Webtacular World Issue # 69 (Bow Chicka Bow Wow) March 29, 2015

Sorry for the delay – sometimes the Internet breaks. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Crash In The Alps
Why: Because even with all the security enhancements meant to keep people out of the cockpit to prevent a crash, it might be prudent to let people who are supposed to have access to it to be able to get in.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Religiously Free To Not Make Money
Why: Because not all companies think religious freedom allows for direct discrimination.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Speaking Of Discrimination
Why: Because even though the case did not come out in her favor, that doesn’t mean workplace discrimination against women isn’t a real thing, especially in certain industries.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Publishing For Pay
Why: Because good science shouldn’t be a pay first proposition.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: The Madness Continues
Why: Because Kentucky has a 53% chance of winning it all.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: You Boys Still Like Mexico???
Why: Because Broken Lizard just made its Indiegogo goal for funding Super Troopers 2.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. look)
What: Outside Lands 2015
Why: Because passes sold out in a half hour. And Elton John.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Best Books Of The Century
Why: Because it’s just as hard as a video game should be.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Bloodborne Is Hard
Why: Because it’s just as hard as a video game should be.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: It’s Bambi, Bitches; Dog Can’t Catch; Another Direction
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: All This Whiskey
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 68, March 22, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! Car accidents suck, but corndogs are great. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Death Of A Visionary
Why: Because Mr. Lee lead Singapore to become one of the most economically advanced cities in the world.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Banks – Still As Shady As Ever
Why: Because there is nothing that banks do that is surprising anymore.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Worst Kind Of Bar
Why: Because the bar exam sucks.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (16 min. watch)
What: Locked Down Tech
Why: Because one of the worst things about prisons is that inmates lose much of the ability to gain skill sets that are useful once they re-enter society. Hopefully, programs like this will change that.

BEER THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The West Coast Is The Best Coast
Why: Because hops are delicious.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. read)
What: No One’s Perfect
Why: Because out of over 11 million entries, there are no perfect brackets left.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Fragglicious
Why: Because if this is anything like the recent Muppets reboot, it will be excellent.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: King Kendrick
Why: Because Kendrick Lamar’s new album “To Pimp A Butterfly” is one of the most powerful albums I have heard in a really long time.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: Total Eclipse (Of My Heart)
Why: Because solar eclipses are awesome.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Mobile Mario
Why: Because Nintendo is going to make games for your smartphone.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Carpets Never Die, They Just Lead Parades; Cookie Monster Breaks The Internet; Indian Seinfeld
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 67, March 15, 2015

Happy Ides Of March, or the 2059th anniversary of Caesar’s death, webtaculators! Also, yesterday was the most accurate Pi Day we will ever have in our lifetimes. So we got that going for us… On to the news!

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Where In The World Is Putin?
Why: Because on the verge of the one year anniversary of the annexation of Crimea, Putin is missing.

POLITICS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Don’t Write Any More Letters To Iran
Why: Because the 47 Senators who wrote the open letter probably shouldn’t have. Iran is as close to a a real “enemy” that the U.S. still has, so it’s probably best not to antagonize them about setting up nuclear capabilities while undermining the U.S.’s own power at the same time. Not cool, guys.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. watch)
What: Bad Business
Why: Because now you will never make these mistakes while selling the next great thing.

MATH THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: π
Why: Because π is life. And yesterday was 3.141592653  twice (or March 14, 2015, at 9:26::53 AM and PM).

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. glance [∞ to set your bracket])
What: March Madness Is Upon Us
Why: Because basketball has changed a lot over the years, and it’s always fun to have the chaos of 68 teams in one tournament.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. watch)
What: Really Ridiculously Good Lookinger
Why: Because Zoolander 2 is in the making, and Derek and Hansel (so hot right now) took a walk down the catwalk.

MUSIC / LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Blurred Sounds
Why: Because the ruling for Marvin Gaye’s Estate over Pharrell and Robin Thicke’s song Blurred Lines similarity to Got To Give It Up will have a profound impact on the music business going forward. Also, anyone who can read music would understand that they are not the same.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Passing Of Pratchett
Why: Because the famed science fiction writer of the Discworld series passed away. For those who don’t know what Discworld is, start here.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Always Left To Right
Why: Because video games explain more about how we work as humans than it seems.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Messi Magic; Paula’s Ready To Have Some Fun, Are You???; Bad Maps
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Kwik-E-Mart Legos
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 66, March 8, 2015

Greetings from the Capitol of our great nation! I tried to get Obama to do an interview for the site, but he was busy, and the secret service did not appreciate me trying to get into the White House via fence hopping. Oh well, maybe next time. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (1 hr. read)
What: Department Of Justice Releases Ferguson Report
Why: Because although the DOJ found Darren Wilson to be innocent, the findings against the Ferguson police department in total is damning. Read the full report here. Related – Obama remarks on 50 years since Selma.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Yup, We’re Screwed
Why: Because law school was a terrible choice.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: The iWatch Lives
Why: Because Apple events have changed the world multiple times, and this is the first time in years that they are introducing a new product.

CAR THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: Mercedes-Benz F 015
Why: Because this thing is driving itself around SF this week. Please bring it to me if you catch it.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Say It Ain’t So!
Why: Because the 49ers owners are quickly becoming my least favorite part of the team. Second only to the new stadium.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: A Bad Week In Movies
Why: Because people had better things to do I guess.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3.5 min. listen)
What: Hey I Just Met You And I Really Like You
Why: Because Carley Rae Jepsen is back for more.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: At Least The Ad Is A Good Idea
Why: Because these are the best stock photos you need.

BLOG THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Matt Haughey Steps Down From Running Metafilter
Why: Because Metafilter is one of the best run blogs on the Internet (besides Webtacular World, of course).

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. browse)
What: GDC And PAX East
Why: Because that’s a lot of game news for one weekend. Also, I’m stoked for the potential for VR, which stole the show.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Hockey Hair Glory; Be Cool; Oh, So THAT’S Where I Left You!
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Mercedes-Benz F 015
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 65, March 1, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! February is just about the worst month ever. I’m glad it’s also the shortest. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Apparently People Care What Color A Dress Is
Why: Because this doesn’t really count as news, but 35 million page views are numbers that any business that’s in the business of selling advertising based on views (including any online news outlet) would kill for. News is dead. Also, the dress is white and gold, if anyone was wondering.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Keep It (Boxer) Brief
Why: Because boxer briefs are the best type of underwear a man could ask for.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Hooray For Net Neutrality
Why: Because this is wonderful news for anyone that isn’t a cable company.

COMEDY THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Everyone Hates Carrot Top
Why: Because even prop comics deserve some respect.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK ()
What: How Can They Play Hockey In 70 Degree Weather?
Why: Because watching hockey from the upper deck of the new 49ers Stadium was one of the strangest sporting events I have ever been to.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Live Long And Prosper \V/,
Why: Because Leonard Nimoy inspired millions through his portrayal of Spock.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: An Interview With Sufjan
Why: Because Illinois is still one of my favorite albums of all time.

ART THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: Banksy Strikes Again
Why: Because Banksy is still creating powerful, thought provoking art.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: New Dr. Seuss!
Why: Because I have no idea what kind of pet I should get, so I hope this will help me decide.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: All About Madden (Pt. 2)
Why: Because Madden remains one of the biggest video game franchises, so it’s probably a good thing to understand how the player ratings work.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: The Other Big Story; A Song About A Hobbit; SNL Gets Edgy
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Another Weekend Here
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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