Webtacular World Issue # 378, August 1, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators! How is it already August again? I swear… On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Some Sort Of Reckoning
Why: Because what happened in Washington on January 6 remains one of the worst things I have ever witnessed. I can only imagine what the officers who attempted to protect our elected leaders so they could do their jobs feel. At least now they’ve been given a chance to speak – I can only hope America will listen.

HEALTH THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: How To Fight Against Vaccine Hesitancy
Why: Because inoculating a population against disease is not a new thing – we have the tools to do it.

EDUCATION THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: What Happens After Affirmative Action
Why: Because the one policy that was supposed to make up for humanities’ blatant biases is disappearing. The policy did not achieve its goal.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: TIME CRYSTALS
Why: Because the scientists involved with essentially creating an object in perpetual motion without the use of energy (which blows up the second law of physics) haven’t watched enough sci-fi or comic moves. All hail Xaxos, or whatever the galactic being that’s going to wreak havoc over our major metropolitan areas is called.  

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Breaking Barriers Not Bones
Why: Because Simone Biles once again showed how strong she is, this time by understanding that it is more than OK to take care of yourself, even if that means not doing something you’ve been training your entire life for. I hope those of you who read this, and potentially think that Simone somehow made the wrong decision about her own mental state, spend more time understanding why your opinion is absolutely wrong.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Jolly Green Giants
Why: Because people really seem to like the latest interpretation of one of the most famous Arthurian legends. 

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: An Actual Sophomore Effort
Why: Because when I was 19, I was a sophomore in college, while Billie Eilish is successfully following her multi-platinum, award-winning debut. 

ART THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Van Go
Why: Because multiple cities are hosting projected versions of some of Van Gogh’s most famous works. Neat.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Old English
Why: Because the poem that the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight came from is worth reading

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: Bad News / Good News
Why: Because the bad news is that employees at Blizzard, makers of some of the biggest series in gaming history like World of Warcraft, staged a walkout due to the horrendous handling of the company’s handling of the multiple sexual harassment charges against it. The good news is that the Playdate seems like a really cool gadget.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Gawker’s Back Again; Why Does Fred Durst Have More Hair Than I Do; Too Many Super Mario Games
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 377, July 25, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators! I guess I owe you all an update for how the first week back in the office went – and the answer is about as good as could be expected moving into a new building in the undefined period of a pandemic. Everyone in my office is self reported as vaccinated, so that was a huge weight off, even amidst the rising number of cases. The other good thing was that since we were simultaneously moving into a new building, that meant that I wasn’t the only person who had no idea how to function in that space. What was most interesting is how exhausting the whole endeavor is; getting out of bed early, putting on office appropriate attire and looking presentable, commuting, and putting on a positive face and being around real live humans who are not my immediate family for 8 hours at a time (even if I genuinely LIKE my co-workers, which I am lucky enough to actually do), day after day, is EXHAUSTING. I came home each day and was in bed by 10pm, which, if you know me, is entirely against my nature. Again, the arguable only good thing about COVID is that it showed everyone that working from home full time is a real possibility, and not some unobtainable goal. Sure, I highly doubt that I would have ever learned that I have another colleague who also really likes hot sauce, but how important is that to actually getting our jobs done? On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Pomp And Circumstance In Front Of No One
Why: Because the Olympics are happening even though it seems entirely clear that they should not be. It doesn’t help that there are multiple other failings of these games that are highlighting the fact that it doesn’t seem like the world really wants to come together at this moment, at all. The weather gods also seem angry about it.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: The Metaverse Is Your New Home
Why: Because it seems like tech companies keep learning the wrong lessons from dystopian fiction, or just (probably correctly) assume not enough of us read any of it to understand why this is an absolutely trash idea.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Mississippi Tries To Make The US Worse, Yet Again
Why: Because it is 2021 and whether a woman has the sole right to her body should no longer be a discussion.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: EVs Are OK
Why: Because one of the common arguments against electric vehicles is that they end up either causing more pollution or are no cleaner than traditional internal combustion engines. This is not true. This is not saying that there aren’t issues with mining rare earth minerals, or choosing to develop personal transportation over community based solutions like rail or busses, but as far as a better replacement for our current car culture is concerned, EVs win hands down.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: America At A Crossroads
Why: Because early on in the games, Team U.S.A. seems to be facing stiffer competition than it is used to. Particularly, basketball, soccer, and gymnastics are not dominating the way that they were expected to. However, this has allowed more stories of other countries’ successes to break through – Ahmed Hafnaoui of Tunisia won in the pool, while Kimia Alizadeh came within inches of winning the first medal ever for the Refugee Olympic Team.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. watch)
What: Walking Without Rhythm
Why: Because the new Dune trailer is excellent.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Rising Failure Of Kanye West
Why: Because Kanye’s public implosion keeps happening, and no one seems to want to stop him.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Let’s Look At Some Amazing People
Why: Because Olympic athletes represent the the peak physical state of the human condition, and it is amazing to see what the best of us can do.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Go Read Snow Crash
Why: Because, as stated above, not enough people have probably read the book to understand why trying to build a metaverse is a terrible idea. I realize I used an Amazon link, which is very problematic in its own way, so preferably go pick up a copy from your local book store instead.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Empathy In Game Form
Why: Because the cult classic Psychonauts is getting a sequel that has been years in the making. Tim Schafer, the game’s creator, is well known in the industry for pushing stories that are generally rooted in positivity, and seems to continue here.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: The Google Games; Our Fun Future; Be More Like Ted
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: NOTHING BUT GOLD, BABY
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 376, July 18, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators! I have to return to working in person this week. I am apprehensive at best. One of the few things about COVID that has been OK is working from home. My job is one of those where I spend a lot of time thinking, researching, and writing – none of which are quite conductive to an office setting even during normal times. Sure, meetings haven’t been as engaging, and spontaneously sharing thoughts with co-workers is more difficult, but I am pretty certain that my actual work product has improved immensely since doing all my work from the same room that I have my drums and bobble-head collection in. I spent most of my life doing homework for nothing, and working from home means that I essentially have been getting paid to do homework for the last year and a half. It’s been great.

