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:
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.
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.
THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Make These Google Searches Real At Some Point
Why: Because Brian deserves it.
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