Webtacular World Issue # 347, November 29, 2020

Greetings Webtaculators. I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving, however different it may have been this year. Speaking of this year, we’re in the home stretch. One month to go. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: Parting Gifts
Why: Since Trump lost, it seems like he has been doing everything in his waning power to bring everything else down with him. First, “someone”(HINT HINT most likely Israel with the US’ blessing) assassinated Iran’s top nuclear scientist. Considering the number of prominent Iranians that have been killed this year, it is unlikely this one will go unanswered. Also remember, that Iran wouldn’t have been developing nuclear weapons in the first place if Trump hadn’t withdrawn the US from its accord with Iran.

Back at home, Trump continues to fail at convincing courts that he actually won. After a recount in Wisconsin his supporters footed the bill for, Trump actually lost by a larger amount than if he had just shut up and conceded like a normal president. However, since he isn’t out of office until January next year, he continues to abuse his power, most heinously by pardoning Michael Flynn, even though he plead guilty, twice.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Invisible Hand Of Very Wealthy People
Why: Because VCs essentially are able to ignore things like “market signals,” “common sense,” or “reality” while propping up impossible business models until everything else is dead.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: In Jesus’ Name, We Die
Why: Because a bunch of Catholic Justices ignored their Pope, and decided that the First Amendment protects holding religious services from actions taken to promote public health. This ruling is insidious on multiple fronts –  Holding public services are neither required by religions, nor actually unfairly targeting religions because they are religions. Furthermore, this case should not have been heard, since New York had already changed the order at the time of the ruling, and the plaintiffs shouldn’t have had standing in in the Supreme Court the first place.

HEALTH THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Still Worse
Why: Because I am not looking forward to reading the numbers at the end of next week. New York decided it’s a good time to reopen schools.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Cocaine Is A Hell Of A Drug
Why: Because Diego Maradona was larger than life, and one of the greatest soccer players ever.

Also, two old men threw punches at each other, but because it’s boxing, and the scores are made up anyway, it was a tie. Tyson was also admittedly high, which is appropriate considering Snoop Dogg was an announcer for some reason.

Probably the only good sports news was that for the first time, a woman played in a major college game.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: One With The Force
Why: Because David Prowse, the original Darth Vader actor (famously, not the voice), passed away.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. reads)
What: The Nineties Are Back
Why: Because there are new versions of both the Animaniacs and Saved By The Bell – if you guessed that the new SBTB was going to be the better reviewed of the two… well, I’m right there with you.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Not So Smashing
Why: Because the Smashing Pumpkins released what sounds like an 80s version of themselves. It’s fine! But when you’re comparing yourself to things like Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness and Siamese Dream, just OK doesn’t quite cut it.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: I’ve Seen This One Before
Why: Because France is also having to deal with the inconvenience of brutal police.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Improbable Voices
Why: Because my high school history teacher, who also is a librarian, took a thought many people probably have had (“I wonder what was actually going on in the world outside of of three European countries and the US?”) and wrote an entire painstakingly detailed book about that and the goings-ons of the entire world in both chronological and alphabetical order (again, librarian). I cannot recommend this enough.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK ()
What: DJ Turn The Music Up
Why: Because Harmonix, the creators of Rock Band, made an excellent music game revolving around EDM festivals, and this time it doesn’t even require any expensive plastic instruments! I’ve been having arguably too much fun making my own downtempo remixes of Call Me Maybe.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Horse Girls; Stop Speed Read; The Poopiest Toys
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN SHOULD BECOME OF THE WEEK
What: The Next Sonoma County Pasta King
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 346, November 22, 2020

Greetings Webtaculators! Sitting at home through the dumbest coup attempt ever is enthralling, isn’t it? Really normal democracy stuff. Also, COVID is definitely still very much here, no one is staying home for Thanksgiving because people think they are invincible, or their right to put other people in danger is more important than deciding not eating turkey with their uncle that they hate anyway. On top of that, there’s all the regular nonsense that we are forced to put up with as part of attempting to be a fully functioning adult, which even without those other things provides enough residual crisis to make anyone reach their breaking point.

Finally, because I apparently can’t count right, Webtacular is actually on issue number 346, which completely ruins my perfect segue from last time. Oh well. We good? Good. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Trump Lost
Why: Because I just want to make sure everyone who reads this understands that there is no rational, legal way that Trump stays president. It’s not a “lame stream” media thing, it’s not a conspiracy against him, it’s not a lie. He lost. I did say I’d talk about him way less last time, but he just will not go away.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Black Friday!
Why: Because who doesn’t want to pretend that everything is fine? If you’re extra concerned you don’t have enough money, just buy it on credit – there’s a non-zero chance that there won’t be anyone able to collect on it.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: A Complete Mockery
Why: Because I am INCENSED that these yahoos are allowed to practice law. There is no such thing as “normal scrutiny,” you drippy cousin fucker.

HEALTH THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. look)
What: COVID Is Still Surging
Why: Because we’re up over a million cases a week, with projections potentially climbing above three million. It’s going to get way worse before it gets better. Yes, there are extremely likely viable vaccines that will be available at some point, but that is far in the future, especially for you. Also, considering the growth of the number of anti-vaxxers in the US and around the world, do you really think COVID is going anywhere?

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Aricibo Is No More
Why: Because the a few of the cables holding up the most recognizable telescope decided to pull a 006 and crashed through dish, rendering it unrepairable. For England, James.

