Archive for December, 2012

  • [Video] Tumbledown House at El Gato Azul

    Dec 31, 12 • ndemarino • 5enses, Music, VideoNo CommentsRead More »

    Tumbledown House played their own brand of speakeasy jazz Sunday evening to a packed house at El Gato Azul, in Prescott, Ariz. Check back here or at for video clips of the event

  • [Video] Colin P. Druce-McFadden book reading at Peregrine

    Dec 28, 12 • ndemarino • 5enses, VideoNo CommentsRead More »

    Author Colin P. Druce-McFadden talked about steampunk and read from “Tales Misforgotten, Book I: The Unshorn Thread” Thursday, 2012-12-27, at Peregrine Book Company, in Prescott, Ariz. Afterword, he talked to a small group of fans. Check back here or at for video clips of the event

  • Resolutions & Revolutions: The art and science of beginnings

    Dec 28, 12 • ndemarino • 5enses, Guide6,797 CommentsRead More »

    It’s that time of year when a lot of us promise to start or stop doing things we’ll probably stop or restart within the year. That’s right, it’s New Year’s resolution season. The statistics aren’t promising. Studies vary, but many concur only one or two out of 10 people will adhere to a resolution for a whole year. Pick up any ol’ glossy magazine, and you’ll find the standard “How to make your New Year’s resolution stick” story. Pop psychology can help—setting focused goals, using peer support, etc.—but that’s not particularly novel or thought provoking. You want the real story, some insider information, and maybe even a little incentive. Science has you covered. Apart from some oddball framing, the ideas in this guide come from actual studies, links for which are at 5ensesMag.Com. Many of these studies are limited by sample size and some of them have bizarre qualifications. Most of them suggest associations, not causal relationships, between their elements, and their results are far too nuanced for casual reading. Regardless, such studies offer possibilities in the form of overly-simplified partial truths. Use these ideas as starting or reference points not dogma. Sometimes science gets things wrong. (Brontosauruses, anyone? How about phrenology?) Science, like people, is dynamic: It changes to accommodate new information. You experience the world through sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. Why not put those five senses

  • Around … … the Corner

    Dec 16, 12 • ndemarino • 5enses, Around ... ... the Corner15 CommentsRead More »

    By Ruby Jackson “Up on the housetop Holsteins pause. …” Two giant cows adorned with red Christmas bows were about the last things my wondering eyes were expecting to see mid-December, atop the bright green, freshly painted locale at 1120 E. Gurley St. A big sign heralding Hot House Naturals loomed large and center in the front window. Hot House Naturals has actually been around for some time, supplying fresh veggies at the Prescott Farmers Market and offering shares for purchase in the tradition of Community Supported Agriculture (aka CSAs). The farm, in Chino Valley, uses aeroponics (mist or fog) in multiple greenhouses. While not certified organic, they’re staunch “say no to GMOs” advocates and farm without genetically modified seeds or any pesticides. In the store, Farm Fresh Market, they’ve got their own produce, products from other Chino Valley and Arizona farms, and wares from Prescott Farmers Market vendors. Everything is clearly labeled, so there’re no guessing games required. Best of all, you can pick and choose what you want without having to buy a share. Live la vida local! The latest venture from Raven Café proprietor, Ty Fitzmorris, is the Peregrine Book Company. Though the doors officially opened on Nov. 16, I must confess I didn’t make it in until early December. As with the Raven, major renovations were done. The result is a truly beautiful space done up

  • [Video] Alan Dean Foster talk & book signing at Peregrine

    Dec 15, 12 • ndemarino • 5enses, VideoNo CommentsRead More »

    Author Alan Dean Foster talked about travel, writing and science fiction on Saturday, 2012-12-15, at Peregrine Book Company, in Prescott, Ariz. Afterword, he signed books for a handful of fans. Check back here or at for video clips of the event

