Archive for July, 2017

  • Growing panes: A window on the Prescott Farmers Market 20 years on

    Jul 25, 17 • ndemarino • 5ensesNo CommentsRead More »

    By Kathleen Yetman Strolling around the Prescott Farmers Market today, it’s hard to imagine its humble beginnings 20 years ago. On August 9, 1997 the Prescott Farmers Market opened in the parking lot behind the Chamber of Commerce and Post Office in downtown Prescott. A handful of farmers and backyard gardeners attended the market the first year. The opening of this market was a turning point for small growers here in Yavapai County — not only because it provided a space for them to sell their goods to the public, but also because it allowed them to supplement each other by providing a variety of crops for customers. The increase in sales allowed farmers to expand their production and, in return, the market itself grew. In the beginning, the market was run by a single seasonal, part-time market manager with support from many volunteers. In 1998 the market moved to Goodwin Street, then Cortez and in 2005 relocated to Yavapai College. In 2007, the Prescott Farmers Market opened two new markets in Chino Valley and Prescott Valley to increase access to local food in those communities. In 2014, it expanded to become a year-round market in response to farmers’ ability to grow food even in the dead of winter. Today, the Prescott Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization running two year-round markets in Prescott and Prescott Valley and a summer

  • Oddly Enough: August 2017

    Jul 25, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Russ Miller's Oddly EnoughNo CommentsRead More »

    By Russell Miller During an archaeological dig at the prehistoric village of Cladh Hallan (on the island of South Uist, off the coast of Scotland) scientists discovered two preserved bodies-one male, one female. Strangely, these bodies had been buried 300 to 600 years after their deaths; having been left in a bog to mummify before being transported to their final resting place. Stranger still, was the fact that these fetal positioned bodies were actually composites of as many as six different people who had been deliberately pieced together into two complete cadavers. ODDLY ENOUGH …Whereas the female body had been composed of body parts that date to around the same period of time, the male was made up of parts from people who had died a few hundred years apart. ***** Navy cannon projectiles have varied creatively for centuries, depending on the desired effect upon the enemy. Spider shot (chained together cannonballs) and Angels (split balls separated by an iron rod) were designed to spin wildly and rip through masts and rigging, rendering the enemy vessel nu-maneuverable. The hinged blade-shot would spin and deploy knives destroying sails and crushing moral. Some ships had cannonball furnaces on board developed for heating cannonballs red hot (approximately 1,500 degrees F) to be fired at enemy targets to start fires or produce black powder explosions. ODDLY ENOUGH … Heated shot, though very effective at

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: August 2017

    Jul 25, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “Annihilation” By Jeff Vandermeer This short novel has such a thick, ominous sense of atmosphere that it almost creeps off the pages in a musky fog. A little bit of Bradbury, a little more of Lovecraft, and a lot of something new that evades comparison. ~Sean “Seven Brief Lessons on Physics” By Carlo Rovelli Direct and elegant. Gain a better understanding of the fundamental laws that govern our universe. Maybe if you memorize them you’ll get special powers or something. ~Sean “Legacy of Ashes” By Tim Weiner This book is a comprehensive chronicle of the achievements and foibles of the CIA since its origin as the OSS in the early 21st century. ~Joe “Complete Stories” By Clarice Lispector Lispector writes in a way that allows you to feel as if you know her characters intimately, to comfortably exist in the space she has created for them, and to feel every emotion and thought they have, in just a few short lines. Feelings that only intensify as you continue to read. ~Lacey “Speedboat” By Renata Adler Adler forces you to look at your surroundings with new eyes, question those seemingly insignificant meetings with strangers, and explore your curiosity as she grants glimpses into the special oddities of her life. Adler disregards the rules of the novel with unexpected ease as she takes you on a journey through

  • READY. An ode to a garage queen

    Jul 25, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Two-bit ColumnNo CommentsRead More »

    By Justin Agrell Many people will be familiar with the term garage queen. It refers to an object (generally a vehicle) that sits in someone’s garage and is kept in excellent shape, hardly ever used in order to avoid the wear and tear. A garage queen must be loved to exist but many consider it wrong to not use a machine regularly and instead pamper it and admire its very existence. I myself am victim to such attachment and have a machine that is very dear to me. Near my workbench, next to several old boxes of 5-and-a-quarter inch floppy disks, is my beloved Commodore SX-64 Executive. She was released in 1984 and runs at 1 megahertz. Packing the 64 thousand bytes of memory that made the Commodore platform famous there are limitations to be sure but there are also bucket loads of potential. There is no hard drive and unlike the normal Commodore 64 units of the eighties this unit was a “luggable” that took the shape of a briefcase. It had a small 5 inch color screen and a small speaker built right into the frame. But that is not all that makes it special. More than its name or history these old systems represent to me a time when computers were built for people who were excited about computers. Much like the cars and motorcycles of days

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