Webtacular World Issue # 281, April 21, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators! I hope you all managed to survive the weekend of the Holy Trinity (Passover, 4/20, and Easter, respectively) in tact. If you did that while at the second weekend of Coachella, more power to you. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Hearts With Sri Lanka
Why: Because more than 200 people are dead following multi-target attacks in the country.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: How Business Success Defines A City
Why: Because the reality of being able to buy a house in a market dominated by software companies is largely only possible for people who work for those companies. (p.s. friends who work in tech and want to buy me a house in SF when your companies go public, that would be greatly appreciated.) HT Kelly.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Mueller Report
Why: Because Mueller Report, Muller Report, Muller Report, Muller Report, Muller Report, Muller Report, Muller Report, Muller Report, Muller Report, Muller Report, Muller Report, Muller Report.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Galaxy Fail
Why: Because multiple outlets had their Galaxy Fold review units break in the first two days of using them. These foldable screen phones go for $2000. This is not good for Samsung.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: The Sharks Are Still Swimming
Why: Because of this amazing 2OT goal by Hertl.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: 1/4 Of The Way Through
Why: Because I have managed to see absolutely none of these (yes, including Us, I know).

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Beychella
Why: Because although Coachella is still going strong this year, Beyonce basically made any other concert unnecessary with the release of Homecoming on Netflix and as an album.

ARCHITECTURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Value Of A Building
Why: Because the cultural and religious significance of one of France’s most prominent landmarks caused everyone who has ever been to France to post Instagram pictures of their last visit, and cause French billionaires to pledge almost a billion dollars for repairs. The second is not quite a good look when there are protests occurring in a country due to the inequality, both real and perceived, of French monetary policies. At least, thanks to video games, you can still experience a very detailed version of the cathedral through playing Assassin’s Creed: Unity, which is being given away for free.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Next Gen
Why: Because as Xbox and Google are looking to the cloud, the next PlayStation is looking to put more tech, that isn’t even widely available to PCs, inside a box.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: True Detective Pikachu; How To Not Get Caught Being High; Earth
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: $2K Instead Of A Galaxy Fold.
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 # 280, April 14, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators! So remember how last week I told you to do your taxes? This really is your last warning. Do them. Also, if you live in California or NY, enjoy getting less of a refund (or have fun paying more)! Also, doing them is only going to get worse. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Fall Of Assange
Why: Because much like Game of Thrones has taught us, it matters knowing when the person you throw your hat in with is untrustworthy. If this news is too Anglo-centric for you, Sudan’s leader, Omar al-Bashir, was ousted by the Sudanese military.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Uber For Everyone
Why: Because the economy, being what it is now, means that reach is more important that profit.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: As The World Goes, So Too Goes Israel
Why: As has been proven throughout democracies in the last several years, apparently old people who vote in droves are more comfortable rattling sabers than committing to peace. Hopefully American Jews have a long talk about this during Passover.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: A Very Complicated Picture
Why: Because a team of astronomers, helped in particular by Dr. Katie Bouman, managed to capture an image of black hole for the first time ever.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Master
Why: Because Tiger Woods won at Augusta National for the first time in 14 years. This should not be possible, yet here we are.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: The Rise Of Simba
Why: Yes, I know the Star Wars teaser came out, but this trailer managed to actually make me feel excited. Hell, that wasn’t even the best Star Wars trailer released this week – Jedi: Fallen Order was.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read [READ AFTER WATCHING]
What: Game Of Thrones
Why: Because it’s all anyone is going to be talking about at work tomorrow.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Coachella 2019
Why: Because I don’t quite know what to make of festivals anymore, other than that they are not geared towards me in the first time in my life. The production, music, and cost of everything has outgrown what I loved them for. But that’s OK. Instead of buying a $250 dollar ticket to ditch class and get sunburned in the desert for a weekend, I now get to buy a $250 weed wacker, sorry, a string trimmer, and spend that time obliterating freeloading plants in my back yard. At least I get to pretend that I am Bill Duke’s character from the original Preditor. Yay adulthood.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Black Hole Anti-Sun
Why: Because it is amazing that any any light that is escaping can be seen.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: On Second Thought, Don’t Read American Psycho
Why: Because it turns out Bret Easton Ellis, the author of that and other angsty white-guy-from-the-80’s favorites does not come across like a good person.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Nintendo VR, REDUX
Why: Because instead of being a red plastic box that kills your eyes, Nintendo now has a fun and unique take on virtual reality.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Guava Island; An Oldie, But A Goodie; Okilly Dokilly
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 279, April 7, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators! This is your final reminder to do your taxes. Also, this is my final reminder to do my taxes, so don’t worry. We’re all in the same tardy boat. Except for those of you who already filed. Good job! Give yourself a cookie. You earned it. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Another Failure
Why: Because at this point, it’s hardly worth mentioning that another high profile Trump administration position is going to be empty for the foreseeable future.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: 999, What’s Your Emergency (Herman Cain Is Probably Too Stupid To Understand Why This Is A [Bad] Joke)
Why: Because Trump is touting the person who thinks a 9% tax for businesses, individuals, and federal sales tax (?) for being on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3  min. read)
What: Trump Taxes, Again
Why: Because there is no legal basis for Trump not to turn over his taxes to Congress.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Ethics Of AI
Why: Because it is essentially impossible for companies to transparently determine what is ethical for AI.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Baylor Takes The Crown
Why: Because the Women’s NCAA Basketball tourney just wrapped up.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (short look)
What: Only The Best
Why: Because the Criterion Collection is jumping on the streaming bandwagon.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Nipsey Hussle RIP
Why: Because Nipsey Hussle was one of those once in a lifetime people who tried to do good. Because the world is a cruel place, that was not enough.