JOURNALISM THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Hey, Webtacular’s Ahead Of The Curve Again!
Why: Because a number of prominent journalists who were… “silenced” by their editors (HAHAHAHAHA) decided to go freelance. BURN THE EDITORS DOWN! MY WORDS ARE MY FREEDOM – FACTS AND TONE BE DAMNED. Who needs truth when you have CONVICTION on your side??? Welcome to the club! Join me in shout-writing into the void. It’s fun!

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: CHAMPIONS
Why: Because whatever is happening in real professional sports consists of famous people breaking or people pretending the world is fine. I’ll just go chase some cheese down a hill, thank you very much.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. listen)
What: Phoebe Bridgers And Maggie Rogers Covered Goo Goo Dolls ‘Iris’ To Fulfill A Promise Phoebe Made On Twitter If Trump Lost, To Help Stacy Abrams Get Votes For Democrats In Georgia’s Senate Runoff
Why: Because this may be the most 2020 thing of the year. The song was available online for one day, but you can find it here for now, and likely somewhere else later. Like most songs those two make, it is gorgeous, even if it was made as a joke.

ALSO – it was the American Music Awards, awarding mostly bad acts save for WAP and Taylor Swift, and the only thing worth mentioning about that is that the favorite artist, album and song for Latin music, and ONLY Latin music, was presented by Cheetos, the chip(?) brand. Every other music category did not have a sponsor, snack based or other wise. I have no idea what to make of that.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Shot From Above
Why: Because it’s fun looking down on ourselves sometimes.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read, but please go read the whole thing)
What: A Perfect Recollection Of An Imperfect President
Why: Because hearing Obama read this to me via audiobook at least let me know that the White House was at one point honorable, and has the capacity to be so again.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: A Refinement
Why: Because I’m pretty sure developers figured out how to make videogames pretty damn well last generation. Between VR, open worlds, and gameplay mechanics that are reliably fun, along with an ever growing interconnection online, gaming really had never been better. The newest consoles now doing the hard work of making them prettier, shinier, and faster. The only real revolution is Sony’s new controller, which you really have to hold to understand. Also, Astro’s Playroom is way too good of a pack-in game.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: A Parody Gone Too Far; Laundry Forever; 2000s Internet Forever
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN EVERYONE OF THE WEEK
What: A Safe And Healthy Thanksgiving
Why: Because Brian everyone deserves it.

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

Webtacular World, Issue # 245, November 8, 2020

Huh. So this is the 245th edition of Webtacular World. Let’s roll with it.

To 45,

Goodbye. 

I cannot begin to explain to you how much your loss means to me – 1. because there is far too much for me to describe here (but believe me, I’ll try), and 2. because you have the attention span of an ADD riddled puppy surrounded by tennis balls, combined with the same capacity for understanding issues as a rock, and the cruelty of whatever the opposite of the Dali Lama is (sorry to dogs, rocks, and Dali Lama’s evil twin for measuring you against one of the worst people in human history). I felt the weight of an eternal four years of awful, meaningless, and sadistic policies that you and your crack team of personified prolapsed assholes put into gear fly off my shoulders Saturday morning as I woke up to the news that you lost to a sleepy old man who can somehow jog up a ramp at night and a Jamaican/Indian-American Woman lawyer who was educated at both an HBCU and the University of California, the living version of your greatest nightmare.

You and I obviously have very different views on what a leader is. As someone who has both been a leader and followed them through various levels success, I think I have a pretty good idea of what a good leader is. A good leader has well defined goals. Make America Great Again, for example, is not a good goal, because it is essentially meaningless. Make America great at what? Foosball? It’s not clear. As far as I can tell, it has been racism, choosing religion over separation of church and state, increasing the prison population, killing black people, abandoning global allies, and lowering taxes for people who do not need more money. Weirdly, most Americans felt like me and decided that wasn’t actually what a Great America should be, especially after living through four years of it.

A good leader is someone who works towards the best version of their goal possible, while taking heavily into consideration how their decision has on the people they lead. This explicitly excludes a WIN AT ALL COSTS mentality, except in a very limited number of situations. This is especially important if you do not follow the previous step of clearly defining your goals. For example, calling for the opening of the US during a pandemic has resulted in the highest growth in COVID cases in the entire world. In case it is not clear to you, THIS IS A BAD OUTCOME.

A good leader uses the best information available to them to base their decisions on. You did not do this: instead, you did things like chose a very confused brain surgeon to lead housing policy, a man who tried to destroy his job previous to getting it because he didn’t know what it actually did, your son-in-law as the head of your COVID task force, even though he has no discernable skills at all, and the rest of your family as various flagrantly nepotistic roles that led to situations like your wife verbalizing that throwing kids in cages is fine, your daughter being snubbed on the global economic stage, and your eldest sons constantly vying for position of worst. I could go on, but Slate has got you covered. Basically, each one of these people was one of the worst choices for the job they accepted, and that is entirely your fault.

Finally, and most importantly, a good leader understands and practices compassion. Compassion is necessary for a couple of reasons. 1. leadership affects people – people are emotional beings that require hope, reinforcement, and a feeling of trust in order to perform at their peak capacity. Without the practice of compassion, you will not get good outcomes over time. Sure, you can rely on tactics like fear and bullying in the short term, but that doesn’t prove out in the long run, and ensuring the longevity of the United States happens to be one of the primary functions of your soon-to-be-not-yours job. 2. Compassion demonstrates to others that you are yourself human, which enables alternate pathways to problem solving. Instead, the country is stuck with your zero sum gaming and admiration of power, which in turn is heavily exploitable against you. 3. Compassion demonstrates that you understand the cost and weight of your decisions. Since you have none, it is obvious why you don’t understand why millions of Americans protested the killing of our black brothers this summer, why people correctly decided you failed at containing the virus, why you failed to protect our children from school shootings, and why the economy has not recovered regardless of your saying so. No one has a reason to trust you except for the gullible and cruel. Your failure to be compassionate has taken your already incredibly weak skill set and turned it into a gaping hole of failure.

