one of the most cutting-edge LEGO projects we’ve ever not seen. Yes, you read that correctly. John Wray and his two kids spent the weekend painstakingly assembling an extraordinarily complex 3,200-piece model of Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet.

It was a massive undertaking (even the instructions were invisible), but the family worked together and, as you can’t plainly see here, the LEGO model looks exactly like the real thing. Congratulations to the Wray family. You’re super awesome!

[via Kotaku and Reddit]




WOMEN IN SCIENCE clothing is now available for purchase at the Hydrogene Portfolio online store! Choose between a light or dark design with a background color of your choice, and create custom t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies. 


These are so cool!!