Archive for June, 2018

  • Perceivings: Have your cake & shoot it up, too

    Jun 1, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's PerceivingsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Alan Dean Foster Something a little different this month. Something maybe even a little more controversial than arguing about the aesthetic viability of giant balloon dogs or the presence of artificial coloring in food. A tad hard to justify as being about either science or art, although people have long spoken about the art of compromise. Understand that the following is not necessarily the preferred political position I would take were it possible for me to adjudicate on the mat. But the essence of our democracy is cooperation. This usually entails both sides giving up something they want. It’s a difficult and laudable achievement because when a politician or government entity manages to pull it off, they’re more likely to be harangued and despised by both sides rather than applauded. The more difficult the compromise, the more contentious the issue, the harder it is to persuade multiple individuals and entities in government to deal with it. It’s so much easier just to stand back and shout, “This is my stance and I’m not wavering from it!” That doesn’t solve problems. So here’s my take on a simple, uncontroversial, hardly ever discussed matter. Bear in mind I would rather be discussing favorite flavors of doughnuts. But that isn’t a matter of national concern at the moment. What to do about the private ownership of automatic and semi-automatic weapons, is. You

  • News From the Wilds: June 2018

    Jun 1, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the WildsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris June can be a pretty tough time in the Mogollon Highlands of central Arizona. 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. In fact, the drought of June is critical in bringing about the rains of July, because as the hot, dry air in the Sonoran Desert and the Interior West rises it draws the moist, humid air from the Sea of Cortez northward into our region. Whenever these wet air masses enter our area from the south they bring the possibility of rain, but without the heat that accumulates this month the rain will not fall. But it is possible to observe this large-scale, regional climatic pattern evolve by watching the movement and development of the different cloud species as they move across our skies — a pursuit known as cloud spotting. June mornings tend to dawn clear and bright, but especially toward the end of the month, cumulus clouds appear and begin to 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

  • What’s Up?: Planets

    Jun 1, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, What's up?No CommentsRead More »

    By Adam England The Northern Arizona night skies of late spring/early summer 2018 are dominated by planets. Some of the easiest objects to spot because of their relative proximity to Earth and the Sun, planets are often only outshone by our Moon. Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will all be visible throughout the month, each characterized by its unique features. • Venus: This planet likes to hang around the horizons shortly after sunset and/or before sunrise. It’s usually a bright yellowish color due to its dense “Runaway Greenhouse Effect” atmosphere. With a decent telescope or good binoculars, you may see it as a crescent — similar to a quarter Moon. • Mars: Red in color from its oxidized soils and thin atmosphere, this planet rises later in the evening this month and shines until dawn. • Jupiter: The “King of the Planets” always puts on a good show, with the four Galilean moons — Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Calisto — dancing around in space. Sketch what you see on consecutive nights and you’ll notice the moon’s bouncing around as they orbit this gas giant. You might even be able to see the cloud bands wrapping around the planet with storms that could swallow Earth whole. • Saturn: When you first spot this planet, it may look ovular, but as you adjust your focus you’ll see the massive rings extending outward

  • Acting child-ish

    Jun 1, 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

  • On the Walls: Moon Dog Kaleidoscopes

    Jun 1, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, On the WallsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood Bugs were always fun, but it was the chandelier in our dining room that really got me. The repetition of brass and lights in geometric designs was … well, for lack of a more incisive description, really, really cool. Well that’s my short story; do you remember any of your childhood kaleidoscopes? Though often proffered to children, they’re quite remarkable optical implements. The physics behind them is straightforward, but can get much more advanced when you look at deluxe models. Speaking of deluxe models, you’ve just got to see the “Moon Dog Kaledioscopes” at Arts Prescott Cooperative this month. With skillfully crafted stained glass, these pieces by Linda Bellacicco can literally change the way you see the world. Looks like the artist’s reception was during the May 4th Friday Art Walk — whoops, my bad — but the show runs through June 20 . There’s plenty of time to catch this one. Upon further reflection (and, depending on the individual design, some refraction), it looks like you’re all set. Enjoy! ***** Visit Moon-Dog.Com to find out more about Linda Bellacicco and Moon Dog Kaleidoscopes. Visit “Moon Dog Kaleidoscopes” through June 20 at Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery, 134 S. Montezuma St., 928-776-7717, ArtsPrescott.Com. Robert Blood is a Mayer-ish-based freelance writer and ne’er-do-well who’s working on his last book, which, incidentally, will be his first. Contact him at BloodyBoby5@Gmail.Com

  • Two-bit Column: Not-so-crypto-logic, cryptocurrency, & you

    Jun 1, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Two-bit ColumnNo CommentsRead More »

    By Justin Agrell It’s hard to ignore the presence of cryptocurrency these days. About 30 years ago, cryptocurrency was really only discussed in cryptography circles and by those working on the conundrum of taking payments over the internet. Now it’s everywhere. People with little to no knowledge of technology are getting involved simply as a means of investment. So what does this mean for you? Cryptocurrency is simply a modern evolution of money. From seashells to rare metals, money has always taken effort to collect and distribute. The most important aspect of money, however, is faith. For any object to be considered a currency, it takes the belief of a community that the object is actually reliably traded for goods and services. This is especially true with our modern fiat currencies which have evolved from notes that were backed by resources such as gold. This fiat system has worked for some time without any issue simply because of our faith. Cryptocurrency further evolves money by using advanced technology to verify its transactions and distribution, removing the need for banks and reserves for management and decreasing the abuses of market manipulation. The currency not being tied to any singular government or country helps keep taxation and regulation away. This makes cryptocurrency attractive to many — including those who enjoy equal trade across all borders, and criminals trying to remain anonymous. There

