Webtacular World Issue # 341, September 20, 2020

Hey. Sorry it’s been a while. I’ve been saying that a lot lately, but I can explain. Or at least try to. The current news cycle (and by current, I mean basically since 2016), to be perfectly blunt, is depressing. When I started this whole thing way back in 2013, the idea of there still being a “fun Internet” was relatively true. Sure, there where important, impactful things that occurred, as well as things that were definitively NOT fun, but the overall state of the world was still somewhat digestible, especially over the course of a year, and, perhaps embarrassingly, they were not MY problems.

“Sure,” thought 2014 me, “The annexation of Crimea by Russia is a bad thing, but, also, kind of quaint? Like who DOES that? Oh wow, here are some super cute cats. Man, the internet can be fun and educational at the same time!”

That is no longer the case. The same strain authoritarian fascism that caused the annexation of Crimea is now redecorating the White House. Yes, Trump is unequivocally authoritarian. Democratic leaders do not say things like

YOU CANNOT HAVE THIS GUY AS YOUR PRESIDENT. MAYBE I WILL SIGN AN EXECUTIVE ORDER, YOU CANNOT HAVE HIM AS YOUR PRESIDENT. [CHEERING] BUT YOU KNOW THIS. EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS.

Authoritarians do. Attorney General Barr is also authoritarian, and therefore antidemocratic. So is State Secretary Mike Pompeo. So is every Republican leader who is shoveling the pile of shit that is their words into their constituents’ gaping maws that a president cannot appoint a Justice during an election year. We knew this was coming, and failed to stop it.

The pillars of democracy are quickly eroding, and by eroding, I mean being actively demolished by sycophants who have no honor, decency, or desire for anything but power for the sake of itself. We are being decimated by a national plague, and people whose sole purpose is to protect American lives are happily adding to body count. Voting is something many Americans no longer believe is a verifiably way to elect our leaders, both because of real reasons (gerrymandering, the Electoral College, voter suppression, not enough ranked choice voting, disenfranchisement, and electronic voting security issues) and fake ones (mail in ballots are not secure, people voting multiple times (not a thing), and people being encouraged to vote multiple times (a definite thing). Our most cherished Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg died after fighting HER WHOLE LIFE for the potential she saw in her fellow humans, and whose individual effort and work has created a more equal and just United States. RBG’s death is already one of the most destabilizing events of the election cycle, in the same year of a complete failure of a “public safety system” where cops routinely kill people (which is a large enough problem all on its own, but considering the constant use of deadly force against people of color [ESPECIALLY BLACK PEOPLE] is at an insanely higher rate turns it into a complete mockery of the term “justice”), and record breaking fires, record breaking storms, and a fucking PRESIDENTIAL IMPEACHMENT.

I did mention a balance of fun, above, so I’ll address that. The “fun” part of the Internet exists in two parts in my mind – social and discovery. The social part is not even close to what it was when I first started using it. Social Media, which as far as I remember was created for me to tell people what I was doing and share pictures of partying with my friends in college. Now it is a weapon. Sure, it still is a place where I share pictures of my kid, but now have to listen to see my friend’s idiot cousin be wrong. At the same time, real news is being decimated by actual fake news. Social Media presents my friend’s idiot cousin’s take on international policy as an equivalent authority on international policy as my friend, who’s an actual international policy scholar. It is easier for fake news to make a winning but baseless argument in my friend’s idiot cousin’s mind than for my international policy scholar to make the argument to the idiot cousin, because there is only one of my international policy scholar friend, while there are thousands of voices re-parroting the baseless argument in the first place. In other words, the idiots have more microphones, because fake knowledge is easy, and real knowledge is hard. Social Media knows this, but since its value is derived from people sharing content, it can’t be too concerned about what that content actually is, or else it hurts its own bottom line – which means my friend’s idiot cousin gets to keep having an equal voice to my international policy scholar friend, and thus the truth dies. I wish it stuck to party pictures.

