Combat Zone 210 Fireworks at Patrick’s 4th of July BBQ

Check out the video of the Combat Zone 210 in action. The video is 30 seconds long but the combat zone shoots off 210 red and green flares in the last 15 seconds. It is VERY COOL!!!

A Rapid Crisscross Barrage of Red and Green Flares

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If you want to add this awesome arsenal to your fireworks celebration you can find it at The Spirit of ’76 Wholesale Fireworks website.

4th of July Most Dugg Articles on Digg

US Flag reflected in Water DropletsAs a tribute to the 4th of July I thought I would list the top 15 most popular “4th of July” sites according to Digg (as of July 4th, 2008).

  1. Scientology: 4th Of July- How Crazy Are They? 2394 diggs
  2. Your Odds of Dying (Pic) 2095 diggs
  3. If you live in Ohio – you can’t be arrested today (4th July) 2081 diggs
  4. [pic] Gorgeous Water Droplets Reflecting the American Flag 1744 diggs
  5. This Ought to Make For an Awkward 4th of July BBQ 1481 diggs
  6. Conversation With Digg’s CEO Jay Adelson About v3.0 Overwhelming Success 1227 diggs
  7. July 4th, 1986 [PIC] 1221 diggs
  8. Five things you didn’t know about the upcoming Transformers movie 1001 diggs
  9. The Pirate Party of the United States site launches 986 diggs
  10. Xbox 360 Premium Found with HDMI Port 959 diggs
  11. How to make a Coke Rocket – Finally revealed! (video) 935 diggs
  12. Discovery finally launches! 893 diggs
  13. Remembering the 12 year fight for the Freedom of Information Act 874 diggs
  14. No July 4th Celebrations for Highly Skilled Future Americans 822 diggs
  15. Open a beer bottle with another bottle 811 diggs

My favorite is the [pic] of the US Flag reflecting in the water droplets.

Happy 4th of July Everyone!

Diablo 3 Sequel Announced – See The Stunning Videos!

It has been 8 years since the release of Diablo 2. On June 28th, 2008 Diablo 3 was announced at the 2008 Blizzard Entertainment Worldwide Invitational in Paris, France. My guess is that Diablo 3 won’t be released until the 2nd quarter of 2009 (June 29, 2009 exatly 9 years after Diablo 2) if we are lucky. But in the mean time we can begin to follow the game development and let the excitement start to grow. Check out these new videos:

Cinematic Trailer High Quality:
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Game Play Video:
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Download hi-res videos from here: Diablo 3 Media

You can keep up to date on the new features in Diablo 3 by visiting the Official Website. Read Deckard Cain’s Journal which covers the story line from Diablo 1 & 2 and includes videos from the previous games. Learn about the World of Sanctuary and the new character classes like the Witch Doctor. And much much more…

Diablo 2 is one of my all time favorite PC based games. My son loves to play the game with me and his friends. I own both Diablo 1 and 2 and I can’t wait for Diablo III.

AT&T Wireless Customer Service Gave Me $20

at&t, formerly cingularAbout 3 years ago I switched my cellular service from Cingular to Verizon Wireless because I was very unhappy with the customer service from Cingular. I continued to hear that Cingular and now AT&T were always scoring very low when it came to customer service. Especially last year after the rollout of the iPhone caused many customers to have to wait an unacceptable amount of time to get their phones activated. Well, apparently, AT&T is finally doing something about it.

About 6 months ago I switched back to AT&T because I wanted the AT&T Tilt phone and I also received a discount from my work, which lowered my monthly phone bill about $30 compared to Verizon Wireless. Of course I was very concerned about the customer service, but from the very first day when I purchased my new AT&T Tilt phone I received nothing but outstanding customer service. My new phone was activated in 5 minutes and another 5 minutes later I was synchronized with my works exchange server. I had all my contacts, emails, and calendar appointments available on my phone 10 minutes after purchasing it. Kudos to Mikey, the AT&T rep that helped me out.

Fast forward a couple of months. I was leaving the states to go to Mexico for a week and wanted my phone setup for international roaming. So I called AT&T customer service and asked to have my phone activated to work in Mexico. The rep had me setup in under 5 minutes. Wow. I couldn’t believe how quick and friendly customer service was. Unfortunately, when I got back from Mexico and recieved my phone bill I noticed the charges were way too high. ‘Here we go’, I thought. I just knew that when I called customer service I was going to get a hard time.