It is also going to be interesting because I have no clue what the actual office culture of my job is since I got a new one during the pandemic. I sort of know some of the people I have been working with, but at most I interface with four people two hours a day at most. I don’t know if Alex over in Accounting is a loud mouth breather who likes telling sexist jokes, or if Linda in HR thrives off of weaponizing gossip, and I am not super jazzed to find out. All of this to say that the thought of returning gave me enough anxiety to make me stress-clean the laundry closet (I disconnected the washer and dryer, shoved them into the living room, and furiously got rid of every piece of lint that I could find [the family was NOT happy with this]). Maybe all this worrying is for naught, and everything will be just fine – but I still feel unsettled heading back into the workplace as the Delta variant continues on its warpath of destruction. Oh well, so it goes. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: In Putin’s Pocket
Why: Because again, even if Trump isn’t wasn’t a direct Russian asset, it is clear that the Russians understood how easily manipulatable he would be as president.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Bad Deal
Why: Because it turns out Trump was awful at the economy, too.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: What Is Wrong With Texas
Why: Because a federal Texan judge decided that a broken Congress is the only way for DACA to exist, so all current applications to remain legally in the US are on hold. Also, Texas recently decided to try to ban teaching history, sorry, I mean stop teaching civil rights in its classrooms.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Well This Is Fun
Why: Because by “fun” I mean horrifying. Take Miami, for example. In 1980, there were about 90 days a year over 90 degrees. Today, there are roughly 135 days a year over 90 degrees. for those of you bad at math, that’s over an entire additional month of days over 90 degrees. The models are only trending upwards. No wonder why that city is screwed.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Athletics Vs. Aesthetics
Why: Because as women continue to push the boundaries of gymnastics, the scoring system, organizers, and sport itself largely remain stuck in the past.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: The Movies You Didn’t See
Why: Because there were a whole lot of good movies that people largely ignored. Or go watch Space Jam, I guess…

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Just A Friend To Us All
Why: Because Biz Markie passed away. 