The discovery part doesn’t really count as discovery anymore. Over the years, I have built up a decent collection of sites I routinely visit. These sites at this point are either entrenched into the zeitgeist of the Internet, or have been destroyed by the Internet’s ecosystem. That ecosystem consists of a few social media companies (see above), and a few search engines. What is left are the things that have been created for or by advertising, which is a smaller pool of total things that are discoverable than ever, even as the amount of creators allegedly grow. For example, if you take a look at Internet Thing Of The Week for the last while, the number of those things that have no monetization attached to them is essentially zero – they are products that solely are supported by advertisements, or an advertisement itself. Webtacular World, this very thing you are reading, is something I do at a loss for myself, but probably makes some amount of money for wordpress and mailchimp through advertisements. This isn’t even mentioning the countless articles and websites and sale pages of things I direct you to on (what was) a weekly basis for hundreds of weeks, which again, only mostly exist for advertisement’s sake.

Webtacular World was meant to be a fun (there’s that word again) thing where I could share my thoughts and views on the world as presented by the Internet to you all. The news is no longer not personal, while the Internet has simultaneously become more weaponized and monetized. I’m not sure any of this is fun anymore.

Sorry for the ramble. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: May The Memory Of The Righteous Be A Blessing
Why: Because I am almost out of the hope this amazing individual created for so long.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The COVID Economy
Why: Because inequality will be driven to even greater heights, especially based on how the US has decided to respond to the crisis.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (∞)
What:  Just Google Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Why: Because there is more she has done for America than I can include here.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: We Will Face Our Reckoning
Why: Because we (humans) have killed 2/3 of all wildlife in the last 50 years.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Time To Defect
Why: Because the Artists Formerly Known As Unnamed Temporary Sports Blog Formerly Known As Deadspin [link not provided because as far as I’m concerned, Deadspin is still dead] But Now Known As Defector are back. They are the best thing about sports. Do not bother watching actual sports. Regardless of what I wrote above, it is worth supporting these writers.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Thinking Of The Ending
Why: Because I can’t tell if I’m Thinking Of Ending Things actually works as intended. I’d love to discuss this with someone after you’ve seen it.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (long watch)
What: The Things I’ve Seen (Also, The Emmys Happened)
Why: Thanks to being on parental leave / staying inside due to COVID and deadly air quality / fires, I have watched an inordinate amount of shows. These are the good ones, along with a single fact.
Community (I had never seen it [I KNOW])
Pen15 (Massive flashbacks to the insecurity and awkwardness of middle school, some of which I’m not entirely sure I ever grew out of)
Breaking Bad (I had never seen this as well [I KNOW!!!])
Better Call Saul (Lawyers are the worst)
The Umbrella Academy (Based on a comic by the guy who was the lead singer of the band My Chemical Romance)
Westworld (This show is somehow managing to maintain control of its ever expanding scope – so far)
High Maintenance (Way more touching than a show sort of about a weed dealer should be)
Jessica Jones (If only the characters made their final choices the first one, most of the problems in the show wouldn’t exist. Still well acted and enjoyable).
Bob’s Burgers (AKA Archer Cooks)
Archer (AKA Bob Kills)
High Score (Narrated by the voice of Super Mario)
Band Of Brothers (Still the most compelling mini series I have ever seen)
Flight Of The Conchords (Almost as dumb of a name as the Beatles, but not quite)

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: MTV Still Does Music In 2020
Why: Because the Video Music Awards happened at some point between a little while ago and now.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: On Treason
Why: Because my Constitutional Law professor knows a thing or two about how law works, or at least theoretically should work. It’s hard to say at this point.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: A Boon For Reimagining What Was
Why: I demand comfort food, and that comfort food takes the form of old video games updated for the modern man. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 lets me McTwist into oblivion like it’s 1999, Microsoft Flight Simulator lets me pilot a plane from SFO into my backyard, and Super Mario 3-D All Stars lets me stomp on goombas in the miraculous THIRD DIMENSION in three different games. Each of these is a remake or re-release of decades old games that demonstrate just how perfect each of these titles were, and how much better they are when they actually look like how we imagined they did at the time.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Rick and Ryan (ad); Re-Animaniacs (ad); Blaseball, The Baseball For These Times (product). ALSO – Mud Water Project was fully funded, so thank you if you donated. If not, you’re still ok too.
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: I think I should stop asking to make the world better, because that is obviously not happening.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 340, August 30, 2020

