Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tucson Favorites Los Lobos Dissolve the Age Barrier

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Los Lobos at the Rialto Theatre, Friday, April 25 - C. ELLIOTT
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  • Los Lobos at the Rialto Theatre, Friday, April 25


From the get-go, the crowd was all-ages, meaning just about every last age. Kids already hung onto the stage barrier or clung to their moms and dads when Chicha dust took the stage in spicy Latino garb and began leading the crowd in their trademark chicha side-stepping. The six-man crew made the stage feel full with a sound that has continued to flesh out and gain complexity since the band emerged about two years ago as a chicha cover band, a side project of Brian Lopez and Gabriel Sullivan. 

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Levar Burton Advocates Free Comic Book Day

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 9:32 AM

When the USS Enterprise's helmsman Lieutenant Geordi La Forge says read, you say, “Which comic book?” The Reading Rainbow’s Levar Burton has always been an advocate for reading. But did you know his love of the written word started from comic books? Burton discuss the importance of the sequiental art form and why you and your family should go out and celebrate Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 3. There are five local comic book retailers participating in this national holiday, so Click here to find a comic book shop in your neck of the woods.

“But you don't have to take my word for it.”

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Monday, April 28, 2014

The Peter Dinklage Version of the 'Game of Thrones' Theme Song

Posted By on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 5:30 PM

The theme song for the wildly popular (and offensive) Game of Thrones HBO series could use some lyrics, and Dan Barham delivers. Barham created this video of a miniature Peter Dinklage figure spinning counter clockwise while he chants "Peter Dinklage" over Ramin Djawadi's score. It's hilarious and a chore to listen to for the entire minute and forty-one-seconds, but it's worth it. A Lannister never lies, or something like that.

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Watershed Improvement Program Aimed to Remove Non-Native Plants

Posted By on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 4:30 PM

PAULDEN — Sawdust flies as Tarl Norman lowers his chainsaw into the moist wood of a scrub tree growing along the Verde River. It topples into a growing pile of water-hungry tamarisks that Norman and the Lake Mead Exotic Plant Management Team are paid to remove here.

Another team member bends over to spray the oozing stumps with a red herbicide that will slowly starve what’s left of the invasive trees.

A mature tamarisk, also known as saltcedar, can consume 200-300 gallons of water a day and produce up to 250 million tiny seeds annually that are spread easily by the wind. So each removal in this corner of the Prescott National Forest is consequential.

“It’s a good feeling to know you’ve improving a watershed and helping species grow and thrive,” said Norman, who leads this team that specializes in removing tamarisks on federal land. “There’s not a whole heck of a lot of water in Arizona, so our priority has to be protecting that water.”

Arizona’s first settlers planted this African and Eurasian ornamental tree along canals to prevent erosion, but in short order tamarisks began taking over the banks of streams and rivers with dense stands that crowded out native plants such as willows, cottonwoods and mesquites.

The effort here is one of a number around the state to gain the upper hand on tamarisks and their thirst for water. In addition, a law recently signed by Gov. Jan Brewer establishes a Watershed Improvement Program aimed at supporting programs to remove non-native plants and replace them with native species.

The law allows the Arizona Department of Water Resources to put grants from the Arizona Water Protection Fund toward such efforts.

The Lake Mead National Recreational Area began its partnership with the Prescott National Forest in 2003, effectively sharing the exotic plant management team that Norman leads. From 2007-2010, the team was contracted as part of an exotic plant removal project headed by EcoResults!, a Flagstaff-based nonprofit. In the years since, Norman said the team has received funding from the Prescott National Forest for removal projects along a 12-mile stretch of the Verde River.

Norman said that while remote, this project is easier than most because the tamarisk was only recently introduced to the ecosystem. This trip will probably be his team’s last along this section of the river.

The hope is that native plants will reestablish themselves with the tamarisks nearly gone.

“Although nature needs to heal herself, we can lend a helping hand and remove some tamarisk,” Norman said. “You may have to face rattlesnakes, long hikes and more wet river crossings than you’d like, but that all fades away when you really realize the impact you’re having on Arizona’s water future.”

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There's A Mammal Penis Museum in Iceland, and There's a Documentary About It

Posted By on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

"My dad has been collecting penises for a long time," says Sigurour “Siggi” Hjartarson's son. Hjartarson is the owner and curator of the Icelandic Phallological Museum, located a half-hour from the Arctic Circle.

Welcome to The Final Member, a new documentary about a museum of dicks.

Hjartarson's museum is dedicated to the preservation of mammalian genitalia. From the impressive length of a sperm whale's member (nearly six feet) to a measly hamster's piece (2mm), Hjartarson's got them all, except one. There's one lone empty jar, eagerly awaiting a human penis.

The Final Member chronicles not only the likable Hjartarson's various eccentricities (he's really into his museum; he wears bow-ties fashioned out of whale-dick bone, and he takes long walks on the Icelandic countrywide with a bull's penis for a walking stick), but it also showcases two men competing to get their appendages in the museum first.

First up is Pall Arason, a 95-year-old Iceland native, adventurer and a self-proclaimed womanizer. He wants his manhood preserved, but there are concerns about elderly shrinkage. In Iceland, there's something about "legal length," and the explanation is one of the film's most side-splitting scenes. Poor Arason is involved in the doc's most harrowing sequence, when attempts to encase his penis in a plaster cast go horribly awry.

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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Recruiting Innovators for Summer Programming

Posted By on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 2:45 PM

The world renowned Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is gearing up for the summer season. The Museum is recruiting young professionals and families a.k.a. "Desert Lab Rats" to join its crew in developing innovative summer programs. There will be two originative workshops from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, at the Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. Here’s your chance to bring attention to various local endangered species and help protect this beautiful desert we are fortunate enough to call home.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum needs your creative mind.
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  • The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum needs your creative mind.

Go here to apply for the morning and here for the afternoon workshop.

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Photos: Barrio Hollywood Fiesta Grande

Posted By on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 1:01 PM

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Google Cars Can Detect Cyclists and Road Construction

Posted By on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM

The gnomes behind the Self-Driving Google Project released a video updating the Google car's new tricks. In Mountain View, Calif., Google cars drive better than you.

We’ve improved our software so it can detect hundreds of distinct objects simultaneously—pedestrians, buses, a stop sign held up by a crossing guard, or a cyclist making gestures that indicate a possible turn. A self-driving vehicle can pay attention to all of these things in a way that a human physically can’t—and it never gets tired or distracted.

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