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How to Unwind After Cranking Out Copy All Day

Postby RyanHealy » Thu May 22, 2008 10:47 am

My wife and I love to laugh. Thing is, good comedy is hard to find.

Recently I stumbled on Flight of the Conchords, a folk parody band from
New Zealand that happened to get their own show on HBO.

Now I don't have HBO or even regular TV programming, but I do have a DVD
player. And the entire first season of Flight of the Conchords is available for
rent/buy.

Anyway, after a long day of writing copy and taking phone calls, it's nice to
unwind and get some good laughs in. If you don't mind a few swear words... and you like Napolean Dynamite... I'm pretty sure you'll love
Flight of the Chonchords.

Their songs have great lines like...

"you're the most beautiful girl in the whole wide room"

"and when I get down to my business socks, you know what time it is, it's
business time, that's why they're called business socks"

It's hard to convey the humor here. If you want a peek, just look up
Flight of the Conchords on YouTube. They've got some of their live
performances posted there.

Ryan

P.S. I'll post something that's REALLY about copywriting next time. :-)
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Postby Bensettle » Thu May 22, 2008 12:28 pm

Very cool, Ryan, will definitely have to check that one out. Heck, I get burned out after 30 minutes of copywriting :shock:

I have cable, but rarely watch it. I would MUCH rather get entire seasons of a show and watch like this.

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Postby JosephRatliff » Thu May 22, 2008 7:42 pm

Ahhh come'on Ben...you can work on copy for 36 hours straight can't you?

Ryan, I am going to check this out right now...
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Love the Conchords

Postby RayEdwards » Thu May 22, 2008 8:37 pm

My wife and I have been HUGE fans of that show from the beginning. Our favorite character to loathe is Mel. Ewww.

Other ways to unwind after writing copy... let's see:

* Reading good copy (I wish I was kidding).
* Hiking.
* Playing ball with my dogs.
* Business time.
* Reading great fiction.
* Drinking single malt scotch.
* Ridiculing Craig Perrine.
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Postby Bensettle » Thu May 22, 2008 10:29 pm

Joseph: I have about a two hour window each morning where I can actually write copy. If I get up too late, or wait to long to get started, I'm screwed.

Which is fine... I'd much rather goof off or take my dog for a walk on the beach anyway, this copywriting stuff is too hard :D

I really like Ray's single malt scotch idea...

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Postby MommyEnterprises » Thu May 22, 2008 10:37 pm

Thanks for sharing :)
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Postby JosephRatliff » Thu May 22, 2008 11:05 pm

Ben,

My sentiment exactly...I can "hit the copy hard" for about 2-4 hours...and then I had better not.

I take a walk on the beach, or soon to be in the park when I land inland to Lacey, WA...

Or...

Listen to classical music. I also like to just "surf the net" and find out interesting stuff...

Or...

I am a big fan of a sun chair and a small amount Mike's Hard Lemonade when we do get sun here in Washington.
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Postby RyanHealy » Fri May 23, 2008 10:05 am

More ideas...

--Kicking back with a Fat Tire (amber ale available only in the midwest).

--Air hockey.

--Taking a long walk.

--Hitting the gym.

--Solving cast puzzles.

Barnes & Noble started carrying these cast puzzles by Hanayama. They're
super fun if you're into spatial reasoning.

I've bought five of them now, solved three, still working on two. A great
way to get your brain engaged in something that does NOT involve words. :-p

Here's a link:

http://www.frontporchclassics.com/games ... .php?id=48

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Re: How to Unwind After Cranking Out Copy All Day

Postby Darrel Hawes » Sun May 25, 2008 1:51 am

RyanHealy wrote:It's hard to convey the humor here. If you want a peek, just look up
Flight of the Conchords on YouTube. They've got some of their live
performances posted there.
:-)


I watched a few of their YouTube videos...some of the funniest stuff I've seen in a long while.
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Postby James Palmer » Mon May 26, 2008 8:04 am

I like to unwind by reading fiction (I like science fiction and fantasy), or trying my hand at writing fiction. It feels like I'm using a different part of my brain.
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Postby Kyle Tully » Mon May 26, 2008 9:06 am

My girlfriend and I are nuts about Arrested Development. We've got all 3 seasons on DVD and just cycle through them non-stop. We both work from home so get plenty of "time outs" :)

Hitting the gym or going for a walk are always good to clear the brain. I'm usually chomping at the bit to get back into it when I get home.

And the Wii is hours (too many if you're not careful) of entertainment. Just need to convince her that a game of tennis is not a real workout...
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Postby Bensettle » Tue May 27, 2008 12:11 pm

I enjoy renting entire seasons of shows when I'm burned out as well.

Although due to my comic book fan-boy nature combined with my gnat-like attention span, I'm partial to the action/adventure and SciFi shows like Prison Break, 24, Smallville, Lost, Supernatural, etc.

I especially like Prison Break.

Not only is it a (for the most part) "thinking person's" show, but it also has that "Lethal Weapon" flow to it the late (great) copywriter Eugene Schwartz talked about. (i.e. a couple minutes of dialogue, then some kind of intense scene that leaves you on the edge of your seat, a few seconds of story, then another action scene, over and over...).

Except Prison Break is like Lethal Weapon on steroids.

24 does this, too.

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Postby JosephRatliff » Fri May 30, 2008 9:48 pm

The Eugene Schwartz "Smashing your head against the glass" marketing lesson...or something like that...classic lesson Ben!

And 24 does this with excellence in my opinion...always bringing you right back to an emotional climax...over and over.
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Postby Bensettle » Sat May 31, 2008 10:51 am

Hey Joseph,

If you like that type of movie with the action flow, here are some more (if you haven't seen them already) you may enjoy:

North By Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock!)

The Rock & Transformers (both by Michael Bay)

National Treasure

Batman Begins


Any others you've seen with that kind of action flow Schwartz talked about?

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P.S. Nothing like getting paid to watch movies...
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Postby JosephRatliff » Sat May 31, 2008 8:43 pm

Ben,

Well, the movie "Speed" follows that pattern...and I am a fan of that one...

Seen your whole list except the Alfred Hitchcock classic.
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