Podcast Goodness: Cleaning Oil Spills and Flamethrowers

Charles Bryant

Hello there, SYSK Army members. Here we are on Friday in the increasingly warm Atlanta. Josh and I are busy prepping for our NYC adventure, and looking forward to meeting up with some of you crazy cats while we're there. If you're not in NY, we're hoping to do a little more traveling and hosting events in various places around the globe.

Having said that, how about a little recap? This week on the Stuff You Should Know podcast program, we covered a relevant topic and then something from left field. The relevant one was on Tuesday and had to do with the various ways to clean up an oil spill. We dabbled in the BP disaster of course, but didn't get too much into exactly what's going on in the gulf. We tried to concentrate mostly on the clean up part of the process, which has already begun. There are all kinds of ways to clean up and spill and different methods are used depending on the severity and location of the spill. From what it looks like, BP & Co. are going to use a variety of methods for containment and soaking up the nasty stuff. We're all hoping they do a better job of the cleanup than they have on stopping the flow.

Yesterday we went out on a limb and talked about flamethrowers. Josh suggested this one, and I was pretty into it as well after reading up on it. Turns out these things have been used, albeit in primitive form, for thousands of years. Early flamethrowers were kind of like blow guns, and they evolved over the years to become nasty killing machines by the time Word War II rolled around. It's also true that being a flamethrower operator in battle isn't such a plum job. In fact, it's really dangerous. Go figure. We also got into exactly how it works and as usual, we turned into giddy little kids at the notion of spraying fire 50 yards.

OK, folks - that's about it for this week. Thanks for stopping by the blog. If you haven't hit us up on Facebook or Twitter yet, please do. You won't be disappointed!