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January 30 2014

Denver vs. Seattle: A Super Cultural Showdown

As the Super Bowl draws near, tension grows between those loyal to Denver and Seattle. It's not unlikely that someone will confront you about your loyalties.

Even if you don't know the first thing about football, it's still fun to pick a team and scream at the television during the big game. For those struggling to decide which city is superior, perhaps some of the other cultural differences will help you choose.

Of course, whether you choose a team because of Frasier or a cheeseburger is entirely up to you. Read more...

More about Lists, Football, Pop Culture, Super Bowl, and Seattle Seahawks

January 17 2014

15 TV Shows That Debuted 15 Years Ago

Back when everyone was partying like it was 1999 (because it actually was 1999) — and worrying about what terrifying dystopian society Y2K would bring — some of the most classic shows in TV history were just getting their start on the airwaves

That last year pre-millennium saw the start of classics like The Sopranos, Law & Order: SVU, Freaks and Geeks and The West Wing, to name a few.

It was also the year Regis Philbin asked if we wanted to be millionaires, a kitschy soap opera tried to lampoon its way into daytime hearts, Spongebob put on his square pants for the first time and Amanda Bynes reigned high as the tween comedy queen. Read more...

More about Entertainment, Tv, Lists, Television, and Pop Culture

December 19 2013

All the 2013 Pop Culture You Missed in 3 Minutes

In case you missed any of this year's celebrity scandals, important TV moments or hit songs, comedian Owen Weber is here to fill you in.

Set to Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire," Weber runs through all of the most memorable TMZ moments, from Amanda Bynes' breakdown to Alec Baldwin's blow-up, as well as this year's blockbusters and inescapable songs.

The song, performed by Kevin LeBlanc, sticks mostly to the bare facts, although there is a little editorializing (a photo of 19 Kids and Counting is dubbed "no control") so it's almost just like discussing what you watched last night with your co-workers. Read more...

More about Viral Videos, Music, Entertainment, Pop Culture, and Film

November 01 2013

Gruesome Drawings Decompose Your Favorite Pop Culture Characters

Homer Simpson never looked this beat.

French artist and graphic designer Pierre-Yves Riveau, known as PEZ, has released a series of sketches that imagine sinewy and dilapidated versions of beloved pop culture characters. The series, titled Distroy, gives icons like Mickey Mouse, Mario and Bart and Homer Simpson a gruesome makeover.

Riveau told Mashable that he set out to apply his "graphic style" to famous cartoons, mixing cartoon drawing and graffiti together to create "a strange and oniric image."

Check out Riveau's haunting series above, and visit his Facebook page to see more of his work. Read more...

More about Pics, Tv, Art, Pop Culture, and Watercooler

August 25 2013

27 Most Eclectic Fashion Choices in VMAs History

The MTV Video Music Awards have manifested pop culture icons in history over the years for a number of reasons — most of which have somehow included fashion.

We've seen risque materials, live animals and even edible ensembles throughout the show's 30 years. Celebrities know who or what they wear to live award shows is a huge part of the evening and could make or break their image for years to come (see: Lil Kim, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera).

Sunday night's show will surely add a few more crazy fashion moments to the list. Take a look back at some of the outrageous fashion from VMAs past. Read more...

More about Fashion, Mtv, Music, Lists, and Pop Culture

August 09 2013

7 Awesome Sci-Fi Space Stations

From Babylon 5 to Elysium, some of the best science fiction on the big screen has involved a space station.

The pop culture space stations may play integral roles in their plotlines while others merely appear and disappear as needed. But no matter how big or small of a role they play, all of the stations elevate their particular works of fiction to new heights.

For our purposes, space stations are any large structure that can support a colony in orbit around a planetary body or are large enough to stand on their own in deep space. Despite the fact that some ships in science fiction act as stations, they were not included in this list. Read more...

More about Films, Space, Movies, Television, and Pop Culture

September 04 2011

YouTube Cover Song Face-Off: Beyonce’s “Best Thing I Never Had”

Each week, Mashable picks a popular song, finds 10 covers of it and asks you to vote for your favorite.

Beyonce entered the world on Sept. 4, 1981. Now it’s 30 years later, and she’s one of the most recognizable faces on the planet — so much so that her onstage baby bump reveal at the MTV Video Music Awards last Sunday shattered Twitter’s tweets-per-second record.

To help ring in her birthday this weekend, we’ve assembled some of her fans’ “Best Thing I Never Had” covers, which have collectively attracted more than 3.2 million views on YouTube. Vote for your favorite rendition in the poll below.

Alex Pelzer

The Boom Boom

J Rice

Heather Traska

Luke Conard & Jimmy Wong

Lisa Lavie

Fynn Farrell


Cheryl K

Drew Chambers


Which “Best Thing I Never Had” Cover Is Your Favorite?

Last Week’s Face-Off Winner

The beatbox cover of Katy Perry’s “Firework” from Peter Hollens snagged 60% of the votes in last week’s face-off. Hollens covered “Firework” because of the song’s inspirational message and uptempo beat. It “really highlights the message that we are all unique and special,” he told Mashable.

Hollens — who appeared on season 2 of NBC’s The Sing-Off and has strong fan bases on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and YouTube — recently released his first music video for an original song called “Sleepwalking” (see video #2 below).

“I just want to be able to make a living making music and inspiring others,” said Hollens, who wants to perform a duet with fellow YouTube cover artist/producer Kurt Schneider as well as celebrities Adele and Sara Bareilles. “I also hope to bring a cappella music to the forefront of popular music today … and to teach everyone how to actually spell a cappella.”

"Firework" Cover by Peter Hollens

"Sleepwalking" Original by Peter Hollens

BONUS: "Born This Way Cover" by Peter Hollens

BONUS: "Pray" Cover by Peter Hollens, Therry Thomas & Courtney Jensen

BONUS: "What's My Name/Only Girl" Mashup by Peter Hollens

BONUS: "Need You Now" Cover by Peter Hollens, Evynne Hollens & Jake Moulton

To listen to more covers used in past YouTube Cover Song Face-Offs, click here.

What popular song should we pick next week for the YouTube Cover Song Face-Off?

More About: beyonce, music, music videos, viral videos, youtube, YouTube Cover Song Face-Off

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September 02 2011

The Rise of Digital Comic Books: DC & Same Day Digital

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Comic books have finally gone fully digital with DC’s release of Same Day Digital. The program will release digital versions of new comic books the same day that they are available in print. The comics will cost $2.99 and drop down to $1.99 after four weeks.

Other companies and publishing houses have experimented with digital comics, but Same Day Digital marks the first all-in bet that digital is the future of comic books.

The Same Day Digital program will be available on a range of platforms including the iOS family of devices, Android and personal computers. DC Comics pushed its digital launch to coincide with the New 52, a massive overhaul and reimagining of 52 of their most iconic characters.

Marquee names like Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and more received costume redesigns, as well as updated origin stories. All 52 characters had their comic series reset to issue #1.

“I think part of this whole initiative was breaking down those doors and one was by changing the continuity and streamlining the shorelines and the second part of that… was doing digital delivery, right?” says Jim Lee, DC’s co-publisher and the man behind the New 52 character redesigns.

Mashable had a chance to mess around with the app on an iPad. The app is presently bare bones with simple scroll and zoom options. One tap brings up navigation tools, including a bottom bar with all the pages, and a settings option where you can automate page turns or set preferences on speech bubbles. The final panel is a pop-up box asking users to rate the comic and directing them to purchase additional comics in the series or browse through other titles.

It’s clear more features are on the way, including more integration with social networks and possibly a subscription option.

superman sketchDigital has allowed DC to be more creative with its comics. The DVD release of the Green Lantern movie, for example, contains a digital preview for a comic book. The digital team is also experimenting with deluxe digital editions, like issues that come with additional sketches or alternate covers.

“I’d love to think this was a pure genius on one person or a group of people’s part,” says Hank Kanalz, SVP of Digital at DC. “And it was just like, ‘duh.’”

There are some concerns Same Day Digital will cannibalize print sales. But DC has set up — with its digital partner Comixology — a DC digital storefront retailers can put on their websites. Retailers will get 30% of any digital purchases without worrying about over-ordering copies or dealing with unsold copies.

“It’s a tough sell, because you’re talking to real life people with real life establishments and real life stores and you don’t want to introduce something that’s going to put them out of business,” Lee says.

Comics are facing the same tricky fate that befell compact discs, and DC is trying to get in on digital before piracy or third parties (as seen with iTunes and music) beats the company to it.

Digital sales have been doing well so far, according to Kanalz. Issues across the DC canon have been selling — this includes the New 52 batch to comics from five or 10 years ago.

The future of Same Day Digital is still very much in the air. DC has talked about whether to include more interactive features but so far that’s off the table. There’s also some discussion on how to optimize content for small devices like smartphones where a full-length comic book might be too long (or too small) to enjoy.

There are also headaches for illustrators and writers to consider, says Lee. Panels are stretched or compressed to fill the size of the platform. Massive double-page spreads are shrunk down, or minuscule details are blown up to huge proportions.

DC comics has a lot of things to consider, but Same Day Digital has been paying off so far. “Sure, there are people that are scared of digital and there are others that embrace it as much as I do,” Kanalz says. “We all love comics and that’s the key.”

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More About: comics, digital delivery, Social Media, Tech

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July 19 2011

Google+ Gets The Social Network Parody Treatment [VIDEO]

Each day, Mashable highlights one noteworthy YouTube video. Check out all our viral video picks.

Just when we thought we’d seen the last of the ever-popular The Social Network parodies, someone went and skewered Google+ through that cinematic lens.

Early adopters, rabid invite seekers, Facebook deserters and the overwhelmingly male population of Google’s social network — this parody takes them all on.

Perhaps the frame of reference for the satire is a little stale (and the production quality isn’t all that swank), but anyone who has been following the rollout of Google+ should be able to squeeze a chuckle or two out of the above. Unless you don’t currently have an invite. In which case, sorry to rub it in.

Have a look at more parodies below (contains a bit of NSFW language):

1. The Google Minus Project

This is genius. No spoilers, but if you watch one parody video on Google+, we urge you to make it this one.

2. Dmitri Finds Out About Google Plus

Dmitri's journey of discovery continues as he's informed of the launch of the new tool and what it means for online privacy. His joy is, of course, evident.

3. Google- Anti-Social Network Preview

Did you think you were all cutting-edge with your Google+ invite? Well, Google Minus is the new Plus.

4. The Google+ Project: A Quick Look-See

In addition to its hilarious voiceover, this includes new footage separate from the original promo video.

5. Hitler Learns of Google Plus

It just had to be done (and it has been several times, but this version is our favorite) if only for the line spoken before the majority of the group leaves the room.

More About: Google, humor, pop culture, video, viral video, viral-video-of-day, youtube

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July 18 2011

July 15 2011

Celebrity Couple Names Newborn Baby “Bing”

Poor newborn baby Bing. Little does he know — celebrity parents Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy are likely none the wiser either — that he now commands the same name as the third most popular search engine in the U.S.

Bingham “Bing” Hawn Bellamy, born 7 pounds, 12 ounces on July 9, “popped out after 4.5 hours of intense pushing,” proud papa Bellamy tweeted Thursday.

Bellamy also disclosed the real reason why the couple bestowed the uncommon name on their newborn son. “For those wondering, Bingham is my mum’s maiden name and Bing Russell was Kurt’s dad. Family connections all round!,” he tweeted.

Family connection or not, little Bing may suffer from years of mocking in his teens should Microsoft’s Bing search engine gain enough market share to enter the mainstream consciousness.

But at least Bing won’t be alone — perhaps he’ll make friends with Like, Facebook and Google.

[via People]

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, ScantyNebula

More About: baby, bing, celebrities, microsoft

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July 11 2011

Harry Potter Gets the “Friday” Treatment in Mock Trailer [VIDEO]

Each day, Mashable highlights one noteworthy YouTube video. Check out all our viral video picks.

The final installment of Harry Potter premieres on Friday, and, appropriately, someone has created a Potter-themed cover of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” to mark the occasion.

The production quality of this vid — created by The Hillywood Show — is pretty solid, and the actors look eerily similar to the real deal, but we feel there was a missed opportunity here when it comes to the surname shared by Rebecca and Sirius Black.

More About: Film, Friday, harry potter, humor, pop culture, Rebecca Black, viral-video-of-day

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Awkward Family Photos Website Launches Board Game

In addition to books and a bunch of other random merchandise, that popular website focusing on familial agony — Awkward Family Photos — now has a board game as well.

I had the chance to check out the game (from All Things Equal) this weekend, and much like its namesake, it is both fun… and awkward.

