Fireworks like you’ve never seen them before: a drones-eye view

I was so entertained by this, I thought it would be worth sharing for WUWT readers. Imagine flying a drone with an HD camera through a fireworks display. Guaranteed to leave a smile on your face for the sheer novelty of the viewpoint, watching the near misses, and even a couple of hits…

Videographer Jos Stiglingh flies a DJI Phantom 2 drone with a GoPro Hero 3 Silver through the heart of a fireworks show. Highly recommended that you switch to full screen mode and set the video playback for HD.

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86 Responses to Fireworks like you’ve never seen them before: a drones-eye view

  1. milodonharlani says:

    Thanks!

  2. JohnWho says:

    Cool.

    Too bad the camera didn’t capture audio.

    Some clips look almost 3D.

  3. JimS says:

    Where is the “like” button?

  4. PaulH says:

    OK, that was cool! But if it were me, I’d be worried one of those fireworks would take out my hundreds of dollars worth of drone+camera in one blast. :-)

  5. milodonharlani says:

    JimS says:
    July 5, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Where is the “like” button?

    On Youtube:

  6. Neil says:

    Impressive perspective. Loved it!

  7. Markopanama says:

    Fabulous! Definately right at the top of the list for the quaracopter/gopro era. Good music too. Spectacular, especially the reversed part. OK, send to entire contact book…

  8. bit chilly says:

    the fireworks were great, the music was sublime.

  9. kevin kilty says:

    That is fun.

  10. DavidS says:

    Brilliant! Thanks Anthony

  11. JohnWho says:

    PaulH says:

    July 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    OK, that was cool! But if it were me, I’d be worried one of those fireworks would take out my hundreds of dollars worth of drone+camera in one blast. :-)

    You know, we don’t know that this was the only one that was launched and the other one(s) didn’t come back.

    Yikes!

  12. Ed Moran. says:

    Thanks,
    hope it goes viral! I’ve passed it on to my full list.
    Ed.

  13. Janice Moore says:

    FYI: Music “Con te Partiro” sung by Andrea Bocelli
    (with lyrics in Italian and English)

    LOVELY music, but, poor match for the video, imo.

    Thank you, Antho-ny!

    FUN!

  14. milodonharlani says:

    PaulH says:
    July 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    More than hundreds, with high-end camera:

    https://store.dji.com/product/phantom-2-vision-plus

  15. michael hart says:

    Nice one skippy.

  16. Bob Diaz says:

    Very cool, but if the drone was in the wrong place at the point of explosion, it could have been trashed.

  17. milodonharlani says:

    Janice Moore says:
    July 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I agree. Good bombastic music maybe to match exploding fireworks, but less good for aviation aspect of the operation, to say nothing of 4th of July angle.

  18. milodonharlani says:

    PS: One of my brothers says it’s appropriate for the 4th because the US will soon join the PIIGS countries (first I for Italy) drowning in red ink, or would have already had we not the world’s reserve currency.

  19. Janice Moore says:

    Milodon Harlani — WE (!!!) agree. Cool.

    Yeah, like this:
    (also by an Italian, Rossini, but much more apropos)

    “William Tell Overture” — Boston Pops Orchestra

    GOD, BLESS AMERICA!

    And, God bless you, too, Mr. Harlani.

    No.

    I do not want to argue about God.

    #(:))

  20. Janice Moore says:

    P.S. Yes, I see your brother’s point, Mr. H.. However…

    DEFEATISM NEVER WON ANY WARS.

    We are in a war for the liberties guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America. At this very moment.

    Truth will win.

    In the end, truth wins.

    CO2 UP. WARMING STOPPED
    (for nearly 18 years)

    Hang in there, all you true, liberty-loving, private-property supporting, Americans!

    Truth and good WILL WIN over Envirostalinist l1es and Enviroprofiteer greed.

    Thank you, ANTHO-NY, for all you are doing to promote TRUTH, thus, liberty (private property rights, freedom of contract, freedom of speech, etc…).

