Webtacular World Issue # 167, February 12, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! So I guess this is what a “quiet” week with Trump looks like – Tweeting about a department chain, about how he’s going to see a bunch of judges in court because he totally understands how our legal system works, shaking the Japanese Prime Minister’s hand, oh, and playing golf, because weekends.

In a completely different news, I am happy to announce that my brother somehow managed to convince his girlfriend to be his fiance.

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Congrats Chet and Steph! I’m so happy for you both! On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Destroying America’s Future
Why: Because the appointment of Betsy DeVos shows a complete disregard for the public education of our population.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Power Of Words
Why: Because if you’re going to blame a country for market manipulation, you might want to make sure you’re talking about the right ones.

ENVIRONMENTAL THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Too Much Water
Why: Because California, in a turn of events, now has a problem of too much water. This can be extremely devastating.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: A Little Respect
Why: Because lawyers are finally being portrayed for the good things that they do.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: How Keyboards Work
Why: Because you might as well understand how the thing you type on all the time actually makes the words appear on the screen.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (13 min. read)
What: Nothing But Keanu
Why: Because John Wick 2 is out.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: SNL Is Killing It
Why: Because Spicey.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read [if you read all of them (you should)])
What: The Real Biggest Night In Music
Why: Because even Adele thinks Beyonce should have won.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: A Reading List Of Fascism
Why: Because Kottke.org linked to a couple lists of books on Fascism, which seems slightly prescient at this time.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Defining A Genre
Why: Because First Person Shooters used to be called Doom clones before anyone realized it was a specific type of game, and Nioh seems to prove that Soulsbourne is now its own thing.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Working From Home; How To Raise Plants; The Science Guy
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 166, February 5, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! If you’re like me, you probably are feeling a little overwhelmed by the amount of ridiculousness going on – every day feels like there’s another crisis, each potentially worse than the last. That’s why, this week, I’m going to (try to) focus only on the positive things happening. We all could use a little bit more joy. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Liberty’s Best Friend, Justice
Why: Because after the immigration ban was given a restraining order, the 9th Circuit also ruled to reject a quick effort by the Department of Justice to place a stay on the initial ruling.

FOOD THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: When Food Gets Political
Why: Because avocados are delicious.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: What The Federalist?
Why: Because a relatively little known fact about me is that I held the position of Secretary for the board of my law school’s chapter of the Federalist Society, which is super confusing even to me to this day.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: What A Game
Why: Because you might as well read about one of the craziest football games I have ever watched from a British newspaper. Here’s some other things you could have watched instead.

COMMERCIAL THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. watch)
What: The Best Of The Game
Why: Because this year seemed… underwhelming. Except for this one.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (30 sec. watch)
What: Strangerer
Why: Because Stranger Things is amazing.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (13 min. watch)
What: Lady Gaga Has An Incredible Stage Presence
Why: Because I don’t know many people who can fly around a football stadium and still be able to sing.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (short look)
What: The New Catch
Why: Because I have no idea how Edelman held onto the ball.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Books By Refugees
Why: Because some of America’s greatest literary achievements were created by people who weren’t originally from here.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: More Like Palmer Notluckey
Why: Because Facebook, Palmer Luckey, and Brandon Iribe  were found guilty of failing to comply with NDAs regarding the creation of the Oculus Rift, and have to pay a total of $500 million. This might have a widespread negative effects for the growth of VR in general. At least games can usually make their own luck.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Bully Pulpit; Netherlands SecondRemote Control Dog; Cartoons And Gloves
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Actually, I’m good this week. I got a car. I also got a cat. (Zelda says hi). That’s enough.
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Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 165, January 29, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators. A few wise words from my wife before we get going this week:

“Our new president seems to be trying to set a record for executive actions (a dozen so far in his first 6 days in office – 2 of those days were weekend days, so really we are looking at a dozen or so orders in his first 4 days), and despite attempts to chill freedom of the press, you should hear about them.

These orders will deeply harm causes near to my heart and will negatively impact a majority, if not all Americans. They include but are not limited to: ACA-rollback with no actual replacement plan in place from the president or congress, EPA freeze on communications and federal grants, immigration and deportations mandates (plus that damn stupid wall), the gag-rule on international family planning/pro-choice information and services (if you think this isn’t a bellwether for where this administration is going, especially with a Supreme Court vacancy, boy do I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you), and of course his first-ever-action in office: the rescinding of the mortgage-cut rate which makes it harder for first time home-buyers to purchase a home.

