Archive for May, 2014

  • Illustrious, illustrative: Being a consideration of Ida Kendall’s frame of mind

    May 30, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio29 CommentsRead More »

    By Jacques Laliberté Energy. Verve. Motion. Her paintings have all these. They’re emotive and occasionally provocative. Take “Monsoon,” a spare composition brimming with an amazing swirling spiral of feeling, moving quickly the way “a monsoon comes in abruptly and washes it all away” as its painter, Ida Kendall, explains. If Kendall is caught up in it, this monsoon, and if the figure huddled at its center is indeed her own, naked and vulnerable, it doesn’t appear she’s overwhelmed by it or suffering its consequences. You could argue the woman is in her element – perhaps even impelling the elements around her to suit her purpose or whim. A metaphorical ray of sunshine brightens her hair in toasty flames, a stunning focal point to the work’s cooler blue tones. Another giveaway: All is not as it seems. Her arm rests in soft repose across her knee and her hand is naturally relaxed. But we’d be wrong. “For me ‘Monsoon’ exhibits a very dark feeling, showing that change is a part of our lives,” Kendall says. She points out the under painting, whose gestured lines reinforce the rain clouds’ flowing course down a deep crevasse into the earth. Indeed: All is not as it seems.   Wherewith, wherefrom, & whatnot Kendall’s working style hews closely to the illustrators who inspire her. It’s art that says something. The painting “Monsoon” has that book-jacket

  • Travelerisms: Part I

    May 30, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's PerceivingsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Alan Dean Foster The closest I’ve come to writing a travel book is “Predators I Have Known” (Open Road Media). Useful perhaps if you expect to encounter tigers or leeches or great white sharks. Not so efficacious if you’re having trouble deciding on a rental car or an airline. For that, I heartily recommend Christopher Elliott’s new book “How to be the World’s Smartest Traveler,” an extensive and enlightening tome from National Geographic Books. It’ll walk you through just about everything you need to know from before you leave until the time you get home … and afterward, if there are subsequent problems. But as I have picked up a few observations of interest in 40-plus years of world travel, I thought it might be worth sharing them. Since these don’t relate to dealing with lions or snakes or whale sharks, I’ll call ’em the art and/or science of overseas traveling and drop them off here. Maybe they’ll do some travelers some good. I don’t think I’m duplicating any of the stuff in Chris’s book. Passports & visas: Always make sure you have plenty of extra empty pages in your passport. Because where one country’s visa will be the size of a postage stamp, the next one will require two entire blank pages (for entry & exit). Interestingly (and tellingly), the more third-world the country, the larger their visa

  • News From the Wilds: June 2014

    May 30, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the Wilds20 CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris June can be a pretty tough time in the Central Highlands. It is reliably the driest month of the year, with nearly two out of five years receiving no precipitation at all, and most others receiving only the most minute amounts. If there is any rain, it comes at the end of the month with the first of the monsoonal storms. The drought of June is, in fact, critical in bringing the rains of July, as the hot, dry air in the Sonoran Desert and the Interior West rises and draws the moist, humid air from the Sea of Cortez to this region. Over the course of the month, you can observe these storms building in the Central Highlands via the appearance of different species of clouds. June mornings tend to dawn clear and bright, but, especially toward the end of the month, cumulus clouds appear and build in the hot afternoons. These clouds may start as relatively small Cumulus humulis, wider than they are tall, and uniformly white, and then turn to Cumulus mediocris, as tall as they are wide, and with gray bases, and eventually to 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 raindrops fall, the whole of our human and

  • Oddly Enough: June 2014

    May 30, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Russ Miller's Oddly Enough18 CommentsRead More »

