Webtacular World Issue # 351, December 27, 2020

Greetings Webtaculators. I am glad this year is coming to an end. However, there were some things that helped me, which are noted below. Maybe they can help you a bit, too. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: B.O.N (Bombs Over Nashville)
Why: Because on Christmas day, a massive bomb was purposefully detonated in downtown Nashville, causing zero deaths, but massive damage to the surrounding area and Tennessee’s telecommunications infrastructure. The lack of national comment on this event is insane. Regardless of the bombers’ motives, which at this point are unknown, there has been no presidential statement, no explanation for why a damage to a single building can take down the communications capabilities of an entire state, or any real care by anyone that a major city was bombed on one of the biggest holidays of the year. I do not understand this country.

ALSO – in order to just have on the record what a truly awful human Trump is, here is the growing list of people Trump has pardoned as he continues to fail at his job. This list includes child killers, traitors, embezzlers, and thieves. Fuck him forever.

STORY OF THE YEAR (long looks)
What: COVID / Biden Wins Presidency
Why: Because COVID has shown just how fragile our country is – hopefully Biden can be sworn in before Trump tears the whole thing down.

HELPFUL STORY OF THE YEAR (5 min. read)
What: Marches In Support Of Black Lives
Why: Because millions of Americans throughout cities around the country and the world announced to the world that Black Lives Matter. While it remains to be seen what the outcome of this will be, it is good to know that there is at least some good out there.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Stimulus And Funding
Why: Because after rattling the loudest, flimsiest sabre, Trump finally signed a $900 billion stimulus bill, and the Senate funding bill for the trillions of dollars necessary to keep our country running. Trump gained nothing by delaying, proving yet again he is one of the worst actual dealmakers in history.

In another awful deal, A Brexit Deal was reached by Britain and the EU, but no one seems to have a good understanding of how any of this will play out. Terrific.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE YEAR (long read)
What: Crash
Why: Because we went through the largest financial crash in American history. The outcome destroyed jobs, and made the rich way wealthier. It will be a while before the fallout from COVID can be fully known, but my best guess is that the gap between the haves and the have-nots will continue to widen even further unless drastic changes occur.

HELPFUL ECONOMIC THING OF THE YEAR (0 min. read)
What: I… Uhhh… Got Nothing For You.
Why: Because I spent a decent amount of time trying to find something that would fit here, but came up empty. Sorry. I guess congrats to everyone who has Tesla stock? And enjoy your $600, if you qualify.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Bitch Better Have My Money!
Why: Because Trump sycophants in Texas said they would pay a bounty to anyone who found evidence of voter fraud. John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor and person who looks like he crushes rocks with his forehead for fun, found someone who used his dead mom to vote for Trump. Naturally, he is asking for the bounty.

LAW THING OF THE YEAR (3 min. read)
What: The Remaking Of The Supreme Court
Why: Because Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death allowed a Republican lead Congress fill a seat by a religious zealot during the middle of an election cycle, even though that same Congress had previously said they could not do something like that. Again, unless something drastically changes under Biden, this ensures a very conservative court that mostly follows an extremist interpretation of legal theory that will no doubt impact America for decades if not centuries.

HELPFUL LAW THING OF THE YEAR (3 min. read)
What: Protection Against Sex Discrimination
Why: Because there are still some laws standing to protect those who require it.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Fusion For The Future
Why: Because scientists basically created a sun on Earth for 20 seconds. Neat.

SCIENCE THING OF THE YEAR (3 min. read)
What: The Vaccine
Why: Because multiple multinational companies, with help from governments around the world, managed to create relatively stable and effective vaccines against COVID in a truly herculean effort. Hopefully there will be continued success in their delivery throughout the world.

HELPFUL SCIENCE THING OF THE YEAR (5 min. read)
What: Pivot To Masks
Why: Because this was the single thing that felt like America actually acted like it how it pretends to be – businesses using their innovation and resources to solve a problem that needs solving, and pitch in to help the greater good.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Continued Nonsense Of This Year
Why: Because meaningless records continue to happen, in a year when sports should not be played. The absolute nadir of “lists of accomplishments” I saw was during the Saints / Vikings game, where not only Alvin Kamara scored 6(!) touchdowns, but also the announcers noted that this was the first year in NFL history where a game was played on every day of the week, without mentioning that only happened because one team continuously had to reschedule their Thanksgiving day game to the following Wednesday because half the team had COVID. Great job.

SPORTS THING OF THE YEAR (6 min. read)
What: Sports Cancelled
Why: Because this was the only rational thing sports did, but it didn’t last long.

