Stupid Things That Are Pissing Me Off For No Good Reason
Okay internet, we need to talk. It has come to my attention that you have a problem. Well, lots of them, but right now I'm focusing on one specific problem, so just go with me.
You need to stop calling everything a "hack." It's not a hack. It's just doing a thing, using a thing, or making a thing. People have literally been doing that since the beginning of society. When our ancestors picked up stones and sharpened them into blades, they didn't need to call it a hack. IT WAS JUST MAKING A THING.
It was cute at first when you were using the term to apply to re-purposing things for uses they were never intended for. That's great. Very Depression-era mend-and-make-do thinking. (By the way, people in the Depression never called reusing things a "hack" either.) But now you are using the word hack to apply to pretty much any project where you make, change, or finish a thing. NO. IT'S NOT A HACK. STOP IT.
This article, for instance. (http://www.stylemotivation.com/20-amazing-diy-home-decor-hacks-anyone-can-do/
) This article has some cute ideas for home decor. But I must protest the headline. PAINTING A DRESSER IS NOT A HACK. People have been doing that for as long as there have been dressers. In fact, unfinished furniture stores exist solely to serve the market of people who want to put their own custom finish on furniture!
Likewise, PAINTING A GLASS IS NOT A HACK. See above. It's just putting some fucking paint on a fucking glass. Covering lampshades with fabric? Hello, have you HEARD of Martha Stewart, and if not, how are you even posting on the internet right now from your cave?
This article goes on to suggest other great innovations such as lining a tray with fabric and putting beads on things. SUCH INSPIRE. VERY HACK.
Look, I have no problem with people rehashing decor ideas and making DIY articles on the internet. Go on with your bad self! But OTHER people who are pretending to "write" articles by just aggregating a bunch of photos and links and then making a list of "hacks" need to PIPE THE FUCK DOWN. They're not hacks. And you're not fooling anyone about your writing abilities. Stop it. JUST STOP IT. YOU'RE DOING A BAD THING AND YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD.
So next time you see a neat idea and you feel tempted to say, "hey, that's a great hack!" just stop. Stop and say to yourself, "Self, I think you mean that's a great IDEA. Because putting fucking paint on a fucking glass is not a hack, no matter how pretty the finished product looks."