There’s a board decorated with a plethora of awkward photos, as well as decks of cards featuring those same snaps. Each player gets five colored chips, as well as paper and pencil (which bears the game’s title).

One player flips over a card, revealing the awkwardness below, and rolls the dice. He or she matches the number on the dice to one of the numbers around the periphery of the board. Next to each number is a directive (Example: Describe what happened right before this picture was taken).

The players who did not roll the die follow the directive, writing down their answers on the piece of paper. One of the players takes the papers, reads off the contents, and then the dice roller chooses the best answer, and guesses who wrote it. The winner gets to put a chip on the corresponding photo on the board. The first person to get rid of all five clips win.

Yup. A little complicated, and well, awkward, but definitely fun if you have friends with creative (or twisted) minds.

More About: awkward family photos, game, humor, memes, pop culture

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10 Best Practices for Bands on Facebook

The Facebook Marketing Series is supported by Buddy Media, Power Tools for Facebook. Fans see when you post content on your brand’s Facebook Page, right? Wrong. Cut through the mystery of Facebook’s Edgerank — download the white paper now.

Hey, bands, Facebook isn’t just for laughing at formerly popular kids (“Ah, that dude teaches English at our old high school now? Sad.”) whilst swilling whiskey in your tour bus anymore. It’s slowly becoming a hub for fan outreach, marketing your tunes and collaboration.

Mashable reached out to a cadre of music industry experts to put together the following list of best practices for using Facebook to promote your music. After all, you want Mr. English Teacher to be impressed by your page — not laughing about how you consistently misspelled your own band’s name.

1. Reach Out To Other Artists

So you just joined Facebook and have a grand total of 50 fans (44 of which are your extended family). Well, you know how you can hook new fans by opening for another band on stage? The same goes for Facebook.

“We have some bands that have Facebook Pages that grow really slowly, so we try to reach out to other artists who they have a relationship with, and that tends to drive those ‘likes’ up,” says Allison Schlueter, VP of digital marketing at Island Def Jam Music Group.

Ask a band whom you’re tight with to post your new music video/track/album art to their wall with a link back to your Facebook Page, and remember to return the favor — or, you know, you could just buy said band a beer the next time you play together.

Still, Schlueter reminds us, those initial 50 fans are pretty valuable, so don’t forget them when your Page has ballooned to 75 fans. “You can have 37 million fans, but how many of those are loyal?” Schlueter says. “Those [early adopters] are the ambassadors for the artist.”

2. Take Your Fans Backstage

In order to make sure those ambassadors keep spreading the gospel of your gospel, make sure to give them what they so desire: backstage access to you (especially the groupies, am I right?).

“The number one thing for people to do when creating their Page is be really personal,” says Meredith Chin, manager of corporate communications at Facebook. “Previously, you had to wait for your favorite musician to be on Leno [to find out more about him], but now you can see when they’re touring, what’s going on backstage, etc.”

A lot of bigger musicians rely on their labels/managers/PR etc. to update their social media channels for them. If you’ve hit the big time, try to avoid posts of this nature, cautions Chin. Fans appreciate the extra effort.

3. Go Beyond the Music

Yes, you are a band, and people likely enjoy your music, but they also probably like other things about you — your style, your tastes, your opinions on the domestication of American wildlife, whatever.

“Make your fans want to check out what you’re doing on Facebook,” says Myles Grosovsky, of Big Hassle Online Marketing.” I always love to hear about things that bands are into that aren’t directly tied to their own work. Remember — fans look up to bands. We tend to follow the bands’ lead on discovering new things. They’re our tastemakers.”

Instead of always posting content directly related to your band, share videos, pictures and articles that you find interesting, which will, in turn, spark conversation with and among your fans.

4. Ask For Input From Fans

One way you can really connect with your followers is to ask for their input. Chin tells us that Keith Urban used the platform to crowdsource an album cover. He posted two pictures before the release, which garnered thousands of comments and Likes.

Chin also suggests making use of Facebook Questions to reach out to fans. “It’s really lightweight and makes it easy to get that feedback,” she says. You can use the tool to ask yes-or-no questions (“Should we add Arkansas to our tour schedule?”) or pose multiple choice queries (“Which song title is the most evocative?”)