HELPFUL SPORTS THING OF THE YEAR (4 min. read)
What: Bucks Walk Off
Why: Because the Bucks decision to not play following the shooting of Jacob Blake helped set the tone for just how much needs to change.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 hour watch)
What: I Watched 2(!) New Movies Today
Why: Because this was probably the fewest amount of new movies I have watched in a year. Soul made my best of the year list, and Sound of Metal, while good, did not.

MOVIE THING OF THE YEAR (7 min. read)
What: Someone Else’s List
Why: Because I didn’t get a chance to watch all the movies (somehow), but some of those are probably worth watching.

HELPFUL MOVIE THING OF THE YEAR (short read)
What and Why: My List Of Things I Liked Because They Were Kind, In No Particular Order (OK, fine, it’s reverse chronological)
Soul – Up there with Pixar’s bests. The “purpose of life” scene gets me.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – Somehow Rudy upstaged sticking his hands down his pants in front of a what he thought was a reporter a few weeks later. The fact that even Borat can’t upstage the insanity of Trump and his circle shows just how insane the last four years have been.
Palm Springs – Finding how to live the same day over and over again felt somehow relatable.
Da 5 Bloods – Because making an American Vietnam movie now is something only Spike Lee could do.
Onwards – Because I basically forgot this was released this year, and represents the false belief that I probably shared with most people that everything would get back to normal at some point. How wrong I was.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. watch)
What: 2020 Must Die
Why: Because 2020 was the worst.

TELEVISION THING OF THE YEAR (6 min. read)
What: Someone Else’s List
Why: Because I didn’t get a chance to watch all the shows (somehow), but some of those are probably worth watching.

HELPFUL TELEVISION THING OF THE YEAR (short read)
What and Why: My List Of Things I Liked Because They Were Kind, In No Particular Order. Also – unlike movies, this is by far the most amount of television I have ever watched in my life. I was not allowed to watch TV during the week growing up, so I never really developed a strong habit of watching shows in the background of doing other things, or get in the habit of following series, in general. Thanks to COVID and streaming, that is no longer the case. Give me more, please.
The Mandalorian – What the prequels and sequels should have been.
The Good Place – Late to the show, glad I caught up.
Ted Lasso – I still don’t get how Jason Sudeikis created a believable nice soccer née American football coach, but he did.
Bojack Horseman – See above re: being late.
How To With John Wilson – The documentary for our times.
Pen15 – Middle school never felt so real.
Better Call Saul – See above re: being late.
The Umbrella Academy – Because family is important, even if they are all adopted mutants trying to stop the world from ending.
The Chef Show – Because Jon Favreau can do no wrong, especially when it involves learning how to cook.
Schitt’s Creek – See above re: being late.
Letterkenny – because 9 seasons of inside jokes with nice Canadian hicks feels like home.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: New Macca
Why: Because Paul McCartney just won’t stop.

MUSIC THING OF THE YEAR (long read)
What: Someone Else’s List
Why: Because I didn’t get a chance to listen, yadda yadda yadda.

HELPFUL MUSIC THING OF THE YEAR (short read)
What and Why: Playing Music. Because I kept playing guitar, learned how to play the drums and am re-teaching myself piano, and it is a soul saving outlet to combine rhythm, tones, and pitch to create something that sounds beautiful, even if it’s only for me.
My List Of Things I Liked Because They Were Kind, In No Particular Order. Also, I am a 20-year-old girl, and that’s OK with me.
Taylor Swift – folklore – This is probably the most played album of the year. Since I am an Apple Music subscriber and do not use Spotify, I didn’t get a “most listened to” thing. If I did, this would undoubtedly be at the top. “Exile” is exactly how sad I need to feel. More National + T-Swift, please.
Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher – I wish I could write as well as she does. “I Know The End” is a journey to a necessary and deserved primal scream.
The Avelanches – We Will Always Love You – This gets back to more of how I first remember them, well aside from their song Frontier Psychiatrist. “The Devine Chord
Fleet Foxes – Shore – because Robin Pecknold’s voice can fill a room, even if its all by itself. “Can I Believe You
HAIM – Women In Music Pt. III –  The sisters’ albums keep getting stronger, and I could not get the b-side “Summer Girl” out of my head, mostly because I am of an age where I associate a certain bass line with A Tribe Called Quest’s “Can I Kick It” rather than Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side.” I swear that last sentence makes sense.
Run The Jewels – RTJ4 – So I’m not entirely a 20 year old girl. “JU$T
The 1975 – Notes On A Conditional Form – Yes I am. “Me & You Together Song
Soccer Mommy – color theory – “Circle The Drain” is the most 2020 song of 2020 even though COVID wasn’t a thing yet.

