Archive for October, 2018

  • Play Dead: Celebrate Día de los Muertos at The Smoki

    Oct 5, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Cindy Gresser, executive director of Smoki Museum. The Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead celebration is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 28, at the Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Ave., 928-445-1230, SmokiMuseum.Org.] What is Día de los Muertos? Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is one of the fastest growing celebrations in the United States, but it’s roots are in Mexico. Our mission, for our area here at the Smoki, is one that has no international boundary or border. The indigenous people who live in southern Arizona also lived in northern Mexico. We were given the opportunity to bring Day of the Dead to the museum several years ago and we seized it. Since that time, this has become one of our most popular events at the Smoki. Everyone from little kids to elderly people can enjoy painting their faces and dressing up and celebrating the lives of the people they love, even if they’re gone. So what does that look like? Well, we have Ballet Folklorico, we have mariachi, we have children from La Tierra performing, and we have dancing, and the Why Not? Bellydance troupe. There’s food and drinks and crafts for the kids. There are sugar skulls and vendors. The highlight of the day is the procession we

  • Perceivings: Adrenaline low

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

    By Alan Dean Foster You hear about an “adrenaline rush” or “adrenaline high” all the time, most commonly in relation to sports. Especially extreme sports such as skydiving, rock climbing, big wave surfing, motocross, and — of especial note for Prescott residents — assorted rodeo activities. One needn’t be involved in any of these to experience such a high, albeit perhaps not to such a great degree. Ordinary sports provide a lesser degree of stimulation, particularly when competition is involved. In these instances, the old saying “It’s in our blood” is more than just a cliché. It’s all about the biochemistry. Adrenaline is mostly produced by the — surprise — adrenal glands, although some neurons are also responsible. The chemical is produced in response to signals from the brain, usually in reaction to a need to acquire food or to fight. So what are we to make of situations where one gets an adrenaline rush in response to pleasure (assuming said pleasure doesn’t involve food or fighting)? Note that I’m not talking about endorphins, which are produced elsewhere in the body and are intended to relax or reward you in pleasurable situations. I don’t have to jump out of a plane or cling by my fingernails to get an adrenaline rush. Walking through the rainforest is what does it for me. I think it’s a combination of excitement, of not

  • News From the Wilds: October 2018

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

    By Ty Fitzmorris October in the Mogollon Highlands is one of the great turning points of the year — the warmth and activity of summer drops into the lower deserts and valleys as the cold of the coming winter (borne by heavy, cold air) slithers down the creek beds from the uplands. The evening air carries a sliver of ice and brings smells of wood smoke and high mountains, while the days are filled with dried grasses and the last of the year’s butterflies, native bees and flowers. The monsoon showers have finally passed, leaving a wave of activity in their wake — insects laying eggs, plants setting seed, birds migrating, and mammals preparing winter stores and putting on fat for the coming time of scarcity. In October the second dry season of the year typically begins as the heat-driven summer monsoon pattern, which draws moist air masses north from the Gulf of California, shifts to the storm-driven winter pattern based in the Pacific Ocean, where massive storm systems catapult smaller, moist low-pressure troughs across our region, bringing snow and rain. And during this changeover the skies over the Mogollon Highlands tend to stay clear, though it is also during this time that the Pacific hurricane season is at its peak, and some of these hurricanes move through our region, dropping sometimes large amounts of precipitation. October reliably brings our

  • What’s Up?:Aquarius & the Helix Nebula

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

    By Adam England As early as 2,000 B.C.E., the Babylonian and Egyptian cultures predicted the seasons by the changing of the night sky. One of the most important events in these changing seasons was the regular flooding of their respective great rivers, which could bring not only destruction, but also nutrient rich sediments to their fields, and ensure another season of fertile and life-sustaining crops. Thus, the Water Bearer came to be known as the bringer of waters, both good and bad. The Hindu zodiac labeled this cluster of stars Kumbha or “water pitcher.” The Babylonians knew it as GU.LA — “The Great One” — being the god Ea holding an overflowing vase. Ancient Egyptians first named it “Aquarius,” who, dipping his jar into the river, began the season of Akhet or the Inundation of the Nile River. Along with the modern constellations “Cetus” the whale, “Pisces” the fish, and “Eridanus” the river, the water themed region of the sky that Aquarius resides in is oft times called “The Sea.” Most of the stars in Aquarius are dim and not of great mention, but we have recently found that several of its stars do host planetary systems. Of these, the closest to Earth is Gliese 876, just 15 light years distant, and hosting four known planets, three gas giants and one possibly a rocky terrestrial body about six times the

