COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT: Jerry Frump has refereed college football for 40 years. But this summer, when the NFL announced it was looking into casting replacements, he jumped at the chance – putting his college football career in jeopardy in the process. TIME talks to a replacement ref about the opportunity of a lifetime – and the severe “experience gap” that he witnessed with colleagues who were asked to make the leap from Division III college football to the National Football League
TIME’s Sean Gregory spoke Friday with Jerry Frump, a long-time college football referee who served as a “replacement ref” during the recent NFL labor dispute. Highlights from the conversation, including Frump’s thoughts on the wide range of experience among his replacement colleagues, can be found here. Full transcript below:
Sean Gregory: When did you first start officiating? I believe you’ve done a bunch of games – what they used to call I-AA. How did you first start refereeing, when you were a kid?
Jerry Frump: I started in basketball first. And after one year in basketball an opportunity came up, a friend of mine said, “Do you want to try football?” I had never been a very good athlete, I was very small in high school, didn’t get my growth spurt, I guess if there was one, until later. But I got involved in officiating at a very young age.
How old were you when you started refereeing basketball?
I would have been 21.
And you played high school football?
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Revealing more of North Korea – The Big Picture
North Korea remains a mystery to most of the West, but through small glimpses into the daily life of North Koreans, more and more is revealed about this mysterious country. Associated Press photographers David Guttenfelder and Vincent Yu have been fortunate to have unprecedented access to some areas in Pyongyang, the country’s largest city by both land area and population. Through their images, we learn just a little bit more about what it’s like to live in one of the world’s most militarized and isolated countries. — Paula Nelson ( 50 photos total)
How a rogue appeals court wrecked the patent system
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Why does thunder rumble? When a lightning bolt flashes through the sky we see it instantly. Thunder takes a few seconds longer to reach us. Sound travels about a mile in 5 seconds. Start counting when you hear a lightning flash. If you hear the thunder in 5 seconds, the lightning’s a mile away; in 10 seconds and it is two miles away. We hear rumbling as sound from other parts of the flash hits our ears. Thunder from the part of flash nearest us reaches our ears first. The phenomenon of ‘rolling thunder’ is many lightning flashes and their sounds occurring in sequence. – Provided by Reference.com
The First Jesus | Watch Free Documentary Online
He was called the King of the Jews, believed to be a Messiah. Just before Passover, the Romans beheaded him and crucified many of his followers outside Jerusalem.But his name was not Jesus… it was Simon, a self-proclaimed Messiah who died four years before Christ was born.
Was Simon of Peraea real? Did his life serve as the prototype of a Messiah for Jesus and his followers? And could this tablet shake up the basic premise of Christianity?>We’ll go to Israel to assess this unique and mysterious artifact, including testing by a leading archaeological geologist and comprehensive review of the letters, script and content by a Dead Sea Scroll expert.
Then, from Jerusalem to Jericho, we’ll investigate key archaeological ruins which could help prove Simon was indeed real.
The Great New England Vampire Panic
Two hundred years after the Salem witch trials, farmers became convinced that their relatives were returning from the grave to feed on the living
Children playing near a hillside gravel mine found the first graves. One ran home to tell his mother, who was skeptical at first—until the boy produced a skull.
Because this was Griswold, Connecticut, in 1990, police initially thought the burials might be the work of a local serial killer named Michael Ross, and they taped off the area as a crime scene. But the brown, decaying bones turned out to be more than a century old. The Connecticut state archaeologist, Nick Bellantoni, soon determined that the hillside contained a colonial-era farm cemetery. New England is full of such unmarked family plots, and the 29 burials were typical of the 1700s and early 1800s: The dead, many of them children, were laid to rest in thrifty Yankee style, in simple wood coffins, without jewelry or even much clothing, their arms resting by their sides or crossed over their chests.
Except, that is, for Burial Number 4.
Mice May Hold Key to Scar-Free Healing
In the same way that some lizards shed appendages to escape predators that have managed to grab hold of them, certain creatures actually shed their skin in order to get away. The African spiny mouse is one such mammal. Its skin tears easily under low tension, yet even when large patches of skin are lost, the tissue grows back quickly and without scarring. Missing hair follicles, sebaceous glands, and cartilage are also regenerated during this process. It is possible that mammals have a greater capacity for regeneration than we know and that understanding the process could lead to ways to promote scarless healing in humans.
Quentin Tarantino Tackles Old Dixie by Way of the Old West (by Way of Italy)
This year, Quentin Tarantino’s Christmas present to the world is “Django Unchained,” the violent story of a slave (Jamie Foxx) on a mission to free his wife (Kerry Washington) from the plantation of the man who owns her (Leonardo DiCaprio). Tarantino’s biggest influences for the film, he says, were not movies about American slavery but the spaghetti westerns of the Italian director Sergio Corbucci. Here Tarantino explains how Corbucci’s movies — including “Django,” which lent its name to Tarantino’s title character — became the inspiration for his own spaghetti southern. (Interview by Gavin Edwards.)
Any of the Western directors who had something to say created their own version of the West: Anthony Mann created a West that had room for the characters played by Jimmy Stewart and Gary Cooper; Sam Peckinpah had his own West; so did Sergio Leone. Sergio Corbucci did, too — but his West was the most violent, surreal and pitiless landscape of any director in the history of the genre. His characters roam a brutal, sadistic West.