Once again, I called the customer service number and quickly reached an operator after pressing 0 twice to get through the automated system. I explained the situation and the AT&T rep immediately apologized and said that they made the mistake when they setup the account for international roaming. I should have received the discounted rates instead of being charged the full rate. She credited my account for the difference and asked if there was anything else she could do. Nope. I was once again extremely pleased with the quick and friendly service.

Two months later my bill comes in and again I see additional roaming charges from my Mexico trip for $12.30 on my bill. I called customer service and once again explained my situation. The rep told me that the charges were posted to my account very late from the carrier in Mexico. As soon as I mentioned that I had a similar problem 2 months earlier he quickly stated that it was not a problem and that he would correct the charges. A minute later he credited my account $20 for all my troubles. THAT IS CUSTOMER SERVICE!!! I never complained and never expected anything like that. I was thoroughly surprised. Good Job AT&T. I hope you keep up the GREAT customer service. Thank You.

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ATT Wireless Customer Service: 1-800-331-0500

Have you started your 2007 Christmas Shopping yet?

I was asked by two co-workers today if I already started my Christmas shopping for this year. I told them that I was still getting over my last Christmas shopping season and that I haven’t given it a thought at all, until now. So, the question is, Should you start your 2007 Christmas shopping in June or wait until Thanksgiving or even the last minute like on Christmas Eve? Many articles on line suggest you shop early and avoid high prices or out of stock items. Why You Should Avoid Last Minute Christmas Shopping. But what about all of the great deals the Day After Thanksgiving, commonly referred to as Black Friday? If you start too early you miss some great deals and don’t have access to products that are not available yet. It may be very difficult if not impossible to return any gifts that you change your mind about if you purchase them too early. Then again if you wait too late, what you want may no longer be available or you may end up paying a higher price because you do not have the time to comparison shop.

When is the Best Time to Start Planning your Christmas Shopping?

You should start planning your Christmas Shopping List at the beginning of the year. Create a list of people that you will get gifts for. Identify their interests, hobbies, wants, and needs and set a goal for how much to spend for each person. Starting this list early gives you a chance to refine it throughout the year. As you shop throughout the year note the price of gifts and compare them at other stores. Resist the urge to buy any gifts early even if you think it will be the best deal of the year. As you get closer to Christmas you may find that the gift you bought early is not the right gift for that person anymore. Also, buying gifts early may waste the warranty that comes with the gift. You should also start a gift fund at the beginning of the year by saving a few bucks a week to put towards your gift purchases. You’ll be amazed at how much money you end up with by the Christmas Season. Keep updating your list and refining your notes all the way up until its time to actually start making those gift purchases.

When is the Best Time to Actually Start Buying Christmas Gifts?

I recommend at 90 days before Christmas (around September 25th) you should begin making your gift purchases. However, before making any purchases examine the store policies on returns and make sure you leave enough time from when you purchased the gift to a few days after Christmas in order to accommodate returns. Many stores have a 90 day return policy which is why I recommend starting no sooner than 90 days from Christmas. As mentioned above this will also leave more time on the warranty in case there is any defect with the gift. In addition to starting within 90 days of Christmas you should leave some of your budget for the great deals the Day After Thanksgiving. Get a head start on those deals by visiting Black Friday Ad sites such as or Many of these sites begin posting ads in October for the Black Friday specials. The other reason to wait for the 90 day mark is to allow companies to introduce new products in time for Christmas. You don’t want to regret purchasing something early because a newer version or better gift came out later. The last bit of advice I can give you is to wrap up your Christmas purchases no later than the second week in December, the 13th is a good deadline. No matter what, don’t wait until the last week before Christmas. You will be desperate and limited in what is available to purchase. So remember, start buying no earlier than 90 days before Christmas and finish no later than 12 days (December 13) before Christmas. If you follow my advice you can enjoy the 12 days leading up to Christmas knowing that all of your shopping is done and done right!

My Top Ten 2007 Christmas Holiday Gift Ideas (as of June 7th, 2007)

  1. Apple iPhone
  2. Apple TV
  3. Apple iPod
  4. Tivo or other Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
  5. SlingMedia’s SlingBox
  6. Sony PlayStation3
  7. Nintendo Wii
  8. Plasma TV
  9. Games: StarCraft 2
  10. Microsoft Surface Computer (if you have the money – see my post on this cool technology)

Other Christmas Shopping Articles for 2007:

What are your shopping strategies? Leave a comment and let me know what you think of my advice.

