Webtacular World Issue # 136, July 10, 2016

Greetings Webtaculators. I have to apologize – the last few weeks have been filled with some pretty heavy and sad news, and I regret to inform you that this week is not any better. Our interconnected world has the very new effect (at least in terms of human history) of having individual thoughts and actions magnified and amplified at a speed so fast that there rarely is time to digest and comprehend what actually is happening.

This week, a two separate instances of what blatantly appears to be police executing black men was projected in real time across our televisions and phones. A few days later, an unhinged former army vet killed multiple police officers who were actually correctly policing a protest against their very existence. These actions highlight a center-point of an insanely complex historical nexus between racism, police brutality, gun violence, escalation, economic disparity, and veterans affairs that I am not even going to attempt to unpack it. All I can say is that America is hurt.

BUT. What also happened this weekend was that I got to attend a wedding between two of my beautiful friends. One happens to be African American, and the other happens to be a second generation Latina. The ceremony took place in a Catholic church in a combination of Spanish and English. Friends and family from indescribably diverse backgrounds spent the entire ceremony and reception laughing, dancing, and celebrating their love together. This is what gives me hope.

On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Alton Sterling; Philando Castile; The Dallas Police
Why: Because we need to remember those who are gone, so that we can learn how to not have it happen again.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Hustle
Why: Because if you think about it too hard, then you realize that before Uber was a global transportation app, it was just encouraging skirting local taxi regulations through a phone.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: How Not To Write A Legal Complaint
Why: Because this is what a dissenting opinion should look like.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Greatest
Why: Because Serena Williams won two Wimbledon Finals (Singles and Doubles) this past week.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (short read)
What: Bustin Ghosts
Why: Because the trailer had me convinced that this was going to be terrible. I am very pleasantly surprised.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The 90’s/00’s Are Alive, And I Am Old
Why: Between Blink-182, The Avalanches, RHCP, Radiohead, and Weezer, it’s like high school all over again. Also, Brohemian Rhapsody and I Built A Pool might be the best Blink songs in the last 15 years.

THEATER THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. watch)
What: The Final Curtain
Why: Because this is the closest you will ever get to see Lin Manuel perform as Hamilton.

VIDEO THING OF THE WEEK (long watch [NSFW])
What:Sterling. Castile.
Why: Because these videos are important.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Catch Them All
Why: Because this is why you will be seeing basically every 10-40 year old running around this week while staring at their phones.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Make Your Baby Clean; Choreography Is Hard; Some Call Me Rey
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

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