  • Oddly Enough: June 2018

    Jun 1, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Russ Miller's Oddly EnoughNo CommentsRead More »

    By Russell Miller During the time of Ancient Rome (roughly 1st century B.C.E. to 3rd century C.E.) as many as five merchant ships a day delivered goods to the city of Rome at the port of Ostia. That’s around 350 tons of cargo per year. Much of the merchandise was olive oil, transported in amphorae. Some clay pots held as much as 20 gallons of oil. Near this port is a structure called Monte Testaccio. It’s a mound rising over 115 feet in the air and it is composed entirely of broken amphorae. ODDLY ENOUGH … There are an estimated 53 million broken pots collected in this landfill. Weirdly, the Romans, who were great at recycling and used crushed clay from pots to make concrete and pave roads, intentionally and systematically abandoned these containers. BONUS ODDLY ENOUGH … During the 1600s, Monte Testaccio was a site used for jousting tournaments and pre-Lenten celebrations. ***** In an attempt to reduce the amount of ivory consumed — for billiard balls, primarily — a $10,000 reward was offered in 1863 by the billiard game manufacturer Phelan & Collender to come up with a synthetic substitute. The Hyatt brothers, John Wesley and Isaiah Smith, both in the printing business, stumbled onto the solution quite by accident. They called this early plastic “celluloid.” It was quickly molded into such products as piano keys, combs, collar

  • Fringe benefits: That’s not a REAL Bigfoot

    Jun 1, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Dale O’Dell If you read Alan Dean Foster’s article in last month’s 5enses, “Your Science Conspiracies may be Charged at a Higher Rate,” you got a taste of the ridiculous things conspiracy theorists believe, like how the Rothschild family “controls the weather.” Taking the path of least mental effort, it’s easier to believe a rich family controls the weather than it is to learn some weather science. Mr. Foster’s article presented a long list of conspiracy theories credited to the Rothschilds including Bigfoot. Ah ha! Bigfoot — now that’s a conspiracy theory I know something about! I absolutely assure you there are people all over the world who believe there’s a real Bigfoot creature out there. These people are true believers and they will NOT be dissuaded, facts be damned. There was the guy who brought me a picture of Bigfoot for photo analysis. He was so biased and absolutely positive he’d found a “real” photo of Bigfoot that when I didn’t confirm his bias he got angry and called me a liar. He could not accept he was wrong, so I had to be. He stormed off before I could tell him how I knew the photo was fake: It was my photo! He had a stolen copy of one my Bigfoot photos. This isn’t the first time I’ve run into caption confirmation bias. So many true believers

  • The Write Way: McCoy teaches penmanship, old-school values

    Jun 1, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and McCoy, artist and penmanship teacher. Find out more at McCoysWriteWay.Com.] Why teach handwriting? Well, the Constitution’s in cursive, which is a pretty good reason in and of itself. That’s finally being brought back into the classroom after 30 years of non-teaching. I actually went into the schools here and offered to come in and teach handwriting for free. I didn’t want a buck for it. But they didn’t want me. From what I’ve seen and heard, they don’t even teach cursive in the schools anymore — certainly not how they used to. When you look at the laws of this country, it’s not supposed to look like Greek. These are the rules we live by, the rules our country was founded under. You’re an artist, but surely you learned penmanship earlier than that? I did, in a Catholic school. I was taught by nuns. Legibility. You had to make the letters right. It was the only thing I was very good at in school. I got C-s or whatever in everything else. But the highest compliment anyone every paid me was that I wrote like my mom. I really liked that. I mean, I looked up to her, the way she wrote and would flourish her writing. … I’ve always considered it a compliment

  • Eye of the needle: Northern Arizona Tattoofest returns

    Jun 1, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and festival founders and organizers Tony and Adrienne Carey. The Northern Arizona Tattoofest is June 29-July 1 at Prescott Resort & Conference Center, 1500 AZ 69. Find out more and purchase tickets at NorthernAZTattooFest.Com.] Let’s start with the basics: What exactly is a tattoo convention? Tony: It’s a gathering of tattoo artists and there’s live tattooing on-site. There are some live tattoo contests and performances, too. Ideally we’re looking to attract people who want to get tattooed, but it’s for anyone with an interest in tattoos, even if they’re just curious. One of the things we get is that someone will come who’s thought about getting a tattoo, will look at some art or actual tattoos and get inspired to get tattooed on the spot. How does the festival work? Tony: You can buy tickets online in advance, or you can just purchase them at the door. Once you’re inside the venue, you can look at people’s work and negotiate with individual tattooers. Some of them take appointments, but there are plenty of walk-ups, as well. It’s a chance to walk around and see if you vibe with any of the artists more than others. There’s a buzz to events like this and you may end up surprised by how exciting it is. There’s a

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