These orders don’t even take in to account his selections for cabinet and agency positions that are either incredibly inexperienced, diametrically opposed to the the agencies they are expected to lead, or, in most cases both. These agencies include the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Labor, and the Secretary of the Treasury (you might also want to review his picks for the department of energy, who four years ago couldn’t remember the name of the department but knew he wanted it abolished, the head of the department of small business administration, Linda McMahon – one of the heads of the WWE, and of course, President Trump’s pick for Attorney General – a position that is supposed to uphold the laws of our land and act as the litigative arm of the executive branch, Jeff Sessions – a man deemed too racist by 1980s standard to hold a federal judgeship. Don’t forget, all of these agencies have A TON of autonomy to pass regulations (i.e. rules that have the nearly have the same force as law passed by your democratically elected officials) and the free reign to not enforce laws or pass regulations as they see fit, as they mostly answer to the president as long as they act within some broad parameters of congress and public hearing processes.

These executive orders and nominations also do not take in to account bills introduced by the House and Senate in the new term. They include the removal of the United States from the United Nations (an organization we were instrumental in founding after WWII, and after we had previously backed out the League of Nations to pretty terrible results) and restrictions on women’s reproductive freedoms. And remember, one of the first things the Republican-controlled congress tried to do was dismantle the congressional ethics oversight committee.

So if I get more vocal because the democracy I was raised in- that used to believe and at least attempted to promote that men and women, from any race or religion, or sexual or gender orientation could participate fully In our system, has been downgraded from “full” to “flawed” democracy since President Trump’s swearing-in because of the actions he and our congress (and many state and local law makers) have taken, you are really going to have to excuse me.”

I should probably just let her do this going forward. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Week One
Why: Because this presidency is farce. For anyone who voted for Trump because you thought he should be given a chance, well, this is what you get. I am also grieving for our Muslim brothers and sisters who were attacked this evening while praying in a mosque in Quebec.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Everything Is Political
Why: Because when a company’s CEO is an economic adviser to a president, the company opens itself to political protest.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Lawyers For Immigrants
Why: Because I am in awe of the work many of my classmates, friends, and colleagues performed this weekend. Trump’s ban on immigration is dangerous.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. read)
What: T Minus 2.5
Why: Because the Doomsday Clock, a measure of the health and safety of the Earth, just moved forward by 30 seconds.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: 2000’s Forever
Why: Because Federer defeated Nadal for likely the last time in their storied rivalry.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Everything Is Political Again
Why: Because although Hollywood has always been seen as political, it rarely speaks out so vehemently. Also, the Stranger Things acceptance speech was wonderful.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Rock On
Why: Because the Japandroids’ music is infectious.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Protests, Again
Why: Because apparently these are going to happen all the time now.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: 1984 2017
Why: Because George Orwell’s masterpiece is a bestseller again, for some reason.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Resident Evil Revival
Why: Because the newest Resident Evil game is brings the series back to its horror roots, and it is wonderfully terrifying.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Burninating All The Peasants; Trumpover; MailShrimp / KaleLimp / JailBlimp
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 164, January 22, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! Did you hear? Trump’s inauguration was YUGE! The biggest, period, even if NPS doesn’t count them. Even Kellyanne says so, because there are now such things as “alternative facts.” In all seriousness, what Trump said on his inauguration was atrocious. Here are my thoughts.

For those of you asking for people like me who think he is not fit to be President to “just give him a chance,” well, I just did, and he failed. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Millions March
Why: Because taking part in this event in Oakland was one of the coolest things I have ever been a part of.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Trumpcare
Why: Because cutting the ACA will lead to a 20-25% increase in insurance premiums. Also, the first thing Trump did was cut the mortgage rate reduction for first time home buyers.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The First Suit
Why: Because the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, consisting of legal scholars such as Erwin Chemerinsky, Deepak Gupta, and former White House ethics lawyers is suing the President for violating the Emoluments Clause. In other news, the one of the previous President’s last acts was to pardon Chelsea Manning.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Bye Bye, Net Neutrality
Why: Because the Internet is going to be a much worse place in a few years.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Exciting Cycling Story!
Why: Because the playoff games were bad.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: The M. Night Returns
Why: Because M. Night Shyamalan somehow made good movie again. Plot Twist!

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. watch)
What: Minus Young Thug
Why: Because this is one of the most creative music videos I have ever seen.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Millions
Why: Because the turnout for this event really needs to be seen.

FOOD THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. read)
What: Best Nuggets
Why: Because chicken nuggets are delicious, even if it’s unclear what part of a chicken they actually come from.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Women Play Games Too
Why: Because even though most of the things I post on here tend to be about shooting aliens, demons, or Nazis in the face, there are plenty of other games that people play as well. Threes is a particularly good time waster.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: The Answer Is Yes (see “shooting Nazis in the face,” above); How To Tell A Joke; How To Protest
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 163, January 15, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! Enjoy the last few days with Barack Obama as President of the United States. Also, since our future requires it, try to remember these words:

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

Have a wonderful MLK weekend. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Trump Against Civil Rights
Why: Because Trump really doesn’t know when to not talk. This is going to be a major problem when his tweets are actually those of the Presidency. Remember, Trump is allegedly this guy.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Remember, Businesses Doesn’t Need To Be Regulated
Why: Because the head of one of the world’s largest technology companies has a warrant out for his arrest for bribery and embezzlement. If Mr. Lee were in the U.S., he’d probably be elected President.  Also, because your childhood needed to be killed just a little more, Ringling Bros. Circus is no more.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Law And Order Minus Constitution
Why: Because the Chicago Police Department has been found to be habitually violating the Constitutional Rights of Chicago’s residents. You can read the entire report here.

