Webtacular World Issue # 99, October 25, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! So. I’m going to be honest here. Next week is Halloween (aka my favorite holiday), and I have no idea what to be. This is a problem. Suggestions are welcome. One quick note – my costume requires something that can be combined with angel / fairy wings. It’s a tradition thing. Don’t ask. Anyway, on to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Blame Canada
Why: Because the Justin Trudeau and the Canadian Liberal Party just ousted Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party after a decade. They may have gotten some help from John Oliver and Mike Myers. Poland went in a decidedly different direction.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Patricia Was A Doozy
Why: Because you can probably expect more hurricanes to reach ludicrous speeds going forward.

TECHNOLOGY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Designed By Microsoft
Why: Because Microsoft isn’t supposed to know how to do hardware, but here is one of the most inventive new laptops to come out since the Apple Air. They also made an insane new game pad, too.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The World Series Is Happening
Why: Because I guess that still exists even when the Giants aren’t in it.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: The Future Was Wrong
Why: Because the Cubs aren’t in the World Series, and everything is awful.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Behind The Wub
Why: Because synthesizers brought music to the modern age, It is still up for debate as to whether that is a good thing.

HEALTH THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Friends Forever
Why: Because friendship is important, even as relationships change. Thanks for being my friend.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Trash Talk
Why: Because libraries can enjoy baseball, too.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Making Games Is Not Easy
Why: Because even the biggest titles often have issues.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Soccer Diving Taken Too Far; The Voice Of Your Childhood; A Happy Little Cloud
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 98, October 18, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! I hope everyone enjoyed watching the Democratic debate as much as I did. Dem Debate
It’s not often you see someone running for President on the platform that they killed a guy, but I guess someone has to. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Hillary Won!
Why: Because, no, Bernie won! Actually SNL won, because Larry David is a better Bernie Sanders than Bernie is.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Tarnished Arches
Why: Because McDonald’s franchise owners are not happy with your all day breakfast orders.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: A Killer Shrimp
Why: Because Shrimp Boy is one of San Francisco’s most notorious criminals, but you wouldn’t really think it after reading this profile.

JOURNALISM THING OF THE WEEK (LONG read)
What: Drone On
Why: Because The Intercept released a comprehensive group of articles related to the United States’ use of drones strikes. Mechanized warfare is here, and it is not pretty.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: The Fall Of A Dynasty
Why: Because this film also happened to be released the same week that USC’s most recent head coach was fired. (Pay no attention to the loss to the Irish though).

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: A New Hype
Why: Because I am most definitely in no way excited that the new trailer (AND TICKETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) are being released for the new Star Wars movie tomorrow at 5pm PST.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Losing The Bunny Ears
Why: Because sometimes the pictures that aren’t taken are what matters.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: R.L. Stine Seems Like A Good Guy
Why: Because I used to read the Goosebumps books like they were crack.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The NES Is 30
Why: Because that doesn’t make me feel old at all. In honor of its birthday, here’s the inside of Nintendo’s headquarters from 2007.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: I Meant Gersberms; Look Ma! No Hands!; How To Make A Film
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Definitely Not Star Wars Tickets
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 97, October 11, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! Did you know that if you pester us enough, you can be featured in this intro paragraph? It’s true! And with that, Webtacular World would like to wish a very webtacular birthday to Jan. That’s pronounced Yan, for some reason. Blame the Dutch. Anyway, on to the news!

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Who Wants To Be The Speaker Of The House? Not Kevin.
Why: Because you don’t actually need to be a member of the House of Representatives to be it. check out the Craigslist ad.

ECONOMIC / LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: If Only There Was A Fantasy Draft For Lawsuits…
Why: Because two of the biggest weekly fantasy leagues have been selling you the fantasy that you can actually win.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Time To Tweet Goodbye
Why: Because Twitter’s old/new CEO is back, and he’s cleaning house.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Protecting The Players
Why: Because these types of slides have to go.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. watch)
What: More Coen Brothers Movies, Please
Why: Because this movie looks excellent.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Pandora’s Box Of Ticket Sales
Why: Because Pandora bought Ticketfly to expand into live music events.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: Airplanes Are Awesome
Why: Because the Blue Angels were in SF this weekend, and watching them perform is a treat.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (9 min. look)
What: Beep Boop Beep
Why: Because there’s a reason why you associate those sounds with video games.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: T-Rex Ninja Warrior; Dell > Jobs; This Is How You Google
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 96, October 4, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! The best month of the year is upon us, even though the Giants aren’t part of it this time around. It’s OK though, because next year is even. Also, we here at Webtacular World apologize for the large amount of NY Times articles this week We usually try to get more varied sites in, but sometimes things just don’t work out that way. Plus, they actually did a lot of good reporting that is worth reading. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: No Words
Why: Because this keeps happening, and we do nothing. Illegal guns are not the problem. Guns themselves are. I could go on, but I already said all my thoughts on this before. This madness needs to stop.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: All Of The Food, All Of The Time
Why: Because Anthony Bourdain is a badass.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Bad Prosecution
Why: Because this is why our legal system is broken.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: X Gonna Give It To Ya
Why: Because Tesla just came out with an SUV that can get to 60 MPH in less than 4 seconds.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Bill Simmons Is Back, And He’s Mad
Why: Because one of the most interesting voices in sports news started podcasting again.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: It Came From Mars
Why: Because The Martian is a movie you should probably go see. It’s a smart science fiction movie, and a redemption for Ridley Scott. NASA also managed to get the whole cross marketing thing down by announcing that they found water on the planet just in time for the movie’s release.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Meow The Jewels
Why: Because the best duo in hip hop made a cat album. Get it here.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: SUPER MOON!
Why: Because the next time we can see this is in 2033.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Martian Was A Good Book, Too
Why: Because writing about something you love might mean you can write a book as well.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: More Like Tony Hawk “Bore” Skater
Why: Because the series that allowed me to pretend that I could actually ever pull off a 540 crashes and burns with it’s newest iteration.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Do It For Denmark; My Halloween Costume Will Never Be This Good; Craigslist Isn’t Supposed To Make You Feel Things
Why: Because Internet.

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

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