  • Spooky is as spooky does

    Oct 5, 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

  • Myth & Mind: Tale of the cat

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

    By Reva Sherrard Near the temple of the cat goddess Bastet in ancient Egypt, a lioness emerged full of the desert’s fury, with eyes like fevered suns and a snarl for blood rising from her belly. To devour the people within the temple she first had to pass the sacred lake enclosing the buildings. Pausing to drink from the clear waters, she felt her bloody wrath receding in waves. But she was still hungry. In the temple’s inviting shade an acolyte saw her padding up the stone walkway and hastily prepared a basin of buffalo milk. She sniffed it with a growl, darting sparks from her yellow eyes at the temple attendants and worshippers, before lowering her great head to the basin. The growl became a purr. When her belly was full she sauntered over to a comfortable place on the floor, laid down, and fell asleep. Drowsing peacefully on the smooth stone, she shrank; she became small and slim, with a soft dappled coat. She lived in the temple grounds for the rest of her life, where she never wanted for mice and birds to hunt or friendly hands to stroke her. No one who shares their life with cats will be surprised this myth exists. Bastet was a fierce goddess, originally a lion like her counterpart Sekhmet in Upper (southern) Egypt, whose breath was the searing desert wind,

  • Two-bit Column: Introducing … Virtual Odysseys

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

    By Justin Agrell [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Sean Souva, owner of Chino Valley-based Virtual Odysseys, a new virtual reality company. The interview took place in virtual reality using HTC Vive headsets.] Why launch a virtual reality company? It's the new thing and I see a lot of potential in terms of business opportunities that are available. It's something that people are extremely interested in. A lot of attention is being made towards it, and it's growing as an industry. It's kind of in the same place where the iPhone was when it first came out — people recognized that there was an amazing amount of potential there and that people were going to do incredible things with it. No one really knew which direction it was going to go. … Virtual reality is in that place right now where people are looking at it and going "What are we going to use it for?" or "How are we going to use it?" and I see an opportunity to do the same thing and, looking at it from my perspective, I see a lot of different ways it can be used and I can immediately fulfill the need, or maybe even a need that people don't know they have yet. And it's fun. It's something I've been waiting 30 years for. What

  • Oddly Enough: October 2018

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

    By Russell Miller Vampire killing kits have made their way into museums, private collections, family heirlooms, and even prestigious auction houses where they have sold for over $20,000. One such kit, on display at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Penn., contains a black-powder pistol with silver bullets, a wooden stake, a crucifix, garlic, and some kind of nasty-looking bottled serum with a syringe. Though reputed to have been the possession of a cautious vacationer of the 19th century, most of these “protective” travel kits didn’t pop up until the 1970s when vampire movies became popular. Oddly Enough … Even though these cobbled-together attaches contained some genuine vintage components, they are nonetheless phony. Most “silver” bullets have been discovered to be made of pewter. Still, the lure of these kits is great enough that they continue to entice museum visitors and the curious, helping boost ticket sales. ***** A story is told in Hamburg about a young and superstitious couple who lived there in 1784. The wife, who was praying while kneeling in front of a stone statue of Death outside the church of the Augustin Friars, inadvertently caught her hood on the scythe blade, snapping off the tip. The piece of marble was later discovered by her husband. The husband, fearing the piece of stone blade was a harbinger of his wife’s death, took ill that day and died. Oddly

  • On the Stage: ‘The Laramie Project’ with all-teen cast comes to Prescott stage

    Oct 5, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Jarvell Williams, director of “The Laramie Project,” and Robert Zinni, social studies teacher at Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy and production education coordinator. “The Laramie Project,” via 4AM Productions, is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3 at Yavapai College, 1100 Sheldon St., 928-776-2000, $15 online, $20 door, student discounts available.] Jarvell Williams, director of “The Laramie Project” So what is “The Laramie Project”? It’s a production created in 2000 by Tectonic Theater Project that was a response to the 1998 death of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old openly gay college student in Laramie, Wyoming. It’s a collection of verbatim interviews from select residents of Laramie put together as a series of short scenes. … The story is about letting people talk about their experiences and how they feel in the aftermath of his death. There’s a lot about who he was as a person and how people view homosexuality in the town. There’s also some scenes about the trial of the two young men who attacked him and tied him to a fence. There’s also a portrayal of someone reflecting on that trial and how the town has just tried to move on and, more importantly, how it affected the entire country. That’s some pretty heavy stuff. It’s important to note that this was the

  • Old Haunts: ‘Ghost Talk’ returns to Stage Too

    Oct 5, 18 • ndemarino • UncategorizedNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Erica Muse, co-director of 2018’s “Ghost Talk,” which is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, 27, & 31, plus 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at Stage Too, alley between Cortez and Marina streets behind Prescott Center for the Arts, 928-445-3286, PCA-AZ.Net, $10-$15.] What is “Ghost Talk”? It’s a series of performances, a compilation of different ghost stories from around Yavapai County. But they’re not just ghost stories — they’re all fact-checked, so they’re about or based on events and people for which there’s actual historical evidence. For example, there’s a pretty well-known legend about a ghost at Hotel Vendome — her name might be Annie — but that’s not backed up by any historical facts, so it’s not one we use. So, all the stories in “Ghost Talk” are based on things that actually happened. Now, whether those places are still haunted is up to each individual person to decide. “Ghost Talk” is a Prescott institution. How long has it been going on? In its current form, this is its second year. Last year, Prescott Center for the Arts decided on moving it from the main stage to Stage Too. Prior to that it was taking place at the big theater for about nine years, back when it was written and directed by Karen Murphy. Now it’s

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