Webtacular World Issue # 160, December 25, 2016 CHRISTMAS / END OF THE YEAR EDITION

Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, and a happy New Year Webtaculators! This is officially the last Webtacular World of this calendar year, so I’ll be re-covering some of the biggest things that happened, point you to some top lists, and provide some of my own input on my favorite things of this ridiculous year. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Russian Ambassador To Turkey Assassinated
Why: Because it seems like the world is trying its damndest to throw itself into chaos.

STORY OF THE YEAR (3 min. read)
What: Donald Trump
Why: Because this schmuck will be President of the U.S. in less than a month. Good job America.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. read)
What: Christmas Spending Down
Why: Because sales during the holiday season have been steadily declining year over year in equivalent dollars, even with the general boost from online accessibility.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE YEAR(15 min. read)
What: Brexit
Why: Because the British showed the U.S. how to ruin a democracy long before Trump won the presidency.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: No New Lawyers In CA
Why: Because even though this is a few weeks old, I never got around to mentioning that fewer than half the people who took the CA bar this summer passed. Welcome, fellow failures!

LAW THING OF THE YEAR (3 min. read)
What: Justice Scalia Passed Away
Why: Because normally, the death of a Supreme Court Justice leads to a replacement. However, because Congress decided to not do its job, the court has been shorthanded ever since.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Honda, Meet Waymo
Why: Because Honda is partnering with the what was once called the Google Car to develop autonomous cars.

SCIENCE THING OF THE YEAR (2 min. watch)
What: Self Driving Cars
Why: Because this is the first year that people could (relatively) easily purchase a vehicle that can drive itself.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: The Niners Won!
Why: Because the only team they can apparently beat are a the Rams.

SPORTS THING OF THE YEAR (3 min. read)
What: The Cubs Won!
Why: Because the Cubs had previously been the sports franchise with the honor of not having won its sports’ national title for the longest time period.

FOOD THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: Chau’s Top 10 Meals
Why: Because Danny Chau quickly became my favorite food writer of this year. Not entirely related, but still entertaining, here’s Vanity Fair’s take on the Trump Tower Restaurant that pissed POTUS Elect off.

FOOD THING OF THE YEAR (20 min. read)
What: Hot Chicken
Why: Because this is what made me like Danny Chau’s writing in the first place.

BEST THINGS I ATE THIS YEAR
What: Italy. Yes, All Of It.
Why: Because there is only one time in your life when you can spend a week and a half with your new wife in one of the most proud food cultures in the world with the entire trip budgeted around making every meal include three courses and beverages. Some examples include Florentine steak, fresh seafood stew, crispy, yet chewy pizza, our own handmade potato ravioli, squid ink seafood pasta, and of course more cheese and cured meat than I could count. The worst meal we had would have ranked up near the top of the best Italian food you can get in the states. I swear I’ll work off the weight I gained starting in the new year.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. watch)
What: New Wes Anderson With All Of Your Favorites
Why: Because who doesn’t love West Anderson movies? Also, if you’re looking to watch something to get into the holiday spirit tonight, watch one of these.

MOVIE THING OF THE YEAR: (8 min. read)
What: List Of Good Movies
Why: Because I find myself watching fewer and fewer of these every year.

BEST NEW THINGS I WATCHED THIS YEAR
What: Rogue One, Arrival, Stranger Things, Westworld, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, Atlanta
Why: Because most of these are T.V. shows, and they were on the whole way better than any movie I saw.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: R.I.P George Michael
Why: Because the singer of classics such as Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and Faith died too early. At least we got a surprise release of the newest RTJ?

MUSIC THING OF THE YEAR (long read)
What: Pitchfork’s Annual List Of Them Telling You How Much Better They Are Listening To Music Than You
Why: Because they actually do have mostly good taste, and it’s a good way to discover things

BEST NEW THINGS I LISTENED TO THIS YEAR
What: Beyonce: Lemonade, Sorry; Chance the Rapper:Coloring Book, No Problem; Maggie Rogers, Alaska; Glass Animals: How To Be A Human Being, Agnes; Weezer: White Album, California Kids; Bon Iver: 22, A Million10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄; The Avalanches: Wildflower, Subways
Why: Because there really was some great music this year.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Assassination
Why: Because photographers often have to record difficult events that put them in danger.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE YEAR (long look)
What: The Time’s Best Photos
Why: Because cameras are everywhere, and the stories the pictures they take really tell more than words.

LITERATURE THING OF THE YEAR (3 min. read)
What: The Best Books Of 2016
Why: Because even though I read more than last year, I still didn’t get around to that many new ones. Apparently we all should read The Underground Railroad.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (30 min. watch)
What: Doom Resurrected
Why: Because Doom was one of the best video games of the year, and this is how it was made.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE YEAR (3 min. read)
What: The New Yorker’s Best Video Games Of The Year List
Why: Because I still can’t get over the fact that the New Yorker covers video games.

BEST NEW THINGS I PLAYED THIS YEAR
What: Titanfall 2Hitman; Battlefield 1; Dishonored 2; Inside; Forza Horizon 3; Doom; Dark Souls III
Why: Because this really is the year that First Person Shooters came back in a big way.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Santa v. Penguin; Elephants In Christmas; Better Christmas Songs
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: 2016 Mulligan. Except for whole getting married thing. That was amazing.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

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