Webtacular World Issue # 173, March 26, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! Sometimes, it’s necessary to get away. Just ask the President. Luckily, I was able to spend the weekend with some good friends and good dogs in the snow.IMG_20170325_114502

Remember to take care of yourselves. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Big Loser
Why: Because even with full control of the House, the Senate, and the Presidency, Trump failed to dismantle the American Health Care Act.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Canada Will Now The High Hat
Why: Because Canada is looking to legalize weed by next year. Seeing how this already created a multi billion dollar industry in Colorado, it will be very interesting to see how this will effect Canada.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (18 min. listen)
What: The Issue With Gorsuch
Why: Because appointing a Supreme Court Justice is inherently political, especially now.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Too Much For Advertisers
Why: Because Google runs on ads, but since those can be for anything, some advertisers are starting to pull back.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: More Madness
Why: Because most of these basketball games have been really entertaining.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Go Go Power Rangers
Why: Because Power Rangers is apparently a more than OK movie. But you might enjoy your other 90’s favorite, Beauty And The Beast, a little more.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: More Drake
Why: Because somehow Drake is continuing to own music.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: House Of Leaves
Why: Because the most recent book I’m reading is one that I first picked up almost 10 years ago, but lost somewhere along the way, and ran out of time to read 600 page books that you have to physically spin around to read. I’m glad I found it again.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Everything
Why: Because sometimes a great game only needs to be a space where you can roll around as an elephant and then turn into a planet.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: The Game Of Life; Just Saying Hi; How To Do Things Wrong
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

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Webtacular World Issue # 172, March 19, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! It’s March Madness baby! Now, whether it’s mad due to basketball, the current political climate, or the fact that the month of March is already half way over is up for debate, but no one can deny that it’s crazy out there. Currently, I’m in Arizona to watch baseball, even though the Giants played about as poorly as a team can, but I now understand a few more things:
1. Arizona voted for Trump because it is unbelievably white. One thing city based Californians take for granted is diversity of its populous. I don’t mean this in a flippant way- but basically everyone I saw either out to dinner or in the ball park or at the pool was a brilliant shade of pasty white -> burnt red, with no real differentiation between “white” aside from the color of hair a person had or whether they hailed for the West Coast, the South, or the Mid West based on the slight variation of American English accent. As a counter example, on my current BART commute I am likely to hear a plethora of language other than English combined with complexions ranging from my translucence to any other shade you can imagine.
The problem is that no one in Scottsdale AZ is worried when the the President tries to blame problems on other people (see, e.g. “wall“). It creates the very real problem of “It doesn’t matter because we’re all the same, and foreigners are different, so this doesn’t effect any one I know.”Since empathy only travels so far, getting past a certain threshold means certain policies in a homogeneous localized aggregate basically effect no one, so the final effect seems beneficial. It creates the exact sort of situation where an Irish Prime Minister needs to remind the President that “illegals” not only consist of “non-white” folk (well, depending on what era you’re talking about). The lack of historical knowledge of this Presidency are terrifying. Which leads us to  my next point.
2. It was 96 degrees in Scottsdale today. The historical average for this time of year is supposed around 75. Luckily for us, global warming doesn’t exist according to our very smart Trump appointees. EVERYTHING IS FINE.
On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Let’s Play Budget Cut!
Why: Because this is reason # 593 why Trump does not understand what makes America great.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Strike 2
Why: Because Trump’s “non-Muslim” travel ban failed for the same reasons why the first one did – because it was anti-Muslim. The actual ruling is well worth the read.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (20 min. read)
What: Women And Tech
Why: Because tech companies have a big problem that is not going to be resolved any time soon. Treat women better.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Madness
Why: Because college basketball is fun.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Tale As Old As Time
Why: Because Beauty And The Beast broke records, even with it’s “controversial” gay character (you know, because everyone boycotted the original story for bestiality concerns).

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Rock And Roll Is Dead
Why: Because this still rocks.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Who Gets To Write
Why: Because I bet none of those graduates actually has a book deal coming out of school.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Throwing Mass Effect Under The Bus
Why: Because there have been so many great games this year, fans are getting ready to hate one of the most loved franchises in the industry.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Sign Of Our Times; The Version You Remember; She Persisted
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: South By Southwest 2018
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 171, March 12, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! Hope everyone remembered to change their clocks. At this point, change it however you feel like. I won’t blame you. Not knowing how to do things seems to be acceptable now. As if I needed another reminder of how not doing your job is ok, I just saw this shitty commercial for the upteenth time. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Corrupt President Impeached!
Why: Because in South Korea, being a political liability with dubious ties to shady businesses will lead to a new election. Here, it just leads to further denials of knowing anything. Good Job America!

