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™

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