Webtacular World Issue # 39, August 31, 2014

Congrats to Webtaculators Justine and Josh on their wedding day! These two wonderful humans were actually the main reason I started Webtacular World – In December of last year, about, ohhhh, four months after it was relevant, Josh shared “What Does The Fox Say” on Justine’s Facebook wall, with her replying “dingdingdingdingdingdingding lol.” Needless to say, they required an “Internetervention,” so I created Webtacular World with this short paragraph: “Whelp. Looks like project ‘Webtacular World Weekly’ just invented itself. As it’s first subscribers, you and Josh will be receiving a newsletter every Sunday night filled with the best things our friend, the internet, has to offer.” The rest is history. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: For Something Different, Let’s See How Things Are Going In Asia…
Why: Because China has been relatively silent as of late, but things seem to be picking back up with harsh restrictions on democracy in Hong Kong.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. interactive)
What: Get Back To Your Desk, You Lazy Artists!
Why: Because it’s important to know how much more your profession works than everyone else’s.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Human’s Inability To Withstand Blunt Force Trauma To The Head Might End All Fun
Why: Because I headed the ball all the time when I was growing up, and I turned out fine… What was I just talking about?

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (4:30 watch)
What: Take Me To The Moon
Why: Because Ms. Johnson is a bad ass.

FOOD THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. watch)
What: How To Sushi
Why: Because I bet most of you didn’t know that turning ebi on it’s side was actually the way to go (I didn’t).

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. interactive; 9 min. read)
What: Football Is Coming! So Let’s Talk About Tennis. Fine Here’s Some Football For You As Well.
Why: Because one-handed backhands are hard. Also, losing sucks. Luckily for me, I coach winners.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Not To Sound Like I’m Bad… But I Would Hit That
Why: Because I saw Chris Pratt while he was staying in our hotel in Davis. However, I was too dumb and slow to say or do anything clever about it. But I bet the guy probably appreciates not being accosted by people, so I guess I did him a solid.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (1ish hr. watch)
What: Why Are There Still VMAs On MTV?
Why: Because Lorde somehow won best rock video. I like Lorde and all, but she is NOT rock, and she knows it.

NOT NEWS THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read [if you absolutely must – I’d recommend just looking at the headline])
What: Whatever The Hell This Is
Why: Because Michael Rothman, the “author” of this article, should not be allowed to work in news ever again. This is garbage, and he owes us all an apology.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Queue Jamiroquai And The Moving Floor
Why: Because this history of virtual reality is as real as it gets in terms of a nascent technological development. 

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK
What: Marsupials, Man; ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Thwarted By Handsomeness; In Memoriam
Why: Because Internet.

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

Webtacularly yours,
Brian

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