Monday, July 30, 2007


Inspired, no doubt, by the recently published assemblage of Kids’ Lore, The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden, Ted of Rocket Jones and Robert the Llama Butcher (of The Llama Butchers, natch) have started a blog entitled “The Dangerous and Daring Blog for Boys and Girls.”

To use Robert’s words, it’s a blog with “stuff kids oughta know.”

Amen. I just read Ted’s post on Model Rocketry, an endeavor that occupied many happy hours of my Snot-Nose Days. And there promises to be plenty more stuff that will provide hours of enjoyment and enlightenment without recourse to Modern Electronica. Fun without the risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or “Nintendo Thumb.” Fun that might actually involve inhaling fresh Outdoor Air.

I’d love to be a Contributing Author, but I suspect some of my subject matter would need to be screened thoroughly. Probably not a good idea to tell Johnny or Sally how to make nitrogen tri-iodide contact explosive, how to build a Water-Balloon Catapult, how to cook up your own homemade applejack, or how to dissolve coins in nitric acid...all Stupid Stuff I used to do. But information on collecting coins, or making a pinhole camera from an oatmeal canister and then developing your own photographs (chemical magic that is Vanishing Lore in this Digital Age) would fit right in.

Meanwhile, I wish Ted and Robert the best of success with this new venture. Got kids? Tell ’em about it!

Of course, if you want to order a really Dangerous Book from Amazon, you could get this one...

[Tip o’ th’ Elisson fedora to the lovely Boudicca for making me aware of this fine new site!]

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