Webtacular World Issue # 199, September 24, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators. This week was basically a repeat of the past, but somehow worse. More natural disasters, escalating saber rattling, potentially less health care, the rise of German Nationalism, and the President can only focus on American athletes participating in something that has absolutely nothing to do with their sports, and especially is nothing that a President dealing over multiple high level disasters should take the time to weigh in on. I have no idea how we got here, or where we are going, but I do know that nothing good is going to come of it. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. reads)
What: Devastation Of Different Types
Why: Because Mexico suffered a massive earthquake, and Puerto Rico (and other Atlantic islands) suffered greatly due to yet another hurricane.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Healthcare Minus Care
Why: Because this article highlights my main problem with a number of Republican policies – they are not so much an attempt to govern, as an attempt to “ungovern.” Given, one of the main bases for the Republican party is “small government.” However, this current plan hardly gives any regard to what states actually want – especially for the large amount that actually tried to comply with the ACA. Furthermore, ACA was based on a bipartisan effort, regardless of what people have been lead to believe.
Coming up with solutions to societal ills is difficult. This is why we have a full time Federal government in the first place. If a last ditch effort comprises a “slash, burn, and redistribute” solution, then that is no solution at all. I hope the constituents of Arizona, Maine, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania are smart enough to realize just how detrimental this gambit is, and that they understand that the Republican party is very close to voting to literally kill them.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Protest
Why: Because Trump attacked both the NBA and the NFL as entire institutions, in spite of the clarity of the reasons for the protests (no, this is not “disrespectful to the troops,” since the protests are explicitly about the lack of equality and justice for minorities, especially concerning local police forces who have been proven time and time again to not fairly and justly serve the communities they have sworn to protect). For those of you who are unaware, NFL players being present during the national anthem was not a thing until 2009.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: A Spy Like Me
Why: Because the second installment of Kingsman franchise is just fun and stupid enough to be successful.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. watch)
What: How To Base
Why: Because Flea is an absolute joy to watch.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: Solidarity
Why: Because this action is unprecedented in sports on this scale.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Reviewing The Reviewers
Why: Because the NY Times Sunday Book Review had quite a dust up over the review of the book Blurred Lines. If anything, the only good that came out of this is that more people will be made aware of the continuing problems of college sexual assault, especially give the government’s current rollback of Obama era policies.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Playerunknown
Why: Because Brendan Green created one of the biggest multiplayer games ever, and it basically came out of nowhere.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Fact Check; World Of Tomorrow; Liquid Sand
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

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Webtacular World Issue # 198, September 17, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! I was lucky enough to get to see tons (literally) of whales this weekend in Monterey. Whales are wonderful. I wish I could spend more time watching whales. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (multiple reads)
What: Tell Me If You’ve Heard This One Before
Why: A state is recovering from a giant hurricane, North Korea fired a missile, there was a terrorist attack in England, and Trump retweeted something stupid that would get anyone else fired.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. look)
What: One More Thing
Why: Because Apple is releasing its 10th year iteration of the iPhone.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: St. Louis In Tears
Why: Because both the judge and the officer involved in this outcome are a danger to society.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: The Good And The Bad
Why: Because Cleveland’s win streak is impressive. However, the overarching conversation regarding identity of sports and their relationship, both past and present, with politics and racism that reflect broader American discourse is probably the bigger story of this year.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: The Emmys
Why: Because this was a year showed just how different TV is now than just a few years ago.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Rock On
Why: Because the Foo Fighters created another reliable Foo Fighter album in Concrete and Gold. Which means that it is excellent. If you get a chance, I highly recommend that you get out to see them live.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: What Happened In Her Words
Why: Because Hillary Clinton is releasing a book about the election. Regardless of your thoughts on the outcome, or whether you hate or love her, or even agree with her about why she lost, this still remains one of the closest looks into the mind of one of the most preeminent American politicians of the last few decades.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Oh Good, More Racism
Why: Because this is why I don’t play multiplayer games for the most part.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Emmys Opening; How To Make A Foo Fighters Album; How To Comedy
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 197, September 10, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! It is absolutely insane that one of the most damaging hurricanes in history becomes a distant history because even more damaging natural disasters occur in such a short time frame after. Here’s to hoping everyone in Florida stays safe. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Irma
Why: Because the unpredictability of this storm has made it especially dangerous.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Equifucks
Why: Because these data breaches are unacceptable, especially considering the amount of control credit agencies have over everyone’s day to day ability to do almost any sort of financial transaction.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: The Impacts Of DACA
Why: Because Trump officially notified the world via Twitter that he was ending DACA to force Congress to do something about it. This is why getting rid of it is a terrible idea, you know, if being unconscionably cruel to people isn’t a good enough reason to not get rid of it.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Nadal Is Back On Top
Why: Because at some point, him and Federer have to start losing these things, right?

