Jim Wertz

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When Phone Operators Were Unruly Teenage Boys

Before they were women, they were swearing, wrestling, beer-drinking pranksters.<p>When the telegraph was the primary means of instant communication in the United States, it regularly employed boys to operate its switches. Boys were nimble, the thinking went. They were quick. They were also, as …

Hunter S. Thompson Calls Tech Support, Unleashes a Tirade Full of Fear and Loathing (NSFW)

It has been said that "the true voice of [Hunter S.] Thompson is revealed to be that of American moralist ... one who often makes himself ugly to …

Jailed journalist Mohamed Fahmy denied presidential pardon in Egypt

Several months ago, neurosurgeons in the Netherlands took off most of a young woman's skull and replaced it with a chunk of plastic.<p>Dr. Bon Verweij, a brain surgeon with the University Medical Centre in Utrecht, recently released a graphic video of the procedure. Verweij had done partial …

Street Regret Series

5 Business Books You Should Read This Spring | Inc.com

I promise they're all good:<p><b>1. Step Up: Lead in Six Moments That Matter, by Henry Evans and Colm Foster.</b> You lead all day, every day, but some moments really matter, and what you do in those moments makes all the difference.<p>Short on theory (but not too short) and long on practical applications, <i>Step</i> …

Public Speaking

Architecture of Density

Photographer Michael Wolf, double winner of the World Press Photo provides us with this series “Architecture of Density” where unretouched pictures …

Reefer Madness, 1936’s Most Unintentionally Hilarious “Anti-Drug” Exploitation Film, Free Online

The motion picture you are about to witness may startle you. It would not have been possible, otherwise, to sufficiently emphasize the frightful toll …

New Facebook for iPhone Lets You Reply to Comments on Pages

Facebook has rolled out version 9.0 of its iPhone app, adding the ability to reply to comments on stories on certain Pages.<p>For this to work, the Page …

Microsoft announces professional-grade Skype TX for broadcast industry

Skype has been an essential tool in the production of podcasts and newscasts for years, and today Microsoft has announced a professional-grade version of the app designed specifically for the media industry. It's called Skype TX and is intended to be used in studio environments; you won't be using …

Bill Nye the Science Guy Has Become Liberals' Climate-Change Star

Last month, as the East Coast was pounded by winter storms and the West Coast by drought, “Meet the Press” decided it was time once again for a …

Meet the Press

What Books Should Every Intelligent Person Read?: Tell Us Your Picks; We’ll Tell You Ours

Back in 2011 we featured astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson's list of the books "every single intelligent person on the planet" should read. His …

Herbie Hancock Presents the Prestigious Norton Lectures at Harvard University: Watch Online

There may be no more distinguished lecture series in the arts than Harvard’s Norton lectures, named for celebrated professor, president, and editor …

Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers

In one of my favorite Stephen King interviews, for <i>The Atlantic</i>, he talks at length about the vital importance of a good opening line. “There are all …

Arthur Meyerson – The Color of Light

I never planned on becoming a photographer. But just like a great photo, it was a matter of coincidence… a combination of, “right time, right place”. …

What is the Resolution of the Human Eye?

In a mathematically baffling, scientifically swerving 10-minute video, professional geek analysts Vsauce delve into comparing the universes of cinema …

Google, Intel, Microsoft help build climate change tools

The Obama administration is tapping the expertise of corporate giants like Google, Microsoft and Intel to use federal data to develop tools that will help communities adapt to climate change.<p>Google plans to create high-resolution drought mapping for the mainland United States as part of a White …

Snowden: Big revelations to come, reporting them is not a crime

Edward Snowden made a surprise appearance on the TED stage in Vancouver today, by Beam telepresence robot from "somewhere in Russia".<p>Snowden, in his …

How we read and share online

Please stare at this self-explanatory and rather sad graph for no less than 90 seconds, then share it on Facebook. Tony Haile:<p>If you’re an average …

A Big List of 875 Free Courses From Top Universities: 27,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

In recent months, we've enhanced what's now a list of 875 Free Online Courses from top universities. Here’s the lowdown: Our big list of free courses …

Britain’s David Cameron announces more funding for Internet of things research

The Internet of things — sensor-filled devices that connect to the web — is about to get more congested in the United Kingdom.<p>Today UK prime minister David Cameron announced that the government is making available £45 million in funding for research on the emerging field of technology, as well as a …

SXSW: Snowden Speech Has Conference Buzzing, Congressman Stewing

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden will speak via videoconference to the attendees of South by Southwest Interactive later this morning, and you can bet a much wider audience than just those here in Austin will be watching.<p>Snowden will be speaking from Russia, which is still offering him asylum …

Exclusive: RT Anchor Liz Wahl Explains Why She Quit

Liz Wahl wasn’t just disgusted by the Kremlin-funded TV network’s handling of Ukraine, she says in an exclusive interview. RT’s coverage “made me …

China warns influential commentators to stick to party line on Kunming attack

Chinese police threaten journalists for asking frank questions about a terror attack in Kunming and round up 45 people for "spreading internet rumours"<p>Chinese police have named and threatened some of the country's most influential journalists and commentators for questioning the party line on a …

China

Turkey threatens to ban social media sites

The Turkish Prime Minister says he is ready to block sites like You Tube and Facebook as he tries to curb the wave of damaging disclosures fuelling new allegations of corruption<p>Turkey's embattled prime minister has warned that his government could ban social media networks YouTube and Facebook …

Scott Pelley: From stone to glass tablets, storytelling same

CBS anchor: From stone to glass tablets, storytelling is the same<p>There's a revolution going on in television news, but probably not one you'd expect to be reading about now: Contrary to popular belief that broadcast news is a dinosaur stuck in the tar pit as technology evolves around it, total …

Journalism