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Bye Bye Federal Government
Why: Because I guess the most recent unemployment numbers were too good, even if Trump is certain that all the ones before this one are phony. Might as well slash the numbers of largest American employer to make up for it. Or just fuck up our healthcare system. Why not both?

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: You’re Fired Because Reasons
Why: The DOJ under Sessions is looking to be off to a great start. Who needs justice, anyway? At least if you want to go to Harvard Law now, you don’t have to take the LSATs.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: No Climate Change To See Here Folks
Why: Because everything is fine.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Best Comeback Ever
Why: Because you’re not supposed to be able to score 6 goals in soccer, let alone when you need 6 goals to move on in a tournament that is based on the cumulative score of 2 games.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Goodbye Logan
Why: Because this is the best X-Men movie yet.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Someone Please Explain Ed Sheeran To Me
Why: Because his music is… fine. I guess.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: Science Is Pretty
Why: Because these photographs are basically art.

FOOD THING OF THE WEEK (20 min. read)
What: A History Of Bourdain
Why: Because leave it to a middling cook to become one of the foremost proponents of understanding people through what they eat.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Switch It Up
Why: Because it’s basically a Zelda machine until anything else comes out.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Make It Your Fucking Self; Beer For Dogs; All News Should Be Delivered Like This
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 170, March 5, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! Another week, another total meltdown of the Executive Branch. I’m really beginning to wonder if the U.S. is just running on inertia at this point, since it has no true national leadership to speak of at the moment. Let’s see what happened this week – on to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: When No Means Yes
Why: Because Sessions met with Russian government officials, even though he said he didn’t. And now Trump claims that Obama “tapp”ed his conversations to deflect his Russia problem. The FBI says that didn’t happen.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: When A Budget Isn’t A Budget
Why: Because like most things, it’s probably better to pay attention to what Trump is actually doing about the budget as opposed to what he says he’s going to do.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: FISA And WIre Tapping – The More You Know
Why: Because even if he wanted to, Obama couldn’t unilaterally tap people. Trump really better start understanding this whole government thing soon.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: What I Actually Meant To Include Last Week
Why: Because I goofed, so here’s the real article I meant to link to regarding my actual work.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Get Out And See Get Out In Theaters
Why: Because Jordan Peele (yes, of Key and Peele) made one of the smartest horror/comedy/racism commentary movies ever.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (20 min. read)
What: Meet Your Music Man
Why: Because Max Martin has written way too much music that we all know.

FOOD THING OF THE WEEK (20 min. read)
What: Real Meat Bleeds
Why: Because the goal of making the perfect veggie burger is getting closer to reality.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Brian Reviews Books
Why: Because I started reading on my commute. In the last 2 weeks, I have gotten through 4 of them, and am half way through the 5th. First up are Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, both by Haruki Murukami. I liked Wind-Up bird a little better, due to it’s more mystical elements, while Norwegian Wood was a more melancholy look at growing up in post-war Japan. Next, Slam, by Nick Hornby, was a decent filler novel, although it does not really hold up to his previous masterpieces such as High Fidelity or Fever Pitch. My least favorite of the lot is 2084, by Algerian novelist Boualem Sensal. Like its title suggests, it’s an homage to the classic 1984, but it comes across as too on the nose with its description of a world in which a future version of Islam takes the place of Big Brother. Finally, I’m in the middle of The Wind Through The Keyhole, by Stephen King. I’m enthralled by it so far, but that’s likely due to the fact that it’s the most recent story that is part of the Dark Tower series, which I have been obsessed with since I was in 4th grade. If any of you have further reading suggestions, I’m all ears. BART rides are long.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. read)
What: Modern Masterpiece
Why: Because I have been playing Zelda: Breath Of The Wild all weekend, and no game in recent memory has made me want to explore a world as much as this does. This really might be one of the best games I have ever played.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: The Robots Already Won; Milk Steak; Missing Things
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Kindle, so I don’t have to carry so many physical books with me.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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