Born on the…

…4th July?

Not me. But America was, and they celebrated their 2017th birthday just yesterday.

Incidentally, the 5th July is Tynwald Day, so the Isle of Man is celebrating its birthday today. Who would have thought that two such great – yet completely different – nations would be born just one day apart?

Amazing.

The Manx are typically understated in their celebrations, but of course the Yanx are known for their excessive weight exuberance, and they have fireworks. Here’s a great timelapse of just how that looked last year over Los Angeles – which is basically their version of Port Erin:

Some trippy moments from 11 seconds onwards, but stick with it – you can afford the forty-nine seconds that it takes to get through. The aircraft heading in and out of the local airport only add to the effect, although the camera’s focus on them is rather LAX.

I’m so sorry.

Happy American Independence Day and/or Laa Tinvaal Mie – whichever one is more relevant to you.

 

Yes, I know about American Independence and the history of Tynwald. 

Timelapse Number 3

I’m ever so slightly behind the curve on this one. I blame the Sun lighting my solar eleventh house. Uranus is rising.

Whatever.

Behold the return of Brendon Wainwright with his latest offering, I Am Cape Town 3.

This following hot… well… lukewarm,m anyway on the heels of I Am Cape Town and I Am Cape Town 2. And what he lacks in imaginative titling skills, he certainly makes up for in his photographic ability.

And yes, you’ll probably already have noticed that this one is in glorious 4K. And if you’re fortunate enough to have a 4K TV *waves*, it’s going to look pretty amazing in the corner of your living room.

The music – always an important part of these things is – by Ludovico Einaudi wannabe Stefan Kruger.

Boxes ticked

Wait – could this be a timelapse [tick] video of an Emirates [tick] A380 [tick] being repainted?

Yep, and obviously, as with every A380-related thing, it comes with some ridiculous stats:

Seven coats of paint weighing 1,100 kilograms were applied on ‘Echo Delta Delta’, covering an area of 3,076 square meters. The entire exterior of the A380 including the fuselage, wings, engines as well as vertical and horizontal stabilizers received a makeover. The paint coats on the fuselage comprised of one layer each of a primer and sealer, followed by three coats of Brilliant White, which is the custom Emirates color, and then two layers of clear coat and decorative paints for the Emirates insignia and logo.

There’s a full description of the process here.

YET another Cape Town timelapse

Brendon Wainwright is back with four minutes and sixteen seconds of 7530 still images of Cape Town added together to make something lovely.

It’s all right outside my door. All of it.

Yes, even that bit. What a city…

Heathrow Timelapse

This, spotted on twitter, is lovely.

User @BT77W works in the ATC tower at the airport and describes himself as a:

Professional aluminium tubing export/importer

And hey, you should see his garage. Wow.