Summer

Here Comes Summer

20140620-205937-75577121.jpgMy favorite season of the year begins tomorrow with the Summer Solstice. Tonight I watch the last day of Spring give way to the hot growing season. To the march from lush green to, faded green summer, and on into yellow early Autumn. Here is to the next 90 days of the summer season.

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Ah Spring. The Vernal Equinox Begins At 6:49 A.M. GMT.

It’s been a long, nasty, cold, snowy, can’t wait for you to end kind of winter here in the midwest and elsewhere. The good news is the first day of Spring starts at 6:49 A.M. Greenwich Mean Time. If you want to know where you are in the world, in relation to GMT, click here. I created the image below to give you a few facts about the equinox, but if you don’t care to bend your noodle with science here’s the short sweet version.

Tomorrow the Sun passes directly over the equator so day and night are equal in length. (That’s 12 hours each if you are feeling really lazy) Starting tomorrow the days get longer until the Summer solstice around June 21st. With the longer days, the Northern Hemisphere gets warmer. Warmer temps mean less snow and ice.

Equinox

“The Craft of Movement”

Since it is a frozen waste land of bone crushing cold and snow outside I thought I would search Vimeo for some nice Spring clips. Something with green leaves and cherry blossoms. I thought it might make the 6 more weeks of winter a bit easier to tolerate. While cruising through a number of Spring related short films I came across ‘s Spring/Summer campaign fro 2013 and the making of film.

 got together with NAM to capture the Craft of Movement in modern day Japan. The 60 second spot features some really nice slow motion footage great camera work and post. As you watch the film you see objects, and people suspended in air slowly moving through frozen objects. NAM made no attempt to hide the rigging and wires in the shoot, which ads a level of surrealism to the overall effect. If you are the least bit curious about how they made this, watch the making of video below. It takes almost 24 hours of studio time and compresses it into just a few minutes showing the magnitude and complexity of of the final piece.

Gelato Go Home!

If you have ever wondered where ice cream trucks go in the winter, the video below will help you understand. This charming animated short by  was directed by Alasdair + Jock and animated by Luca Paulli, Francisco Puerto Esteban, Layla Atkinson is a great blend of 2D and 3D techniques. This animated short brought a smile to my face as summer heats up into the lower 90’s once again.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/67651079″>GELATO GO HOME (Director’s Cut)</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user603401″>Trunk Animation</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

How About Bourbon Cherry Seltzer’s for the 4th?

Nothing says patriotism like blowing things up while you consume alcoholic beverages. While beer is probably the number one choice of booze to drink on the Fourth of July, some of us might prefer something a bit different. Perhaps a Bourbon Cherry Seltzer. The recipe sounds more difficult than it is, and the results are definitely worth your time to make it.

Booze

We Think Things “Cumulus & Nimbus Show”

It’s summer, and the last week in Kansas City has been pretty damn spectacular weather wise. Because of the sunshine, and mild 80 degree afternoons, I have been looking for summery video inspiration. What did I find? This fun little piece from We Think Things. This animated short is the opening sequence for the fictitious Cummulus & Nimbus show (yes I know that cumulus is spelled wrong, but that is how it is spelled on their site). Great animation and illustration styles going on here. Every time I watch it, it just makes me smile.

“We had this idea for a character, Cummulus. He was meant to be a mascot, something funny for our reel. But the longer we thought about what he could do, the more gags and characters we came up with and the whole thing grew into a fake cartoon intro thingy.”

Eight Tasty Summer Cocktails.

Sticking with my summer theme, and adding to the drink theme from earlier, here are 8 recipes for tasty summer time adult libations. Some simple, some sweet, some smooth. All very delicious.

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