Webtacular World Issue # 255, October 21, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators. Why is it that these weeks have so much happen in them that it is impossible to keep straight? The real thing that matters is that our President has decided that truth is a negotiable thing: Oh, Turkey says a journalist was killed by Saudis in the Saudi consulate at the orders of the Saudi prince? Well, the Saudis say no such thing happened, and I believe them. Oh, now it turns out the journalist was killed, but it was probably due to a fistfight between the journalist and a bunch of rogue actors. I still believe them. Truth is non-negotiable. Also, Elizabeth Warren apparently does have some Native American lineage, but because of the nonsense world we now live in, instead of everyone focusing on the fact that the President was blatantly racist to someone with Native American ancestors, everyone is focusing on Warren’s bad timing and bad delivery of that fact. PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLED SOMEONE “POCAHONTAS” TO HER FACE. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Immigrant Vs. Refugee
Why: Because thousands of people fleeing Honduras are traveling en masse to the United States. Trump, of course, wants to punish Honduras instead of help people. For a New Yorker, I’m surprised he isn’t aware of the Statue Of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” 

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: The Passing Of A Giant
Why: Because Microsoft founder Paul Allen passed away. Bill Gates had some very kind words for the man.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (8 minute read)
What: A Destruction Of Civil Rights
Why: Because the United States is very close to rolling back legal protections for trans-gendered Americans. The people currently in charge of our federal government are monsters.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Stupid Man Wants More Nukes
Why: Because the world, and the United States, for that matter, do not need more nukes. There is no more mutually assured destruction available: we already have enough to blow up the entire planet.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: LA Vs. Boston
Why: Because two of the most hated baseball franchises get to play each other in the World Series. Go Red Sox.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: SPOOOKY
Why: Because there are lots of good scary movies.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Failure Of The US On The World Stage
Why: Because the United States has been generally terrible at winning hearts and minds overseas for the last couple of decades. Here are a couple of books that explain why.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: A Tale Of Swords And Souls Eternally Retold
Why: Because the sixth entry to the Soulcalibur fighting game series is a wonderful entry to a very fun game with a very stupid yet earnest story. People are also having a blast with its character creator.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Decent List Of The Best Internet; Incredibly Bad List Of Best Halloween CandySmart People Are Finally Listening To My Request For Less / Better News;
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

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Webtacular World Issue # 254, October 14, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators. A buddy of mine and I were having dinner last night at a bar pub type place. One of the screens was showing something called Chive TV, a sophomoric take on America’s Funniest Home Videos, created for a spinoff channel of an internet site that was originally trying to be a mix of  The Onion and College Humor. The premise is essentially 24 hour nonstop “internet videos,” with little context and no commentary, on a continuous loop. There was our own conversation, baseball playoff games, college football, and even live Drag Queen Bingo that were all vying for our attention. 6 second videos of humans acting like idiots won over them all, including our discussion about how ridiculous that this drivel was engaging to two very educated, decently successful people. Our lizard brains could not turn away, even as we were saying how incredibly dumb it was that we couldn’t. This is why I try to mostly  stick to text. I know, reading is hard and tedious, but it at least forces you to pay attention. Assuming you’re not simultaneously watching dumb internet videos. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: This Is How The World Ends
Why: Because our planet is going to kill us all. Luckily (?) this storm hit in a “relatively” uncrowded area, but there will be others of this magnitude. As always, FEMA is not doing a great job. In my area, the local utility, for the first time in its history, has decided that in order to curtail the threat of fire, it will cut power to customers in situations where in high threat (read super windy, dry and hot conditions[basically always in California now]) occur. Things are only going to get worse. In the meantime, it’s perfectly fine that countries are murdering journalists.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What:  Back To The Start
Why: Because a massive market correction wiped out all stock gains since essentially January of this year. Things are not looking better for this week.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Death To The Death Penalty
Why: Because judges aren’t all bad. Read the opinion here.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Magic Leap? More Like Illusion Fall! 
Why: Because according to one reviewer, there doesn’t seem to be so much that’s magical about what is supposed to be a game changing AR.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Good Football
Why: Because even though the league and sport are trash, it still can prove to be a fun game.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: First
Why: Because First Man is a good space movie.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: We’re Doing It Live
Why: Because it’s not often that an original motion picture soundtrack does well on the charts anymore. It helps if one of the artists in the film is Lady Gaga, though.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: Total Destruction
Why: Because this is what hurricanes will continue to look like.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: More Books You Should Read But Haven’t Yet
Why: Because for a men’s magazine, Esquire is actually doing a good job of representation in their recommendations.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: CODBLOPS IIII
Why: Because people who play video games apparently really like Call Of Duty: Black Ops but hate correct use of Roman numerals.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Gettin’ Genie With It (Because Will Smith Is The Genie [Sorry]); Wayne Jackson;
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 253, October 7, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators. I don’t have it in me to do much for this issue. I am still devastated. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK
What: Kavanaugh; or Trump; Or China
Why: Because this week was very, very bad.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK
What: High Employment
Why: Because jobs are good, but the jobs that seem to be boosting the numbers are not especially great for humans – little upwards mobility, little stability, and low pay. At least Amazon increased its minimum wage to $15 – just don’t pay attention to the fact that that they also nuked holiday pay, bonuses, and stock options as part of it.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK
What: Justice Kavanaugh
Why: Because the Supreme Court is tainted.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK
What: Getting Warmer
Why: Because the world is running out of time to fight against global warming. Read the whole thing here.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK
What: UFC Is A Stupid Circus
Why: Because there is no way that this should be a legitimate business.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK
What: Venom, AKA What If Spider-Man Were Evil And Invented In The Late 90s?
Why: Because this somehow is a winning recipe for a successful movie.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK
What: ICP Tried To Drop Kick Limp Bizkit
Why: Because we are living in the stupidest version of reality.