    Millions of years ago, in the ancient waters of Earth, strange fish swam, including bony fish such as the Gorgonichthys. This bony plated placoderm is believed to have been a predator and reached lengths of more than 20 feet. Fossils of heavily armored fish such as this have been discovered in North America, Morocco, China, Latvia, and Australia. ODDLY ENOUGH … Some of these bony plated fish even had bones in their eyes. ***** An unassuming fish, the Pony Fish, is found in marine, brackish, and fresh water. It can grow larger than a human hand and feeds on prawns and small fish as well as worms and crustaceans. It is often caught commercially and is considered a tasty fish. It also has a bioluminescent light organ. ODDLY ENOUGH … The light is inside of its body. Scientists remain baffled as to why it needs an organ to illuminate its own guts. ***** Russell Miller is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, bagpiper, motorcycle enthusiast, and reference librarian. Currently, he illustrates books for Cody Lundin and Bart King

  • Two ‘things’ considered: Agent Deep Black casts an eye on a pair of peculiar images

    May 30, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Feature2,924 CommentsRead More »

    By Agent Deep Black [Image No. 1] Recent photograph taken near Thumb Butte, Prescott, Arizona, USA. Photographer wishes to remain anonymous. Analysis: Photographer claims to be “a hiker” traversing trails near Thumb Butte. Hiker’s dog barking drew attention to this “Bigfoot”- type bipedal creature approximately 30 feet from the trail. Hiker shot this photo with a cellular phone camera before creature rapidly left the area. Hiker also noted a “foul smell.” Conclusion: After interview with nervous hiker. Agent Black concludes hiker is a hoaxer. Furthermore, this picture is simply of too high quality to be shot by a cellular phone. Recommendation: Use cell phones for making telephone calls; use cameras for photography. End of report.   [Image No. 2] This photograph was recently received in a plain manila envelope and contained no return address. Analysis: There are approximately 75 people in this photograph and none of them noticed the UFO. This is not unusual; studies of vacationers has shown that most don’t actually look at the place they’re visiting longer than it takes to make a photograph. Most vacationers’ attention is fixated on mealtimes or inappropriately dressed scantily clad (usually French) female tourists, in that order. Discoveries of anomalous objects are often discovered only upon returning home and viewing pictures on big-screen TVs. Computer analysis of the image shows the scene to be in sharp focus but the UFO itself

  • Who’s musical? Hint: Everyone

    May 30, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Column2,935 CommentsRead More »

    By Jonathan Best Go outside and listen to the musical terrain. Start walking and listen to it change as you take part in its rhythm. The terrain is vast. It extends as far as the ear can hear. Listen to the distant reaches. Maybe there’s a chainsaw barely audible in the mountains trading riffs with a cocker spaniel in the second floor apartment to your left. Keep walking and notice the rhythm in your step. Listen to its relationship to the sounds around you. Now listen to the music in your head. To hear it you might have to quiet your mind, which can be pretty loud and overpowering. This can take some practice to hear the music in your head. The first step is to trust that it’s there. Where does that music come from? My belief is that it’s built in. It’s part of the design. Our bodies are designed to make music. We depend on rhythm to stay alive. Our hearts beat a rhythm to get the blood circulated throughout our bodies. Our lungs need to be in sync with our hearts. And there is a melody to our breath. Walking and running rely on rhythm. So does eating. Our bodies compose music day and night whether we know it or not. We also rely on music to stay connected with one another. Once you start paying

  • For their own good

    By Gene Twaronite The last big extinction event was around 65 million years ago, when a giant asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs along with much of the rest of life on Earth. During the past few centuries, however, hundreds of species have vanished as a direct result of human activity, and the rate is accelerating. While not as messy or sudden as an asteroid, our hairy ape species seems hell-bent on creating the next big wave of extinctions. According to one source, the total number of species threatened with extinction is nearly 17,000. Since we still don’t even know how many species of plants and animals are on the planet — it could be 3 million or 10 million — this number likely represents a fraction of the true number. Some animals are so critically endangered that it’s hard to see how they’re going to make it. Take rhinos, for example. According to the website SaveTheRhino.Org, black rhinos have plummeted from an estimated population of 65,000 in 1970 to just 5,055 today. Asian species are even worse off with numbers only in the hundreds. But try telling this to the millions of people who still believe that powdered rhino horn can cure everything from cancer to foot fungus — despite there being not a shred of scientific evidence that it serves any medical purpose at all. Powdered rhino horn remains