DOCUMENTARY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: What Did You Say
Why: Because it turns out making someone speak words they never spoke is something that is now a reality, and doesn’t look like it will stop.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Ol’ Switcheroo
Why: Because I was going to write about the new Nintendo Switch OLED, which basically an old Switch with a nicer screen, but then Valve came out swinging with the thing that everyone wanted the new Switch to be.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Meta Adverts; Lego About Nothing; Treat Yourself
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: $100,000 TV
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 375, July 11, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators! This week, my son turned one. It is absolutely astounding to me how much a person can change in a year, and how much this past year has changed along with him. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: The Biggest Stories I Missed Last Week
Why: Because Rumsfeld is dead, the Trump Organization was unsurprisingly charged with not paying taxes, and the U.S. withdrew forces from Afghanistan.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Space Out
Why: Because I guess it’s neat and all that the world’s billionaires are racing each other to launch themselves into the stratosphere, but there are kind of a lot of things that we could have been spending that money on instead. Science fiction has done plenty of thinking on what happens when corporations control space, and none of them end up well for most people.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: What The Federalists Have Wrought
Why: Because the Court is beginning to re-mold the United States following a broken theory of law.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Once Again, Climate Change Is Real
Why: Because Portland isn’t supposed to be over 100 degrees for multiple days in a row.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. reads)
What: Viva Italia! Viva Argentina!
Why: Because Italy won the Euro Cup, and Messi finally got his international trophy with Argentina.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Marvel Keeps Marveling
Why: Because Black Widow just might be the film that drags people back to movie theaters.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Aging Man Continues To Have An Excellent Taste In Music
Why: Because Obama’s choice for his annual summer playlist remains on fleek, which is something the kids definitely stopped saying a long time ago.

VIDEOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (10ish min. watch [for the most important parts])
What: The Virgin Flight
Why: Because space is neat.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Aging Man Continues To Have A Great Reading List, Too
Why: Because Obama also released his summer reading list.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Hideously Wonderful
Why: Because some games, like Cruelty Squad, are purposefully designed to be as off-putting as possible, which somehow works.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Oh No…; Vax That Thing Up; Give Jack And Kyle Your Money
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: My Own Rocket Ship, I Guess
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 374, June 27, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators! We somehow flew by the half-way point of this year. That’s nuts. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Justice (?)
Why: Because Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years for murdering George Floyd. It remains unclear how people can be stuck in jail longer for selling drugs than for being found guilty of murdering someone. It also remains unclear how this actually helps correct crime in generaljail as a penalty has been around for millennia, and yet here we are, still having people criming away. At least our flawed version of justice is actually being applied fairly this time.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: America’s Infrastructure
Why: Because the tragedy of the Miami condo collapse is probably indicative of the state of numerous structures throughout the US. There is no profit in maintenance.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Pay For Play
Why: Because the Supreme Court is busy doing its thing both for good and for ill, the Justices decided the NCAA could not force athletes to not make money on the side from their own skill and fame. Also, now we have former attorney Giuliani, because New York stripped his law license from him.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: A New Window(s)
Why: Because Microsoft is updating the OS you know and love later this year. THE START MENU IS IN THE MIDDLE!!!!

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: The Tour Is Off To An Explosive Start
Why: Because it is becoming clearer that fans should never be allowed to watch sports in person again. Also, get to know a few guys!

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Made With Soul
Why: Because this movie looks amazing. Sometimes a movie review is written with such passion and skill that it a great piece of art unto itself.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (14 min. watch)
What: Conan Signs Off
Why: Because Conan O’Brien ended his 28 year-long, nonsensical stint as a late night host this week.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Massive Metallica
Why: Because along with a reissue of arguably its most popular album, Metallica is also releasing a version of the Black Album with covers from over 50 artists. It might be hard to remember a time when Metallica was the biggest music act in the world, but considering the artists they got to do this shows how big the band’s influence actually is.

