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Absinthe and Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously

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A Selection of the Scientific American Book Club

 

Want to add more excitement to your life?

 

This daring combination of science, history, and DIY projects will show you how. Written for smart risk takers, it explores why danger is good for you and details the art of living dangerously.

 

Risk takers are more successful, more interesting individuals who lead more fulfilling lives. Unlike watching an action movie or playing a video game, real-life experience changes a person, and Gurstelle will help you discover the true thrill of making black powder along with dozens of other edgy activities.

 

All of the projects—from throwing knives, drinking absinthe, and eating fugu to cracking a bull whip, learning bartitsu, and building a flamethrower—have short learning curves, are hands-on and affordable, and demonstrate true but reasonable risk.

 

With a strong emphasis on safety, each potentially life-altering project includes step-by-step directions, photographs, and illustrations along with troubleshooting tips from experts in the field.

Review:

"If you can imagine Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes all grown up, this supercharged guide for amateur thrill seekers would probably replace Hobbes as his constant companion. Ostensibly in order to encourage the notion that 'to a point, the ability to wage risk is a useful and worthwhile attribute,' professional engineer Gurstelle (The Art of the Catapult) lays out detailed instructions for making 'black powder' (gunpowder), rockets, flamethrowers and other devices that will endanger your digits and eyebrows. To the author's credit, he is equally detailed in his prescriptions of safety gear and precautions. He also details more hedonistic thrills, such as absinthe, cigarette smoking and 'thrill eating' la the Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmern — 'in small amounts,' he says, 'they add bite and depth to the flavor of life.' Most of the recipes and blueprints that Gurstelle shares with fellow 'Big-T' (thrill-seeking) personalities, can be found all over the Internet, but this antidote to the usual cautious self-help guides is written well if occasionally in overheated prose, and, more important, is presented responsibly. Illus. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Written for reasonable risk takers and suburban dads who want to add 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.

Synopsis:

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 projectsfrom throwing knives, drinking absinthe, and eating fugu to cracking a bull whip, learning baritsu, and building a flamethrowerhave 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. What would the world be like if Thomas Edison retired after 30 years working for the railroad, it asks, instead of getting fired for blowing up a rail car with one of his experiments? Though the manual doesnt advocate getting fired, it does reveal that making black powder is pure excitement. 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.

About the Author

William Gurstelle is a professional engineer who has been researching and building model catapults and ballistic devices for more than 30 years. He is the author of The Art of the Catapult; the bestselling Backyard Ballistics; Building Bots, Whoosh, Boom, Splat; and Notes from the Technology Underground. He is a contributing editor at Make magazine and writes frequently for The Rake, Wired, and several other national magazines. He can be contacted at absintheandflamethrowers.com

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556528224
Author:
Gurstelle, William
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press
Subject:
Experiments & Projects
Subject:
Threat (psychology)
Subject:
Stunt performers
Subject:
Personality
Subject:
Science Reference-Experiments
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "If you can imagine Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes all grown up, this supercharged guide for amateur thrill seekers would probably replace Hobbes as his constant companion. Ostensibly in order to encourage the notion that 'to a point, the ability to wage risk is a useful and worthwhile attribute,' professional engineer Gurstelle (The Art of the Catapult) lays out detailed instructions for making 'black powder' (gunpowder), rockets, flamethrowers and other devices that will endanger your digits and eyebrows. To the author's credit, he is equally detailed in his prescriptions of safety gear and precautions. He also details more hedonistic thrills, such as absinthe, cigarette smoking and 'thrill eating' la the Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmern — 'in small amounts,' he says, 'they add bite and depth to the flavor of life.' Most of the recipes and blueprints that Gurstelle shares with fellow 'Big-T' (thrill-seeking) personalities, can be found all over the Internet, but this antidote to the usual cautious self-help guides is written well if occasionally in overheated prose, and, more important, is presented responsibly. Illus. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Written for reasonable risk takers and suburban dads who want to add 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
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 projectsfrom throwing knives, drinking absinthe, and eating fugu to cracking a bull whip, learning baritsu, and building a flamethrowerhave 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. What would the world be like if Thomas Edison retired after 30 years working for the railroad, it asks, instead of getting fired for blowing up a rail car with one of his experiments? Though the manual doesnt advocate getting fired, it does reveal that making black powder is pure excitement. 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.
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