Webtacular World Issue # 186, June 25, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! Happy Pride! I also hope everyone on the West Coast managed to not catch on fire this week. I really don’t function well in anything above 100 degrees, and it hit that multiple times. Good thing our Government understands that this is not normal! Oh, right. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Russia Hacked Our Election
Why: Because  the Obama administration, ironically, didn’t overtly act on the information for fear of appearing like they were trying to influence the election. It also did not help that almost every single poll showed that Clinton was going to win, regardless. Also, Trump is a liar.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Health “Care”
Why: Because removing coverage for 23 million people is disgusting and immoral.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Driverless
Why: Because the head of Uber stepped down after several prominent investors revolted.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. watch)
What: What’s In A Name
Why: Because free speech is one of those things that is total, except when it isn’t (see, here).

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Sports Are Over
Why: Because my favorite baseball team is doing terribly, and all the other sports are not happening right now. No, I don’t care about drafts.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (various listens)
What: Back To The Other Decades
Why: Because new music doesn’t quite sound new anymore. Portugal. The Man went back to the 60’s, Phoenix, Paramore, and Bleachers went back to the 80’s, and Katy Perry’s new album sounds like a late 90’s early 00’s dance club. Also, apparently a lot of music I listen to has the letter P in it.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Transformers Is Bad
Why: Because you should watch Baby Driver or The Big Sick, which are good, instead.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: A History Of Pride
Why: Because Pride parades are fun. If you haven’t had a chance to attend one, you really should next year.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: You’re A Wizard, Harry! Turns 20
Why: Because the Harry Potter series was singlehandedly responsible for showing my brother that reading was fun. I can only assume that it did the same for millions of others.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Steam Sale
Why: Because there are a ton of really good computer games for really cheap right now. Like, a cup of coffee cheap for hours of entertainment. Also, actual Nazis are mad that people seem to have plenty of fun shooting video game Nazis.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: He’s Back, And He Brought Some Friends; The Earth Is Not Flat; A History Of The “Domestic” Cat
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD NOT GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: A $400 Tea Maker
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 185, June 18, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! This week was one of those weeks where I just wished the World could have a mulligan. The amount of truly awful news coming from this week, from multiple shootings, building and forest fires, bad court outcomes, and vehicular destruction (on land and sea) is too much. My brain definitely went numb multiple times from the overload of horribleness. But then there the good things – celebrating Father’s Day, weddings, dinner with old friends, and local team wins, that at least allow for some respite and joy through all of it. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Coast To Coast Shootings
Why: Because there are a bunch of people guns somehow still don’t kill people.  For a refresher, this is what guns do to people. Also, while we’re at it, fuck the NRA.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Whole Amazon
Why: Because Amazon is buying Whole Foods, even though the CEO of Whole Foods wasn’t really too excited about the prospect of selling it.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Injustice, And More Injustice
Why: Because something is wrong with our jury system when a rapist is not found guilty of rape, and a murderer is not found guilty of murder.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Yahooooooooo…
Why: Because Yahoo! is now part of Verizon, and joins America Online as a new subsidiary called Oath (probably the most techno-dystopian sounding thing they could have come up with). Also, Marissa Meyer is proof that ruining a company is a perfectly valid way to make a boatload of money.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: WARRIORS
Why: Because the Warriors won (as if there was any other possible outcome.)

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. look)
What: People Doing Cool Things
Why: Because people can do good things, too, sometimes.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. read)
What: The New Jay-Z
Why: Because you probably won’t end up listening to this album (movie?), because no one has Tidal.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Losing Marvel Movie Magic
Why: Because the comics don’t do nearly as well as the movie franchises they created.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Best Of E3
Why: Because I’m really looking forward to a new Metroid.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Father’s Day Rules; KFC Reaches For The Stars; Rakka
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: I know it’s a lot to ask for, but how about less bad news this week. Think we can manage it, humanity? I’d really appreciate it.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 184, June 11, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! Another crazy week in the world, because I guess that’s what we deserve. Comey addressed the Senate, Teresa May, the PM of England, destroyed her party’s majority, and Puerto Rico (sorta) decided it wants to be an actual state. Considering how crowded the demand for our attention is, I probably forgot one or two major world things, but I can only follow so much. I apologize in advance if I left something out.  On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read / watch)
What: Comey V. Trump
Why: Because like so many other parts of this presidency so far, an FBI Director testifying against a sitting president is basically unprecedented. What is also disconcerting is how the news was reported by different outlets. Truth is what you want it to be, I guess.

