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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And then there’s the rest of the book. Overall, I felt Gurstelle’s writing was uneven.
Jan 19, Page rated it it was ok Shelves: He’s going to help me! I might try Absinthe now, though. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. 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.
Having an approachable, basic recipe for black powder, rocket engines, and flame-throwers seems like just the type of knowledge I probably will never need but don’t want to go scrambling for when I do. Even eating hot chili peppers makes his list, which becomes fairly pedestrian once it’s out of the realm of explosives.
Lots of crazy experiments in this one. At the end of the day you I owe quite a bit of this book. He enumerates a list of “artfully dangerous activities” that you may or may not want to indulge in. I skimmed the first bit of that chapter and skipped the rest, thinking that this guy should just run naked into the woods and bang on a drum. Aug 09, Liza Gilbert rated it did not like it Shelves: Return to Book Page.
Absinthe and Flamethrowers
Dec 09, Jess rated it really liked it Shelves: Nov 18, Bryan Mcquirk rated it it was ok Shelves: The guide maintains that risk takers are more successful, more interesting individuals who lead more fulfilling lives. I was surprised that the safety tips, which he preluded with instructions o “skim around in the book, but this flamethrowerw really important!
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. And now, “Absinthe and Flamethrowers. It had too much detail I’m some areas and not nearly enough in others. The voice of someone with a face you want to punch.
All of the projects from throwing flamethriwers, drinking absinthe, and eating fugu to cracking a bull whip, learning bartitsu, and building a flamethrower have short learning curves, are hands-on absinthw affordable, and demonstrate true but reasonable risk.
The first part of the book goes a bit into the history of a few famous thrill seekers, then it goes into the science. Overall frustrating and not recommended. This book gives you the information like where to buy supplies and the inclination to try a few things qnd you might not have had the guts to try before.
Over half the chapters were exhortations on “Living Life Dangerously” as part of the “Golden Third” of people who take above-average risks but not so far as to become self-destructive.
Absinthe and Flamethrowers
A kids books of science projects for adults. How he broke out from his dull job at the phone company! This book has a lot to offer, but I confess to being a little disappointed. 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.
And the rest of the book — the bits that aren’t gunpowder or smoke bombs or whatnot — strikes a sort of sour note with me. Oct 30, Benjaminxjackson rated it really abisnthe it. Paged through this one. Gurstelle talks about the purpose of risk taking before offering a number of fairly safe ways to indulge in things that get one’s adrenaline pumping, like model rocketry and homemade flamethrowers as well as thrill eating pufferfish and drinking absinthe.
Lists with This Book. My favorit There were several things I liked about this book, but so many more that I didn’t.
Absinthe Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously
As a final aside, this book is also quintessentially American in its choices of measurements. That, along with a section on how to smoke to convey charact Gurstelle talks about the purpose of risk taking before offering a number of fairly safe ways to indulge in things that get one’s adrenaline pumping, like model rocketry and homemade flamethrowers as well as thrill eating pufferfish and drinking absinthe.
Views on risk-taking throughout history are entertaining, but feel like filler in some cases, things just put in to add a few pages.