Webtacular World Issue # 264, December 23, 2018

 

Greetings Webtaculators! I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas, and that you all remember to think of your government workers who are either being forced to work without pay or cannot work because a very stupid man is continuing to make poor choices. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Last Adult In The Room
Why: Because soon to be former Secretary of Defense Mattis resigned from his post due to Trump’s completely irresponsible decision to unilaterally withdraw from Syria.  Please read his resignation letter. Yes, war is bad. But once you commit to go to war, leaving without a plan in place is irresponsible to the people you already committed to help.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: How Low Can You Go
Why: Because stocks suffered their worst week in a decade last week.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Please Be OK
Why: Because Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent cancer surgery this week.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Problem With Data
Why: Because we have all already given away most of the privacy in our lives. It doesn’t mean that you necessarily should have known, but after years of reported problems, it isn’t really a secret.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. watch)
What: The Most Special Effects
Why:

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (long listens)
What: The 1975, MuseMetric; Snail Mail; John Hopkins; CHVRCHES; Remember Sports; Middle Kids; Childish Gambino; Rainbow Kitten Surprise; Janelle Monae
Why: Because these were some of my favorite albums (and song) of the year.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Bottoming Out
Why: Because Matt Mimiaga’s photographs bring humanity to people that many of us try not to pay attention to.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: Station Eleven: A Novel; Norse Mythology; Kitchen Confidential; American War; A Man Called Ove: A Novel; A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise.
Why: Because these were some of my favorite books of the year (yes, I know most of these aren’t from this year, but that’s when I got around to reading them).

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (long plays)
What: God Of War; Super Smash Bros. Ultimate; Monster Hunter: World; Red Dead Redemption II; SoulCalibur 6; Spider-Man
Why: Because these were some of my favorite games of the year. I realize all of these are sequels or series reboots, which is sort of problematic, but they are all very good.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Sandspiel; Do Your Job, Sarah; Straight White 30+ Year Old With Very Generous In-Law Problems
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Whiskey Stones
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 # 263, December 16, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! I just hosted my first Friendsgiving at my house, which is not something I ever really thought I would be able to do. This annual tradition has been going on with a group of law school classmates, significant others, and other people we have collected as friends along the way, and is a yearly reminder that even with everything going on in the world that is not as good as it should be, there are still many things in life that are going better than they seemingly should. I know I don’t always do the best in terms of optimism on a weekly basis, (see, e.g., any other Webtacular World issue from this year), but I’m trying. Then again, this is our current reality. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Guardians
Why: Because there were a lot of people Time Magazine could have named as person of the year, but this year was particularly somber and fitting.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Raiders Of The Last Store
Why: Because it’s sorta not that cool when a CEO who drove a company into the ground and leaves, then uses another company he owns to buy back the company he drove into the ground, while giving multi-million dollar bonuses to the other people who were responsible for driving the company into the ground.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Dumb Judge Does Dumb Thing
Why: Because elections have actual consequences, and the stupid path that an uncaring government took to destroy affordable health care for people is now jeopardizing the whole thing.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Yes, Steph, The Moon Landing Was Real
Why: Because Steph Curry’s joke(?) about the moon landing is another one of those things that seems like harmless fun, but for some reason people are more willing to believe an amazing basketball player about space than, you know, actual astronauts.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. watch)
What: Amazing Basketball
Why: Because unlike his comments, Steph SHOULD keep participating in Japanese TV contests.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Spider Pig
Why: Because the new animated Spider-Man movie might just be the best Spider-Man movie ever.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: New Sway
Why: Because Easway Harrison is a great kid making great throwback rap. He just released his newest album, Nothing To Lose, and you should check it out.

ARCHITECTURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: Architects Can Have Fun, Too
Why: Because even though they’re “practical” artists, architects mostly entered the field because they loved to create.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: More Best Books
Why: Because I did not read enough this year.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: A New Place To Buy
Why: Because the company behind Fortnite is trying to compete with the Steam Store, the monolith of PC gaming. Giving a higher cut to creators is not a bad way to go about it.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: The Best Of The Internet; The Worst Of The Internet; An OK Internet
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 262, December 9, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators. So now that the Trump administration is completely falling apart, I would have figured that I would have felt something more. Hopefully he doesn’t take the country down with him on his way out. The GOP certainly is trying its hardest to help him. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Another One Bites The Dust
Why: Because John Kelly is a failure.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: All Gone
Why: Because for the second time this year, all gains for 2018 have been wiped out. One of the biggest individual stories of the week is that Canada arrested the CFO of Huawei, one of China’s largest companies.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Cohen And Flynn
Why: Because Mueller threw the book at one while letting the other off. It pays to cooperate.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: No Porn For You
Why: Because essentially the only thing Tumblr is good for is no longer something that Tumblr is going to host.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: College Football Is Stupid Again
Why: Because colleges make the lives of their students worse by kowtowing to these moral-less programs.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (13 min. watch)
What: Best Movies Of The Year
Why: Because it’s that time of year again. Looks like Kevin Hart won’t be able to tell you about them at the Oscars, though.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Best TV Shows Of The Year
Why: Because it’s that time of year again.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: Best Music Of The Year. Or Is This The Best Music? Or How About This?
Why: Because it’s that time of year again. Also, I am officially old, because I’ve never heard of most of the bands (groups, people, whatever) on the “cultured” lists, and actually listened to even fewer. I openly am at war with the musical taste of whoever is streaming from Apple, because most of those top albums and songs are hot garbage. I don’t know how to find music anymore, and that is disappointing.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Best Photos Of The Year
Why: Because it’s that time of year again.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: Best Books Of The Year (Form 1, Form 2, And Form 3)
Why: Because it’s that time of year again.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Best Video Games Of The Year
Why: Because it’s that time of year again (and yes, there are people who have been trying to make “the Oscars” of video games for a few years – the show is actually decently produced and entertaining). The real best game is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, though.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: No Look; Even More Avengers; The Russians Are Trying To Break Our Internet
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 261, December 2, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! Great news (for once)! The War on Christmas is officially over. After years of an intense offensive by every holiday in December that isn’t Christmas, all sides agreed to an armistice, and a place in the Goldsen household. This is why an over-achieving fancy bush is now my new roommate. Of course, since it is the first night of Hanukkah, and Christmas is still 23 days away, I will be extremely offended if anyone says “happy holidays” over the next eight days, and the war will be back on. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: RIP Bush Sr.
Why: Because the last decent* Republican President passed away.  His lack of action during the AIDS epidemic, his involvement in Iran-Contra scandal, the appointment of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, and his War On Drugs, along with the downfall of the economy under his watch, all are harsh marks against someone who undeniably had one of of the most impressive civic resumes of anyone who has been president. Of course, in comparison to what we currently have, Bush Sr. was a genius benevolent saint.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: A Good Use For A Tax Break
Why: Because Pategonia, the high end outdoors clothing manufacturer, is donating $10 million of the money it earned this year due to Trump’s tax breaks to environmental focused non-profits.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Don’t Lie On The Stand, Kids
Why: Because Manafort breached his plea deal by lying to Federal investigators. Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, also lied. Time to make like Monopoly and go straight to jail.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Back To Mars
Why: Because NASA successfully launched another mission to the red planet.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Chess Armageddon!
Why: Because I wish I understood how to play chess well.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Marvelous
Why: Because the Marvelous Ms. Maisel is a very good TV show. What is not marvelous is that Marvel’s Daredevil was canceled.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Party Like It’s 1975
Why: Because the new album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships by The 1975 is good pop music.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: SPAAAAAACE
Why: Because Mars is cool.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Best of 2018
Why: Because it’s that time of the year again.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Best Thinking Person’s Games Of The Year
Why: Because the New Yorker put together a best games list.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Indifferently Stabbed; No One Walks Away From John!; We All Are Doomed
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD NOT GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Because I fit a 6+ foot Christmas Tree in my Prius.
christmas prius
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 260, November 25, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! I hope everyone was able to enjoy Thanksgiving with their family, friends, and loved ones. If for whatever reason you still have a turkey carcass hanging around, I highly recommend making turkey stock. If you don’t, well, there’s always next year. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Act Of War
Why: Because Russia captured Ukrainian naval ships. This is not good.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Black Friday Is Going Online
Why: Because online shopping overtook retail.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Judicial Branch Starts Standing Up
Why: Because after unprecedented attacks on federal judges, the third branch of the government is responding.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL
Why: Because unless you scream it at the people who are burying their heads in the sand, they will never listen. And no, “clean coal” is not the answer.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: A Lot Of Football
Why: Because Saturday’s game between Texas A&M and LMU went for 7 overtimes and a combined score of 146 points.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. 30 sec. watch)
What: NAAAAANTS INGONYAMA
Why: Because a live action Lion King is going to make everyone cry again (and yes, “nants ingonyama” are the first two words of the song Circle Of Life. I had no idea either).