  • … nor any drop to drink

    May 30, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Holistic Fitness3,043 CommentsRead More »

    By Lauren Antrosiglio Every day, the average person loses about three or four liters of water. If you’re physically active, if you sweat, if you’re at a high altitude, 0r if you’re in high temperatures inside or outside, you lose even more water. And if you’re thirsty, that means you’re  already dehydrated.   Are you dehydrated? The best way to test your level of hydration is your urine. If you’re hydrated, your urine is clear; there’s no yellow. If you’re dehydrated, your urine is yellow, and the darker the yellow, the higher the level of dehydration. If you have orange urine, you’re dangerously dehydrated.   The eight cups myth A big part of the problem with inadequate water intake in America is mis-education and misinformation. For years, the FDA has been recommending that people drink eight cups of water a day. Unfortunately, that’s far from enough. You should be drinking half of your body’s weight in ounces of water every day. For instance, if you weigh 200 pounds, you need to be drinking 100 ounces of water a day.   Coffee isn’t water Even if you’ve had the correct amount of water, you can still be dehydrated from drinking dehydrating beverages (such as alcohol, tea, anything with caffeine, and soda), sweating, or physical exercise. Again, urine color is your best test of hydration, so see for yourself.   Water, fat

  • Last cyber rites: Antivirus exhales death rattle

    By Paolo Chlebecek Antivirus “is dead.” So says Brian Dye, Symantec’s senior vice president for information security. It’s time to plan for the funeral. The war against viruses is still on, but we seem to be losing on some fronts. More and more, we see computers compromised in various ways that keep Antivirus manufactures on their collective toes. Sometimes it’s just an inconvenience. But once there’s an untreated threat on a computer it’s like inviting a bad person into your house: They’ll invite their bad friends, who probably are worse. This leaves the door open for more problems. In reality, no computer is completely safe from attack. Yes, even Mac and Linux computers can be infected. Antivirus products, however, aim to prevent hackers from getting into a computer. But hackers often get in anyway these days. Dye wants to redirect efforts at Symantec. This reflects a major shift in the $70-billion-a-year cybersecurity business. Rather than fighting to keep the bad guys out, new technologies assume hackers get in. Now the aim is to spot them and mitigate the damage. When antivirus software was in its infancy 16-or-so years ago, there were very few competitors in the antivirus market. Most antivirus companies back then had a limited staff whose job was to dissect new virus specimens as they emerged. Later, they’d write reports about these new nasties and ship “detection signatures”

  • Just picture it: MV Art Market kickstarts a plan

    May 30, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Feature18 CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The follows excerpts are from a conversation between the reporter and Julie Adams, owner of the Miller Valley Indoor Art Market.] So, why do you want a mural on the exterior of the Art Market? Visibility. That’s our biggest challenge on this street. We’re not on Whiskey Row, so we’re not as tied into the tourist side of things. There are a lot of small businesses that pop up here but soon disappear. We started in November of 2011, so we’re creeping up on our three-year anniversary. One of my goals is to make this mural project a jumping off point for other businesses to make their own murals. We could make this road a destination for people to come and see murals. At the Art Market, we’re in a tough spot. People in town know about us, but don’t necessarily know where we are. They drive back and forth, right by us, but don’t know we’re here. Another common misconception is that we’re a swap meet, because that’s what was here before us. People still come in looking for that place, even though it was completely empty by the time we got here. We’ve worked really hard on the interior, opened it up and redone things so it looks like an art gallery and has a comfortable, cozy atmosphere. We have more than

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