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™

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