ADDITIONALLY, since concerts weren’t a real thing, I spent actual dollars to watch artists perform “live” from my TV. The best of these were Fleet Foxes’ A Very Lonely Solstice; Foo Fighters’ Sweet Relief; Taylor Swift’s folklore Session; and Pheobe Bridgers’ Red Rocks and Tiny Desk.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK / YEAR (long look)
What: 2020, A Review
Why: Because 2020 showed just how many problems the world still has.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: New Year, New Books
Why: Because the books must be read

LITERATURE THING OF THE YEAR (4 min. read)
What: The Books Of Disaster
Why: Because there have been way too many books surrounding the Trump presidency that are too important, but also that I have no interest in, since I don’t know how much additional evidence is necessary to describe just how awful he has been.

HOPEFUL LITURATURE THING OF THE YEAR (4 min. read)
What: A Promise
Why: Because Obama’s memoir should provide a blueprint for the quality of person we should demand for all future presidents.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Still Broken, Still Good
Why: Because Cyberpunk 2077 is a great representation for all the the things great and awful about video games as a medium.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE YEAR (7 min. watch)
What: Someone Else’s List
Why: YADA

HELPFUL VIDEO GAME THING OF THE YEAR (short read)
What and Why: My List Of Things I Liked Because They Were Kind, In No Particular Order. Holy shit did I play way too many hours of video games this year. Unlike Apple, Nintendo was kind enough to send me a detailed breakdown of the total number of hours I played. In the interest of not totally embarrassing myself, I will not share this number with you, since it represents just a fraction of the total amount of games I played across multiple systems. HOWEVER! I was not responsible for most of them – that would go to my wife’s just-shy-of 150 hours spent on Animal Crossing, which coincided with her time off due pregnancy. Video games provided a much needed escape from everything else going on, and let me stay connected to friends and the zeitgeist while we all at home.
Black Mesa – revisiting a rebuilt Half-Life showed just how great the original game was.
Half Life: Alyx – One of the best VR games out there.
Desperados III – Being a group of assassin cowboys is fun.
Ghosts of Tsushima – Being a ninja assassin is fun.
FUSER – Aspiring mashup DJ, at your service.
Wasteland 3 – A worthy successor to isometric RPGs like Fallout.
Microsoft Flight Simulator – Flying around the world is fun.
Cyberpunk 2077 – broken fun.
Hades – A roguelike with a purpose.
The Remakes – Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, Resident Evil 3, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Demon’s Souls, Super Mario 3-D All Stars – each of these, whether getting a new coat of paint or entirely reimagined, were excellent.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: There has been enough Internet for a lifetime this year.
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET EVERYONE OF THE WEEK
What: A Happy New Year
Why: Because everyone deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 350, December 21, 2020

Greetings Webtaculators – sorry for the delay. Yesterday was my 36th birthday, or as I like to call it, my double 18th, so I was too busy spending the day cooking delicious food for myself to pay attention to the goings on in the world. I have some extra revelations to share now that I have complete my second set of eighteen years around the sun.

Eighteen years seems like a good marker for a human life. The average human gets just over four of them. Eighteen years represent enough time where a lot can change, but also not enough so that you can’t easily identify the similarities between those timeframes. It’s not too long, like, let’s say, thirty years, where differences may make someone unrecognizable. If you were to put a me from my 18th birthday to next to me now, there would be a clear line of understandable development, whereas if you stick newborn me next to current me, you’d probably say something like “what travesty happened to that adorable baby?”

Eighteen years signifies the start of adulthood in modern American culture – you can vote, buy porn, get tattoos, sign loans, get drafted into the army, get thrown in real jail… you know, all the adult things. But it’s also sort of a limbo time – you can’t be President, rent a car, legally smoke or drink, and you can still be declared dependent for tax and health care purposes. You also aren’t really expected to be an adult by societal standards at that point either – many people are still in school. You are not expected to be married or have children. You still have some leeway to make mistakes without fully upending your life.

Double eighteen is a different story. I am expected to have my shit generally together – and, on paper, I seem to. I have a wife and a child, a career, mortgage, and a car loan, grey in my beard and a receding hairline, a collection of hobbies, and a terrible coffee habit supported by a way too expensive coffee grinder. I am much more “adult” than I was when I first became one. I also no longer have the same amount of “infinite possibilities” that I did after the first eighteen. I have made a series of decisions, both on purpose and not, that have led to who I am at this point. The questions that once unknown answers (where I lived, what I was going to do, who I was going to be with) have now been answered. I am more or less on my path, and and I get to spend the next part of my life seeing where that ends up.

