Webtacular World Issue #17 March 30, 2014

Special shout out to the Webtaculators who got hitched this weekend! Congrats Aaron, Kathleen, and Mailee! And no, they didn’t all get married to each other (although Aaron and Kathleen did), although that would have been one crazy wedding.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Reality Is About To Become A Lot… Virtualer (And Pokier)
Why: Because Facebook bought Occulus, the virtual reality company for $2 billion, and lots of people are not happy about that.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Economic Disparity
Why: Because this is why I will never be able to afford to live in SF again.

POLITICAL THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Unknown Unknowns Of Donald Rumsfeld
Why: Because we still don’t have a straight answer as to why we went into Iraq.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read, 6 min. listen)
What: Hobby Lobby And the Religious Ideals Of A Business
Why: Because These are the types of decisions that will need to come down to answer just how much of a person a business can be.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: College Football Is Now A Profession, Apparently
Why: Because Northwestern Football team won a preliminary decision to unionize, pushing the beleaguered NCAA even closer to have to decide what they actually want college sports to be.

TV THING OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Pop Culture And The Office
Why: Because The Office had way too many references, so here they are.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Wu Tang Record Sale Clan Ain’t Nuthin’ Ta Fuck With
Why: Because record sales are dwindling, so why not just make one?

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. look)
What: Kids And Their Toys
Why: Because toys are awesome, and these kids are super proud of their collections.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Books You Probably Will Never Read
Why: Because even though you won’t, it’s still good to know that they exist.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: Goat Simulator
Why: Because who doesn’t want to be a goat?

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK
What: Dance Greg, Dance; Shooting Timing Is Hard; Louis Does SNL; Taco Bell’s CEO’s AMA Reveals CEO Doesn’t Know What 4/20 Is (Ya Right)
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: If Ronald Loves It, Then So Will I
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,

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

Webtacular World Issue # 16 March 23, 2014

Well, it seems the news world has already moved on from Russia, because obviously nothing else is going on there, so on to the next big thing!

STORY OF THE WEEK (20 min. read)
What: Forgetting Yourself
Why: Because this is a great insight into a disease that affects many people in their later years, and it is empowering to see someone try to fight through losing themselves.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. watch)
What: Digital Economies Make Serious Bank
Why: Because digital supply and demand are a growing business, because who doesn’t want a $10 digital horse?

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (44 min. watch)
What: Evolution
Why: Because this is the best explanation of evolution I have heard.

NEWS THING OF THE WEEK (7 min read.)
What: A Fox News That’s Worth It
Why: Because news is changing, and hopefully for the better.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min.read)
What: It’s Madness
Why: Because there are no longer any perfect brackets left, and the upsets keep on coming.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. 30 sec. watch)
What: Wes Anderson Is Centered
Why: Because symmetrical whimsy is a beautiful thing.

CHILDHOOD THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: Loosing The Wonder Years
Why: Because maybe parents need to back off a bit. Yes, this includes homework too.

ARCHITECTURE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: 140 New Montgomery
Why: Because even seemingly mundane office buildings can tell the greater stories of the cities where they are located.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (1 hr. 15 min. watch)
What: Free To Play
Why: Because its stories like these that show esports have the same potential for creating stars as any other established sport.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK
What: More Like Christopher Dancen, Am I Right?; Wheel Of Luck; Cockblock Explanation; What Penguins Think
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Some Opening Day Tickets Would Be Nice
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,

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

Webtacular World Issue #15 March 16, 2014

Crimea is Russia and we lost a plane. What is this, the 1950’s?

STORY OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Dude, Where’s My Plane?
Why: Because this story started off as a tragedy and has only gotten weirder now it still has not been found. Speaking of which, how does someone lose a plane?

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: How To Succeed In Someone Else’s Failing
Why: Because one man’s crusade to bring down a giant company shows that anything is possible as long as you have one billion dollars to do it.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Crimea U̶k̶r̶a̶i̶n̶e̶ Russia
Why: Because Crimea just voted to secede from Ukraine, so you might as well know the legal theory behind the decision.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Football Physics
Why: Because a round soccer ball is actually a terrible thing.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Going Back To Its Roots
Why: Because lacrosse is a great sport, and it is way more important than whatever that ball in the circle game that everyone’s starting to get excited about.

LEXICON THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. explore)
What: Where And When English Came From
Why: Because you might as well know why you say the things you say.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3.5 min. watch NSFWish)
What: You Actually Might Want To Turn This Down…
Why: Because this is probably one of the craziest music videos I have ever seen, and I’m kind of surprised I can still be surprised by music videos in this day and age.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. watch)
What: SF Timelapse
Why: Because the Bay Area is beautiful.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The California Aggie Is No More
Why: Because it’s rare enough that a school decides to kill its largest student media outlet, and even rarer when that school is your alma mater.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: What Ever Happened To The IPhone’s Promise Of Being the Gaming Machine Of The Future?
Why: Because people apparently are apparently happier tapping their phone to make something flap than playing a full version of Grand Theft Auto (you need to scroll down to #40 at the time of this writing in order to find it).

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK
What: Goat Baaaaaath; Trains Good People Bad
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Bacon In The Morning
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,

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