ABSINTHE AND FLAMETHROWERS PDF
Absinthe Flamethrowers has ratings and 36 reviews. Amanda said: There is a small but growing sub-genre of books into which this one fits quite neatly. photo by Scott Beale My friend writer William Gurstelle, who writes for Make Magazine and is one of the producers of Make: Television, has a. In “Absinthe & Flamethrowers,” Mr. Gurstelle burrows into the difference between what he calls “Big-T types” (genuine thrill-seekers) and.
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I’m all for living “on the edge,” but his idea of what a dangerous man might do is a bit Written for reasonable risk takers and suburban dads flamethrpwers 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. Unlike the largely geeky and solo activities on which the book is focused, the quiz is almost entirely about physical risk taking — running marathons and climbing mountains.
I’m waiting flamfthrowers for my son-in-law’s visit to try some of these out.
He enumerates a list of “artfully dangerous activities” that you may or may not want to indulge in. I can somewhat see what the author was going for, but he went out asbinthe his way to excoriate the less risk-taking, calling them milquetoasts or “little-t” T supposedly standing for thrill-seeking but inevitably conjuring the word testosterone.
Absinthe Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously
Entertaining and avsinthe with a twist of trouble. This is the kind of book that makes me long to own a farm, so that I have an out building or two and some space to tinker with interesting projects. This is not great literature, nor a true how-to-build stuff. Be the first to ask a question about Absinthe Flamethrowers.
He spouts philosophy, personality tests, and theory in the first half, using big words and somewhat talking down to his audience, but in the latter half of the book he takes the low road, really talking down to the audience such as gently explaining what eBay is.
Even to the actual title, flamethrowers look fun, and I can see that as a risky, fun activity; but I do Didn’t finish this.
I don’t even turn the volume up on my headphones past halfway. This book is intended to help risk-adverse people little-t into reasonable risk takers big-T.
Absinthe and Flamethrowers : William Gurstelle :
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The particular examples — drinking absinthe, compounding one’s own black powder in the garage — do not particularly appeal to me, yet I found it a strangely fun read. Hard to describe this book. Chicago Review Press 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.
It’s not useful, but he has endnotes that point the interested Holmes fan towards more information. There is a small but growing sub-genre of books into which this one fits quite neatly.
Dec 29, James Targett rated it did not like it Shelves: Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Nov 18, Bryan Mcquirk rated it it was ok Shelves: Gurstelle talks about the purpose of absinthd taking before offering a number of fairly safe ways to indulge in things that get one’s adrenaline pumping, like model rocketry and homemade flamethrowes as well as thrill eating pufferfish and drinking absinthe.
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.
The guide maintains that risk takers are more successful, more interesting individuals who lead more fulfilling lives. Oct 17, Hester rated it did not like it Shelves: And my favorite mantra is, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Jul 31, raihan rated it liked it. I thought it was going to contain interesting information vis-a-vis the book of dangerous ideas for boys.
That out of the way, I feel like this is a useful resource to have in a home library. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions Tirades against a “nanny-state” – however short – make me want abinthe shut any conversation down before I’m flamrthrowers offered off-the-grid land in Montana.
Written for smart risk takers, it explores why danger is good for you and details the art of living dangerously. Books by William Gurstelle. Not quite as good as some of Gurstelle’s other books.
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Absinthe and Flamethrowers
The exhortation to find ways to move outside of one’s own box seems worth listening to. The quotes are enjoyable. Thompson and possibly even more important The most interesting thing that doesn’t involve explosives is his very glancing section of bartitsu, the martial art practiced by Sherlock Holmes.