Archive for October, 2013

  • November’s cover unveiled

    Oct 31, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, NewsNo CommentsRead More »

    The November 2013 issue of 5enses features art from the Josephine Michell Arader Natural History Print Collection in a story penned by longtime contributor James Dungeon. The cover — derived from a “California Vulture” (California Condor) by John James Audubon — was created by 5enses‘ own Jimmy Polinori, creative director and Brain Food columnist. Pick up the new issue of 5enses at more than 225 locations in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, and Dewey-Humboldt on Friday, Nov.

  • Lost & found

    Oct 1, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio6,793 CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood There was something sparkly in those 55-gallon drums. Leslee Oaks was sure of it. The Washington state transplant didn’t actively think about what was in them. It was fleeting: Oh, there’s those things again. But, sure enough, a metallic glint caught her eye again and again on her commute to welding class at Yavapai College. One day, probably in 2008, four years moving to the Prescott area, curiosity got the better of Oaks. She stopped and took a closer look. Her revelation didn’t inspire calm; it spurred action. Oaks made her way to whomever’s- barrels-those-were’s house and knocked. The man who answered smiled at her inquiry and proceeded to offer her the lot of them. But that wasn’t enough. Over the years, Oaks and her husband, Bob, came back for more. Sometimes they took pickup truck’s worth. “There were all kinds of shiny things — the kind that make a transmission work,” Oaks says. “He offered me everything I wanted.” Only this gearhead wasn’t interesting in fixing cars. She was interested in making art.   Objet trouvé “When you find something, there’s always a story that goes with it,” says Patti Ortiz as she zips around ’Tis Art Center and Gallery. “That’s the interesting thing about a found object show: It makes artists look around their world in a different way.” The gallery’s third annual found object

  • Touchdown! (batteries not included)

    Oct 1, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's Perceivings16 CommentsRead More »

    By Alan Dean Foster You could say that it all started (as so many things these days seem to) with a science fiction story. Specifically, Richard Matheson’s terse opus “Steel,” that most recently served as the basis for the film “Real Steel,” about boxing robots. Certainly more than a few folks must have found the concept amusing when Matheson’s tale first appeared in the May 1956 issue of that serious harbinger of advanced technological change, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science-Fiction. Keep ’em amused, I say. Except … Nostalgic toys like Rock’em Sock’em Robots aside, the battling robot concept has resulted in several television series. Teams of predominantly youthful engineers, mechanics, metallurgists, and programmers construct innovative mobile mélanges of metal, plastic, and whatever else they can scrounge and then send them into battle against each another. What ensues is a great deal of flame, flashing sparks, screaming metal being ripped to shreds, unexpected explosions, and general high-energy mayhem accompanied by the shrieks of semi-hysterical fans. Not unlike your typical NASCAR race. Is it therefore so very absurd to envision such contests taking place without the presence of human drivers? We already are in the first stages of development of commercially viable self-driving cars. Why not self-driving race cars? Higher speeds possible, the same rush of wreck-fueled adrenaline, but without the risk of human casualties. Would anyone watch, you ask? As

  • Fear & more fear: The science of scary things

    Oct 1, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Guide5,517 CommentsRead More »

    Upon taking the presidential oath of office on March 4, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a speech that included an oft-quoted aphorism: “The only thing we have to fear is … fear itself.” And, indeed, fear is worth fearing. No, not that “unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat in advance” — that’s pretty much just fear of failure. We’re talking about that incisive, inexorable feeling of dread, horror, and doom that puts sweat stains in your shirt and brown streaks in your drawers. We’re talking about the kind of fear that inspires italics. We’re also talking about the kind of fear that, in a pinch, just might save your life. If you want to know what to expect when you’re expecting … fear, fear not. Science has you covered. The information in this guide was extracted and clarified from medical and scientific studies. It’s been simplified to inform and entertain, which means (hopefully not-so-important) details have been omitted. As such, don’t take this overview as gospel. If there isn’t enough information to slake your thirst for knowledge here, by all means, pick up a book. You experience the world through sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. Why not use those five senses to tame and train the awful, awe-inspiring emotion of fear.   Sight Acute fear often evokes the so-called “fight-or-flight” reaction which, among other

  • Horrific word play [full version]

    Oct 1, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Feature, Web Bonus32 CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon I. The Horror in Inbox As a regular contributor to this publication, I was expected to go over company correspondence with some thoroughness; and for that purpose forwarded all of my editor’s emails and attachments to my own inbox. Much of the material I correlated will be later published by 5enses, but there was one bulletin which I found exceedingly puzzling, and which I felt much averse from showing to other eyes. It had contained a broken link and I did not find the webpage till it occurred to me to Google its moniker, “The Moaning Words.” Then, indeed, I succeeded in opening the page, but when I did so seemed only to be confronted by a greater and more closely locked barrier. For what could be the meaning of the queer video and disjointed jottings, and ramblings, and illustrations which I found? Had Mr. Alan Dean Foster, in his not-so-latter years become credulous of the most eccentric digital postures? I resolved to search out the fountainhead of this apparent disturbance of a science fiction guru’s peace of mind.   [Editor’s note: What follows are excerpts from a conversation between the reporter and Alan Dean Foster about “The Moaning Words: An Investigation in the Cthulhu Mythos.” This free game/app, for which Foster has catered the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-style story, is set for release later this year by the French

