Archive for May, 2018

  • Moving pictures: Prescott Film Festival turns nine

    May 4, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Helen Stephenson, founder and executive director of the Prescott Film Festival. The ninth annual film fest is is June 8-16. Individual tickets are $12 ($6 for students). For a full schedule of screenings, workshops, and other events plus ticket packages, visit PrescottFilmFestival.Com.] How did the Prescott Film Festival get started? It started with an idea — which is how most things start, especially creative things — which was to bring independent film to Prescott. Then I formed a nonprofit. Elisabeth Ruffner helped me with that. Doing all the business parts of this, the marketing, all of that, too, makes it a left brain/right brain endeavor. You have to figure out how to bridge that creativity, the fun, the education into something that’s still got legs as a business. You have to write grants. Fortunately, we have a handful of granters, but you can’t rely on that and you have to constantly do grant applications. You have to sell tickets, and you have to do marketing. I didn’t have Facebook until I realized the Prescott Film Festival needed to be on Facebook. How has the goal of the film festival changed from its inception through today? The original end goal was to bring filmmaking back to Arizona. Arizona has a long history in film. And,

  • Perceivings: Your science conspiracies may be charged at a higher rate

    May 4, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's PerceivingsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Alan Dean Foster Washington D.C. councilman Trayon White recently said (on multiple occasions) that the Rothschild family controls the weather. Leaving aside the fact that councilman White’s social as well as formal education is manifestly sadly deficient, it got me to thinking yet again about the many current conspiracy theories that involve science. It’s easy to construct a conspiracy theory centered around science because so few people bother to take any time to understand it. But in this particular instance, while yet again causing me to deplore the state of the species of which I have to count myself a member, it struck me that all the propounders of these intrigues must be deeply involved in making oodles of cash off their exercises. Otherwise why bother? I therefore furrowed my brow (don’t worry, it goes away) with an eye toward unearthing the nefarious subtleties behind their global plots. Let’s start with Councilman White’s contention. How would one profit off controlling the weather? Based on Washington D.C.’s recent stormy conditions (sorry … couldn’t resist), one would expect any businesses they control to immediately stock as much bad weather gear as possible. According to my research via Cambridge Analytics (that’s Cambridge, Idaho), the most recommended stores in D.C. for such gear are Comfort One Shoes, Hudson Trail Outfitters, Simply Soles, the Smithsonian Store, and Lou Lou. Aside from the fact that

  • News From the Wilds: May 2018

    May 4, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the WildsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris May is the great turning of spring to summer in the Mogollon Highlands of Arizona. Winter is firmly past, and in most years the seasonal creeks run with the very last percolating snowmelt while extraordinary flowers abound — though this last winter was the ninth driest on record, so creeks are running well below average. But May is also the beginning of the dry season as regional climate patterns shift and the winter storms that had been flung our way from large storm systems over the Pacific are replaced by northering warm, wet air masses from the Sea of Cortez. Eventually, these air masses will mature into the titanic cumulonimbus and torrential rains of our summer monsoon, but they are fueled by heat, which will not build sufficiently until late June. We are lucky enough to have not one, but two distinct flowering seasons per year. Our first great flowering happens this month, though it will be muted by extremely dry conditions. The other great flowering is after the monsoon rains of mid-summer. Interestingly, many of our flowering plant species are unique to one or the other period. This bimodal flowering season is matched by peaks in activity in our animal species, as well. Insect activity follows flowering very closely, as insects either pollinate flowers or disperse the seeds that result from that pollination. The peak in