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Mumford Goes Pop
Why: Because I guess the Sons took over and started demanding to play bland modern pop music. Bring back the banjos.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: America Is Closed Til Further Notice
Why: Because we are cruel.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Some Things To Read In The Waning Days Of November
Why: Because I need to start reading again.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Video Games Are Art
Why: Because the NY Times says so. Welcome to the party, high society – I’ve known that they are for a long time.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Thanksgiving Playlist (?); The Best Black Friday Sale; 25 Years Unplugged
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Jimmy Carter Signed Guitar
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 259, November 18, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators. We got a dog. His name is Caboose. We like him a lot.

CabooseOn to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Trump Fails California
Why: Because as the death and missing person toll grows from the Camp Fire, Trump again proved that he is entirely incapable of performing one of the primary roles of his job as President – mainly, being an actual leader. He continuously proves he has no idea what he is talking about, and furthermore, does not care.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: How To Use Friends And Influence People
Why: Because the term “influencer” is dumb. And so are the things that they do.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Lawyers Are Human, After All
Why: Because copy-pasting text is a good way to make a mistake. Trust me.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: The Future Of Fire Fighting
Why: Because thanks to climate change, fires are becoming a continuous, severely dangerous problem in the West.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Princess We Need
Why: Because Ralph Breaks The Internet manages to be a fun sequel.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Smashing
Why: Because the Smashing Pumpkins almost entirely reunited to create a new album. I know most of my posts are about bands from the 90s. This article about Post Malone explains why I haven’t really updated my musical tastes. I understand that this makes me an “old,” but I’m ok with that.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: As You Wish
Why: Because the author of the Princess Bride, as well as the screenwriter for multiple films such as “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”  and “Misery” passed away.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (many reads)
What: A Number Problem
Why: Because this week saw the release of Fallout 76 (really the sixth or ninth game in the series, depending on how you’re counting), another trip back to WWII through Battlefield V (somehow the sequel to last year’s Battlefield 1, and the twelfth game in the series), and Hitman 2 (the seventh game in the series). The most fun thing that came out this week was probably Spyro Reignited Trilogy, a single updated package of three games that came out twenty years ago. Go figure.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: YouTube Is Finally Showing Movies; Elton Gets A Piano; Sort
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 258, November 12, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators. I don’t know how to keep up with things anymore. In the span of a week, there were multiple stories that in most other years would be something that was broken down and analyzed for months before they were out of the collective memory. Instead, we are stuck with an impossible amount of things that happened. The format of Webtacular was supposed to be able to break down these occurrences into bite sized chunks, with focus on one particular story that stood out. It has been impossible to do that for the last few weeks, and remains a problem for this one. Sorry about that. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK
What: Just A Few Things
Why: Because Blue Wave; Attack The Press; “Patriot”; Mass Murder; California Burns; and The Execution Of Heroes.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: America Does Not Act Like It Has A Single Economy
Why: Because businesses take billions of dollars a year from states.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: fOILed Again (Sorry)
Why: Because the Keystone XL Pipeline project was stalled again due to the Trump Administration’s lack of environmental impact analysis.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Why California Is On Fire
Why: Because its a combination of global warming and extreme wind.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Couch-Side Analyst
Why: Because no other event is explained in real-time like football.

COMIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Excelsior
Why: Because Stan Lee, the creator of superheroes like Spider-Man and the X-Men died today. You probably know what he looks like even if you don’t know who he is.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. 30 sec. watch)
What: Toy Story 4
Why: Because they probably have to kill the toys this time after the last movie.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Muse Goes Back To The 80’s
Why: Because Muse leans heavy on the synths for its newest album.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: California Burning
Why: Because the amount of destruction continues to be impossible to comprehend.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Through Michelle’s Eyes
Why: Because Michelle Obama released her first memoir.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Tetris Is Still The Best Game
Why: Because Tetris in VR is mind blowing.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Insult Politics; Magic; The Worst Videos
Why: Because Internet.

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

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