Greetings Webtaculators. If you’re anything like me, last week may have been incredibly difficult for you. The RNC decided reality does not matter, even as an cops continue to kill people extra-judiciously, proud MAGA children murder protesters and incite further violence across the US, and yet another one of this administration’s creators is charged with fraud. One of the preeminent faces of Black greatness passed away after creating some of the best performances in cinema while fighting back colon cancer. Sports collectively decided that they couldn’t provide passive entertainment while Americans continue to ignore the vast problems that exist within this country. These are not normal times, and the fact that too many people, both those in charge and those with no power, have decided to ignore science, decency, and general courtesy is mind-blowing. But maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised – many of these problems have existed my whole life, but thanks to a number of factors, have been able to slowly fester into the malignancy that currently exists within our culture. Sorry I cannot be more hopeful right now. I really just do not have it in me. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Worst This Country Has To Offer
Why: Because what has been ongoing in Kenosha since an officer decided to fire seven rounds into a person is the EXACT representation of all that is wrong with the US, with conservative thought, with police and their recruitment efforts, gun culture, and conspiratorial nonsense that has overtaken way too much of the US.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: A Reckoning
Why: Because even as stocks continue to bafflingly reach pre-COVID heights, businesses are beginning to act like this facade cannot last.

LEGAL THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Get Fucked, Bannon
Why: Because Steve Bannon is one of the worst humans in the US. He deserves worse than what he’ll get.

EDUCATION THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Hell For Thee But Not For Me
Why: Because Falwell has been duping thousands of true believers to support a version of Christianity that obviously doesn’t exist. This sexually deviant ass hat and his family have already done so much to make secular life worse than it should be. It’s about time that I never have to hear about him again. (Note – I don’t care about what he does behind his own doors. However, I am applying his own standards of living to him, so he can go right off and fuck himself along with Steve.)

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Dreaming Of Electric Pigs
Why: Because Elon Musk claimed to have debuted a computer / brain interface product in a recruiting effort presentation. This article is the only article I found that does not take Musk at his word, which is the correct way to report this.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Speaking With A Singular Voice
Why: Because the entire American sports world came to a halt in order to support Black Lives Matter. This is a huge deal – protests up to this point been individual in nature, (see, Kaepernick, Ali, Carlos and Smith, etc.) which has allowed the immensely powerful organizations they are part of bury their messages and punish their actions. By acting as a cohesive entity, these individuals and teams were able to force people to listen. The NBA alone drives BILLIONS of dollars a year in revenue – removing the ability of these sports organizations that potential take for a social cause is unprecedented. Maybe the rest of us could learn something from them.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Wakanda Forever
Why: Because Chadwick Boseman, the actor who portrayed numerous Black heroes both real and imagined, passed away after a long battle with colon cancer. Separately, if you need a break from reality right now, go watch the new Bill and Ted to be reminded of the fact that we should all be excellent to each other.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Bro-owulf
Why: Because a linguist decided to translate Beowulf into a version that uses the phrase hashtag:blessed in it. Do with it what you will.

DANCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. watch)
What: The Mud Water Project
Why: Because my friend My-Linh directed a movie about the turfing dance movement in the Bay Area. Turfing is an outgrowth from the OG Black Bay dance form known as Boogaloo, which is currently fighting to reclaim its name from asshole militia folk who have co-opted it. Help My-Linh; beat the racists.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Venture Back Into The Post Apocalypse
Why: Because Wasteland 3 manages to pull off an interesting game in this setting, which hasn’t really been done since the original Fallout. It’s particularly fitting to explore a world that exist after society falls apart right now (if you can stomach the idea, which if not, completely understandable), especially ones that make it interesting to be there.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: This is becoming an increasingly dumb tradition to continue, because the Internet of now vs. the Internet of 2013 are two completely different beasts. However, in the continued tradition that there might still be some things worth looking at, here you go.
Criterion Of What?; Tiny Desk At Home; A Rational And Compassionate Voice
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Back the Mud Water Project.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 339, August 16, 2020

Greetings Webtaculators! Today is my last day of paternity leave before heading back into this very same chair and desk I am writing to you from now bright and early tomorrow. I was expecting to have a nice relaxing final day off, but because it is the hellscape that is 2020, I didn’t get any sleep, there was lighting, rain, and humidity (???) in the middle of August, and then our power went out for 6 hours. So ya. Everything is fine.

