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Home Screen - Hard Pants
By The Verge • Issue #5 • View online
I’m technically off work today, but I sneaked into the office to bring you this newsletter. (I walked 10 feet from my bed to this computer.)

👖 Hard Pants
It all started with this tweet from David Mack on March 26th, which was approximately 80 years ago.
David Mack
my boyfriend has been wearing sweats so much he has started calling normal pants... "hard pants"
There have been a lot of unwelcome surprises this year (including the term “hard pants”), but the transition from hard to soft pants is at least a welcome balm for our spirits… and asses. In a time of graphs, there are graphs even for this phenomenon:
Dan Teran
per @eliotwb , soft pants are indeed outperforming hard pants https://t.co/BaRMeG0L33
Dan Teran
update: pants spread widens as market takes back gains https://t.co/yaaVw4bmny
I can’t emphasize how much the term “hard pants” bothers me, probably for obvious reasons, but it’s also deeply hilarious. And, in the spirit of transparency, I must admit even the author of this newsletter has not worn a hard pant since early March.
2020: invest in soft.
🍸 Hard Liquor
You can see Ina Garten’s latest joke coming from a mile away, like that scene in Austin Powers where the steamroller slowly creams the guy from Mad TV. But it doesn’t matter, because Ina is a national treasure, and so is her Instagram post.
🐶 You're The Man Again, Dog
YTMND’s strange journey on the internet has taken a new turn. It’s back, after being brought down by a server failure last year. The 15-year-old site was a gem of the early internet; as my colleague Bijan Stephen pointed out in his eulogy, YTMND was a “wild, overgrown garden of things that were entertaining and horrifying in just about equal measure.”
Here’s my list of top-five YTMNDs that you can now revisit, for old times’ sake.
#4: “We didn’t start the website.” Before there was the YouTube year in review, there was YTMND’s supercut song. Despite some questionable lyrics (warning: cringeworthy, problematic, and nsfw, like the rest of the site in general), it’s still is a pretty good history lesson for YTMND, including a look at how the UI changed over time.
#3: Mom’s spaghetti. I don’t know why I love this one so much, it just kills me. It’s a good example of one of the most common formats on YTMND: an image superimposed over a tiled image background, with some accompanying music.
#2: Time traveler. The simplest and most effective of YTMNDs. A funny picture. Funnier music. The total package.
#1: Blue ball machine. Sorry, you’re not getting anything else done today.
🐤 More Good Tweets
I don’t have a good story here. These are just my two favorite tweets of the week. Enjoy.
Eva Victor
here’s a wedding in case you’re missing one over the next months https://t.co/SOpJKv0Mdf
Rex Chapman🏇🏼
Sandra the orangutang started washing her hands because she saw all the zookeepers doing it repeatedly during the COVID-19 crisis.

Wash your hands.
Be more like Sandra.🌎❤️🧼🌎 https://t.co/t8TTizDGeD
🏠 Homing From Work
It’s Friday, which means it’s time to share my favorite work from home setups from readers. Thanks you for sharing your homes and your stories with me. They might not all make it into the newsletter, but I’ve enjoyed every single email I’ve gotten.
I usually use my second screen for Tweetdeck or Twitch, so I’m envious of this setup from Kendric, a software dev in the Kansas City area. “I’ve got the big screen going with some tunes on the sound system,” he says. “In the photo, it’s some chillhop stuff, but most of the week it’s been mellow jazz instrumentals.”
Next, we’ve got an inventive setup from Weronika, a team leader at a Polish cybersecurity startup. “I have a problem,” she tells me. “I don’t have a desk. I also don’t have a normal height table and any comfortable chairs. So I had to improvise!”
“I used an ironing board and voila, the desk was born!”
Well done, Weronika. I hope this all ends soon so you can get back to your team, and a proper desk.
Finally, we’ve got a nice setup here from IT manager Craig, who says he spends his day playing his Sega Saturn between phone calls.
Sure, this setup seems nice, and we’re all envious of the moulded walls that look straight out of an improbable furniture catalog. But the real stars are Craig’s coworkers, Apollo and Boomer:
Good dogs.
👋 Be Yourself
I’m excited to sign off for another weekend, though like the rest of you, it’ll be another weekend inside.
There’s a lot happening all of the time right now. Everyone has their own definitive advice about what you’re supposed to do and how you’re supposed to think and feel. So, here’s my definitive list of what you ought to do right now:
  • Do more
  • Do less
  • Don’t read articles that tell you to do more or do less. Do what you want.
See you on Monday.
-tc
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