STORY OF THE WEEK #2 (5 min. read)
What: Regrebrexit
Why: Because about a year after voting to leave the EU, British citizens just dealt a huge blow to the party that they elected to pull them out in the first place. People in groups seem to be really bad at making decisions recently.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Brick By Brick
Why: Because Legos are awesome. Just like in the song.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: How To Become A State
Why: Because even though Puerto Rico voted to become the 51st state, there are lots of hurdles left in what might not be counted as a vote at all.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: ‘Cause I’m Freeeeeee, Free Climbin’
Why: Because Alex Honnold just completed what may be the single most difficult / insane athletic feat in human history. Don’t look down. Also, the Penguins won the Stanley Cup (you know, the trophy you get for winning at hockey). Go Dubs.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: Oh Hey, Here’s A List To Argue About!
Why: Because the NYT made a list of the 25 best movies of this century. There’s a good chance this list is at least half wrong.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Goodbye, Batman
Why: Because Adam West, the purest Batman, passed away this week.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (45 min. listen)
What: Dispatch Returns
Why: Because one of my favorite bands from high school just released a new album and is touring again. Here they are playing The General for the first time in years.

THEATER THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What:  It’s The Tony Awards!
Why: Because it’s too bad that Hamilton can’t win everything again.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Books And Basketball
Why: Because Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a national treasure.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: How Many Xboxes Are There?
Why: Because it’s E3, Microsoft just released information on it’s latest hardware, which for anyone who doesn’t follow the industry closely, might be confusing. See, back in 2001, Microsoft released a gaming system called the Xbox. They followed it up 4 years later with the Xbox 360, even though that was only their second one. Then, in 2013, they released the Xbox One, even though it was the third Xbox, not the first. Last year, they released the Xbox One S, which was just a smaller Xbox One. Now, there’s the Xbox One X, which is neither the first nor the 10th Xbox, and not even really a new Xbox at all, but it is capable of utilizing 4K. Got that? Also, here’s a pretty neat study of how people actually use the damn thing. I mean the Xbox One, which is the third Xbox.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Run Tom Run; West Goes To The Mayor; How Not To Run
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: The Original Batmobile
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 183, June 4, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! It’s time for a check in. How is everything going? You all doing all right? I know for me, watching society being intentionally dismantled from both inside and out is exhausting, and this week was especially difficult. Our President is causing international havoc, England is reeling from its second terrorist attack in as many weeks, and the year is only at it’s half way point. Hopefully, all of you are still able to find moments of joy, since that’s really all we’re looking for. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: London Bridge Attack / U.S. Vs. The World
Why: Because America is going alone at a time when the world should be coming together.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Apartments For The Rest Of Us
Why: Because my friends at Starcity are trying to figure out how to make housing that actually fits modern city living besides cramming 8 people into an old mansion.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Clerk So Hard
Why: Because the British legal system is definitely a different beast than the U.S.’

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: WARRIORS
Why: Because watching one of the best basketball teams led by one of the best players ever get demolished by what is potentially THE best team ever is a beautiful thing.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Wondrous Women 
Why: Because Wonder Woman had the highest grossing opening weekend of a movie directed by a woman.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Animaniacs Return
Why: Because they’re zany to the max.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (1 hr. listen)
What: Lots Of New Things
Why: Because for some reason, the beginning of summer is a popular time to release new songs. Here are a few of them.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Tienanmen
Why: Because protesting an oppressive government is a human condition, regardless of where or when it occurs.