ART THING OF THE WEEK (long watch)
What: All Of Monet
Why: Because there are a lot of paintings there.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Too Soon
Why: Because we are still reeling from the effects of the last administration’s inability to govern.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Itsa Golf Time!
Why: Because Mario sports are fun, and Nintendo’s spin on golf is insane in a great way.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Shmorby Is The Worst; Dave Chappelle And Foo Fighters; Without Boarders
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Make An Elephant Crash Through My Wall
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 373, June 20, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators! This was my first Father’s Day. That made it a pretty good weekend. Hope you all had a good one too. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Juneteenth
Why: Because getting a holiday reminding Americans that we have been absolutely awful in our treatment of Black people is an important thing to recognize, even while it still sort of co-opting it for everyone in the face of all the problems that our continuously racist present (see, e.g., the current GOP led movement to ban critical race theory accurate history from American classrooms) is failing to address.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: There Is No Half Way
Why: Because the GOP is adamantly refusing to admit that America needs to be revitalized. A “bipartisanship solution” that is in the works also doesn’t address many of the things that the US MUST address, such as climate change, so isn’t a real solution. While they’re at it, they should fund the IRS. This is especially important after ProPublica dove into exactly how the richest Americans avoid paying taxes.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The ACA Stays
Why: Because health care for millions of Americans remains attainable.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (1.75 hr. watch)
What: The 2021 WWDC
Why: Because Apple continues to iterate its platform. One of the most interesting things Apple announced was its inclusion of Dolby Atmos “spatial audio” into its music subscription. While interesting on its face, it isn’t quite the game changer Apple made it out to be. Dolby Atmos is part of the soundscape for many modern movies and video games, where directional sound makes sense. However, it remains to be seen whether the same is true for music – this is especially for music that was not originally mixed with anything but stereo sound in mind (it completely breaks certain older songs both by destroying the sound quality and missing certain sounds – I thought I was going slightly crazy by comparing the Dolby Atmos version of Weezer’s Buddy Holly [one of the songs Apple promoted using the technology, and since I’m a White guy in his thirties who grew up in the suburbs, I am very familiar with it] to the song’s lossless version, where the Dolby version inexplicably drops two and a half bars of drums in the middle of the song. Baffling). It will be interesting to see whether artists actually start incorporating this into their work, since it has the potential to be very cool if it is used correctly.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. reads)
What: Good Sports
Why: Because Racing, Basketball, and Golf have all been very exciting this week.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Returning To Its Source
Why: Because Luca seems like a safe, fun Pixar movie that was largely made during the pandemic, which sounds both exhausting, but also like a good thing to work on during that time.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: SKA IS BACK, BABY, So Start Skankin’!
Why: Because the Washington Post says so. What are also back are concerts. I cannot wait to rock my face off again.

ART THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: The Evolution Of The Graph
Why: Because visible representation of numbers remains the the most artistic thing about Excel.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Pulitzer Prizes
Why: Because a number of books I will probably never get around to reading (this is not a good thing) are things that you may enjoy reading.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: E3 Goes Electronic
Why: Because “gaming’s biggest event” was entirely online. there are entirely too many games coming out in the future, which is a good problem to have. Some of the ones I think seem promising are Elden Ring, Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2, Metroid: Dread, Starfield, and Battlefield 2042.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Welcome To The Internet; Magneto’s Magnets; Donna’s Design;
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: A $7,000 Grill
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 372, June 6, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators! This was the first normal week I felt like I’ve had in months – mostly because it was. I ate dinner at a restaurant (outside), saw extended family who I hadn’t seen since 2019, and even went to go get a beer with a friend (outside). It was spectacular. I hope that you all have been able to start to do normal things again as well. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Acknowledging A Tragedy
Why: Because the United States hates recognizing the terrible things it has done in the past, it is not entirely surprising that the destruction of “Black Wall Street” has gone unrecognized for so long. However, assuming Republicans continue to get their way, this might be the only time this is recognized, since it seems too many people still want to ignore the brutal role racism has played and continues to play in our society.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Fly Like A G7
Why: Because the wealthiest democracies in the world just agreed to start taxing foreign earnings for the largest companies. 

