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™

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