Archive for May, 2013

  • Go Figure: Art and science cast in Intelligent Light for Earl Duque

    May 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio6,743 CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon Landing was like riding a bucking bronco. “We had no idea what we were looking for,” recalled Earl Duque, who was part of a team troubleshooting the problem for NASA’s Ames Research Center. “All we could do was look at the data.” Duque, then an engineer about to get his doctorate from University of California, Davis, ran the the figures through imaging software. The computer visualizations, though rudimentary by today’s standards, gave color and shape to forces otherwise invisible. While flipping through them, Duque noticed something odd: a large circle with no obvious source. He walked the simulation backward — it was coming from dual avionics boxes — then forward — it was hitting the helicopter’s tail. Eureka. “That circle was a vortex from the boxes kicking up and hitting the tail,” Duque said. “They covered up the boxes, flew it, and it worked.” Nearly two decades later, after 13 years as a NASA engineer and six years as an associate professor at Northern Arizona University, Duque went to work for Intelligent Light, the same company that created software like the kind he used to solve the Apache helicopter problem. Imaging and imagining During the 1990s and 2000s scientific visualizations become widespread, if not standard. Today, they minimize time and money for prototypes and accelerate troubleshooting, among other things. “This software is used to look at everything

  • [VIDEO] Art on the Fly: Sean Thomas

    May 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Art on the Fly5,479 CommentsRead More »

    Art on the Fly, featuring one shaky camera and impromptu interviews. Sean Thomas talks about his new photography show, “Arizona Skies,” at Granite Mountain Brewing, in Prescott, Ariz

  • 4rt Page: Classifieds

    May 30, 13 • ndemarino • 4rt Page, 5ensesNo CommentsRead More »

  • Brain Food: The Maillard reaction and melting pot roast

    May 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Brain Food6,681 CommentsRead More »

    By Jimmy Polinori Imagine you’ve been selected from a studio audience to be a contestant on your favorite trivia game show. The question posed to you is this: “In what type of facility does the most widely practiced chemical reaction in the world take place?” The first response that pops into your mind may be “laboratory” or “nuclear power plant.” Seems logical, right? It may surprise you that the facility to produce the most widely practiced reaction in the world is … the kitchen. My Mother used to look out our kitchen window at her husband as he turned meat on the grill with every gadget imaginable. “Look at him. He thinks he’s a ‘Rocket Scientist’ or something,” she’d say. NASA recruiters certainly weren’t knocking on our doors, but it turns out there’s a bit of science to what she said. Home kitchens, restaurants, food trucks, and, yes, even back yard barbecues, all utilize a very specific piece of chemistry called the Maillard reaction.   The Maillard reaction Simply put, it’s the reaction of amino acids and sugars when applied to extreme heat. First discovered by French chemist Louis-Camille Maillard in 1912, this chemical reaction is responsible for the color and flavors of countless culinary delights including breads, grilled steaks, and roasted coffees. Maillard was the first to attempt to explain what occurs when amino acids react with sugars at

  • News From the Wilds: June

    May 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the Wilds12 CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris June mornings tend to dawn clear and bright but, especially toward the end of the month, cumulus clouds build in the hot afternoons. These clouds may start as relatively small Cumulus humulis clouds, wider than they are tall and uniformly white, then turn into Cumulus mediocris, as tall as they are wide and with gray bases, and then eventually turn into towering, 30,000-foot-tall Cumulus congestus storm clouds. This is the moment many residents of the Central Highlands, animal, plant, fungus, and even bacteria, wait for. And, when the first massive rain falls, our entire community, human and non-human, celebrates. Until that time, however, the wilds remain very dry. Most Prescott area creeks don’t flow at all, though perennial streams, such as Beaver, Clear, Fossil, Sycamore, the Verde, and the Agua Fria, continue running. These few wet Central Highlands areas burgeon with life. Now is the time to see spectacular migrant birds, including tanagers and orioles, returning from the south. Other species, such as Mule Deer and Abert’s Squirrels, give birth in anticipation of the coming time of plenty when the rains fall. ***** A brief survey of the wilds … High mountains • Butterflies proliferate at high altitudes. Look for metalmarks, blues, and admirals. • Raccoon mating season begins, often punctuated with noisy crepuscular screams and barks. • Silverstem Lupine (Lupinus argenteus), with its tall, lilac flower

  • Perceivings: Those who live in plastic houses

    May 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's PerceivingsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Alan Dean Foster So if U.S. Armor LLC can provide approximately 1-inch-thick glass that will stop multiple 7.62 rounds from an AK-47, why can’t I get my Kraft Real Mayonnaise in a glass jar anymore? Plastic. That’s the world we’re careening toward. One where everything in addition to our politicians is made out of one kind or another of plastic. With the advent of the Boeing 787, we’re already there with airplanes. Oh, alright: Technically it’s carbon fiber. I suppose that shouldn’t bother me. We humans are mostly oxygen (65 percent) and carbon (18 percent), anyway. But people are still calling it the plastic airplane. Folks worry about peak oil, i.e. the end of recoverable oil. When that happens, we won’t miss it in our cars because we’ll have found other means of propelling ourselves from one place to another. I can quite easily imagine a world without gasoline or diesel. But a world without plastics? Can’t visualize it. That doesn’t mean I have to like it, and I especially don’t like it when it comes to food storage. Which brings me back to mayonnaise. I know it’s the same product I’ve been slathering on bread for years and that my opinion is entirely subjective, but doggone it, everything seems to taste better when it comes out of a glass container as opposed to one that’s fashioned from plastic