If it is not obvious from this newsletter, you have taken up an inordinate amount of rent free space in my head over the past four years. Your rantings have kept me up at night, making me fret over the future world that my son is now forced to grow up in. You made otherwise good people chose evil over decency because you lied to them. You let terrible people feel like their opinions and voices merit consideration. You let Americans who were slowly gaining control over our collective and very real racist heritage unleash our hideous id into daily interactions. You cast a shadow over the people and machinations that make our country great, and sought to break them. You failed America, and it is finally time for your eviction – both actual and metaphorical.

Unlike a business, you cannot just enter bankruptcy and start again. The damage you and your Republican companions have dealt to our nation will be felt for decades, whether its from needing to rebuild our trust internationally, undoing intentional damage to our lauded institutions, and ridding ourselves of the rot of xenophobia and racism you purposefully unearthed. This will take time, energy, and effort by millions of Americans to fix. Worst of all, there is a non-zero chance that despite this herculean effort to fix all that you’ve destroyed, the effort will not succeed. That aside, at least now I have hope.

I know you can’t grasp the significance of you being the only impeached, one term, no-popular vote winning president in history, but I know those you surround yourself with will, and in all likelihood you will find yourself abandoned. Instead, you will hopefully find yourself being stuck with only your followers who you despise most in your purview. Oh, I also fully expect you to be in jail, which is as good as place as any to make sure you never inflict your horrors on humanity again. 

I am gleefully looking forward to never having to think about you or your family. You are done. You lost. Do not, however, conflate my not thinking of you with forgetting you. I promise you I will not forget. I also promise to continue working to ensure what you managed to do never happens again. 

So this is my final goodbye. Sure, you might pop up from time to time, but your loss has set me and everyone else free from your sphere of stupidity.  To paraphrase Billy Madison,

[45], what you [have done in the last four years] is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever witnessed. At no point in your rambling, incoherent [term], were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this [world] is now dumber for having [lived through] it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

With all of THAT out of the way… to everyone else who has been reading Webtacular World – sorry for dragging you along through my obvious angst. Considering I didn’t listen to my own first point for good leadership when developing Webtacular World, I didn’t have a great plan in place for knowing what to do when the Internet slowly stopped being fun. So you got news mixed with manic personal journaling and only some fun, which I don’t really think I intended. I apologize. 

I don’t know what the future holds, but I am hoping this place can return to a less serious tone (FUCK OFF 2020, you are a pox on history [pandemic related curses really don’t work that well right now, do they?]). I know I’ll enjoy it more, and hoping you will too.

On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: The President-Elect
Why: Because Biden and Harris will chart a new course for America. What’s that feeling? Hope??? I almost forgot what that felt like.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Big Bust
Why: Because Jack Ma’s latest venture Ant went completely under to the tune of trillions of dollars after Chinese regulators stepped in before it’s IPO could close.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Bring On The Lawsuits
Why: Because Trump apparently didn’t understand that appointing judges isn’t quite the same as buying them.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Last Tweet 
Why: Because it is no longer in the public’s interest (if it ever was) to give Trump a 24/7 microphone.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Never Learn, America
Why: Because Notre Dame’s last minute win sent thousands of kids to the center of the field to celebrate.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: What Is The Greatest Gameshow Host
Why: Because Alex Trebek passed away after a long battle with cancer.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. listen)
What: New Foo
Why: Because the new single Shame Shame sounds different than much of their past catalogue, which is a brave thing for a 25 year old rock band to do. Rock on.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: Celebrate
Why: Because it feels good.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: A Reflection; A Glimpse Inside
Why: Because there a few books worth reading about Trebek and the gameshow personified.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: They’re Here
Why: Because the new Xbox and PlayStation have enough different ideas to appear to be carving out their own distinct paths for gaming for the next generation. Game on.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Kornacki Forever; r/MapBoy (NSFW); John King, King Of Maps 
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: More of whatever this feeling is. I think I said it was hope earlier. Yeah. More of that.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 244, November 1, 2020

