Webtacular World Issue # 237, June 17, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! This week was an especially good case of why you don’t let people govern who do not believe in government. At least the World Cup is on. On to the news.

GLOBAL STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Washed Up Basketball Player Brings A Mass Murderer And A Serial Porn Star Fucker Together
Why: Because Trump did not achieve anything with his meeting. Was Trump meeting Kim a historical moment? Yes.  It was the first time since the foundation of North Korea that a sitting President has met face-to-face with the leader of North Korea, who the US is still technically at war with. Each of the things Trump agreed to is not actually any different than what the US has already been working to achieve elsewhere, and potentially limits the scope of what the US normally hopes to achieve with nuclear disarmament (e.g. the difference between “complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement” of nuclear weapons, to just an undefined “working towards denuclearization,” which North Korea would probably argue that it had been doing even while recently developing nuclear weapons, but whatever). The biggest problem this causes is that this is happening in the context of rising Trump hostility against our actual allies, while legitimizing North Korea for no real American benefit. Like many things Trump does, Trump has assumed doing something is immediately equal to doing something responsibly.

LOCAL STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Children As Political Pawns
Why: Because, no, for the last time, removing children from their parents as legal status is determined is not something that Democrats invented. And I am not surprised a hellspawn like Sessions would quote the fucking Bible to explain why this atrocious new policy is OK.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: No Business Like Big Business
Why: Because in a complete reversal of what antitrust historically means, AT&T and Time Warner are merging. This is a bad thing. Especially when you combine it with this week’s official death of net neutrality.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Trump Foundation Sued
Why: Because Trump essentially uses his charity as a slush fund.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Best Sporting Event
Why: Because Ronaldo Ronaldo-ed, El Tri beat last year’s winners, and everyone can ignore all the terrible things that are happening for a few hours each day.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Incredible, Again
Why: Because Pixar is a serious sequel machine. Also, you now know that the first movie is 14 years old.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: What Is To Be Beyonce and Jay-Z
Why: Because that is the answer to the question to how to sell a platinum album in today’s music landscape.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. look)
What: Futbol Around The World
Why: Because all you need is a ball (Click a location on the map at the bottom to see all pictures.)

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Why, Bill, Why?
Why: Because Bill Clinton wrote a thriller about a president.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Best Of E3
Why: Because a whole lot of video game news was announced over the last week.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Jerry…; Apeshit; Drakegassi + Mallrats
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Jag
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 # 236, June 10, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators. The sports were good, the politics were bad, and the world goes on. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Like A G6
Why: Because Trump decided to attack our allies at the latest G7 meeting. Can we just stop sending him to represent the US? He doesn’t really seem to have the US’ interest at heart. You would think he would at least know the words to our national songs because he is such a strong “patriot”.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Let’s Check In On Bitcoin… Oh That’s Not Good
Why: Because bitcoin fell a whole lot after an exchange in South Korea was hacked.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Shameful
Why: Because although this ruling avoids making a bigger claim about whether or not cakes represent religious freedom grounds to discriminate against gay people, you should read Justice Ginsburg’s dissent if you want to understand why this is such a cop out of a ruling.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (various length reads)
What: Champions! Champions. Champion. Champion.
Why: Because the USMNT never will be because they blew it.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Best Heists
Why: Because robbery movies with suave criminals make for great cinima.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Snail Mail
Why: Because I have been listening to a lot of women-led indie rock lately for some reason (basically they’re all really good). If that sounds like your jam, check out Remember Sports, Middle Kids, and Superorganism.

THEATER THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Tonys
Why: Because I really need to see more plays and musicals.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Confidential
Why: Because Anthony Bourdain passed away. He brought so much joy and thought into how food is an integral part of all cultures, and what ties us all together. I will miss his viewpoint on the world. Bourdain’s suicide was preceded by news that Kate Spade, namesake and designer for the brand of preppy, colorful workwear and accessories, also passed away. Both took their own lives. It is hard to imagine how two people seemingly on top of their fields could be in so much pain, yet here we are.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: E3 Is Here
Why: Because the next year of gaming looks great. Ones you should look out for are Fallout 76, Metro Exodus; Anthem; Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice; Forza Horizon 4, and Cyberpunk 2077.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: How To Change An Industry; Skyrim VSE; Mortal Engines; Spider People
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Warriors won, and that’s all I wanted.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 235, June 3, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! I don’t know about where you live, but summer already decided to hit Northern California hard. Go have fun at the beach I guess. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (read)
What: Does Trump Know What Team He’s Playing For?
Why: Because watching Trump try to govern is essentially equivalent to being LeBron while watching J.R. Smith try to finish a basketball game. Like this:world mad.jpg