  21. milodonharlani says:

    Janice Moore says:
    July 5, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    How could I object to your asking God to bless me? I accept Pascal’s wager. It’s just that my God isn’t cruel, deceptive & incompetent, like the Creationist ID God. So, thanks.

    I spent the Glorious 4th with my Afghanistan war buddies boating & BBQing in the afternoon & at a great, musical Mormon wedding in the evening & night (third daughter & last child of five of the recently past president of the Pendleton Round-Up, in case Pamela is reading).

  22. Steve P says:

    Magnificent! ‘Takes eye-candy to a whole new level.

    (Mute engaged however, as the music doesn’t fit. ‘Truth is – I love classical, but can’t stand opera anyway. Something by JP Sousa would work much better.)

  23. milodonharlani says:

    Janice Moore says:
    July 5, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I’m not sure that truth always does win. Many of my friends are not optimistic about America’s future.

  24. pat says:

    wonderful. as is this:

    5 July: UK Daily Mail: David Rose: Global warming computer models confounded as Antarctic sea ice hits new record high with 2.1million square miles more than is usual for time of year
    Ice is covering 16million sq km, more than 2.1 million more than is usual for time of year
    UN computer models on which scientists base projections say Antarctic ice should be in decline, not increasing
    Some scientists have suggested the Antarctic ice increase may itself be caused by global warming. But Professor Judith Curry, head of climate science at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, said the arguments were not convincing.
    She added: ‘We do not have a quantitative, predictive understanding of the rise in Antarctic sea ice extent.’ She said it was becoming increasingly apparent that long-term cycles in ocean temperatures were responsible for a significant proportion of the ice decline in the Arctic – a process that may be starting to reverse…

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2681829/Global-warming-latest-Amount-Antarctic-sea-ice-hits-new-record-high.html

  25. Marcos says:

    why are remote controlled aircraft now called ‘drones?’

  26. milodonharlani says:

    pat says:
    July 5, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I wonder if Dr. Curry got the idea that ocean currents explain Arctic sea ice fluctuations from the many comments to that effect on this blog over the years of its existence.

    Watching her evolution from consensus to skepticism has been encouraging. I hope more of her colleagues make the same migration as counter-CACA evidence continues accumulating.

  27. urederra says:

    awesome.

  28. milodonharlani says:

    Marcos says:
    July 5, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    They’re drones if they’re autonomous, under computer program control, or controlled not by radio signals at short range, but via satellite links from over the horizon, indeed from another continent.

    Also if they’re not meant to model full size a/c, but to accomplish specific missions. Phantom for instance is a remarkably stable platform, suitable for photography in ways that a standard RC a/c couldn’t be.

  29. Pamela Gray says:

    I am reading

  30. pat says:

    fireworks – drones – military – so i’m not o/t –

    .pdf: (100 pages) UK Govt: Ministry of Defense: Strategic Trends Programme – Global Strategic Trends – Out to 2045
    Climate change is the principal driver of change in the Arctic and Antarctic, with increasing temperatures and precipitation.
    As Arctic and Antarctic sea ice retreats, many areas that are currently inaccessible could become open to commercial exploitation,
    particularly of oil and gas…
    In the 2045 timeframe, coal and hydrocarbons are likely to remain the most important sources of energy, with renewable and nuclear energy likely
    to make an increasing contribution… https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/324188/8667_GST_textpages_v1_2w.pdf

    how Lean spun it:

    4 July: UK Telegraph: Geoffrey Lean: Food experts warn it could be farewell to the land of plenty
    Britain’s production of its own food has dropped nearly 20 per cent in the past two decades. How can we stem the decline?
    Two days ago, a Ministry of Defence study of “global strategic trends” raised the spectre of global demand outstripping supply over the next 30 years…
    Eating less red meat, also good for health, would also help…

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/agriculture/food/10946215/Food-experts-warn-it-could-be-farewell-to-the-land-of-plenty.html

    how India read it:

