Greetings Webtaculators! Another crazy week in the world, because I guess that’s what we deserve. Comey addressed the Senate, Teresa May, the PM of England, destroyed her party’s majority, and Puerto Rico (sorta) decided it wants to be an actual state. Considering how crowded the demand for our attention is, I probably forgot one or two major world things, but I can only follow so much. I apologize in advance if I left something out. On to the news.
STORY OF THE WEEK (long read / watch)
What: Comey V. Trump
Why: Because like so many other parts of this presidency so far, an FBI Director testifying against a sitting president is basically unprecedented. What is also disconcerting is how the news was reported by different outlets. Truth is what you want it to be, I guess.
STORY OF THE WEEK #2 (5 min. read)
Why: Because about a year after voting to leave the EU, British citizens just dealt a huge blow to the party that they elected to pull them out in the first place. People in groups seem to be really bad at making decisions recently.
ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Brick By Brick
Why: Because Legos are awesome. Just like in the song.
LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: How To Become A State
Why: Because even though Puerto Rico voted to become the 51st state, there are lots of hurdles left in what might not be counted as a vote at all.
SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: ‘Cause I’m Freeeeeee, Free Climbin’
Why: Because Alex Honnold just completed what may be the single most difficult / insane athletic feat in human history. Don’t look down. Also, the Penguins won the Stanley Cup (you know, the trophy you get for winning at hockey). Go Dubs.
MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: Oh Hey, Here’s A List To Argue About!
Why: Because the NYT made a list of the 25 best movies of this century. There’s a good chance this list is at least half wrong.
TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Goodbye, Batman
Why: Because Adam West, the purest Batman, passed away this week.
MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (45 min. listen)
What: Dispatch Returns
Why: Because one of my favorite bands from high school just released a new album and is touring again. Here they are playing The General for the first time in years.
THEATER THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: It’s The Tony Awards!
Why: Because it’s too bad that Hamilton can’t win everything again.
LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Books And Basketball
Why: Because Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a national treasure.
VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: How Many Xboxes Are There?
Why: Because it’s E3, Microsoft just released information on it’s latest hardware, which for anyone who doesn’t follow the industry closely, might be confusing. See, back in 2001, Microsoft released a gaming system called the Xbox. They followed it up 4 years later with the Xbox 360, even though that was only their second one. Then, in 2013, they released the Xbox One, even though it was the third Xbox, not the first. Last year, they released the Xbox One S, which was just a smaller Xbox One. Now, there’s the Xbox One X, which is neither the first nor the 10th Xbox, and not even really a new Xbox at all, but it is capable of utilizing 4K. Got that? Also, here’s a pretty neat study of how people actually use the damn thing. I mean the Xbox One, which is the third Xbox.
INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Run Tom Run; West Goes To The Mayor; How Not To Run
Why: Because Internet.
THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: The Original Batmobile
Why: Because Brian deserves it.
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