The Some Like It HOT TAKES thread

I like plaid. I don't usually wear it outside my apartment though.
I still have many shirts from my early 20s when I'd always buy solid colored shirts cause I was afraid people wouldn't like the brand logo. Then I bought solid color dress shirts for work.
Of course I then read that in an experiment, people liked photos of people with visible brand logos than plain clothes. I guess so wrong sometimes.

God Bless France and Scotland!

Are we talking plaid like multiple colors in square patterns or plaid like red and black only? My entire closet is plaid. It’s like the Steve Jobs turtleneck philosophy, but plaid.

Christmas and Easter shouldn't be Federal Holidays. It's favoritism and respecting the establishment of a particular religion. How's that for the War on Christmas (tm)?

Can the US get an entire week off like they do in Japan? It'd be amazing to see what the entire population does with a full week as a holiday.

Mixolyde wrote:

Christmas and Easter shouldn't be Federal Holidays. It's favoritism and respecting the establishment of a particular religion. How's that for the War on Christmas (tm)?

I can't help but feel like these sorts of takes were once hot, but are now relatively cool compared to the questions that dominate our conversations about culture these days. They seems as relevant as arguments over Napster.

edit: it hit me that the way this hot take would be phrased today would be "should more non-Christian holidays be elevated to the status of Federal Holidays to challenge Christmas/Easter culture as the 'default' culture?"

Rat Boy wrote:

Can the US get an entire week off like they do in Japan? It'd be amazing to see what the entire population does with a full week as a holiday.

In the construction industry and the industries related to construction it's usually a week they are given off because it makes no sense to attempt to do business on such a short week. The farther north you go there isn't much construction going on anyway.

cheeze_pavilion wrote:

edit: it hit me that the way this hot take would be phrased today would be "should more non-Christian holidays be elevated to the status of Federal Holidays to challenge Christmas/Easter culture as the 'default' culture?"

I like this idea. Anything that gives me more days off in the year without sacrificing my few vacation/sick days available.

ccesarano wrote:
cheeze_pavilion wrote:

edit: it hit me that the way this hot take would be phrased today would be "should more non-Christian holidays be elevated to the status of Federal Holidays to challenge Christmas/Easter culture as the 'default' culture?"

I like this idea. Anything that gives me more days off in the year without sacrificing my few vacation/sick days available.

Or you could work for a cool boss like I do who takes the time off unofficially and has me "work" from home.

Mixolyde wrote:

Christmas and Easter shouldn't be Federal Holidays. It's favoritism and respecting the establishment of a particular religion. How's that for the War on Christmas (tm)?

I'd go the opposite, and say we need more federal holidays. Our working class is already under enough stress, with working weekends and Staycations becoming "the norm".

To encourage more tourism AND improve quality of life, I think we need to add MORE mandatory holidays to the calendar. I'd say, at least two a month. Encourage travel and actual vacations by making Economy-class plane and bus tickets tax deductible. For people who don't or can't use all their vacation time by the end of the year, make the unused PTO payable directly into a 401k or 529.

Next, allow people to take 30-day sabbaticals every five years with a FMLA-style program that pays 60% benefits during their time off as long as they've been with the company at least a year. While their time off is theirs to use how they see fit, offer tax discounts or subsidize retraining programs, so that people who want to change careers can use their sabbatical time to learn new skills or renew certifications.

Finally, encourage companies to offer more creative scheduling systems then the current 9 to 5 five-day work weeks, such as the four 10-hour day model of scheduling, with a 3 day weekend.

Alz wrote:

I'd go the opposite, and say we need more federal holidays. Our working class is already under enough stress, with working weekends and Staycations becoming "the norm".

Of course if they work retail, a federal holiday means, "come in early and work a 12-hour shift for our Holiday Sales Event."

garion333 wrote:

Or you could work for a cool boss like I do who takes the time off unofficially and has me "work" from home.

But I also don't live in Ohio, so net positive.

boogle wrote:
garion333 wrote:

Or you could work for a cool boss like I do who takes the time off unofficially and has me "work" from home.

But I also don't live in Ohio, so net positive.

Aren't you in Oklahoma? I'll take Ohio, thank you very much.

garion333 wrote:
boogle wrote:
garion333 wrote:

Or you could work for a cool boss like I do who takes the time off unofficially and has me "work" from home.

But I also don't live in Ohio, so net positive.

Aren't you in Oklahoma? I'll take Ohio, thank you very much. ;)

O snap! Bring the hot takes!

Ain't no state war lika "O" State war.

I like F2P games in the mobile space. All I'm really looking for is something to occupy my brain when I'm in the bathroom. This was I don't have to pay for it.

Skiptron wrote:

I like F2P games in the mobile space. All I'm really looking for is something to occupy my brain when I'm in the bathroom. This was I don't have to pay for it.

You don't have to pay for it in the bathroom? Check!

Alz wrote:

I'd go the opposite, and say we need more federal holidays.

Agreed. We should establish federal holidays for every religion, no matter how bullsh*t, until we've achieved the four day work week.

*Legion* wrote:
Alz wrote:

I'd go the opposite, and say we need more federal holidays.

Agreed. We should establish federal holidays for every religion, no matter how bullsh*t, until we've achieved the four day work week.

As the High Priest of Jonmanism, I should inform you that every other day is a sacred day during which we observe the sacrament of beer and videogames.

Shalum Baskur.

Jonman wrote:
*Legion* wrote:
Alz wrote:

I'd go the opposite, and say we need more federal holidays.