    2 July: Hindustan Times: Prasun Sonwalkar: India a global military power by 2045: UK study
    A global scenario projected by Britain’s ministry of defence says that by 2045 India is likely to have the ability to project conventional military power globally with the third largest defence expenditure pegged at 654 billion US dollars.
    Titled ‘Global Strategic Trends – Out to 2045’, the publication by the ministry’s Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre sets out what the world might look like 30 years from now…

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-a-global-military-power-by-2045-says-uk-study/article1-1235945.aspx

  31. Janice Moore says:

    @ Marcos — it is from urban slang, and adopted by the military. A “drone” is an uncritical, unthinking, follower of an ideology or fad or the like. Drones are also the bees controlled by the Queen who do no thinking of their own (so far as we know). Controlled by others. That’s a drone.

    Example: Just look at those drone AGWer’s, mindlessly marching down the street in their recycled paper clothing, screaming, “Stop carbon, now.” Pitiful.

  32. george e. smith says:

    Well William Tell isn’t any more appropriate than an Italian soprano ; excuse me, that’s tenor. Too much reminding of the Green Hornet, or the Lone Ranger.

    Maybe Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music, or Tchaikovsky ‘s This Year 1812.

    Please; NO Valkyries.

    g

  33. Philip says:

    On “drones” … These just about fit the name.
    They use GPS and some fairly sophisticated 3D position sensing to maintain position and altitude. You can program them to go to a specific set of GPS coordinates, and if they lose signal,they will automatically return to the place they were launched from and land.

  34. pat says:

    we should set off some fireworks for Bish!

    6 July UK Daily Mail: It’s politics, not science, driving climate mania: Why are environmentalists and scientists so reluctant to discuss long-term increases in southern hemisphere sea ice?
    by Andrew Mountford, Climate Change Author
    UN computer predictions subject of ridicule: not got it right for 18 years
    Across the globe, there are about 1m sq km more sea ice than 35 years ago
    Authorities are now guessing global temperatures based on nearby weather stations

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2681812/Its-politics-not-science-driving-climate-change-mania-UN-predictions-subject-ridicule-stunning-failure.html

  35. OOOOHHH! AAAHHHHH!

    TY for the video WUWT!

    Happy Independence Day!

  36. Ric Werme says:

    I assume the videographer got permission or was under contract to produce it.

    The density of objects in a fireworks display is pretty low, and the risk of collision pretty much proportional to the size of the aircraft. I’d certainly put it in the realm of accept risk, especially if under contract to the fireworks company and there was a clause that they’d cover damages.

    Janice Moore says:
    July 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    > FYI: Music “Con te Partiro” sung by Andrea Bocelli

    Sort of an odd choice, to be sure, I would have picked Mars from The Planets, but perhaps they figured everyone would so they went in a different direction.

    Have you been a away? I haven’t seen much from you lately. If so, welcome back, if not, I’ve been busy and missing a number of things lately.

    I wonder how many Phantoms are going to be sold thanks to that video. One thing that impressed me was how stable the video was. Pity I don’t have a spare $1,369 kicking around.

  37. bill mckibben says:

    so beautiful

  38. SIGINT EX says:

    That was quite a lovely point of view.

    Thank you.

    I wonder if some of the surviving RAF Bomber Command crews who flew nighttime missions have seen this video and given a comparison to the real thing as it happened to them long ago.

    Cheers.

  39. Tom J says:

    Happy 4th Anthony Watts! Thanks!

    Happy 4th Janice!

  40. Steve P says:

    John Phillip Sousa’s
    “The Stars and Stripes Forever”
    Boston Pops Orchestra with John Williams

  41. Phaedrus says:

    Why are these “fireworks” allowed? Surely the climate is more important and dumping more CO2 into the atmosphere is very naughty!! sarc

  42. ATheoK says:

    Excellent display! Ethereal!

  43. milodonharlani says:

    SIGINT EX says:
    July 5, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    The detonations of 88mm rounds aren’t nearly as colorful. Fireworks don’t produce jagged shards of steel moving at high speed.

  44. Aphan says:

    Yay! Sparklies! Loved it!