Back to parental leave – why this is not mandatory for new parents is beyond me. The amount of time and effort it takes to properly raise a new person is astronomical, and has only become more apparent in the middle of a pandemic. I’ve been running on 4-6 hours of heavily interrupted sleep a night, and from talking to other parents, that seems GOOD. If anyone had any expectations for me to work at full capacity while doing this, I’d probably laugh and then jab a pair of scissors in their ear. The fact that the US forces most of its workers to get no time off is beyond ridiculous- new babies need to eat every 2-3 hours, so it is absolute nonsense for new mothers, but the fact that we pretend fathers are non-essential for this part (assuming that there is a more than one parent [single parents, I literally have no idea how you do it by yourself]) is criminal. No wonder America is full of sociopaths. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Mailing It In
Why: Because apparently it always has been super easy to beat American democracy – you just have to remove postboxes, dismantle mail sorting machines, raise postage, and rally idiots against voting access.  The House is returning to session early to deal with this nonsense.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: What Economy?
Why: Because since Congress ran away for summer vacation, they never voted on whether to keep sending a paltry amount of money to people to not become destitute due to the continued presence of COVID 19.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Driven By Employees
Why: Because California deemed drivers for Lyft and Uber to be employees. Up until now, drivers have been classified as contractors, which, sure, I guess. As a result, Lyft and Uber are threatening to cease operation in the state. BTW, if universal healthcare were a thing, this fight most likely would not need to happen. 

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The TikTok Teens’ Reckoning
Why: Because apparently Republicans don’t actually seem to want a limited government or competition, Trump is trying to force the sale of one of the largest communications platforms in the US to a US company.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Maybe Colleges Relying So Much On Athletics Was A Bad Idea?
Why: Because schools are super screwed during the pandemic. Not only is their business model of charging students and their families exorbitant amounts to attend idyllic campuses full of amenities not really happening, but many divisions, such as the PAC-12, are (smartly) opting out of holding fall seasons. This wouldn’t be a huge deal if schools literally live and die by how many people attend their football games. Now you would think that this is because sports generate enough revenue to fund themselves and maybe fund other parts of school education, but this is almost hilariously wrong  – even highly successful programs charge students who go to the school additional fees pay for athletics. The real money comes from boosters and donors who get access to athletes, coaches, and who knows what else to make them feel like part of something. With no sports, it is probably likely that many schools will be unable to meet their general funding goals, let alone support the cost bloat that is college sports. To recap – schools charge students fees to prop up massive sports budgets which make a bunch of people (but not students or athletes) billions of dollars to act as advertising for the school, which somehow benefits the broke as fuck students. AMERICA!

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Seth’s His Own Grandpa
Why: Because An American Pickle tells the very relatable story of a pickle maker (played by Seth Rogan) getting fermented into the future and meeting his great grandchild (also played by Seth Rogan). Hilarity ensues. What does make it interesting is that it is very much about the experiences of Jews in the US, and how the idea of what it means to be a Jewish American has evolved over the last century.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. listen)
What: Wet Ass Pussy
Why: Because even though everyone is pretending that this is a huge revelation for women in rap and pop (you know, because male rappers have been talking about their dicks and fucking forever), women also have been doing the same thing since Lil’ Kim verse, Jr. MAFIA’s “Get Money” in 1995, Khia’s “My, Neck, My Back” from 2002, or any other number of women wanting good sex songs for the last 30 or so years. Also, it’s hilarious that the video’s lyrics are censored, but somehow the words “wet and gushy” are worse.

