Archive for November, 2018

  • ‘I Remain as Ever …’ Letters from Bob

    Nov 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on ‘I Remain as Ever …’ Letters from BobRead More »

    Transcribed by Markoff Chaney Lake Creek Saratoga, Wyo. June 11, 1920 Dear Sister: I am home now; and I get hear all write. How are you and the other sisters now? The Wind is blowing out hear now. I am sick with the mumps now. Robert said hollow to you. I here is snow on the mountains now. I here is a lot of snow in the river now. I get home safe now. The dog is asleep now. ***** Academy H.C. J. Cheyenne, Wyo. [UNDATED] Dear Robert Hello, Robert, how are you making out this year? We are having a fine lot of fun, I tell you. We had a School Holiday on Friday and we went out to the prairie right after our breakfast and we had all kinds of sports until about twelve o’clock and then we had our dinner, sandwiches and coffee in the park. All of the day Scholars were up for the sports, too, and the Sisters came up to the field in automobiles and they watched the races. After the sack race, and the three-legged race, and the five-legged race, Reverend Mother gave a prize to each of the winners. Joe Hoeriskey got a box of chocolate candy and the other boys and girls got good prizes, too. I cannot tell you all the fun we have this year. You would like to

  • Perceivings: Go pound rocks

    Nov 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's PerceivingsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Alan Dean Foster The term “over-engineered” is a common one. It usually refers to something like emplacing three buttons on a car dash when a single button would accomplish the same task. Or installing multiple controls on a TV when the result is little more than duplication. Not to mention gadgets like expensive electric juicers, when all you need to do is put a neatly sliced hemisphere of fruit (orange, lime, pamplemousse, whatever) atop an old-fashioned glass or ceramic cone and — push down. We have come to expect devices to handle such everyday chores for us. Sometimes they’re useful. Sometimes repetitious. Occasionally they expand and diversify in a way no one could have anticipated. Who saw the humble telephone replacing, for many folks, an entire computer? For that matter, who saw the formerly hideously expensive home computer replacing the abacus? After all, an abacus requires no electricity and allows one to do sums quite well, just as the slide rule permitted manual, non-battery-powered calculations. But sometimes, well, you just have to shake your head at some of the developments that inflict themselves on the modern world in the name of advancing technology. I’m speaking, of course, about laundry. In many parts of the world people — by whom I mean women — still do laundry by hand. You take your basket of clothing down to the local river

  • News From the Wilds: November 2018

    Nov 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the WildsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris November is the beginning of the long quiet of winter for the Mogollon Highlands. The cold has crawled from the cracks of night into the light of day, changing how all of the creatures of the region live. The coming season brings scarcity of food and water, along with low, sometimes killing temperatures, and every species, plant and animal, has their set of adaptations to these challenges. These adaptations are sometimes physiological and sometimes behavioral, though for most species there is a little of both. Mammals (including humans) and some non-migratory birds begin to undergo cold acclimatization now, which includes redirection of blood flow away from skin, accumulation of insulative body fat and fur, and metabolic and chemical changes, all resulting in an overall increase in tolerance for low temperatures. Insects undergo a wide variety of changes — some, including bumblebees, generate propylene glycol (antifreeze) in their blood, which prevents them from freezing, while others develop the ability to raise their body temperatures far above that of the surrounding air, proving themselves anything but “cold-blooded.” Reptiles and amphibians are able to tolerate very low body temperatures without any injury, though some snakes, such as rattlesnakes, gather together in large numbers in caves to avoid killing frosts. Many birds, including the swallows and warblers, migrate south, both for food and to avoid the cold, while mammals such as

  • By torchlight: Introducing … Freefire Glass

    Nov 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Matt Faulkner, artist and owner of Freefire Glass. Contact him at FreefireGlass@Gmail.Com or at 928-235-7910.] How did you get started doing glasswork? The long version is that I was going to school at Louisiana State University, it was my freshman year, and I was in a dorm. The dorm sucked, so I found someone to rent an apartment that was in a ghetto outside of the LSU campus. It was super shady, but one of the neighbors told us they knew someone who wanted to set up their glass torch in a room nearby. We had a kitchen we weren’t really using, so we said sure, why not. I watched him and, in retrospect, this guy had no idea what he was doing and was just basically learning himself, but I was 19 years old, had never seen that before, and was really into it. We weren’t using eye protection, which is a big no-no, and after watching the torch for something like eight hours straight, I my vision was black and white. Luckily the color came back, eventually, and after that I freaked out and got the proper glasses. … I wanted to learn more, so I saved up and after a few years was able to buy my first set up with

  • What’s Up?: Mercury & meteors

    Nov 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, What's up?No CommentsRead More »

    By Adam England Mercury – “The Messenger of the Gods” – races around the Sun every 88 days, and was observed by nearly every known ancient culture as being the most mobile object in the sky. It reaches its greatest eastern elongation on Nov. 6, making it the visible and highest above the horizon in the evening sky. It will be low on the western horizon just after sunset. November gives us the opportunity to view two meteor showers stemming from the tail streams of two comets and an asteroid. Peaking on Nov. 5, the Taurids Shower will see 5-10 dust grains enter our atmosphere each hour, best viewed around midnight. A second shower, the Leonids, peaks after midnight on Nov. 17 and is the remnants of comet Tempel-Tuttle, which most recently visited the inner solar system in 2001. As with most meteor showers, the name is based on the constellation from which the “shooting stars” appear to stem from, with the former coming from the constellation Taurus, and the latter from the constellation Leo. A new moon on Nov. 7 means that the lit portion of our celestial satellite will set on both nights to allow for optimal dark sky viewing. Nov. 23 brings the Beaver Moon, so called by early Native American tribes for the time of year that beavers built their dams, and the last opportunity to

  • Profane thoughts: Elements of a good @#*!

