Archive for June, 2018

  • On the Rocks: Take a tour of the Prescott Gem & Mineral Show

    Jun 29, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Maggi Lieber, co-chairman, life member, and newsletter writer for the Prescott Gem & Mineral Club. The club’s 15th annual Prescott Gem & Mineral Show is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 3 & 4 & 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 5 at Prescott Valley Event Center, 3201 N. Main St. , $4-$5, children under 12 free with paid adult. Find out more at PrescottGemMineral.Org.]   What exactly is the Prescott Gem & Mineral Show and what can you tell us about the vendors? This is our 15th annual show and sale. There’ll be more than 60 vendors selling a variety of things, all lapidary-, rock-, gem-, mineral-, and jewelry-related. Some of the vendors are members of the Prescott Gem & Mineral Club, others come from Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. We even have one coming up from Texas. They’re mostly coming from all over the Southwest. We have an approximate 80 percent return rate on vendors. It’s a good indoor show, climate control, and you don’t have to worry about the wind blowing away the wares — not that rocks wound blow away, mind you. To make sure we have quality vendors, they have to have at least 80 percent rock-/mineral-/gem-related materials.   The event seems to cater to rock hounds and jewelry people alike. What’s

  • Perceivings: Excavating a drink of water

    Jun 29, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's PerceivingsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Alan Dean Foster World-famous archeological sites, especially those that have become tourist attractions, need little introduction. Macchu Picchu, the Roman Forum, the Acropolis, the Taj Mahal — mention their names and for anyone whose interest in images extends beyond family photos and possibly NFL highlights, pictures of those locations immediately flash in the mind. Lesser-known sites readily activate mental video among the more knowledgeable among those interested in the ancient world. Such folk might know that the fabulous bronze paneling that used to cover the ceiling of the Pantheon in Rome was ordered torn off by Pope Urban VIII and melted down to make cannons (sort of a reversal of the “beat swords into plowshares” meme). Or that the “simple” islanders of the Pacific raised something akin to a stone Venice on the island of Pohnpei. Or that the Chachapoyan civilization of northern Peru constructed massive stone cities like Kuelap that sometimes rivaled those of the Inca. But hardly anybody has heard of Sagalassos. Founded around 333 B.C. E., Sagalassos lies in the Taurus mountains about 100 kilometers north of the Turkish port city of Antalya. Whereas ancient peoples of the Mediterranean tended to cluster around the coast, Sagalassos lies inland at an altitude of 1500-1700 meters. Why the variation in altitude? Because it’s kinda like Prescott. Or Jerome. Built on the slope of a mountain, the old trading

  • Antelope Canyon Shootout: Just another ‘bucket list’ place to shoot a selfie?

    Jun 29, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Dale O’Dell Earlier this year, I found myself guiding a group of photographers to some of the more obscure photographic locations in Arizona. They wanted to photograph the well-known sites, too, including Antelope Canyon. It had been years since I’d been to Antelope Canyon — so long ago that I’d photographed it on film — so I joined the guys for an Antelope Canyon photography tour. I’m glad I did, and I wish I hadn’t. Compared to my previous visits to Antelope Canyon, this time it was uniquely unpleasant. Popularity isn’t always a good thing. Even if you’re not familiar with the name Antelope Canyon, you’ll recognize the photos. The images of the undulating sandstone walls and light beams of the slot canyons near Lake Powell have become iconic. Pre-2000, few people had ever heard of the place, which was also known as “the slot canyon” or “the corkscrew.” Post-2000, it seemed as if everyone in the world knew about Antelope Canyon and had to go there. In a very short amount of time, photographs of Antelope Canyon transitioned from rare and beautiful to commonplace — beauty gone banal. My own discovery of Antelope Canyon was via photographs in a book by photographer Bruce Barnbaum. His 1986 book featured a chapter of photos from an unnamed slot canyon. Although Barnbaum didn’t discover Antelope Canyon and didn’t disclose its location, he