  45. Time to when the authorities decide to search out this videographer and find a reason to declare this a hazard to something or other and fine him/her… in 3…2…1…

  46. RobRoy says:

    Marcos says:
    July 5, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    why are remote controlled aircraft now called ‘drones?’

    …And why are cuttings (of plants) now called “clones”?

    In the “Brave New World” it’s just a sign of the times.

  47. milodonharlani says:

    SIGINT EX says:
    July 5, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    PS: American daylight bombers were if anything even more vulnerable to flak:

  48. ossqss says:

    Pretty cool stuff!

    The backwards thing was interesting. Could do a study from that video, no?

    Think about it…… is there any de-classified aerial footage of similar stuff anywhere else?

    Not off topic either.

    “And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air”

    Just sayin! -)

  49. Neil Jordan says:

    Re Walt Stone (@Cuppacafe) says: July 5, 2014 at 6:36 pm
    Sorry, California Coastal Commission beat you to it, cancelling the 4th for one small coastal community:

    http://documents.coastal.ca.gov/reports/2008/6/W13-6-2008.pdf

    [begin short excerpt]
    Commission staff recommends revisions to the Cease and Desist Order. Language to be added is shown in italic and underlined, as shown below:
    Page 22, new subsections to First Respondent’s Defense section, should read as follows after paragraph starting “The Gualala River is within the Commission’s retained permit jurisdiction (See Mendocino County Post Certification map for LCP – Exhibit 11)…”

    2. The Proposed Fireworks Display involves the Placement of Solid Material The launch requires the placement of solid materials on the ground so that aerial shells can be released. The shells are launched from mortars using black powder charges. The lift charge and shell are placed at the bottom of a mortar that has either been buried in the ground or affixed to a wooden rack. Therefore, the proposed fireworks display meets the definition of development as it involves the placement of solid material on land.

  50. JamesS says:

    I’ve already seen a bunch of Facebook comments that this should be illegal, could have prematurely detonated a firework by running into it with associated Bad Things Happening, i.e, SOMEBODY WAS HAVING UNAUTHORIZED FUN!!!

    I think Ric Werme was the first to take that path here.

  51. JamesS says:

    ossqss: “And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air” is strictly forbidden without permits from your local town government and fire department.

  52. bushbunny says:

    Janice I liked the music too, maybe the 1812 overture? Bit sober though. I hope everyone had a pleasant July 4th.

  53. Mike McMillan says:

    Marcos says: July 5, 2014 at 4:29 pm
    why are remote controlled aircraft now called ‘drones?’

    Yes, many RC modelers are asking that question.

    Probably the same reason we now call an arctic cold front a polar vortex. But that goes back a long way. The school janitor became the custodian, then became the custodial engineer. Congress should pass a law, or maybe the President could take Executive Action.

    I’ve even seen “manned drones” mentioned in the news. Ouch. Black boxes, quantum leaps, an endless amount of ignorance (in the best sense of the word, of course) flowing from the news media, who I doubt are aware that media is the plural of medium.

    I’m starting to feel like a tourist on this planet, just passing through.

    Great video, by the way. Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” would work, too.

  54. ossqss says:

    JamesS says:
    July 5, 2014 at 7:25 pm
    ossqss: “And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air” is strictly forbidden without permits from your local town government and fire department.

    ——————————————————————————————————–

    Hence, the beauty of the USA, no?

    We actually have the right to bear arms and get the proper permits as necessary…..

    Just sayin, , , , ,

    How does that work in other countries?

  55. Windsong says:

    Was checking to see if there were different musical accompaniments on YT, and I see the original video was posted May 13, 2014. That would explain what I thought was a rather small and subdued group of spectators at the beginning of the video. Does anyone know where it was filmed? It may not have even been in the US.

    If you are in the US and travelling home on Sunday, please drive safely. Hope you had a great Independence Day.

  56. Janice Moore says:

    Well.

    Hi, Everybody!