  • The lights are on, but …

    Oct 1, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Feature19 CommentsRead More »

    Photos & story by Dale O’Dell I first photographed the lights in 1992. Back then, the viewing area was a picnic table on the side of Highway 90. I got good, clear pictures. Since ’92, scientists have studied the phenomena, more books and papers have been published, and technology has improved, so I returned. In July, I made another journey to Marfa (now a quasi-artist colony) and brought hi-tech equipment. I also did more research and was much more knowledgeable about possible light-sources such as the piezoelectric effect, heat refraction of light, etc. There’s a new viewing area where that picnic table used to be. It’s an elevated platform with free binoculars — they don’t even require a quarter to use. This time I set up digital cameras using night-vision, infrared and visible light with 300, 400 and 1000 mm lenses. All cameras pointed south, in the direction the lights appear, and I used the red lights of a distant radio tower as reference point. By sundown, a crowd of about thirty people gathered; a half-hour later the lights appeared and photography commenced. Earlier during the daylight I photographed a map and compass from the viewing area and determined that the mystery light area is due south. There are two highways (67 and 169) to the southwest of that area. The most recent book about the Marfa lights, “Mysteries of

  • The banana bread trials

    Oct 1, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Brain Food16 CommentsRead More »

    By Jimmy Polinori According to food historians, the banana bread we know and love today is a relatively recent creation. American banana recipes date back to the late 19th century, but these were generally just in salads and pies. The earliest recipe titled “Banana Bread” is from 1849 and is a product from a West Indian tradition: “All classes of people in the West Indies are very fond of Banana Bread. When preparing for a voyage, they take the ripe fruit and squeeze it through a sieve; then form the mass into loaves, which are dried in the sun, or baked on hot ashes, having been previously wrapped up in leaves.” Banana Bread happens to be one of my favorite things in life and a trigger food for some sweet childhood memories of family and wonderful occasions. So I set out to create the perfect recipe. To say that my kitchen was wiped-out during the week-long banana bread trials would be a gross understatement. Every spice imaginable lined my counters, dogs were covered in flour, and unsuspecting grocery boys would be sent on numerous missions to locate the ripest bananas in the store. At least three dozen recipes later, I placed into my mouth what I had been intent on producing: perfect banana bread. This recipe garners a product so moist and rich that I’ve often been asked if it’s

  • Step x step

    Oct 1, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Outside the Frame15 CommentsRead More »

    By Sadira DeMarino Flash forward to 1995, when Hardwick saw an article in the paper about contra dancing in Prescott. He went, looking for something different to do and never looked back. Hardwick connected with Folk Happens, the local contra and English country dancing group here in Prescott. He’s been involved ever since and has chaired the board for the past four years. What is contra dancing? It’s a type of pole dance originating in New England in the 19th century. It enjoys popularity worldwide but especially in North America. Dancers form two lines — men on one side, women on the other — with the partners across from each other creating a hall. Some dances can also be done in squares. At the beginning of each dance, a caller has couples call off one-two-one-two down the line. Couples with the number one switch sides so both lines are male, female, male, female, etc. The live band, which usually plays northern Celtic string music, starts up and the caller calls five or six particular sets of moves. Those calls propel couples up or down the hall. At the end of each line, couples are out for five or six calls, but still dance and repeat the sequence before that dance ends. Each dance is between 10 and 15 minutes and is intricate, graceful, beautiful, and, most of all, fun. Sound

  • News From the Wilds: October

    Oct 1, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the Wilds7,298 CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris October is a bittersweet month in the Central Highlands. The bite of the evening air carries the smell of wood smoke and mountain forests down into the valleys while the days are still sunny, and, in some places, flowers and butterflies can still be seen. The nights are growing colder as the days shorten, and the denizens of the wilds are finishing their summer activities quickly and preparing for the quiet and cold. We reliably have our first frosts this month, and the temperatures become increasingly intolerable for many of our insects and spiders. They create dens for their overwintering hibernations, as the tarantulas do, gather provisions into large storerooms, as the ants do, migrate south to warmer climes, as with the Monarch Butterflies, or simply conclude their egg laying and die, as is the case with most species. And as the insects begin to diminish, so do the creatures that rely on them. Many of the birds — most notably warblers and swallows — migrate south to areas with more prey, as do some of our bat species. Hawks migrate through our region now in increasing numbers mostly following broad valleys and grasslands and looking for rodents, who are busy now gathering seeds and catching the last insects. For some species, this is the time when nearly grown offspring are leaving their parents to establish new

  • I love:

    Oct 1, 13 • ndemarino • 4rt Page, 5ensesNo CommentsRead More »

Celebrating art and science in Greater Prescott.

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