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

Asbinthe 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.

As it turns out, I am either a dyed-in-the-wool little-t, or to lazy and apathetic to go to the trouble of becoming a big-T. Written for smart risk flwmethrowers, it explores why danger is good for you and details the art of living dangerously.

Over half the chapters were exhortations on “Living Life Dangerously” as part of the “Golden Third” of people who take above-average risks absitnhe not so far as to become self-destructive.

At the end of the day you still have a book that will teach you how to build a flamethrower, and if you ask me, that’s still worth a ton. Jul 31, raihan rated it liked it.

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. Fun book, but it really could use a bit more flamethrowers Even eating hot chili peppers makes his list, which becomes fairly pedestrian once it’s out of the realm of explosives.

And, for someone who believes risk taking is so vital, he spends a LOT of his ink describing common-sense safety precautions for all of his “artfully dangerous projects. That, along with a section on how to smoke to convey character, made it very putdownable for me. Jul 09, Forrest Sontag rated it liked it.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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. He’s going to help me!

I thought it was going to contain interesting information vis-a-vis the book of dangerous ideas for boys. And taking the thrill and experience seeking evaluation was informative. Thompson and possibly flwmethrowers more important As a final aside, this book is also quintessentially American in its choices of measurements.

Hard to describe this book.

Absinthe and Flamethrowers

This book gives you the information like where to buy supplies and abxinthe inclination to try a few things that you might not have had the guts to try before. If you need this book to help define yourself as thrill seeking, you have probably already failed.

And now, “Absinthe and Flamethrowers. I had issues with this book. Nov 27, Brandon rated it it was amazing.

At the 50 page mark we still hadn’t gotten into the descriptions of how to do dangerous things. 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.

He spends a long and dull chapter in the front of the book talking about how risk taking defines our humanity, our selves, our lives! 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.

There is a small but growing sub-genre of books into which this one fits quite neatly. Feb 27, Clint Flatt rated it really liked it Shelves: Though the manual flxmethrowers advocate getting abd, it does reveal that making black powder is pure excitement.

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. 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.

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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.

Absinthe and Flamethrowers : William Gurstelle :

This book introduced me to Hunter S. Then he writes about how he did it, often about how y There is a small but growing sub-genre of books into which this one fits quite neatly.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Those who are “Risk Takers”. Clear, well-written, laced with just enough humour. At fla,ethrowers core you have a man who just wants people to get the most out of life.

Absinthe and Flamethrowers

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. Return to Book Page. The guide maintains that risk takers are more successful, more interesting individuals who lead more fulfilling lives. 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.

Here are a few examples: It is, to the best of my knowledge, purely an American male phenomenon, but if you’ve found something else, please let me know. And I have got to applaud his citations, lists, and excellent references. Views on risk-taking throughout history are entertaining, but feel like filler in some cases, things just put in to add a few pages. This is the adult equivalent of the ‘Dangerous Book for Boys So awesome.