Monday, January 31, 2011
Danger, Danger Will Robinson!
First of all, I have to explain that one of my nephews is both very creative and artistic, but has also been showing a very technical side. I thought of purchasing the book shown above for him this past Christmas, (Which my DW purchased for me the year before...) but thought the better of it.
Well, my brother told me that my nephew has been making crossbows, bows and arrows and potato cannons - basically nearly anything that is capable of casting a projectile. As they have been cautiously indulging him in this line of thinking, I opted to get him a series of books by William Gurstelle. Mr. Gurstelle writes for Make Magazine among other outlets and topics involve, well, projectiles and other fun stuff such as trebuchets, ballistas, catapults and cannons of various sorts. He has been described as a cross between MacGyver and a (slightly more) grown-up Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes fame.
I'm not certain if my brother's wife appreciated the gift...
At any rate, I received a nice thank-you letter from my nephew which I will treasure and most likely frame. How many thank-you notes to you get which mention 10' pneumatic cannons and pulse jets?
Awesome. Just awesome.