This morning, a Trump truck parade drove past my house on Highway 101. The stupidity of these people cannot be overstated – here they are, driving American made vehicles that only exist because of multiple bailouts to an otherwise failed industry, driving on federally funded highways, burning subsidized fuel, flying Don’t Tread On Me flags while treading on everyone else, supposedly promoting “freedom” while supporting the most anti-democratic leader the United States has every seen. Unlike their Tea Party predecessors, it is hard imagine that these people will just up and disappear back into whatever apolitical hole they came from – even though it is still highly unclear what they actually want. I can only hope that there enough others out there that feel the same way I do, and vote.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: VOTE
Why: Because the election for the future of America is in our hands.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: COVID’s Back, Back Again
Why: Because this past weekend, the number of COVID cases in the US blew past the previous record set during July – there were just shy of 100,000 new cases on October 31 reported.  Trump, the GOP, and every single person who is still running about, calling for America to “open up,” not wearing a mask, constantly seeing friends, going to bars/restaurants/movies, pretending this is all OK is seriously fucking up.  Or just keep doing what your doing, get sick, and destroy the economy.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Running Against Democracy
Why: Because the GOP are out of ideas, so they have been trying to use the courts to stop people from voting. They are closer to success than they should be.  One final thing – take a quick look at the official fundraising pages of the candidates. One campaign is clearly lying, and further sowing seeds for violence.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: THE NEW IPHONE OMG!!!!
Why: Because a new expensive piece of tech seems to be the last thing on everyone’s mind. That being said, I did upgrade this time around after 4 years with a phone that wouldn’t hold a charge for more than half the day. While the new phone doesn’t feel like quite the magical leap that an upgrade used to, it still is an extremely well designed device.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: LA Sports Is King
Why: Because the Dodgers won the World Series. Of course, it wouldn’t be 2020 without one of their players playing even though he had COVID.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Bye Bye Quibi
Why: Because it turns out a mobile-based television company isn’t really something anyone needs when we’re all stuck at home.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: VERY NICE 
Why: Because it shows just how much doesn’t surprise us (/ we don’t care??) any more when an actual fake journalist gets the President’s personal lawyer, who runs a goddamned Security and Safety Consulting company, alone in a hotel room in a compromising position, and nothing fucking comes of it. Just a collective shrug.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Boss For A Reason
Why: Because Bruce Springsteen’s latest takes a look back at his career through the rearview mirror. Not so fun personal fact – when I was in grade school, I broke Clarence “The Big Man” Clemons’ son’s arm during a game of kickball – and I still feel awful about it. Chris, if you somehow read this, I am sorry.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: The 2020 Siena Award Winners
Why: Because pictures are pretty.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Things To Read
Why: Because you’ll need something to do this next month – why not read a book?

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (lotsa reads)
What: The Main-Stream
Why: Because everything about games is growing at a rapid pace, especially with the new consoles coming out in a week.  Politicians are streaming and building in-game islands, and pre-orders are selling out faster than concert tickets, and games and services are rising and crashing at an insane pace. There’s never been a better time to play games.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Be Your Own Boss; Be Happy; Be Undecided
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: It had better be obvious at this point.
Why: Because Brian America The World deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue #243, October 18, 2020

Greetings Webtaculators! For reasons that remain unclear (maybe a 3 month old, maybe a looming election, MAYBE BOTH) my body has decided to throw a sleep strike – basically,  I cannot for the life of me fall asleep until 3-4 in the morning. Now, I’ve dealt with bouts of insomnia in my life, but I really haven’t had an issue like this in… let’s say 20 years. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Also – VOTE. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (short reads)
What: Fake News Has Eaten The World
Why: Lying mailers; insane “leaks”; non-answers; a deranged man spewing hate while still holding large gatherings even after he almost died – it’s no wonder people don’t believe anything anymore.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: China’s Rebound
Why: Because its is very likely that China’s economic output will soon sprint pass the US’, assuming it already hasn’t.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Problem With Originalists
Why: Because following the “original intent” of a bunch of dead white male slave owners is a crazy way to govern modern life. Also, considering the first number of presidents were active signers of the Constitution, it should be telling that each had a very different idea of what the document they wrote meant.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Too Much Politics BAD
Why: Because maybe this is why I’m sleeping poorly…

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: BuT HOw WIlL BRIXerTon GeT INtO YAlE NOW?!?!
Why: Because the Lakers winning was a given, so let’s instead pay attention to the crazy wealthy people who make sure badminton stays a college sport. I completely realize that as a person who played and coached lacrosse at college preparatory school, I am part of the problem.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: John Brown’s Body Marches On
Why: Because Good Lord Bird is somehow both a funny and serious take on America’s most famous, violent white abolitionist. It is good. Watch it.

ANIMATION THING OF THE WEEK (long read/ watch)
What: The Most Important Sequences In Animation
Why: Because these works helped define much of our modern entertainment, culture, and ways of thinking. 

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (long listen)
What: Save Our Stages
Why: Because if you’ve been missing live music like I have, you can watch this weekend’s performances at a number of venues across the US that are struggling due to COVID. Donate if you can. Some of the performances you should check out are FINNEAS, Phoebe Bridgers, Rise Against, Brittany Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Portugal. The Man (Foo Fighters are a given). 

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Nature!
Why: Because humans are starting to feel somewhat overrated.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: More Words To Look At With Your Eyeballs
Why: Because you can’t read too much, or so I’ve been told.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Joyous Sound Of An Elephant Combined With A Squealing Car
Why: Because EA finally released an amazing Star Wars game. It is not super long, or super complicated, or even an original of concept, but it is expertly executed and lets you screech around the stars as a TIE Fighter blasting those pesky Rebels to space dust.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Bill Burr Strikes Again; Bears And Libertarians Don’t Mix; It Got Worse
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 342, October 4, 2020

Just. Wow. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Trump Got COVID
Why: Because during a week that felt like a decade, Trump went and caught himself a disease that isn’t that serious according to him and his followers, even though he is currently (? [I seriously have no idea he is alive or dead because everything from the announcement to health updates to parading his contagious, disease ridden body around the hospital have been steeped in lies and misdirection]) receiving emergency treatment meant for severe cases at Walter Reed. Somehow Trump telling a bunch of racists to “stand by” during the debates, his taxes finally coming out in public, a massive attack on voting from Federal and State Conservatives, and the Azerbaijani / Armenian proxy war that is going on are suddenly too small of news, because this fucker has been playing with fire for the past year, and finally dropped the match in lighter fluid. I hate this year.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Trump’s Taxes
Why: Because he is either broke, committing fraud, or some combination of both.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Anti RBG
Why: Because someone described Amy Barrett’s nomination as the equivalent of Ginsburg having built a sold well trod road, and then Barrett comes along and destroys the path behind her. Also, a whole bunch of people got COVID at her nomination day because Conservatives hate science, and failed to practice basic safety measures.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: COVID Is Real
Why: Because we are up to as many cases as we had back in the beginning fucking July. Because we aren’t wearing masks. Because we aren’t practicing social distancing. Because we’re not utilizing basic hygiene. Given, it is already way too late to stop it, because Americans are selfish assholes who cannot be minimally inconvenienced to save people’s lives, but maybe, just maybe use that selfishness to protect yourself an your loved ones. 