ART THING OF THE WEEK
What: Destroy It All
Why: Because Banksy destroyed his “Girl with Balloon” with a shredder built into the frame of the painting just after it sold for $1.4 million.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK
What: Go Explore Greece
Why: Because the Assassin’s Creed series has grown way beyond its initial premise of “murder people in historic era.”

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK
What: No more internet this week. Go outside and take a walk. Listen to birds. Talk to friends. It’s much healthier for you.
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 252, September 30, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators. This week was another doozy. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (8 hr. watch. Please watch the whole thing. It is important.)
What: Kavanaugh’s Hearing
Why: Because Kavanaugh swears to god he didn’t do it. That settles that!

Everything about the hearing process (transcript here) has been disheartening to watch. This circus demonstrated EXACTLY why people don’t come forward with sexual assault allegations – it is immediately a “he said – she said” situation, with a good dash of “who’s to say what really happened?” thrown in the mix. Dr. Ford came across as a credible person who had experienced sexual assault. Kavanaugh came across as someone who expertly avoided answering simple yes or no questions with stories about how good of a person he was and is. Lindsey Graham came across as someone who should immediately go light himself on fire and then throw himself in front of a bus. It is unlikely that the outcome of this will change any of the Senators’ minds as to whether Kavanaugh did or did not sexually assault Dr. Ford, and whether the Senate will affirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Everything is still awful, and I bet that’s what most people were expecting.

What I bet most people were not expecting was Kavanaugh’s hard turn towards the politicization of his nomination. Kavanaugh is right – his reputation will be forever tarnished, but not for his perceived unfairness of being accused of sexual misconduct. Allegations aside, his choice of demeanor in his response to these allegations was appalling. I can understand someone being angry at this situation (this is true regardless whether he is guilty or innocent), but due to the direction Kavanaugh directed this anger, specifically, at the Democrats involved with the nomination process, I no longer think that he will perform his job as a judge in an impartial way. His partisanship was displayed in full force. I have never heard of a job interview where the interviewee calls half of the people on their hiring panel part of a conspiracy against the interviewee, and yet still expects for the panel to hire them. This is even more heinous when the job generally demands impartiality. That line clearly no longer exists.

I do not know how we go on from here. Once again, I am extremely disturbed by the continued dismantling of American institutions by those in charge with their stewardship, and continuously grow more and more fearful of our future.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Market Manipulation
Why: Because Tesla apparently is not too big to fail yet.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: California Goes At It Alone
Why: Because Net Neutrality is still an important part of the Internet, and it’s not quite dead yet. Of course, Jeff Sessions wants it dead.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Oculus Quest
Why: Because VR without tethers is better.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Gritty
Why: Because this is the mascot we deserve.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Some Trailers
Why: Because trailers are still fun.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Weezy V
Why: Because Lil Wayne released his newest album after a long time in the making.

