Ol’ Ballistic Bill in the UK Telegraph

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy person's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

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By Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy person's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

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MAKE contributing editor Bill Gurstelle got a nice write-up in the Telegraph on the art of living (slightly) dangerously:

Citing various studies, Gurstelle argues that moderate risk taking has various benefits. Canadian researchers found that managers who took risks were more successful while a German study discovered that people who took more risks said they were happier.

Gurstelle believes his books tap into two rich seams in modern society – contempt for the health and safety bullies, and a more general fear of technology. While he describes himself as a liberal and doesn’t own a gun, he’s with the libertarians on the issue of being allowed to make your own mistakes.

“We live in the age of the lily-livered, where people make terrific efforts to remove all possible risks from their lives,” he says.

“It becomes a fairly pallid, sterile experience. You certainly won’t be hurt but you won’t be creative. And it’s especially true for children. Are they going to grow up to be so risk averse that they don’t contribute anything?”

America’s DIY ballistics king Bill Gurstelle shoots from the hip about health and safety