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.
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This book has a lot to offer, but I confess to being a little disappointed. Books absintge William Gurstelle. Want to Read saving…. Absinthe and Flamethrowers : William Gurstelle : There is a listing of places to buy hard-to-find items which I plan to use for my sausage making, if nothing else.
The quotes are enjoyable. This book introduced me to Hunter S. The first part of the book goes a bit into the history of a few famous thrill seekers, then it goes into the science. Open Preview See a Problem? Nov 27, Brandon rated it it was amazing.
Absinthe and Flamethrowers This book is intended to help risk-adverse people little-t into reasonable risk takers big-T. Jul 13, Laesar rated it it was ok. I thought this could have been an adventurous, moderately anarchistic read, but it was just disappointing. Lots of crazy experiments in this one.
Most of the value that I found was in the psychology or risk-taking rather than the projects that were the intended focal point of the book.
Jun 12, Chloe marked it as to-read. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions As a final aside, this book is also quintessentially American in its choices of measurements. Then he writes about how he did it, often about how you can do it, too. At the end of the day you I owe quite a bit of this book. This was flamethrowets the book I wanted it to be. If you need this book to help define yourself as thrill seeking, you have probably already failed.
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. Only unit-uncertain Yanks would insist on weighing chemicals in grams to heat to temperatures in Fahrenheit to form in to tubes in 16th of an inch and then puncture with a 9-penny nail. Love your facial hair, or just like to marvel at the growth of others?
Oct 17, Hester rated it did not like it Shelves: Clear, well-written, laced with just enough humour. Now I know how to make gun powder among other things. About William Gurstelle William Gurstelle is a professional engineer who has been researching and building model catapults and ballistic devices for more than 30 years.
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Absinthe & Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously
The sub-title - Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously - seemed to express everything that responsible absinthe companies want to avoid. Absinthe should be consumed just for the pleasure you would get from any great, complex spirit.. And then I thought back to my feelings the first time that I became aware of absinthe being available again. I saw a bottle on a supermarket shelf in England and I was very surprised, quite shocked, and, yes, a little scared.
Absinthe Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously
Science Nonfiction 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. 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? 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.