Webtacular World Issue # 25, May 25, 2014

Greetings Webtaculators! Hope you’re having a most excellent three day weekend. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (15 min. examination)
What: Ole, Ole Ole Ole, Gauchos, Gauchos
Why: Because Santa Barbara will recover from this horrendous act, but it will take time.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Looks Like I Need To Start A Business That Streamlines Starting A Business
Why: Because their parents should have made them learn how to do laundry; it’s really not that hard.

REAL ESTATE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: No, You Cannot Afford To Buy A Home In San Francisco
Why: Because I should have used my law school tuition to buy property, although it also seems like renting is not an option, either.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Freedom Of The Press From Behind Bars
Why: Because even though they might be incarcerated, it is important to know that there are still some Constitutionally recognized freedoms that inmates can still hold on to.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: I’m Shaling Away
Why: Although shale oil is a lucrative and useful form of energy, there seem to be less and less reasons to drill for it while we have other options.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Thompson Trio
Why: Because this is a rare sports story you can actually feel good about (bonus points for being about lacrosse).

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Comics Still Rule The World
Why: Because even though super hero movies have been cash cows for years now, I am still surprised that nerdiness is cool.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Highest High And Lowest Low
Why: Because you should know how well a singer can sing before you book them.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Colored In Black And White
Why: Because what is usually considered to be adding life to photographs may actually be taking some of the realism away.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (? min. read)
What: The Best Reads
Why: Because you should at least read some of these.

COMEDY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Comedy Without An Audience
Why: Because sometimes you actually do need someone’s reaction to let you really know you’re not funny.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Thoughts Of A Former Game Journalist
Why: Because when one of the most revered voices in a profession talk about about why they left, you should probably listen.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK
What: The Best Of The Best; Schadenfreude (BLESS YOU!); Meh Personified; The Voice Of God Goes Small; For All Your Graduating Friends.
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: The Lego Movie
Why: Because Brian deserves it, and everything is awesome.

Webtacularly yours,

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

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Webtacular World Issue # 24, May 18, 2014

Greeting Webtaculators! Hope all you Bay Area folk had a great Bay To Breakers Sunday! (And for all you non CA peeps, definitely get out this way next year; it’s a blast). On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (90 min. read)
What: South Sudan
Why: Because this is the first time a magazine publication has focused on one single issue – I don’t think it will be the last.

EDUCATION THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Brown v. Board Redux
Why: Because separate but equal is apparently a harder policy to defeat than was presumed.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: More Money, Less Problems?
Why: Because it looks like people do actually like money for its own sake more than wealth. Sorry Margaret.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Oops
Why: Because this is why I have been working for free for the last 6 months.

TECHNOLOGY THING OF THE WEEK ( 10 min. read)
What: Pass Go, Win Computing
Why: Because this is one game humans are still better at than computers (for the time being).

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. watch)
What: How To Debate Climate Change Correctly
Why: Because scientific debates demand proportionally representative sides.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: A Horse Is A Horse, Of Course, Of Course, Unless It’s California Chrome
Why: Because this horse has a chance to do something that a horse has not done in over 30 years.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Movie Monsters Are Back
Why: Because there was no reason for this movie to be as good as it is.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. watch)
What: Music Tours Demand Movie Trailers
Why: Because Beyoncé (Fine. Jay-Z too, I guess).

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: How To Write
Why: Because your writing is shit.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Largest Arcade Ever
Why: Because even though Video Bob’s Starbase is gone, it is good to know that there is somewhere people can go to kick each others’ digital asses.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK
What: The Accidentally Racist Ice Cream Truck; EDM (Electronic Death Music?); Or Tyrion Lannister.
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: I Promise I Won’t Cut Myself. Snikt.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,

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

Webtacular World Issue # 23 May 11, 2014

Hope all of your mothers had a very webtacular Mother’s Day! On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (45 min. explore)
What: The National Climate Assessment Released Online
Why: Because the U.S. Government can apparently create decent websites, even if they don’t necessarily contain good news.

POLITICAL THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: 20th Century Cartographers Caused Problems
Why: Because drawing lines around boundaries poorly can lead to centuries years of strife and discord.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Pray For The Government
Why: Because nothing draws Satanists out of the woodwork like a controversial Supreme Court ruling.

TECHNOLOGY THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. watch)
What: Why It’s Called Webtacular And Not Nettacular.
Why: Because access to information is just as important as the system that contains information.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Good College Football Player Drafted To Play Professional Football
Why: Because hopefully these types of barriers no longer need to be an issue (although of course they still will be).

TV THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Best Friends
Why: Because nothing can beat Joey and Chandler.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (9 min. watch)
What: Vinyl Will Never Die
Why: Because the fact that people still print on vinyl makes you still feel young even though Weezer’s Blue Album came out 20 years ago.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: The 10 Best Sentences In English And Why
Why: Because when you are writing, you now know what to strive for.

TABLE TOP GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Video Games Aren’t The Only Games That Are Benefiting From New Tech
Why: Because I definitely did not spend 5 hours last weekend trying to conquer Westros in A Game Of Thrones: The Board Game (KING OF THE NORTH!!!!).

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK
What: The Art Of Sabrage Without Blood (Roos); Hurricane Ashley Is The One Storm That Caused Minimal Damage This Year; I Coach Good
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Think Of It As An Upgraded Prius
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,

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

 

Webtacular World Issue # 22 May 4, 2014

May the 4th be with you. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (11 min. listen)
What: A Poorly Executed Execution
Why: Because the death penalty in the United States has more problems than just being a mockery of the term “cruel and unusual.”

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (1 click purchase)
What: “… With $10,000, We’d Be Millionaires!” And Other Economic Advice
Why: Because Homer is smart. S-M-R-T. Doh!

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. watch)
What: Paper Replicator Machine? Word Duplication Device?
Why: Because even though the newest class of lawyers needs to now also swear to behave with “dignity, honor, and integrity,” (which, incidentally, is almost flagrant plagiarism of my slogan for my venture into law school politics) this type of situation makes such behavior almost impossible.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: Soon, You Won’t Be Able To Blame The Little Old Lady Behind The Wheel For Driving Slow In The Fast Lane (But You Can Blame Gruver)
Why: Because Google is getting closer and closer to making sure humans are removed from the driving equation.

POLITICAL THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. watch)
What: 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner (Or The Roast Of Obama)
Why: Because Obama should maybe consider taking up comedy after his presidency ends.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read
)What: One Of The Best Fights In Recent History (Although I Personally Like This One Better)
Why: Because anything is better than the recent performance of Bay Area teams in the playoffs…

DRUNK THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: Hungry Drunks, Everywhere
Why: Because this method for hangover prevention still isn’t proven, so until then, nachos please.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Tupac Or Not Tupac, That Is The Question
Why: Because you gots to have vocab, letters makes words and sentences makes paragraphs.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. read)
What: Why We Jump
Why: Because jumping that much would be ridiculously tiring in real live.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK
What: All For One And One Vs. Fifty!; Hamsters Have No Manners; Beer Me
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Please Fulfill My Robot Dreams
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,

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