Webtacular World Issue # 56, December 28, 2014

Well, it’s finally time for the last Webtacular World of the year. Let’s get to it. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Another Plane Missing
Why: Because AirAsia has the worst luck of any airlines, ever.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK ()
What: Does This Mean The Economy Recovered?
Why: Because the Dow hit 18000 for the first time, ever.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: How To Lawyer
Why: Because juries are apparently just like people in a business meeting.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. read)
What: SPAAAAAACE!!!!
Why: Because space is awesome.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Har Bye
Why: Because Ann Arbor is about to be pronounced Ann Habaugh, to the tune of eight million dollars per year for six years.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (1 hr. 52 min. watch)
What: The Interview, Released
Why: Because it’s your patriotic duty to watch this movie.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (1 hr. 30 min. watch)
What: The Fathers Of Hip Hop
Why: Because hip hop is the dominant form of popular American music today, so you might as well find out how it got here.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (30 min. look)
What: Pictures Of The Year
Why: Because these photographs define the year.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Game Design Going Forward
Why: Because these are the mechanics that make games, well, games.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Earworms; Other Movies You Should See; Snow Smash
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 55, December 21, 2014 WINTER SOLSTICE EDITION

Solstice = short. In honor of that, here’s the shortest Webtacular so far. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read / 15 min. watch)
What: Cuba Libre
Why: Because cigars.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Rouble Rubble
Why: Because cheap gas.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Tragic
Why: Because this is not the correct response to recent police actions.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (12 min. read)
What: Future Media
Why: Because listicles.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: World Cup Redux
Why: Because this is better than what I watched last night.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: North Korea Beat SonyMaybe.
Why: Because this exists.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (20 min. read / 150 min. listen)
What: Who?
Why: Because I am old.

TV THING OF THE WEEK (30 min. watch)
What: Colbert
Why: Because comedy.

PODCAST THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Who Did It?
Why: Because most real stories don’t have endings.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK ()
What: GOTY
Why: Because they are the best.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Corrections; Evil; Hack
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What:  This House
Why: Because B̶r̶i̶a̶n̶ ̶d̶e̶s̶e̶r̶v̶e̶s̶ ̶i̶t̶ it’s Brian’s birthday.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 54, December 14, 2014

Well, we survived #hellastorm out here in San Francisco. Hope the rest of you stay dry. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (25 min. watch)
What: A Chat With The Architect of Torture
Why: Because even with the scathing report released by Congress, the fact that some of us still cannot admit that the U.S. performed torture is appalling.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Partisan Economics
Why: Because many people assume economists don’t have agendas tied to anything.

BUSINESS THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Not Such Bad Ideas, Afterall
Why: Because it’s weird to think of pets.com as a company before its time.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: Rape On Campus And The Fallout Of The Rolling Stone Article
Why: Because there has to be a better way to deal with this awful issue.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Schadenfreude At Its Finest
Why: Because the Niners are definitely not going to the playoffs this year.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Someone Isn’t A Fan Of The Lord Of The Rings…
Why: Because as a counterpoint, Stephen Colbert might have a few things to say about that, or maybe he’ll just get dressed up.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (12 min. watch)
What: Napster, Revisited
Why: Because free music was awesome.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: More Books You Should Read
Why: Because it’s different than the NY Times one.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Discovering Games For The First Time
Why: Because now that video games have been around as a true consumer product for over 25 years, it is entirely possible to introduce them to the next generation of gamers in one fell swoop.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Christmas Music Is Everywhere; Speaking Of The Hobbit
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: A Few Of These
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 53, December 7, 2014

Ah December – when it actually makes sense to have Christmas commercials on TV. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: We Learned Nothing
Why: Because without these incidences actually going to trial, nothing can change.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Hipsters Bartenders Have Finally Ruined Juice
Why: Because a juice store is not an apothecary.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Law Schools And The Parties That Rule Them
Why: Because too many Harvard Law grads have been on the Supreme Court.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Mars, The Next Frontier
Why: Because space exploration is exciting again.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Out Of Power
Why: Because the next battery breakthrough will significantly change the way society works.

JOB THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: A Job To Die For
Why: Because morticians probably have a better understanding of what it means to be alive than any other profession.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Chugging + Running = Rugging?
Why: Because maybe more people would jog if they were met with a beer every quarter mile.

COMEDY(ISH) THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: Chris Rock On The Current State Of America
Why: Because Chris Rock is still one of the smartest and loudest voices in the room.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. watch [x∞])
What: Gagnam Forever
Why: Because people constantly underestimate the number of bits that are needed for counting stupid things.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (lots of min. read)
What: Books You Should Read
Why: Because here is my synopsis of a fake book I should write in order to make this list: An immigrant ostrich farmer from Bulgaria living in SoHo collects Nazi artwork while teaching Cantonese to his deaf son.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. read)
What: Ralph Baer, RIP
Why: Because without him, there would be no video games as we know them.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Jibbers Crabst; Please Install These In San Francisco; How To Fry Shrimp.
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: GUARDIANS OF THE GALEXY IS OUT ON TUESDAY!
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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