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™

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