    Thanks, Ric Werme, how very nice to know that you noticed I was MIA. Yes, indeed, I have been absent, mostly because I am (in your ear) between jobs and have been for a long time and really need to put a lot more time into ending this loooong “between” time. Your observation skills (esp. your fine memory) were right on as usual. I hope that your busyness has been happy busyness.
    **************************

    Steve P — YOU WIN! “Stars and Stripes FOREVER!!!!” Yes!
    **********************************************
    Hi, Tom J! Have you been to any drag (or other type of car race) races yet? You were planning to… . I hope you make it to at least one. Happy 4th of July a day late to you, too!
    #(:))
    ********************************************

    Hi, dear Bush Bunny. Yeah, “1812 Overture” would be better. Nice to hear from you. Take care.
    ***********************************
    ossqss: “And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air”

    … gave proof through the night,
    that our flag — was — STILL — THERE!” Yea.

    Good one, Oss Qss.

    Don’t play this one (at least all you Americans) unless you feel like standing up…. (WHAT??!!! You DO stand… every time….. don’t you? I can’t help it. Even if I am dog tired, I drag myself up off the couch and stand. Feel guilty if I don’t. I LOVE MY COUNTRY!!!)
    #(:))

    For an especially moving rendition….
    “Star Spangled Banner” …. on September 12, 2001
    London, England
    (the video’s poor quality is far outshone by the deep feeling it conveys)

    Happy Independence (from another still-great nation) Day.

    With love.

  57. Annie says:

    Great fireworks!

    Re music…what happened to Music for the Royal Fireworks…GF Handel?

  58. Joel O'Bryan says:

    WW2 bomber crews would certainly relate, both US and British. US crews flew through exploding 88mm and 120 mm artillery projectiles at 18,000-24,000 feet over Germany, and UK crews at night at even lower altitudes, where the fireworks were lethal mortar bombs. Those explosions didn’t throw sparkling smoke, but hard jagged, metal fragments at supersonic velocity. We owe our current freedom to dissent with the political establishment, Nazis, etc, due to heroics like that.

  59. Steve Garcia says:

    Not quite up with the times, I have a laptop with a 27″ monitor attached and Windows 7. I took screenshots and saved them to a folder, then set that folder to do a slide show for my desktop background.

    It came out fabulously.

    Thanks, Anthony!

  60. DaveF says:

    I can’t agree with those who thought the music was inappropriate. Andrea Boccelli and fireworks – perfect!

  61. Caleb says:

    Beautiful perspective of fireworks!

    It reminded me of a time in my misspent youth when I, along with a bunch of other 12-to-15-year-old punks, wanted a closer view of the fireworks. The crowd was suppose to sit in one area, as the fireworks were shot out over another, so that falling embers would not land on people. The out-of-bounds area was roped off, and guarded by a couple burly policemen who glared fiercely every time we neared the rope, so we walked away innocently whistling, awaiting the deepening dark of summer dusk. Then we practiced boyish stealth. Most of the boys made it into a small grove of pines within the ropes, but I got nabbed and was sent outside the ropes with my ears buzzing and my knees knocking, and therefore climbed a tall pine further down the ropes, only a little ways inside the rope. It was one of the best views of fireworks I’ve ever had, looking down at the upturned faces of the crowd and sideways and slightly up at the flowers and bombs. However my favorite view of all was as follows:

    One style of fireworks back then would reach the top of its arc and then, only as it was falling, would produce a flower, and then a flower, and then a flower, and then a white dot with a tremendous bang. By the time the bang came the works had fallen quite close to the top of the little grove of trees my friends hid in, and I envied them. Then one shell had a glitch. There was a flower, a flower, a flower, and then a little trail of sparks, made by a burning fuse, fell into that grove of trees. Then that glade was lit from within, and there was a tremendous bang. This was followed by a mass exodus of shouting boys running like mad in every direction, as the two officers looked on in complete astonishment. I still chuckle, remembering, fifty years later. (No one was hurt beyond ringing ears.)

  62. Gareth Phillips says:

    ossqss says:
    July 5, 2014 at 9:39 pm
    Hence, the beauty of the USA, no?

    We actually have the right to bear arms and get the proper permits as necessary…..

