Webtacular World Issue # 82, June 28, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! What a week it’s been. Love, healthcare, and piñatas for all. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. listen)
What: A Supreme Week
Why: Because gay marriage is legal, the Confederate battle flag doesn’t need to fly, and because Obamacare still exists.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Eurozone Is In Crisis
Why: Because Greece is closing its banks for a week, and that’s not a good thing.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: SpaceX Crashes Again
Why: Because NASA’s astronauts might need someone else to deliver supplies.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: In Case You Forgot, There’s A World Cup Going On
Why: Because the U.S. played an amazing game against China on Friday, and soccer is awesome.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: A Foul Mouthed Teddy Bear Tries To Strike Again 
Why: Because Ted 2 just doesn’t work a second time around.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The BET Awards Reunited N.W.A.
Why: Because one of the biggest rap groups of all time finally performed again. Also, the Grateful Dead is going on a farewell tour.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: #Pride
Why: Because these pictures are are great.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Books For Summer
Why: Because you should read some these with all the light.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. read)
What: Someone Really Thinks The World Of Fallout Is Overrated
Why: Because this person is wrong.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Colbert CongratulationsTrump Piñata; Flipin’ Out
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Vertical Record Player
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 81, June 21, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads out there. Try to enjoy the summer solstice while your celebrating as well. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Remember Those Lost
Why: Because I’m still trying to figure out how we live in a reality where pure hatred drives peoples’ actions. This cannot stand. And neither can the Confederate battle flag. The amount of times I have seen this flag flown proudly in my life sickens me, and I can only imagine how this banner of hatred and anti-Americanism makes the people who it directly antagonizes feel. The widespread acceptance of the flag has a direct relation to the way in which the U.S. treats its black citizens, and it needs to go. My thoughts are with Charleston, and with our brothers and sisters that we lost to actions taken in fulfillment of what this symbol represents. ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬. More recommended readings.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Single Payer Health Care, Not By The Government
Why: Because Cigna barely avoided a merger with Anthem, although it looks like consolidation will happen before to long.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Justices Don’t Think The Confederate Flag Must Be Flown, Either
Why: Because this is one of the few times where a ruling is reflected immediately in a tragic event.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: WARRIORS
Why: Because Oakland finally got its parade, including a fire breathing snail carrying MC Hammer.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Pixar Remembered What Makes Us Love Their Films
Why: Because it must be hard being a movie studio where a very good movie such as Brave doesn’t quite cut it. Also, here is what kids think of Pixar movies.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Shots Fired
Why: Because Apple’s new service won’t be getting the one of the biggest albums of the year.

ART THING OF THE WEEK (25 min. look)
What: The History Of Slavery In Charleston
Why: Because you need to know this.

LANGUAGE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. watch)
What: What Is A Word?
Why: Because words are always evolving, and it’s really hard to use words to describe what a word actually is.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Grey Is A Piece Of Shit (Please Don’t Buy Any More Fifty Shades Books)
Why: Because what amounts to many Americans current advice book on BDSM basically suggests that women like stalkers, that assholes like Grey are desirable, and that men actually think that their penises are able to enjoy music. E. L. James has managed to make the world of literature a much more stupid place.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. watch)
What: E3
Why: Because all of the biggest video games that either you or someone you know will be playing in the next year just were announced. Personally, I can’t wait for Fallout 4.

DAD INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Riley Has An Awesome Dad; Dad Rap; Sad Dads; Dad Jokes
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 80, June 14, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! This is your annual reminder to always wear sunscreen. Even if it’s cloudy, and you only have your shirt off for an hour. TRUST ME. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Mid Nineties Turns 20
Why: Because the A.V. Club has written some great stories about Things You Oughta Know and The End Of Childhood.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Too Wealthy To Save
Why: Because even though residential use makes up a marginal percentage of water usage in California, it still is important to understand that we’re all in this drought together.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Americans Don’t Care About The Law
Why: According to Pew Research, most Americans have no idea how Supreme Court rulings affect their lives.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: How Far Can You Go In An Hour?
Why: Because you would think it would be relatively straight forward, just pedal as hard as you can for an hour. But, like all cycling related news suggests, riding a bike quickly is never as simple as it seems. Also, GO DUBS!

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. watch)
What: The Most Memorable Quotes
Why: Because movies are more than just Schwarzenegger quotes. Also, the Jurassic Park franchise, which spawned this classic, just had the largest Friday opening ever.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: This Is Rock And Roll
Why: Because Dave Grohl is a badass. And he loves coffee.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. look)
What: The Dude Abides
Why: Because Jeff Bridges has taken panoramic photos of every film set he’s been on.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: The Fight For Your Eyeballs
Why: Because watching other people play video games has become such a large market that even ESPN is trying to figure out how to get into the game.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Boston Is Trying Really Hard To Make You Like It’s Athletes (It’s Working); Skate On; The Deadliest
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 79, June 7, 2015

Howdy, y’all. This week’s Webtacular World comes straight from Texas, the self proclaimed greatest state in the United States. How do I know I’m in Texas? Because five people sitting around me in the airport have this iPhone case.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Changing Of The Guard
Why: Because other elections around the world matter. Here’s what was at stake.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Well, I Guess That’s One Way To Do It
Why: Because with over one trillion dollars of debt owed by Americans, maybe defaulting isn’t such a terrible idea after all. Especially when this is happening.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Justices Declare Freedom of Speech And Religion Still Exist
Why: Because both the freedom of religion under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and free speech clause of the First Amendment were affirmed in two different rulings. Also, for the last time, don’t go to law school.

TECHNOLOGY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Click On The Top Link (Paywalls are lame)
Why: Because RIM was completely unprepared for the iPhone.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK ()
What: Nothing Interesting Is Happening In Sports This Week
Why: Because this happened, this happened, this happened, and this happened. Like I said, absolutely nothing.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: The Best One Liners From Our Greatest Action Hero
Why: Because these are some of the best spoken dialogue ever recorded. Also, apparently the person who wrote this article never saw a Schwarzenegger film.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Love That Bass
Why: Because the least lauded members of a band probably deserve a whole lot more respect.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: What A Beautiful Monkey
Why: Because the other photographs are pretty awesome, too.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. watch)
What: Nintendo Died In The 1980’s
Why: Because that analyst featured in the video wasn’t very good at his job.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Robot SamuraiSolve For P; Flamethrower Uke; The 70’s Killed Gloves
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: R2D2 Fridge
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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