Webtacular World Issue # 91, August 30, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! Don’t you feel great when the global economy shrinks by 5-10% and nobody has any idea why it happened? I guess that’s hedge fund managers and bankers so much money, since dealing with other people’s assets sure is risky for them or something! On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Down And Up Again
Why: Because China’s stocks took a big hit, and then the rest of the world followed.

POLITICAL THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. watch)
What: Palin Interviews Trump
Why: Because national politics in the United States is insane.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: We Still Have Absolutely No Idea How Black Holes Work
Why: Because even Stephen Hawking doesn’t fully understand them. We are doomed.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: In Depth With Serena
Why:Because Serena Williams is one of the most dominant athletes ever.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: Eight Times The Hate
Why: Because Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson are back with more pulp filled pop-culture, this time set in the 1800s. You probably already know if this movie will be your sort of thing.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (20 min. read)
What: The Best Of 80’s Music
Why: Because damn, the 80’s were eclectic.

ARTISTIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. watch)
What: I Could Do That
Why: Because no, you probably couldn’t have.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: The Death Of A Doctor
Why: Because author Oliver Sacks passed away this morning. You should probably read his NY Times op-ed about how he learned he had terminal cancer.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. watch)
What: FPS, Explained
Why: Because even though Call of Duty series, the Battlefield series, and Counter-Strike might seem like the exact same game to most people, there are key differences between them that make them entirely different to their players.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Ducks (Click For Sound); Best Time Of The Year To Be In SF; Thanks, Obama; Stock Baboons
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Any Of These
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 # 90, August 23, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! Another week, and even more absurd news created by the actions of your fellow human beings. What a time to be alive, right? On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: 32 Million Caught Red Handed
Why: Because most of the time, adultery creates a lot of turmoil in 2-10 people’s lives. Ashley Madison’s data leak did that for the population of three Los Angeleses, all at once. The schadenfreude is especially strong with this particular story.

EDUCATION THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: Thinking Safely
Why: Because there have been a lot of articles recently about the protection of students from ideas. Although I personally think this an overblown sentiment, it still is worthwhile to discuss, since there is a difference between talking about uncomfortable ideas in a open manner and the need to allow students to feel safe while learning. Both are not mutually exclusive. Speaking of education, here’s how I should have chosen my major.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Let’s Project The Future Of Disney
Why: Because Disney is slowly taking over the world. However, since that includes changes like this and this , I’m not entirely sure I’m upset with that. Or it might end up more like Banksy’s idea, Dismaland.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Speaking Of Ashley Madison…
Why: Because divorce lawyers will have a field day with this.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Defending Science
Why: Because the scientific method hasn’t been treated kindly recently, but it the truth is its a hell of a lot better than any other method humans have come up with to test facts (unverified statement).

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: The Sport That Can’t Be Saved
Why: Because concussions are a big deal in sports. As a high school lacrosse coach, I have seen way too many over the course of recent seasons, and this profile on ex 49er Borland feels really strongly that this is a problem.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (1 hr. 12 min. watch)
What: That Time I Was In A Movie With A Pornstar
Why: Because my good friend Owen Drake just (finally!) released his first feature film. He produced, directed, starred, and edited the entire project, and I’m super proud of his accomplishments.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. read)
What: The End Of ATHF
Why: Because Aqua Teen Hunger Force has basically been at the forefront of stoner comedy cartoons for adults since Cartoon Network realized that this was a huge market. The last one airs at midnight tonight.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (24 min. watch)
What: How Cellos Are Made
Why: Because even though you probably won’t understand what is being said, music is a language all to itself, and the process of how the instruments are built is mesmerizing.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The First Digital Photograph
Why: Because you are spoiled when it comes to taking pictures.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Hugo Awards Has Some Issues
Why: Because the biggest awards in SF fiction might have a narrower mind of how the future will be than you would expect.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (12 min. watch)
What: A Primer To The Final Installation Of The Crazy Opus From The Mind Of Hideo Kojima
Why: Because the development of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain (it’s apparently really good) has been in question due to the rocky relationship between the creator and the publisher, Konami, which has a history of treating its employees poorly. If you really want to try to understand the story, you could also watch all 26 hours of videos from the cutscenes here.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Madden; KFC; Old Spice; Colbert; Rick Grohl’d
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: $155K Aston Martin (Over 50% Off!!!)
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 89, August 16, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! Lots of long reads for long days. Californians, try not to die in the heat. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Wrong Kind Of Economic Boom
Why: Because one of the largest ports in the world was rocked by a massive explosion.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (12 min. read)
What: All Work And No Play Makes You Buy Something Something
Why: Because delivering your toilet paper at an on demand speed makes a lot of people miserable.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (Really Long Reads)
What: Refugee In Your Own Country; Bad Science, Bad TrialsFake It Til You Make It
Why: Because each of these articles is worth reading to gain a better understanding of the many issues facing the United States’ legal issues.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Shade Balls!
Why: Because they’re not being used for the reason you think they are. And now you know!

