This Video Gets Up Close and Personal With California Wildfires

When a forest fire threatens, most people try to stay clear of the area—but there are some whose job it is to go directly into the blaze. For a documentary project called Fire Chasers, photographer Jeff Frost followed members of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as they worked to save the trees and nearby communities from massive wildfires. In a recently released high definition 4K preview video, Frost highlights the intense and breathtaking views seen by the firefighters risking their lives to contain and quench the flames.

During one section of the timelapse footage, the flames span the entire valley. "As crazy as it looks, that was the mellow part of my day," Frost told The Creator's Project. The photographer admits that there are drawbacks to using timelapse techniques in the middle of such a dangerous event.

"If I had any sense I'd be using a bunch of slow-motion cameras, but they're too bloody expensive," he said. "Timelapse is the exact wrong technique to be using in a run and gun scenario, which is maybe why I'm doing it. Because I'm all wrong. So it's back to the basics compared to a lot of my other work."

The 4K footage is all shot from Frost's stationary and mobile POV. However, the photographer said that he is hoping to use helicopters and drones in the future—as long as they don't cause safety problems.

"NOTE: NO DRONES IN FIRE ZONES, PEOPLE!" he told The Creator's Project. "It causes the aircraft to be grounded because they don't wanna be smacking into things in the sky while they're fighting fires. IF we get to do it at all it's going to be with the coordination of the people on the ground fighting the fires."

The video above will be available to download for free on Vimeo until March 15. Check it out above, and take a look at Jeff Frost's social media accounts for still images of the fires and future updates on the Fire Chasers project.

[h/t Hypebeast]

Banner image via Jeff Frost on Vimeo

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The Most Searched Shows on Netflix in 2017, By State

Orange is the New Black is the new black, at least as far as Netflix viewers are concerned. The women-in-prison dramedy may have premiered in 2013, but it’s still got viewers hooked. Just as they did in 2017, took a deep dive into Netflix analytics using Google Trends to find out which shows people in each state were searching Netflix for throughout the year. While there was a little bit of crossover between 2016 and 2017, new series like American Vandal and Mindhunter gave viewers a host of new content. But that didn’t stop Orange is the New Black from dominating the map; it was the most searched show in 15 states.

Coming in at a faraway second place was American Vandal, a new true crime satire that captured the attention of five states (Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). Even more impressive is the fact that the series premiered in mid-September, meaning that it found a large and rabid audience in a very short amount of time.

Folks in Alaska, Colorado, and Oregon were all destined to be disappointed; Star Trek: Discovery was the most searched-for series in each of these states, but it’s not yet available on Netflix in America (you’ve got to get CBS All Access for that, folks). Fourteen states broke the mold a bit with shows that were unique to their state only; this included Big Mouth in Delaware, The Keepers in Maryland, The OA in Pennsylvania, GLOW in Rhode Island, and Black Mirror in Hawaii.

Check out the map above to see if your favorite Netflix binge-watch matches up with your neighbors'. For more detailed findings, visit

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Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

[h/t Thrillist]


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