Webtacular World Issue # 248, September 3, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! Sorry for the late delivery – I had to make sure my brother made it to his wedding on time. Congrats Chet and Steph! I hope you both enjoyed your wedding as much as your guests did. I love you both very much. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Labor Day
Why: Because as the President derides the very people that today is supposed to be celebrating, a number of workers are deciding that the economy owes them something – in this case, Los Angeles and Washington State teachers voted to go on strike. In case you forgot what a union is and why they are essential to a functioning society, here is an easy to read digest from Teen Vogue to explain it to you.

BUSINESS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Just Did It
Why: Because Nike made Colin Kaepernick the face of the 30th anniversary of their “Just Do It” tagline. By making this political (even though it is already entirely ridiculous that Kaepernick’s stance should be considered a problem), Nike probably saved a whole bunch of money by essentially letting news orgs advertise for them.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: An End To Bail
Why: Because forcing people to pay money to not be jailed has continuously made it harder for poor to avoid jail before a trial. Although California’s new system is not perfect, it is definitely a step in the right direction.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Oh Boy, Football…
Why: Because football is finally back. Yay.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min.read)
What: Trash
Why: Because now Gibson gets to “pretend” to be a racist. What a piece of garbage.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Shady’s Back, Back Again
Why: Because Eminem dropped a surprise new album on Friday. Apparently Em needs to be really pissed at someone to make decent music. Too bad some of his vocab hasn’t evolved.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Burning Man
Why: Because the first result for me typing “burning man photos” into Google links to a Business Insider story. That should tell you all you need to know about the festival’s commercialization.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: American Muggles Turn 20
Why: Because the American edition of Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone came out 20 years ago, and the young adult literature was never the same.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Most JRPG
Why: Because Japanese Role Playing Games, AKA JRPGs, are a specific genre of video game that has been undergoing somewhat of a renaissance, especially in the United States. The Dragon Quest series is the quintessential JRPG series, and has maintained a steadfast reliance to well worn mechanics as series like Final Fantasy have tried to evolve with time. It seems like both strategies to reach new audiences has worked, especially in PC gaming.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: How?; Essential News; LEGO Bugatti
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: LEGO Bugatti
Why: Because Brian deserves it. Note – the one linked to here is a 1:8 scale of the one in the video. It has 3599 pieces. It costs $350.  The one in the video had over a million pieces, and apparently took over 10,000 hours to build. If we can assume the same ~10 cent per LEGO piece ratio for the model kit, that means the full size one from the video would cost over $100,000 in pieces alone, never mind the engineering required to build a full size working engine. I am pretty sure people would still buy it.

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

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