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Just What We Needed!
Why: Because another judge who doesn’t understand the Second Amendment just re-legalized ARs in California. The judge absolutely failed at creating an actual analogy by trying to say an AR 15 is like a Swiss Army knife because it is “…a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment. Good for both home and battle.” I don’t recall a Swiss Army knife only being good at stabbing people both in defense… and defense.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: A Reintroduction To Gender
Why: Because it’s pride month.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Giants Are… Great?
Why: Because the SF Giants, who are made up of a bunch of people my age, currently have the best record in the Major Leagues. I know I just jinxed them by stating this, but that’s OK. 

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Streaming Era
Why: Because the types of movies currently being made at a blistering rate don’t quite fit the mold of anything that came before. Here are 50 of the best so far.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Same Song 10 Different Ways
Why: Because Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” is what happens when you cross Avril Lavigne with Taylor Swift, and add a bunch of swearing. It’s not bad!

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: The Big Picture
Why: Because the California Academy Of Sciences held a contest, which is just an excuse to look at at cool photos.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: The Problem With Language And Aliens
Why: Because one of the most overlooked and underexplained things in science fiction is how different species communicate with each other, especially when one of those species is human.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (13 min. watch)
What: The Next Horizon
Why: Because Horizon: Forbidden West, looks gorgeous. 

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: No Words Necessary; Will The Real Sparta Please Stand Up; The Droid You’re Looking For
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Old Lego Sets
Why: Because Brian deserves it, and they cost a small fortune.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 371, May 31, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators! I hope everyone enjoyed a long weekend, and gave serious consideration as to whether Americans (excluding Confederates) who died in our wars gave their lives to ensure less Americans could vote or to ignore a violent insurrection in our Capitol. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: We Collectively Choose To Learn The Wrong Lessons
Why: Because it has been a year since George Floyd was murdered. Instead of turning inward, and truly examining America’s heritage, people do things like murdering a bunch of co-workers instead of facing a review for alleged racist statements.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: A Shift Toward Our Future
Why: Because Big Oil lost massively this past week – ExonMobil shareholders installed new renegade board members, Chevron was forced by shareholders to take customer emissions into account when planning emission reductions, and Shell was forced to cut even more greenhouse gas emissions than it planned by a Dutch court.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Voting Restrictions In The US
Why: Because one party is hellbent on winning regardless of the cost.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: The Problem With Automation
Why: Because as it stands right now, AI has inherent bias. Using it in policing or insurance will only result in continued biases against certain types of people.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. reads)
What: What The Hell Is Wrong With Us?
Why: Because between multiple instances of awful fan behavior during the NBA playoffs and the Grand Slams not respecting Naomi Osaka’s request to not do post match interviews to the point where she quit the French Open, athletes have been getting absolutely no respect.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: MGM(A)
Why: Because Amazon bought the historied MGM studios for a cool $8.45 billion.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Pitchfork Turns 25
Why: Because one of the most influential music blogs of the past two decades, regardless of its taste being largely indie- focused and questionable.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Hungriest Caterpillar Lives On
Why: Because the beloved author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar passed away. The book is one of the children’s classics that truly holds up both through its bold illustrations and its simple, yet elegant story of transformation.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Being OK is OK!
Why: Because two recent games, Biomutant and Knockout City, are solid 7/10’s for different reasons – Biomutant is a game made by 20 people that is trying to do what it takes a team of hundreds and doesn’t quite make it, and Knockout City is a simple variation of dodgeball that somehow reinvents shooters while not having much content. Both are extremely fun.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: It’s Quiz Time Y’all; How To Indie In 60; Death Of the Condiment
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 370, May 23, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators! Trying to return to normal takes time. I’m still trying to adjust to being relatively able to to participate in society in a “regular” way – it turns out many social norms and customs a person develops over their lifetime actually require practice to maintain. It also can be absolutely draining, even if it also makes you feel great. My advice is treat it like working out after an injury; ease back into things, and ramp up as you get stronger again. Of course, I don’t usually listen to my own advice, which is my way of pre-apologizing for the briefness of this issue. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The State Of Our Infrastructure
Why: The recent attack on the East Coast’s gasoline pipeline proves that our modern society remains way more vulnerable to malfeasance than ever before. In this case, Colonial Pipeline lost control of it’s billing system, so it couldn’t track transactions. The only course of action that made sense to a company that only exists to extract profit was to shut down gas delivery, even though the damage caused by this action most likely far outstripped what the company would have lost if it continued to deliver gas without tracking.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: We Quit
Why: Because businesses are failing to provide workers enough money to do their jobs. Weird how many businesses fail basic economic theory.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (22 min. watch)
What: Signing Off
Why: Because over the pandemic, Judge Middleton’s courtroom and the broad access to his cases made minor celebrities of the judge, the lawyers, the plaintiffs, and the defendants who appeared before him. The court is advising that hearings no longer be distributed widely. This is the exact reason the Supreme Court doesn’t film itself – it turns out that having too much access can actually hinder a court’s ability to do its job.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Future Is Ford
Why: Because Ford decided to update its most sold model to an EV.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Old White Dudes Can Still Be Winners!
Why: Because Phil Mickelson became the oldest winner of the PGA Championship at 50 years old.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Spiraling
Why: Because the latest entry in the “Saw” series is apparently awful.