    Nov 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Myth & MindNo CommentsRead More »

    By Reva Sherrard [Editor’s note: This is a column about language. Explicit language. And, really, what’s the purpose of language if not to be explicit … or something like that … -ish? This is fair warning for the easily offended: THIS COLUMN CONTAINS FRANK DISCUSSION AND USE OF PROFANITY. … In the interest of full disclosure, there was some debate about the contents of this column. After a profanity-laden debate amongst staff, we’ve decided to run it as written, though we did censor the subtitle as it could be misconstrued as sensationalistic provocation. In any case, if you’re truly upset by the contents of this article, we suggest you invent a time machine, go back to 1971, and make your case at the Supreme Court before the conclusion of the “Cohen vs California” case. Or just, you know, get on with your life.] Every tongue has its forbidden words. Some, like the Tetragrammaton (Yahweh when he’s at home), are sacred. Others are decidedly profane. If you’re reading this, chances are that, like me, you were raised to expect a gasp of horror from moral authorities (parents, teachers, adults at large) if you uttered that most satisfying and utilitarian cussword in English — fuck. Perhaps, like me, your upbringing instilled such an aura of evil around this word and its ilk that even as your cooler peers began peppering them into

  • Weather or whether?: Fleeing the tornado

    Nov 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Dale O’Dell I’d been photographing electricity-generating windmills in Oregon, Washington, and Montana and was on my way to North Dakota. Things were not going well. After spending the night in Glasgow, Mont., it was about a 110-mile drive to the North Dakota state line. It would be an easy drive on the nearly arrow-straight State Highway 2. Commercial-free jazz played on the XM satellite radio and the cruise control was set at the speed limit of 70 mph. The weather had been bad for the past few days. Storms chased me across northern Washington and late May snows in central Oregon called for a mid-trip course correction, so I was in Montana sooner than I’d planned. As I drove, I scanned the skies. Although it was partly sunny on the high flat plains of eastern Montana, I could see a thunderstorm off to the north and two more in the southeastern distance. So far it was dry, but I wondered if I’d be driving into heavy weather. As a guy who watches The Weather Channel and as a child lived in Kansas for a while, I know what tornado skies look like; the distant skies were angry. As fate would have it, it wasn’t long before I drove right into a major storm. I don’t know if the road took me to the storm or the storm came to

  • Two-bit Column: Introducing … Prescott PC Gamers Group

    Nov 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Two-bit ColumnNo CommentsRead More »

    By Justin Agrell Once I left Florida I was happy to say goodbye. Only one thing remained in the back of my mind that I would miss: the LAN party. A Local Area Network party is a gathering of individuals who enjoy playing games together using their personal computers. They actually go to the trouble of building an entire network, complete with cabling and routers, just to play their games. I understand that deconstructing your computer and dragging it to who-knows-where is always going to be a chore, but it never outweighs the amount of fun a bunch of gamer-geeks have for 12 hours playing video games together. After settling in to Arizona and not finding a satisfactory replacement to fill that nerdy void in my heart, it was time; Prescott was finally getting a permanent LAN party of its own. It was 2014, the year that represented the most work I’d ever faced. The computer repair shop that my wife and I owned was growing considerably and, looking back, months without a day off were not uncommon. I was pushed to create the LAN party in Prescott by a simple desperation for guaranteed time to enjoy my hobby of PC gaming — even if it was only once a month. After a few phone calls, I was able to find respite at the Game On tabletop store off of

  • Oddly Enough: November 2018

    Nov 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Russ Miller's Oddly EnoughNo CommentsRead More »

    By Russell Miller The Alvin, a deep sea exploration vessel, has been piloted on over 4,700 scientific dives during its long career. It can plummet as deep as three miles and takes two hours to descend to that depth. On dive number 202, on July 6, 1967 — off the coast of Florida, the Alvin, once settled on the ocean floor at 2,000 feet, was immediately attacked by an 8-foot swordfish. The 200 lbs. animal managed to drive its 3-foot sword in between two external panels of the Alvin and then thrashed wildly for the terrifying two hour ascent. Once on the surface, the animal expired and its bill broke off. The crew enjoyed several days of swordfish fillets. Oddly Enough … During the entire event, the internal hull was never breached and, although the sword entered at a critical electronic junction, no contacts or wires were damaged.   ***** Severe weather at sea has a history of stripping away and exposing hidden shores, changing ocean floors, and disrupting long-forgotten wrecks and relics of the deep. St. Cyrus, Scotland has been visited by large, barrel-shaped hunks of lard for decades following profound storms. It is believed these huge lumps of fat are part of the cargo of a merchant ship bombed and sunk during World War II. As the wooden barrels decay and the fat is freed by violent currents,

  • Tally Ho, Trismegistus!: November 2018

    Nov 2, 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

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