Here is a bonus handy print-out you can download as well: fall 2012 tv
Day-by-Day Fall TV Schedule
Find out what’s on when and against what!
One of the best timelapse videos I have seen – and I see a lot! This is by the master and it is filmed in LA – from ColinRich:
Music: M83, “Echoes of Mine” off of ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.’ Available from Mute Records, EMI Music
Download the song/album here here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/midnight-city
A big thanks to Matthews MSE (msegrip.com) especially to Bob Kulesh, Tyler & Ed Phillips for their generous support and patience of this lengthy endeavor. Most of the linear motion control shots were captured using their FloatCam DC Slider, a wonderful piece of engineering for the time lapse world.
‘Nightfall’ is a three minute tour of light through the City of Angels.
I shot “Nightfall” in an attempt to capture Los Angeles as it transitioned from day to night. As you probably know, LA is an expansive city so shooting it from many different angles was critical. Usually I was able to capture just one shot per day with a lot of driving, exploring, and scouting in between but the times sitting in traffic or a “sketchy” neighborhood often lead to new adventures and interesting places.
Nightfall in particular is my favorite time to shoot time lapse. Capturing the transition from day to night while looking back at the city as the purple shadow of Earth envelopes the eastern skyline and the warm distant twinkling halogen lights spark to life and give the fading sun a run for her money- this will never grow old or boring to me.
In this piece, it was important to me for the shots to both capture and accentuate the movement of light through the day and night and the use of multiple motion control techniques allowed me to do so.
I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed creating it.
An English translation of the lyrics-
“It is late. I am looking for my other home, taking an unfamiliar path: a small trail near the factories and the city, cutting through the forest. I can barely see nature when suddenly, night falls. I am engulfed by a world of silence, yet I am not afraid. I fall asleep for a few minutes at the most, and when I wake up, the sun is there and the forest is shining with a bright light.
I recognize this forest. It is not an ordinary forest, it is a forest of memories. My memories. The white and noisy river, my adolescence. The tall trees, the men I have loved. The birds in flight, and in the distance, my lost father.
My memories aren’t memories anymore. They are there, with me, dancing and embracing, singing and smiling at me.
I look at my hands. I caress my face, and I am 20 years old. And I love like I have never loved before.”
Not a big fan of these stinging critters! If you want an easy way to trap wasps and yellow jackets this late summer – give this a try from Instructables:
This is my first instructable, so any feedback is greatly appreciated! After discovering a yellow jacket ground nest near our front door a few days ago, I decided to look up ways to get rid of these mean insects without the pesticides. We have various wildlife and friendly insects in our yard, so I try to avoid pesticides. A quick Google search resulted in a few solutions to my problem and this is the one I chose. This method was super simple, pesticide free, eco safe and VERY effective. Friends and family were pretty amazed at the results as was I! So let’s get started!
Here are the “tools” needed: wine (they prefer red to white), a clean water or soda bottle, a bread knife or scissors, and dishwashing liquid. First, cut off the top quarter or third of the bottle. Add about ½ “ of wine and about two drops of dishwashing liquid. Now flip that top over to make a funnel and place it snuggly back into bottle. You are done! See how easy that was?
Here is the tricky (or fun depending on how you view it) part. Place traps as close to the yellow jackets’ nest as possible. Since they had built their nests (yes, I said nests, plural, but I will explain that later) in the ground, I simply placed the traps close to where I saw them flying. My first case scenario was near our front door close to a stick pile. I made a red wine trap. As you can see, they preferred the red wine. Next day, yellow jackets were gone and floating inside the traps……or so we thought. About four days after first testing these with good results, a new family must have moved in and stung my little boy who was simply coming inside after school. Mama Bear mode kicked in! I found some old bug spray in the garage and planned an assault despite my NO pesticide clause, but they must have known what I had in mind because they scattered. Since we didn’t have red wine opened at the time, I used some old white wine that was about to be tossed and I quickly made two more traps. Again, next day, yellow jackets drowned!
The following day, I was walking from the mailbox and as luck would have it, found ANOTHER ground nest next to our driveway, right in the path of my kids coming home from school! I quickly grabbed the previous three traps, made a new one with red wine, and off I went carefully placing the traps. As soon as I walked inside, we looked out to see a SWARM of these evil buggers all around the traps! I grabbed a camera, zoomed in and took a video from a safe distance (or so I thought). One zoomed past and stung me in the back of the head! He even rode on top of my hair and made his second appearance in my kitchen where he was quickly eliminated.
Five hours later with a quick rain storm thrown in there, we noticed there were no flying yellow jackets. Upon closer inspection, we discovered filled traps! I noticed a few strays flying out of the nest, so I made a fifth trap. If my first four traps are any indication, I believe our yellow jacket problem has been solved, at least for today.
A few things to consider: try to use bottles with small openings to prevent escape; when you safely can, clean out the traps and refill when needed. If you leave too many dead ones in there, they might crawl over their dead and find a way out. I had much better luck with red wine as opposed to white (see photo of traps that were side-by-side and see which one was fuller!).
I hope you have success with this eco safe, pesticide free yellow jacket trap!
Two days into this, we discovered that most of the traps had been knocked over or dragged away, probably by raccoons in the night. Since there were a few stray yellow jackets flying around today (yes, one even went for my hair again!), I decided to do a night recon. A few of the traps were opened and cleaned out, but the ones they weren’t able to open were full. I left one bottle’s contents on the driveway because ants and spiders were having a feast, but in another bottle I commented to my husband that I had caught a huge wasp. On closer inspection, we discovered it was the queen! We both now believe that there is no way that all of these yellow jackets were drowning since the dead were 2+ inches deep in the bottles and there is only ½” of wine/detergent solution, so we are guessing that the solution somehow kills them. No honey bees were killed in the making or implementation of this Instructable.
Curiosity is cool and now you can take a virtual 360-degree panorama tour with it! Scroll and zoom around – it is almost like you are there! From 360Cities:
School is about to (or already has in many cases) start! This is a fun look at how college students might see the world today – from Mashable:
What comes to mind when you hear the word “Twilight”? Is it Rod Sterling or Edward and Bella?
Online e-textbook retailer, eCampus has teamed-up with Beloit College, a liberal arts school in Wisconsin, to offer the below infographic that illustrates how today’s college students understand the world.
A lot more had changed in the past 40 years than just the emergence of sexy vampire movies and books. Today’s college students might look at you with a blank expression if you talk about cassette tapes, or library card catalogs.
Beloit College releases this list of college-aged students’ cultural and pop-cultural perceptions and preferences on a yearly basis. They call this the “Mindset List” — its purpose is to clue-in professors and educators to the world view their students. The “Mindset List” was first published in 1998 and is now also a blog and a book. Created by Ron Nief, alongside fellow Beloit College Professor Tom McBride, this “index of insights” is a cultural benchmark for each freshman class.
Most of this year’s college students were born in 1994. They’ve never needed an actual airline “ticket” or a set of encyclopedias. Before they purchase a textbook, they investigate whether it’s available for rent or purchase as an e-book. They grew up with the Internet; if they miss their favorite TV show, they know they can always watch it online. To them, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead.
Take a look at the infographic below and tell us if you think today’s college students are missing out on anything that previous generations had.
I really like (even though it is an extra step now and then) two-step authentication! It is now available on Dropbox and you should really connect it now. Details from Lifehacker:
Dropbox just announced the beta version of its two-step authentication yesterday, but it’s now available for everyone. To enable it, you need to head to your Dropbox account, click the Security tab, and then authenticate it with a mobile phone number or mobile app. Head over to the Dropbox blog for the full how to. [Dropbox Blog]
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