A manly book on how to do all the things you have always wanted to but did not know how to safely try it. A kids books of science projects for adults. William Gurstelle is the author of the best-selling 'Backyard Ballistics'. He is also a professional engineer and a technogeek robot builder.
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A manly book on how to do all the things you have always wanted to but did not know how to safely try it. A kids books of science projects for adults. William Gurstelle is the author of the best-selling 'Backyard Ballistics'. He is also a professional engineer and a technogeek robot builder. Gurstelle and his sons build and compete in the growing number of regional competitions with their own Tosca and Weber the Grillbot.
He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. William Gurstelle. Written for reasonable risk takers and suburban dads who want to add more excitement to their lives, this daring combination of science, history, and DIY projects explains why danger is good for you and details the art of living dangerously.
All of the projects--from throwing knives, drinking absinthe, and eating fugu to cracking a bull whip, learning baritsu, and building a flamethrower--have short learning curves; are human-focused, as opposed to technology-centric; are affordable; and demonstrate true but reasonable risk. The guide maintains that risk takers are more successful, more interesting individuals who lead more fulfilling lives. Unlike watching an action movie or playing a video game, real, edgy life experience changes a person.
Each potentially life-altering project includes step-by-step directions and illustrations along with sidebar tips from experts in the field.
Absinthe and Flamethrowers
Are people who take risks happier than those who do not? First of all, I had to better define the question. Physical risks? Emotional risks? Monetary risks? All of them?
Absinthe and Flamethrowers: Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously
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For Those Who Like Danger, the Home Book of Things Not to Try at Home
Absinthe & Flamethrowers
Some guys, and I know who a few of you are, will be loading up the car in states where, unlike New York, the sale of fireworks is legal. Those Phantom Fireworks discount cards can really burn a hole in your wallet. Others like to prepare emotionally and mentally for the Fourth by getting some reading done. But when it comes to the theory and practice of making your own noisy, mildly dangerous fun in the backyard, America has a new poet laureate. I keep a well-thumbed copy in the upstairs bathroom.