Webtacular World Issue # 372, June 6, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators! This was the first normal week I felt like I’ve had in months – mostly because it was. I ate dinner at a restaurant (outside), saw extended family who I hadn’t seen since 2019, and even went to go get a beer with a friend (outside). It was spectacular. I hope that you all have been able to start to do normal things again as well. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Acknowledging A Tragedy
Why: Because the United States hates recognizing the terrible things it has done in the past, it is not entirely surprising that the destruction of “Black Wall Street” has gone unrecognized for so long. However, assuming Republicans continue to get their way, this might be the only time this is recognized, since it seems too many people still want to ignore the brutal role racism has played and continues to play in our society.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Fly Like A G7
Why: Because the wealthiest democracies in the world just agreed to start taxing foreign earnings for the largest companies. 

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Just What We Needed!
Why: Because another judge who doesn’t understand the Second Amendment just re-legalized ARs in California. The judge absolutely failed at creating an actual analogy by trying to say an AR 15 is like a Swiss Army knife because it is “…a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment. Good for both home and battle.” I don’t recall a Swiss Army knife only being good at stabbing people both in defense… and defense.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: A Reintroduction To Gender
Why: Because it’s pride month.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Giants Are… Great?
Why: Because the SF Giants, who are made up of a bunch of people my age, currently have the best record in the Major Leagues. I know I just jinxed them by stating this, but that’s OK. 

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Streaming Era
Why: Because the types of movies currently being made at a blistering rate don’t quite fit the mold of anything that came before. Here are 50 of the best so far.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Same Song 10 Different Ways
Why: Because Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” is what happens when you cross Avril Lavigne with Taylor Swift, and add a bunch of swearing. It’s not bad!

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: The Big Picture
Why: Because the California Academy Of Sciences held a contest, which is just an excuse to look at at cool photos.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: The Problem With Language And Aliens
Why: Because one of the most overlooked and underexplained things in science fiction is how different species communicate with each other, especially when one of those species is human.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (13 min. watch)
What: The Next Horizon
Why: Because Horizon: Forbidden West, looks gorgeous. 

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: No Words Necessary; Will The Real Sparta Please Stand Up; The Droid You’re Looking For
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Old Lego Sets
Why: Because Brian deserves it, and they cost a small fortune.

Webtacularly yours,
Brian
Managing Editor, Webtacular World
The Internet You Didn’t Know You Needed™

Webtacular World Issue # 371, May 31, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators! I hope everyone enjoyed a long weekend, and gave serious consideration as to whether Americans (excluding Confederates) who died in our wars gave their lives to ensure less Americans could vote or to ignore a violent insurrection in our Capitol. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: We Collectively Choose To Learn The Wrong Lessons
Why: Because it has been a year since George Floyd was murdered. Instead of turning inward, and truly examining America’s heritage, people do things like murdering a bunch of co-workers instead of facing a review for alleged racist statements.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: A Shift Toward Our Future
Why: Because Big Oil lost massively this past week – ExonMobil shareholders installed new renegade board members, Chevron was forced by shareholders to take customer emissions into account when planning emission reductions, and Shell was forced to cut even more greenhouse gas emissions than it planned by a Dutch court.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Voting Restrictions In The US
Why: Because one party is hellbent on winning regardless of the cost.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: The Problem With Automation
Why: Because as it stands right now, AI has inherent bias. Using it in policing or insurance will only result in continued biases against certain types of people.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. reads)
What: What The Hell Is Wrong With Us?
Why: Because between multiple instances of awful fan behavior during the NBA playoffs and the Grand Slams not respecting Naomi Osaka’s request to not do post match interviews to the point where she quit the French Open, athletes have been getting absolutely no respect.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: MGM(A)
Why: Because Amazon bought the historied MGM studios for a cool $8.45 billion.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Pitchfork Turns 25
Why: Because one of the most influential music blogs of the past two decades, regardless of its taste being largely indie- focused and questionable.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Hungriest Caterpillar Lives On
Why: Because the beloved author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar passed away. The book is one of the children’s classics that truly holds up both through its bold illustrations and its simple, yet elegant story of transformation.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Being OK is OK!
Why: Because two recent games, Biomutant and Knockout City, are solid 7/10’s for different reasons – Biomutant is a game made by 20 people that is trying to do what it takes a team of hundreds and doesn’t quite make it, and Knockout City is a simple variation of dodgeball that somehow reinvents shooters while not having much content. Both are extremely fun.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: It’s Quiz Time Y’all; How To Indie In 60; Death Of the Condiment
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Muppet Sous Chefs
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,
Brian
Managing Editor, Webtacular World
The Internet You Didn’t Know You Needed™