    Just sayin, , , , ,

    How does that work in other countries?

    Gareth replies.

    It’s worth checking the outcomes, the right to bear arms varies in many other countries, but the effects are interesting. A study by two New York City cardiologists found that the U.S. has 88 guns per 100 people and 10 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people — more than any of the other 27 developed countries they studied. However, Japan, on the other hand, had only .6 guns per 100 people and .06 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people, making it the country with both the fewest guns per capita and the fewest gun-related deaths. The correlation between gun deaths and freedom to own guns is pretty close. It may be a contested correlation like Co2 and climate, but there is a lot of evidence to suggest it’s an informative and very reliable correlation. The right to own guns may be an important principle for many in the US, but that right comes at a terrible price. Personally I think it’s far too late to try and reduce gun ownership in the States, other countries just have to ensure the problem is contained within the US, with it’s citizens learning how to survive such a situation. Lets hope the streets of the big cities do not end up like the fireworks video every evening after dark.

  63. J Murphy says:

    “There’s no doubt that the HD video is stunning. It’s also dangerous and likely unlawful (at least if it occurred in the United States). The flight is unsafe as the existence of the drone in the airspace above the fireworks display creates an increased risk of hazardous debris (from the fireworks or the drone) falling into spectator areas. There is also the remote possibility that a firework colliding with a drone may divert the pyrotechnic downward into spectator areas, causing it to detonate where it otherwise should not. The drone in this video made it safely through the fireworks, but put a few more drones in the air and you’re also bound to have a mid-air collision. All of these factors show how this operation was unsafe. While this drone operator escaped getting hit with a firework, there’s no way he could have planned that. Avoiding the explosions was luck, not skill.”

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/gregorymcneal/2014/07/04/video-shows-drone-flying-through-fireworks/

  64. Zeke says:

    “There is no light if you are not here with me. Lands that I never shared with you, I shall experience with you on ships across seas that exist no more. With you, I will go. I know you are with me”

    Good morning and thank you for the Andrea Bocelli (:

  65. Solomon Green says:

    Joel O’Bryan might have added that those RAF and US Air Force pilots flying through flak at night would know that the really big explosions in the sky were the aircraft carrying their friends, particularly if they had not yet had time to drop their bombs. 44.4% of the 125,000 RAF air crew who flew during World War II were killed in action.

  66. Tom J says:

    Gareth Phillips
    July 6, 2014 at 5:55 am

    May I suggest that you look at gun ownership rates in Switzerland (where every able bodied male is a member of the armed forces and thus required to maintain a rifle at home) and the rate of homicide in Switzerland. It’s quite a bit different than the picture you present.

    I’d suggest, in regards to countries with highly restrictive gun ownership policies, to look at their total overall homicide rate and not just the homicide rate involving guns.

  67. Steve Jones says:

    Anyone who listens to the William Tell overture and thinks of the Lone Ranger is not an intellectual!

  68. Ursa Felidae says:

    Fantastic perspective! I believe this video would be great with any number of musical choices.
    My recently departed Mother would cry every time she heard Andrea Bocelli sing this song. It was a perfect reminder for me.
    Thank you.

  69. Gamecock says:

    Bad match of music to video? I’ll say! The visual impact is totally lost on Andrea Bocelli, who is blind!

  70. milodonharlani says:

    Tom J says:
    July 6, 2014 at 8:26 am

    “Gun violence” in the US is sociological. The two main demographic groups affected are young, minority urban gangster males killing each other (& innocent bystanders) & old, Anglo, rural sick or despondent males killing themselves. Firearms save more lives each year than are taken with them by others in the US, & our homicide rate has fallen as the population has aged, even while the number of guns owned has increased dramatically.