  • News From the Wilds: July 2018

    Jun 29, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the WildsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris July in the Mogollon Highlands of Arizona growls with the rumbling of the afternoon clouds and rings with the first drops from the monsoon storms. After the high temperatures and low relative humidity of June, the plants and animals of the wild areas are at their most stressed and are at high risk of death from extreme temperatures and lack of water. But during this time, many species gave birth to their young, provisioned nests, and lay eggs, in anticipation of a coming time of abundance and growth. Though this is a gamble, the first, massive raindrops near the beginning of the month (and the first flush of monsoon flowers that follow) prove it to be well-founded. And so the second grand flush of life begins. Though the climate of the Central Highlands can be harsh for part of the year — dry and fire-scorched in early summer, cold and snowy in the winter — these tough times are typically followed by some of our most exuberant seasons. So it is with the annual drought of June, which is followed by the coming of the monsoon rains in July. Especially in drier years such as this one (Prescott’s 2016 total so far is just over 72 percent of average), the July showers are a real cause for celebration. They are, however, something of a mixed blessing —

  • What’s Up?: Scorpius

    Jun 29, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, What's up?No CommentsRead More »

    By Adam England The night skies of Prescott in July offer some amazing sights — at least on the nights that aren’t obstructed by seasonal monsoon storms. One of the easiest constellations to find in the summer months is Scorpius, the Scorpion. With references to the scorpion coming from ancient Babylonian and Hindu cultures, it’s one of the 48 constellations identified in second-century writings by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy. Other cultures viewed the collection of stars differently. In Java, it was seen as both a swan and a leaning coconut tree, while in Hawaii it was the fishing hook of the demigod Maui. Greek mythology tells how Orion, great hunter that he was, boasted that he would kill every animal on Earth. The goddess Artemis offered protection to the creatures, sending a scorpion to do battle with Orion. The scorpion prevailed in the fight, and Zeus raised the pair to the heavens — the triumphant scorpion for his valiant fight, and the hunter as a visual reminder to humans not to be prideful. Easily identifiable in the early evening by looking above the Southeastern horizon, the hooked tail and scorpion’s claws meet at the bright red star Antares, often dubbed the “rival of Mars” for its intense coloring. Other notable features in the constellation include: U Scorpii, the fastest known recurrent Nova (which could brighten to a magnitude of

  • On the Walls: Les Femmes des Montage

    Jun 29, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, On the WallsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood Art for art’s sake is all well and good, but isn’t it even better when it benefits nonprofits and e’er-do-wells? For the third year in a row, Prescott’s Les Femmes des Montage have used their annual show — incidentally, in its 14th iteration — to raise money for the Highlands Center for Natural History. The artists span the gamut and include women who exhibit locally, nationally, and internationally. Here’s a brief list to stoke your interest: Cindi Shaffer (kiln-formed glass, photos, and printmaking), Patricia Tyser Carberry (handmade glass beads and jeweler), Jo Manginelli (weaving, wearable art, and other textiles), Carolyn Dunn (photographic art), and Barb Wills (wearables and accessories). New artists in this year’s Les Femmes des Montage show include Diane Brand (oils and acrylics), Deanne Brewster (pottery), Jody L. Miller (photography), Pam Dunmire (acrylics), and Leslee Oaks (metal and clay). Here’s your mid-year chance to stock up on holiday gifts and give back to the community at the same time. The show and sale run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 14 in the Marina Room of the Hassayampa Inn, 122 E. Gurley St. That’s fairly early in the month, so mark your calendars after you finish reading this sentence.   ***** The 14th annual Les Femmes des Montage show and sale is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at the Hassayampa Inn, 122 E. Gurley St

  • Two-bit Column: A better shell game

    Jun 29, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Two-bit ColumnNo CommentsRead More »

