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One of my kid brother Max's Christmas presents, courtesy of my ex, was The Dangerous Book for Boys. (I wholeheartedly approved this gift.) Max, reading about it, learned that there was a companion volume, The Daring Book for Girls.

"I should get that!" he said seriously. "Then I'd know what kind of skills girls have!"

The sounds of his sister quietly having hysterics and having to be supressed like the guinea pig in Alice in Wonderland were fortunately lost to posterity.

I have a very, very bad mind.

ETA: Further moments in sibling bonding...

I got Max the Lego Star Wars game for the PS2, which he has been playing enthusiastically (you get to hack stuff up with a lightsaber, but they fall into lego pieces, so it's apparently okay.) We get a blow-by-blow account, as one might expect. He was very upset to find himself playing Anakin.

"I don't want to be Anakin!"

"Don't worry," I said soothingly, "we know you're a much better actor..."

Later on, as I was writing, I got "Guess who I'm now--I'm--that one guy--you know! With the purple lightsaber!"

"Mace Windu," I said automatically, not looking up.

"Yeah!"

I became aware of the sudden loud silence behind me as my mother nobly refrained from laughing at my geekery. Tom didn't even try.


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that book is sooooooo cool. It was a great companion to The American Boy's Handybook. I think I made moccasins from it, and read up on tanning things with brains. ^_^

Funny, I always thought that The American Boy's Handybook made a great companion for it...

I was once assigned an experimental archaeology project on the origins of farming. I wanted to do a cost/benefit analysis of hunting and gathering, and suggested to my professor that I'd go out in the woods with a knife and come back three days later to share venison with the class. He wouldn't let me, I had to analyze the nutritional content of the local plantlife instead.

Well, the Handybook was mine, and a reprint, and Wildwood Wisdom was my dad's, and an old edition, and thus the Handybook was my primary source of ideas for forts and Dangerous Contraptions. :)

That sounds like a cool project. When smaller, I was always trying to figure out how to eat wild foods. It never worked terribly well, but it kept me amused.

Am I correct that you're Californian as well? Guessing school around Humbolt? I -think- that my work for the Santa Cruz mountains is applicable up there, if you're interested.

hehe. Yep, californian here. I grew up around Santa Rosa (Sonoma county, south of Humboldt...) but right now I'm in school down in Santa Clara. Right at the foot of the Santa Cruz mountains! XD

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