Road Trip Recommendations
This new series will focus on the various ways you can kill time on the road, hopefully in a productive manner. I’ll share some of the things that I’m reading, watching, listening to, playing, or whatever I’m doing in my down time. I’ll also give you a glimpse into what my teammates are doing.
Reading material: Stephen King’s “Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes”
When I started this blog, I was researching how to write quality content. In my search, I came across this article that was written by fellow Maine-iac, Stephen King.
If you’re interested in becoming a writer yourself, check it out. It’s an easy read (hence the “10 minutes” in the title) that highlights twelve points of quality writing.
Bus movie: Superbad
Anyone who has traveled with a team knows that bus movies can affect team chemistry.
I believe you can measure the quality of a bus movie by its quotability. Comedy and action genres have quotable dialogue.
I want to stress the difference between a good bus movie and a good movie. Her is a great movie, but it would be one of the worst bus movies ever.
Why? When you get a bunch guys in their 20s together to watch a movie about a man who falls in love with his operating system that also tackles the philosophical question about technology’s effect on human connection and what we…you see my point.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is a movie like Benchwarmers, which has an 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Now, if you’ve read this blog since the beginning, you know how much I love the movie Superbad.
Superbad is oh so quotable with great lines like “people don’t forget,” and the Steven Glansberg dessert moment.
If you’ve never seen this bromance comedy starring Michael Cera and Jonah Hill, I implore you to make it your team’s next bus flick.
YouTube video to watch: Humans Need Not Apply
If you’ve ever been around me for a few hours, you know I love me some YouTube.
This video comes from one of my favorite educational YouTubers, CGP Gray. This 15-minute video focuses on how technology and automated bots will take over almost all human jobs. You’ll be surprised by the work that will be automated in the near future — spoiler: professional athlete might be the only one I can think of that can’t be automated.
This bookmarking app allows you to save articles and web pages to your Pocket list. This list syncs to all your devices for offline reading, which is great for bus rides going through rural areas.
Mobile game: aa
For some reason, mobile games are contagious on baseball teams. They become obsessions, then die out just as fast. This is the life cycle of a mobile game:
1) First player is introduced to the (most likely free) game
2) That player gets his buddy to also play the game
3) Other players get FOMO (fear of missing out) and download the game
4) Majority of the team plays the game
5) Players lose interest once they either don’t have the skill to win at the higher level or they beat all the levels and have to buy more levels
5) Most players stop playing the game and look elsewhere for other free games, while some diehards stick with it
(No, the game is not alcoholics anonymous. Just aa; I don’t get it either.)
This game is all the rage with my teammates right now.
I’ve never played it because I opt for more plot driven games. But, if you are into mobile games like Candy Crush, check out this one.
I hope that list gives you something to pass away the time next time you’re on a bus for 6 hours. Minor league road trips require a determined effort to be resourceful; you can’t spend all your time sleeping. Let me know if you have any other suggestions, my next trip is never far away.