Webtacular World Issue # 78, May 31, 2015

Happy almost June, Webtaculators! At the rate we’re going, we’ll be in 2016 in no time! On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: FIFA Gets A Red Card
Why: Because FIFA is the worst. Somehow, Sepp Blatter managed to win yet another election as FIFA’s president.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: No More Mister Nice Guy
Why: Because being an asshole is apparently the only way to make money. (See above).

LAW THING OF THE WEEK ()
What: The Silk Road To A Lifetime In Jail
Why: Because Ross Ulbricht wanted to be the Amazon for all things. Probably not a such a good idea.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. look)
What: Google All The Things
Why: Because Google is looking to make Android the only “app” you need.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Witness This Movie!
Why: Because Fury Road is the perfect blend of practical and CG effects.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: Faith Again / Taking A Chance
Why: Because between the first new album by Faith No More (these guys) in almost 20 years and a new project by Chance the Rapper (available here, for free!), music seems to be getting interesting again.

FOOD THING OF 1938 (3 min. read)
What: Cheeseburgers
Why: Because by golly, you sure will love this wacky California treat.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: Infinite Photos
Why: Because now ALL of your photos can be accessed from anywhere.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Typography Matters
Why: Because the Kindle finally fixed it’s fonts.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Hatred Not Worth The Hype
Why: Because people will always make controversial things, and the best thing you can do for unredeemable ones is ignore them.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Kung Fury; Game On FleekCheeseburgers; Hot Dogs
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Max’s Car
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 77, May 24, 2015

Hey Webtaculators! Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend!

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Equality In Ireland
Why: Because Ireland became the first country in the world to completely legalize gay marriage. This is even more impressive considering homosexuality was only just decriminalized in 1993.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: A Beautiful Mind Is Gone
Why: Because John Nash, one of the most prolific contributors to theoretical mathematics and economics, passed away after being involved in a car accident. Here are some of the contributions he made to our understanding of the world. Wear your seatbelt.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Biker Brawl Injustice
Why: Because the shootout that killed 18 people in Texas brings up wide ranging issues, including the treatment of criminals.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Last Flight
Why: Because Dean Potter, a pioneer of the sports of climbing, BASE jumping, and slacklining, was killed after his parachute failed to deploy.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: ILM
Why: Because Industrial Light and Magic has been pushing the boundaries of special effects for years

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Music From My Childhood Still Rocks
Why: Because I’m going to see Big Bad Voodoo Daddy tonight, and it’s going to be great.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Library Roller Coaster
Why: Because books are better when they are on the move.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: How To Fix A Broken Game
Why: Because when Destiny first came out, it was kind of a mess.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Ross Is The Worst; Sunny D!; Puns Are The Best
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Giant Slip-‘N-Slide
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 76, May 17, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! Sorry for the late post, I was too busy to get past these guys. Happy B2B everyone!

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Sentenced To Death
Why: Because Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been given the death penalty for his participation in the Boston marathon bombing. Of course, the death penalty has problems.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (25 min. read)
What: Really Mad Men
Why: Because Mad Men is coming to an end, but advertisements aren’t.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Driverless Cars Are Invading Your Road
Why: Because Google is releasing its driverless cars on real roads.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (44 sec. watch)
What: Steph Curry
Why: Because he is a beast.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. watch)
What: Cars Are Awesome
Why: Because Mad Max Fury Road shows that real stunts still can thrill people.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Rest In Peace, B. B. King
Why: Because B. B. King was one of the most influential blues musicians of all time.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (30 min. read)
What: The Best Sentences
Why: Because sometimes Reddit actually has something nice to say.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Making Games Can Suck
Why: Because a lot of the industry relies upon a continuous “crunch” cycle, which can have a detrimental effect on employees.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: The Seinfeld You Didn’t Know You Needed; T. Swift vs. B. Spears.
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: A PC That Can Run Oculus.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 75, May 10, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! Hope you all are enjoying some time with your wonderful mothers, or that those of you who are now moms yourselves are being doted upon by your loved ones. Happy Mother’s Day! On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Long Live Cameron
Why: Because the United Kingdom’s election results were wildly different than anyone expected.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. watch)
What: The Myth Of The 80 Hour Workweek (For Some People)
Why: Because apparently people don’t always like working a lot instead of not working, and that oftentimes work gets in the way of things that people would rather be doing. It also reasonably shows that some jobs care about the reason why you aren’t working, even if it doesn’t really matter. Real take away – don’t work for a “a global strategy consulting firm with a strong U.S. presence” (whatever that means).

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: NSA Surveillance Is Not Constitutional
Why: Because the Patriot Act apparently didn’t do enough to give the NSA power to tap into all phone calls to protect Americans from terrorists. Don’t worry, it soon will. However, the 4th Amendment isn’t dead yet!

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. watch)
What: Solar Sail
Why: Because Carl Sagan’s dreams are about to become reality.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Grantland Without A Leader
Why: Because Bill Simmons, arguably one of the most influential sports writers in the media today, has officially split with ESPN after a relatively tumultuous year.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. read)
What: Incredibles 2 Is Coming
Why: Because Incredibles is one of my favorite Pixar movies, and this is exciting to me.

TV THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: 12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer
Why: Because Jeff Goldblum and Paul Giamatti say “dildo.” Also, it stands as an incredibly funny and well written parodies of  the original 12 Angry Men. Watch the whole thing on Comedy Central if you can.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Blur Is Back
Why: Because Song 2 is not the only song you should recognize by these guys.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: Pictures Of Snow Covered Patios
Why: Because you shouldn’t take pictures of snow covered patios.

BEAUTY THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Stop Getting Your Nails Did
Why: Because you’re only helping to promote worker abuse and exploitation.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Going To The Mushroom Kingdom
Why: Because Nintendo and Universal are teaming up to bring Nintendo to its theme parks.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Messi The Destroyer Of Ankles; I Can’t Wait For VR Soccer; Drums
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: A Whole Foods Gift Card
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 74, May 3, 2015

The “Fight Of The Century” probably just killed boxing, while fights that actually matter are taking place in the courtrooms. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Baltimore Curfew Lifted
Why:  Because Baltimore is the latest US city to face the repercussions of treating its citizens with inequality for years. This time, however, there may be some justice.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Discussing Your Salary
Why: Because you can openly talk about your race, religion, and sexuality, but money for some reason remains a taboo topic, even though money dictates everything from where you can live, what you can do, and who you are friends with.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Supreme Court On Gay Marriage
Why: Because the Supreme Court heard oral arguments about a case that will define the future of gay marriage in the U.S..

TECHNOLOGY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Energy At Home
Why: Because Elon Musk finally released Tesla’s new batteries for the home, which is one small step to completely changing the way people use energy.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: The Only Good Part Of The Fight
Why: Because two people played tag with each other for 12  rounds and made hundreds of millions of dollars. Good job, America.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: The Avengers… Avenges Lots Of Money
Why: Because it had the 2nd biggest movie opening, ever.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Cobain’s Life, Unplugged
Why: Because if you have HBO, you should watch this on Tuesday. Also, there might be a new album.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Photographs From Baltimore
Why: Because the TIME’s cover photo is iconic, and so is the story behind it.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Kojima Departs Konami
Why: Because Hideo Kojima is one of the most highly regarded directors of gaming, and his departure from his lifelong company is a unexpected, and unappreciated, change.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Animals Eating Watermelons; Tamogachi Lives; May-Pac Punchout
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: May The Fourth Be With Me
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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