Webtacular World Issue # 370, May 23, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators! Trying to return to normal takes time. I’m still trying to adjust to being relatively able to to participate in society in a “regular” way – it turns out many social norms and customs a person develops over their lifetime actually require practice to maintain. It also can be absolutely draining, even if it also makes you feel great. My advice is treat it like working out after an injury; ease back into things, and ramp up as you get stronger again. Of course, I don’t usually listen to my own advice, which is my way of pre-apologizing for the briefness of this issue. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The State Of Our Infrastructure
Why: The recent attack on the East Coast’s gasoline pipeline proves that our modern society remains way more vulnerable to malfeasance than ever before. In this case, Colonial Pipeline lost control of it’s billing system, so it couldn’t track transactions. The only course of action that made sense to a company that only exists to extract profit was to shut down gas delivery, even though the damage caused by this action most likely far outstripped what the company would have lost if it continued to deliver gas without tracking.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: We Quit
Why: Because businesses are failing to provide workers enough money to do their jobs. Weird how many businesses fail basic economic theory.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (22 min. watch)
What: Signing Off
Why: Because over the pandemic, Judge Middleton’s courtroom and the broad access to his cases made minor celebrities of the judge, the lawyers, the plaintiffs, and the defendants who appeared before him. The court is advising that hearings no longer be distributed widely. This is the exact reason the Supreme Court doesn’t film itself – it turns out that having too much access can actually hinder a court’s ability to do its job.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Future Is Ford
Why: Because Ford decided to update its most sold model to an EV.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Old White Dudes Can Still Be Winners!
Why: Because Phil Mickelson became the oldest winner of the PGA Championship at 50 years old.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Spiraling
Why: Because the latest entry in the “Saw” series is apparently awful.

MUSIC THINGS OF THE WEEK (some read)
What: Billboards and Eurovisions
Why: Because both happened, I guess.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. look)
What: Fake Plastic Trees
Why: Because my friend and I used to play a modified version of “Punch Buggie” where the goal was to be the first person to spot hidden cell towers on the way up to Tahoe.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Go Read Something Else
Why: Because there will always be more books.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Oregon Re-Trailed
Why: Because selling all of your supplies and buying nothing but bullets was the best strategy on the green and black version, but probably not the most historically accurate.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Second Thumb; Levitating Hot Dog; BTS’ World
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: F-150 Lightning
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,
Brian
Managing Editor, Webtacular World
The Internet You Didn’t Know You Needed™

Webtacular World Issue # 369, May 16, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators. This weekend, I got to see a group of friends in person. I had not been able to do this in over a year because of COVID. Thanks to the vaccine, things can start getting back to normal, or some version of it. Also, pay your taxes. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Back To Normal
Why: Because I have essentially written a version of the recent escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine multiple times already throughout Webtacular World’s eight year history (See Issue # 283, Issue # 233, Issue # 226, Issue # 168, and Issue # 33 for just some examples). Much like those other times, the violence and death is a choice, and not a necessary outcome, made by two hardline parties in a bid to maintain their own power. It has been, and remains, atrocious.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Infrastructure Week!
Why: Because the United States is still falling apart, but the right policies can start putting it back together.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The NRA Is Screwed
Why: Because a judge tossed out the NRA’s bankruptcy claim, leaving the organization on the hook for New York-based lawsuits.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Ode To The Filing Cabinet
Why: Because filing systems are an important, overlooked part of business operations.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Greatness
Why: Because Steph Curry singlehandedly willed a broken Warriors team to the play-in game while also winning his second scoring title at the age of 33. That may not seem old, but it is ancient in basketball years.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Dumb Zombie Fun
Why: Because maybe we all need a bit of purposeful stupidity now and then.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: A Little Bit Blonder Now
Why: Because St. Vincent’s latest album runs right back to the 1970s. It works, because everything Annie Clark touches does.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: The Same Damned Thing
Why: Do you like seeing people being obliterated by rockets and missiles? I sure don’t.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Game Makers
Why: Because the video games industry still hasn’t figured out that keeping workers relatively happy over a long term is worthwhile.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Just 12 Minutes 
Why: Because the game 12 Minutes looks like it might be one of the templates for how games can be the best medium to tell certain stories.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: A History In Googling; Lovetris; Hearing Rage For The First Time
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: More Karaoke
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,
Brian
Managing Editor, Webtacular World
The Internet You Didn’t Know You Needed™

