Patrick Bürgler

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Simon Pegg: ‘I was lost, unhappy and an alcoholic’

Simon Pegg has brought a bit of Hollywood with him. Not just the shades and a shiny smile, but the scorching weather, too. This setting seems apt. Pegg is here to promote his latest outing in the Mission: Impossible franchise, and – because this is the start of his promotional campaign and because …

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Capitalism in America has been on a suicide mission for 40 years

On August 2, 2017, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record-breaking 22,000—its fourth 1,000-point advance in less than a year. That same day, I read the first sentence in Peter Georgescu’s new book, <i>Capitalists Arise! End Economic Inequality, Grow the Middle Class, Heal the Nation</i>: “For the …

Economics

The Remarkable Laziness of Woody Allen

Putting next to no effort into his films is the secret to sustaining his reputation.<p>For roughly a quarter century—from <i>Take the Money and Run</i> in 1969 to, say, <i>Bullets Over Broadway</i> in 1994—Woody Allen was among America’s most fascinating and iconic filmmakers. His early comedies were a revelation; …

Is No Man's Sky's 1.3 Update Worth Going Back to?

A lot has changed in a year.<p>One year ago, we took our first steps into the giant universe of No Man’s Sky. At the time, the prospect of discovering …

Download 243 Free eBooks on Design, Data, Software, Web Development & Business from O’Reilly Media

Last week we highlighted for you 20 Free eBooks on Design from O’Reilly Media. Little did we know that we were just scratching the surface of the …

Every geek movie we're excited about in 2017

Film review: Does Star Trek Beyond boldly go nowhere?

Trekkies thought the last Star Trek film was the worst in the franchise’s history. Will the new movie blast off? Nicholas Barber finds out.<p>Call me old-fashioned, but I’d like to see some more star-trekking in the Star Trek films. I’d like to see Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and his crew explore …

'Swiss Army Man' Directors Explain The Symbolism Behind A Farting Corpse

The directors of <i>Swiss Army Man</i> — Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — talk to NPR's Kelly McEvers about what inspired them to make a movie about a flatulent corpse, and the deeper meaning behind it.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>And to delve deeper into the symbolism of the flatulent corpse, our …

10 'Game of Thrones' fan theories, ranked least to most likely

<b>Warning: This post contains spoilers from literally every season of Game of Thrones.</b><p>The fan theories surrounding <i>Game of Thrones</i> have reached fever …

TV Series

The 100 Best American Movies in Film History

To make this list—which I’m absolutely sure will be totally definitive, with no need for anyone to ever debate it, right?—critics from around the …

The Case Of The 3 Monkeys Is Tearing Twitter In Two

Here's a minor philosophical puzzle to ponder this Friday: The "see no evil," "hear no evil" and "speak no evil" monkey emojis.<p>One monkey, three faces? Or three monkeys, each making a different face?<p>If you don't know @jonnysun because of his status as a Weird Twitter icon, you might remember him …

Monkeys

The digital age of data art

Many artists use as material for art the raw data produced by our societies, seeking innovative means of display or transforming it into a work of art. By blurring boundaries between art and information, <i>data art</i> dispels the myth of the romantic artist while offering a fundamental artistic act in a …

The Arts

Majestätsbeleidigung eines FPÖ-Kandidaten?

Als Reaktion auf den Wahlerfolg der rechten FPÖ in Österreich veröffentlichte die ZDF-„heute-show“ ein Schnitzel in Hakenkreuzform mit einem …

A Closer Look at Pete Souza’s Photos of President Obama

Here’s a great 4-minute video by the YouTube channel society of geeks that looks at the work of official White House photographer Pete Souza.<p>Souza’s …

Pete Souza

First Click: Giant time-sucking video games are bad for you and bad for gaming

At a time when players have more choice than ever about the games they play, publishers are spending millions on games that aim to become your only game, something you'll stay invested in at the expense of everything else. While this approach has given us big and beautiful game worlds like <i>The</i> …

Metal Gear

The man who made 'the worst video game in history'

<b>The video game of Steven Spielberg's ET is considered to be one of the worst of all time and has even been blamed for triggering the collapse of Atari. Howard Scott Warshaw, the gifted programmer who made it, explains how it was rushed out in a matter of weeks - and how he feels about those events</b> …

On with the worst: Movies with a zero-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes

With more than 5 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or planning …

Google Launches eBook Experiments in 'Unprintable Fiction'

Editions At Play brings to life books so digital that they can't be contained by the printed page.<p>Typical of a millennial, I’m either online or asleep. My handwriting is so bad that it looks like a ransom note, and I deeply struggle to read physical books. It’s not that I don’t want to; it’s just …

George Lucas: To feel the true force of ‘Star Wars,’ he had to learn to let it go

NICASIO, Calif. — At the ranch, yes. <i>Yes.</i> Feel it flowing within you. The gate, the road, the hills, the trees, the vineyard. You, him, the house. Luminous beings are we. This was all built in the 1980s with piles of that initial “Star Wars” money, yet the main house was made to look several decades …

Star Wars

Less Than Zero

Deep beneath the bleached-out, dusty surface of the drought-stricken West is a stash of water sequestered between layers of rock and sometimes built …

Tolkien's myths are a political fantasy

In a world built on myth, we can’t ignore the reactionary politics at the heart of Tolkien’s Middle Earth<p>It’s a double-edged magical sword, being a fan of JRR Tolkien. On one hand we’ve had the joy of watching Lord of the Rings go from cult success to, arguably, the most successful and influential …

Viel Geballer um nichts?

An der Stetson-Universität in Florida wurden zwei Studien durchgeführt, die den Zusammenhang von Horrorfilmen, Videospielen und realer Gewalt …

This GIF Of Magnetic Putty 'Eating' A Piece Of Metal Is Mesmerizing

File this one under "Coolest thing we've seen all day": a cube of magnetic putty swallowing a smaller cube of metal whole.<p>We first saw this on r/woahdude, a section of Reddit dedicated to "Trippy & mesmerizing games, video, audio & images that make you go 'woah dude!'" Yes, we know they misspelled …

The Race to Save the World's Chocolate

A shortage of the beloved confection will soon be upon us, analysts say. Counteracting it could involve brand-new strains of cacao.<p>Blame climate change. Or pestilence. Or China's Westernizing taste in candy. Blame, perhaps, Ebola.<p>Regardless, the world is running out of chocolate. In 2013, the world …

Gesellschaft & Religion - Joachim Gauck: Aufarbeitung dient der Freiheit

Aufarbeitung muss sein. Für dieses Credo steht zur Zeit niemand so überzeugt ein wie der deutsche Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck. Sein Bemühen um …

Feminism, Depravity, and Power in House of Cards

Claire Underwood and the seductive appeal of ruthless winners<p><i>House of Cards</i>, which recently released its second season on Netflix, is a series "intent on congratulating the viewer for being suspicious of politicians," says TV critic Todd VanDerWerff, "but it’s not particularly interested in …

Writing The Snowden Files: 'The paragraph began to self-delete'

One day last summer – a short while after Edward Snowden revealed himself as the source behind the momentous leak of classified intelligence – the Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger got in touch. Would I write a book on Snowden's story and that of the journalists working with him? The answer, of …

The new New York Times: making the concept of redesign obsolete

The Gray Lady has overhauled with 'hamburgers', native ads and clever design, but for all the good, personalisation is wanting<p>A website redesign is often an expensive, time-consuming, over-hyped exercise in media navel-gazing: an expression of institutional ego over users' needs. So I will confess …