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Football Is Falling Apart
Why: Because unlike the NBA, the NFL decided to say fuck it, we don’t care about anyone. Multiple games have been postponed due to team outbreaks.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Tenet Is Here, But Don’t See It
Why: Because watching a movie in a theater is not worth risking your life for.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Fleet Foxes Get Happy
Why: Because leave it to Robin to write the happiest songs of his career during one of the darkest moments. Or, if you want to stick with darker indie, Sufjan Stevens just released an album too. Or, if you want nothing to do with the modern era, go revisit any one of these albums.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: STAY THE FUCK INSIDE
Why: Because this glorious asshole just exposed his protection to COVID to pretend he’s not sick.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Solutions And Other Problems
Why: Because Allie Brosh, former participant of the good Internet of the 2010s, just released her second book.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (short look)
What: Microsoft Vs. Sony, Chapter 4
Why: Because the next generation of game consoles are just around the corner. Trying to buy them was a mess. Welcome to your digital future.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Olde Time Mac And Cheese; Vote; The NY Times Op-Ed We Deserve
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: You know what, nothing. That’s right universe, I am good. I have absolutely everything I need. Everything is just fine, so, you can stop asking. I mean, it’s not like for the past few months I’ve been asking for a reprieve from insanity, but somehow things keep on getting exponentially moreso, or something. Nope. Nothing needed here. Just carry on your merry way.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 341, September 20, 2020

Hey. Sorry it’s been a while. I’ve been saying that a lot lately, but I can explain. Or at least try to. The current news cycle (and by current, I mean basically since 2016), to be perfectly blunt, is depressing. When I started this whole thing way back in 2013, the idea of there still being a “fun Internet” was relatively true. Sure, there where important, impactful things that occurred, as well as things that were definitively NOT fun, but the overall state of the world was still somewhat digestible, especially over the course of a year, and, perhaps embarrassingly, they were not MY problems.

“Sure,” thought 2014 me, “The annexation of Crimea by Russia is a bad thing, but, also, kind of quaint? Like who DOES that? Oh wow, here are some super cute cats. Man, the internet can be fun and educational at the same time!”

That is no longer the case. The same strain authoritarian fascism that caused the annexation of Crimea is now redecorating the White House. Yes, Trump is unequivocally authoritarian. Democratic leaders do not say things like

YOU CANNOT HAVE THIS GUY AS YOUR PRESIDENT. MAYBE I WILL SIGN AN EXECUTIVE ORDER, YOU CANNOT HAVE HIM AS YOUR PRESIDENT. [CHEERING] BUT YOU KNOW THIS. EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS.

Authoritarians do. Attorney General Barr is also authoritarian, and therefore antidemocratic. So is State Secretary Mike Pompeo. So is every Republican leader who is shoveling the pile of shit that is their words into their constituents’ gaping maws that a president cannot appoint a Justice during an election year. We knew this was coming, and failed to stop it.

The pillars of democracy are quickly eroding, and by eroding, I mean being actively demolished by sycophants who have no honor, decency, or desire for anything but power for the sake of itself. We are being decimated by a national plague, and people whose sole purpose is to protect American lives are happily adding to body count. Voting is something many Americans no longer believe is a verifiably way to elect our leaders, both because of real reasons (gerrymandering, the Electoral College, voter suppression, not enough ranked choice voting, disenfranchisement, and electronic voting security issues) and fake ones (mail in ballots are not secure, people voting multiple times (not a thing), and people being encouraged to vote multiple times (a definite thing). Our most cherished Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg died after fighting HER WHOLE LIFE for the potential she saw in her fellow humans, and whose individual effort and work has created a more equal and just United States. RBG’s death is already one of the most destabilizing events of the election cycle, in the same year of a complete failure of a “public safety system” where cops routinely kill people (which is a large enough problem all on its own, but considering the constant use of deadly force against people of color [ESPECIALLY BLACK PEOPLE] is at an insanely higher rate turns it into a complete mockery of the term “justice”), and record breaking fires, record breaking storms, and a fucking PRESIDENTIAL IMPEACHMENT.

I did mention a balance of fun, above, so I’ll address that. The “fun” part of the Internet exists in two parts in my mind – social and discovery. The social part is not even close to what it was when I first started using it. Social Media, which as far as I remember was created for me to tell people what I was doing and share pictures of partying with my friends in college. Now it is a weapon. Sure, it still is a place where I share pictures of my kid, but now have to listen to see my friend’s idiot cousin be wrong. At the same time, real news is being decimated by actual fake news. Social Media presents my friend’s idiot cousin’s take on international policy as an equivalent authority on international policy as my friend, who’s an actual international policy scholar. It is easier for fake news to make a winning but baseless argument in my friend’s idiot cousin’s mind than for my international policy scholar to make the argument to the idiot cousin, because there is only one of my international policy scholar friend, while there are thousands of voices re-parroting the baseless argument in the first place. In other words, the idiots have more microphones, because fake knowledge is easy, and real knowledge is hard. Social Media knows this, but since its value is derived from people sharing content, it can’t be too concerned about what that content actually is, or else it hurts its own bottom line – which means my friend’s idiot cousin gets to keep having an equal voice to my international policy scholar friend, and thus the truth dies. I wish it stuck to party pictures.

The discovery part doesn’t really count as discovery anymore. Over the years, I have built up a decent collection of sites I routinely visit. These sites at this point are either entrenched into the zeitgeist of the Internet, or have been destroyed by the Internet’s ecosystem. That ecosystem consists of a few social media companies (see above), and a few search engines. What is left are the things that have been created for or by advertising, which is a smaller pool of total things that are discoverable than ever, even as the amount of creators allegedly grow. For example, if you take a look at Internet Thing Of The Week for the last while, the number of those things that have no monetization attached to them is essentially zero – they are products that solely are supported by advertisements, or an advertisement itself. Webtacular World, this very thing you are reading, is something I do at a loss for myself, but probably makes some amount of money for wordpress and mailchimp through advertisements. This isn’t even mentioning the countless articles and websites and sale pages of things I direct you to on (what was) a weekly basis for hundreds of weeks, which again, only mostly exist for advertisement’s sake.

Webtacular World was meant to be a fun (there’s that word again) thing where I could share my thoughts and views on the world as presented by the Internet to you all. The news is no longer not personal, while the Internet has simultaneously become more weaponized and monetized. I’m not sure any of this is fun anymore.

Sorry for the ramble. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: May The Memory Of The Righteous Be A Blessing
Why: Because I am almost out of the hope this amazing individual created for so long.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The COVID Economy
Why: Because inequality will be driven to even greater heights, especially based on how the US has decided to respond to the crisis.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (∞)
What:  Just Google Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Why: Because there is more she has done for America than I can include here.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: We Will Face Our Reckoning
Why: Because we (humans) have killed 2/3 of all wildlife in the last 50 years.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Time To Defect
Why: Because the Artists Formerly Known As Unnamed Temporary Sports Blog Formerly Known As Deadspin [link not provided because as far as I’m concerned, Deadspin is still dead] But Now Known As Defector are back. They are the best thing about sports. Do not bother watching actual sports. Regardless of what I wrote above, it is worth supporting these writers.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Thinking Of The Ending
Why: Because I can’t tell if I’m Thinking Of Ending Things actually works as intended. I’d love to discuss this with someone after you’ve seen it.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (long watch)
What: The Things I’ve Seen (Also, The Emmys Happened)
Why: Thanks to being on parental leave / staying inside due to COVID and deadly air quality / fires, I have watched an inordinate amount of shows. These are the good ones, along with a single fact.
Community (I had never seen it [I KNOW])
Pen15 (Massive flashbacks to the insecurity and awkwardness of middle school, some of which I’m not entirely sure I ever grew out of)
Breaking Bad (I had never seen this as well [I KNOW!!!])
Better Call Saul (Lawyers are the worst)
The Umbrella Academy (Based on a comic by the guy who was the lead singer of the band My Chemical Romance)
Westworld (This show is somehow managing to maintain control of its ever expanding scope – so far)
High Maintenance (Way more touching than a show sort of about a weed dealer should be)
Jessica Jones (If only the characters made their final choices the first one, most of the problems in the show wouldn’t exist. Still well acted and enjoyable).
Bob’s Burgers (AKA Archer Cooks)
Archer (AKA Bob Kills)
High Score (Narrated by the voice of Super Mario)
Band Of Brothers (Still the most compelling mini series I have ever seen)
Flight Of The Conchords (Almost as dumb of a name as the Beatles, but not quite)

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: MTV Still Does Music In 2020
Why: Because the Video Music Awards happened at some point between a little while ago and now.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: On Treason
Why: Because my Constitutional Law professor knows a thing or two about how law works, or at least theoretically should work. It’s hard to say at this point.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: A Boon For Reimagining What Was
Why: I demand comfort food, and that comfort food takes the form of old video games updated for the modern man. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 lets me McTwist into oblivion like it’s 1999, Microsoft Flight Simulator lets me pilot a plane from SFO into my backyard, and Super Mario 3-D All Stars lets me stomp on goombas in the miraculous THIRD DIMENSION in three different games. Each of these is a remake or re-release of decades old games that demonstrate just how perfect each of these titles were, and how much better they are when they actually look like how we imagined they did at the time.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Rick and Ryan (ad); Re-Animaniacs (ad); Blaseball, The Baseball For These Times (product). ALSO – Mud Water Project was fully funded, so thank you if you donated. If not, you’re still ok too.
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: I think I should stop asking to make the world better, because that is obviously not happening.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 340, August 30, 2020

Greetings Webtaculators. If you’re anything like me, last week may have been incredibly difficult for you. The RNC decided reality does not matter, even as an cops continue to kill people extra-judiciously, proud MAGA children murder protesters and incite further violence across the US, and yet another one of this administration’s creators is charged with fraud. One of the preeminent faces of Black greatness passed away after creating some of the best performances in cinema while fighting back colon cancer. Sports collectively decided that they couldn’t provide passive entertainment while Americans continue to ignore the vast problems that exist within this country. These are not normal times, and the fact that too many people, both those in charge and those with no power, have decided to ignore science, decency, and general courtesy is mind-blowing. But maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised – many of these problems have existed my whole life, but thanks to a number of factors, have been able to slowly fester into the malignancy that currently exists within our culture. Sorry I cannot be more hopeful right now. I really just do not have it in me. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Worst This Country Has To Offer
Why: Because what has been ongoing in Kenosha since an officer decided to fire seven rounds into a person is the EXACT representation of all that is wrong with the US, with conservative thought, with police and their recruitment efforts, gun culture, and conspiratorial nonsense that has overtaken way too much of the US.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: A Reckoning
Why: Because even as stocks continue to bafflingly reach pre-COVID heights, businesses are beginning to act like this facade cannot last.

