Archive for August, 2018

  • Going Places: Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour returns

    Aug 31, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Cindi Shaffer, participating artist and executive member of the Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour, and Johanna Shipley, first-time participating artist on the tour. The 11th Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-7. The opening gala is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Elks Theatre & Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St. Visit PrescottStudioTour.Com for a complete list of participants and more.] Cindy Shaffer, Astral Glass Studio, 697 Sixth St. Suite 106, AstralGlassStudio.Com, AstralGlassStudio@Gmail.Com. What is the Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour and how does it work? You visit artists in their studios and actually get to see how they work. With my own medium, people often don’t understand that I start off with sheets of glass and stack them and fire the piece multiple times. The studio tour allows you a different way of looking at mediums and interacting with artists and finding out more about what you’re looking at. A lot of us do demos, and that education piece is a big part of this. … I think the more the public realizes how much time you put into the process, the more people appreciate the final result. Also, the demos help expose the kids and the big kids to more parts of the

  • Perceivings: Science & silence

    Aug 31, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's PerceivingsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Alan Dean Foster The history of science is replete with examples of men and women who spent their lives searching for answers to specific questions. The Curies and radium. Goodyear and the vulcanization of rubber. Pasteur and vaccination. The Wright bros. and powered flight. But there are also marvelous examples of scientific serendipity. Times when researchers and experimenters made discoveries without fully realizing to what uses their discovery might be put. Based on pioneering theoretical work by Charles Townes and Arthur Schawlow, Theodore Maiman constructed the first laser at Hughes Research Laboratories back in 1960. Think about that a moment. 1960: Not so very long ago. I doubt any of them realized their work would lead to enormous changes in the entertainment industry, or in communications, or in medicine. They probably just thought, as a surprising number of scientists do, that their work was “cool.” It’s hard to imagine how contemporary society would function without the laser. But we could manage without lasers long before we could without something that in its fashion is even more miraculous, and certainly more indispensable: the humble battery. Ponder how many devices we take for granted that use batteries. From tiny ones that power hearing aids and cell phones to now-clumsy but once ubiquitous D-cells, from squarish 12 volts to giant batteries that back up hospitals and store megawatts from enormous solar and

  • News From the Wilds: September 2018

    Aug 31, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the WildsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris September glows in golden light, rich with scents of late summer — its sunrises are heady with the fragrance of white Sacred Datura flowers, fading into the noontime butterscotch of sun-warmed Ponderosas, and then into the dusk sweetness of bricklebush. In much of North America, September marks the beginning of the colder part of the year, with last harvests and cold nights. But in the lower latitudes, such as the Mogollon Highlands of Arizona, September is still summer, though with hints and foreshadowings of autumn. The monsoon rains usually continue into the early part of the month, tapering off eventually into glorious sunny days, with extraordinary flowering of purple four-o-clocks, asters, and morning-glories, red penstemons and Scarlet Creeper, yellow sunflowers and daisies, and the tall, strange tree-like Wright’s Thelypody (Thelypodium wrightii), with its white flowers. Insect diversity, too, continues to grow and change, with some of the largest insects of the year making their debut. Look for the large brown Rhinoceros Beetle (Xyloryctes jamaicensis), the Great Ash Sphinx Moth (Sphinx chersis), and the gigantic leaf-mimic katydids of the genus Microcentrum, as well as the harmless (though somewhat alarming) Giant Crab Spider (Olios giganteus), which is often seen in houses as temperatures fall outside. It is in this time of extraordinary plenty that many creatures begin to prepare for the coming cold season. Most of our woody plants

  • What’s Up?: Beehive Cluster

    Aug 31, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, What's up?No CommentsRead More »

    By Adam England On the evening of 6 September, the moon will make a close (1˚04’) approach to one of the oldest studied star clusters, the Beehive Cluster, in the constellation Cancer. Ancient Chinese astronomers labeled the accompanying constellation as the Ghost, with the cluster itself known as Jishi Qi or “exhalation of piled-up corpses” as the breath coming from the ghost. In the Mediterranean civilizations, Hipparchus listed it in his 130 BC star catalog as Nephelion, meaning “Little Cloud,” and the Greek poet Aratus as Achlus or “Little Mist,” while the average Greeks and Romans saw it as a manger from which two neighboring donkeys were eating, with its fuzzy naked-eye appearance being the loose straw. Galileo famously turned his eye and telescope to the cluster in 1609, resolving 40 individual stars in the cluster. Charles Messier took a gander in 1769 and added it to his famous list of sky objects, cataloging it as Messier 44 or M44. To the naked eye, we can see the same thing that our ancient counterparts observed — albeit through a little more light pollution. It will appear as a fuzzy spot in the sky, commonly mistaken for a nebula of gas. But with even the smallest telescope or binoculars, you can begin to see the individual stars. In the center of the cluster are the larger, brighter red giants with the

  • On the Walls: Reaching out

    Aug 31, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, On the WallsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery staff Well-known in the community as “The Co-op,” Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery has been in business on Whiskey Row since 1994. Serving the needs of the local art community, Arts Prescott was formed as a platform to showcase their work, present demonstrations, and feature guest artists. As a cooperative, Arts Prescott is owned and operated by its members. In addition to providing a meet-and-greet guest artist reception every month on Prescott’s 4th Friday Art walk, gallery members decided to reach out to local artists within the community by inviting them to be guest consignment artists. In this way, Arts Prescott showcases more artists every month while customers of Arts Prescott enjoy a broader range of art to choose from. New homeowners and visitors alike continually stop in Arts Prescott, “because we love coming here.” Now, there’s more to explore at Arts Prescott! Please come by and support our new arrivals! Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ***** Visit Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery at 134 S. Montezuma St., “in the heart of Whiskey Row,” 928-776-7717, ArtsPrescott.Com, ArtsPrescott@Gmail.Com, Facebook.Com/ArtsPrescott.  