Webtacular World Issue # 368, May 9, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators! Happy Mother’s Day to all who are celebrating. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: No Herds Here
Why: Because Americans are such free thinkers that we will no longer be able to reach herd immunity. Thanks, idiots.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Doge A Bullet
Why: Because the meme crypto Dogecoin burned brightly for a while, but crashed back down like most things Elon Musk touches.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: What True Greatness Looks Like
Why: Because Cruz Reynoso, the first Latino member of the California Supreme Court, passed away this weekend.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Much More Than An Energizer
Why: Because energy electrification requires massive amounts of batteries. Here’s a refresher on how they work.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Non No-Hitter
Why: Because baseball’s attempt to make new rules is getting ridiculous.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: No Need To Get Back To Theaters Quite Yet
Why: Because Netflix seems to be trying its hardest to make sure it has enough good movies, like Mitchells vs. The Machines, to keep you at home.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (some reads)
What: New Things
Why: Because while I could spend time talking about the new Weezer and Coldplay (which are both better than they have any right being), I’d rather talk about newer artists I stumbled across – check out Ashe, Remember Sports, The Aces, and Argonaut & Wasp. It’s good stuff – the kids are all right.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK ()
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PODCAST THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Keep Being Anti-Racist
Why: Because you can get help doing this with Be Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi’s new podcast.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Even More Evil
Why: Because Resident Evil is back again, this time with a giant vampire lady who kidnapped the protagonist’s baby. What’s not to love? In other news about gaming news, three of the founding members of the long-running website Giant Bomb just left to pursue other things. Giant Bomb was one of the first gaming sites that understood that people wanted to watch videos of gameplay long before most other outlets understood how massive of a change the industry was going to face.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Opioids Are A Bastard; Musk On Parade; Way Too Much Star Wars
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: A Lightsaber
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,
Brian
Managing Editor, Webtacular World
The Internet You Didn’t Know You Needed™

Webtacular World Issue # 367, May 2, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators! Welcome to the second May of 2020. However, thanks to the power of Science, we may get to leave this forever-year behind us soon. I just got my second shot of the Pfizer vaccine, and have never been happier to have been stabbed by a stranger. I hope you all can get vaccinated as well soon. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: History
Why: Because for the first time ever, two women appeared behind the President as Biden addressed Congress last week. Generally speaking, I hope America can meet all of the goals the President set.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Better, But Divergent
Why: Because I think the IMF’s forecast is correct – the important part to recognize is that COVID not only hit countries differently, but will have vastly different levels of recovery. This should be avoided as much as possible.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: How Big Are Schools’ Boundaries?
Why: Because like most things with technology, once simple definitions no longer quite fit in a world where your classroom is also your bedroom, and you can yell about your teacher to your whole school on a weekend.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (12 min. watch)
What: Friends In Space
Why: Because watching humans try to figure out moving around in space is hilarious.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Pobrecito Arron
Why: Because it looks like Arron Rodgers is stuck in Green Bay for the rest of his life.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: No One Watched The Oscars
Why: Because continuing from my joke last week, it turns out no one actually did watch. Viewership plummeted below 10 million for the first time EVER.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Dave Grohl Just Won’t Stop Making Things This Year
Why: Because I realize that I talk about the Foo Fighters a lot on this, but it’s only somewhat my fault – he dude just keeps on making / doing things, including this ridiculously stacked movie about the start of some of the largest bands in the last 50 years.

