School of Rock Preview Goes 360
One of Broadway's newest musicals is keeping up with the times by releasing a preview in 360°. Thursday, the show, based on the 2003 movie starring Jack Black, released a preview video on YouTube where the class rocks to "You're in the Band." What makes this music video a little different than most is the controls in the upper-left corner that allow viewers to pan and tilt the view 360°, allowing the actors to perform around the entire set instead of just a small portion of it. Don't want to spend time clicking? Then check out the video on your phone (or VR device of choice) and move around to see the full view. Oh, and look out...err, around, for a very cool addition.
About a month ago, I embarked on two cross-country train trips from Chicago to San Francisco and Los Angeles to Chicago, spanning two weeks and covering over 4,700 miles. When counting a relatively-brief hop down the California coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles, I clocked nearly 5,200 miles on the rails. It was an excellent trip, full of scenic landscapes, lots of cool people, good food, fun times in three major cities, and the Piano Man.
Before going on the trip, my longest trek on a train had been 11 hours from Williamsburg, VA, to my home in Connecticut, so I really dived into it. Turns out it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life thus far, and I highly recommend it. Here are six things you should know if this is something you're looking to do:
1. Sleep Comes at a Premium
The trip was a absolutely fantastic, and I wouldn't give it up for anything, but I now realize that a train is not the ideal setting if you're looking to get a full night's worth of sleep. I was able to sleep night to morning, but only in two-hour increments. The motion of the trains caused much squeaking and rattling, but that's actually something I got used to. Though I prefer a quiet setting, noise doesn't usually bother me if it's constant. My San Francisco hotel room was near several bars and I was fine. If noise is a bother, I'd recommend bringing earplugs, though I didn't use them myself.
What I think may have actually caused the constant interruption is the motion's effect on the need to use the bathroom. The movement must have tricked my body into thinking, "It's time to go, guy." I didn't have this problem off the train.