On the Surface its a Table But Underneath its a Whole Lot More

Most people today have heard of touchscreens. They’re everywhere, from pda’s, to phones like the treo, to pen computers, and even kiosks. But the traditional touchscreen doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface when it comes to the new generation of multitouch touchscreens. (I couldn’t resist the pun) If you follow the latest in technologies then you probably have already heard of multitouch input devices. If not, it basically allows you to manipulate a screen with multiple inputs such as two, three or even all ten of your fingers at the same time. Traditional touchscreens can only handle one input from a single pen or mouse pointer. It’s similar to the technology used by Tom Cruise in the film ‘Minority Report’. Check out the video:

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Read on to see more videos  and how this amazing new technology will start to change our lives today… Continue reading

Win Money & Prizes by Entering Contests for Best Firework’s Photo, Video, or Drawing

Everyone takes 4th of July Fireworks photos. Many even video tape the celebrations. Why not submit those videos or photos to try and win some serious cash. Here is a list of sites that are participating in Fireworks Contests this year 2007:


  • (Neptune Fireworks) with thousands of dollars to give away
    • Photo Contest – Earn up to $500 for the Grand Prize
    • Drawing Contest – Earn up to $500 for the Grand Prize
  • (Phantom Fireworks)
    • Name the Fireworks Giveaway
    • Fireworks Photograph Contest
    • Shoot your favorite Fireworks Video Giveaway
  • (no contests right now, but keep checking)

How to Articles – Tips & Tricks to help you Win that Contest

Leave a link to your favorite fireworks photo in the comments.
If you know of any other contests going on this year, let me know in the comments and I will add them to the list.

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Save BIG this 4th of July and get FREE Fireworks by Buying Early

I am ready for the 4th of July 2007 Fireworks Celebrations in South Florida. Are you? Check out my fireworks stash for this year:
My portion of Fireworks from TNT-Neptune in Dania Beach South Florida Fireworks Display
At TNT-Neptune Fireworks Mega Store in Dania Beach, Florida you can get two for one deals on all fireworks before Memorial Day (expires Monday June 4th). You can also get FREE BONUS fireworks depending on how much you spend. The best advice I can give is to pool your money with friends, family, and neighbors so that you can get the best deal on Fireworks packages. The more you spend together the better the deals become. Both of my brothers, and a friend of ours, and my neighbor all pitched in to buy fireworks and between all of us we were able to spend over $1,000. Since we purchased these fireworks before Memorial Day everything was 2 for 1, and in addition we received about $700 worth of Free Bonus Fireworks. So that brings our total Fireworks Value to over $2,700. That is a lot of TNT!!! The picture above only shows a third of the $2,700 in fireworks we purchased. (That is my portion of the fireworks).

Where to get your Free Fireworks:

My Favorite Fireworks:

  • Mortars (I love mortars): T-6, 6 break reloadable artillery shells; 42-Magnum, 8 single, 8 double, & 6 triple break reloadable shells
  • Grand Finale: Noble Eagle, Mission Ignition, Pride of America
  • One Shot Aerial Tubes (500g): Palm Tree with Silvery Tail – Most powerful palm tree break – Very Beautiful
  • Day Time Items: Parachutes (My kids love these) – Great for Memorial Day; Normandy Paratroopers (37 shots of parachute with spinners and crackles!)
  • Spinners (Wheels): We love to nail several spinners to a 2×4 and stick it in the ground; (Phantom Fireworks has a 13″ spinner that is also great!)

Here are some ideas to Create a Perfect Fireworks Show:

  • SAFETY is always FIRST!!! Do not endanger yourself or anyone else. Make sure only one person is lighting fireworks at a time during the show!
  • Create a shooting order for your show and keep the show going at a good pace
  • Use two people designated as shooters and one person designated as prep
  • Light your Fireworks to Music – This will make a “good” show GREAT!, and help keep the show moving at a good pace
  • Use extra long wicks or even better – electronic fuses to help automate and synchronize the lighting of your fireworks. Sold at Phantom Fireworks (F5 Pyro Ignitor)
  • Shoot off your fireworks from a sheet of fire treated plywood (prevents burn marks on your street or wherever you light them)
  • Keep the audience a safe distance away and upwind if possible (no one wants smoke in their eyes)
  • Keep your most extravagant firework for after the Grand Finale. Light it while everyone is cheering and not expecting it.
  • FOOD IDEA: If you have a grill, throw some fresh ears of corn with husks (unopened) onto the grill at med-hot heat for about 15 to 30 minutes. Be careful, they will be very hot. Peel and add butter, salt, and pepper. The smell of the corn on the grill will attract all of your neighbors! I love doing this during the Fireworks Show.

For other firework tips and show ideas visit the TNTFireworks Show Page.

Have a Safe and Happy Independence Day!

What are some of your Home Fireworks Show ideas? What are your favorite fireworks? Share them in the comments below.