ART THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Return Of The Smithsonian
Why: Because the U.S.’ premier group of museums are reopening this month.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Revisiting Prisoner
Why: Because last week I got to listen to Jason Rezaian speak about his experience, and I am glad that is something I will (hopefully) never have to experience.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Live Die Repeat(al)
Why: Because Returnal is an extremely difficult but beautiful roguelite where failure is part of the game.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Don’t Climb Everest During A Global Pandemic; How To Be The Best TV Comedy Writer; Jeff Goldblum + D&D = Magic?
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Some stability.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,
Brian
Managing Editor, Webtacular World
The Internet You Didn’t Know You Needed™

Webtacular World Issue # 366, April 25, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators! On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: The Approximation Of Justice
Why: Because Derek Chauvin was convicted. This is not the culmination of the end of police brutality against Black Americans (see the number of stories about people killed by police just last week), but it is an important turning point – police are no longer de facto immune from their actions while on the job. There is still much work to be done.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: It’s The Climate, Stupid
Why: Because there is a staggering cost associated with humanity’s inability to understand and deal with how current actions lead to destruction in the not-so-far future. At least we’re finally trying again.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Who Polices The Policemen?
Why: Because AG Garland is investigating the Minneapolis PD.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Out Of The Frying Pan
Why: Because just as we’re all getting ready to emerge from our COVID nightmare, those of us who live in California are about to be living in drought conditions. Hooray…

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Well That Was Fast
Why: Because the Super League super failed.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: The Oscars!
Why: Because I’m sure you’re definitely watching this, since you obviously saw all of these movies this year… Or you’re just laughing out loud because you just watched someone get chopped in half by a spinning hat in the perfectly stupid Mortal Kombat movie. One thing to note that the Oscars is finally getting right is acknowledging the work of non-white male actors and directors (FINALLY).

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Break Out Your Flannel
Why: Because Dinosaur Jr.’s new album does an excellent job of transporting listeners right back to 1995.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: What COVID Does
Why: Because India is being ravaged by the disease in a catastrophic second wave. We are not through this yet.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Super Black
Why: Because Blackness in comics is coming to the forefront.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK ()
What: Revisit The Beginning
Why: Because Nier Replicant was re-released as in an updated version of the mostly overlooked masterpiece. The reason why this game still matters is because its sequel – NieR:Automata, remains one of the most affecting games I have ever played. It’s very strange playing a new game that originally came out over a decade ago, since it still carries a lot of the baggage of those older design choices (some of which are made even more awkward due to the way the game purposefully examines and cribs from even OLDER games – being stuck in a haunted house that utilizes the Resident Evil 1 camera and movement is no longer something that should be considered fun!). However, the whole thing is worth it just to feel triumphs and despair that can be told so well through the medium.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Bunster Posey; Levar Burton Is A Treasure; So Is Jack Black
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: A Baseball Loving Therapy Rabbit
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,
Brian
Managing Editor, Webtacular World
The Internet You Didn’t Know You Needed™

Webtacular World Issue # 365, April 18, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators! Thanks for sticking around for a year’s worth these posts. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: 20 Years In Afghanistan
Why: Because it remains entirely unclear of what long term goals America accomplished.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: All Your Base Are Belong To Coin
Why: Because the cryptocurrency’s IPO hit a market cap of $85 billion on its debut.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Fixing What Doesn’t Want To Be Fixed
Why: Because policing in America remains fundamentally broken, but too much of the population remains OK with the status quo for that to change. Even when it results in the death of children.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: RIP To The Inventor Of The PDF
Why: Because the part of his life story that needs more explanation is how Charles Geschke survived his kidnapping.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Rocking The Biggest Boat
Why: Because this proposal would completely upend the parity of European soccer.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Nobody Call Bob
Why: Because Bob Odenkirk successfully transformed himself from an alt-comedian to an action star.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Broken Record
Why: Because Taylor Swift upended the Beatles’ long-standing record by charting three number one records in less than a year.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: YBCA 10
Why: Because SF’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts just launched an artist collective to develop creativity through health in wellbeing in various communities.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Some Stories Do Not Need To Be Told
Why: Because the man who killed Breonna Taylor does not need to be able to profit for ending a person’s life.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The 2000’s Are Alive
Why: Because Outriders continues the tradition of completely stupid stories somehow working as long as the game play is good enough.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Honk; Hog Wild; Steph Curry Remains Fun To Watch
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: A Better Normal
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,
Brian
Managing Editor, Webtacular World
The Internet You Didn’t Know You Needed™

