Webtacular World Issue # 233, May 20, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! Well, there goes my dream of marrying a prince. Who knew that was a valid possibility for an American? In local news, Marin Academy, the high school lacrosse team I played for and coached and won its NCS Championship Game off of a last second goal in the last game ever for the head coach. Sports dreams can happen. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (sigh)
What: STOP SHOOTING PEOPLE
Why: Between “a lack of restraint” by Israeli soldiers after thousands of Palestinians were injured and dozens killed during the protests against the opening of a new American embassy in Jerusalem, and the murder of 10 students and teachers in yet another school shooting, this week was not good.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: 9.9%
Why: Because we’re part of the problem.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What:Bet On It
Why: Because sports betting just was legalized throughout the US (well, at least on the federal level). Yay for legal betting. Or not.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Senate Saves Neutrality
Why: Because the fight for net neutrality is not over yet. We only have to convince the House and the President… oh never mind.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Bet On It
Why: Because sports betting just was legalized throughout the US (well, at least on the federal level). Yay for legal betting. Or not.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Serviceable Star Wars
Why: Because Solo probably won’t be your favorite, but at least its better than the prequels.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Feels Like The 90s Again
Why: Because Courtney Barnett’s new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, has enough distortion for all of us.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (read)
What: American War; Station Eleven
Why: Because sometimes reading about the end of the world is better than living it.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Gaming For Everyone
Why: Because one of the defining parts of video games as we understand them is through the controllers people use. Microsoft is trying to let more people play.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: The Greatest (For Now)Laurel / Yanny; Best Podcasts of 2018
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: More Time To Coach Again
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 # 232, May 13, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! I’d highly suggest going to Mexico City, if you ever get the chance. The food and art are world class, and its always good to experience what happens when you cram 9 million people into one urban center. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Stupid, Petty Man Does Another Stupid, Petty Thing
Why: Because Trump pulled out of the Iran deal, which will set back relations in the with friends and foes alike.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Coffee Is A Cash Crop
Why: Because Nestle partnered with Starbucks to sell its coffee for $7 billion.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing
Why: Because while Eric Schneiderman was publicly fighting for women’s rights, he was privately harming them.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: The Robots Have A Voice
Why: Because Google’s new assistant sounds terrifyingly human.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Celtics Destroyed The Cavs
Why: Because it sometimes is fun to watch one of the best players ever fail miserably.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Best Superhero Movies
Why: Because Superhero movies have taken over the box office, so you might as well know what the good ones are.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Changing Soundscapes
Why: Because the Arctic Monkeys’ new album is good, and sounds nothing like any of their previous efforts.

ART THING OF THE WEEK (3  min. read)
What: A New Appreciation For Graffiti
Why: Because I got to spend a half a day talking about graffiti and “street art” with Remix, the artist in this piece. I even got to try my hand at tagging. It is not easy.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Karate Adults
Why: Because even though it loses the alliteration, the follow up to the Karate Kid franchise is surprisingly  good.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: The Problem With Kanye; As Funny As Jim; Yes, You Should Be Scared Jeffery
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 231, May 6, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! This one is going to be short, because triathlons are hard, and I am tired. Apparently becoming an adult means that instead of your friends making you do dumb things like climbing on a roof, your friends make you do dumb things like sign up for endurance races. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Hawaii Is On Fire
Why: Because as Hawaii goes, so goes the rest of America.

POLITICAL THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Insanity
Why: Because for some reason, Giuliani decided to admit that Trump knew about the Stormy Daniels payment, and potentially the payment of other women.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Gibson Pulls A Toys-R-Us
Why: Because kids don’t play guitars anymore.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Notorious
Why: Because I can’t think of another judge that would inspire a meme and get a wide-release film on her life.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Oculus Go
Why: Because now you can really experience VR without needing a phone or being strapped to a powerful computer.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Go Horsey Go
Why: Because a woman won a bunch of money and the Sharks lost.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Cinco De Cuatro
Why: Because Arrested Development is back.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. watch)
What: America
Why: Because Donald Glover is making great things.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. watch)
What: Hawaii On Fire
Why: Because volcanic eruptions are terrifying and beautiful.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: “No”bel Prizes
Why: Because even books can’t escape sexual assault, apparently.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: Red Dead Again
Why: Because another trailer for the western themed game came out, and it looks great.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Lando Has A Point; The Story Of A Family; Deadpool’s Heart Will Go On
Why: Because Internet.

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

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