I really have no idea how the North Korea meeting is back on 2 weeks after Trump singlehandedly canceled it last week, or why he decided to impose severe tariffs on America’s allies, but he did. I am going to be especially pissed if Star Wars: Episode 1 ( you know, the terrible one about starting trade wars so that Senator Palpatine, who really was Darth Sidious, a Sith lord… never mind) actually was a warning from George Lucas.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Trump Tweets The Numbers
Why: Because see above.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Curtilage And Cars
Why: Because curtilage is one of those funny legal words that actually is a key component of privacy. Now your car is included as well.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: GDPR And You
Why: Because a European law means that you will start seeing a lot more pop-ups at the bottom of a webpage that actually explains the type of data a website will track about you. Not that you’re going to bother reading that, anyway.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. reads)
What: Playoffs!
Why: Because both hockey and basketball are very entertaining right now.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Disney Has A Bad Feeling About This
Why: Because Solo fails even harder the second week.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Crash And Barr
Why: Because racism is bad. And before anyone brings up the false equivalency of “but why does Samantha Bee still have a show?” is because calling someone a “feckless cunt” (a hell of an insult, by the way), is not the same thing as typing ““muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj” (vj being Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to Barack Obama). One of those things is mean, the other is racist. Being mean, especially in the context of explaining the lack of awareness and callousness of Ivanka Trump releasing a photo embracing her son during the same news cycle as it came to light that her father is separating families of people who are caught crossing the boarder, is not inherently wrong. Being racist is, well, being a feckless cunt, and is wrong.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Nay for Ye
Why: Because Kanye West should probably understand that saying he contemplated killing someone else and himself does not equal deep thinking. The beats are still sick, I guess.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Summer Reading
Why: Because summer is for books.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Leaks Are Coming
Why: Because E3 is just around the corner, and that means we now know (probably) a bunch of the new games that are coming soon.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: More Fun Than Kanye; Happier Than Yeezy; Attack Of The J.R. Memes
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 234, May 27, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! Or, as Bostonians say, Webtaculatahs. I am on the East Coast this weekend for weddings and other fun, which was made moderately worse by the Celtics losing tonight. I really need a weekend at home. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Ireland Votes For Abortion
Why: Because it is amazing that a staunchly Catholic nation overwhelmingly voted in favor of allowing abortion.

