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Practical Pyromaniac by William Gurstelle

Title Practical Pyromaniac
Author William Gurstelle
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Release 2011-06-01
Category Science
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9781569768884
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Combining science, history, and DIY pyrotechnics, this book for the workbench warrior explains humankind’s most useful and paradoxical tool: fire. William Gurstelle, author of the bestselling Backyard Ballistics, presents 25 projects with instructions, diagrams, photos, and links to video demonstrations that enable people of all ages to explore and safely play with fire. From Franklin’s stove to Diesel’s engine, explosive and fascinating tales are told of the great pyromaniacs who scientifically revealed the mysteries of fire such as “Gunpowder” Joseph Priestly, who discovered oxygen; Antoine Lavoisier, the father of chemistry; and Humphrey Davy, whose chemical discoveries and fiery inventions saved thousands of lives. By following the directions inside, the curious can replicate these breakthrough scientists’ experiments and inventions from the simply fascinating one-candlepower engine to the nearly magical fire piston and an incredible tornado of fire.

Title Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2
Author John Austin
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Release 2011
Category Crafts & Hobbies
Total Pages 251
ISBN 1569767165
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Culling common household items to create an uncommon arsenal of miniature gadgets and sidearms, this guidebook provides do-it-yourself spy enthusiasts with 35 different surveillance tools and weapons. From a mini-catapult in a breath-mint tin to milk-jug cap blow-dart wristwatches, this handbook details how to achieve clandestine ends practically and inexpensively. In addition to creating weapons such as periscopes, bionic ears, and grappling hooks, spies-to-be will find ideas on how to hide their stash--a deck of cards, a false-bottom soda bottle, or a cereal box-brief case--and tips for target practice. Clear diagrams and instructions make construction simple, while easy-to-follow safety tips help ensure DIY builders avoid injuries. Projects include a paper throwing star, a bowler hat launcher, and a Q-pick blow gun.

Title Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 3
Author John Austin
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Release 2013
Category Science
Total Pages 267
ISBN 1613745486
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Utilizing easy-to-find and inexpensive materials, this handy resource teaches desktop warriors how to build a multitude of medieval siege weapons for the modern era. Thirty-five projects include a marshmallow catapult, a chopstick bow, a bottle cap crossbow, and more.

Title Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction Build and Master Ninja Weapons
Author John Austin
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Release 2014-09-01
Category Science
Total Pages 256
ISBN 1613749244
Language English, Spanish, and French
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To become a ninja master, one needs discipline, a silent footstep, and an impressive personal arsenal. Author and toy designer John Austin shows even "little grasshoppers" how to turn disposable pens, rubber bands, old CDs, toothpicks, erasers, mint tins, and binder clips into miniaturized stealth weaponry. Clothespins, craft sticks, playing cards, pushpins, and recycled milk jug caps make a cotton swab-launching Hwacha Rocket Cart. Rolled magazines, book rings, and duct tape can be fashioned into a set of working but harmless nunchucks. And a carefully folded sheet of paper can become an origami boomerang. This handy resource provides detailed, step-by-step instructions with diagrams to show stealth warriors how to build 37 different ninja weapons for the modern era. All of the projects in MiniWeapons of Mass Destruction 4 are built from common household and office items-plastic utensils, markers, clothespins, paper clips, wire hangers, and discarded packaging-all clearly detailed on materials lists. Builders are offered a variety of samurai stars, blowguns, throwing darts, siege weapons, and ninja tools to choose from. Once they've assembled their armory, the author provides novices several targets to practice their shooting skills. Nested paper cups become a dragon; chopsticks and a paper plate, a tripod bulls-eye. Armed, trained, and shrouded in black, they are now prepared for missions of reconnaissance, sabotage, and other grim errands. John Austin is a professional toy designer and author of MiniWeapons of Mass Destruction series, as well as So Now You're a Zombie. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Roll Your Own by Mark Frauenfelder

Title Roll Your Own
Author Mark Frauenfelder
Publisher "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
Release 2011-04-15
Category Technology & Engineering
Total Pages 176
ISBN 144939759X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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MAKE Volume 26: Karts & WheelsGarage go-kart building is a time-honored hobby for do-it-yourselfers, and we'll show you how to build wheeled wonders that’ll have you and the kids racing around the neighborhood in DIY style. Build a longboard skateboard by bending plywood. Build a crazy go-kart driven by a pair of battery-powered drills. Put a mini gasoline engine on a bicycle. And construct an amazing wind-powered cart that can outrun a tailwind. Plus you’ll learn how to build the winning vehicle from our online Karts and Wheels contest! In addition to karts, you’ll find plenty of other projects that only MAKE could give you: A flaming tube that keeps time to music and makes sounds waves visible — in fire An aquarium tank to grow your own Spirulina algae superfood An electronic music looper that creates cool sounds and lets you build wild rhythm loops

