The Weed Dragon – I’ve got a flamethrower!

September 12, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

A Flamethrower is the best birthday present ever, thanks wife!

Jason's flamethrower

For those wondering, this is the Weed Dragon VT 2-23 SVC (full disclosure: Amazon Affiliate link).  It's basically a flamethrower that you hook up to a standard propane tank.  There is a cheaper model without the squeeze valve, that's the VT 2-23 C, though I'd highly recommend the SVC instead; this thing shoots a flame about 3" in diameter and 12" long out the end and it would be hard to move around without the ability to control that.  All proceeds from the Amazon links will go towards either a hand dolly or a back pack to carry around my propane tank (temporarily swiped from my grill), I haven't decided which yet.

You can see in the bottom half of the photo where I've flamed all the moss and weeds in my pack patio and in the top half the area I haven't done yet.  It's pretty effective and extremely satisfying.

(Note: my birthday was actually about 3 weeks ago, but it's rained a lot lately here, I didn't get to try it for a week, and then I was traveling.)

Happy 25th Birthday to Me!

August 21, 2007 by · 3 Comments 

Yes, that's right, today I turn 25 years old. For those curious about the grand old year of 1982, the following are just a few of the notable things that happened:

  • January 8 - AT&T agreed to break up its monopoly over the local phone exchanges (creating the "Baby Bells").
  • January 17 - Temperatures drop to record lows on "Cold Sunday", including a drop to -27 °F in Chicago, Illinois (very near where I was born).
  • May 2 - The Weather Channel airs on cable for the first time (threw this one in for my girlfriend, she was a Meteorology major in college).
  • June 5 - The first Rubik's Cube World Championship is held in Budapest, Hungary.
  • July2 - Lawn Chair Larry makes his maiden voyage at 16,000ft on a lawn chair tied to 45 weather balloons.
  • August 17 - The first commercial Compact Disc (CD) is produced for release in Germany (it was ABBA's "The Visitors", if you're wondering)
  • September 26 - Knight Rider, starring David Hasselhoff, first airs on NBC.
  • October 1 - Sony launches the first consumer CD player (model CDP-101).
  • December 26 - Time Magazine's "Man of the Year" award is given to the Computer.

Source: Wikipedia page on "1982"