There are a lot of things to love about three-day holiday weekends, especially during the summer—spending time outside (or inside if you live in a place that gets triple-digit temperatures in certain seasons), eating BBQ food, and getting to do absolutely nothing for three whole days instead of just two, for instance. But like a lot of other awesome stuff, another day to slack off can sometimes be too much of a good thing. Here’s an entirely subjective roundup of some of the best and worst things about three-day weekends.
The summer season is finally here for many of us, and with higher temperatures come those special things that you can only do when it’s extremely hot outside. Whether you’re planning to eat foods that go well with hot weather (popsicles, fresh fruit, barbequed meat or veggies) for the entirety of the season, or live in your bathing suit as much as possible when the outside temperature climbs into the triple digits, a lot of things that you do during the summer would seem downright weird if you tried them at other times of the year. Here’s a gif-heavy list of some of the best things that you can only do in the summer.
Waking up in the morning… and realizing that you’re in the middle of a giant pool of sweat:
Classically-trained pop pianist Tori Amos released her 14th studio album last week; while its title (Unrepentant Geraldines) is a bit of a head-scratcher, many critics and fans have praised the album as a return-to-form for Amos. Unlike several of her previous post-2000 albums, she’s toned down the “alter egos,” wigs, costume changes, and overly-complex backstories in favor of poppy and deeply affecting mediations on aging, interpersonal relationships, and the inspiration found in visual art. This album proves that Amos is not just a 1990s throwback—for the majority of Unrepentant Geraldines, Amos’s songwriting and composing abilities are as sharp as ever. Longtime Amos fans will probably react strongly to this album; here’s a light take on what to expect if you’re a die-hard pair of “ears with feet” (as the songwriter herself calls her fans):
Realizing that you’ve accidentally missed the episode:
Chronic illnesses and their symptoms may be very different from one another, but if there’s one thing that people who have chronic illness, pain, and/or fatigue can agree on, it’s that being sick all the time can really suck. Here are 12 things that chronically ill people deeply understand–and laugh about, occasionally:
Finding a great employment opening that’s a perfect fit for your career aspirations:
Can you deflect criticism for plagiarism and ill-thought out Twitter escapades by announcing that your actions were really “performance art” all along? Actor Shia LaBeouf recently pulled, or attempted to pull, a Joaquin Phoenix meta-piece of commentary on authorship and art after he plagiarized the work of legendary cartoonist Daniel Clowes for his own short film HowardCantour.com. After he was called out on stealing Clowes’ work for his own purposes, LaBeouf posted a seemingly heartfelt series of apology Tweets–which also turned out to have been plagiarized from Yahoo Answers.
U.S. metal band Mastodon found itself embroiled in controversy late last week after they released a limited edition Thanksgiving-themed shirt for sale on their website. The shirt, emblazoned with the band’s name and the words “Happy Thanksgiving,” depicts a scruffy, grinning pilgrim aiming a musket at a scantily-clad Native women, who kneels before him while offering a fully-cooked turkey. Many of the band’s fans were not impressed, and took to Facebook to voice their concerns about the shirt’s artwork. Some fans, such as Native activist Erica Lee, posted further commentary on the shirt’s many issues on Tumblr. Some Native communities on Facebook were also quick to point out the racist and sexist implications of the shirt’s imagery.
With a humorous take on both the personal and cultural critique essay, writer and feminist disability activist Harilyn Rousso grabs readers’ attention starting with the wry title of her new book, talking back to the patronising and demeaning conversations that circulate about disability.