Webtacular World Issue # 107, December 20, 2015 BIRTHTACULAR / STARTACULAR EDITION

Greetings Webtaculators! Well, this is a doozy of an edition. Not only is it my birthday, but it also is the day I get to see the new Star Wars. If you couldn’t tell from previous editions, I like Star Wars. A lot. And since it’s my birthday, and this is my newsletter, I get to dedicate this edition to Star Wars. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Its About The Data
Why: Because as elections become more data driven, these types of accusations will become more commonplace.
Star Wars: Why The Rebellion Failed (Click the first link to get past FP’s paywall)
Why: Because this will set up your understanding for why there are at least 10 more years of Star Wars movies.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Oil For Everyone!
Why: Because for the first time in years, the U.S. oil reserves are back on the market.
Star Wars: You’re So Money
Why: Because Star Wars made over $230 Million in one weekend, and I contributed to about $300 of that.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: CISA Returns
Why: Because all this surveillance does not make us safer, and it explicitly goes against the 4th Amendment.
Star Wars: Lando Law
Why: Because I’d hire Lando to be my lawyer any day.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: Sportsperson Of The Year
Why: Because people were mad that it wasn’t a horse.
Star Wars: Star Sports!
Why: Because it’s crazy that a fictional universe has this many activities.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: Star… Trek?
Why: Because you can be thankful that the new Star Wars didn’t turn out like this…
Star Wars: A New Hope, Reviewed
Why: Because NPR spoiled the end in it’s original review. For shame.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. play)
What: Celebrating Beethoven
Why: Because this Google doodle really does a good job of teaching people how music works in a simple manner
Star Wars: You Know How It Goes; Here Are The Words; Updated
Why: Because this song is still incredible.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. browse)
What: A British Take On Books
Why: Because as the inventors of the English Language, I guess the Guardian has a decent grasp of what a good book is.
Star Wars: How To Forget About Jedi In 60 years
Why: Because it’s interesting to think about how quickly society can forget things that are true if they aren’t properly recorded.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Best Of The Year
Why: Because for a non-industry focused periodical, the New Yorker’s list is actually really good. Check some of these games out.
Star Wars: Revisiting Tie Fighter
Why: Because even though it’s 20 years old, it still is a really fun game.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Forever Alone; Waves; Bad Star Wars
Why: Because Internet.

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

May the Force be with you,
Brian
Managing Editor, Webtacular World
The Internet You Didn’t Know You Needed™

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