Corbucci’s heroes can’t really be called heroes. In another director’s western, they would be the bad guys. And as time went on, Corbucci kept de-emphasizing the role of the hero.
Amarnath: Journey to the shrine of a Hindu god
Each year, Hindu devotees make a pilgrimage to the sacred Amarnath Cave, one of the most revered Hindu shrines, near Baltal, Kashmir, India. The Amarnath Cave has been a place of worship since times immemorial, with references found in many ancient texts. According a Hindu legend, this is the cave where Shiva explained the secret of life and eternity to his divine consort Parvati. The cave itself is covered with snow most times of the year except for a short period in summer when it is open for pilgrims. The cave is situated at an altitude of 3,888 m (12,756 ft). Hindu devotees brave sub-zero temperatures to hike over glaciers and high altitude mountain passes to reach the sacred Amarnath cave, which houses an ice stalagmite, worshiped by Hindus as a symbol of the god Shiva. More than 700,000 Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in this year’s two-month pilgrimage, according to local officials, causing strain on the environment and political stability of the region, which has long fought for independence from India. — Paula Nelson (46 photos total)
Bob Dylan and John Lennon’s Weird, One-Sided Relationship
Why does Dylan’s new album have a moving song about someone who never really influenced him?
The most intriguing song on Tempest, Bob Dylan’s 35th studio album, isn’t the 14-minute title track about the sinking of the Titanic. It’s the album’s closer, “Roll on John,” a tribute to John Lennon. “Shine your light, move it on,” goes Dylan’s refrain. “You burned so bright / Roll on, John”. Whether critics are deriding the song for being “maudlin” or rhapsodizing about Dylan’s “elegy for a dead friend,” the relationship between the two rock icons has been taken for granted, as if the song was the inevitable result of a straight-forward friendship. In fact, Lennon and Dylan only met a handful of times from 1964 to 1969 and, when examined, their complex relationship suggests that in fact the song isn’t about John Lennon—or at least not about the Lennon that Dylan knew. Though The Beatles stayed fairly up to date on popular music in the early 1960s, Bob Dylan wasn’t on their radar until the spring of 1964, a full year after The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan established the young songwriter as American folk music’s premier voice. Once the band heard that record, during a tour of France, it had an immediate impact on them. “For three weeks in Paris, we didn’t stop playing it,” Lennon would later say. “We all went potty about Dylan.” The band’s early hits, though deceptively complex, were clearly intended for a teenybopper audience more interested in dancing to backbeats than listening to poetry and acoustic guitars. After hearing Freewheelin’, The Beatles—and especially John Lennon—were inspired to write more mature, narrative-driven folk songs in the manner of their new hero.
The Little Luxuries of Life Without a Cell Phone
Though at least a few people are giving up their cell phones as a cost-cutting measure, it can be quite a luxurious state of being. These people might not be throwing away their tether to society because they are so rich they don’t have to worry about technology—in fact, they are doing just the opposite—but the very lack of that device gives them a certain power that other people don’t have. To those of us who are addicted to our connections to the world (and Facebook), the idea that not having a phone at all could provide something glamorous sounds insane. And, at times, it sounds like a pain: We need our phones, and without them we are hopeless. But, when reading through the accounts of such people’s lives, at times they have something we don’t: freedom.
People expect less of you when you don’t have a cell phone. Melissa Hildebrand, for example, just leaves if her friends don’t show up on time for something. “She gives them 15 to 30 minutes to show up. If they don’t, Ms. Hildebrand finds something else to do,” writes The Wall Street Journal’s Anton Troianovski. Can you, punctual smartphone owner, imagine doing that to your tardy friends? “You didn’t show up at 12:30 on the dot, so I decided to stop wasting my time with you late losers and do something better than wait around.” That would not fly for people with phones. However, without a phone that responsibility seems to diminish.
Vivian Maier’s unpublished photos: the greatest photo collection never seen.
Since Vivian Maier’s photographs were unearthed at an auction several years back, her work and her story have captivated people across the world. The idea that a lifelong nanny was secretly an astoundingly good street photographer—that the greatest collection of photos of Chicago from the 1950s through the 1970s had been sitting undiscovered in storage unit on the South Side—prompted blog post after blog post, story after story, exhibit after exhibit. Most of these offered very little in terms of biographical information about the highly private Maier, who didn’t seem to have any family or close friends.
But surely there had been someone. A secret lover? A neighbor turned confidant, who would turn up and explain what drove Maier to carry a camera around her neck every day of her life, to capture beautiful, moving, and humorous portraits and scenes and share them with no one? Co-authors Richard Cahan and Michael Williams spent the last year attempting to fill the gaps in the story of Vivian Maier. They contacted just about every home she’d worked in, interviewed the children she cared for, the neighbors who watched her with skepticism as she pointed her camera into garbage cans. They found the people who repaired her cameras and those who sold her film. And the answer, sadly, for those of us hoping to get even further into Vivian Maier’s brain, is no. There was no one. Maier’s only partner in life, her only confidant, was her camera.
The images below, along with the majority of the other images in Cahan and Williams’ book Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows have never before been seen. She kept them locked away from the families she worked for, never sharing them with anyone—even herself. The images come from 20,000 scanned negatives that don’t appear ever to have been printed during her lifetime.
Originally posted 2012-10-02 10:27:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter