Webtacular World Issue # 111, January 17, 2016

Greetings Webtaculators! One of the interesting things about living in the age that we currently do is the propensity for a large outpouring of mourning that goes out when people of a certain fame pass away. It would seem that, in the scheme of things, the death of a musician or actor of natural causes is nothing compared to the deaths of dozens due to terrorism. It seems almost callous that the same grief is not shared regarding these people who’s lives were cut short. However, it might not be that absurd. On a personal level, I gained great personal satisfaction watching Alan Rickman on screen as either Hans Gruber, a fake alien, a depressed robot, or a wizard. And David Bowie was a personal musical influence including everything from Under Pressure to Rebel Rebel, being a freaky old bastard spaceman, as well as being the Goblin King. Even though these relationships weren’t, well, relationships, since I never met them, these individuals had a profound impact on my life, which does make their output personal to me. So maybe the actual thing to do is just miss and commemorate them all. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: A Shift In International Iran
Why: Because, on a more personal level (again), this redeveloped open communications with Iran also led to the release of numerous other captive Americans, including Jason Rezaian, who went to my high school.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Don’t Panic
Why: Because the market is merely correcting itself. Seriously. We’re fine.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Wawona No More
Why: Because this is one of the most ridiculous results of what should have been a non-issue in the first place. Trademarks can be very stupid.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The New American Drive
Why: Because driverless cars are the future, and it’s about time that the nation plans for it.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: RIP Rickman
Why: Because Snape

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. watch)
What: RIP Bowie
Why: Because Dance Magic Dance

TV THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: 24 Hours Of Angie Tribeca
Why: Because I’m a few hours into this event, and it is wonderfully punny. Oh, and Bill Murray is in it.

VIDEO GAME / SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: The ESPN Of Video Games
Why: Because Activision Blizzard bought Major League Gaming hoping to become the ESPN of Video Games, but ESPN beat them to it.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Adele In A Car; Washing Machine Jump; Kylo At Work
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

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