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Everyone Can Float, Too
Why: Because It is the biggest movie release in September ever.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Let’s Drink Wine, Be Sad, And Listen To The New The National Album
Why: Because Sleep Well Beast is another excellent The National album.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. look)
What: Hurricane Irma’s Devastation
Why: Because what happened to many of the small Atlantic islands is horrible.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Reading It For The First Time
Why: Because Stephen King’s cocaine fueled clown nightmare is a definitely not an easy one.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: This Is Your Destiny
Why: Because the new Destiny is much like the old Destiny, but better. Except for the whole spend real money on armor color issue. People don’t seem to like that very much.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Best Of Last Year; Do What The Nice Robot Says; The Muppets Make Everything Better
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Another Meal At Gary Danko
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 196, September 3, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! Hope everyone is having a great Labor Day Weekend! I’m sure you all thanking your union reps for all their hard work… oh, you’re not in a union? Never mind then. Get back to work, you lazy good for nothing!

Completely unrelated! Just about one year ago, Meagan made me one incredibly lucky guy by actually going through with her promise to marry me. It has been a crazy year for a lot of reasons, but I could not have asked for a better person to get to experience it with. Love you Megs. Happy anniversary. Here’s to many more. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: North Korea Is Going Ballistic
Why: Because North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb after weeks of escalation between itself and basically the entire rest of the world. It hasn’t helped that Trump’s idea of diplomacy is saying that war is the only option – if that’s the case, then why the hell would a country that has never really acted rationally for its own survival not push that scenario as far as possible?

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Economic Impacts Of Hurricanes
Why: Because it is really difficult to calculate exactly how much hurricanes actually affect people. Of course, when you have a dysfunctional government that can’t even agree how to do one of the most basic parts of its job, Harvey might end up differently.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Standing Up For The Dreamers
Why: Because by the rationale used to argue against DACA, that means that no descendant of an undocumented person should be allowed in the U.S., which it turns out is just about everyone. Now, if only Trump could explain how he is planning to remove almost 1 million young people without spending an inordinate amount of money… This actually makes me furious – I personally know people who are direct beneficiaries of DACA, and they are exactly the type of people the United States needs, unless lawyers, doctors, top students, and Apple employees aren’t “the type of people” America wants.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: California Is Hot
Why: Because it was 110 degrees at 6 pm in my hometown yesterday. That has never happened before.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Return Of College Football
Why: Because college football always reminds me that I actually like football, just not when it is played by millionaires. Because things like this, this, and this happen on an almost weekly basis. But then there’s also the whole head trauma issue, and then you’re reminded everything sucks.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: A Very Good List Of Movies
Why: Because there’s no more Game of Thrones until next year, so Sunday night is a perfect time to catch up on classic comedies. I highly suggest reading all the other links attached to the article as well – critics top 25 thoughts, who voted, many Like It Hotregional differences, and the difference between men and women.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Give Me My LCD
Why: Because American Dream is a very fitting album for the times. Also, it’s just great to have a new LCD Soundsystem album.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. look)
What: Houston
Why: Because with water levels now returning to normal, it is unbelievable to see how much water actually accumulated.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Time For Dystopian Fiction
Why: Because parts of these novels are feeling less like fiction every day.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: 50 For The Price Of One
Why: Because fake retro compilations might be almost as good as the real retro compilations.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Build Your Own Muppet (Sorry, “Creature”); Selling To Millennials; So, You Didn’t Go To Burning Man Either?
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 195, August 28, 2017 SPECIAL LATE EDITION