PAINTING THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: When Good Art Goes Missing
Why: Because Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi was bought for $450 million, and then disappeared.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: When Video Games Go Wrong
Why: Because Anthem is was a beautiful, expensive mess.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Not A Joke; Winter Is Coming For The Final Time; Wrasslin’
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 278, April 1, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators! It’s April Fools Day, but lying just doesn’t feel that fun anymore. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Continuous Fool
Why: Because Trump is averaging 22 false or misleading statements a day. One of the many issues he has lied about includes lying about granting security clearance to many people who should not have been granted clearance.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: AvocaNO
Why: Because the White House is threatening to shut down the US-Mexico boarder.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Cruel And Unusual
Why: Because the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, found that execution does not need to be painless. I guess since Jesus suffered on the cross, it’s OK that everyone on Death Row can too.

FOOD THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Veggie Burgers Are Going Fast
Why: Because the Impossible Burger is teaming up with Burger King to create the Impossible Whopper.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Final 4
Why: Because very big children will be putting a ball in a hoop for your entertainment.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Just Dumb
Why: Because Tim Burton’s Dumbo is yet another live action Disney movie (like his Alice In Wonderland) that probably didn’t need to get made.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Meet Billie
Why: Because Billie Eilish is being touted as the new sound of music.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (quick look)
What: The Fox Said Nothing
Why: Because sometimes I actually take good photographs.IMG-4152

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Can You Hear The People Sing Without Oxygen?
Why: Because marrying science fiction with Les Mis actually seems like a good idea.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: r/Games Confronts Its Monsters
Why: Because at least some moderators of one of Reddit’s largest gaming focused subreddits understand that not everything is fun and games.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: April Is HereLA Times Treats NYC Like It Treats Everywhere Else; The Worst Timeline: Exhibit 3825
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 277, March 24, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Mueller Report
Why: Because it makes no sense that everyone involved in this case who was found to be obstructing justice would have done so if they had nothing to hide – the logic of this whole endeavor feels broken.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Corporate Overlord
Why: Because Disney now owns 21st Century Fox (the entertainment Fox, not the “news” Fox).

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: How To Ban Weapons After A Mass Shooting
Why: Because New Zealand understands that people do not need guns in a modern society.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Google Enters Gaming
Why: Because as mentioned last week, Google is such a large platform that it is kind of amazing that it didn’t do something earlier. The main strength that Stadia has is that google is already heavily invested in servers, so it makes sense that they are going all in on back end streaming. However, not everyone is super excited about.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: March Of The Madness
Why: Because people like watching basketball, so why not have 64 teams? Apparently someone still has a perfect bracket.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Us
Why: Because Jordan Peele has managed to revive American horror movies all on his own.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Lux Prima
Why: Because Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Danger Mouse, of, well, Danger Mouse, make some beautiful music together.

ARCHITECTURE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Living Above It All
Why: Because why develop just one building in NYC when you can develop a whole park of them?

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Authors Don’t Know How To Party
Why: Because party scenes in books make no sense.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Shadows Die Always
Why: Because Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a very hard game in the same vein as Dark Souls and Bloodborne, and like those games, is very, very good.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Scoot Away; Train Time; Strangererer Things
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 276, March 17, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators. This week proved that Right Wing White Supremacy is one of the most dangerous forces in the world at this moment. It is not a secret that this has been a long growing problem both within the United States and around the world. Everything from the resurgence of nationalist populism, Brexit, “both sides,” and vile entertainment posing as news links directly to this attack. Perhaps most tellingly, our president was directly attributed to being a beacon of hope for the ideas behind what lead to a person killing 50 unarmed people in peaceful prayer. This week also proved that the Internet, by and large, is a failure of its promise. Instead of promoting knowledge, kinship, and connection between people, it prompted someone to scream out memes about video games while he live streamed himself murdering people. There is no knowledge here, only death and sadness.

