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Happy Independence Day

In honor of the Fourth of July, I'd like to share a few links to help make your virtual Independence Day celebration more fun. First is Fireworks, a free Flash game with some nice fireworks visuals. Red, white and blue rockets sail across the screen; hit the corresponding detonator when the rocket starts to glow for some sparkly visuals and 100 points. Keep the "bonus wheel" spinning by successfully timing your clicks; once it stops, the game's over.

Next is a Java-based fireworks simulation. Just click around and watch the pretty colors. Okay, it's kind of lame, so sue me. :) Next is a more geeky fireworks simulation where you can experiment with the physics of the fireworks, including the color, the delay of the charge, how much force behind the charge, and even lay out a bunch of rockets at different angles and watch them all go up. Fun in that "wow this is more like physics than a game" kind of way.

And finally, check out two very popular videos (if you haven't seen them yet): one of 16,000 firecrackers set off at once, and another of a fireworks factory exploding. Spectacular stuff.

Have a happy and safe Indepdendence Day.

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