Posts Tagged ‘moon’

  • There’s no time like the present … except for maybe 100 years ago, and maybe 50, too

    Dec 29, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Markoff Chaney By now, you’re probably sick of holidays and those inevitable (and inevitably redundant and/or boring) “Year in Review” and “Top Stories of the Year” articles. Don’t pretend you’ve kept up with the papers. You’ve probably started the New Year with a stack of old news that would make the Collyer brothers balk. Instead of recapping recent events, let’s look toward the future … by looking back a century and half-century. Here’s a highly partial, by-no-means complete list of famous, infamous, or otherwise noteworthy 100-year and 50-year anniversaries to ponder in 2018. (And for Alert Readers, yes, this is a nearly identical intro to a similarly themed piece that’s run the past few years in 5enses. Was it any less effective?) 15 things that happened in 1918 • Jan. 8, 1918: Woodrow Wilson delivers his “Fourteen Points” speech outlining the principles of peace to be used for negotiations to end World War I. • January, 1918: Spanish flu, i.e. influenza (specifically H1N1), is observed in Kansas, kicking off the 1918 flu pandemic in the U.S. Worldwide, the influenza pandemic infects 500 million people resulting 50 million-100 million deaths, then three to five percent of the world’s population. In the U.S., alone, life expectancy dropped by a dozen years as a result. • Feb. 6, 1918: The “Representation of the People Act” gives most women over the age of

  • Everything under the Sun: A journey to and from the 2017 total solar eclipse

    Oct 6, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, ColumnNo CommentsRead More »

    Story, photos, & illustrations by Dale O’Dell Given that the occurrence of a total solar eclipse is about once per continent per human lifetime, it’s highly likely that during your lifetime an eclipse will happen over the landmass on which you live. And you should see it. An eclipse is a unique astronomical event that you should witness at least once, even if you must travel a great distance. There’s nothing comparable. It can’t be overemphasized: Each and every human being should see at least one total solar eclipse. I was already planning another photo shoot when I first learned about the 2017 solar eclipse. I’d be photographing land art installations featuring automobiles including “Carhenge” in Alliance, Neb. The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse would span the entirety of the North America, and I wondered whether the shadow would fall over Nebraska. Yes, it would! The Moon’s shadow would traverse the sky directly over Alliance. I scheduled the trip and planned on shooting both “Carhenge” and the eclipse. I taught myself about solar filters, protecting my eyes and my camera’s sensor, exposure data, and all of that. I read books and astronomy websites. Many experts were saying the same thing about optimum viewing locations: The highest probability of clear skies was in the middle of the continent like in, you know, Alliance, Neb. Since it looked like I’d have company,

  • Oddly Enough: December 2015

    Dec 4, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Russ Miller's Oddly EnoughNo CommentsRead More »

    By Russell Miller John Henry Anderson was born in 1814 in Scotland. He was orphaned by 10 and apprenticed with a blacksmith until he was 17, when he joined a traveling entertainment group and became a magician. Being a bit of a marketing genius, his promotional techniques filled public houses so successfully that he eventually built the Glasgow City Theater in 1845. Sadly, it burned down five months after completion. The fiduciary loss for Anderson was considerable. Though the first magician to take the craft from the street and parlor and elevate it to the realm of theater, Anderson suffered from many financial woes. He was once taken to court and sued over the illegal purchase of trade tools and illusions from the prop mechanic of none-other than the well known performer Robert Houdin. (Houdin was the magician whom Harry Houdini took his stage name.) Anderson died in 1874 broke and desperate and was buried next to his mother in Aberdeen. Born that same year was the world renowned and future escape artist Harry Houdini.  In 1909, Houdini visited Anderson’s grave site and was alarmed by its state of disrepair. Houdini immediately had the headstone restored and endowed a trust to perpetually keep the grave maintained. ODDLY ENOUGH … Anderson is also credited with being the first man to pull a live white rabbit from a black top hat. *****

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