MUSIC THINGS OF THE WEEK (some read)
What: Billboards and Eurovisions
Why: Because both happened, I guess.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. look)
What: Fake Plastic Trees
Why: Because my friend and I used to play a modified version of “Punch Buggie” where the goal was to be the first person to spot hidden cell towers on the way up to Tahoe.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Go Read Something Else
Why: Because there will always be more books.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Oregon Re-Trailed
Why: Because selling all of your supplies and buying nothing but bullets was the best strategy on the green and black version, but probably not the most historically accurate.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Second Thumb; Levitating Hot Dog; BTS’ World
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: F-150 Lightning
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 369, May 16, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators. This weekend, I got to see a group of friends in person. I had not been able to do this in over a year because of COVID. Thanks to the vaccine, things can start getting back to normal, or some version of it. Also, pay your taxes. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Back To Normal
Why: Because I have essentially written a version of the recent escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine multiple times already throughout Webtacular World’s eight year history (See Issue # 283, Issue # 233, Issue # 226, Issue # 168, and Issue # 33 for just some examples). Much like those other times, the violence and death is a choice, and not a necessary outcome, made by two hardline parties in a bid to maintain their own power. It has been, and remains, atrocious.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Infrastructure Week!
Why: Because the United States is still falling apart, but the right policies can start putting it back together.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The NRA Is Screwed
Why: Because a judge tossed out the NRA’s bankruptcy claim, leaving the organization on the hook for New York-based lawsuits.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Ode To The Filing Cabinet
Why: Because filing systems are an important, overlooked part of business operations.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Greatness
Why: Because Steph Curry singlehandedly willed a broken Warriors team to the play-in game while also winning his second scoring title at the age of 33. That may not seem old, but it is ancient in basketball years.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Dumb Zombie Fun
Why: Because maybe we all need a bit of purposeful stupidity now and then.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: A Little Bit Blonder Now
Why: Because St. Vincent’s latest album runs right back to the 1970s. It works, because everything Annie Clark touches does.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: The Same Damned Thing
Why: Do you like seeing people being obliterated by rockets and missiles? I sure don’t.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Game Makers
Why: Because the video games industry still hasn’t figured out that keeping workers relatively happy over a long term is worthwhile.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Just 12 Minutes 
Why: Because the game 12 Minutes looks like it might be one of the templates for how games can be the best medium to tell certain stories.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: A History In Googling; Lovetris; Hearing Rage For The First Time
Why: Because Internet.

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

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