Title Practical Fire and Arson Investigation Second Edition
Author David R. Redsicker
Publisher CRC Press
Release 1996-10-10
Category Law
Total Pages 432
ISBN 1439831998
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Did you know. . . . . . that arson has been described as the fastest-growing crime in America? . . . that arson is the most expensive crime committed? . . . that over 8 billion dollars was estimated lost due to fires in 1994? . . . that an estimated 86,000 structure fires of incendiary or suspicious origin were reported in 1994? David Redsicker provides these statistics and much more, including practical methods, information, and advice for investigating these types of crimes, in Practical Fire and Arson Investigation, Second Edition. Extensively rewritten second edition of this practical manual - More than 40% new material! Practical Fire and Arson Investigation, Second Edition is a significantly revised, updated, and expanded new edition of this best-selling book in the Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations series, edited by Vernon Geberth. As in the first edition, specific details on the basic principles are presented, and advanced applied techniques for conducting a thorough fire and arson investigation are detailed. New topics covered in the Second Edition include: Extensively rewritten chapters on determining origin and cause, eliminating accidental fire causes, investigating fatal fires and vehicular fires, and documenting the fire/crime scene Fire scene photography using "painting with light" Importance of evidence preservation and analysis in civil litigation of liability and product defects

Make Technology on Your Time by Mark Frauenfelder

Title Make Technology on Your Time
Author Mark Frauenfelder
Publisher "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
Release 2011-07-15
Category Science
Total Pages 176
ISBN 1449302467
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The robots are coming! MAKE Volume 27 shows you how to build robots that walk, fly, swim, play music, dance, and even extinguish fires. Some of the buildable bots you’ll meet include: Yellow Drum Machine, which roves around looking for things to drum on, then drums, records, and accompanies itself playing catchy rhythms Roomba Recon, Roomba robotic vacuum with a wireless router and webcam on its back, programmed so you can drive it around your house and see what it sees from a browser window anywhere Hamster-Powered Strandbeest, which walks around on eight legs, powered by a hamster inside its hamster globe “head” The winning project from MAKE’s Most Entertaining Robot contest Tiny Robots made from common electronics components. The special Robots section will also include a roundup of hobby robotics highlights, and a Primer on using the EZ-Robot controller board to turn any animatronic toy into a fully controllable robot that recognizes faces and responds to voice commands.

The Marvelous Clouds by John Durham Peters

Title The Marvelous Clouds
Author John Durham Peters
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Release 2016-08-15
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 410
ISBN 022642135X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Peters defines media expansively as elements that compose the human world. Drawing from ideas implicit in media philosophy, Peters argues that media are more than carriers of messages: they are the very infrastructures combining nature and culture that allow human life to thrive. Through an encyclopedic array of examples from the oceans to the skies,The Marvelous Clouds reveals the long prehistory of so-called new media. Digital media, Peters argues, are an extension of early practices tied to the establishment of civilization such as mastering fire, building calendars, reading the stars, creating language, and establishing religions. New media do not take us into uncharted waters, but rather confront us with the deepest and oldest questions of society and ecology: how to manage the relations people have with themselves, others, and the natural world.

Narrative and Truth by Barry Emslie

Title Narrative and Truth
Author Barry Emslie
Publisher Springer
Release 2012-10-14
Category Social Science
Total Pages 247
ISBN 1137275456
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this book, Emslie establishes that narrative explanations are to be preferred over non-narrative in the humanities. They are more truthful in two senses. They both correspond more closely to reality and allow inference as to normative values. This is particularly the case when aesthetics are added to the mix.

Title The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions
Author Julia Suits
Publisher Penguin
Release 2011-11-01
Category Reference
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1101545763
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"This stuff is more than just fancy pranks. It's Americana. Never has nonsense been taken so seriously...This book is a fascinating, appetite- whetting glimpse for the, if you'll pardon the expression, uninitiated." -David Copperfield, from the foreword At the beginning of the twentieth century, 40 percent of American men belonged to a lodge, and they were hazing their newbies with cigar- smoking camels, spankers, and even fake guillotines. Nearly all their prank devices came from the same place: catalogs published by the DeMoulin Brothers Company from 1896 to 1930. Julia Suits discovered one of these all-but-forgotten catalogs at a flea market. Its pages were full of bizarre hazing props: old-fashioned telephones that squirted water, bucking goats attached to tricycles, Victorian- looking furniture that sent electric shocks. These prank machines are the relics of mischief and daredevilry, produced for the country's original fraternity- hazing culture, and created by America's original high-tech geeks of the electric age. The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions offers a peek into twentieth-century American culture that most people have never seen. At its core are hundreds of the most inventive DeMoulin prank machines, complete with their original, quirky descriptions and eccentric line art. Alongside the catalog pages are newspaper clippings, lodge trivia, quotes, and stories that show the true side of America's original hazing culture.

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