The Late Movies: Fireworks Around the World

To celebrate Independence Day in the US, I've collected fireworks displays from around the world. Can't find a good fireworks show in your neighborhood? Just make these fullscreen and crank up the speakers.

New Year's Day 2012 - London

BBC One's coverage of the fireworks display in London for New Year's 2012, complete with an over-the-top musical medley. Now you know what Big Ben looks like spouting rockets. Set this one to HD and be amazed.

Disney's Crazy Star Wars Fireworks Display

As part of "Disney's Last Tour to Endor," this fireworks show was staged in Orlando, Florida featuring the John Williams score and miscellaneous dialogue from the films. Remember that last seen in Jedi? This is nothing like that. Warning: contains tons of spoilers for the movies (on the bright side, it spoils the prequels too).

Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary

Just over a month ago, this happened.

Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Fireworks Celebration from KFOG Radio 104.5/97.7 on Vimeo.

Kim Dotcom's New Zealand Fireworks Display

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom put on a half-million-dollar fireworks show for the people of Auckland, New Zealand. Without getting into Dotcom's legal situation, this is kind of awesome:

Tochigi Prefecture, Japan

This display highlights individual fireworks, and is much more restrained than most displays I've seen.

Omagari, Japan (?)

The location of this is just a guess based on YouTube comments. Regardless, this is beautiful -- and a real contrast to the previous Japanese video.

2011 Disney World Christmas Show

Near Orlando, Florida.

July 4, 2010, Austin Texas

They say everything's bigger in Texas -- and for your sake, I hope your subwoofer is sufficiently powerful to handle all the bass in this display.

Virtual Fireworks

This display was created using FWsim, a fireworks simulator. This is why we have computers.

Courtesy of Airpod
New Nap Pods—Complete with Alarm Clocks and Netflix—Set for A Trial Run at Airports This Summer
Courtesy of Airpod
Courtesy of Airpod

Sleepy travelers in Europe can soon be on the lookout for Airpods, self-contained capsules designed to help passengers relax in privacy.

For 15 euros per hour (roughly $18), travelers can charge their phones, store their luggage, and, yes, nap on a chair that reclines into a bed. The Airpods are also equipped with television screens and free streaming on Netflix, Travel + Leisure reports.

To keep things clean between uses, each Airpod uses LED lights to disinfect the space and a scent machine to manage any unfortunate odors.

The company's two Slovenian founders, Mihael Meolic and Grega Mrgole, expect to conduct a trial run of the service by placing 10 pods in EU airports late this summer. By early 2019, they expect to have 100 Airpods installed in airports around the world, though the company hasn't yet announced which EU airports will receive the first Airpods.

The company eventually plans to introduce an element of cryptocurrency to its service. Once 1000 Airpods are installed (which the company expects to happen by late 2019), customers can opt in to a "Partnership Program." With this program, participants can become sponsors of one specific Airpod unit and earn up to 80 percent of the profits it generates each month. The company's cryptocurrency—called an APOD token—is already on sale through the Airpod website.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

Afternoon Map
8 City Maps Rendered in the Styles of Famous Artists

Vincent van Gogh once famously said, "I dream my painting and I paint my dream." If at some point in his career he had dreamed up a map of Amsterdam, where he lived and derived much of his inspiration from, it may have looked something like the one below.

In a blog post from March, Credit Card Compare selected eight cities around the world and illustrated what their maps might look like if they had been created by the famous artists who have roots there.

The Andy Warhol-inspired map of New York City, for instance, is awash with primary colors, and the icons representing notable landmarks are rendered in his famous Pop Art style. Although Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh, he spent much of his career working in the Big Apple at his studio, dubbed "The Factory."

Another iconic and irreverent artist, Banksy, is the inspiration behind London's map. Considering that the public doesn't know Banksy's true identity, he remains something of an enigma. His street art, however, is recognizable around the world and commands exorbitant prices at auction. In an ode to urban art, clouds of spray paint and icons that are a bit rough around the edges adorn this map of England's capital.

For more art-inspired city maps, scroll through the photos below.

[h/t Credit Card Compare]


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