Tahoe author’s book takes stab at society’s dependence on electronic devices
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Tahoe resident Roger Huff, the multi-faceted author of “Captain Bucko’s Onboard Cruising Guide” and “Tales and Towns Along the Truckee” has a new book out that he describes as “the most important (and unique) book you will ever read.”
“During the early 1970s, Roger worked with the predecessor of the Internet,” according to a news release about the book. “Breakthroughs in communications allowed faster exchange and nearer real-time processing of perishable data among a few centers, but its personal use was prohibited and nobody then envisioned what it has become.”
Today, Huff says, the Internet is used for commercial, political and personal purposes; and many have become so dependent upon electronic devices they foolishly trust tweets, believe Blogs, send regrettable emails and Google their way through life.
“Some say we’re devolving into a species with large thumbs and small brains, but Roger believes many modern minds are simply out of shape from lack of exercise,” according to the release.
Huff’s new book, “CAUTION: Reading This Book Can Make You Think,” employs methods proven in physical exercise programs and covers a variety of tantalizing topics, including: Climate Change, Little Known Laws, Ancient Civilizations, Strange Sports, Alternative Energy and Fuel, and History’s Mysteries to prevent boredom.
“Its exercises require increasing amounts of independent thinking, and it is not best read while doing yoga and sipping chai tea,” Huff says, “But it will make you far smarter, a wittier conversationalist, much more popular, a better athlete, possibly able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, and a more valued member of society.”
Below is a list of questions the book probes:
What are fundamental differences between weather and climate?
How was our Moon formed, and what is the actual shape of rainbows?
What is the difference between a philosophical, and a scientific, theory?
Who was the first US President born outside the original thirteen states?
Which civilization is famous for colossal heads, and who were the Caral?
Where it is illegal to: mispronounce Arkansas, or gargle in a public place?
What is the basic difference between energy and fuel, and what is a GGE?
Which nation taxes cows because their flatulence makes greenhouse gas?
Does soot in the atmospheric increase or decrease the surface temperature?
About what percentage of a barrel of crude oil becomes transportation fuels?
What popular sport originally involved large rubber buffers and old train cars?
Where did ancient giants reportedly live, and what is the Voynich Manuscript?
You can also visit WriteAweigh.com to learn more about Huff and his other books.
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