  • Prescott Film Festival’s Script Notes: Short films, tall orders

    They take a lot of work. They make you bleed creativity. They turn you into an obsessive-compulsive nitpicker. They take over your life. They are usually expensive. And they don’t make any money. They are short films. The No. 1 question filmmakers who create short films get at film festivals: “Why did you make this if it’s not going to make any money?” Answer: A short film is like a résumé in the industry. Most short films play at a few festivals and slowly fade to YouTube. The filmmakers travel with the film, see their work with live audiences, and basically enjoy a few free trips. Short films are their calling cards. They help them get their next job or move up in the profession. But, the best of the best filmmakers in the “short film” category can use their short as a foot into Hollywood’s Big Door – the door to the Oscars. The first level Oscar is a Student Academy Award. Alas, these are gold medals, not the iconic statues. So, you’re not a student but you’d still like win an Academy Award? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has three Best Short Film categories: Documentary, Narrative, and Animated.   Prescott Film Festival preview The 2012 winner of the Oscar for Best Narrative Short Film, “Curfew,” is screening during the 2013 Prescott Film Festival, July 24-

  • The wave returns

    May 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event6,425 CommentsRead More »

    It’s hard to explain the annual Tsunami on the Square Performing Arts and Culture Festival to folks who’ve never seen it. It’s like a circus. And it’s like Cirque du Soleil. And it’s like a show kids put on in the backyard. Tsunami on the Square fanatics and first-timers alike have plenty to enjoy, including 10 hours of live performances on the Yavapai County Courthouse Square. This   year, there are performers from all over the U.S., Colombia, and U.K. These include Nemcatacoa Teatro — a world-class acrobatic stilt walking group — from Bogota, Columbia and Hojarasca Música Andina — a musical group specializing in Andean music — from Antioquia, Colombia, thanks to help from the Southern Exposure grant program, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and others. They’ll be performing with The Carpetbag Brigade, led by Tsunami founder Jay Ruby. Most events are free. Times and locations vary, so visit TsunamiOnTheSquare.Org for up-to-the-minute scheduling information. Here’s a peak at 2013’s Tsunami performances: “Creating Art in a Society of Conflict” 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8:. Nemcatacoa Teatro presentation at Peregrine Book Company. “Traditions of Stilt Walking in Columbia” 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9: Nemcatacoa Teatro presentation at Prescott Public Library’s Founders Suites. Circus Camp for Kids 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, June 8-13: Youth learn juggling, stilt walking, acrobatics, costume making, and other skills and perform at

  • Outside the Frame: Bits & pieces

    May 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Outside the FrameNo CommentsRead More »

    By Sadira DeMarino On one wall stands a table covered in beads, stones, and jewelry. On the next, a large cabinet houses block prints, printed wood, and paper. On still another wall sits a table under a large bulletin board filled with pictures, quotes, and pure inspiration. Each surface is carefully covered with supplies, wire, stamps, findings, and tools. Strands of colorful beads and stones big and small hang on the walls, and finished pieces and works in progress alike coil in trays and on shelves. This is the creative space of jewelry designer, print maker, and artist Megan Dean. Working from her home studio, Dean enjoys a healthy variety of creative endeavors. Eleven years ago, while attending art school in Tucson, Dean saw a Help Wanted sign in the window of a well-known jewelry store. Though unfamiliar with this medium, she got the job. While researching the history of beads, something clicked. “This is going to change my life,” she thought. And thus began her love affair with beads. While working at the store, she took beads home and practiced working and designing with them. She became further acquainted with beads while working hands-on with them in the store’s museum. She soon began buying beads and crafting her own jewelry. Since then, it’s evolved along with her life as an artist and woman.   Intent and purpose Recently, she’s

  • Around … … the Corner: June jingles & jangles

    May 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Around ... ... the Corner20 CommentsRead More »

    By Ruby Jackson Maxine’s New American Diner at 415 White Spar Road finally opened in early May. The building had been vacant for what seems like forever and, by necessity, underwent a complete renovation. Manager Paul Armenta said they kept the front and side walls up and demolished everything else, literally. The results will make you smile: a classic-looking diner with bright, multicolored block flooring, molded trim, sky-blue walls, custom archways, prerequisite swinging doors, diner window and a front counter complete with pie under glass. The breakfast menu looks affordable and varied but, unlike typical diners, breakfast is only served until 11 a.m. The lunch menu is brief and a tad pricey, with only five basic sandwiches and a single salad (Caesar). Pie and milkshakes are always available, though. Armenta plans to expand the lunch menu and incorporate dinner, possibly by the time you read this. Maxine’s was only open for a couple weeks when I stopped in for lunch, so it was understandably in flux. The food was simple, but good. I plan on returning in a few weeks to check out the evolution of this sweet little joint. The Plaid Peacock Exchange, a new retro consignment boutique, also opened their doors in early May at 131 N. Cortez St. They have a good mix of funkified baubles and wares, including furniture in the mid-century tradition, old and new

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