Greetings Webtaculators!  Happy… Monday. Texas is facing unprecedented flooding. North Korea launched a missile over Japan. A bunch of biggots tried to ruin San Francisco this weekend, but they basically only succeeded in getting themselves beat up in Berkeley amidst a mostly peaceful protest. Trump had another stellar week by  trying his hardest to corrupt the Constitution by pardoning someone who actively worked to deny people their rights, and firing even more of his original brain trust, all after making the worst presidential address in history. Sigh. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Any Of The Above
Why: Because I don’t know how to differentiate between the causes of the constant state of panic the world now seems to actively be in. Are Nazis showing up in San Francisco better or worse than a storm of historic proportions? Is the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of people displaced in Texas more noteworthy than a country probably openly committing an act of war against another country? I don’t have an answer for that, but I’m certain all of them are worth knowing about and talking about.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Whole Amazon
Why: Because now the same service that you buy everything from just gained an incredible amount of prime real estate for shopping. It’s this brand new idea where a place called a “store” that you can go to buy things. I’m not entirely sure what part of Amazon’s business model is a loss leader to what other part. A loss leader is a product that is sold under its value to attract customers. It’s is an expression I came up with a couple of days ago and thought it was good.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Literally Against The Law
Why: Because the American Bar Association is not a political body – it is an organization that represents the entirety of the legal profession in order to ensure lawyers do their best to uphold the law. For it to come out this strongly against the pardon of a monstrous human being is something that cannot be understated.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Harvey Vs. Humanity
Why: Because even though climate change is probably not the direct “cause” of Hurricane Harvey, it almost certainly is playing a part in determining its destructiveness.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Round 1, Fight
Why: Because one of the best technical boxing men in history beat a non-boxing man in a game of boxing. Again, this does not remove the fact that Mayweather is a woman beater, and an awful human being in general. And somehow this is what constitutes one of the biggest entertainment draws in history.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. watch)
What: Super Troopiers
Why: Because Super Troopers 2 is coming out soon.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. read)
What: Season 7 Recap [SPOILERS]
Why: Because Game Of Thrones has officially become the most popular television show featuring four of the main characters practicing incest, while making one of those relationships something that the viewer is actively happy about. [Insert your own “Game of Bones” joke here]. Also apparently the MTV Video Music Awards happened.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. listen)
What: A True Pilgrim
Why: Because I first became friends with Mat Davidson, the man behind Twain, in high school. It’s been amazing to watch his journey journey as a musician as a member of Low Anthem (here, playing a saw) and on his own, and he is truly one of the most unique voices I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Houston, Before And After
Why: Because the amount of water that now occupies a space previously devoid of it is unfathomable.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Homegrown Terror
Why: Because although this isn’t quite the literature you might be used to, this is one of of the most important pieces of writing I have read this year.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Sublime Nonsense
Why: Because the most iconic video game character +…. these things + XCOM = a fantastic game.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Rabbids + Sports; Learn Stuff; Even More New Home Star Runner (Seriously, this was a website that was popular when I was in high school 17 years ago, and now is making the most updates since it stopped posting updates regularly about 7 years ago. This never happens.)
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Tormund And The Hound Spinoff
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 194, August 20, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! It seems like everyone is quitting: Steve Bannon, Confederate Statues, The White House Committee on Arts and Humanities, hell, even the sun! Maybe they should all go to Burning Man and talk it out. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Only The Best
Why: Because Trump’s ability to pick winners continued with Stephen Bannon quitting / being fired this past week. Since we’re counting, this is the fourth major advisor who has been forced out since Trump became President. The fallout this time was at least partially due in part to Trump’s inability to denounce Nazis. Or maybe it’s because he can’t appropriately denounce global terrorism, either. Remember, when anyone says that “both sides” are bad, here is the wrong side.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Great For Business!
Why: Because Trump’s business council quit, too.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: A Change In Free Speech
Why: Because when the First and Second Amendment are brought to a protest, it doesn’t make sense to back the one that can actually kill people.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3-4 min. look, depending on location)
What: There Goes The Sun, Doo-Doo Doo-Doo
Why: Because it’s a solar eclipse tomorrow! Don’t look at it (unless you have these).

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (20 sec. watch)
What: When Is A Bicycle Not A Bicycle?
Why: Because cycling with the pedaling is something else.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: RIP Jerry Lewis
Why: Because he was a multi-talented entertainer who managed to bring laughter to many through an ever changing landscape.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Indie’s Not Dead
Why: Because Grizzly Bear just released a great new album.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. look)
What: Still Nazis
Why: Because I also have heard people trying to differentiate between Nazis from the 1930’s-40’s and now. Nope, they’re still the same.  And good people are still protesting them.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Gotta Go Fast
Why: Because Sonic The Hedgehog actually stars in a good game again.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Watchin The SBEmail; So-Called “Eclipse”; Rick Foo’d
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 193, August 13, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (7 min. read)
What: Fuck Nazis, And Fuck Our Nazi Enabling President
Why: Because The STORY OF THE WEEK would have been the North Korea nuclear threat escalation, because our idiotic leader managed to unsuccessfully engage in diplomacy, but instead we get to deal with Nazis.
I would be more eloquent, but these heinous acts committed by people who believe in an ideology that calls for my personal destruction due to my heritage do no deserve it. My grandparents (yes, all of them,) fought to make sure the world would be free of this scourge forever. The fact that Nazis are openly marching is a direct affront to their memory, to all World War II veterans, and to America itself. Trump has allied himself with these degenerates. There is no side equivalence in this: you are either a supporter of Trump and his Nazi backers, or against them. Choose wisely, because history is watching.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. read)
What: Tech Bros Are The Worst
Why: Because this memo was circulated by an engineer at Google, before he was summarily fired.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: Assault And Fame
Why: Because we have multiple stories to choose from this week: Taylor Swift gets a lawsuit against her dismissed, Kesha makes music again (it’s a fun album!) after allegedly being raped by her producer, the NFL finally applies its domestic abuse rules to a star player, and a popular video game critic was let go from his publication for using his position to solicit nude pictures from his female fans. I hate this week.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Twilight Actor Can Act
Why: Because Robert  Pattinson actually made a good movie.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. look)
What: OSL 2017
Why: Because Outside Lands had its 10th anniversary. My favorite acts were Sleigh Bells,  Fleet Foxes, Royal Blood; Cage The Elephant, Maggie Rogers, and The Who.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Fuck Nazis
Why: Because Nazis continue killing people in the modern world. This is unacceptable.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: $10 Million For Winning At Video Games
Why: Because the DOTA 2 International had the biggest prize pool in gaming history.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: The Redemption Of Fieri?; America Is Broken; Puppies
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Whatever. It’s been a long week.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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