Webtacular World Issue # 143, August 28, 2016

Greetings Webtaculators! It was officially the most San Francisco summer ever, and I couldn’t have been happier. Nothing quite like needing a jacket in the middle of August when the rest of California and most of the U.S. is either figuratively or literally on fire. This also means that the year is almost in it’s last quarter- let’s hope that the madness that 2016 has been so far turns itself around. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: EpiPen
Why: Because pharmaceutical companies once again make the case that maybe a market valuation on something that saves lives might not be the best way to go when monopolies are involved.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (20 min. read)
What: Busted Draft
Why: Because Draft Kings and Fan Duel basically had all the commercial time for sports last year – now not so much.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Everybody Poops
Why: Because the whole question of whether transgendered individuals can use the whatever bathroom that fits their gender identity is ridiculous – of course they should be able to.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Protest And Sports
Why: Because athletes, especially African American ones, have continuously been a visible and vocal part of political discourse. What Kaep is doing is really no different than what Muhammad Ali or Tommie Smith and John Carlos, or the WNBA or even Dwyane Wade, more recently have been doing. Also, football is back.

MOVIE THING OF T HE WEEK (11 min. watch)
What: Why So Serious?
Why: Because The Joker remains one of the best villains ever to be on film.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Top 100 Shows Ever
Why: Because that what the Hollywood Reporter is attempting to do, but as far as I’m concerned, it messed up in the bottom 20 by putting True Blood higher up than either Scrubs or It’s Always Sunny… so obviously they’ve made some questionable choices as to the ordering.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Brit’s Back
Why: Because her new album (which I have admittedly listened way too much of over this weekend) is as quintessentially Britney as possible: it is immaculately produced, but also has absurd qualities, like the sound of can being opened repeatedly as a part of the drum track on “Do You Want To Come Over,” or the fact that one of the songs is basically how she’s singing about being a stripper. It also has the problem where it is unclear who exactly Britney even is anymore – she goes full Gwen Stefani on one song, and then sings what could be a Beiber song on another track preceding it, and tries her hardest to sound like Beyonce on the one where she’s singing about stripping. It’s insane, and I can’t stop listening. I have a problem. Also apparently the VMA’s were on tonight, but who cares about those anymore?

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. look)
What: National Parks Turn 100
Why: Because the establishment of our National Parks was perhaps the best idea our government ever had.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Wii U, In Retrospect
Why: Because hopefully Nintendo won’t have as big of a misstep with its next console.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Norm; Bad Chickin’; Bad FX Are Bad
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: This Political System (AKA Rap Battles And Flag Fights)
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 142, August 21, 2016

Greetings Webtaculators! I would like to start with a sincere thank you to those of you who helped us support my good friend, EB Forst. Together, we raised over $5,000 for an individual who truly makes the world a brighter place through her presence, and we could not be more grateful for you all.

Raceon to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: USA # 1! USA # 1!
Why: Because as Melo put it, even though there are problems within our nation, we still kick ass at winning medals. For Brazil, they won basically the only thing they wanted to.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (17 min. watch)
What: Sub(prime)compact
Why: Because you would think that companies would have learned that selling things to people who cannot realistically repay loans that are taken freely given is a bad idea. Sadly, they have not.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. read)
What: Breaking Private Prisons
Why: Because the U.S. Justice Department finally is fazing out private prisons.

NEWS THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Bye, Gawker
Why: Because Univision is shutting down the largest part of Gawker Media in it’s purchase of the company after it filed for bankruptcy.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Ben Huh?
Why: Because Ben Hur, which apparently is out now, absolutely bombed. It presents a larger trend of studios having a hard time selling faith based movies to the general public.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (long listen)
What: Endless / Blonde
Why: Because Frank Ocean dominated this weekend in music.

ART THING OF THE WEEK (1 hr. 30 min. watch)
What: How To Art
Why: Because you will most likely never have enough money to do it appropriately.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: … The Olympics?
Why: Because Tokyo 2020.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: My Gold Medal Sport; Tour De Trump (NSFW); Chicken In Pants
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Trip To The Olympics (because you still haven’t gotten me a gold medal. 😦 ).
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 141, August 14, 2016

Greetings Webtaculators! The 2016 Olympics is in full swing, Obama is making book and day and night song lists, and the kids are going back to school. Must be the end of Summer, but I could have sworn it just started or something. Oh well! On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Firsts And Lasts
Why: Because this Olympics feels like a turning point – we have the last performances of some of the heroes of sports that many of us have grown up watching in Phelps, Walsh Jennings, and Bolt who have performed amazingly, as well as a bunch of newer competitors (Ledecky, the Simones, Fiji Sevens, these Irish guys, and a whole host of other new folks winning for the first time) getting us all ready to be cheering them on for Tokyo. It almost seems like this Olympics is actually going well, until you remember that stuff like this happens in Rio regularly.

JOURNALISM THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: All That’s Fit To Print
Why: Because these are 100 articles or so that you should read.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: To Let A Murderer Go
Why: Because recently it seems that when the media do actual investigative journalism into legal cases, people actually get a fair shot.

AUTO THING OF THE WEEK (17 min. watch)
What: An Unusually Poignant Review Of The PT Cruiser
Why: Because this review is worth watching for understanding what cars mean to the US.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Suicide Method
Why: Because Jared Leto really didn’t need to method act this particular rendition of the Joker. Also, it’s as good of a band name as anything I’ve ever come up with.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: The Day Rock Died
Why: Because I still like alternative music way more than I probably should.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Everyone’s Sky
Why: Because No Man’s Sky is a game with an unbelievable amount of possibility is a pretty good barometer of the current landscape of video games in general – a small team has made an enormously complex game that doesn’t quite live up to the hype that people thought was going to be delivered, along with broken street dates, day 1 patches, and general Twitter based hatred. Sounds about right.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Food Is Friend; Christoph Waltz Is The Best; Spaceplan
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Usain Bolt’s Legs, Michael Phelp’s Torso, Kevin Durant’s Arms,  Simone Biles’ Execution, and Nijat Rahimov’s Moves
Why: Because Brian deserves it, and you didn’t get me a gold medal last week, so now I have to go and get my own.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 140, August 7, 2016

Greetings Webtaculators! This week wasn’t that bad! We got the Olympics, Outside Lands, and Thunderclap Headaches. Well, at least two of those things are good- the headache, not so much. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: The Olympics
Why: Because even though there have been some bumps, the Olympics is off to a pretty good start.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: Trump’s Business
Why: Because for someone who’s trying to run the country off of his business acumen, he sure has a lot of problems.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: IOT, MEET THE ABA
Why: Because only the American Bar Association could name a panel with a terrible knock knock joke.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: False Floss
Why: Because flossing doesn’t matter (sorta). Well, it still is good for getting food out from between your teeth.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. watch)
What: Speed Over Time
Why: Because humans have gotten fast.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: So Strange
Why: Because Stranger Things is the first TV show I have binge watched in a long time. It is really good.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (1 hr. watch)
What: EMI
Why: Because EMI is one of the most important record labels of our time.

FOOD THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Make Don’t Buy
Why: Because these recipes are super easy, cheap, and delicious.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Harry Potter(ish)
Why: Because the newest Potter book isn’t actually a book. Magic!

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Metroid Turns 30
Why: Because Metroid is probably Nintend0’s 5th most popular franchise, but doesn’t quite get the same amount of love from fans as Mario, Zelda, or Pokemon.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Feminist; Nintendo Forever; Muppet Rock
Why: Because Internet.

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

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