Webtacular World Issue # 73, April 26, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! Here’s to hoping that Nepal recovers, and to celebrating the demise of the merger between Comcast and Time Warner. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: Quake In Nepal
Why: Because the one of the largest quakes in recent history just devastated Kathmandu. And Everest.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: You’re Welcome
Why: Because I have been working on stopping this merger for the better part of a year. Here is a timeline of the events that led to the collapse.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: That’s One Way To Do It, I Guess
Why: Because this person’s legal conclusions need some help. Yes, citizens of Florida are also citizens of the United States.

TECH THING OF THE 2000s (∞ look)
What: Who Needs A Name?
Why: Because thinking up of a product is obviously easier than thinking of a name, so this app gives you one. Get Started.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Dubs
Why: Because their sweep of the Pelicans in round one of the playoffs consisted of some of the most exciting basketball of the season. Also, Curry is a beast.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The New Joker
Why: Because the Internet is not impressed.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: The Reason Why You Have 10,000 Songs In Your Library
Why: Because a guy named Bennie helped to bring down the entire recording industry.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (12 min. read)
What: A Reflection On Nudes (Potentially NSFW)
Why: Because an artist’s work is often defined by how others see it, even when controversy was not the objective.

REPORTING THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: The Best Reporting Of The Year
Why: Because the Pulitzer prizes were handed out on Monday, and you should check out the reports that won. Don Lemon is the opposite of that.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Pay For Mods
Why: Steam released a controversial way to pay independent developers for work they do on modifying existing games. Gamers are not impressed. Gaben responds.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Luther Is Real; History Of The World (-1930); Ham Ascending
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Comcast Free Internet
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 72, April 19, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! Hope everyone had a great week! I sure did. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (1 min. read)
What: This
Why: Because I only get to do this once :).

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Giant Is Slowing Down
Why: Because China’s economic growth is down to 5.8%, the lowest since 2009.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Boo Comcast
Why: Because the Justice Department is proposing to block the merger.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: A Second Class Of Connection
Why: Because this remains a problem even within the United States.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: It’s An Odd Year
Why: Because there’s always next year for the Giants.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: The Force Awakens
Why: Because Star Wars

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: National Record Store Day
Why: Because records still are somehow alive and kicking in this digital age.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. look)
What: Animated Photos Still Count
Why: Because these pictures are whimsically wonderful.

FOOD THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: SANDWICH
Why: Because sandwiches are delicious.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: Speaking of Star Wars
Why: Because there is a new Battlefront game being developed.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Twitter Sucks; Get Energized; No Bikes
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: A Better Answer
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 71, April 12, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! Here are some reminders: Game Of Thrones starts again tonight. Also, do your taxes. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: Oh Boy! Another Clinton Vs. Bush!!!!
Why: Because Hillary officially joined the race for President of The United States.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Schools Built For The Rich
Why: Because even though Ivy’s are ostensibly for the brightest, they often cater their services toward the wealthy.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Guilty
Why: Because Tsarnaev was found guilty of all 30 counts against him for the Boston Marathon bombing.

TECHNOLOGY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Apple (Meh) Watch
Why: Because Apple just released one of its lowest reviewed flagship products since the days before the iMac.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Golf Got Interesting Again This Weekend
Why: Because Jordan Spieth just tied the record for lowest score at a Masters. Some would argue that you shouldn’t ever go to a golf tournament, though (or a football game, for that matter).

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK ( 8 min. read)
What: 20 Best Movies Of The Decade
Why: Because there have been some good films made in the last 10 years.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Coachella Is Happening
Why: Because there’s always next week.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (many min. look)
What: Tsarnaev Trial Exhibits
Why: Because these are the photographs and sounds that helped convict Tsarnaev.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: GRRM
Why: Because GoT (WARNING: SPOILERS!!!!).

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Parenting And Video Games
Why: Because video games shouldn’t be an unknown part of a kid’s life.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Baby Giraffe!; Silicon Girls; How To Be Invisible
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: $17,000 Apple Watch
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 70, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter. Happy Passover. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Deal With The Bomb
Why: Because this is probably the best bet to de-escalate nuclear weapon development, although not everyone agrees.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Growth Without Growth
Why: Because California is running out of water. So are other areas of the world.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Indiana Just Can’t Figure Out This Whole Freedom Thing
Why: Because this ruling is a big setback for women’s reproductive rights, especially considering the lack of direct evidence in this particular case.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Cross Country Robot
Why: Because driverless cars are now, and yours will be soon.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: Baseball Is Back
Why: Because baseball is best.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. read)
What: So Furious
Why: Because this movie series understands how to be fun. Also, the cars are awesome.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Muppet Madness
Why: Because Muppets.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (9 min. watch)
What: We Are Old
Why: Because teens think the music we grew up with is.

NEWS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Rape, Retracted
Why: Because irresponsible journalism has the ability to destroy lives.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: The $70 Million Beta
Why: Because Star Citizen is one of the most successful crowdfunded projects ever, and no one is certain what it will actually be.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Michael Keaton Wishes You A Happy Easter; Google Pac-Man; This Puppet Is A Better Drummer Than You
Why: Because Internet.

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

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