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.

Why?

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.

5 comments:

jbchicoine said...

Hmmmm...that looks like a book my husband would like...

Canoez said...

It's actually a neat book with lots of really good information - basically targeted at pre-teens to early teens.

Your husband would probably have fun with the Gurstelle books, however.

How's things?

jbchicoine said...

I think he'd like both--he's sort of stuck in his pre-to-early teens, lol.

Things are...well, you know, wintry, but I can't really complain. We're actually about to get our first 'exciting' weather for the year (bitter cold aside), whereas you all have been getting hammered for well over a month now. So, better question is, How's things your way?

Canoez said...

Snowy. Really snowy. I am currently working for a company that is (ironically) making weather radar systems. We're supposed to be delivering a bunch of them, but wouldn't you know - the snow has been slowing down our build and test work.

Poor Lefty just got about 18" last week and will probably get the same this week - he and his lovely bride are looking forward to a tropical escape...

I'm getting jealous of the thought, yannow?

jbchicoine said...

Oh, the ironies of weather!

I check in at the Pub every so often, just to keep up with what's going on (even if I don't comment). Keeping my OCD tendencies under control is a real challenge at the Pub, so I've had to limit myself.

...and I do read your blog posts, too...:)

Stay warm...