This week also proved that something is clearly wrong with identifying and supporting the best in our society, while obviously misidentifying and enriching those who clearly do not deserve it. When the news of the collegiate admission scandal hit, it managed to be one of those national stories that even though I am not involved, I am still way too close to it. I have the wonderful connection now of being one of a true handful of people who matriculated from the University of Southern California AND Marin Academy, one of the high schools which two of the families who are accused of being part of the scheme to bribe their children into college attended. Most concerning to me is that I personally know one of the families involved because I spent a decent amount of time as the child’s lacrosse coach. After having a week to think about it, I still do not understand how this father would have put everything his child had worked for, and decided that not only was it not enough, but it was essentially meaningless anyway (and yes, I understand how it can come across that these kids are just as much to blame in this farce as the parents [some clearly are], but I can assure you that the son is a decent human being [as decent as any high school age boy can be] and is in no way responsible for the actions of his parents). The idea that having money is truly seen by those who have it as an “I can do whatever I want” enabler has almost never been laid more bare in American society. I can assure you it does not stop at college admissions. It is a massive problem.

This week’s news left me incredibly drained and exhausted, because it points out just how little there is that the average person can do to stop any of these things from occurring. It seems like at some point in the last 40 years the world just decided collectively “this isn’t my problem,” and decided that everything that is happening is an unknowable and unsolvable travesty. This is a lie. These problems were identified and known – whether it is the dark underbelly of the internet goading idiots to massacre people, or letting wealthy people get away with whatever they want to do because they are able to pay for it. I don’t have any answers, but I know it isn’t good. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Remembering Christchurch
Why: Because we must know the people who were taken from us if this is ever going to stop.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Cost Of Business
Why: Because it appears that getting a plane into production is more important than teaching people to fly it.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Liable For Creating Death
Why: Because gun makers are finally liable for when their products are used to murder people, which is the liability THE MAKERS OF EVERY OTHER PRODUCT IN EXISTENCE FACE. It’s about time. Also, Governor Newsom put a stay on capital punishment in California.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: HAHAHAHA
Why: Because Facebook lost whatever right it had to be “privacy minded” when it made its first dollar selling information to businesses.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Scouts
Why: Because there are more people trying to find the best players than actual players on a team.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. watch)
What: Posters Tell The Story
Why: Because movie posters explain a lot more about the movies than you think.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3  min. read)
What: Nada Surf
Why: Because Dick Dale passed away.

ART THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Getting You There
Why: Because the seats of our public transportation systems have a long ways to go before they perform all of their functions well. It seems like the “comfort while sitting” is being lost to other considerations. At least they look kinda neat.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Prisoner, Revisited
Why: I know, I already mentioned this book this year, but I am plugging it again. This week I had the honor of getting to see Jason Rezaian speak about his experience as a prisoner in Iran, and how the rest of his life changed due to his experience. It seems like it would be difficult to talk to an audience of strangers about a life threatening international political scandal, but Jason remains one of the affable and down to earth people who had fame thrust upon him in an entirely undesirable way. The talk, which was hosted by one of my high school history teachers, also let me know 20 years too late that my history teacher was John Belushi’s nephew. I also now know that I did better in a European History class than a Harvard Nieman Fellow, so there is hope for me yet.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Google Games
Why: Because Google is unveiling something at the Games Developer Conference next week. It probably has something to do with streaming.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: I almost decided that there was too much internet leaking into the real world this week, so I was not even sure if I should do a Webtacular this week. That being said, I did it, so here are some internet things that are the good kind of internet.
Throw A Burrito; Good Hair Don’t Care; Meet Nancy
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Tesla Y, but really just a week where humanity stops acting like its potential worst.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 275, March 10, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators! In case you weren’t aware, the United States justice system is still broken. Also, Trebek has cancer.  At least it’s Daylight Savings Time! Yay sun! On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Our President Spends Time With Alleged Human Trafficking Maven
Why: Because Trump’s supporters continue to defy reason, and still support him regardless of how little he does that represents their own desires. It might have something to do with Fox News.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: The Problems With Recycling
Why: Because one of the largest changes to how we deal with the leftovers of our consumer culture is changing for the worse.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: 47 Months
Why: Because people who steal $100 dollars are given more jail time than that. Justice is not equal.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Check It Out
Why: Because the self checkout process was never meant to benefit consumers – it is about cutting the bottom line. Instead, grocery stores are looking to get you drunk. Shots

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Represent
Why: Because this is what justice looks like in sports.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Marvelous 
Why: Because say what you will about the formulaic nature of Marvel movies at this point, but the superhero genre has done more for representation in the mainstream in the last few years than most Oscar winners do.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Songs That Matter
Why: Because the NY Times finally decided to tap into that “Millennial” readership that it has been reporting about for the last ten years.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Time To Learn About Socialism!
Why: Because according to your uncle Joe, these are ideas that you must be afraid of.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Devils Never Cry, They Only Might
Why: Because Devil May Cry is a perfectly nice big dumb action game.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Cheddar; Words Matter, Even About Food; Yet Another Reason Why Humanity Is Doomed
Why: Because Internet.

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

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