Agreed. We should establish federal holidays for every religion, no matter how bullsh*t, until we've achieved the four day work week.

As the High Priest of Jonmanism, I should inform you that every other day is a sacred day during which we observe the sacrament of beer and videogames.

Shalum Baskur.

I feel like your plan spits in the face of my beliefs and my most sacred holidays, such as Scotchmas, Ryesgiving, and Arbourbon Day.

I'm looking forward to A Fifth of July.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:
Jonman wrote:
*Legion* wrote:
Alz wrote:

I'd go the opposite, and say we need more federal holidays.

Agreed. We should establish federal holidays for every religion, no matter how bullsh*t, until we've achieved the four day work week.

As the High Priest of Jonmanism, I should inform you that every other day is a sacred day during which we observe the sacrament of beer and videogames.

Shalum Baskur.

I feel like your plan spits in the face of my beliefs and my most sacred holidays, such as Scotchmas, Ryesgiving, and Arbourbon Day.

Unsurprisingly, Jonmanism is polytheistic. No face spitting required. Unless that's your thing.

*Legion* wrote:

Agreed. We should establish federal holidays for every religion, no matter how bullsh*t, until we've achieved the four day work week.

Reminds me of a quote from the Jetsons cartoon that I'll never forget.

The show seemed to always comedically indulge in how future tech would make lives easier and George was at work one day all exasperated and says, "Man, these 20 hour work weeks are really getting to me!" LOL.

It has to be 40 years since I saw that episode, but I'll never forget that line.

Might as well make the day after the Super Bowl a federal holiday.

"Tacti-cool" would be as embarrassing an aesthetic of the mid-aughts to now as Nu Metal was for the late 90s to the mid-aughts, except so many who think Tacti-cool is cool also still think Nu Metal is cool.

SpacePPoliceman wrote:

"Tacti-cool" would be as embarrassing an aesthetic of the mid-aughts to now as Nu Metal was for the late 90s to the mid-aughts, except so many who think Tacti-cool is cool also still think Nu Metal is cool.

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garion333 wrote:

Aren't you in Oklahoma? I'll take Ohio, thank you very much. ;)

Bih, check the location. I live on a pleasant peninsula.

boogle wrote:
garion333 wrote:

Aren't you in Oklahoma? I'll take Ohio, thank you very much. ;)

Bih, check the location. I live on a pleasant peninsula.

I was going to say that nobody from anywhere else knows "A2" is "Ann Arbor", or cares enough about Michigan to know, but someone from Ohio probably should, I'd imagine.

Confirming my early statements regarding Ohio and being sh*t.

Up until know I've really enjoyed The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but the most recent season was hot garbage.

Spoiler:

So the main themes this season seems to be trying to address are privilege, toxic masculinity, and the #metoo movement -- which would be noble, if the show didn't completely fail at it.

I mean the first episode is all about how sometimes workplace sexual harassment is just a hilarious misunderstanding.

What
the
f*ck?

"Kimmy is naive and oblivious to social norms" is a fun gag when it just results in some public embarrassment. Outright sexual harassment and a toxic work environment? Not so much.

On top of that, the majority of the show's #metoo references take the form of a running gag involving a rapey puppet, which seems like a really sh*tty way to completely trivialize this very real issue.

And don't even get me started on the episode where Titus's big moment is learning it's wrong to stereotype nerds when the entire season portrays all of its nerdy characters as a bunch of sexless autistim-spectrum stereotypes.

Plus, it's just not that funny. There's an overly-long true crime mockumentary that pales in comparison to things like American Vandal, and most of the jokes just fell completely flat for me. There's barely any character development and most of the storylines are just wrap-up of dangling plotlines from the previous season.

I can't read books anymore. I don't know if it's my lack of interest, or attention span, or if I just haven't found the right book in any of the numerous attempts I've given in the past few months. I used to read for hours at a time, devouring hundreds of pages at a time. Now if I sit down with a new book, after 15 minutes I get bored and distracted. If I go back to a book after a few days, I find I've forgotten most of what I read the first time.

Oddly enough, it's not so bad with books I've read in the past. Maybe it's because I can skim past parts that I remember, or if it's because it had been something I knew I'd enjoyed way back when. But new books? Sorry.

Alz wrote:

I can't read books anymore. I don't know if it's my lack of interest, or attention span, or if I just haven't found the right book in any of the numerous attempts I've given in the past few months. I used to read for hours at a time, devouring hundreds of pages at a time. Now if I sit down with a new book, after 15 minutes I get bored and distracted. If I go back to a book after a few days, I find I've forgotten most of what I read the first time.

Oddly enough, it's not so bad with books I've read in the past. Maybe it's because I can skim past parts that I remember, or if it's because it had been something I knew I'd enjoyed way back when. But new books? Sorry.

I've been thinking about this a lot.

So have other people

In Silicon Valley, they have a saying that explains why an algorithm starts producing unwanted results: Garbage in, garbage out. The idea is that an algorithm can only work with the information you feed it. Aren't writers – all creators – algorithmic in that way? Our job is to process what we consume. Beauty in, beauty out. Garbage in, garbage out.
So maybe that change into a cynical writer can be forestalled – if I can first correct my reading diet, remember how to read the way I once did. Not scan, not share, not excerpt – but read. Patiently, slowly, uselessly.
Books have always been time machines, in a sense. Today, their time-machine powers are even more obvious – and even more inspiring. They can transport us to a pre-internet frame of mind. Those solitary journeys are all the more rich for their sudden strangeness.