Webtacular World Issue #130, May 29, 2016

Greetings Webtaculators! I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day Weekend! Remember, it’s not just a time to revel in three days of not having to work; it’s supposed be for taking time to remember those who fell in battle while fighting in our wars. I hope you all were able to do that. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What:  A Call To End To The War Ender
Why: Because a sitting President has never directly addressed the bombing of Hiroshima before. It is fitting way to acknowledged all the victims of World War II.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (45 min. read)
What: Go Home, Young Man
Why: Because more young(ish) adults are living with their parents than ever before.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Opening: Ninth Supreme Court Justice
Why: Because Justice Ginsburg finally stated that eight Supreme Court Justices are not enough.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: A Series Of Tubes
Why: Because this is how the Internet actually works.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Wow
Why: Because the Warriors-Thunder matchup have continuously produced some of the best basketball games I have ever watched

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (1.5 min. watch)
What: Beastly Beauty
Why: Because even though Disney is starting to raid its classics to produce live-action versions, I am pretty excited about this.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: A Chance At History
Why: Because a jazz-oriented rapper and a rap oriented Broadway producer are the best thing happening in music right now.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Satellite Of Things
Why: Because now you can find out where all of the baseball fields in San Francisco are just by clicking on one.

NEWS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The World Of Online Publishing
Why: Because we now live in a time where multi-billionaires use their personal wealth to destroy blogs, and another once venerable site no longer produces good work, at least according to another competitor. Basically, there will be no news except Buzzfeed and Facebook soon.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: Overwatch Is Good
Why: Because surprise! Blizzard made another excellent game. So good, in fact, that apparently Amazon didn’t have enough copies in stock.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Doomed Music; Review Of Spiders; Bachman Insults All Old People; Dance, Puppet, Dance
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue #129, May 22, 2016

Greetings Webtaculators! Petco Park in San Diego may be the saddest ballpark in America. It is a beautiful park in a great location in a laid back city, but absolutely no one actually goes to the games. It’s especially bad when there are more away fans (GO GIANTS!) than home fans at a game. Oh well, I guess that’s why I was able to get last minute tickets for $15. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (13 min. watch)
What: Trippin’
Why: Because it might be a good idea to have a better idea of how psychedelics actually effect the human mind.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Long Haul Robotin’
Why: Because kids doing the “air horn move” at trucks on the highway pretty soon be completely ignored. You can personally thank Webtaculator Daniel for ruining yet another childhood pastime.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: I’m Pretty Sure You Can’t Do That
Why: Because I’m all for states’ rights, but seriously. Stop this nonsense.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: How We Eat
Why: Because American diets have changed drastically over a short period of time.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Play All The Sports!
Why: Because much like Wayne Gretzky, the greatest athletes excelled at more than one sports while growing up.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (5 hr. watch)
What: Learnin’ With The Herz
Why: Because Werner Herzog is teaching 20 classes on how to be a documentary filmmaker.

TV THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Ratings And Sex
Why: Because male dominated polls might be skewing websites’ reporting of how popular shows actually are. But don’t worry, Real Housewives is still terrible. No one should watch it. Ever.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (13 min. watch)
What: The Rhymes Are On Time
Why: Because this video breaks down how the best in the biz construct their songs.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Supertramp, Revisited
Why: Because the author of the classic Into The Wild revisited his assumptions about what caused Chris McCandless’ death in the Alaskan wilderness.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 hr. watch)
What: A Perfect Game Of Donkey Kong
Why: Because professional Donkey Kong player Wes Copeland (yes that’s a real thing) just smashed the alltime high score for Donkey Kong, in a way that will be almost impossible for a human to match. Just watch for a few minutes to see how much better he is than your one time that you had a few minutes to waste while waiting for a slice pizza.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: SNL Made Me Laugh; Space Is Dangerous; The Happiest Chewbacca; Driver The Most
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Any Of These Homes
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 128, May 15, 2016

Greetings Webtaculators! This is the view from my room for the week:File_000Sometimes working for the state has occasional benefits. Unfortunately, I get to spend the majority of my time in San Diego sitting in a conference room learning about utility ratemaking instead of enjoying this view. Oh well. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: A Visit Worth More Than Words
Why: Because even though the United States and Japan have been allies and business partners for the better part of six decades, the atrocity that marked the end of one of the most deadly periods of human history has never been directly addressed until now.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Can’t Stop Won’t Stop
Why: Because at this rate, my dead corpse will somehow be working off some sort of debt.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Ross Says The Law Is Fine, Dave
Why: Because this is why I’m glad I am not a lawyer.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Well, You See Bobby, When Two Telco’s Love Each Other Very Much…
Why: Because a lot of the outages caused by the merging of Verizon and Frontier caused problems to the exact people that were fighting to make it not happen.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: MVP Part II
Why: Because Curry is a transformative force in the world of basketball, and his game 4 performance against the Blazers was the stuff of legends.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (9 min. look)
What: How To Edit
Why: Because editing is one of the most important aspects of movies (and other work) that is as important as the work itself.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. listen)
What: Media Integration
Why: Because it’s helpful that one of my favorite bands of this generation is writing music for video games. That officially makes it art, right?