You can also get your fans involved by posting pictures of meet-and-greets and concerts and asking fans to tag themselves. That level of engagement also doubles as promotion for you, as tagged snaps will pop up in the news feed of your fans’ friends, prompting them to check you out, too.

5. Be Visual

As much as your fans might hang on your every word, some of them are, in fact illiterate. Just kidding (kind of). But, seriously, Facebook lets you share photos and videos, so make sure to exercise that option.

“Any time an artist does any kind of status update, include a photo, because a photo speaks volumes,” says Doug Barasch, director of new media at Verve Music/Universal Music. “Or include a video clip, if you have a camera.”

Photos and video are much more dynamic content than just text, and fans are much more likely to comment on and “like” updates that they find compelling. For even greater ease of use, we suggest downloading apps like Instagram and PicPlz, which allow you to take awesome, dynamic snaps and easily share them on Facebook, as well as to a network of fans on those individual services.

6. Make Everything an Event

It may seem obvious, but every time you’re playing a show, you should create an event and invite your fans. “But the venue I’m playing already created an event! Why do I need to?” you may whine. Maybe because all of your followers might not necessarily be fans of the venue in question. Cover all your bases.

“Artists really need to take advantage of Events,” says Barasch. “Any time you post an event, that shows up in your fans’ news feed. And if someone RSVPs to that event, that RSVP shows up in their news feed as well.”

Hot tip: We know you look much more rock ‘n’ roll when you litter said event invitation with asterisks and LOLcat speech (or perhaps that’s just the bands in my neighborhood), but event invites of that nature are confusing and misleading. Make sure you have all the relevant information clearly stated before you add your own special flair — you want people to show up, after all.

Barasch also recommends you create invites for events such as TV appearances and album releases. Obviously, your fans can’t attend “My Disc Drops on May 23,” but RSVPing “Yes” makes it more likely that they will, in fact, buy it when it drops.

7. Don’t Just Ask For Things

“Facebook can be a very important tool to build awareness around sales of music, ticket sales, merchandise, etc., but fans will tune out if they’re constantly being asked to open their wallets,” warns Grosovsky.

So go easy on the shilling. If you post a “buy” link to your new album at 3 p.m., it will still be there at 4 p.m. There’s no need to repost it. Instead, keep up a dialogue with fans that reminds them why they love your music, which will impel them to shell out the cash for a show or merch.

Chin cites Javier Dunn as a prime example of good communication with fans. “The great thing about his page is that he responds to all of the posts on his wall,” she says. “People feel very connected to him. It’s the same as writing a letter to a musician and hearing back from them.”

8. Don’t Forget the Basics

Unless your band name is ►◄▲▼, or some other Witch House concoction, make sure to lay out all of your info — band name, bios, contact info, etc. — as clearly as possible.

“One thing I find frustrating and think bands can improve on is posting their bios and their names on their Facebook,” says Amy Sciarretto, from Roadrunner Records. “It’s helpful for journalists needing or wanting to fact-check.”

9. Offer Exclusive Content

It’s a fact: People like free things, and if you give them free things, they will “like” you more. We’re not saying you should post your entire album — free of charge — to Facebook and offer each fan comp tickets for life, but throwing your social media followers something that they can’t get anywhere else is surefire way to garner more fans (and keep the ones you have).

Barasch recommends using a “like” gate as a mechanism for distributing content like videos and downloads. If you’re unfamiliar with “like” gates, they work thusly: If a fan “likes” your Page, he unlocks content. It’s as easy as that.

They’re also super easy to set up, which leads us to our next tip…

10. Check Out Some Tools

Yes, Facebook offers bands a lot when it comes to profiles — galleries, a wall, etc. — but it’s becoming more and more necessary to add apps into the mix. And before you go into some long monologue about how you don’t have time to set anything up because you have to remix that song/call that guy back/secure a melatrone, chill out. Apps aren’t that difficult to figure out, and they don’t take that long to plug in.

We recommend checking out apps like BandPage, ReverbNation and Damntheradio, which bring in elements like music players, events listings, merch sales, “like” gates, email list builders, etc. Most of them have a free option, so, no worries — you do get to eat this month.

Series Supported by Buddy Media

The Facebook Marketing Series is supported by Buddy Media, Power Tools for Facebook. Fans see when you post content on your brand’s Facebook Page, right? Wrong. Cut through the mystery of Facebook’s Edgerank — download the white paper now.