At the same time, I still have a strong connection to that eighteen-year-old version of myself. I can directly trace the beginning of many of my convictions, the emergence of a more social self, and a full embrace of a lacking patience for doing things conventionally, especially if those conventions were self determined to be a waste of time (sorry to anyone who has had to deal with this). In other words, I still feel identifiably “me,” although I don’t know for how much longer. My convictions probably won’t change, but I know my social meter gets drained much faster than it used to, and I also find it utterly exhausting to push back against systems that I may or may not disagree with. I imagine some of that self identification will change by the time my third 18th rolls around, but I don’t really know what that entails. Hopefully, I can let you all know when I get there.

On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Some Relief
Why: Because Congress is finally giving people something – $600 dollars to be exact. Yes, the specifics mean some people will be getting more help, but a $600 one time payout is basically an insult. $600 is not enough money to come close to the amount of economic harm that has been caused by the US’ specific inability to treat COVID like a real thing. McConnell and the rest of the Republicans have purposefully done as little as possible to help people. America remains broken.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Less Than A Trickle
Why: Because the one of the dumbest economic theories that continues to be put into practice (see above) is proven not to work. Giving wealthy people more money is not the answer.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Bye Barr
Why: Because the worst AG in history decided he wants to try to flee the sinking ship again. The amount of damage he has accumulatively caused to the rule of law in the United States cannot be overstated.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Cosmic Harmony
Why: Because Saturn and Jupiter will be crossing the same visual plane tonight. This only happens every 20 years, and this time around they will look especially close together. Space is neat.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. reads)
What: Necessary Changes
Why: Because the Cleveland Baseball Team is also getting rid of its racist name. Also, the MLB is finally recognizing the Negro Leagues as major league baseball.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. reads)
What: Fun At Home
Why: Because Wonder Woman and Soul are two capital M MOVIES that will be coming straight to your nearest streaming services.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Redemption
Why: Because The Mandalorian is the best Star Wars made in my lifetime. I highly suggest watching Gallery, which demonstrates just how much care and thought the creators put into this show.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. watch)
What: As You’ve Never Seen Them
Why: Because Peter Jackson is teasing footage from his newest Beatles movie.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: SPAAAACE
Why: Because planets.

POST OFFICE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Letters To Santa
Why: Because the sports blog that refuses to write about sports has one of the most soul crushing reads about how this year has impacted people as told from their letters to the North Pole.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Playing With Kindness
Why: Because Shigeru Miyomoto, creator of things like Mario, Zelda, and Donkey Kong, has only wants one thing from games – a nicer world.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Hanukkah With Haim; Blobpera; COVID From The Future, Part 4
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN AMERICA OF THE WEEK
What: $600 is not enough. Americans should not be punished for their leaders’ failure to act. Although I have been financially impacted due to furloughs and pay cuts this year, my family and I are still OK. That is why I will be donating whatever stimulus funds I end up getting back to Americans actually in need. I highly suggest you do the same, if you can afford to. If you need help, please reach out. The only way we can get through this is by helping each other.
Why: Because Brian Americans deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 349, December 13, 2020

Greetings Webtaculators. Looks like things still aren’t getting better. Thanks again Russia! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.  On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Coup Of Stupidity
Why: Because MAGA idiots are stabbing people and setting churches on fire in protests against democracy.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: IPOs Of Doom
Why: Because investors have no idea how to properly evaluate the worth of companies. AirBnB, a company which collects fees on short term rentals of people’s houses, somehow is now worth over $100 billion. Also, looks like the UK is screwed. Good job, dummies!

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: The Biggest Losers
Why: Because, again, I am baffled that any of these people are still allowed to practice law after their complete lack of understanding of some of the most basic concepts of the Constitution, democracy, or America. Oh, apparently Facebook is finally being recognized as a monopoly (which again, means the company is doing exactly what any company striving to win capitalism should want to accomplish, but apparently understanding that this is NOT A GOOD THING is not a good enough reason to maybe think capitalism might not quite the best economic model there is… Sorry. Got sidetracked there for a minute.) Good luck!

EDUCATION THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Our Broken System
Why: Because like many unique things about America’s take on something most other first world countries manage to get right, our higher education system is failing us.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (long watch / 2 min. read)
What: Some Good(ish) News Finally
Why: Because focusing on not-sports that now are sports, like tag and breakdancing, feels nice.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. watch)
What: What If John Wick But Funny?
Why: Because the idea that Bob Odenkirk went from writing this to doing this to this and now this is genuinely amazing. Also, the NY Times list of Best Actors of the decade is pretty inclusive!

