Webtacular World Issue # 286, May 27, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators! I hope everyone had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.  I’m pretty sure most of Northern California missed the memo that it’s supposed to be time for hanging out outside while BBQing, since it is still raining / snowing even though it is light until 8:30pm, but oh well.  It would also be nice if our own Armed Forces celebrated the holiday correctly, but apparently they care more about dead soldiers than the ones served their time and lived to tell about it. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3  min. read)
What: Brexiters Brexiting
Why: Because Theresa May is a failure.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Decisions Decisions
Why: Because do you really think anyone knows the difference between all of the different hair care products on store shelves? Now take away your ability to test their smell, add a couple more thousand choices, and that’s what online shopping is for essentially every category of product.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Slow March To Taxes
Why: Because the US will eventually see Trumps tax returns.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: New Way To Weigh
Why: Because there is a new kilogram in town, and it’s ready to be a constant companion to people looking to figure out mass.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: That’s Not A T-Shirt Cannon, THIS is T-Shirt Cannon
Why: Because even though the Bucks are out, they still figured out a way to give T-shirts to the masses in the nose bleeds.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (medium read / watch)
What: The Early Nineties Are Coming Back To Take Our Money
Why: Because there is a new Aladdin, a new Star Trek: Next Generation, and a new Terminator. If you want something new, check out these flicks from the Cannes Film Festival when they inevitably end up on Netflix.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Lonely Island Throws A Bash
Why: Because The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience is one of the most surreal things put on film I have ever seen. Easily worth a half an hour of your time.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read / listen)
What: Every Song Of The Summers
Why: Because NPR made a playlist of 56 years of songs that represent what got people dancing during the longest days of the year.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read / look)
What: The Story Behind The Pictures
Why: Because nature doesn’t even need to try to look good in pictures.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Kids Don’t Read Books
Why: Because there is no need to use a physical version of something that you can get access to whenever you want on your computer or phone.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Crank It
Why: Because the new Playdate, besides being developed for by many renowned developers, has a crank, and is adorable.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: I Don’t Dance I Work; Uniform On; The Only Genie You Need
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Playdate
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 # 285, May 19, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators. The final season of Game of Thrones is the appropriate show for our current times.  What began as a true revolutionary show during the Obama years winds up barely being able to perform basic story telling. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Alabama Hates Its Citizens
Why: Because someone who rapes a woman and causes a pregnancy now has a lighter potential jail sentence than if that person who was raped decides to abort their pregnancy.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Get Huawei From Here
Why: Because the Republicans and Trump continue to demonstrate that they definitely do not believe in or want a free market. Which is fine, but not if their constituents don’t understand that they are continuously being lied to.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Stare Indecisis
Why: One of the most important underpinnings of our judicial system, that precedent be taken seriously, is being thrown out of the window by Conservative judges.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Not Living Up To Its Promise
Why: Because as the world of technology fails to live up to its promise (see a running theme yet?), there are parts of our tech forward lives are in some ways still OK. It’s also good when we realize just how pervasive it can be, and as a society, decide that we don’t need it.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Make That Paper
Why: Because “student”-athletes might actually be able to be partially paid for their talents.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: John Wick 3 – The Wickiest
Why: Because what started out as a movie about a guy who was mad at the people who hurt his dog has turned into one of the best action franchises.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read combined)
What: How Are You Feeling?
Why: Want some pensive music with strong female vocals (actually) as you drink a glass of wine while thinking of how things could have been? Check out the new National album.  Want to pretend you live in the 80s and dance all your feelings away? Then the new Carly Rae Jepsen album is your jam.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: B2B
Why: Because Bay To Breakers remains one of the most fun races in the US, even if it is no longer the wild free for all it once was.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Rage Harder
Why: Because sometimes all you need out of a video game is something that allows you to shoot mutants with a BFG.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: RIP Grumpy Cat; You Were The Man Then, Dog; The Truth About Comas
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Sensible access to abortion.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 284, May 12, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators! On a brighter note than much of this week would entail, I want to wish all of you mothers a happy mothers day – especially to you new moms.  I know it isn’t easy, mostly because many of you have been bravely sharing your struggles with it, but you are all doing such a wonderful job.  Keep raising great kids, because we need good people in the world.  On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Barr Is In Contempt
Why:  Because the worst business man in America has created a Constitutional crisis.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Uber (As In Both Meanings) IPO
Why: Because Uber’s IPO did not go off as planned, even though it was one of the biggest IPOs in history. As an aside, it was really cool seeing a childhood friend who has overcome a lot get to ring the New York Stock Exchange’s opening bell.  Also, more trade wars, because, as previously stated, our idiot president is the worst business man in America.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: A Fetus Is Not Alive
Why: Because the recent attacks on Roe v. Wade are becoming more and more vicious and repugnant as time goes on.  Essentially, Georgia wants to label and prosecute a number of my friends and family as murderers. Georgia can kindly go fuck itself. Meanwhile, Denver is getting ready to go find itself by tripping in a forest.