More Facebook Marketing Resources from Mashable:

- 4 Ways to Set Up a Storefront on Facebook
- HOW TO: Create a Facebook Engagement Policy
- HOW TO: Engage and Mobilize Facebook Fans Beyond the “Like”
- 5 Creative Facebook Places Marketing Campaigns

Images courtesy of iStockphoto, Jaap2 and Flickr, ConvenienceStoreGourmet, notsogoodphotography, John-Morgan, EuroMagic, Annafur, Sarah Parrott, Everfalling, freeloosedirt

More About: band-page, bands, damntheradio, facebook, Facebook Marketing Series, Facebook Questions, music, ReverbNation, rootmusic

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July 10 2011

July 05 2011

You Can Has Official App: LOLCats Launch on iPhone

Oh look, another thing to focus on in lieu of ogling everyone in the elevator. I Can Has Cheezburger? has launched its iPhone app packed with adorable kittens and other fripperies. There have been fan-made apps before, but this is the first official, fully-supported source for LOLCats on iOS devices.

The app is extremely simple. It’s basically a stripped-down directory of the Cheezburger Network‘s 50-plus site stable (maybe a little too stripped down — sites like The Daily What completely lack the text that accompanies videos and photos). You can scroll through content and share it via Twitter, Facebook or email.

The Cheezburger Network plans to launch individual apps for sites like FAIL Blog and Memebase in the future.

The Network scored $30 million in funding back in January, so it certainly has the capital to produce more apps.

More About: humor, i can has cheezburger, iphone, Mobile 2.0, pop culture

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July 04 2011

The History of America, As Told by Facebook [PIC]

In honor of Independence Day, The New York Times visualized America’s would-be Facebook profile in its Op-Art section, translating the history of the U.S. into Facebook’s iconic narrative structure.

The piece (below), “Like It or Unfriend It?” was created by novelist Teddy Wayne, Vanity Fair staffer Mike Sacks and designer Thomas Ng.

The graphic recalls a similar piece published by Slate‘s Christopher Beam and Chris Wilson in May, which chronicles recent U.S. events in an imaginary Barack Obama Facebook feed.

Last year the Washington Post published pieces of a real Facebook feed in “A Facebook Story: A mother’s joy and a family’s sorrow” to tell the tragic story of a young mother’s illness and subsequent death.

All three pieces acknowledge a new kind of plot structure told through the incremental and often brief updates we post on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Notably, all three pieces subvert the reverse-chronological order in which these updates are normally displayed.

Image courtesy of Flickr, ladybugbkt

More About: america, art, facebook, facebook page, social media, the new york times, united states

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5 Free Virtual Firework Shows To Celebrate July 4

If your favorite part of July 4 celebrations is the fireworks, then we’ve got a fun gallery for you. We’ve found five tools that offer virtual fireworks you can enjoy right at your desk.

Whether you want to send someone an animated message, play around to create a mesmerizing browser show or add fireworks to your own site, we’ve found web sparklers to suit.

Light the touchpaper, stand at a safe distance and rocket through the gallery. You can find out more about the tools by clicking on the blue title text at the top left of each slide. Let us know which ones you like in the comments below.

1. Enjoy Canvas Fireworks

This hypnotic HTML5 Canvas experiment offers three different shapes of fireworks that you can control with your mouse for a 3D wow experience.

2. Write a Message in Fireworks

This is tons of fun. Compose your own message and see it written across the London skyline in fireworks. You can also share it with an automatically generated tiny URL.

3. Add Fireworks to Your Own Site With Fireworks.js

You can add fireworks to your own site with this nifty Javascript animation experiment. Or if you're just firecracker-curious, you can play around with it on the dev's site.

4. View Augmented Reality Fireworks

Simply print off the marker, fire up your webcam and you can enjoy your very own miniature augmented reality fireworks show.

5. Go Old School With Fireworks Just For You

Dating back to 2002, this particular desktop show is perfect for kids, offering mesmerizing fireworks generated by the click of your mouse.

BONUS: Join the HTML5 Fireworks Festival

If you're handy with HTML5 then join the "Hanabi fireworks festival" by forking the sample code, or creating your own from scratch. The resulting entries will then be revealed as an online spectacular on July 7.

More About: apps, fireworks, HTML5, july 4, List, Lists, software, web apps

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