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"I need your help with some documentation" (Xtranormal Movies)

Nov 4, 2010 • general

Last week my wife, Shannon, showed me a couple hilarious Xtranormal videos. The first is So, you want to be a lawyer? And then, So, you want to get a PhD in the humanities?

After watching these two, I couldn't help but think of a scenario for technical writers. The following is a conversation I'm calling, "I need your help with some documentation." The project manager represents a compilation of all the crazy things project managers have said to me over the years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er4U4sPlPxc

After I made the preceding video, I feared project managers would call me out for being unfair, so I made a second video that tries to reverse the portrayal and show technical writers in a less-than-favorable light.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtoVbwPqPYE

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