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Monday, July 04, 2005

4th of July

The way I celebrate the 4th of July, is probably illegal...Kid's, don't try this at home!

4th of July
Music: Clay Aiken - God Bless the U.S.A., Martin Sexton - America the Beautiful,
Barry Bostwick and Crowd - The Star Spangled Banner


  • Cool post. I especially liked Barry's little arm-movement right when he's done singing :)

    Classic "proud" move!

    By Anonymous anders, at 5:22 AM, July 04, 2005  

  • Hi, Josh! I love your podcast. Did you know it works with iTunes4.9? Pretty cool. Unlike ANT, I can resize your vlog.

    I like being American and I am proud. Every country has blemishes. We elect people in and if they're bozos we vote them out. Maybe because I can't vote yet I don't feel guilty about some of those bozos and the things they've done. But is there a perfect place on this Earth? Why do so many Americans walk around feeling guilty? I come from immigrants from last century (England, Italy, & Ireland). My family is still happy we came to America. and it's been a few generations now. My uncle was a Marine. He died before he could go to war, but I still would have been proud of him. So cheer up! Besides, as long as MEN are in control the government will always make mistakes! Ha ha! :p

    Hey, it might be too late for you now, but I made some podsafe music for my July 4th podcast. You're welcome to use it anytime you like. Just visit http://BitzofBrin.blogspot.com and look for the podsafe stuff on the side.

    By Blogger Brin, at 7:01 AM, July 04, 2005  

  • Nice. I've done that before...just not much. Mine never looked as good as yours. I'm settling for the "ground bloom flowers" this year.

    By Blogger Dennis, at 9:05 AM, July 04, 2005  

  • wo! Anarchy cook book recipe? hehe.. I LOVE YOUR BLOG! this is one example y i love it so much. stay true!

    By Blogger shahvlog, at 9:19 AM, July 04, 2005  

  • You forgot to tell how we used to cruise the streets after the 4th and pick up all the fireworks that did not go off. We would then come home and try to setoff the ones that still had wicks. I used to love to watch you make those and set them off.

    By Anonymous joel leo, at 11:00 AM, July 04, 2005  

  • OK. You are insane.

    A kid who lived across the street from me literally blew himself to shreds doing this sort of thing.

    One evening there was a huge explosion, the windows of his garage blew out, and he died instantly.

    Be careful.

    By Blogger Barrett, at 11:52 AM, July 04, 2005  

  • Who knew you were such a pyro!

    Bring some up to nyc next week:)

    By Blogger schlomo rabinowitz, at 12:55 PM, July 04, 2005  

  • I was really hoping that you were going to put a picture of Clay Aiken on the firework before you set fire to it... that would have been a true tribute to our country :) Still cool though :)

    By Anonymous Kevin Buckstiegel, at 1:41 PM, July 04, 2005  

  • Whoops, I called your vlog a podcast. I must have podcasts on the brain. LOL

    Kevin, putting poor Clay's face on a firework is just mean! :p

    By Blogger Brin, at 3:52 PM, July 04, 2005  

  • We don't have the fourth but Chinese New Year is awesome in Malaysia and China as we get to use fireworks too. I don't modify mine but its still fun to see rockets and lanterns in the sky.

    By Blogger Joan Khoo, at 7:14 PM, July 04, 2005  

  • So, what I'm hearing is, that - on top of everything else - you're also a mad scientist.

    Like the new look of the site, btw.

    By Blogger The Faux Press, at 7:27 PM, July 04, 2005  

  • What a good idea. Hooray for explosives! Hooray for countries where the government dosen't arrest you for explosives!

    By Blogger Josh K, at 10:34 PM, July 04, 2005  

  • Cool stuff, Josh, but do be careful.

    I spent the 4th with my brother in Indiana and you can buy some nice stuff there ... if you also join some group, get a 'permit', and sign a bunch of documents (which everyone can do, and I'm sure nobody actually reads).

    Some of the stuff we purchased looked very much like your home brew version. (I'm still parsing the video of our fireworks.)

    Happy 4th of July,
    - Dave

    By Blogger David Meade, at 1:32 AM, July 05, 2005  

  • I find these kinds of things fascinating in the way they reveal the unspoken assumptions about cultures. You can buy guns anywhere, but you have to make your own fireworks?

    Just a mile or so from where I live we have a local fireworks store where you can get some seriously big bangs and flashes all year round. It's getting more and more popular to have fireworks at general parties and celebrations. as well as the more tradional dates like November 5th and new years eve.

    I know. I oughtta vlog it ...

    By Anonymous Frank Carver, at 5:24 AM, July 05, 2005  

  • That was better than the fireworks display they lit off where I live.

    By Blogger Tim, at 8:12 AM, July 05, 2005  

  • Neat idea using the different powders like that to do something other than go bang. We just mash them all together and make the biggest bomb we can :)

    By Blogger Nathan Peters, at 2:19 PM, July 05, 2005  

  • you are a man of SO many talents ... in Rolla, Missouri, they pretty much let you shoot off dynamite in your front yard if you want, so we don't need to be as creative as you ... in fact, most people drink a lot of beer then light off dynamite while singing "proud to be an American" ... my students tell me of a special device called a sparkler bomb, which you might google, though you're probably already aware of it, based on your fireworks modification skills ...

    By Blogger Richard, at 8:41 AM, July 06, 2005  

  • Refreshingly honest. Admirable.

    By Blogger Chris, at 12:38 PM, July 06, 2005  

  • We aren't allowed to have any fireworks here in MA unless we get special commercial permits and grease up many layers of government. I think next year, if I live somewhere else, I will try the next best thing to making my own. I will just throw a bunch into a bonfire and see what happens.

    Beats the hell out of putting cherry bombs in Coke cans and running away.

    By Blogger Carl Weaver, at 10:36 PM, July 06, 2005  

  • Does the plastic melt?

    By Blogger Dooser, at 3:51 PM, July 11, 2005  

  • One of my earliest memories in theiS country was when I was handing out American flags at a 4th of July parade in Ohio. Ha ha ha! I just smiled, and I had no idea what people were saying back to me. But I htink I would've had a better time by making illegal fireworks! Good video! It's like an instructional!

    By Blogger Marta Fodor, at 1:34 PM, July 28, 2005  

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