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: OH BOY FOOTBALL EVERYWHERE BECAUSE IT’S AUGUST!
Why: Because football news is one of the few sports that can’t stay in its own season.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Best Movies Of The Summer
Why: Because you probably saw some of these. Or maybe you didn’t. At least Mad Max is deservedly in first place.

TV THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Brought To You By The Letters H B And O, And the $ Sign
Why: Because Sesame Street Is now on HBO.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (20 min. read)
What: The Best Of The Best
Why: Because these are (some) of the best song writers. Or you can just listen to Obama’s favorite music.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: How To Snapchat
Why: Because you’re old, but at least now you can ruin another thing young people love.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Obama Sure Likes Lists Recently
Why: Because most of these are probably worth reading.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: 10 Years Of Change
Why: Because the most of these changes are really due to the spread of the Internet.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Go Faster; Draw Me Like One Of Your Patriots; Someone Hates Snoopy; Train Forever
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Any Of These Cars Would Be Just Fine
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 88, August 9, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! Based off of Thursday’s debates, the election season is apparently in full swing, even though they are still around, oooohhhh… a mere 458 days away. Go democracy! Also, apparently Trump is somehow still winning. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: At Least Trump wont Last Long
Why: Because you can’t attack the only network that will presumably defend you and expect to win an election.

ECONOMIC / LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Hitchhiker’s Guide To Economics
Why: Because you can learn about conspicuous consumption while reading about a whale fall out of the sky.

SOCIAL ISSUE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: One Year Later
Why: Because Ferguson happened one year ago, and not much has changed.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read / look)
What: Where Science Happens
Why: Because not all labs are more complex recreations of your high school chemistry class; some are more like a modern art exhibit.

TECHNOLOGY THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Beisbol Has Been Very Very Good To Me
Why: Because baseball (of all sports) is the creating the future of television.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Who Said Humans Aren’t Water Mammals?
Why: Because records keep falling, and people crazy.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. watch)
What: Special Effects Suck (Or Don’t)
Why: Because CGI is being used way more than you probably realize, especially when it comes to nudity.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Outside Lands Quick Review: A+
Why: Because It’s Awesome. See you guys there next year. But this is seriously one of the weirdest reasons I’ve ever seen why a band pulled a no show.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. read)
What: Quit Your Job And Go Play DOTA 2
Why: Because the International, or the Superbowl of the video game DOTA 2, just paid out $18 million in prize money.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: More Problems With Time Travel; Edward Scissorhands; English Is Complicated
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 87, August 2, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! This weekend, I found out that one of the happiest sights in humanity is watching 80 year old blues legend Buddy Guy play guitar better than anyone else alive while swearing like a teenager. That is joy. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Undecision 2016 
Why: Because Jon Stewart is leaving us just as the 2016 election gets into full swing (and by full swing I mean that the election is over 400 days away). Now how will I know who to vote for!?!?!

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Proof The California Bar Examiners Are The Devil
Why: Because they announced this format change the day before the current 3 day version started.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: The Broken Window Got Fixed
Why: Because Windows 10 is an update worth getting.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (> 34 sec. read)
What: Fight Like A Girl
Why: Because Ronda Rousey defended her title by knocking out her opponent in 34 seconds.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Tom Cruise Back At The Top
Why: Because the new Mission Impossible (a series that Tom Cruise has been starring as Ethan Hunt for 20 years at this point) is still a really good movie.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Forgot About Dre
Why: Because Dr. Dre is releasing his first new album in over 15 years. Oh yeah, it’s coming out on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Playgrounds From Above
Why: Because the mini architecture is actually really interesting.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. read)
What: If You Really Liked Mad Men, Read This
Why: Because you won’t find a more thorough coverage of one of the best shows in recent years.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. watch)
What: Rocket League
Why: Because Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars was too long of a name for most people, and this is the most pure fun I’ve had with a video game in a really long time. Buy it.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Pro Women Pirate Shanty; More Like “TWO”Lander, Amirite?!?!; These Shirts Are Wonderful
Why: Because Internet.

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

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