  • Monsters: A patented approach

    May 4, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Markoff Chaney From the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, USPTO.Gov/terms-use-uspto-websites … Patent Information Patents are published as part of the terms of granting the patent to the inventor. Subject to limited exceptions reflected in 37 CFR 1.71(d) & (e) and 1.84(s), the text and drawings of a patent are typically not subject to copyright restrictions. The inventors’ rights to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States for a limited time is not compromised by the publication of the description of the invention. In other words, the fact that a patent’s description may have been published without copyright restrictions does not give you permission to manufacture or use the invention without permission from the inventor during the active life of the patent. See MPEP § 600 – 608.01(v) regarding the right to include a copyright or mask work notice in patents. ***** Markoff Chaney is an Earth-based whodunit pundit and (Fnord) Discordian Pope. He has lotsa bills and no sense. Contact him at NoisyNoiseIsNoisome@Gmail.Com

  • “Walk in … Dance Out!”: Summer’s DanceWorks celebrates a decade of dance

    May 4, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Summer Hinton and Russ Hausske, co-owners of Summer’s DanceWorks, who are celebrating 10 years of dance with a recital at 5:45 p.m. June 1 & 2 at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. Visit Summer’s DanceWorks at 805 Miller Valley Road and SummersDanceWorks.Com.] How did Summer’s DanceWorks get to where it is today? Hinton: Aug. 4, 2008 is when we officially opened our doors and started classes in a little one-room studio up the street from where we are today. I had been teaching in Prescott for 10 years before that. Hausske: It was maybe 600 square feet of floor. We also had a viewing room, but it was half the size of the one we’re sitting in today. Hinton: I taught all the classes then and Mr. Russ taught all the partner dancing. Hausske: We met on Sept. 8, 2007. I was a private investigator — actually, I’m still licensed in Arizona and California — and met her when she was looking for someone to do a master class in West Coast Swing. Hinton: For years, people had been telling me I should open a studio. Even though my dad didn’t get to see it — he passed away — he always wanted me to open my own studio. It seemed like

  • What’s Up?: The Orion Nebula

    May 4, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, What's up?No CommentsRead More »

    By Adam England One of the most widely recognized constellations in the world is Orion. Ancient cultures from around the world identified this grouping of stars as a giant, shepherd, archer, reaper, and even a deer, pronghorn, or buffalo. Nowadays, it’s most commonly known as “The Hunter,” and is identifiable by some of the brightest stars in the night sky making up his right shoulder (Betelgeuse), left foot (Rigel), and northern end of his thee star belt (Bellatrix). Just below his belt is a tight cluster of stars known as the Trapezium, first observed by Galileo Galilei on Feb. 4, 1617. When the Trapezium is viewed through even the smallest telescopes or binoculars, one can see what is probably the most photographed and studied object in the night sky, the Orion Nebula. M42: The Orion Nebula Magnitude: +4.0 Right Ascension: 5 hr 35 min Declination: -05 Deg., 23’ ***** Visit Prescott Astronomy Club at PrescottAstronomyClub.Org. Contact them at Contact@PrescottAstronomyClub.Org. Adam England is the director-at large and in charge of public relations for the Prescott Astronomy Club

  • Myth & Mind: Stop … hammer time

    May 4, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Myth & MindNo CommentsRead More »

    By Reva Sherrard Thor was wearing a dress, and he didn’t like it. Loki, in female guise and a skirt, looked a hell of a lot more comfortable as he played the role of handmaiden to a bride, pealing with girlish laughter while his eyes flashed wickedly. But Thor hadn’t come to the realm of giants for anyone’s amusement: He was here to get his hammer back. Thor was the child of Odin and the Earth — in other words, of pure spiritual and natural power, and as such immensely strong and as terrible in striking as the lightning. With his weapon, the magic hammer Mjölnir, in his hand he was nearly invincible. No matter how far he flung Mjölnir it always returned, boomerang-style, and its force was capable of crushing mountains. Thor needed only the hammer and two other pieces of magical equipment, a strength-enhancing belt and a pair of iron gloves, to defeat his foes the giants again and again. This time the giants had resorted to a ploy. Their king, named Þrymr, stole mighty Mjölnir and let it be known he wanted the beautiful, fertility-giving goddess Freyja as ransom, to be his wife — a ransom that Freyja declared no one would pay, stamping her foot in rage and making the hall of the gods shake. So it was Thor who had to don a bridal gown