FASHION THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Fashion Of COVID
Why: Because I haven’t bought anything clotheswise this year, and essentially only wear workout shorts or sweats and T-shirts. I’m pretty sure most of you are the same.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What:Fighting Walled Gardens With More Walls (And Rocket Launchers)
Why: Because Epic, the company behind the behemoth battle royale game Fortnite, where players supposedly are supposed to fight to be the last person standing in a 100 person free for all, but has somehow morphed into a place for live concerts and The Last Jedi backstory reveals, is trying to break apart Google and Apple’s extremely anti-competitive mobile app store models. There are essentially no good guys in this story – this is about access to the billions of dollars we all spend on digital content annually.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Grandpa Metal; The Only Streaming Service You Need; Weezer Meets Wyld Stallyns; Star Wars Titles Are Wrong; Alanis And Her Daughter
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: An easy transition back to work.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 338, July 26, 2020

Oh hey there Webtaculators! Sorry for the prolonged absence – I’ve been busy trying to figure out how to raise a new tiny human. We named this particular human Shane, and think he is adorable.

Did you know that the hospital will just send you home with one of those if you helped make it without any real instructions? Just a quick “congrats and good luck!” and then right out with you. It’s not like you’d want to be in the hospital longer – that usually means something went not quite right, and will also cost you an insane amount of money, at least in the US.

Speaking of the US, WHAT THE FUCK. We absolutely suck at this COVID thing, nationally supported fascists are committing war crimes against protesters, tech stocks are through the roof, baseball is here, and Taylor Swift went indie. I left you alone for THREE FUCKING WEEKS, and this the mess I found you all in. FUCKING CHRIST [scolds everyone in dad voice, because that’s the superpower I now am entitled to]. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: FASCISM IS HERE
Why: Because I told you so. HEY! Remember when those fuckheads actually used real weapons to storm a federal building in Oregon, and NOTHING HAPPENED TO THEM????

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: EVERYTHING IS FINE
Why: Because 55% of the temporary COVID shutdowns are now permanent.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The ADA Turns 30
Why: Because I know I missed some very important rulings (the first amendment means nothing, DACA still exists [until Congress fucks it up], sexual orientation is a protected class, etc.), but the ADA has had some of the largest impact to make all Americans equal, and it deserves to be celebrated.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Laughing Stock Of The World
Why: Because our failure as as a nation is apparent and awful.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Fake Fans, Fake Noise, Real Baseball
Why: Because at least the team I have attached myself to solely based on my proximity to its location at birth absolutely understands the importance of Black Lives Matter.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Every Day Like The Last
Why: Because a decently made deja vu movie for these times is quite enjoyable. Also, The Old Guard finally gave Charlize Theron the good action star vehicle she was made for.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Nationalizing Of T-Swift
Why: Because I wasn’t lying – Taylor Swift made the best indie album of the year. Apparently women-led indie is basically all I listen to now – Here are some others, in no particular order:
The Chicks – Gaslighter
Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
HAIM – Women In Music Pt. III

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: This Is America
Why: Because this is unbelievable.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Revisiting March
Why: Because John Lewis, a true patriot, passed away, and his words and actions matter just as much now as they did when he took his first steps across the Edmond Pettus Bridge.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Being An Overpowered Samurai Is Still Cool
Why: Because Ghosts of Tsushima is exactly the kind of video game I needed at this point.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Audobon Photography Awards; March March; Office Supplies;
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN SHANE OF THE WEEK
What: A Better Solution To Diapers
Why: Because Shane deserves it. Seriously though – diapers suck. You’re smart people. Invent something better. You’ll make millions, I won’t have to change him 80 times a day. WIN-WIN.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 337, June 22, 2020

Greetings Webtaculators. Here are some graphs of systematic racism. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Abject Failure Of Trump
Why: Because against a backdrop of Juneteenth, Black Lives Matter, the historically overlooked tragedy of the decimation and obliteration of Tulsa’s Black population, COVID-19, and K-Pop fans and TicTok Zoomers (I swear to you this phrase means something), Trump decided to host a rally. None of it was successful.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: A Huge Win, A Mostly Win With Caveats, And A Non-Win
Why: Because businesses cannot discriminate on the basis of sex, which includes LGBTQ people, DACA recipients cannot be kicked out of the US yet, and police still have qualified immunity for their illegal actions.