    Because of its gangbangers, the US has a higher than average murder rate for a developed country, although even some European countries’ intentional homicide rates are higher. Other European countries have recently suffered more mass murders than the US. Homicide rates in Latin America (except Chile), the Caribbean & Sub-Saharan Africa are generally much higher than in the US, according to UN statistics, which may or may not be reliable:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate

    If you exclude big cities, America has murder rates comparable to Europe, while still more than developed Asia. Among the 12 most populous countries (with over four billion people), Japan’s reported murder rate is 0.3 per 100,000 population, Indonesia’s 0.6, China’s 1.0 (same as France & UK, not among the top 12), Bangladesh’s 2.7, India’s 3.5, the US’ 4.8, Pakistan’s 7.7, the Philippines’ 8.8, Russia’s 9.2, Nigeria’s 20.0, Mexico’s 21.5 & Brazil’s 25.2. Again, can’t vouch for reliability of these alleged data.

  71. milodonharlani says:

    PS: So a lot of murder still takes place the old-fashioned way, ie with edged weapons or blunt instruments.

  72. Paul Coppin says:

    Fireworks of a different kind with a DGI Phantom…

  73. Janice Moore says:

    @ Steve Jones (re: 8:40AM today). One might equally say:

    “Anyone who listens to the William Tell Overture and {does not admit to} think{ing} of The Lone Ranger is {a snob}.”

    **********************************

    And on a sweeter, though sadder, note…

    Dear Ursa Felidae,

    I am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. In the days to come, whenever your heart overflows in tears, may all the love and good memories wrap themselves around your heart and comfort you. And on those days when the tears themselves are the healing ointment, perhaps listening to this will help them flow more freely:

    “Melodramma” — sung by Andrea Bocelli

    (posted on YouTube by Mythogan)

    Take care.

    Your Ally for Truth,

    Janice

    P.S. This IS on topic! The day our loved ones pass over to joy everlasting is the happiest day of their lives — FIREWORKS are in order! — yet, we, standing on the ground in the dark, weep.

  74. Jimmyy says:

    Marcos says:
    July 5, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    why are remote controlled aircraft now called ‘drones?’

    Drone sounds more ominous than RC plane.

    [Often RC helicopter today. .mod]

  75. milodonharlani says:

    Paul Coppin says:
    July 6, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Cool. Or well, actually hot.

    Anyway, thanks.

  76. milodonharlani says:

    Jimmyy says:
    July 6, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Court ruling on RC v. drone fixed wing & helicopter a/c:

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/03/faa-cant-regulate-small-rc-aircraft-as-drones-judge-rules/

  77. RoHa says:

    Great!

    Had to turn off the sound, though. The singing was awful, as most singing is.

  78. DirkH says:

    milodonharlani says:
    July 6, 2014 at 12:25 pm
    “Because of its gangbangers, the US has a higher than average murder rate for a developed country, although even some European countries’ intentional homicide rates are higher. ”

    The US is just more honest in that particular statistic it seems to me.
    Germany for instance only reports 1st degree murder in their official very low homicide rate (0.7/100k/year); excludes all lesser forms of homicide (of which there are two); and everything involving foreigners (the excuse being, that those cases distort the statistic). In my estimation our real homicide rate is about on par with the US. (about 4.4 per 100k/yr)

  79. CRS, DrPH says:

    Thank you, Anthony! I spent this July 4th in the hospital with my wife, who had to have emergency gall bladder surgery, so this makes up for the missed fireworks & then some!! Best Wishes & Happy Independence Day, Charles the DrPH.

  80. I listened twice. The fireworks were beautiful, but to hear a real singer projecting through the mask instead of what passes for singing most of the time–ah, that was a treat!

  81. george e. smith says:

    Fireworks shows will never be the same again. That view changes everything.
    And in the daytime, 88s don’t look pretty; just smoke and scrap metal.

    And for Steve Jones, it was not I who permanently linked the William Tell overture to the Lone Ranger.

    If you really want a case of murdering a music gem, for a silly movie.

    2001 destroyed any possible future enjoyment of Richard Strauss’s ” Also Sprach Zarathustra.”

    Didn’t do much for that other Strauss’s Blue Danube Waltz either.

  82. MarkW says:

    Can’t wait for it to come out in 3D.

  83. The city in the background and camera movement are essential elements to the visual impact.

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