Webtacular World Issue # 113, January 31, 2016

Greetings Webtaculators! After spending a combined two hours this morning shoveling the driveway and putting chains on my car to get out of Tahoe this weekend, I have a renewed respect for you East Coast / Mid-Westerners who have to do that each time you want to drive somewhere 4 months (or longer!) out of the year. It also makes me question why the hell anyone would live where doing that is the norm, but to each their own, I guess. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (20 min. read)
What: 30 Years Later
Why: Because the Challenger disaster deserves to be remembered.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Apple’s Prize For Record Profits
Why: Because doing the best you can possibly do under our current understanding of what being a successful business means rewards you with a hit on your stock prices. Hooray!

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Life Without Parole No More
Why: Because The Supreme Court ruled to retroactively apply the unconstitutionality of life without parole to juvenile cases to those who are currently serving life sentences. Also, no more solitary confinement.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (11 min. watch)
What: Quantum Chess
Why: Because Stephen Hawking, Paul Rudd, and Bill and Ted help promote Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Physics. It is funny.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Mechanical Doping
Why: Because someone got confused that riding a bike ≠ riding a motorcycle.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: All The Oscars
Why: Because most of these movies are worth watching, even if they aren’t actually the best movie of that year.

TV THING OF THE WEEK (67 min. watch)
What: New Louis
Why: Because Louis CK is one of the few people who can compete with either cable companies or on-demand services.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (44 min. listen)
What: I Said, Brittany, You Gotta Come On Up
Why: Because the Alabama Shakes’ front woman had a really great talk with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Ownership Issues With Tienanmen Photographs
Why: Because copyright laws combined with a country that doesn’t often like to discuss the darker parts of its history might make this powerful image harder to find.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Science Fiction For Scientists
Why: Because science fiction is often directly linked to the actual scientific developments that occur.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (20 min. read)
What: The Emotional Impact Of Games
Why: Because That Dragon, Cancer shows just how powerful games can be as a way to tell stories. This will only become more apparent with the onset of VR.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Heeeereeeee’s Chicken!Run The Cats; Proto Kermit Wants You To Buy Coffee, Or Die; The Superb Owl
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: This “Cabin”
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

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