POLITICAL THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Best Negotiator
Why: Because Trump cannot even maintain a single pronoun throughout a letter that upended the integrity of the U.S. ability to maintain international promises and openly threatens nuclear war. But now it may be back on? I’d say unbelievable, but it really isn’t at this point.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Double Speak
Why: Because you cannot both be for Chinese business interests and against Chinese business interests at the same time.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Slow Wheel Of Justice
Why: Because it is amazing that the #MeToo movement might be leading to actual legal consequences.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Real Purpose Of Autonomous Vehicles
Why: Because Tesla wants to make sure you never have own a car again.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Nothing But Net
Why: Because the NCAA Lacrosse Finals should be good.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Oh No Solo
Why: Because maybe too much of a good thing actually does exist.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Love Is Dead
Why: Because Chvrches continues to make great music.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Gates’ Faves
Why: Because I thought engineer types hated books? Or you could just read the new Stephen King.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Two Takes On War
Why: Because both the Call of Duty and Battlefield series are releasing new versions of online shooting that will inevitably define the direction of video games for the foreseeable future… or not.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Nice TryStock Photos; Duck Tales
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 233, May 20, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! Well, there goes my dream of marrying a prince. Who knew that was a valid possibility for an American? In local news, Marin Academy, the high school lacrosse team I played for and coached and won its NCS Championship Game off of a last second goal in the last game ever for the head coach. Sports dreams can happen. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (sigh)
What: STOP SHOOTING PEOPLE
Why: Between “a lack of restraint” by Israeli soldiers after thousands of Palestinians were injured and dozens killed during the protests against the opening of a new American embassy in Jerusalem, and the murder of 10 students and teachers in yet another school shooting, this week was not good.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: 9.9%
Why: Because we’re part of the problem.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What:Bet On It
Why: Because sports betting just was legalized throughout the US (well, at least on the federal level). Yay for legal betting. Or not.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Senate Saves Neutrality
Why: Because the fight for net neutrality is not over yet. We only have to convince the House and the President… oh never mind.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Bet On It
Why: Because sports betting just was legalized throughout the US (well, at least on the federal level). Yay for legal betting. Or not.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Serviceable Star Wars
Why: Because Solo probably won’t be your favorite, but at least its better than the prequels.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Feels Like The 90s Again
Why: Because Courtney Barnett’s new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, has enough distortion for all of us.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (read)
What: American War; Station Eleven
Why: Because sometimes reading about the end of the world is better than living it.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Gaming For Everyone
Why: Because one of the defining parts of video games as we understand them is through the controllers people use. Microsoft is trying to let more people play.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: The Greatest (For Now)Laurel / Yanny; Best Podcasts of 2018
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: More Time To Coach Again
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 232, May 13, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! I’d highly suggest going to Mexico City, if you ever get the chance. The food and art are world class, and its always good to experience what happens when you cram 9 million people into one urban center. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Stupid, Petty Man Does Another Stupid, Petty Thing
Why: Because Trump pulled out of the Iran deal, which will set back relations in the with friends and foes alike.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Coffee Is A Cash Crop
Why: Because Nestle partnered with Starbucks to sell its coffee for $7 billion.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing
Why: Because while Eric Schneiderman was publicly fighting for women’s rights, he was privately harming them.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: The Robots Have A Voice
Why: Because Google’s new assistant sounds terrifyingly human.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Celtics Destroyed The Cavs
Why: Because it sometimes is fun to watch one of the best players ever fail miserably.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Best Superhero Movies
Why: Because Superhero movies have taken over the box office, so you might as well know what the good ones are.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Changing Soundscapes
Why: Because the Arctic Monkeys’ new album is good, and sounds nothing like any of their previous efforts.

ART THING OF THE WEEK (3  min. read)
What: A New Appreciation For Graffiti
Why: Because I got to spend a half a day talking about graffiti and “street art” with Remix, the artist in this piece. I even got to try my hand at tagging. It is not easy.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Karate Adults
Why: Because even though it loses the alliteration, the follow up to the Karate Kid franchise is surprisingly  good.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: The Problem With Kanye; As Funny As Jim; Yes, You Should Be Scared Jeffery
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 231, May 6, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! This one is going to be short, because triathlons are hard, and I am tired. Apparently becoming an adult means that instead of your friends making you do dumb things like climbing on a roof, your friends make you do dumb things like sign up for endurance races. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Hawaii Is On Fire
Why: Because as Hawaii goes, so goes the rest of America.

POLITICAL THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Insanity
Why: Because for some reason, Giuliani decided to admit that Trump knew about the Stormy Daniels payment, and potentially the payment of other women.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Gibson Pulls A Toys-R-Us
Why: Because kids don’t play guitars anymore.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Notorious
Why: Because I can’t think of another judge that would inspire a meme and get a wide-release film on her life.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Oculus Go
Why: Because now you can really experience VR without needing a phone or being strapped to a powerful computer.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Go Horsey Go
Why: Because a woman won a bunch of money and the Sharks lost.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Cinco De Cuatro
Why: Because Arrested Development is back.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. watch)
What: America
Why: Because Donald Glover is making great things.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. watch)
What: Hawaii On Fire
Why: Because volcanic eruptions are terrifying and beautiful.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: “No”bel Prizes
Why: Because even books can’t escape sexual assault, apparently.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: Red Dead Again
Why: Because another trailer for the western themed game came out, and it looks great.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Lando Has A Point; The Story Of A Family; Deadpool’s Heart Will Go On
Why: Because Internet.

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

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