JOURNALISM THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Free Press
Why: Because the White House is going full authoritarian.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Playoffs Are Fun
Why: Especially when your teams get to move on. Go Sharks and Warriors.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (no min. read)
What: God Damnit GoT
Why: Because it was a bad episode when it could not afford to be one. No link because I don’t want to spoil it for people who actually still want to watch it.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Big Thief
Why: Because Big Thief’s low-fi album U.F.O.F. makes you remember that rock still exists, it just doesn’t sound exactly the same as you remember it.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Our Literate Ex President
Why: Because Obama released another great book list.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Video Game Makers Try Out Collective Action
Why: Because in what seems like the remaining entertainment industry that hasn’t figured out guilds, unions, or why banding together might actually benefit them all, a few employees actually held a walkout for one of the worlds biggest game makers.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: GoT Bad; Road Trip; 25 Years Of The Blue Album
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: A Redo Of Game Of Thrones Season 8.
Why: Because Brian deserves it. Yes, I know there are more important things in the world happening, but when the things I use to escape the world are also not living up to their promise, then it makes everything even worse. And Barry is too depressing of a show to be a replacement.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 283, May 5, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators. I am very confused as to how William Barr is considered to be good at his job. This was ridiculous. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: It Shouldn’t Be News, But It Is
Why: Because Barr failed to perform a basic function of his job as Attorney General of the United States, and has set up yet another constitutional crisis. Because of this monster, a failed military coup, continued escalation of conflict in Israel and Gaza, another school shooting, and another poorly executed attempt to dismantle Americans’ health care all happened without much bandwidth to pay attention to any of it.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What:  Prime Time
Why: Because Amazon’s two day free shipping dream probably shouldn’t have worked.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Drug Problem
Why: Because a pharmaceutical executive was found guilty of racketeering due to the way in which the company encouraged opioid prescriptions.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: The Kentuky Derby
Why: Because the outcome of the biggest horse race in the US was overturned after video review. We also learned that Trump doesn’t know how to spell Kentucky.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read / 3 min. watch)
What: A Tale Of Two Video Game Movies
Why: Because Pikachu is looking pretty good. Sonic is not.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Over A Decade Of Vampires
Why: Because Vampire Weekend just came out with its new album as Indie Rock, or whatever music they are, is slowly being killed by pop, rap, and EDM. I still like it. Some people do not.

STAR WARS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: RIP, Chewie
Why: Because Peter Mayhew, the actor who portrayed Chewbacca for the majority of the series, passed away this week. It was also Star Wars day yesterday, so it felt appropriate to make this its own thing.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: A Tale Of Two VR  Headsets
Why: Because Oculus and Valve are releasing the next evolution in virtual reality. One is $400 and has no wires, and the other is $1000 and has wires. I wonder which one people are going to buy?

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Better Sonic; Back To The Show; True Love
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Probably both VR headsets, so I don’t have to spend time watching our government destroy itself.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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