LEGAL THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Get Fucked, Bannon
Why: Because Steve Bannon is one of the worst humans in the US. He deserves worse than what he’ll get.

EDUCATION THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Hell For Thee But Not For Me
Why: Because Falwell has been duping thousands of true believers to support a version of Christianity that obviously doesn’t exist. This sexually deviant ass hat and his family have already done so much to make secular life worse than it should be. It’s about time that I never have to hear about him again. (Note – I don’t care about what he does behind his own doors. However, I am applying his own standards of living to him, so he can go right off and fuck himself along with Steve.)

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Dreaming Of Electric Pigs
Why: Because Elon Musk claimed to have debuted a computer / brain interface product in a recruiting effort presentation. This article is the only article I found that does not take Musk at his word, which is the correct way to report this.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Speaking With A Singular Voice
Why: Because the entire American sports world came to a halt in order to support Black Lives Matter. This is a huge deal – protests up to this point been individual in nature, (see, Kaepernick, Ali, Carlos and Smith, etc.) which has allowed the immensely powerful organizations they are part of bury their messages and punish their actions. By acting as a cohesive entity, these individuals and teams were able to force people to listen. The NBA alone drives BILLIONS of dollars a year in revenue – removing the ability of these sports organizations that potential take for a social cause is unprecedented. Maybe the rest of us could learn something from them.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Wakanda Forever
Why: Because Chadwick Boseman, the actor who portrayed numerous Black heroes both real and imagined, passed away after a long battle with colon cancer. Separately, if you need a break from reality right now, go watch the new Bill and Ted to be reminded of the fact that we should all be excellent to each other.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Bro-owulf
Why: Because a linguist decided to translate Beowulf into a version that uses the phrase hashtag:blessed in it. Do with it what you will.

DANCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. watch)
What: The Mud Water Project
Why: Because my friend My-Linh directed a movie about the turfing dance movement in the Bay Area. Turfing is an outgrowth from the OG Black Bay dance form known as Boogaloo, which is currently fighting to reclaim its name from asshole militia folk who have co-opted it. Help My-Linh; beat the racists.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Venture Back Into The Post Apocalypse
Why: Because Wasteland 3 manages to pull off an interesting game in this setting, which hasn’t really been done since the original Fallout. It’s particularly fitting to explore a world that exist after society falls apart right now (if you can stomach the idea, which if not, completely understandable), especially ones that make it interesting to be there.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: This is becoming an increasingly dumb tradition to continue, because the Internet of now vs. the Internet of 2013 are two completely different beasts. However, in the continued tradition that there might still be some things worth looking at, here you go.
Criterion Of What?; Tiny Desk At Home; A Rational And Compassionate Voice
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Back the Mud Water Project.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 339, August 16, 2020

Greetings Webtaculators! Today is my last day of paternity leave before heading back into this very same chair and desk I am writing to you from now bright and early tomorrow. I was expecting to have a nice relaxing final day off, but because it is the hellscape that is 2020, I didn’t get any sleep, there was lighting, rain, and humidity (???) in the middle of August, and then our power went out for 6 hours. So ya. Everything is fine.

Back to parental leave – why this is not mandatory for new parents is beyond me. The amount of time and effort it takes to properly raise a new person is astronomical, and has only become more apparent in the middle of a pandemic. I’ve been running on 4-6 hours of heavily interrupted sleep a night, and from talking to other parents, that seems GOOD. If anyone had any expectations for me to work at full capacity while doing this, I’d probably laugh and then jab a pair of scissors in their ear. The fact that the US forces most of its workers to get no time off is beyond ridiculous- new babies need to eat every 2-3 hours, so it is absolute nonsense for new mothers, but the fact that we pretend fathers are non-essential for this part (assuming that there is a more than one parent [single parents, I literally have no idea how you do it by yourself]) is criminal. No wonder America is full of sociopaths. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Mailing It In
Why: Because apparently it always has been super easy to beat American democracy – you just have to remove postboxes, dismantle mail sorting machines, raise postage, and rally idiots against voting access.  The House is returning to session early to deal with this nonsense.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: What Economy?
Why: Because since Congress ran away for summer vacation, they never voted on whether to keep sending a paltry amount of money to people to not become destitute due to the continued presence of COVID 19.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Driven By Employees
Why: Because California deemed drivers for Lyft and Uber to be employees. Up until now, drivers have been classified as contractors, which, sure, I guess. As a result, Lyft and Uber are threatening to cease operation in the state. BTW, if universal healthcare were a thing, this fight most likely would not need to happen. 