Webtacular World Issue # 364, April 11, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators! I was lucky enough to get my first Pfizer COVID shot this past week. I was given a drug made in by American and German companies for free in a local junior college gymnasium by a nurse from Tennessee. Humanity can be good when we actually try. Let’s keep trying. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Same As It Ever Was
Why: Because tensions are flaring again between Israel and Iran after an apparent attack on Iranian nuclear capabilities.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Taxation With Representation
Why: Because the taxes are too damn low.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Slow Walk
Why: Because President Biden is creating a commission to study the possibility of expanding the Supreme Court. With rulings like this that put belief before public health concerns, they had better study quickly.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Plight Of The Modern Factory Worker
Why: Because Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama just voted against unionizing.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Racism And Golf
Why: Because golf is still a predominantly white game, even though Hideki Matsuyama just won the Masters.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Exterminate All The Brutes
Why: Because this visual essay is one of the most impactful discussions on how just how much European racism has tarnished the world over the last thousand years.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: RIP DMX
Why: Because I had forgotten how much I listened to DMX in the summer of 1998 until I replayed “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot” for the first time in decades and realized I still knew most of the words to almost every song. DMX was not a perfect human by any means, but considering the hell he went through in his life, it is surprising how far he came.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (11 min. listen)
What: Rock On
Why: Because Dave Grohl wrote a book about his life.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Ping-Pong Video Game Diplomacy
Why: Because it’s about time that the government realizes how much of the world plays together.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: I Don’t Know How I Feel About Mini Stay Puft, But I Feel Very OK About Paul Rudd; The Muppets: Ranked; The Most Prime Optimus
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Just A Real, Actual Transformer At This Point
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,
Brian
Managing Editor, Webtacular World
The Internet You Didn’t Know You Needed™

Webtacular World Issue # 363, April 4, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators. Happy Easter! On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: A Study In Contrasts
Why: Push for a trillion dollar infrastructure plan, or bilk your followers, be racist, and defend the trafficking of underage girls

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: How To Lose Billions Of Dollars
Why: Because a lack of financial disclosures allow banks and the wealthy to destroy markets.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Destruction Of Voting Rights
Why: Because voter suppression is on the rise around the US.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: And Winter Gave Spring And Summer A Miss
Why: Because it already looks like fire season is in full swing.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. reads)
What: Two Kinds Of Madness
Why: Because one is the good kind, with the UCLA / Gonzaga game being an instant classic, and the other being that the MLB had to move their All-Star Game because Georgia hates democracy.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. watch)
What: Jammin’ Like 1996
Why: Because Space Jam: A New Legacy’s trailer just dropped.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Maybe Try Some Of These?
Why: Because I’ve got nothing for ya this week.

ART THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: A Return 
Why: Because museums are starting to reopen in California.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Motherlode
Why: Because someone finally decided to write about the history of women in hip-hop.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Subscription To Fun
Why: Because both Apple and Microsoft pushed huge new releases this month to their very similar philosophy of play anywhere for a few bucks a month.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Key And Peele And Babies; How Algorithms DiscriminatePeeps – Revisited
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: A Week Without Mass Murder
Why: Because Brian deserves it. I know I have asked for this multiple times, but we can’t seem to stop ourselves.

Webtacularly yours,
Brian
Managing Editor, Webtacular World
The Internet You Didn’t Know You Needed™