  • Prescott Astronomy Club Presents: Orion the Hunter

    By Patrick Birck Winter is a great time to explore the wonders of one of the sky’s most recognizable constellations, Orion the Hunter. On Jan. 1, Orion rises early in the evening in the eastern sky, travels across the sky throughout the night, and sets in the west in the wee hours of the morning. Throughout January, Orion rises and sets earlier each day. It contains a wide variety of interesting stars and deep sky objects. Many of Orion’s stars are visible to the naked eye, and many more are visible through a telescope or binoculars. Two of Orion’s most distinctive features are the hunter’s belt and sword. The sword, just below the belt, contains the constellation’s most famous feature, the Great Orion Nebula. From a dark viewing site, the Nebula appears to be a faint smudge, but with a telescope it becomes a large area of nebulosity (dust and gas). The nebula contains many stars, the most famous of which form Trapezium. Four relatively young, hot stars form this trapezoid. This area of Orion is known for birthing stars. The belt consists of three bright stars in a straight line and many stars of lesser brightness. The right most star, Mintaka, also known as Delta Orion (magnitude 2.2), is an obvious double star when seen through a telescope. The middle star, Alnilam, also known as Epsilon Orion (magnitude 1.7),

  • Highlands Center for Natural History’s Outdoor Outings: Waiting for winter

    By Jill Craig I’m ready for winter. I’ve opened the shed, pulled out the snow shovel and placed it within reach of the back door; I’ve started taking in lots of extra calories (thank you Prescott Donut Factory!); and I’ve exchanged my shorts for sweaters. I’m not the only one who’s ready: I’ve been watching wildlife make similar preparations. So what do animals do to prepare for winter? They can’t exactly turn up the thermostat or pull on down booties (although some of them always don down coats). Instead, birds and mammals have adopted neat and novel strategies to cope with winter. First there are migrators—hummingbirds and waterfowl are great examples. They’ve already headed south in search of warmer climates and the accompanying insect populations. Unless you get a postcard, you won’t be hearing from Western bluebirds, mallards or tanagers for a while. Next are the hibernators, which include many reptiles, amphibians, and rodents. They’ve pigged out for months, and now they’re hunkering down in cozy burrows and holes insulated by new layers of fat. If you don’t see rattlesnakes, spade-foot toads, or packrats in your backyard, don’t worry; they’re probably sleeping until the mercury rises. Raccoons, ringtail cats, and skunks are also scarce, but they’re catnappers, not true hibernators. The same goes for bears and other large mammals. These marathon nappers lounge around and either eat through their food

  • [Video] Acker Night 2012

    Dec 8, 12 • ndemarino • 5enses, Music, Video19 CommentsRead More »

    For your enjoyment: two Acker Night 2012 videos. Three Rusty Nails Jack Peterson and Matt Buttermann

  • [Photo Gallery] Acker Night 2012

    Dec 7, 12 • ndemarino • 5enses, Music, Photo Gallery6,292 CommentsRead More »

    Photos by Nicholas DeMarino

  • Perceivings: How to make millions in the art market without leaving your home

    Dec 6, 12 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's Perceivings17 CommentsRead More »

    By Alan Dean Foster I’ve finally got it figured out. Contemporary art, that is. And I have Jeff Koons to thank for it. It wasn’t his “Balloon Flower,” which sold at auction for more than $25 million (yes, that’s “million”) bucks. It was his “Balloon Dog.” See, Bozo the Clown on TV used to make balloon dogs. I used to make balloon dogs. But nobody would give me 25 cents for one, much less millions. Maybe Bozo did better—I hope so. It got me to thinking: What’s the difference between a Koons balloon dog (methinks the alliteration is worth more than the art) and a Foster balloon dog? It’s … size. In modern art, size really does matter. In fact, size is everything. In my innocence I used to believe that a requirement for committing art was that one possess at least a minimal command of the skill of drawing. How quickly modern art disabused me of this antedelluvian notion. To be a success in the contemporary art market, all one has to do is scale up ordinary objects to ridiculous sizes. That’s it. This qualification isn’t unique to Koons, who by all accounts laughs himself silly all the way to the bank. Nor is it a new phenomenon. Take Jasper Johns who made (I hesitate to say “painted”) reproductions, in various forms, of American flags. But they’re all big

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