Webtacular World Issue # 271, February 10, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators! There are now infinity Democrats running for presidency (many of whom are women [yay!]), while the current one just cant stop himself from continuously being racist, immediately after promising to bring the US together, for real this time. What a world. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Dysfunctional
Why: Because the US government has 5 days to figure out how to not shut down. Again.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Bad Bank
Why: Because Wells Fargo locked all of its online customers out of its service for an extended period of time because of a fault at a single data center.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Future Of Abortion
Why: Because Brett Kavanaugh did exactly what Susan Collins promised he wouldn’t do, mainly voting to dismantle accessibility to abortion facilities. Also, a Muslim man who was executed was not allowed to receive last rights according to the Islamic faith, because the First Amendment apparently only applies to Christians.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Getting All Of Those Pesky Companies Out Of Your Life Is Impossible
Why: Because Kashmir Hill has spent a month and a half trying to live without the 5 major tech companies, one at a time, and then all at once. Many of these services are so integrated into our society that it becomes essentially impossible to do most things without them, either because the services are used as a job requirement, run the internet, or are the main way that you communicate with people, even when you don’t think you are relying at that company. It really is worth reading all of the individual breakdowns as well, since it describes in detail just what the companies actually do.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: No More Football! Kind Of.
Why: Because Americans apparently don’t get enough football jammed in their faces for the NFL season, something called the AAF is trying to fill the gap. It might be better than the trade shenanigans currently happening in the NBA.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: More Legos Can’t Be A Bad
Why: Because Lego Movie 2 seems like it’s OK, if you haven’t dealt with peak Chris Pratt yet.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Grammys
Why: Because the choices were actually decent for once.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: 👏👏👏
Why: Because an F.U. clap is a wonderful thing.

FOOD THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Reservation At The NY Times
Why: Because the recipe section is actually really good.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Who Needs An Advertising Budget?
Why: Because Electronic Art’s Respawn development team stealth released Apex Legends for free this past Tuesday. It had over 2 million players immediately, and reached over 10 million in its first three days.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Purl; This Is (Still) America; Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Green New Deal Vote
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 # 270, February 3, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators! That was a hell of a game! Sorry, I mean, that game was hell. Let’s hear from someone who actually likes the Pats:img_4107.png

Looks about right. The half time show didn’t fair much better. Where is the outrage at TWO WHOLE NIPPLES?!?!? Oh. Here. At least it was cool seeing Big Boi. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: DONT DO BLACKFACE
Why: Because you don’t get to put a picture of you dressed in blackface, you dressed as the KKK, or even in the unlikeliest possibility, friends dressed as either of those in your medical school yearbook and still get to be governor of a modern Southern state. ESPECIALLY if you apologize, and then later walk back that apology. It really isn’t that hard. At least (most) Democrats understand this. Trump is still a moron.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Bankruptcy Redux
Why: Because the PG&E is filing for bankruptcy for the second time in less than 20 years. The story here revolves around much more than fires. PG&E essentially runs the single biggest machine in the United States, comprising the majority of the distribution grid in Northern California. When things go wrong with that machine, there is the potential for very bad outcomes. These problems are exacerbated by climate change, by an under funding of our infrastructure, and no real world easy solution. It took over 100 years for the electric grid to develop into what it is today, and few of our solutions are thinking about the next 100. I could go on about this for a while, but I really am just asking that you spend some time to learn a little bit more about how we made something as marvelous you flicking a switch to turn on a light, and for you to think about what you are willing to pay for being able to do that.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: 21 Savauge (It’s A Joke Because Brits Add “U”s To Their Words)
Why: Because Atlanta rapper 21 Savage was picked up by ICE for being in the US illegally. Note, he did not come Mexico, but allegedly overstayed his visa, like about half of the people who are illegally in the US do.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (long look / listen)
What: How You Listen
Why: Because the Department of Psychology at Harvard came out with a very interesting way to study how we listen to music.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Marshall Major Taylor
Why: Because the Super Bowl was boring, but the story behind Hennessy’s commercial is not.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark
Why: Because the book that made the Scholastic Book Fair worthwhile (this one) is being turned into a movie by Del Toro.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Feels Like The Aughts
Why: Because Beirut released a new album that is a throwback to when horns layered on mandolins layered on kick drums layered with a melancholy warbly voice were hopeful background sounds to how we were going to make the world a better place.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (35 min. listen)
What: The Grid
Why: Because remember how a few ____ of the week ago I told you to learn about the grid? Here’s your starting point. Then go read the book.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Friendship Is Magic
Why: Because Kingdom Hearts, the long running series about a massive set of characters from the worlds of Disney and Final Fantasy saving light and fighting darkness, comes to its 15+ year conclusion of 15+ games with the release of Kingdom Hearts 3. Also, but unrelated, one of the most effective commercials of the Super Bowl was Microsoft’s commercial featuring its adaptive controller and the people who use it. It really is a great piece of technology.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Every Super Bowl Add; The Internet Loves SpongeBob And Hates Maroon 5; What They Actually Say In Huddles
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Make These Google Searches Real At Some Point

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Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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