Webtacular World Issue # 95, September 27, 2015

Greetings webtaculators! Does anyone else feel that the more time you spend in nature, the less it makes sense that we decided to surround ourselves with concrete? Because I do, at least until I get rained on. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Pope Comes Washington
Why: Because this is the first time Pope Francis has visited the U.S. He had quite a bit to say.

POLITICAL THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Bye Bye, Boenher
Why: Because the Speaker of the House, who has been embattled by opponents on both the left and the right, and also probably coincided with the fact that one of his life goals was to get a Pope to visit Congress.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Das Auto Ist In Großen Schwierigkeiten
Why: Because Volkswagen was caught fudging its diesel emissions by the EPA.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Happy Birthday To Us!
Why: Because now you won’t have to deal with those awful renditions of happy birthday sung at chain restaurants anymore.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The VR Future Is Upon Us
Why: Because Facebook’s Oculus Rift just announced a whole bunch of service, including Netflix, Minecraft, and 360 degree videos, able to be used on a computer that costs less than $1000.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: The Man Who Took The Fork In The Road
Why: Because Yogi Berra, one of the most prolific catchers (and catch-phrasers) in baseball’s history died this week. Here are 35 of his best ones.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Rise Of Rocky Horror
Why: Because you really should experience seeing this in a theater at least once.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Rock On Pope
Why: Because aside from his first U.S. Pope Francis is now also a prog rocker.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: Speaking Of Being In Nature
Why: Because these photographs will probably make you want to be outside.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Black Panther Gets The Author The Comic Deserves
Why: Because a comic about an African American is being written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, one of the most prolific African American writers of today.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. watch)
What: Go Faster!
Why: Because speed running is a way that gamers have made games interesting in ways that their creators might not have known was possible.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: How To Cook Yams; Conan Skates; You Don’t Need To Workout; Seriously, You Don’t
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Any Of These Cabins
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 # 94, September 20, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! Summer ends this week. So put your bbq’s away, and get ready for the influx of Christmas commercials. WINTER IS COMING. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Debate: Round 2
Why: Because the clown car of candidates is slowly dwindling down to business owners who have not really been all that great at running businesses. Perfect.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Death As A Business Opportunity
Why: Because this is why health care does not work within a capitalist society.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Go To Law School Now
Why: Because no one else wants to go, so law schools (and their alumni) are paying for you to go.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Noah’s Ark In Words
Why: Because scientists recently created an index of over 2.3 million species on Earth. Read the whole thing here.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Not Football!
Why: Because who doesn’t love an underdog story?

TV THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: The Emmys Just Happened
Why: Because winter came, men madded, but an accessory to murder stole the show.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Return Of Johnny
Why: Because Black Mass is supposed to be pretty good.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (9 min. watch)
What: Practice What You Preach
Why: Because Lil Dicky (I hate typing that) managed to make a pretty good version of a standard rap video for free.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Mapping Old SF
Why: Because seeing where pictures were taken is actually a really cool way to see how a city changes over time.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: When A Series Continues Without Its Author
Why: Because even though it recently seems that authors’ characters seem to be more important than the authors themselves, this has pretty much always been the case.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: A Resurrection
Why: Because most people wrote off Destiny sometime in the middle of last year due to being a very pretty game with very little to do. The Taken King surprisingly fixes that.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Math With Comedians; Desert Solar System; Dislike
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Any Of These Nerf Guns
Why: Because Brian deserves it.
SIDE NOTE TIME: So. This weekend, I installed a bunch of bike racks at Salesforce (don’t ask). One of the locations was what i can best describe as an “adult” play area in the basement level of one of the buildings. It included video game consoles, ping pong and pool tables, a wood working / bike tool area, workout equipment, and a giant bar complete with working taps. However, the most prevalent item was various Nerf weapons scattered throughout the room. Basically, the most successful workers of my generation are continuously shooting each other with foam darts. That’s why if you give me the tools, I will get the best jobs, win their war games, and become the King of Salesforce. Or something.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 93, September 13, 2015 ROCKY MOUNTAIN EDITION

Greetings Webtaculators! Hope everyone is enjoying their usual Sunday routine. I’m currently enjoying mine from Mile-High City in Colorado. Demon Horse says hi!
demon horse
On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Drought Isn’t Funny Anymore
Why: Because California is burning. So is Colorado.

POLITICAL THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Return Of The Left
Why: Because for the first time in 20 years, someone who actually describes himself as a socialist is in charge of the Labor Party. Colorado has not had a socialist mayor since the 1915.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Right To Die With Dignity
Why: Because end of life care for terminally ill patients is about to get markedly better for Californians. It is one of only 4 states to offer this care. Colorado is not one of them.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (1 hr. 40 min. watch)
What: Another Year, Another Apple Keynote
Why: Because now Apple reinvented the pencil! This is a Colorado pencil. Jony Ive did not design that one.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: So Much Cheating, So Little Time
Why: Because ESPN did some honest to goodness investigative journalism and wrote this amazing piece on how America’s favorite pastime doesn’t actually care about its own rules. Denver Bronco’s quarterback Peyton Manning doesn’t cheat.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: M. Night Shyamalan Made A Not Bad Movie???
Why: Because M. Night Shyamalan doesn’t make not bad movies very often. These are some good, not bad, and bad movies filmed in Colorado.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Some Good Albums Coming Out Soon
Why: Because this list includes the new Chvrches album. These are some good bands from Colorado.

FASHION THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. look)
What: New York Fashion Week
Why: Because these are the clothes that you wont be able to afford to wear. Colorado also has a fashion week.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: How Not To Choose A Nom De Plume
Why: Because you should probably not appropriate other people’s cultures to give yourself a leg up. Here are some poets from Colorado.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: How To Own An Arcade Today
Why: Because beer and video games go well together. Colorado has some good arcades as well.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Your Upstairs Neighbor; Burning Sandwich; Cats Vs. Zombies; You Cannot Pronounce This Word
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: A House That I Actually Might Be Able To Afford
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 92, September 6, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! Hope everyone is having a fun filled Labor Day weekend! Too bad all the happenings from last week didn’t take a vacation, too. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: A Lifetime Of Bad Policy Leads To European Immigrant Crisis
Why: Because although United States politicians (I guess that’s how you refer to Trump is now?) like to claim that we have a huge problem with our borders (damn Canadians! [kidding]), there is an actual crisis happening within Europe. This is especially true with individuals fleeing from Syria.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (26 min. watch)
What: Ma Bell Is Hip To The Times
Why: Because even though some of the “we are the future” advancements from this video are hilariously outdated by today’s standards, many of the issues that what is now AT&T and Verizon was trying to cover are still the same type of messaging that businesses use today.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: A Lesson On How Not To Behave When The Court Orders You To Do Your Job
Why: Because Kim Davis has received much more attention than an individual should for deciding her interpretation of marriage from the Bible is a more reliable authority than the one recently provided by the Supreme Court. A judge told her to take a seat.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: 01110000 01101100 01100101 01100001 01110011 01100101 00100000 01100100 01101111 01101110 00100111 01110100 00100000 01101011 01101001 01101100 01101100 00100000 01101101 01100101
Why: Because I talked to Cortana today, and that freaked me out.

PUBLIC POLICY THINGS OF THE WEEK (7 min. read; 10 min. read)
What: $2.00; Rethinking Rehab
Why: Because both of these pieces represent realities that millions of people who live next door to us face, and it’s probably a good idea to start paying attention again.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. look)
What: Something’s Missing From This Picture…espn grab 23
Why: Because as of 5:30 PST, this will be the last time for the next 5 months that football isn’t the main sport mentioned at the top of ESPN.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: So Bad It’s Good
Why: Because whoever green-lit the of ancient Chinese vs. Romans starring Jackie Chan and Adrien Brody should be given a raise.

TV THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: World, Meet Stephen. Stephen, World
Why: Because America’s greatest blowhard is now the new Dave Letterman.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. browse)
What: MTV Attempts To Stay Relevant
Why: Because Kanye decided to run for president, and Miley Cyrus released a Flaming Lips album. OK.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min read / look)
What: Just One Picture
Why: Because pictures tell stories, and these ones tell the story of a life that obviously ended way too early.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: The Act Of Writing
Why: Because writing is an essential part of the human existence.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Meet Mario. Make Mario.
Why: Because Super Mario Maker is coming out this week for the Nintendo Wii U, and you can finally build your perfect version of World 1-1.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: How To Ride A Horse According To My Cousin Mia; Science Fixes Everything
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: BB-8 Droid
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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