SPELLING THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Spelling Sucks
Why: Because even though the National Spelling Bee is no longer the spectacle it once was a few years ago, it requires a ridiculous amount of knowledge of one of the most difficult languages in the world.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The History Of Halo
Why: Because Halo was the first video game that proved consoles could do FPSs as well as a PC.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: 30 under 30; Trailer Songs Matter; Everyone Has Talent
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: 2 More Wins
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 182, May 29, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! So, I failed you. Unlike the past 181 consecutive weeks, I was unable to finish this week’s issue by 12(ish) on Sunday night. I am sorry. My excuse is that I was having too much fun Bottle Rockin’ with Tom Petty, the Silversun Pickups, Foo Fighters, Ayesha (and Steph) Curry, and Martha Stewart, while staying in a house without accessible wifi. I hope you can accept my heartfelt apology, and that I will try my hardest to continue to deliver you (mostly) quality content every Sunday. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The World We Live In
Why: Because I really don’t know what to say about what amounts to attacking a concert for kids.

POLITICAL THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Trump Vs. The World
Why: Because Trump pushed a foreign leader, got his hand crushed by France, frowned at by the Pope, and promised to stop allowing German cars (which are actually built in the U.S.) to be sold in America, because he doesn’t understand things. Also, because being “Trumpian” is OK, a Montana candidate physically assaulted a reporter, and still won.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: I Really Miss This Man
Why: Because former President Obama clearly demonstrates his grasp of the larger looming problems facing humanity, and seems to actually want to do something about it.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Say It With Me: Racism Is Not An Acceptable Reason For Establishing Voting Districts
Why: Because North Carolina was explicitly told this, again.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Time To Stop Traveling
Why: Because the White House in all of it’s wisdom is considering banning laptops from all international flights.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Round 3
Why: Because the Warriors face the Cavaliers for their 3rd straight NBA finals. This will be good.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. watch)
What: Super Heroes Move On
Why: Because we have been aptly watching super hero for almost 20 years.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Well, That’s… Something
Why: Because your favorite 2000s rap rockers just went pop. Again, Linkin Park started with music like this, and now is doing this. My favorite game to play with this album is guessing which pop artist a song was supposed to be for. For example, I’m pretty sure song “Talking To Myself” was supposed to be for Brittney Spears.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Return To The World Of Daemons
Why: Because we all can now spend more time in Philip Pullman’s classic “His Dark Materials” universe.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: What Happens When Americans Are The Bad Guys?
Why: Because Far Cry 5, a series that is no stranger to cultural controversy, seems to be focusing its target on America’s heartland.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: One Night With Paul Giamatti; Cooking With Stephen; Also Cooking With Stephen
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: E-40 Wine
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 181, May 21, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! I really am waiting for the week where there is no Trump news. Sadly, this week was the opposite of that, as much as that is even possible, considering how entirely his presidency has tainted headlines this year. Might as well dive in now. Onto the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Trump
Why: Because it’s 2017. Also, TrumpTrump, Trump, and Trump. Please, stop. At least Roger Ailes isn’t here anymore to sexually harass more women.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Not Forgiven
Why: Because Trump is planning to end student loan forgiveness. Many of my friends who are current colleagues or past classmates will be directly affected by this if it goes through. These are brilliant people who have put their personal financial gains aside to help other Americans, who are actively relying upon the federal loan forgiveness to be able to afford to do their work. This would be a national disaster.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Special Prosecution For Special People
Why: Because Robert Muller was named as the special prosecutor in the Trump / Russia investigation.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Bye Bye Internet
Why: Because net neutrality is going back to the drawing board, even though basically everyone but the FCC and cable industry wants it.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: Cleveland Pulled A San Antonio
Why: Because Cleveland lost after being up by 20. I guess some of these games need to be close.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. look)
What: All The Pretentious Movies
Why: Because the Cannes Film Festival is happening.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Returning To Twin Peaks
Why: Because David Lynch’s beloved 90’s series is back.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Say Hello To Heaven
Why: Because Chris Cornell passed away this week. He was probably was my favorite rock singer, whether with Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog, Audioslave, or on his own. I was lucky enough to see him perform Hunger Strike with Pearl Jam at Bridge School Benefit in 2014. He will be missed.