FOOD THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Whiskey Is Great
Why: Because what the title says.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Cowboys Still Suck
Why: Because American Football has had unreasonably exciting games in the last few weeks, including both professional playoff games today and the college championship last week. This makes me feel very conflicted. So, here’s an amazing golf story, too.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. watch)
What: Full Chewie
Why: Because deleted scenes are fun, especially when they involve Wookie caused dismemberment.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: The xx Return
Why: Because the xx’s new album is an amazing soundscape.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: Jump Higher
Why: Because Philippe Halsman asked many famous people to jump at the end of their photo shoots, and the results are wonderful.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Sell Out
Why: Because you really should read March.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Time To Switch
Why: Because the new Zelda looks unbelievable.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: How To Make Mario; President, OR: Peeing Russian Exciting Stripper Incident Doesn’t Exclude Naked Trump; Bullshit
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 162, January 8, 2016

Greetings Webtaculators! Well, I said that my wish for this year was to have better news, but so far the stupid world won’t listen. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: New Year New Shooting
Why: Because instead of being a terrorist or gun nut or any other of the “expected” profile an active shooter is supposed to be, this time the horror was enacted by a discharged military veteran. The number of veterans who are involved in violent altercations far outweighs their percentage of the population. People like the man who committed this atrocity need help, but based on the way things are going, it is doubtful that any meaningful changes will occur.

POLITICAL THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Comrade Trump
Why: Because Russia actively sought to involve themselves in the United States’ elections to help put Trump in power.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Jack In The Tacos (click on the first link)
Why: Because Jack in the Box Tacos might be the most perfect late night drunk food, regardless of what Meagan thinks.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Oh, So That’s Why He Was A Con Law Professor
Why: Because while Trump is tweeting about how his version of The Apprentice debuted higher than Schwarzenegger’s version, President Obama was busy getting his comment on U.S. criminal justice published by the Harvard Law Review. Meanwhile, at Jeff Session’s office

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: CES 2017
Why: Because the largest technology product show in the U.S. continues growing, and will keep on doing so until everyone has an IOT refrigerator.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Grandaddiest Game
Why: Because I stupidly wrote off the Rose Bowl last week, when it ended up being one of the best football games in a really long time. Sorry.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Golden Globes
Why: Because the Drunk Oscars proved to choose decently this year, save for the self love of big winner La La Land. Two things of note: Meryl Streep’s Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech, and the fact that Ryan Renolds’ Deadpool was up for two major awards.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. look)
What: Coachella 2017
Why: Because Beyonce and hate groups.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Games Reflecting Life
Why: Because the microcosm that is video games sure mirrored some of the worst of this past year.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: So That’s How Gears Work; Japan’s McDonalds Look Fun; Horses Are Just Giant Dogs You Can Ride On; Porn Year In Review (For a country that just voted in a party that hates same sex relationships, the fact that “lesbian” was the #1 rated search term breaks my mind)
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: This Awesomely Stupid Laptop
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 161, January 1, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! Welcome to 2016 2017. I had a wonderful time ringing in the new year celebrating a marriage. I hope you all had a great time celebrating the end of a pretty awful year. I have high hope that this next year will be a completely better experience than what we just went through. Oh, wait. No I don’t. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Hollywood Royalty
Why: Because Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds died within hours of each other. In a year where celebrity death seemed to be especially prevalent, this was a truly sad way to continue this trend.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: It’s The Infrastructure, Stupid
Why: Because its a problem when American infrastructure is too expensive.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Paying For No Crime
Why: Because people often have to pay even when charges are dismissed. The Supreme Court is going to rule if that actually is legal.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Human Machine Interface
Why: Because figuring out the right way to get people to interact with “driverless” technology is the biggest roadblock to making sure you will never have to drive yourself again.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Bowl Season
Why: Because my alma mater is playing my wife’s sorta alma mater in the Rose Bowl, so we are both pretending to care about college football for the day tomorrow.

COMEDY THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: The Future Of Comedy
Why: Because making fun of Trump just isn’t that funny now that he’s actually going to be the president.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: A Fitting End To 2016
Why: Because even if it was due to Mariah not being able to hear her monitors, this really is the music performance 2016 deserved.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Nat Geo’s Best Photos Of The Year
Why: Because these photos are pretty good.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (20 min. read)
What: The Path To Frog Fractions 2
Why: Because game development is a hell of a thing.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Rory Is The Worst; Hollyweed;
Why: Because Internet.

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

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