Webtacular World Issue # 277, March 24, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Mueller Report
Why: Because it makes no sense that everyone involved in this case who was found to be obstructing justice would have done so if they had nothing to hide – the logic of this whole endeavor feels broken.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Corporate Overlord
Why: Because Disney now owns 21st Century Fox (the entertainment Fox, not the “news” Fox).

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: How To Ban Weapons After A Mass Shooting
Why: Because New Zealand understands that people do not need guns in a modern society.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Google Enters Gaming
Why: Because as mentioned last week, Google is such a large platform that it is kind of amazing that it didn’t do something earlier. The main strength that Stadia has is that google is already heavily invested in servers, so it makes sense that they are going all in on back end streaming. However, not everyone is super excited about.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: March Of The Madness
Why: Because people like watching basketball, so why not have 64 teams? Apparently someone still has a perfect bracket.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Us
Why: Because Jordan Peele has managed to revive American horror movies all on his own.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Lux Prima
Why: Because Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Danger Mouse, of, well, Danger Mouse, make some beautiful music together.

ARCHITECTURE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Living Above It All
Why: Because why develop just one building in NYC when you can develop a whole park of them?

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Authors Don’t Know How To Party
Why: Because party scenes in books make no sense.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Shadows Die Always
Why: Because Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a very hard game in the same vein as Dark Souls and Bloodborne, and like those games, is very, very good.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Scoot Away; Train Time; Strangererer Things
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Oculus Rift S
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 # 276, March 17, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators. This week proved that Right Wing White Supremacy is one of the most dangerous forces in the world at this moment. It is not a secret that this has been a long growing problem both within the United States and around the world. Everything from the resurgence of nationalist populism, Brexit, “both sides,” and vile entertainment posing as news links directly to this attack. Perhaps most tellingly, our president was directly attributed to being a beacon of hope for the ideas behind what lead to a person killing 50 unarmed people in peaceful prayer. This week also proved that the Internet, by and large, is a failure of its promise. Instead of promoting knowledge, kinship, and connection between people, it prompted someone to scream out memes about video games while he live streamed himself murdering people. There is no knowledge here, only death and sadness.

This week also proved that something is clearly wrong with identifying and supporting the best in our society, while obviously misidentifying and enriching those who clearly do not deserve it. When the news of the collegiate admission scandal hit, it managed to be one of those national stories that even though I am not involved, I am still way too close to it. I have the wonderful connection now of being one of a true handful of people who matriculated from the University of Southern California AND Marin Academy, one of the high schools which two of the families who are accused of being part of the scheme to bribe their children into college attended. Most concerning to me is that I personally know one of the families involved because I spent a decent amount of time as the child’s lacrosse coach. After having a week to think about it, I still do not understand how this father would have put everything his child had worked for, and decided that not only was it not enough, but it was essentially meaningless anyway (and yes, I understand how it can come across that these kids are just as much to blame in this farce as the parents [some clearly are], but I can assure you that the son is a decent human being [as decent as any high school age boy can be] and is in no way responsible for the actions of his parents). The idea that having money is truly seen by those who have it as an “I can do whatever I want” enabler has almost never been laid more bare in American society. I can assure you it does not stop at college admissions. It is a massive problem.

This week’s news left me incredibly drained and exhausted, because it points out just how little there is that the average person can do to stop any of these things from occurring. It seems like at some point in the last 40 years the world just decided collectively “this isn’t my problem,” and decided that everything that is happening is an unknowable and unsolvable travesty. This is a lie. These problems were identified and known – whether it is the dark underbelly of the internet goading idiots to massacre people, or letting wealthy people get away with whatever they want to do because they are able to pay for it. I don’t have any answers, but I know it isn’t good. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Remembering Christchurch
Why: Because we must know the people who were taken from us if this is ever going to stop.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Cost Of Business
Why: Because it appears that getting a plane into production is more important than teaching people to fly it.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Liable For Creating Death
Why: Because gun makers are finally liable for when their products are used to murder people, which is the liability THE MAKERS OF EVERY OTHER PRODUCT IN EXISTENCE FACE. It’s about time. Also, Governor Newsom put a stay on capital punishment in California.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: HAHAHAHA
Why: Because Facebook lost whatever right it had to be “privacy minded” when it made its first dollar selling information to businesses.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Scouts
Why: Because there are more people trying to find the best players than actual players on a team.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. watch)
What: Posters Tell The Story
Why: Because movie posters explain a lot more about the movies than you think.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3  min. read)
What: Nada Surf
Why: Because Dick Dale passed away.