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The TikTok Teens’ Reckoning
Why: Because apparently Republicans don’t actually seem to want a limited government or competition, Trump is trying to force the sale of one of the largest communications platforms in the US to a US company.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Maybe Colleges Relying So Much On Athletics Was A Bad Idea?
Why: Because schools are super screwed during the pandemic. Not only is their business model of charging students and their families exorbitant amounts to attend idyllic campuses full of amenities not really happening, but many divisions, such as the PAC-12, are (smartly) opting out of holding fall seasons. This wouldn’t be a huge deal if schools literally live and die by how many people attend their football games. Now you would think that this is because sports generate enough revenue to fund themselves and maybe fund other parts of school education, but this is almost hilariously wrong  – even highly successful programs charge students who go to the school additional fees pay for athletics. The real money comes from boosters and donors who get access to athletes, coaches, and who knows what else to make them feel like part of something. With no sports, it is probably likely that many schools will be unable to meet their general funding goals, let alone support the cost bloat that is college sports. To recap – schools charge students fees to prop up massive sports budgets which make a bunch of people (but not students or athletes) billions of dollars to act as advertising for the school, which somehow benefits the broke as fuck students. AMERICA!

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Seth’s His Own Grandpa
Why: Because An American Pickle tells the very relatable story of a pickle maker (played by Seth Rogan) getting fermented into the future and meeting his great grandchild (also played by Seth Rogan). Hilarity ensues. What does make it interesting is that it is very much about the experiences of Jews in the US, and how the idea of what it means to be a Jewish American has evolved over the last century.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. listen)
What: Wet Ass Pussy
Why: Because even though everyone is pretending that this is a huge revelation for women in rap and pop (you know, because male rappers have been talking about their dicks and fucking forever), women also have been doing the same thing since Lil’ Kim verse, Jr. MAFIA’s “Get Money” in 1995, Khia’s “My, Neck, My Back” from 2002, or any other number of women wanting good sex songs for the last 30 or so years. Also, it’s hilarious that the video’s lyrics are censored, but somehow the words “wet and gushy” are worse.

FASHION THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Fashion Of COVID
Why: Because I haven’t bought anything clotheswise this year, and essentially only wear workout shorts or sweats and T-shirts. I’m pretty sure most of you are the same.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What:Fighting Walled Gardens With More Walls (And Rocket Launchers)
Why: Because Epic, the company behind the behemoth battle royale game Fortnite, where players supposedly are supposed to fight to be the last person standing in a 100 person free for all, but has somehow morphed into a place for live concerts and The Last Jedi backstory reveals, is trying to break apart Google and Apple’s extremely anti-competitive mobile app store models. There are essentially no good guys in this story – this is about access to the billions of dollars we all spend on digital content annually.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Grandpa Metal; The Only Streaming Service You Need; Weezer Meets Wyld Stallyns; Star Wars Titles Are Wrong; Alanis And Her Daughter
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: An easy transition back to work.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 338, July 26, 2020

Oh hey there Webtaculators! Sorry for the prolonged absence – I’ve been busy trying to figure out how to raise a new tiny human. We named this particular human Shane, and think he is adorable.

Did you know that the hospital will just send you home with one of those if you helped make it without any real instructions? Just a quick “congrats and good luck!” and then right out with you. It’s not like you’d want to be in the hospital longer – that usually means something went not quite right, and will also cost you an insane amount of money, at least in the US.

Speaking of the US, WHAT THE FUCK. We absolutely suck at this COVID thing, nationally supported fascists are committing war crimes against protesters, tech stocks are through the roof, baseball is here, and Taylor Swift went indie. I left you alone for THREE FUCKING WEEKS, and this the mess I found you all in. FUCKING CHRIST [scolds everyone in dad voice, because that’s the superpower I now am entitled to]. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: FASCISM IS HERE
Why: Because I told you so. HEY! Remember when those fuckheads actually used real weapons to storm a federal building in Oregon, and NOTHING HAPPENED TO THEM????

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: EVERYTHING IS FINE
Why: Because 55% of the temporary COVID shutdowns are now permanent.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The ADA Turns 30
Why: Because I know I missed some very important rulings (the first amendment means nothing, DACA still exists [until Congress fucks it up], sexual orientation is a protected class, etc.), but the ADA has had some of the largest impact to make all Americans equal, and it deserves to be celebrated.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Laughing Stock Of The World
Why: Because our failure as as a nation is apparent and awful.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Fake Fans, Fake Noise, Real Baseball
Why: Because at least the team I have attached myself to solely based on my proximity to its location at birth absolutely understands the importance of Black Lives Matter.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Every Day Like The Last
Why: Because a decently made deja vu movie for these times is quite enjoyable. Also, The Old Guard finally gave Charlize Theron the good action star vehicle she was made for.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Nationalizing Of T-Swift
Why: Because I wasn’t lying – Taylor Swift made the best indie album of the year. Apparently women-led indie is basically all I listen to now – Here are some others, in no particular order:
The Chicks – Gaslighter
Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
HAIM – Women In Music Pt. III

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: This Is America
Why: Because this is unbelievable.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Revisiting March
Why: Because John Lewis, a true patriot, passed away, and his words and actions matter just as much now as they did when he took his first steps across the Edmond Pettus Bridge.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Being An Overpowered Samurai Is Still Cool
Why: Because Ghosts of Tsushima is exactly the kind of video game I needed at this point.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Audobon Photography Awards; March March; Office Supplies;
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN SHANE OF THE WEEK
What: A Better Solution To Diapers
Why: Because Shane deserves it. Seriously though – diapers suck. You’re smart people. Invent something better. You’ll make millions, I won’t have to change him 80 times a day. WIN-WIN.

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