Webtacular World Issue # 125, April 24, 2016

Greetings Webtaculators! Hope everyone is having a great time celebrating Passover! We here at Webtacular World just assume that everyone else celebrates Judaism,since it just makes it easier for us. However, if for whatever reason, you have no idea why Jews decide to eat a terrible version of bread for a week (OR DO WE????), please feel free to see INTERNET THING OF THE WEEK for what is basically a Seder service. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Prince Of Purple
Why: Because Prince was one of the most prolific and influential musicians of our time. Again, a transformative musician’s death has been one of the bigger stories of the week. Again, it’s hard to fathom how this is the “story of the week,” considering how many other things that seem like they should be more important. However, the fact that individuals such as Prince really do change the course of culture on a prolific level shows just how important these people actually are. Here are some other songs that he also was responsible for.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Feel Good Law
Why: Because sometimes the Chief Justices actually seem like decent human beings.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Space Race
Why: Because I haven’t seen anyone else use this embarrassingly simple pun in regards to an astronaut running a marathon in space.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (20 min. read)
What: The Fall Of Tiger
Why: Because even though Tiger Woods has been out of the golf world’s eye for a number of years, ESPN actually did a good job of recording the fall of a great player who had many, many other issues in his life.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. watch)
What: 100 Shots
Why: Because these shots make up some of the best ones ever captured on film.

TV THING OF THE WEEK: (5 min. read)
What: Bummm Bum, Bum Ba Bummm Bum, Bum Ba Bum…
Why: Because GOT is back, and you should probably catch up.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (Long look [click through])
What: Pinhole Camera Day
Why: Because pinhole cameras are an awesome way to take pictures.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Shakespeare’s Obituary
Why: Because Shakespeare was a good writer, or something.

VIDEO GAME ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Some People Don’t Understand Work Life Balance
Why: Because at least his daughter understands why this is a problem.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Matzah!; The 10 Bieber / Adele Commandments; How To Have A Safe Seder
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: “Hoverchair” (only because they won’t stop calling them hover boards.)
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 # 124, April 17, 2016

Greetings Webtaculators! So, I have to come clean with you all- I lied last week. You can still file your taxes tomorrow, if for some reason you still haven’t done them yet. Maine and Massachusetts folks, you can still wait one day more, if you’re feeling extra last minute. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: About Those Other Countries With Presidents…
Why: Because after a revelation of the entrenched corruption with one of the biggest gasoline manufacturers in the world, Brazil’s Congress voted to impeach the current President, Dilma Rousseff.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Luck Be A Lady Tonight
Why: Because the luck that goes into how rich you are also plays a big part in how long you will live.

EDUCATION THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: Paying To Learn
Why: Because although there is something to be said for providing affordable education, it probably isn’t a good thing that it potentially is siphoning away the families that would be more engaged in local education regardless if it were public or private. Not that even the best public schools are necessarily always forces for good, either.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. watch)
What: More Like A Quantum Minister
Why: Because Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau actually sort of knows what he is talking about.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: 73-9
Why: Because the Warriors just broke the record for regular season wins. Also, Curry broke his own 3 point record by over 100 shots.

TV THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. watch)
What: The Splash Of Adult Swim
Why: Because Space Ghost Coast to Coast was one of the most interesting shows to come out of my youth, and the channel has been on the forefront of the weirdening of TV.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What:  Women Should Probably Talk More
Why: Because this script analysis of over 2000 films shows that women have fewer than 40% of all spoken lines. Not good.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Hella Coach
Why: Because apparently you can’t just perform as yourself anymore.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (Long Look)
What: Earthquakes: Deadly Then, Deadly Now
Why: Because Ecuador was just hit by a massive 7.8 magnitude quake.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Reading Re-Re-Imagined
Why: Because there’s a new Kindle, which will make reading the most betterer than before. (Seriously, they say it “goes beyond a book” in their marketing material.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Forced Perspective
Why: Because in this day of free agency in gaming, where consumers expect to be given choices about how their avatar is spec’d out, its definitely an interesting take when a developer removes all choice in this regard.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Boaty McBoatface Is Real; Owl Riding A Toy Horse; Where Your Old iPhones Go
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 123, April 10, 2016

Greetings Webtaculators! Ahhhh spring – the government is demanding you give them all your money, baseball is officially back, and the weather can’t decide if it still is winter or if it should just head straight to summer, and we still don’t know who is going to be president. What a wonderful time of year.

ALSO! Webtacular World is starting a new section devoted to cool things people in the Webtacular World community are doing. So, if you are doing something interesting that you think people should know about, feel free to shoot us an email or a phone call or telegram letting us know about it. Who knows! It might actually be featured in the next issue of Webtacular World to literally dozens of people! DOZENS! On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: The Fallout So Far
Why: Because hiding assets from the taxation system of a country you are running is probably a terrible idea. It is also a much bigger global issue than one might think.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: OJ, Revisited
Why: Because the FX miniseries was much more engaging than it should have been. We are also not done with this subject.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (36 min. watch)
What: It’s Not Like It’s Rocket Science
Why: Because Space X just successfully landed its reusable CRS-8 Dragon rocket on a barge in the middle of the ocean.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: College Basketball! Pro Basketball! Baseball! And Triathlons!
Why: Because now there are more sports on TV (and in the newspaper [remember those?]) for you to enjoy.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: Star Wars, Nothing But Star Wars
Why: Because even though The Force Awakens was basically Episode 4 Redux, I am still unreasonably excited for this.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: Outside Lands 2016
Why: Because this is going to be an awesome show. MUPPETS!!!!

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Changing Over Time
Why: Because cityscapes never stay the same for long.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Music That Makes Musicians
Why: Because even though NPR might be having some troubles, the content creators of the shows its affiliates produce are some of the best out there.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: That Other VR System
Why: Because the HTC Vive’s advantage (and seemingly biggest point against it) is that it is designed to let you wander around with your actual legs in a virtual space, you know, assuming you have a whole unfurnished room to devote to such a thing.

COMMUNITY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read / 4 min. watch)
What: The Beauty Of The Mud Water Project
Why: Because I still maintain that I beat My-Linh in a dance off when we were in law school.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Toys Vs. Toys; Backflip Already;  Read These
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 122, April 3, 2016

Greetings Webtaculators! This might have been the last year for April Fools, since Google basically ruined it for everyone. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Follow The Money
Why: The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung just released a treasure trove of financial documents from the offshore accounts of multiple international banks, businesses, legal firms, celebrities, and sports stars. This is going to be huge.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: I Got 15 On It
Why: Because the California Legislature approved a $15 minimum wage for Californians by 2022.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: BURN THE BOOK
Why: Because the Bluebook is the worst. Don’t worry, though, I already burned mine.
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TECH THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Virtual Reality Is Reality
Why: Because the Oculus Rift is here, and people who tried it seem to be saying it is a game changer. The Vive close behind.

AUTO THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Tesla Model 3
Why: Because the newest Tesla already has over 270,000 reservations that probably won’t be delivered for a few years. Whoops.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Pay For Play
Why: Because the most successful soccer team in the U.S. doesn’t get paid as much as its less successful male counterparts. That should probably change.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: How They Used To Be Made
Why: Because after all these newfangled superhero movies have taken all our money, it’s nice to think back to the one that started it all.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The New White Album Sounds Blue
Why: Because this album sounds just like Weezer should.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: The World Press Photo Contest
Why: Because good photos are always good to look at.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Games Of The Rift
Why: Because in order to be a successful product, the Rift needs a good software. It seems to be delivering.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: April FoolsHot Helper Beats
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: The Model 3 (Only because I don’t know which VR set I want yet).
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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