Webtacular World Issue # 86, July 26, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! It’s still summer, and that means all clothing stores are getting rid of their summer selections, which means even though you need shorts now, you can’t buy them anymore. Yay!!!! On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Another Day, Another Shooting
Why: Because I’m not surprised anymore. Just sad that the United States as a whole is completely unwilling to do anything about it.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Single Payer Healthcare Is On The Way!
Why: Because economics of scale means mergers, and the two largest insurance providers are joining together. Remember, its for the companies’ and their shareholders’ benefits, not yours.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: And I Thought Prospects After Attending An Accredited Law School Were Bad…
Why: Because a 10% graduation rate from unaccredited California law schools is a failure of education.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Well, Looks Like No More Autonomous Cars For Us
Why: Because hackers managed to hijack a car through its onboard entertainment system.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Hulk Hogan, TKO
Why: Because although I don’t consider pro “wrestling” to be a sport (not because it’s not athletic; it is. Sports actually need some sort of competition, which the WWE clearly lacks), for some reason this person still has a cultural importance. Good riddance.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: “Pixels” Is A Steaming Pile Of Garbage
Why: Because that’s what the reviewers are saying. Especially this guy.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Crank That
Why: Because Soulja Boy had more of an influence on modern music than you probably realize.

ART THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. look)
What: A Picture Worth A Thousand Words
Why: Because Ai Weiwei, the famed artist, got his passport back after four years.

JOURNALISM THING OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: More Writing Than You Could Shake A Stick At
Why: Because these are the best 100 articles of the year, and you should read them. At your leisure, of course.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Gaming In China
Why: Because China, the largest single world market, just opened up its boarders to game consoles for the first time in years. Game on.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Kickstarting Space; Fly Forever; Muppets Take Over Your TV
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

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Webtacular World Issue # 85, July 19, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! Hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine included 60 lb. of roasted lamb. It was delicious. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Stabilizing A Potential Nuclear Reaction
Why: Because the U.S. just struck an historic deal with Iran that will hopefully limit the risk of another nuclear power in the world.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: The End Of Capitalism Is Neigh!
Why: Because Google probably doesn’t believe it based off of their latest quarterly report.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. read)
What: The Prisoner’s Dilemma 
Why: Because with the release of some drug offenders and the first visit to a prison by a sitting President, the press has finally focused on what actually happens to our nations prisoners, even after they are released.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: PLUTO!!!!
Why: Because space travel is awesome.

FOOD THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. read)
What: GMOHNO!
Why: Because GMOs might not be all that bad.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. read)
What: This Is Why I Don’t Surf
Why: Because I don’t want to be eaten by sharks.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: A Little Less Writing About Movies
Why: Because one of the best places to read about movies is done writing about them. You should go back and see what you were missing.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Where To Listen
Why: Because there are now enough music streaming services to potentially spend over $60 a month if you use them all, and you shouldn’t have to do that.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. look)
What: PLUTO!!!
Why: Because PLUTO!!!!

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Story Keeps Changing
Why: Because it seems more and more likely that Go Set A Watchman should never have been published.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: The Fall Of EA
Why: Because the “Arts” part of Electronic Arts actually used to mean something.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Worst, Effects, Ever; Magic Illusion! (Tricks Are Something Whores Do For Money); Hope None Of You Tried This
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 84, July 12, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! I hope everyone is enjoying the summer to the fullest. I was, and that’s why this is getting out a little late tonight. Sorry about that! On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: El Chapo Is Free Again
Why: Because the whole criminal escapes through a tunnel thing is getting old.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: China’s Stock Market Going Down
Why: Because it turns out Greece isn’t the only country with monetary issues.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (45 min. read)
What: The Evolution Of The Supreme Court
Why: Because this review analyzes the last 50 years of the Court, and the members who make the decisions that shape our country.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Well That Escalated Quickly
Why: Because Ellen Pao is out as CEO Reddit, and Steve Huffman is back in.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Serena Is The Best
Why: Because I don’t mean just in tennis – she is probably the greatest athlete of her generation, and she keeps on getting better.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Go See Ant Man
Why: Because Paul Rudd studied too much For this movie, and it is probably a better movie than you’re giving it credit for.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: In The Club (NSFW)
Why: Because Magic City has more influence in the music industry than you would ever think a strip club could have.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Dreams Of Electric… Things
Why: Because the way that we train computers to “see” also allows computers to create images as well.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Spoilers
Why: Because Go Set A Watchman, the sequel / prequel to To Kill A Mockingbird, comes out this week. Don’t read this review until you read the book.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: RIP Iwata
Why: Because the President of Nintendo passed away this weekend. He had an enormous impact on the world of gaming as a programmer, a leader, and a personality.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Everything Comic Con; Fucking Meditation; 50 Cups Of Coffee Is Not EnoughWine List Dos And Don’ts; Schwarzenegger C++
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 83, July 5, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! Hope everyone had a safe and fireworks filled 4th! On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: It’s All Greek To Me
Why: Because Greek voters just rejected the terms of the international bailout. It’s probably not a good thing.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: 10 Years In
Why: Because the Roberts Court sure has been activist… oh wait. It hasn’t.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Great Reddit Kerfuffle Of 2015
Why: Because many people overreacted to a lack of information regarding the firing Victoria, Reddit’s director of talent. Many subreddits protested the firing by effectively taking some of the most visible groups offline. A lot of people blame Reddit’s current CEO.  Most people will not care about this, but your geeky Internet addicted friends definitely do.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Treat Soccer With The Respect It Deserves
Why: Because one of the largest events in women’s sports is basically ignored by everyone.

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(Although on a personal level, I always liked playing on the newer artificial turf over real “grass”. But I guess when the playing surface alternative is half inch perfect bermuda grass as opposed to a half dry dirt / crabgrass mixture, it’s more understandable.)

ARTICLE THING OF THE WEEK (25 min. read [WORTH IT])
What: A Black Man’s Body
Why: Because Ta-Nehisi Coates has been writing about the issues surrounding race in the United States as well as anyone ever has, and it is worth the read.

T.V. THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Adios, Maria
Why: Because I’m pretty sure everyone under the age of 40 learned at least a little bit of Spanish from this woman.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Nielsen Ruins More Good Things
Why: Because Nielsen has been determining what you watch and listen to for years, and it probably isn’t very good at its job.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Tolkien Was Hella Metal
Why: Because these deaths are epic.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: 8 Bits Of Awesomeness
Why: Because popular music now uses the theme from Super Mario World’s Star Road as the main theme.

FIREWORKS THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Biggest Fireworks;  Awesome New Fireworks; Video Game Fireworks¯\_(ツ)_/¯ FireworksDarwin Award Fireworks; Firework
Why: Because Internet.

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

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