COMEDY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Original Haters
Why: Because sometime people just need to be roasted.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: A Shitty Book By A Shitty Person
Why: Because when a review starts off with the sentence “IVANKA TRUMP HAS WRITTEN a book about female empowerment, and it is about as feminist as a swastika-shaped bikini wax,” you know you’re in for a review that will be way more entertaining than the thing it is destroying.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. watch)
What: Music Makes The Mario
Why: Because the music in games is arguably as important as the gameplay itself.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Romphim; Duck Ramp; PatriotHole; Fondoodler
Why: Because Internet.

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

THING YOU SHOULD NOT GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Romphim
Why: Because Brian does not deserve it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 180, May 14, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! As a 30-something-year-old, Mother’s Day has started to take on a much different meaning than when I was young: instead of begrudgingly getting up early to “help” make a mediocre breakfast in bed for my own mom, I now get to celebrate many of my friends who have become parents themselves, remember and commemorate those mothers that are no longer with us, and, most importantly, truly appreciate my mom for all that she did to help shape me into the person I have become. Happy Mother’s day, everyone. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Comey Fired
Why: Because Trump has no idea what he’s doing, and in turn, is actively hurting America. A quick timeline – Comey releases information on Clinton emails, potentially affecting the outcome of the election; FBI investigates Russian involvement in the election; Comey fired (see above); letter and reason delivered; attached letter from Deputy AG Rosenstein doesn’t give clear reason; Spicer reiterates unclear reason from bushes; Trump changes reason (WATCH THIS ONE IF YOU CLICK ON ANY OF THEM – The amount of lies and nonsense that come out of Trump’s mouth in 13 minutes is insane); Sanders re-clarifies reasonTrump tweets; and truth, fact, and democracy go to die alone in the woods.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (20 min. read)
What: “Prime The Pump” – DJT*
Why: Because Trump did not invent the term *”prime the pump.” Remember when there was an uproar about Al Gore and the Internet? This is like that, but actually something he said, and actually a lie. However, there will be no impact since this will immediately be forgotten – Trump will inevitably claim something even crazier in a few days. Oh, Trump also proves that has no idea how economics works.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: MAPA: Make Americans Prisoners Again
Why: Because Jeff Sessions thinks the debunked policy of harsh mandatory minimum sentencing for drug cases will somehow work this time. To understand how wrong he is, here is the right wing Heritage Foundation writing in support of amending minimum sentencing, noting “the most pressing problem[] with mandatory minimums[ …is] severe sentences for relatively minor drug possession crimes.”

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Ransom
Why: Because a NSA created backdoor into computer systems created havoc throughout the world. This is only going to get worse.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: How About Some Footie?
Why: Because Australian Rules Football is an amazing sport.  I know, I know, basketball is happening, but there will be plenty more of that soon.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Still No Directorial King Arthur
Why: Because besides the Disney version or the Monty Python version, no one, not even Guy Ritchie, can make a good King Arthur movie.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Returning To The Drive In
Why: Because At The Drive In was once one of the most exciting sounds in rock. It’s too bad that it no longer is.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Past And The Future
Why: Because a group of white people with torches never was a good thing, and never will be.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: On Craft
Why: Because writers of color don’t often get to discuss how to write. Maybe if they did, it might put an end to books like this becoming best sellers. The only reason I know that The Last Patriot exists is because I was blatantly reading it over the shoulder of the person sitting next to me on a recent flight. If you’re going to read garbage like this in public, I am perfectly OK with making you feel uncomfortable about your terrible choice in literature.

BEER THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: The Value Of Beer
Why: Because depending on your definition of “value,” selling a labor of love to a conglomerate may be a good thing. My friends at the Rare Barrel believe differently.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. watch)
What: The Modern Game You Remember From The 90s
Why: Because Strafe completely understands how video games used to be marketed, but also understand that not everything about those times were awesome, which is.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Congratulations, Graduates!; Customs; Spicy Science; Spicy Spicer
Why: Because Internet.

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

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