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Book Review: Logging Off – Hilarious Digital Detoxing

Logging Off

By Nick Spalding

Andy Bellows is so addicted to his electronic devices he has become physically ill. His physician diagnoses his symptoms and recommends a complete detoxification of any and all electronic devices for two months. Andy doesn’t think he can do it, but is grudgingly willing to give it a go.

Fergus, Andy’s best friend, is a columnist for the local newspaper. He jumps on the story, persuading Andy to let him chronical the detox for his readers. Thinking it may be a good way to stay on track, Andy agrees, but soon regrets his decision as he quickly becomes a local icon and reluctant hero for logging off all electronics except using his computer for work.

Almost immediately, Andy realizes he cannot navigate with a paper map, cannot order dinner and must learn to cook and shop at an actual store to survive. Not to mention he has to become part of society again by interacting with people via phone and in person. All of this causes anxiety and worry for him, but he is sleeping better, has actually started to talk to real, live people again and his work has improved because he has logged off. But in the end, he discovers that electronics aren’t all bad, perhaps moderation is the key– but is that possible?

This fast-paced funny romp with Bellows and his detox troubles hit close to home for many readers. His reliance on his cell phone is the norm these days. Who doesn’t use GPS, look up restaurants, shop and play a bit of solitaire or not to mention social media like Facebook and Twitter? The detox recommended is extreme, but most of us could easily stop glancing at our phones every two minutes and panicking when we’ve left it at home while out on a walk.

I loved this book and the laugh out loud humor Spalding delivers. It is the first book I’ve read by him, but certainly not the first he has written. This bestselling author has fifteen novels, two novellas and not one, but two memoirs. You can be sure I’m going to add Nick Spalding’s other work to the top of my reading list.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2020 Laura Hartman

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More than Just a Pretty Face

Do you ever click on the Google doodle when the browser opens up? I like to check it out because it is a great place to learn fun, fast facts. Just little bits about someone or something that we thought we knew about. But that knowledge suddenly dims in the light of new information that is even more interesting.

Today would have been Hedy Lamarr’s 101st birthday. If you know who she was (forgiveness to all that are too young to remember her) a young Hollywood star more that likely pops into your head.

hedy lamar

She was a movie star from 1930 – 1985. But she was much, much more. Per her official website: “Hedy patented an idea that later became the crutch of both secure military communications and mobile phone technology“. (http://www2.hedylamarr.com/about/biography.html). She was a brilliant woman who wasn’t afraid to use her brain even though she could have be satisfied by standing by her leading man and smiling for the camera and audiences that loved her.

Check out her official website here: http://www2.hedylamarr.com/about/

Or just Google her – I’m sure info will pop up like meerkats on patrol.

meerkats

And think about this Hollywood Star when you make a cell call, or text, or are reading this on your computer using WiFi.

She was a woman before her time – the following quote says it all:

“The world isn’t getting any easier. With all these new inventions I believe that people are hurried more and pushed more… The hurried way is not the right way; you need time for everything – time to work, time to play, time to rest.” Hedy Lamarr

(tks Google for the info and the images used in this post)

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