Webtacular World Issue # 190, July 23, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! Well, it’s been another crazy week in Washington. Republicans can’t pass a healthcare bill, Spicey is gone, “The Mooch” (are you serious?) is here, Sessions also met with the Russians, and Trump is seriously looking into a previously absurd legal hypo as to whether or not a president has the power to pardon themselves. Good grief. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (2-5 min. read)
What: Pick And Choose Any Of The Above Links
Why: Because I can’t choose just one.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Pardon Me?
Why: Because this should be a dumb question that doesn’t need to be answered, but now it’s one that actually matters somehow. Also, OJ is free again.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. watch)
What: Solar Eclipse Of The Heart
Why: Because the sun is going to hide for a bit, and that is really neat.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Yay Bicycles!
Why: Because cycling is really, really hard.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Heroic Retreat
Why: Because Dunkirk might be one of the best war films.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. watch)
What: Strangerer Things
Why: Because this good TV. This, however, is not good TV.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: In The End It Mattered
Why: Because Chester Bennington, lead singer for the band Linkin Park, committed suicide. The band has established a suicide prevention page in his memory.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Why Not To Read Jane Austen
Why: Because I’m not sure that a group of students has ever “clamored for Austen,” but I guess teachers have insight into this sort of thing?

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Kids And Squids And Squids And Kids
Why: Because Splatoon 2 is a ridiculous game about kid squids that is way more fun than it should be.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Wow!; How To Beer; Bring Back Crazy Crab
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: An Adult Sized Land Speeder
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 189, July 16, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! Even though it’s the middle of summer, winter is finally here. The one thing that Game of Thrones reminds me of is that regardless how bad our government currently is, at least we aren’t being attacked by White Walkers with giants. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Just A Kid
Why: Because even though he’s a Jr., Donald Trump Jr. is a full grown man who is fully responsible for his actions.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Disney Wars
Why: Because this is the real reason Disney bought Star Wars. Also, this is why Disney is also developing a Pandora World; you know, from that awesome 3D movie, Avatar?

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: A Lower Bar
Why: Because at this rate, maybe in a few years a person can become a lawyer in California just by accurately bubbling in their name.

HEALTH THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Trumpharm
Why: Because if a healthcare plan is offering fewer services, then let’s at least be honest with what we should call it.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: GOAT
Why: Because Roger Federer won his 8th title at Wimbledon at age 35. I also spent Sunday standing on grass, but I was drinking in a park.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: The Zombie Master
Why: Because George A. Romero, creator of Night of the Living Dead passed away.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Game Of Thrones Is Back
Why: Because winter is here. Also, the next Dr. Who will be a woman. Finally.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Second Chance?
Why: Because SoundCloud, one of the biggest online platforms for music distribution, is in trouble, unless Chance the Rapper saved it.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: EVO 2017
Why: Because the biggest fighting game tournament in the world just took place over the weekend. The precision it takes to be good at any of these games is mind boggling.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Daft Trump; Softly Singing Madness; Feast Of Thrones; Haka Time
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: A Stay In A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 188, July 9, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! Trump did something nice for once! I mean, he still managed to make the U.S. look ridiculous on the international stage and do pretty much everything else wrong, but at least he picked up that guy’s hat. I’ll take what I can get at this point. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Let’s All Go To Germany!
Why: Because the G20 Summit happened. Trump assured us that Russia didn’t impact the election after speaking with Putin, Ivanka pretended to be her dad, protesters protested, and everyone but the U.S. talked about climate change. Great success!