In the continued degradation of America’s legal standards, Barr tried to, and ultimately successfully, fired the US Attorney investigating one of the many criminally linked actions of Trump’s administration.

HISTORY THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: Slavery
Why: Because this is the visual representation of shipping people from Africa to the Americas over hundreds of years. You might be thinking, “Hey! It looks like the US only comprises a statistically small portion of the total amount of slaves! That means it wasn’t as bad as everyone says by comparison!” In response, watch this, and then watch this. There is nothing good about slavery.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: NASCAR Fans Are Still Racist
Why: Because it really isn’t that surprising that a sporting event needs a specific law to exclude a traitorous flag from its venues would have an escalation of racism. At least NASCAR itself appears to be trying to change.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: A (Wait For It…) Fowl Time
Why: Because my terrible pun title is better than the movie that they made for over $100 million.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (long watch / listen)
What: Helping Preservation Hall
Why: Because the New Orleans mainstay, like most of the rest of the performing arts industry, has been hit hard by COVID-19. Watch some performances from people you might know, and maybe throw them a buck or two.

Unrelated, Phoebe Bridgers just released a wonderful new album, Punisher, that is definitely worth a listen.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. look)
What: Juneteenth
Why: Because if this week was the first you’ve heard about this celebration, think about all the other culturally important events that occur in the US that you haven’t heard about yet.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: John Bolton Sucks
Why: He also is releasing one of the most important documentations of the Trump Administration’s corruption. While you should definitely not buy the book, you should definitely read it. For example, you could type “The Room Where It Happened PDF” and see what results pop up.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Bowing Out
Why: Because Microsoft is shutting down its game streaming service as of… now.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: A Simpson’s Joke Taken To It’s Ultimate Conclusion; Here Is Me And My Son Nestor; Racism In America
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Keep That Telecommute Going
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 336, June 14, 2020

Greetings Webtaculators. Hope everyone is doing OK. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Broken Arm
Why: Because it continues to be evident after yet police needlessly killed yet another person that something is severely wrong with law enforcement in America. This is why people are calling for defunding – police are not the appropriate service to respond to a vast number of problems they end up responding to. You shouldn’t have to call the police to deal with a non-violent situation.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: House Of Pain Economics
Why: Because much like their hit song, “Jump Around,” the stock market finally decided to check in on reality and didn’t really like what it saw, causing markets to dive yet again.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Unqualified
Why: Because the doctrine of “qualified immunity” is one of the undermining issues with trying to punish bad police – there simply is too much leeway for cops to not be held responsible for their actions under the theory that they “were just doing their job.”

HEALTH THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: America Is Giving Up
Why: Because COVID-19 is totally still a real thing, but many states are pretending everything is fine.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Bubba Leads NASCAR’s Ban The Confederate Flag
Why: Since sports are apolitical according to every idiot who fumed at Kaepernick’s kneeling, this should not be a problem.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Da 5 Bloods
Why: Because Spike Lee’s newest joint takes on Vietnam through the eyes of the black soldiers, and successfully combines critique on numerous issues from racism to veteran rights to the impact of the “American War” on the Vietnamese people themselves.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: RTJ 4
Why: Because Run The Jewels, the collaboration between rapper / producer El-P and rapper Killer Mike is the definitive album of these times. Killer Mike’s lyrics,

“And ’til my voice goes from a shriek to whisper, “I can’t breathe”

Walking In The Snow

were supposed to only reference the dying words of Eric Garner. Now they take on an even more raw and desperate meaning now, which is absolutely devastating.