  • Two-bit Column: A graphic(s) article

    Aug 31, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Two-bit ColumnNo CommentsRead More »

    By Justin Agrell It has been over a decade since computers have become fast enough for general-purpose work. Even the cheapest available laptop can load dynamic websites littered with HD video ads and decode and scroll them without a hiccup. There once was a time when processor speed was the major metric people were concerned with. A computer going from 40 megahertz to 100 megahertz was a noticeable, notable jump. Given that, it’s of great interest to see that the new kid on the block, virtual reality, is finally mixing things up after what seems like quite a few years of stagnation in the industry. Our processors and GPUs can no longer go up in speed, so now they’re going sideways with multiple cores. This change breaks the way systems once functioned, and the solution for developing in this new way is Vulkan. Vulkan is an API (application programming interface) created and maintained by Khronos Group that pioneers modern application development as we know it. OpenGL has long been the cross-platform graphics development standard of choice. Any operating system worth its salt supports it, including OSX, Windows, Debian, RedHat, and even Solaris. It has evolved from a fixed number of supported visual effects to using a complete language to define its own graphics. The major flaw with OpenGL is that it’s always been built around the idea of a single

  • Oddly Enough: September 2018

    Aug 31, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Russ Miller's Oddly EnoughNo CommentsRead More »

    By Russell Miller The Barreleye, a bizarre deep-sea fish (below 2,000 feet), is solid black except for its translucent tail fin and crystal clear skull. The two circular objects near the mouth of its transparent head are not eyes but chemical sensors. Its green-glowing night-vision eyes are perched on movable stalks and stare upwards most of the time as the fish hovers motionless. These stalks can rotate, allowing this animal to search for prey above, then angle forward to lock onto its target when in pursuit. It steals prey from jellyfish and siphonophores’ tentacles (like plucking berries from a bush) occasionally eating the jellyfish themselves. ODDLY ENOUGH … The clear, fluid-filled shield and “cockpit” of a head protects these amazing eyes from the stinging cells of the jellies and siphonophorae that it lives on. ***** The Olm is an aquatic, exclusively cave-dwelling animal found in limestone caves in Southeastern Europe and Slovenia, among other places. As if its strange bottle-shaped head isn’t unique enough, this animal sports three toes on its forelegs and two on its rear and has no fixed number of vertebrae. It has acute senses of hearing and smell although it is blind. Its skin (which is so translucent that the internal organs can be seen through it) detects light, which it shuns. It is sensitive to magnetic fields, including the Earth’s. Olms eat crabs, insects, and

  • Cut (or, better yet, collect) a rug: Navajo rug auction returns to Smoki

    Aug 31, 18 • ndemarino • 5ensesNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Cindy Gresser, executive director of the Smoki Museum of American Indian Art & Culture. The annual Navajo Rug & Indian Art Auction is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 & 15. The mini-auction is 5 p.m. Sept. 14, the main auction preview is 9-11 a.m. Sept. 15, and the main auction is noon Sept. 15, all at Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Ave., 928-445-1230, SmokiMuseum.Org.]   So what can you tell us about the Smoki’s Navajo rug auction? It’s now in its 22nd year. The rug auction is a fundraising event for the museum, obviously, but also an opportunity to introduce the public to the incredible art of our native people. Navajo weaving has been the lifeblood of their economy since the incursion of Euro-Americans onto this continent and it’s still a major economic factor in what they do every day. It’s important to make sure the Navajo weavers are still weaving and markets like ours ensure the public has access to their creations. How’s the art form changed over the years? A lot of weaving started with simple, basic patterns. Now, native people are doing incredible works of art that are constantly evolving. As new weavers are coming onto the scene, they’re changing designs. It’s no longer specific areas doing specific simple patterns. Now

  • Tally Ho, Trismegistus!: September 2018

    Aug 31, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Tally Ho Trismegistus!No CommentsRead More »

    By Clay Smith ***** Clay Smith is an inveterate absurdist with an ear for cognitive dissonance, an eye for Italian horror movies, and a taste for jalapeño bacon. You can reach him at ClayIsNapping@Gmail.Com

  • Bird of the Month: Black-chinned Sparrow

    By Maxine Tinney On a warm summer afternoon, an adult male Black-chinned Sparrow appears at one of the groundwater pans to quench its thirst with a refreshing drink of cool, clear water. Normally this sparrow is inconspicuous with retiring habits; now it bravely emerges from the chaparral of tangled shrubs and thorny bushes. This male Black-chinned Sparrow (Spizella atrogularis) is a breeding adult songbird and has a black chin patch, throat, and lores, highlighted by a grey torso saddled with reddish brown back and brown wings, light gray underparts, long brownish tail, and a thick, bright orangy-pink bill. The male arrives in Prescott during the spring breeding season and sometime sings for a mate from conspicuous perches, but otherwise tends to seek discreet cover in dense shrubs. Both sexes may be located by voice and song with a series of slurred notes, ssip/ssip/ssip, running together and accelerating into a rapid trill. In the nearby underbrush, a female with feathers of more restricted greys and brownish tones answers the male’s song, chooses him as a mate, and builds a shallow, open cup nest near the ground in dense shrub. The nest is made of dry grass, weed stems, and yucca fibers, and lined with fine grass, plant fibers, sometimes feathers or animal hair. The “mate-guarding” male stays close to the female during the laying of two to four pale blue eggs,

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