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Potential Future Of Automobiles Is Here
Why: Because Tesla’s affordable luxury is almost in the common person’s reach.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (20 min. read)
What: Getting Warmer
Why: Because the Earth will be very hot very soon. At least the courts are trying to protect us, even if the EPA isn’t.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (short/long look, depending on how much you like cycling)
What: Le Tour!
Why: Because this year’s race has already been nuts.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: How To Make A Space Opera Without A Studio
Why: Because you basically have to be Luc Besson to do it.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: More New Old Things
Why: Because when a band that includes both Feist and Metric releases a new album, you know it’s good. Also, they made this song, which is still one of my favorites.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: Step One: Get A Plane
Why: Because politicians don’t often get caught messing up this badly. Speaking of planes, this is why propellers look so strange when you take a picture of them.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: America: The Novel
Why: Because stories are often a reflection of where they take place.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. read)
What: Gaming For Good
Why: Because a bunch of really good video game players raised almost $2 million for Doctors Without Boarders by playing games quickly. Not bad.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Future FootballChristie On A Beach; Sabotage
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 187, July 2, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! The year is half way done. Yay! Here’s a tip – never travel on the Saturday of one of the busiest holidays of the year, because it may take you 7 hours to drive about 200 miles. I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July weekend. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (no min. read)
What: Technically, Trump Tweeting
Why: Because I’m tired of this nonsense.  I’m not going to link to it, or spend much more time talking about it, because it shouldn’t be happening.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The iPhone’s Decade
Why: Because the iPhone changed the way we live. I remember thinking how dumb it was that you couldn’t just press buttons to dial a number. Oops.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Banned
Why: Because after being denied by multiple courts, the Supreme Court allowed Trump’s Muslim travel ban to partially go into effect until it hears the case in the fall. In slightly better (international) legal news, Germany finally got around to legalizing gay marriage.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Coming Full Circle
Why: Because before serving as the FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler was a lobbyist for the Cable industry. It is extremely rare for a individual to be brave enough to evolve their thinking on their life’s work.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Death Of Boxing
Why: Because Pacquiao lost a fight that most people, aside from the judges, scored him winning. Also, Steph Curry just made a ton of money.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: The Best So Far
Why: Because movies are good. Here are some more good movies.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read / listen)
What: The Best So Far
Why: Because music is good. Here is some more good music.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Reading List Of The Future Leaders Of The U.S.
Why: Because apparently schools still make college kids read things.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: SNES Classic
Why: Because this time the system includes Star Fox 2, which was never actually released until now.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Go Potato Go; We Get The Job Done; Oh my goodness. Freedom!
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 186, June 25, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! Happy Pride! I also hope everyone on the West Coast managed to not catch on fire this week. I really don’t function well in anything above 100 degrees, and it hit that multiple times. Good thing our Government understands that this is not normal! Oh, right. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Russia Hacked Our Election
Why: Because  the Obama administration, ironically, didn’t overtly act on the information for fear of appearing like they were trying to influence the election. It also did not help that almost every single poll showed that Clinton was going to win, regardless. Also, Trump is a liar.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Health “Care”
Why: Because removing coverage for 23 million people is disgusting and immoral.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Driverless
Why: Because the head of Uber stepped down after several prominent investors revolted.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. watch)
What: What’s In A Name
Why: Because free speech is one of those things that is total, except when it isn’t (see, here).

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Sports Are Over
Why: Because my favorite baseball team is doing terribly, and all the other sports are not happening right now. No, I don’t care about drafts.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (various listens)
What: Back To The Other Decades
Why: Because new music doesn’t quite sound new anymore. Portugal. The Man went back to the 60’s, Phoenix, Paramore, and Bleachers went back to the 80’s, and Katy Perry’s new album sounds like a late 90’s early 00’s dance club. Also, apparently a lot of music I listen to has the letter P in it.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Transformers Is Bad
Why: Because you should watch Baby Driver or The Big Sick, which are good, instead.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: A History Of Pride
Why: Because Pride parades are fun. If you haven’t had a chance to attend one, you really should next year.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: You’re A Wizard, Harry! Turns 20
Why: Because the Harry Potter series was singlehandedly responsible for showing my brother that reading was fun. I can only assume that it did the same for millions of others.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Steam Sale
Why: Because there are a ton of really good computer games for really cheap right now. Like, a cup of coffee cheap for hours of entertainment. Also, actual Nazis are mad that people seem to have plenty of fun shooting video game Nazis.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: He’s Back, And He Brought Some Friends; The Earth Is Not Flat; A History Of The “Domestic” Cat
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD NOT GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: A $400 Tea Maker
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 185, June 18, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! This week was one of those weeks where I just wished the World could have a mulligan. The amount of truly awful news coming from this week, from multiple shootings, building and forest fires, bad court outcomes, and vehicular destruction (on land and sea) is too much. My brain definitely went numb multiple times from the overload of horribleness. But then there the good things – celebrating Father’s Day, weddings, dinner with old friends, and local team wins, that at least allow for some respite and joy through all of it. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Coast To Coast Shootings
Why: Because there are a bunch of people guns somehow still don’t kill people.  For a refresher, this is what guns do to people. Also, while we’re at it, fuck the NRA.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Whole Amazon
Why: Because Amazon is buying Whole Foods, even though the CEO of Whole Foods wasn’t really too excited about the prospect of selling it.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Injustice, And More Injustice
Why: Because something is wrong with our jury system when a rapist is not found guilty of rape, and a murderer is not found guilty of murder.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Yahooooooooo…
Why: Because Yahoo! is now part of Verizon, and joins America Online as a new subsidiary called Oath (probably the most techno-dystopian sounding thing they could have come up with). Also, Marissa Meyer is proof that ruining a company is a perfectly valid way to make a boatload of money.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: WARRIORS
Why: Because the Warriors won (as if there was any other possible outcome.)

