Webtacular World Issue #137, July 17, 2016

Greetings Webtaculators. I wanted this week’s edition to start off differently – I really did. I don’t enjoy writing about the bad things in the world that are happening on a seemingly increasing basis. I mean, statistically, humanity is in a better place than it has been. However, with the increase of access to information, everything feels personal. Moreover, because this information is now delivered in an almost instantaneous manner and in such a large amount, the associated analysis of these events often arrives way after the event is already history. Remember Brexit? Remember the Panama Papers? Remember the Oregon Bundy Militia?All of these these things happened this year, but it probably doesn’t feel like it. It also doesn’t help that what actually is reported as fact is more likely not to be, all because we can communicate without needing to think first (see, e.g., Trump tweets [or don’t]). Hopefully, good news starts coming our way soon. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: France And Turkey And Baton Rouge, AGAIN
Why: Because are the stories that represent a growing sense of helplessness and malaise in the world. There are still many things we do not understand about why these events happened, but what will remain is the immediate feeling of sadness or fear for those in Nice or the bemused thoughts of how Turkey had yet another coup? or the “not again” feeling of hopelessness in Louisiana.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. watch)
What: Brexit, A Recap
Why: Because I still can’t believe this actually happened.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (long listen)
What: Justice In Your Ears
Why: Because Radiolab does a deep dive into how the 9* Justices actually shape the U.S. Or you can read them, if that’s more of your jam.
*Well, 8 until Congress gets its act together.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Where Is My Jetpack, Damnit?
Why: Because the future from the past should be here by now.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: Knuckle Balls
Why: Because the physics behind one of the coolest looking ball motions in sports is finally explained.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (long watch)
What: Top Movies From Top Actors
Why: Because figuring out what movies people who are in them like is a good way to find good movies.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read/listen)
What: Half Way There
Why: Because NPR released it’s list of top 100 tracks from the year so far.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Photography In Public
Why: Because aside from news, taking public photographs of people, while although legal, can often be done in a way that leaves people uneasy. Here’s how to do it right.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Nintendo Is On A Tear
Why: Because aside from taking over the world with Pokemon, Nintendo is also releasing a mini original NES pre-loaded with 30 games for 60 bucks.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Game Of Thrones In Less Than 10 Minutes; Kylo Real Talk; Totally Accurate Battles
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

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