Happy 4th

A quick post with some of the more weird and comical fireworks I found yesterday, featuring ever-weirder clip-art usage and ever-more-beautifully-strained cultural references ("The NY Mets Are The Most Explosive Squadron!").

So, happy 4th, everybody.

Coincidentally, this is my first attempt at indoor iPhone photography, a critical mobile-phone function for ol' Mr. Sasser. I'm impressed overall — the shots look pretty good, as you can see, although it took a steady hand and gobs of Photoshop color correction. I do quite miss the awesome macro/auto-focusing lens on my old Sony Ericsson K790a, but that's the official end of the list of things I miss about my k790a, and that feels very good. As a side note, the iPhone caused a small-scale teenage excitementriot in the fireworks store — even the mostly-toothless (serious) old firework store owner excitedly asked me to turn the phone sideways so he could see a web page rotate right before his eyes. Yeah, I'm guessing this iPhone thing is going to do all right.


Comedy gold, as usual Cabel!

My real question is how do you happen across these things? Do you have some sort of special ability to have comedic things in life drawn to you for your own observation and sharing with the rest of us?

Anonymous Anonymous 7/04/2007 8:14 PM  
I'm loving Crazy Exiting on Steroids, and Public Outrage.
Blogger stevenf 7/04/2007 8:44 PM  
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Blogger L1nk 7/04/2007 10:13 PM  
why does big honing star makes me laugh? x_x and what are you so looking at is scary =[

P.S. CABLE!!!!! why dont you make a video review of the iPhone like you did with your Nintendo DS Lite! I haven't got to see the iPhone very good so you could explain in detail all its functions! =D me likey iPhone! x3
Blogger L1nk 7/04/2007 10:15 PM  
Here is another vote for a Cabel-style iPhone review.
Blogger Brian 7/05/2007 9:51 AM  
For some reason, what tickles me most is that most of them say "Warning: shoots flaming balls".

Love it.

Could only be improved by replacing it with "Warning: shoots great balls of fire".

(PS: iPhone review k? All the cool kids are doing it!)
Anonymous Warning 7/05/2007 11:17 AM  
OMG Cabel... don't say that.

I need to believe my K790a is useful in some ways. Part of the reason I bought it was because of your review! Don't give up on my now, man. I can't afford an iPhone. :(
Blogger Jack 7/05/2007 1:15 PM  
Here's a vote for a Cable style iPod review performed in original song, musical tour de force stylee..
Anonymous sambeau 7/05/2007 1:32 PM  
would help also f I could spell you name correctly.. 'pologies
Anonymous sambeau 7/05/2007 1:33 PM  
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Blogger Cabel 7/05/2007 2:51 PM  
sambeau: A wonderful idea, but I think David Pogue jumped my shark (!) before I had a chance to jump it myself. :)

Seriously, though, I wonder if there's room for another iPhone review in this universe. What Can Cabel Bring To The Table™? Hmm. I'll take it under advisement... :)
Blogger Cabel 7/05/2007 2:59 PM  
Hahaha.. was just about to post the exact same thing.

As for room for another review - us Brits are going to have to wait until christmas to get our hands on one. So we need whatever scraps we can get..

I could watch them all day. (Pretty much have been really.)
Anonymous sambeau 7/05/2007 3:26 PM  
yay! I excitedly declare! the iPhone review teh winneerr!!!!!!!!!!! *throws froot loops at everyone* o.o;; *runs*
Blogger L1nk 7/08/2007 4:56 PM  
"room for another review"???

i have a feeling your review won't be like the others to date :p

Bring it.
Blogger darth 7/10/2007 8:39 AM  
Remember back before Fireworks On Demand, when the fireworks would just sort of detonate whenever they felt like it? NO LONGER ARE WE AT THE MERCY OF THE FIREWORKS NETWORKS!

I gotta go set some of those ones shaped like smiley-faces to TiVo...
Blogger pete 7/10/2007 9:56 AM  
This is the type of madcap genius that is only attainable when refracted through a culturally skewed prism (see Game Shows, Japanese).

"...even the mostly-toothless (serious) old firework store owner"

You must have ventured over to bridge to Vancouver, WA.
Anonymous The Guilty Carnivore 7/11/2007 9:06 AM  
What? No picture of the toothless web wonder?
Anonymous Tanner Christensen 7/12/2007 2:48 PM  
3" Happiness
(Warning - Emits showers of sparks)

Hmm... that's not what they taughht us in health class.

Cabel, these are hilarious! What do you think about a submission to

(I'd be happy to do it for ya if you so wisheth, but they're your property and I don't wanna get in trouble without your permission. ; )

Too awesome not to share widely though. Thanks!
Blogger Jay Z 7/15/2007 5:16 PM  
Anonymous iddaa 4/22/2009 6:00 AM  
great shots..
Anonymous el mastarı 4/25/2010 10:27 AM  

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Name:Cabel Maxfield Sasser
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