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. look)
What: People Doing Cool Things
Why: Because people can do good things, too, sometimes.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. read)
What: The New Jay-Z
Why: Because you probably won’t end up listening to this album (movie?), because no one has Tidal.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Losing Marvel Movie Magic
Why: Because the comics don’t do nearly as well as the movie franchises they created.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Best Of E3
Why: Because I’m really looking forward to a new Metroid.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Father’s Day Rules; KFC Reaches For The Stars; Rakka
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: I know it’s a lot to ask for, but how about less bad news this week. Think we can manage it, humanity? I’d really appreciate it.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 184, June 11, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! Another crazy week in the world, because I guess that’s what we deserve. Comey addressed the Senate, Teresa May, the PM of England, destroyed her party’s majority, and Puerto Rico (sorta) decided it wants to be an actual state. Considering how crowded the demand for our attention is, I probably forgot one or two major world things, but I can only follow so much. I apologize in advance if I left something out.  On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read / watch)
What: Comey V. Trump
Why: Because like so many other parts of this presidency so far, an FBI Director testifying against a sitting president is basically unprecedented. What is also disconcerting is how the news was reported by different outlets. Truth is what you want it to be, I guess.

STORY OF THE WEEK #2 (5 min. read)
What: Regrebrexit
Why: Because about a year after voting to leave the EU, British citizens just dealt a huge blow to the party that they elected to pull them out in the first place. People in groups seem to be really bad at making decisions recently.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Brick By Brick
Why: Because Legos are awesome. Just like in the song.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: How To Become A State
Why: Because even though Puerto Rico voted to become the 51st state, there are lots of hurdles left in what might not be counted as a vote at all.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: ‘Cause I’m Freeeeeee, Free Climbin’
Why: Because Alex Honnold just completed what may be the single most difficult / insane athletic feat in human history. Don’t look down. Also, the Penguins won the Stanley Cup (you know, the trophy you get for winning at hockey). Go Dubs.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: Oh Hey, Here’s A List To Argue About!
Why: Because the NYT made a list of the 25 best movies of this century. There’s a good chance this list is at least half wrong.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Goodbye, Batman
Why: Because Adam West, the purest Batman, passed away this week.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (45 min. listen)
What: Dispatch Returns
Why: Because one of my favorite bands from high school just released a new album and is touring again. Here they are playing The General for the first time in years.

THEATER THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What:  It’s The Tony Awards!
Why: Because it’s too bad that Hamilton can’t win everything again.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Books And Basketball
Why: Because Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a national treasure.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: How Many Xboxes Are There?
Why: Because it’s E3, Microsoft just released information on it’s latest hardware, which for anyone who doesn’t follow the industry closely, might be confusing. See, back in 2001, Microsoft released a gaming system called the Xbox. They followed it up 4 years later with the Xbox 360, even though that was only their second one. Then, in 2013, they released the Xbox One, even though it was the third Xbox, not the first. Last year, they released the Xbox One S, which was just a smaller Xbox One. Now, there’s the Xbox One X, which is neither the first nor the 10th Xbox, and not even really a new Xbox at all, but it is capable of utilizing 4K. Got that? Also, here’s a pretty neat study of how people actually use the damn thing. I mean the Xbox One, which is the third Xbox.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Run Tom Run; West Goes To The Mayor; How Not To Run
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: The Original Batmobile
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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