ART THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Getting You There
Why: Because the seats of our public transportation systems have a long ways to go before they perform all of their functions well. It seems like the “comfort while sitting” is being lost to other considerations. At least they look kinda neat.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Prisoner, Revisited
Why: I know, I already mentioned this book this year, but I am plugging it again. This week I had the honor of getting to see Jason Rezaian speak about his experience as a prisoner in Iran, and how the rest of his life changed due to his experience. It seems like it would be difficult to talk to an audience of strangers about a life threatening international political scandal, but Jason remains one of the affable and down to earth people who had fame thrust upon him in an entirely undesirable way. The talk, which was hosted by one of my high school history teachers, also let me know 20 years too late that my history teacher was John Belushi’s nephew. I also now know that I did better in a European History class than a Harvard Nieman Fellow, so there is hope for me yet.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Google Games
Why: Because Google is unveiling something at the Games Developer Conference next week. It probably has something to do with streaming.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: I almost decided that there was too much internet leaking into the real world this week, so I was not even sure if I should do a Webtacular this week. That being said, I did it, so here are some internet things that are the good kind of internet.
Throw A Burrito; Good Hair Don’t Care; Meet Nancy
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Tesla Y, but really just a week where humanity stops acting like its potential worst.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 275, March 10, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators! In case you weren’t aware, the United States justice system is still broken. Also, Trebek has cancer.  At least it’s Daylight Savings Time! Yay sun! On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Our President Spends Time With Alleged Human Trafficking Maven
Why: Because Trump’s supporters continue to defy reason, and still support him regardless of how little he does that represents their own desires. It might have something to do with Fox News.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: The Problems With Recycling
Why: Because one of the largest changes to how we deal with the leftovers of our consumer culture is changing for the worse.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: 47 Months
Why: Because people who steal $100 dollars are given more jail time than that. Justice is not equal.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Check It Out
Why: Because the self checkout process was never meant to benefit consumers – it is about cutting the bottom line. Instead, grocery stores are looking to get you drunk. Shots

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Represent
Why: Because this is what justice looks like in sports.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Marvelous 
Why: Because say what you will about the formulaic nature of Marvel movies at this point, but the superhero genre has done more for representation in the mainstream in the last few years than most Oscar winners do.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Songs That Matter
Why: Because the NY Times finally decided to tap into that “Millennial” readership that it has been reporting about for the last ten years.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Time To Learn About Socialism!
Why: Because according to your uncle Joe, these are ideas that you must be afraid of.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Devils Never Cry, They Only Might
Why: Because Devil May Cry is a perfectly nice big dumb action game.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Cheddar; Words Matter, Even About Food; Yet Another Reason Why Humanity Is Doomed
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 274, March 3, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators! It’s perfectly normal when you’re the president and your lawyer goes in front of Congress to say that you’re a liar and a criminal. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: This Has To Be The End, Right?
Why: Because I don’t want to write about Trump anymore. He also proved that he has no business being anywhere near a negotiating table.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Racial Wealth Gap Is Growing
Why: Because it seems absurd that this is still a problem, let alone a growing one, but here we are.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Bye Bye Bibi (Maybe)
Why: Because Israel seems to be able to deal with what happens when their leader commits fraud, so why can’t the US?

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: More Tesla
Why: Because Tesla is making more cars, even as it seems to constantly be running into problems with how to actually make and sell them.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: 300 Million Dollars
Why: Because that’s how much Bryce Harper is making over 13 years with the Phillies.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: This Actually Looks Ok?
Why: Because Pikachu says “hell,” and I have no idea what entertainment is anymore.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Weezer, Again
Why: Weezer is somehow producing more music now as they enter their 50’s than they ever have. They already released two albums so far this year, and it’s only March. This album is nowhere near the best. After 12 original studio albums, I can’t really blame them.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: Fast Dogs And Their People
Why: Because it’s time for the Iditarod.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. watch)
What: *$#&@#!
Why: Because grawlixes are great.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Ape Escape
Why: Because Ape Out does exactly what it sets out to do – represent the feeling of being a powerful ape smashing apart the people who captured you set to an awesome dynamic jazz soundtrack.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Star Warses; Finn Is Stuck In The 80s; The Internet And The People On It Are Dumb, So Meet Momo.
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Trip To Star Wars Land
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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