COMEDY THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. read)
What: Dad Jokes
Why: Because laughing, even at bad jokes, is good for you.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Vroom
Why: Because the latest Forza Horizon lets you chase around sheep in the English countryside.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Seal Slap; Google Is 20; Pop Up; I Like Beer
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 251, September 23, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! It’s late and I’m tired. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Off The Rails
Why: Because Republican Senators tried to force a vote on Brett Kavanaugh before yet another allegation of “sexual misconduct” (I’m sorry, but forcing someone to touch your dick is not “sexual misconduct,” it’s sexual assault) could make its way to the news cycle. This makes Republican Senators complicit in trying to cover up yet another allegation of sexual assault. This is especially important because Brett Kavanaugh is against birth control and abortion (even though he doesn’t know the difference between the two). These allegations, if true, make his beliefs against women’s body autonomy that much starker – not only are women’s bodies not their own for them to do what they want with them, but they are for him to do what he wants with them. He is not fit for being allowed to be a Justice on the Supreme Court.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Tit For Tariff
Why: Because China and the US are imposing billions of dollars of tariffs on trade with each other. This is bad for everyone.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (long read / listen)
What: Rock The Amendments
Why: Because law is generally not fun. This album tries hard to make it enjoyable.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Military Astrophysics Complex
Why: Because many of the things we use today like GPS, global communications, and microprocessors only because widely available to civilians after development for military purposes. It’s weird that we only really care to innovate when we are threatened with our own self destruction.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Tiger
Why: Because Tiger Woods won his first major golf tournament in 5 years.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Joker
Why: Because its amazing that some of our best actors continuously seek to portray a comic book character.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Meh-mmys
Why: Because no one watches TV on a schedule anymore.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Top 200 Of The 80s
Why: Because Michael Ian Black isn’t telling us why these albums are great.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Best Of The Century
Why: Because the 21st century is young, but there has been a ton of good literature.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Farewell To Telltale
Why: Because the studio known for making critically acclaimed games about existing properties such as Batman, Boarderlands, and most famously, The Walking Dead, is closing.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Who Is Tony Hawk?; Poppins; The Room
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: A Better Supreme Court Justice Pick.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 250, September 16, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! Manafort flipped. He plead guilty to conspiring against the United States, which, while not legally “treason,” sure is about as close as you can get colloquially for someone who was in charge of heading Trump’s presidential campaign. Also, you now have read 250 (or so) of these. That’s kind of a lot. Thanks for sticking around. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The World Is Drowning
Why: Because unprecedented flooding is occurring in the Carolinas, Hong Kong is being destroyed by wind and water after Typhoon Mangkhut decimated the Philippines. But don’t worry, rising water is not our problem. Also, Lindsey Graham voted against Hurricane Sandy relief for New York in 2013, and Hurricane Harvey relief last year. One bright light in all of this is that the world (and California) has not entirely given up on trying to fix itself.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: School Is Expensive
Why: Because like other basic needs most other countries have figured out how to do well and affordably, American college costs are quickly running away from most peoples’ reach.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: No Means No, Kavanaugh
Why: Because this liar and probable attempted sexual assaulter should not be a Supreme Court Justice – one sexual harasser on the bench is already one too many.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Power
Why: Because access to safe, reliable energy is something we take for granted. It is especially important to remember that the reason why we need to keep investing in our own infrastructure is because it can go horribly wrong.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Lighting
Why: Because a person just maintained a 4:38 mile pace for 26.2 miles, and beat the previous record by over a minute. That is insane.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Movies You Should See (But Probably Won’t)
Why: Because there are just too many things to watch.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Macca’s #1 Again
Why: Because Paul McCartney’s new album is his first number 1 album in decades.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. look)
What: Our Future
Why: Because storms like these are becoming more prevalent.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: OVER-RATED
Why: Because many books you were forced to read in high school really aren’t really all that great, aside from giving historical context to a particular point in time.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Serial Is Back; Derpy Animals; OK
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 249, September 9, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! Well, now we get to see what happens when people are more interested in short term gains, and fail to realize what happens when a political party focuses its energy on a singular goal – in this case, rolling back Roe v. Wade. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Kavanaugh
Why: Because there are many reasons Brett Kavanaugh should not be up for appointment to the Supreme Court at this point – Merrick Garland, a lack of recusal from Trump related cases, a lack of understanding of birth control, and, most importantly, probable perjury. Republicans, who don’t care about these things, will vote him in anyway. Although Democrats tried, finally, to do something, it will most likely be too little, too late. The repercussions will last throughout the remainder of my life.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Other Biggest Online Retailer
Why: Because the CEO of Alibaba, China’s largest company, is stepping down from his leadership role later this year.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: This Is Not Treason
Why: Because my Constitutional Law Professor says so. It is, however, one of the most ridiculous op-eds I have ever seen. The author should probably stop being a coward – if Trump is such a threat to our society, writing a nameless op-ed is hardly the way to go about protecting us.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The EVs Are Coming
Why: Because Ford is investing $11 billion into electric vehicles.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Tone
Why: Because Naomi Osaka’s win at the US Open was overshadowed by the controversy of how she won – Serena Williams was docked a set when she argued with the umpire regarding a call. When men argue, it’s “passionate” or “righteous.” When women do, it’s “hysterical” or “bitchy.” This is true even outside of sports.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. reads)
What: The 80s Monsters Are Invading 2018
Why: Because a new Predator and Halloween are ready to cause violence again.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: RIP Mac Miller
Why: Because yet another very popular up and coming rapper who you probably never listened to died from a drug overdose.

COMEDY THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Regretful Jokes
Why: Because jokes can go from being funny at one point to not quite that funny at another. Jokes are about context – and that context changes over time. Here are a bunch of comedians explaining why they no longer think certain jokes that may have gotten them the success that they currently have need to be repeated. More importantly, they are apologizing for them.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: FEAR
Why: Because Bob Woodward released one of the most scathing books on Trump so far.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Look Out, Here Comes The Spider-Man
Why: Because the new Spider-Man videogame makes swinging through New York a very fun activity.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Prince Is Rolling In His Grave; Toy Story IRL; Good Football
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: My Supreme Court Prediction To Be Wrong
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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