  • On the Walls: ‘Journeys in Spirit 2018’

    May 4, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, On the WallsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood Bringing together artists from the Acoma, Apache, Choctaw, Dine’, Hopi, Yaqui, Yavapai, and Zuni cultures, “Journeys in Spirit 2018” is coming to ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery. The exhibit, which features native art in an array of mediums, runs May 17-June 19 and is co-presented with the Smoki Museum. But you can (and probably already did or should) read that in a press release. The exhibit, now in its ninth year, is great, but the real treat is a string of three days later in the month. First, 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 25 is the artists’ reception, where you can mingle with the men and women who created the pieces on display. Want to know about the interplay of traditional and contemporary influences? Come and ask the artists yourself. Then, beginning at noon on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 & 27, there’s hoop dancing and native flute music by Tony Duncan and his family at the ‘Tis Third Floor Banquet Hall. Admission’s free, but seating is limited, so pick up tickets at the ‘Tis main floor gallery after finishing reading this sentence. (I’ll wait … .) OK. Looks like you’re all set to enjoy this show in one of its many iterations. Enjoy!   ***** Visit “Journeys in Spirit 2018” May 17-June 19 at ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery, 105 S. Cortez St., 928-775-0223, TisArtGallery.Com. Opening reception

  • Two-bit Column: The reality of virtual reality

    May 4, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Two-bit ColumnNo CommentsRead More »

    By Justin Agrell For well over a year, the Prescott PC Gamers Group has hosted gaming events that feature virtual reality devices. The most popular is the HTC Vive. I’ve had many experiences that solidified my belief in the future of virtual reality, but one definitely stands out in particular. Several regular members had decided to join a game called “Eleven Assassins” where we each played a bow-wielding elf defending a castle against various fantastic beasts. Our play extended for well over an hour and by the end of our session we were bemoaning our sore arm and leg muscles. We were physically exhausted. The best part of the experience is that we were completely unaware of the intense workout we were getting at the time. Sure, we could feel tiredness and pain in our limbs, but apparently muscle damage is of lower priority than an axe rapidly approaching your face. You dodge the attack without hesitation out of sheer instinct. It was the best leg workout I’ve ever had. When all was said and done, I must’ve done at least 24 quick squats not to mention the other leans and arm lifting performed to function my virtual bow and to avoid dragon’s breath. Incredibly, I now look forward to exercise instead of considering it a chore necessary for my health. When we show off our VR equipment at our

  • Oddly Enough: May 2018

    May 4, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Russ Miller's Oddly EnoughNo CommentsRead More »

    By Russell Miller The famous Bowie family name originated in Scotland. Bowie, in Gaelic, means “yellow” or “blonde.” The well-known Bowie brothers, James and Rezin were both referred to as sandy-haired. The Bowie brothers began their frontier careers as slave smugglers. Through a convoluted scheme, they would pose as good citizens who “came upon” some wayward slaves. They would turn them in to the nearest law office and get the reward money for their “good deed.” Once the paperwork and titles to the slaves were processed by the magistrates, the Bowies would buy the slaves at a law auction and then turn around and sell them legally, not spending a cent on fees and recouping reward money and sales profit. With this cash, they set about investing in real estate and small businesses. Both were considered gregarious, much sought after for business advice, and short-tempered. Contrary to popular beliefs, James Bowie did not invent the famous fighting “Bowie Knife”; neither did his brother. It was designed and forged by a blacksmith named James Black whose skill at making quality steel bordered on legendary. Once the Bowies had this iconic weapon, orders for “the knife, like Bowie’s” came in fast and furious. It was the quintessential combat blade in the 1800s, and many duels and arguments were settled with this hefty piece of sharpened iron. ODDLY ENOUGH … The demand for

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