Webtacular World Issue # 242, July 23, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! Looks like someone let a cranky sleepy boy get access to his cell phone after midnight again. Why did we allow such a “stable genius” to get access to nukes again? Oh, right. Emails. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (read)
What: Oh. OhhOhhhh. Ohhhhhh.
Why: Because the current administration is swimming in Russian collusion, especially after Trump’s disastrous meeting with Putin.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Time To Close The Office
Why: Because not being able to get away and actually do work is one of the worst things about open office plans.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Whoops
Why: Because the president should probably be smart enough to hire a lawyer that isn’t secretly recording him.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Bias In The Code
Why: Because many AI systems are inherently as flawed as the humans that originally coded them. This is a problem.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Take A Knee, NFL
Why: Because this whole thing is stupid.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Old Pedophile Jokes And Disney Do Not Mix
Why: Because the one of the originators of “Pizzagate” managed to organize right-wing twitter users to let Disney know that James Gunn, the writer/director of Guardians of the Galaxy, one of its most successful franchises, used to make awful jokes on an up and coming internet platform, which Gunn had previously apologized for and stopped doing prior to becoming a Disney employee. Yes, Gunn’s Twitter problem is different and objectively less bad than the Rosanne Barr debacle, but that takes nuance to understand, which people apparently don’t have time for any more.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Seriously Funny
Why: Because Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette brings to light the defensive nature of comedians. Watching this in combination with the HBO’s Robin Williams documentary Come Inside My Mind show just how much of an act comedy can be.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Internet
Why: Because a group that named itself after a modern technology sounds like it’s from the same era when people first started using it. It’s good.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: Comic Con 2018
Why: Because photos of people dressing up are always fun.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Hit The Road
Why: Because if you decide to stuff yourself into a car and get lost during the summer, you might bring something to read.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Someone’s Sky
Why: Because No Man’s Sky promised the universe and delivered… not that. It is still trying, though.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: That’s enough Internet this week. Go outside or something.
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

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