NEWS THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: The Most Trusted Name In Newsfeed
Why: Because for all the calls of suppression and censorship, Facebook is not a “news” provider or government entity, and therefore they can do whatever they want.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (9 min. watch)
What: Isn’t That Old?
Why: Because those were the first words out of my fiance’s mouth when asking why I was playing a game called Doom in 2016. For those of you who don’t know the first Doom came out in 1993, and was at one point the most installed piece of software in the world (yes, ahead of Windows).

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Snacking 101; The Toast Is Toast; You Will Now Sleep
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Some Of This 19% Growth (that The Toast wasn’t able to get)
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 127, May 8, 2016

Greetings Webtaculators! Happy Mother’s Day! Side note: why isn’t it Mothers’ Day? I mean, it’s not like there’s just one mom worth celebrating. It’s all the moms. Given, in any “traditional” family, the assumption is that there is only one mom, but that doesn’t mean that it is only that one mom who deserves celebration. I demand grammatical correctness, damnit. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (6 min. look)
What: Pres(Tr)umptive Republican Nominee
Why: Because America deserves a slow clap for letting this happen. And yes, this purposefully links to a foreign news outlet because I can only imagine what the rest of the world thinks about this happening. “We’re gonna win bigly.” London decides to go in the opposite direction.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: The Next Currency Creator
Why: Because he’s probably lying. Again.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: The Crime Of Sex
Why: Because this piece takes a long look at the criminalization of sex work, and its effect on the women the laws effect.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: 19 Years In The Making
Why: Because that is the slowest rounding of the bases I have ever seen. But then again, I’ve never hit a homerun in a major league ball park either.

MATH THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. watch)
What: Illegal Numbers
Why: Because encryption with a prime number is a hell of a weird practice.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK ()
What: Head Without Radio
Why: Because Radiohead released it’s newest album, A Moon Shaped Pool in a whirlwind of uninternet activity over the past week, followed by a release of the hauntingly beautiful Burn The Witch followed by Paul Thomas Anderson’s music video of Daydreaming. I’ve been trying to wrap my head around it since it came out today. The album is undoubtedly beautiful and well composed, but it seems something that would be more appropriate for background music or a movie soundtrack, much like the videos suggest. It suffers similar problems to 2011’s King Of Limbs – gorgeous melodies lost in the weight of Radiohead’s own back catalog (seriously, take another listen to Kid A or In Rainbows immediately for juxtaposition). However, if you want a Radiohead-esque vibe with some SoCal rap-rock and slap bass, look no further than the new Chili Peppers’ Dark Necessities, also produced by longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. Have fun looking for similarities.
IMMEDIATE UPDATE: So I’ve been listening to the album a little bit more through decent headphones turned way up while composing this issue. There’s a lot of mixing highlights and subtleties I am now noticing that I missed through my car speakers. Let’s just say it’s growing on me, but that just might be the bright computer screen and sleepiness talking.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Remnants Of Flame
Why: Because the Alberta fire is no joke.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: From 1 To Infinite
Why: Because Call of Duty is betting on the future, while Battlefield is betting on the past. The internet seems to be betting on the past, based off of YouTube likes.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: M&mmmms; I Hate Everything About This; Fight Knight
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 126, May 1, 2016

Greetings Webtaculators! Welcome to yet another week of Webtacular World. Weird, right? The fact that we here at Webtacular World have managed to put together 126 consecutive notices on a weekly basis probably confounds the few of you who actually know us (us meaning me, since, as of this publication, we are still a one person shop [the we makes us sound more professional in case anyone ever wants to buy us (wink wink rich friends)]). Recently, a friend of Webtacular World asked us how we maintain a consistent schedule, especially considering humans as a group of individuals are profoundly prone to being, well, lazy. This is not a bad thing!  In fact, this is the entire premise of how we manage to actually get a fully fledged product out the door every Sunday night. Basically, this counts as our Managing Editor’s relaxation from all of the other things he’s supposed to be doing at any given time. For some reason,  he finds digging through the drivel and poorly written content of The Internet to be therapeutic, since it reminds him of how small he is in the day to day operations of human output that presents itself in written or performed form from other publications. Humans are pretty amazing on the whole, and the reporting of what drives a bunch of other people who don’t happen to be our Managing Editor happen to be really interesting to him. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (32 min. watch)
What: Last Laugh
Why: Because Obama presided over his final Correspondents’ Dinner. Based off of the content of this website, I think I should qualify to attend the next one.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What:Measuring Wealth
Why: Because even with the recovery, many people in the US feel that the economy has not recovered. This is an alternative proposal.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: A New Shot For The Stars
Why: Because this is the first time in decades that a non – Boeing or Lockheed haven’t won a contract from NASA in years.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Miracle On The Pitch
Why: Because I’m trying not to think about the Warriors or the Sharks at the moment.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Civil War
Why: Because this is the culmination of years of comic book and movie development. Welcome to the future.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Yonce
Why: Because Beyonce’s Lemonade is what you do when you get lemons and you happen to be the biggest music performer of the modern era.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read, long listen)
What: The Pulitzer Prizes
Why: Because this is modern art at its finest.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: Pictures For Space
Why: Because we want aliens to like us.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (20 min. watch)
What: Overwatch Is Coming
Why: Because this is Blizzard’s (one of the most successful game companies, ever) first new IP in 17 years.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Where Is Their Mind; T-Rex Lives; Draft Problems
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: T-Rex Costume
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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