Phoning It In

When you’re a professional writer, such as myself (it’s sarcasm people!), you sometimes use a literary device known in the trade as “phoning it in”. This is when what the writer does sends out the message of not caring about the result or of applying a minimal effort. Sure, it may seems as if I “phoned” this one in, but what was I to do when two highly entertaining videos fall into my lap?

“10 Minute Zombie Survival Lesson”
In school most of us had to do a public speaking project where you instruct the class on how to do something. Me? I taught my class how to make characters for the roleplaying game “Vampire: The Masquerade”. In the case of Julia Casey, she picked an even more bad ass topic; how to survive the inevitable zombie attack. Yes, this is a lesson in zombie survival, presented as part of an Instructional Skills course in Library Science at the University of British Columbia.

My favorite part is when the class breaks up into groups and the camera pans around the room showing students seriously discussing how to survive a zombie attack. I call this video a slow burn, it’s not insanely laugh out loud funny, instead the perfectly matter of fact presentation makes it more amusing the longer the lesson is given.

“Ghost Busters (1954) Trailer”
The other one is from the time my husband spends on the “Hero Boards”. Someone posted this video on there. I fell in love with it at first sight. Whoiseyevan asks, “What if Ghostbusters, the movie, was shot in 1954 instead of 1984?”

I don’t plan on making it a habit of just sharing some videos and calling it an “article”, but these two came to my attention at the same time and I just couldn’t resist sharing!