Oh WOW! This is amazing footage! What would you do if you could use a $300,000 camera for an afternoon? This has been tagged as the most expensive home movie ever made!
So what do you when you have a day off and a $300k camera package sitting at your house? Invite all of the neighborhood kids and throw a water balloon party of course! Duh!
As summer coms to an end and Autumn begins, kids go back to school and dream of warm days filled with laughter and joy. This short film is a reflection of that dream. Shot with a Phantom Flex it captures the magic of the moment. With frame rates of up to 2564 fps at 1080p we see every detail, every smile and every sparkle in the kids eyes. And that is where the magic lies. Within the hopes and dreams of our children.
Zeiss super speed glass
Canon L series glass
100 pack multi colored water balloons
Wham-O Slip N Slide
15′ Trampoline with enclosure
This is fun! When you watch a video of water balloons in slow motion, you expect to see the balloon slowly rip open, you expect to see a geyser of water gushing out, you expect an explosion. Not with this slow motion video. For this video, you only get to see the endless jiggle, and blue ballish as it may be, it’s oddly satisfying. The balloons look alive!
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.
Clever idea as the summer gets hot and the bugs get thirsty! From Lifehacker:
Having a few cocktails in your backyard is great, but if you’re not vigilant you may find a fly or wasp in your drink. It may look a little dorky, but placing a cupcake liner over your drink with a hole for a straw will help keep your beverage insect-free.
Cupcake Liner Summer Drink Covers | The Cupcake Blog
Love the Olympics and this years’ is more social – details from FastCo:
The Olympics are one of our oldest traditions–a time capsule we revisit every four years. And while its athletes gradually become stronger and faster, other technologies have been advancing exponentially.
“When we began to visualize the impact of the Summer Games on branded social media, each category we were looking at took on its own event-like stature. So the idea of using a traditional isometric style to create an Olympic arena of sorts seemed like a natural fit,” explains Art Director Spender Slemenda. “We started thinking of different events and how they would affect the chart data. The integration of the cut-out athletes came quite easily from that.”
The visuals are remarkably effective at fleshing out these stats–let’s just admit it, swimmers competing for first place, even if they just create a bar graph anyway, are far more interesting to look at than a traditional graph. But there’s a larger point that we see in Pappas’s infographic that’s more important than the sheer number of Facebook subscribers or the amount companies like P&G spend on advertisements: The web, Internet, or cloud, whatever you call it, powers entities that expand on the exponential scale, a scale far beyond the frameworks of even the most impressive physical specimens of the human species. And so while it’s not so hard to imagine the Olympics in another hundred years, imagining the digital infrastructure behind them becomes entirely unfathomable.
This sounds yummy! Especially this summer. Fresh watermelon juice from a drill and a hanger! Cool from Instructables: