Webtacular World Issue # 104, November 29, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! I hope everyone enjoyed their turkey, and managed to avoid the crazy traffic from Black Friday shoppers. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Multiple People Shot And Killed At Planned Parenthood
Why: Because this person obviously does not understand what Pr0-Life means. Also, if you didn’t realize it, Planned Parenthood mostly exists to provide women’s health services, and reduces the need to have abortions in the first place. Also, if you happen to be a Republican, please tell your party’s leaders to stop targeting Planned Parenthood with hate speech.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Bleak Friday
Why: Sales Are down $1 Billion. People who work at stores during this time are miserable. Oh, and there’s too much parking. Happy holidays!

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Law. IN SPAAAAAACEEEE!!!
Why: Because mining in space actually is more complicated than Armageddon would have you believe.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Climate Change Gets Serious
Why: Although they might want to find a way to talk about it without contributing to the problem.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: End Of An Era
Why: Because Kobe was one of the most important NBA players throughout the 2000s.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (23 min. watch)
What: Some Facts About Some Good Movies
Why: Because they are all a lot better than this movie.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (18 min. listen)
What: Free Foo
Why: Because who doesn’t like free music?

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: Phunny Photos (Sorry)
Why: Because wildlife can be hilarious.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. browse)
What: Some Good Books
Why: Because end of the year lists by the NY Times are usually pretty decent.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Sometimes Broken Isn’t Bad
Why: Because sometimes what makes a game fun is the fact that it acts like, you know, a game.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Fuck Turkey; Brits Are Weird; The Right Kind Of Hoverboard
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: OH MY GOD IT’S CYBER MONDAY! Or, Thing Explainer
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 # 103, November 22, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! Well, the second best holiday of the year is just around the corner (you get one guess as to what my favorite is). Make your turkey the delicious way, as shown by a British guy, because why not? On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: One Week Later
Why: Because a lot has happened since the Paris attacks, and although the mastermind is dead, there are still too many questions.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: The Economics Of An Older World
Why: Because things will only get more uncertain as more of the working population retires.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Oh, Hey Federalism
Why: Because a majority of United States governors don’t understand our laws.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Forget Your Ex
Why: Because you probably don’t actually want to stop stalking them.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: 15-0
Why: Because the Golden State Warriors just matched the best season opening ever. Go Dubs!

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Nothing But Star Wars, Forever
Why: Because it will only be Star Wars.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Music World Gets Streamlined
Why: Because Pandora bought Rdio, and will finally be able to play the song you actually wanted to listen to.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. look)
What: The Sony World Photography Awards
Why: Because these are some of the most beautiful photographs of the year.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: How To Beat Copyright Laws
Why: Because this is not what copyright was intended to do.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. watch)
What: Like I Said, Star Wars Forever
Why: Because I’m still not sure whether or not I actually want this, because it looks like something that is more fun to watch than to play.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Adele All Alone; “Face With Tears Of Joy” Is One Word; One Man, Five Syllables
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 102, November 15, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators. I have no pithy comments for this week – I’m still trying to wrap my mind around what happened in Paris. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Je Suis Paris
Why: Because the terrorist attack in Paris on Friday was horrific. It will inevitably impact global politics in a far reaching way, from immigration issues to the war with ISIS. Those who carried out the attack did absolutely nothing to further their cause, except unite an entire continent against them. I am not looking forward to finding out the outcome.

EDUCATION THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Protest Of College Students
Why: Because various circumstances around the country (Missouri, Claremont McKenna, and Yale, to name a few)  have lead to the most collective action by students since the Occupy Wall St. movement. Many people are not happy with how students have been going about protesting.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Reexamining Abortion
Why: Because Roe v. Wade might face its biggest challenge as the Supreme Court decided to hear a case from Texas.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Dueling Drafts
Why: Draft Kings and Fan Duel were just declared to be gambling by the state of New York. That was fast.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Looks Like Rocky IV Wasn’t That Far Off
Why: Because Ivan Drago had nothing on doping charges leveled against Russian Olympians. Speaking of boxing, Ronda Rousey also suffered her first professional loss in MMA.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Shia Watching Shia
Why: Because Shia LaBeouf is making more of a name for himself by doing odd performance art  (here, here, and here) rather than acting.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (20 min. read)
What: Real Rock And Roll
Why: Because Oasis was the soundtrack of 4th grade for me, so its good to see how my idols turned out.

LANGUAGE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min read)
What: English Is Strange
Why: Because one of the most widely spoken languages in the world also is one of the most unique, even though it has been majorly influenced by most of the other major ones.

ART THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. watch)
What: What Is Porn?
Why: Because the line between art and porn is apparently really small.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Back To The Vaults
Why: Because I have been playing the fallout series for almost 20 years, and the latest entrant is an amazing game so far.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: More Missy; Sandwich Song; Monuments
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: $55,000 Headphones
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 101, November 8, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! Do any of you have any good pork recipes? I somehow managed to come into possession of 15 or so pounds of it, (including the feet!), so any suggestions would be welcome. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: No One Votes In Off Years
Why: Because local politics probably have a bigger impact on your daily life than you realize. No weed for Ohio, Airbnb is taking over SF, and Kentucky, well, is Kentucky.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Invest In All The Things!
Why: Because you no longer need to be an accredited investor to invest in startups. This is going to be fun.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: God As Law
Why: Because religion still has quite a bit of say in determining the outcome of certain cases.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK ()
What: Data Caps Come To Broadband
Why: Because although 300 GB seems like a lot of data, think about the fact that a single TV episode is 1.5GB, a video game is 25GB, and streaming audio is about 100MB per hour. Multiply that by 4 people in a family, and it’s not that hard to hit that limit.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Fall Of Kobe
Why: Because Kobe Bryant, formerly one of the best basketball players to ever play the game, is having quite a bad start to the season. Turns out we’re all human.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Just Reuse The Shot
Why: Because filming is expensive.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: People Apparently Only Buy Adele
Why: Because I didn’t realize people still bought music. But Adele seems alright.

ART THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Cartoons Are Pretty Great
Why: Because supporting artists who turn the whimsical into reality makes the world a better place. Good luck, Ray!

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: $2,600 For 0GB Of Memory
Why: Because that’s how much money Mark Twain’s first typewriter cost in today’s dollars.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK ()
What: Activision Is Busy
Why: Because it also owns Blizzard, which is also making a movie.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Rube Slowberg; This Proves All Lawsuits Should Get Their Own Podcast; Somehow This Isn’t A Joke
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 100!!!! November 1, 2015

Greetings Webtaculators! Welcome to the very first hundredth issue! We here at Webtacular World have done very few things 100 times, so this is a pretty awesome milestone. We would give you some stats, but our relative laziness prevented us from tracking anything important. Thanks for being part of this crazy experiment.

A few things before we get going- Brian was a Vengeful Lobster Fairy for Halloween this year.
lobster

Also, daylight saving time is over, so remember to roll back your clocks, and enjoy coming home in the dark. Onto the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: How Not To Host A Debate
Why: Because CNBC’s presentation of the Republican Presidential Candidate Debate was atrocious. However, some of the questions deemed “unfair” might not have been.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Maybe Regulation Doesn’t Kill Spending?
Why: Because even amidst the legal battle and uncertainty defining net neutrality, infrastructure spending by the largest companies involved is up.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Airbnb Vs. SF
Why: Because a lot of people are very concerned about the outcome of this vote.

HEALTH THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Bacon Causes Kinda Sorta Cancer
Why: Because I’m not going to stop eating bacon.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Grantland Is Dead
Why: Because this was one of the most influential sports / cultural websites for a number of years. Also, the Royals won the World Series. Which is cool, I guess.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: Bond
Why: Because James Bond.

MUSIC-ISH THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Guitar Hero And Rock Band 4 Return
Why: Because you can finally pretend to be a rock god again. Also, these series might have delayed the death of the music industry back in the day.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. look)
What: A Look At Ellis Island’s Immigrants
Why: Because some of your relatives might have looked like these people.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Books You Should Think About Reading
Why: Because you should also probably read House of Leaves while you’re at it.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. watch)
What: Who Is A Girl Gamer?
Why: Because gaming isn’t just for guys, regardless of what most commercials show you.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Celebrities In Costumes; Why We Save Daylight;
Why: Because Internet.

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

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