    By Justin Agrell Once upon a time there was RUNCOM. In 1964 Louis Pouzin developed a system that allowed computers to run commands from a script instead of having to type them all out one at a time. The term “shell” was coined for this breakthrough in productivity — a metaphorical description of its encapsulation capability. This nascent shell slowly evolved from Multics to Unix and eventually became part of every major operating system in existence. The first major adopter of the Unix shell was actually a clone called GNU Linux. Frowning upon the restrictive pricing of Unix tools, Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman started a movement to create a free Unix. Because of them — and people who started similar projects — today there’s now a Unix shell on the majority of servers running the internet and a few billion mobile devices like cellphones and tablets worldwide. By the late 1990s, Apple was desperately trying to gain market share. To entice developers, they switched to a Unix-based operating system and by 2001 OS X 10.0, “Cheetah,” was released. It had a true command line interface app called Terminal which ran the tools many had already been using for more than 20 years. Now, when an application is created, it’s easily translated into Unix, Linux, and OS X, which all function similarly. Microsoft took a little longer to accept that

  • Oddly Enough: July 2018

    Jun 29, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Russ Miller's Oddly EnoughNo CommentsRead More »

    By Russell Miller Sea Spiders are very unusual animals and live in all the world’s oceans, including the Antarctic. They live in shallow and deep water, and have been collected as far down as 23,000 feet. The young are born with three pairs of legs, but as they mature, they grow an extra pair. They have a brain, a nerve-cord, and a pair of nerve junctions in each of their five body segments. Some have as many as four eyes. Unlike terrestrial spiders, they do not spin webs. They are carnivores, however, and can eat with a mouth as well as jab and suck fluids from their prey with a tube-like proboscis. The males carry and protect the eggs once they are laid. ODDLY ENOUGH … The deeper and colder the ocean, the larger these animals grow. Some have been found to be over three feet across! Bonus ODDLY ENOUGH … Though once thought to be frail and slow moving, recent footage has revealed Sea Spiders booking it across deep barren ocean floors. ***** Susan Winslow, a proprietress of a house of prostitution in Chicago in the 1890s, weighed 450 lbs and was too large for police to take into custody because she could not physically be removed from the premises. After repeated complaints from the public about her illicit operations, officers broke into her place of business and arrested

  • Show & Tell: Natalie Krol at Sean Goté Gallery

    Jun 29, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood Absorbing, boisterous, captivating, divine, ecstatic, fecund, grandiose, halcyon, illustrious, jovial, kinetic, lustrous, masterful, nourishing, optimistic, passionate, quenchless, redolent, sensuous, transcendent, unyielding, votive, winsome, exultant, youthful, zestful. Natalie Krol’s sculptures. At Sean Goté Gallery. All July.   ***** Natalie Krol’s sculptures will be on display all July at Sean Goté Gallery, 702 W. Gurley St., 928-445-2233. Find out more at NatalieKrol.Com and SeanGote.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 BloodyBobby5@Gmail.Com.    

  • (It’s) For the Birds: Central Arizona Land Trust campaigns for Coldwater Farm

    Jun 29, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Jeanne Trupiano, Coldwater Farm project manager with Central Arizona Land Trust. Find out more at CentralAZLandTrust.Org.] So what is Coldwater Farm and how did it get involved with the Central Arizona Land Trust? It’s 20 acres of land along the Agua Fria River in Dewey-Humboldt owned by Garry and Denise Rogers. They approached the Central Arizona Land Trust in 2017 with the desire to permanently protect their acreage, which spans the river there. The property contains a major Cottonwood-Willow gallery forest and perennial water, so it’s very lush, like an oasis, with very dense vegetation. They also have two large ponds that waterfowl like to use. Also in 2017, the Arizona Game and Fish Department observed two threatened or endangered bird species nesting and breeding there: the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher and the Yellow-billed Cuckoo. This is private property, though. Why does it need protection? The property has zoning that would allow for one unit for every two acres. So, whoever has the land, down the line, could develop it to that density. Eventually everything sells, and this is a way for property owners to protect sensitive areas. … Typically, it’s the landowners who approach us about this. We do some outreach and education, but typically it’s such a big decision that landowners think it

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