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (3  min. read)
What: Star Wars Forever
Why: Because Disney just bet a whole bunch of its future on more things like the Mandalorian. Speaking of, the last few episodes of that show have essentially jammed the last 40 years of Star Wars, including movies, books, TV shows, and videogames into about 2 hours of content. Dark Troopers??? It’s a lot.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (some reads)
What: Some New Things
Why: The Avalanches, Kid Cudi, and why not, some more Taylor Swift?

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: A Sad State
Why: Because if Trump cared about this country at all, none of this would be happening.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Something A Little Different
Why: Because Webtacular usually doesn’t cover poetry all that often – both because I don’t personally don’t seek it out and the form usually isn’t widely covered as much as novels are. I should probably change that.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: So Many Games
Why: Because Cyberpunk 2020 2077 finally came out. It is a beautiful mess, that is also had one of the biggest single player launches in history. I think one main problems with the game is that, for whatever reason, the creators stuck with staring at the world through the lens of the 1980s, when the year 2077 was still THE FUTURE and not a point in time that some of us might actually live to see. However, this also means that the game continues to treat some issues like violence against women or race as mono-culture or trans rights through that same 1980s veneer, even though 40 years of actual human history have occurred and we (should) know better. Also, the Game Awards happened, announcing a whole slew of new things like Vin Diesel killing dinosaurs to the re-re-boot of Perfect Dark.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Reddit’s Year In Review; How To Cook; 8 Nights Of Grohl – seriously, these are some of the most wonderful covers of songs that exist solely because Dave decided to pay tribute to a truly varied list of Jewish artists in celebration of Hanukkah. He’s only through night 4, and so far he’s done Beastie Boys’ Sabotage, Drake’s Hotline Bling, Mountain’s Mississippi Queen, and Peaches’ Fuck The Pain Away.
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: I dunno. Maybe one last surprise Taylor Swift album? Those have been nice.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 348, December 6, 2020

OK Universe – the joke has gone on too long at this point. It never was funny, has not gotten any funnier, and it will not get any funnier. This is just too much. We get it. You can stop now.

Also, this is (or will be, in two days) Webtacular World’s seventh birthday. Thanks for reading.

On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Giuliani Has COVID
Why: Because this man’s stupendous tumble to nothing over the last month has been horrifyingly unbelievable. Also, Trump and team are traveling around the country still denying reality.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Comeback That Wasn’t
Why: Because the economy has definitely not recovered since COVID first appeared, and will get worse as COVID continues to ravage our country. Furthermore, I have a feeling, mainly due to the ridiculous number of CYBER MONDAY EXTENDED! emails I received from multiple companies over last week, many companies will not hit their expected sale numbers during the most important shopping week of the year.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Star Witness
Why: Because before he got COVID, Giuliani was somehow allowed to bring forth unsworn witnesses before Michigan lawmakers, claiming… something. It is clear that Mellissa Carone is not one of America’s best and brightest.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: No More Stories
Why: Because every app and its mother now has a stories section – basically, a sub set of posts that keep posts available for viewing for a set amount of time. This is a very dumb trend. Please stop.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Sunday Night Football Presents Thanksgiving On Wednesday Afternoon!
Why: Because the NFL is entirely broken.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Elliot Page Comes Out As Transgendered
Why: Because Elliot (you probably know him from Juno and Inception) is the highest profile trans actor currently working in the business. Miraculously, most of the press reporting on his coming out using appropriate pronouns. At least some things got a little better this year… 

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: HBO TO THE MAX
Why: Because Warner Bros. will be releasing all of its 2021 films on HBO’s new streaming service at the same time as they show up in theaters. This a huge change for an industry that has fought against home viewership since home videos first became a thing.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Folklore Experience
Why: Because Taylor Swift’s Folklore performance on Disney+ is a brilliant take on her new album.

FOOD THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Walking Taco
Why: Because it has been just over 8 years since I first and last had one of these Midwestern monstrosities. Highly recommend. 

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Lists!
Why: Because it’s almost the end of the year, so people are starting to gather the things that they enjoyed.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. reads)
What: Flight Of The Fenyx
Why: Because as people are anxiously waiting for the inevitable release of Cyberpunk 2077, they can spend the last few days playing the Zelda-like Immortals Fynix Rising, or be an ace fighter pilot in Project Wingman.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Sessions With Stan; 2020 Finds Love; Puppy For Hanukkah
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Can This Year Just Please Be Over Already?
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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