The best of web video: 4 highlights from 2012 you should know

Two of the funniest women in comedy today. A channel that brought together cop show parodies and sci-fi drama. A series that created a community. And a brand that pushed the boundaries of serialized content. For those who like web video, 2012 was a great year.

How to watch the Mars landing

If all goes according to plan (knock wood) NASA’s Curiosity Rover, a 1 ton, nuke-powered space robot that’s traveled 345 million miles in eight months, will land on Mars Sunday night. Here’s how you can watch the landing, which is slated for 10:31 p.m. PST.

Google scrambles to fix Events after celebs yelp

Despite the “Google+ is a ghost town” mantra, a number of high-profile people are active users. They also yelp when they’re unhappy and when Google+ Events went live, flooding feeds, that’s what some of them did — drawing attention to a launch for all the wrong reasons.

30 minutes or more: Why web content keeps getting longer

The rule of thumb used to be that web content shouldn’t be longer than five minutes an episode — a rule that’s pretty much dead here in 2012, with the spread of longer runtimes into least-suspected places, such as YouTube.

Wil Wheaton to ISPs: Don’t throttle my torrents!

Wil Wheaton needed a copy of Ubuntu over the weekend, but the download from one of Ubuntu’s web-based mirrors simply took to long. So he turned to BitTorrent – and was reminded of the fact that many entertainment industry colleagues want ISPs to throttle it.

Hey Google — your G+ desperation is showing

Google is doing everything it can to integrate the Google+ social network into all of its properties, so that it can become a “social layer” across the entire company. But that same behavior is irritating users like actor — and prominent Google+ user — Wil Wheaton.

Wil Wheaton Works on Seth MacFarlane’s Web Series

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is working on a web series, we know that much. We heard that it was called Cavalcade from Writers Guild of America West President Patric Verrone, who said the guild had cleared the show during its recent strike. At the time we talked to Verrone, he said Google would be distributing the series, something that had previously been alluded to by the Hollywood Reporter — but we’ve never heard any more details about that aspect.

Now, Wil Wheaton, the noted geek, author, and Star Trek actor, wrote on his blog Thursday that he was working on the series. It’s unclear how much involvement he’s having, but it may not be major, as Wheaton apparently only heard about the project Wednesday and didn’t indicate he’ll be participating beyond the one day on Thursday.

Here’s Wheaton’s report:

The script arrived, I laughed myself silly, and called my manager back. “This is hilarious! There isn’t a single thing about this that I don’t like.”

“I knew you’d say that,” he said. “I’ll call them now and confirm you.”

. . . and that’s the story of how I got to work on Cavalcade this afternoon, where Seth Macfarlane complimented my beard and told me I was funny.

I am, without a doubt, the luckiest guy in this room right now.

Anyone else know anything else about Cavalcade? Let us know.