Webtacular World Issue # 282, April 28, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Nazis Are Alive And Well In The US
Why: Because for the second time in 6 months, synagogue congregants have been the target of national terrorist attacks by white American men.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Worldwide Military Spending Highest In Decades
Why: Because there sure are a lot of countries acting like they are gearing up for war.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: What The Census Means
Why: Because in trying to figure out how many people live in the United States, it is irreverent to also ask if people are citizens of the US, especially when it appears that the only reason for that question is to deter people from answering the census form.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: You Have No Followers
Why: Because Twitter is essentially forced to admit that there is a significant portion of its user base that are not real people.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: How Did This Go In?
Why: Because the things good basketball players can do in clutch moments is ridiculous. It’s always good to understand how much work it takes to sink a step back 3 from 30+ feet in one of the game’s best defender’s face.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Movie To End All Movies
Why: Because Avengers Endgame somehow managed to take 11 years worth of movies about superheros and stick a perfect landing. It also made over a billion dollars over one weekend, so that’s not too shabby.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Me Is Bad
Why: Because you should probably listen to Lizzo or Florence + The Machine’s take on Jenny of Oldstones from GoT.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Instagram And Being Real
Why: Because everyone’s posed photographs aren’t really cutting it anymore.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Lost In Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Why: Because a huge portion of the author’s manuscripts and documents are now available online.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Get Over Here
Why: Because Mortal Kombat 11 (yes, there have been 11 main line Mortal Kombat games) actually succeeds in making you care about a story where ninjas beat each other up and then one tears off the other’s head.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: The Best Mexican Food In The US; Chili Pepper Challenge; Every Fatality Ever
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Fewer Nazis.
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 # 281, April 21, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators! I hope you all managed to survive the weekend of the Holy Trinity (Passover, 4/20, and Easter, respectively) in tact. If you did that while at the second weekend of Coachella, more power to you. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Hearts With Sri Lanka
Why: Because more than 200 people are dead following multi-target attacks in the country.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: How Business Success Defines A City
Why: Because the reality of being able to buy a house in a market dominated by software companies is largely only possible for people who work for those companies. (p.s. friends who work in tech and want to buy me a house in SF when your companies go public, that would be greatly appreciated.) HT Kelly.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Mueller Report
Why: Because Mueller Report, Muller Report, Muller Report, Muller Report, Muller Report, Muller Report, Muller Report, Muller Report, Muller Report, Muller Report, Muller Report, Muller Report.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Galaxy Fail
Why: Because multiple outlets had their Galaxy Fold review units break in the first two days of using them. These foldable screen phones go for $2000. This is not good for Samsung.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: The Sharks Are Still Swimming
Why: Because of this amazing 2OT goal by Hertl.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: 1/4 Of The Way Through
Why: Because I have managed to see absolutely none of these (yes, including Us, I know).

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Beychella
Why: Because although Coachella is still going strong this year, Beyonce basically made any other concert unnecessary with the release of Homecoming on Netflix and as an album.

ARCHITECTURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Value Of A Building
Why: Because the cultural and religious significance of one of France’s most prominent landmarks caused everyone who has ever been to France to post Instagram pictures of their last visit, and cause French billionaires to pledge almost a billion dollars for repairs. The second is not quite a good look when there are protests occurring in a country due to the inequality, both real and perceived, of French monetary policies. At least, thanks to video games, you can still experience a very detailed version of the cathedral through playing Assassin’s Creed: Unity, which is being given away for free.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Next Gen
Why: Because as Xbox and Google are looking to the cloud, the next PlayStation is looking to put more tech, that isn’t even widely available to PCs, inside a box.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: True Detective Pikachu; How To Not Get Caught Being High; Earth
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: $2K Instead Of A Galaxy Fold.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 280, April 14, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators! So remember how last week I told you to do your taxes? This really is your last warning. Do them. Also, if you live in California or NY, enjoy getting less of a refund (or have fun paying more)! Also, doing them is only going to get worse. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Fall Of Assange
Why: Because much like Game of Thrones has taught us, it matters knowing when the person you throw your hat in with is untrustworthy. If this news is too Anglo-centric for you, Sudan’s leader, Omar al-Bashir, was ousted by the Sudanese military.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Uber For Everyone
Why: Because the economy, being what it is now, means that reach is more important that profit.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: As The World Goes, So Too Goes Israel
Why: As has been proven throughout democracies in the last several years, apparently old people who vote in droves are more comfortable rattling sabers than committing to peace. Hopefully American Jews have a long talk about this during Passover.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: A Very Complicated Picture
Why: Because a team of astronomers, helped in particular by Dr. Katie Bouman, managed to capture an image of black hole for the first time ever.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Master
Why: Because Tiger Woods won at Augusta National for the first time in 14 years. This should not be possible, yet here we are.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: The Rise Of Simba
Why: Yes, I know the Star Wars teaser came out, but this trailer managed to actually make me feel excited. Hell, that wasn’t even the best Star Wars trailer released this week – Jedi: Fallen Order was.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read [READ AFTER WATCHING]
What: Game Of Thrones
Why: Because it’s all anyone is going to be talking about at work tomorrow.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Coachella 2019
Why: Because I don’t quite know what to make of festivals anymore, other than that they are not geared towards me in the first time in my life. The production, music, and cost of everything has outgrown what I loved them for. But that’s OK. Instead of buying a $250 dollar ticket to ditch class and get sunburned in the desert for a weekend, I now get to buy a $250 weed wacker, sorry, a string trimmer, and spend that time obliterating freeloading plants in my back yard. At least I get to pretend that I am Bill Duke’s character from the original Preditor. Yay adulthood.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Black Hole Anti-Sun
Why: Because it is amazing that any any light that is escaping can be seen.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: On Second Thought, Don’t Read American Psycho
Why: Because it turns out Bret Easton Ellis, the author of that and other angsty white-guy-from-the-80’s favorites does not come across like a good person.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Nintendo VR, REDUX
Why: Because instead of being a red plastic box that kills your eyes, Nintendo now has a fun and unique take on virtual reality.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Guava Island; An Oldie, But A Goodie; Okilly Dokilly
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 279, April 7, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators! This is your final reminder to do your taxes. Also, this is my final reminder to do my taxes, so don’t worry. We’re all in the same tardy boat. Except for those of you who already filed. Good job! Give yourself a cookie. You earned it. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Another Failure
Why: Because at this point, it’s hardly worth mentioning that another high profile Trump administration position is going to be empty for the foreseeable future.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: 999, What’s Your Emergency (Herman Cain Is Probably Too Stupid To Understand Why This Is A [Bad] Joke)
Why: Because Trump is touting the person who thinks a 9% tax for businesses, individuals, and federal sales tax (?) for being on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3  min. read)
What: Trump Taxes, Again
Why: Because there is no legal basis for Trump not to turn over his taxes to Congress.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Ethics Of AI
Why: Because it is essentially impossible for companies to transparently determine what is ethical for AI.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Baylor Takes The Crown
Why: Because the Women’s NCAA Basketball tourney just wrapped up.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (short look)
What: Only The Best
Why: Because the Criterion Collection is jumping on the streaming bandwagon.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Nipsey Hussle RIP
Why: Because Nipsey Hussle was one of those once in a lifetime people who tried to do good. Because the world is a cruel place, that was not enough.

PAINTING THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: When Good Art Goes Missing
Why: Because Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi was bought for $450 million, and then disappeared.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: When Video Games Go Wrong
Why: Because Anthem is was a beautiful, expensive mess.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Not A Joke; Winter Is Coming For The Final Time; Wrasslin’
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 278, April 1, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators! It’s April Fools Day, but lying just doesn’t feel that fun anymore. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Continuous Fool
Why: Because Trump is averaging 22 false or misleading statements a day. One of the many issues he has lied about includes lying about granting security clearance to many people who should not have been granted clearance.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: AvocaNO
Why: Because the White House is threatening to shut down the US-Mexico boarder.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Cruel And Unusual
Why: Because the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, found that execution does not need to be painless. I guess since Jesus suffered on the cross, it’s OK that everyone on Death Row can too.

FOOD THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Veggie Burgers Are Going Fast
Why: Because the Impossible Burger is teaming up with Burger King to create the Impossible Whopper.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Final 4
Why: Because very big children will be putting a ball in a hoop for your entertainment.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Just Dumb
Why: Because Tim Burton’s Dumbo is yet another live action Disney movie (like his Alice In Wonderland) that probably didn’t need to get made.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Meet Billie
Why: Because Billie Eilish is being touted as the new sound of music.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (quick look)
What: The Fox Said Nothing
Why: Because sometimes I actually take good photographs.IMG-4152

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Can You Hear The People Sing Without Oxygen?
Why: Because marrying science fiction with Les Mis actually seems like a good idea.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: r/Games Confronts Its Monsters
Why: Because at least some moderators of one of Reddit’s largest gaming focused subreddits understand that not everything is fun and games.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: April Is HereLA Times Treats NYC Like It Treats Everywhere Else; The Worst Timeline: Exhibit 3825
Why: Because Internet.

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

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