Webtacular World Issue # 384, September 26, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators! I’m actually getting this one done at a reasonable hour, which is basically unheard of. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Twilight Of Merkel
Why: Because Angela Merkel was the head of the German government for 16 years (?!?!). It will be interesting to see how the current election pans out, especially since the last recent elections of other major democratic societies have been particularly … contentious is the word I’ll use for now (it’s currently looking like it is going for the Social Democratic Party, as opposed to Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party).

POLITICAL THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Lose Biglier
Why: Because the rabid idiots attempting to dismantle democracy in the U.S. found that Trump lost by a bigger margin in Arizona than previously assumed (not that this sham recount matters, since it has been plagued with problems from the get go). Of course, this isn’t stopping anyone from trying to do the same thing in other states, or even stop Trump from saying that the opposite happened.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: LuLaRong
Why: Because the allure of MLMs is understandable – be your own boss, make additional income for your family, feel good looking awesome in leggings! But the shortcomings of the business model show again and again that once a person runs out of friends to sell to, they are left with all of the risk. The religious crossover with MLMs is extremely interesting.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Another Iteration
Why: Because there’s a new iPhone. You probably already know this, and also already know whether or not you’re going to get one. Although it no longer is a red letter event like the release of these things once was, it still is neat to see how far technology in a specific sector has come in not that much time.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. watch)
What: 66 Yard Doink
Why: Because this is the longest field goal in NFL history.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. read)
What: Chris Pratt Is Super Mario
Why: Because I have no idea.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read / listen)
What: The 500 Best Songs EVER
Why: Because while the ordering at the high end raises a BUNCH of questions, at least Rolling Stone is finally recognizing music other than rock.

ART THING OF THE WEEK (as long as you’d like)
What: Go To Art Festivals
Why: Because you should. Last weekend, I had a chance to go to one which takes place outside in a redwood grove. I even got to buy art made by an old friend. It was excellent.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. watch)
What: Kids Lit Done Right
Why: Because Youtube, aside from filling our heads with junk videos like this, occasionally makes good content. This is one of the good ones.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: Back To The 2000s!
Why: Because Nintendo 64 games are going to show up on the Switch, Diablo II got a remaster, and Amazon is trying its hand at releasing an MMO, even though the world clearly moved on to battle royales.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: The Longest Dog; Norm’s Best Joke; Get Vaccinated
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Maybe Some Decorative Gourds?
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

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