Get the album here for free.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: Black Lives Matter
Why: Because versions of the phrase are being painted on streets throughout the country. It is a beautiful thing to see.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: God Fucking Damnit
Why: Because of all the things Rowling could be talking about now, she had to go and demean trans people. There are ways to make the point that I think she’s trying to make without being an utter twat about it, but she failed miserably.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (long watch)
What: PlayStation Five-ever
Why: Because the new Sony PlayStation was unveiled, along with a whole bunch of new games. Some people don’t like the way it looks. Additionally, The Last of Us 2 comes out Tuesday. It is very good.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: The Importance Of Game Accessibility; I Like To Ride My Bicycle (Over My Oppressors); Wonder Showzen Revisited
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 # 335, June 1, 2020. BLACK LIVES MATTER.

BLACK LIVES MATTER.

STORY OF THE WEEK
What: BLACK LIVES MATTER
Why: Because BLACK LIVES MATTER.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK
What: BLACK LIVES MATTER
Why: Because BLACK LIVES MATTER.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK
What: BLACK LIVES MATTER
Why: Because BLACK LIVES MATTER.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK
What: Space Ship
Why: Because it’s OK if a neat think happens during bad times. Also, people can ruin neat things.
Also, BLACK LIVES MATTER. Because BLACK LIVES MATTER.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK
What: BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Why: Because BLACK LIVES MATTER.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK
What: BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Why: Because BLACK LIVES MATTER.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK
What: BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Why: Because BLACK LIVES MATTER.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK
What: BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Why: Because BLACK LIVES MATTER.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK
What: BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Why: Because BLACK LIVES MATTER.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK
What: BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Why: Because BLACK LIVES MATTER.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK
What: BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Why: Because BLACK LIVES MATTER.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: BLACK LIVES MATTER. BLACK LIVES MATTER. BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Why: Because BLACK LIVES MATTER.

THING YOU SHOULD DO FOR BLACK LIVES OF THE WEEK
What: Any of these things.
Why: Because BLACK LIVES MATTER.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 334, May 25, 2020

Greetings Webtaculators! Sorry for the lack of a post last week, I just didn’t have it in me. Also, thanks to those of you who reached out with suggestions from the previous issue – you gave me a lot to think about. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (too long of a read)
What: 100,000
Why: Because that is how many Americans have died from COVID-19 at this point. You really should look at the print format as well.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Mortgage Manipulators
Why: Because banks apparently did not learn their lesson from the last time this happened. Maybe stop letting them off the hook for once?

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: EVERYTHING IS FINE
Why: Because it is highly unlikely that this will be last miscarriage of justice performed by the Trump administration.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. reads)
What: Space Race
Why: Because Space X is set to shoot people into the sky on Wednesday, just after Virgin Galactic failed to launch a satellite from its arial platform

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read for some reason)
What: I Guess This Is Sports?
Why: Because most of the time people do not care about how good people are at a sport they do not play professionally. I mean, when was the last time anyone asked how Lebron’s slap shot was? Oh right. Racism is still too much a part of hockey for that to happen.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Remembering Mad Max
Why: Because it still remains one of the greatest movies ever. Or you could just watch the new trailer for Tenet.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Bring Back The Ruckus
Why: Because Dave Grohl has been insanely prolific during this time, including somehow becoming a columnist for the Atlantic (ignore the fact that they just laid off a whole bunch of permanent staff – EVERYTHING IS FINE).
Also, if you want something to listen to, The 1975 just released its latest too long album with an equally pretentious name – Notes On A Conditional Form. It is very good.

BROADWAY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Hamilton On The Small Screen
Why: Because one of the greatest musicals will be coming to Disney+ in July.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: On Being Alone
Why: Because Calvin reminds us that there are plenty of ways to go exploring even if you have nowhere to go.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Looking To The Future
Why: Because Unreal Engine 5 looks like it can enable to let next generation consoles look even closer to cinema quality graphics while running in real time.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: I Miss This Internet; Time Is Just A Construct; DJ Free Play
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: A $3000 Grill
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 333, May 11, 2020

