Webtacular World Issue # 217, January 28, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! I have some words about what happened this week, so on to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (read)
What: Overload
Why: Because news finally got to the point of being overwhelming. Did you know there was a school shooting in Kentucky? 20 people were shot! Did you know that there was a massive suicide bombing in Kabul? 95 people were killed, and hundreds more were injured. Did you know Cape Town, South Africa is about to run out of water? Don’t worry, though, climate change isn’t real! Finally, it really seems like the President was trying to tamper with justice as he was reported to have attempted to fire Mueller. However, even this news was overshadowed by the allegations that Trump allegedly had an affair with both a porn star and the current UN Ambassador – because why not? The circus is here for 3 more years, so just ignore the elephants destroying everything in the living room while we continue on with our lives like everything is just fine.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The President Goes To Davos
Why: Because the World Economic Forum is a gathering place for the best and brightest (read – wealthiest and most powerful)so they can determine our near term future. Hooray.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: A System Of Failure
Why: Because the effort MSU seems to have gone through in order to help hide Nasser’s decades of abuse of female gymnasts is horrifying.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Personal Protection
Why: Because I can’t afford a Model 3, but I can afford a flame thrower.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Foreverederer
Why: Because Roger Federer continues to dominate tennis like no one else has. It’s usually easy to say whether a 25 year old version of an athlete would be able to beat a 35 year old version of themselves, but that’s no longer looking like a sure bet.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Grammys
Why: Because popular music sure isn’t what the kids are listening to any more. There were some great performances, though (Kesha, Childish Gambino, and Kendrick).

ART THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Fit For A King
Why: Because art shade is the best shade.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. read)
What: Let’s Go Hunt Some Monsters
Why: Because fighting a T-Rex with a giant sword so you can make the T-Rex into an even stronger gunlance and armor so you can fight a dragon the size of a bus, so you can turn THAT into twin daggers… etc. etc. is way more fun than it should be.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Karma Is A Bitch; Neutrality King; Who Needs Snow?
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Flamethrower
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 # 216, January 21, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! Before we get into a review of the terrible no good very bad first year our President managed to bungle his way through, I’d like to offer a very heartfelt congratulations to six fellow Webtaculators who just welcomed three beautiful and healthy baby girls into the world. Hi Maya, Cora, and Eva! See? Not everything is terrible! On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: One Year
Why: Because Trump celebrated his first year by being unable to keep the government running, and being protested by hundreds of thousands of Americans across the US. For someone who claims he is a “great negotiator,” it sure sure seems that probably isn’t the case. Finally, Trump is officially the least popular president in modern history through his first term.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Beer Boom
Why: Because craft beer’s success really doesn’t make sense, but I am happy it exists.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (20 min. read)
What: Contracting Through Bits
Why: Because even as bitcoin’s use as a currency fell precipitously recently, there are still other potential uses for blockchains. However, those other uses might prove to be as volatile as the currency.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Ugh. Patriots. Again.
Why: Because instead of having fun teams play in the Super Bowl, we get stuck having to watch New England win again.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min.read)
What: SAG Awards
Why: Because entertainers aren’t given nearly enough awards.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: RIP Dolores
Why: Because the Cranberries’ lead singer had a fantastic voice, and performed some of the formative songs of my childhood. She will be missed.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: Marching Again
Why: Because the photographs are just as powerful as the first time.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: A Kind Of Mirraculas Paradise 
Why: Because it’s not often when a friend gets their book on multiple “most anticipated” lists. Allen’s book promises to be an excellent read.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. watch)
What: Switching To Cardboard
Why: Because Nintendo is proving yet again that it is one of the most creative video game developers out there.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Ze End Of Ze World, Again; Bruce Lee + Lightsabers; How TVs Work
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Sony 8K TV
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 215, January 14, 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. would be openly weeping at the fact that Trump is president this week. On to the news.

WORD OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Shithole
Why: Because Trump is a continuous disgrace. Also, it is very much the United State’s and other Western “paradises” fault that countries like Haiti are “shitholes”. I cannot believe there are still three years left of Trump.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: False Alarm
Why: Because it is absolutely wonderful to know that our collective alert system for missile attacks is basically useless. This would normally be fine except for the fact that nuclear missiles are actually a threat again.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Tax Cuts Will Not Help The Lowest Classes
Why: Because Walmart is closing 10% of its Sam’s Clubs, while spending 3% of its annual profits on a one time bonus for hourly workers. Amazon is also is basically stealing from us to give us good deals.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Fight For DACA
Why: Because while applications still exist, the government might shut down because the great “deal maker” has no idea how to actually make deals.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Facebook For Friends
Why: Because apparently people like Facebook when it actually lets you know about your friends, instead of seeing some random racist comment on a fake news site feed. Weird.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: So This Is Why People Watch Football
Why: Because I’m still more excited for the real Winter Games, and our flying tomato-y friend.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Jumanji!
Why: Because it is a fun, weird, and entertaining movie that deserves its success.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. read)
What: Actual Shithole
Why: Because art.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Shithole Books
Why: Because each of these authors embody the actual kind of people that immigrate to America.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Flawed Horror
Why: Because I’m not a huge horror fan, but not many games come out that feel like Resident Evil 4.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Doppelgangart; Sexual Assault Cinnamon Rolls; I Heard Some Of You Like Harry Potter
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 214, January 7, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! Welcome to 2018, where everything is bett… wait a minute. Nope. Still just as crazy as last year. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: The Best Things Of 2017
Why: Because we should take time to reflect the good things that happened last year before moving on to this year.

2018 STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: About A Book
Why: Because a book about Donald Trump inevitably sent him further off the rails than usual. Or not, considering he compared “button sizes” regarding the his still very real capability to launch nuclear missiles at whomever he feels like earlier in the week. Happy New Year indeed!

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Fastest Growing Economies
Why: Because the United States’ economic growth performance is below the world’s average. This makes sense, since it is “mature,” but it still is interesting to think about where global investment is headed.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Legal Pot?
Why: Because as the clock struck midnight, Californian stoners rejoiced at finally being able to smoke legally. At least, that is until Sessions threw a wrench in potentially billions of dollars of taxable sales due to his hatred of fun times.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Get Ready For A Spectral Meltdown
Why: Because it turns out every single Intel processor made in the last decade or so has been compromised. Whoops. Time to burn all of the computers.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (whatever)
What: FOOOOTBAAAAALL
Why: BECAUSE THE PLAYOFFS OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE WORLD ARE HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. THIS INCLUDES THE “AMATEURS.” YOU MUST CARE IF YOU ARE AMERICAN.

WATCHIE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Golden Globes
Why: Because there were protests, Seth Meyers roasting sexual harassers, and one of the worst actors ever finally getting his moment.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (just listen)
What: New Music For A New Year
Why: Because Kendrick has new fire, Jay-Z has to hang on to his wife’s coattails to tell a story, and Justin Timberlake is doing… something in the woods?

RADIO THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: A Few Less Things Considered
Why: Because Robert Siegel is retiring.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Side Eye
Why: Because this picture is life.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Some Games I Will Be Playing With Some Of My Free Time This Year
Why: Because last years games are so two thousand and late… teen. I’ll see myself out.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Worst Words; Selfie Touchdown; Primest Of Primes
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: The Biggest Button
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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