July 30th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Vania Zouravliov

Vania Zouravliov

Vania Zouravliov's illustration

Audrey Kawasaki, one of my favorite living painters, posted on her blog about a provocative artist I wasn't familiar with: Vania Zouravliov. The image above is a detail view; click for the full piece. Audrey says, "i came across the works of Vania Zouravliov through the 'Black Magic, White Noise' book. his work is sooo~ chillingly beautiful~." Link to Audrey's post with images, For more Zouravliav, navigate through the Flash at Big Active Link



Chris Keeley

Xeni's I-Phone Mofo

Xeni's I-Phone Mofo

Stuff on Xeni's iphone.

  • LCD Soundsystem: "Someone Great," from "Sound of Silver." 2007. Here's a trippy, presumably unauthorized fan-made 'net video (from China?) with what look like lo-fi autogenerated fractals, and good quality sound: Video Link. (Amazon | iTunes )


  • Editors: "An End Has a Start." 2007. Video Link. (Amazon | iTunes)


  • U.N.K.L.E. (this track -- James Lavelle + DJ Shadow + Richard Ashcroft + Thom Yorke): "Rabbit in Your Headlights," from "Psyence Fiction." 1998. Video Link. (Amazon | iTunes)


  • A bunch of that Balkan beat stuff we blogged last week: Link.


  • Miles Davis: "Solea," from "Sketches of Spain." 1960. No video of Miles himself performing this particular piece exists on YouTube or other easily searchable repositories, but here's a Video Link to the Chicago Jazz Ensemble performing it, with Orbert Davis on trumpet. (Amazon | iTunes)



  • Brian Eno: "An Ending (Ascent)," from "Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks." 1983. Here's a fan-made Video Link. (Amazon | iTunes)


  • Belong: "All Equal Now," from "October Language." 2006. (Amazon | iTunes )


  • Ulrich Schnauss: "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow," from "Goodbye." 2007. (Amazon | iTunes)


  • Siouxsie and the Banshees: "Christine," appeared on various releases including the linked-to "Best of." 1980. Video Link. (Amazon, iTunes)


  • Nino Rota: "La Dolce Vita," from the Fellini movie soundtrack. 1960. (Amazon | iTunes)


  • Alice Coltrane: "Blue Nile," from "Ptah the el Daoud." 1970. (Amazon | iTunes)

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    Images: Larger size. From this post on Bibliodyssey blog, a detail from a manuscript produced in 1650 by Athanasius Kircher: "Musurgia Universalis."

    posted by Xeni Jardin

  • Chris Keeley

    Answering to No One

    Answering to No One

    By Walter F. Mondale
    Sunday, July 29, 2007; B07


    The Post's recent series on Dick Cheney's vice presidency certainly got my attention. Having held that office myself over a quarter-century ago, I have more than a passing interest in its evolution from the backwater of American politics to the second most powerful position in our government. Almost all of that evolution, under presidents and vice presidents of both parties, has been positive -- until now. Under George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, it has gone seriously off track.

    The Founders created the vice presidency as a constitutional afterthought, solely to provide a president-in-reserve should the need arise. The only duty they specified was that the vice president should preside over the Senate. The office languished in obscurity and irrelevance for more than 150 years until Richard Nixon saw it as a platform from which to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 1960. That worked, and the office has been an effective launching pad for aspiring candidates since.

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    Chris Keeley

    The SERE training program -- Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape -- is intended to train American

    The SERE training program -- Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape -- is intended to train American soldiers who are likely to be held captive in the event of a war to resist interrogation techniques from a fictional enemy, as it were. Basically, they are exposed to Soviet-style interrogation techniques that include waterboarding, sleep deprivation, extreme temperatures, religious degradation. They are exposed to this in an effort to inoculate them against the stress of capture.

    There are a group of psychologists who oversee that program in order to ensure the safety of the American soldiers who are undergoing the training. They are supposed to prevent the trainers from behavioral drift and prevent the soldiers from getting harmed. It was those group of psychologists who ended up working for the CIA as contractors, who made a case that they had a method for making people talk. And so, it was those reverse-engineered training methods that were used on detainees. 

    "Rorschach and Awe" 

    Coalition for an Ethical APA