Greetings Webtaculators! We have officially made it to the twelfth repeating number issue! That’s something! Hope everyone had a good social distance mother’s day. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: The Destruction Of Justice
Why: Because there were multiple stories this week that have to do with what justice is in the United States, and they are all resoundingly bleak. The DOJ dropped its prosecution of traitor Michael Flynn, who plead guilty twice. The Supreme Court ruled that it cannot judge on corruption cases that are political in nature and don’t have a monetary component. It took months to get the Georgia DA to file charges against the people who lynched Ahmoud Arbery. Instead of locking up these dangerous yahoos, arrests made for social distancing violations have largely targeted people of color. Good job America.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Sigh
Why: Because building cars is not essential. Also, he wouldn’t have a solar business, an electric car business, or a space business, or a tunneling business without the state having propped Elon up numerous times.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Failure All The Way Up
Why: Because now multiple people within Trump’s inner circle have tested positive for COVID-19.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Virtually Sporting
Why: Because crashing in a simulation do not have the same real-life consequences as crashing in reality, but it is an interesting question of how seriously a professional should take their sport.

SCREEN THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: An Eternal Festivus For The Rest Of Us
Why: Because Jerry Stiller made generations laugh.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: RIP Little Richard
Why: Because he made music electric.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The 2020 Pulitzers
Why: Because reading good writing is still worth while.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: What Comes Next
Why: Because an Xbox press conference showed 13 new games that will appear on its new console starting this holiday season.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Goonies Reunion; Satire Is Harder Than Ever; Congrats To The Class Of 2020
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: More Positivity?
Why: Because I feel like these have become much more negative, regardless of the good that John Krasinski is trying to get me to see in the world. It’s not that I don’t see it, it’s just that someone being thoughtfully spoken to by a celebrity doesn’t quite have the same emphasis as seeing the US Attorney General destroy the very bedrock of justice in front of our eyes. There’s a reason I haven’t been posting these on as strict of a schedule as normal this year, which has only compounded with the general daily news. Even though many people are doing the right thing, I am constantly baffled by the amount of people who clearly just don’t care about anyone but themselves. It’s disheartening on a very real level, so I cannot help but reflect that sentiment here. If anyone has any advice for staying positive, please, please share it. Thanks in advance.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 332, May 4, 2020

Greetings Webtaculators! It’s May! It is a very different month from that previous month we just had, let me tell you. This one has giant murderous hornets! Hooray! (Side note – if you are concerned about being killed by a large bee, but not concerned about getting or spreading COVID-19, please just go away. But don’t go to parks, you’re already ruining it). On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: America’s Worst People
Why: Because these yahoos are doing everything wrong. They don’t care about health, they don’t care about the Constitution, they don’t care about America. They only care about themselves, and they represent everything bad with our country. Trump is one of them.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Elon’s Not OK
Why: Because Musk tanked Tesla stocks after tweeting that it’s stock was overvalued, which essentially goes against everything a CEO is supposed to do / say. But who cares! It’s 2020! Do whatever you want! Also, everything is fine.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (long watch)
What: Fuck It, We’re Doing It Live
Why: Because the Supreme Court is live streaming its cases in video format for the first time ever. I for one cannot wait to see all of the Constitutional Law experts’ comments on youtube…

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: New MacBook
Why: Because I can’t tell if this is a great time for new laptops because everyone is now working from home, or a terrible time because no one is making enough money to buy new technology.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: A Hard Path Forward
Why: Because a judge found that the US Women’s National Team cannot sue for equal compensation due to initially being offered the same contract as the US Men’s team.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Taika + Star Wars
Why: Because I am very interested in what a Jojo Rabbit set in the Empire looks like.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. listen)
What: I Guess All Star Covers Work?
Why: Because the BBC released a multi-person cover of the Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These.” It’s OK!

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: The Worst
Why: Because these people are awful.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Other People’s Books
Why: Because even though a lot of personal libraries are now stuffed inside Kindles, the books a person keeps in their home can tell you a lot about them.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. reads)
What: Let’s Get Tactical
Why: Because Gears Tactics and XCOM: Chimera Squad were both released last week. If you enjoy getting mad at percentages, these games are for you. If you’re interested in these kinds of games, and you have a Switch, a great point of entry is Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: The Language Of Numbers; Star Wars Day; How To Cope With COVID-19 In A Dystopia
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Lego Millennium Falcon
Why: Because Brian deserves it, and I think I can find the time to put it together.

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