Kelayah (Heb.: כליה): [noun, singular] destruction, extinction. - Pop culture, pornography, occult & mysticism, photography, science, arts and anything I find interesting. When you reblog don't be a cunt and change the source.
Portishead - “Roads" (Live with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Roseland Ballroom, New York City, 24.VII.’997)
This microblog goes hereby on hibernation indefinitely. I lack the enthusiasm to continue to entertain (first and foremost myself and then possible visitors) and to inform. If the links to my uploads get defunct then message me and I’ll re-upload the files. Other than that… it doesn’t matter anyway as we are all but dust; a moment in time, a blink of an eye, a dream for the blind…
In keeping with the Rosh Hashanah theme, here is Jewish stand up comedian Joel Chasnoff. He is really brilliant though perhaps the cultural jokes might get lost on non-Jews or those that haven’t studied Judaism. This particular clip is about airport security and Joel trying to explain to conservative Christians what his tefilin was for. Really funny if you know what a tefilin is.
Happy Rosh Hashanah! As for entertainment (Shabbat shalom, as it’s dusk here in Sweden) watch this charming comedy “The Hebrew Hammer" with neurotic private dick Adam Goldberg, the sexy foxy Judy Greer (who has amazing tits), smooth Black Panthers’ like leader Mario van Peebles helping the Hebrew Hammer, Jewish League leader Peter Coyote and Andy Dick as the villain, Santa Claus’ anti-Hanukkah son and heir. It’s a spoof on the blaxploitation genre and to fully enjoy it I guess you have to have some socio-cultural knowledge about Judaism. Nevertheless it’s a fun film and even though it’s about saving Hanukkah I think it should be watched during any time of the year (its screening featured in my Jewish humour class at the university some years ago). Watch the film online HERE.
I’ve uploaded HERE for all you chaos worshippers the two CDs of Peter J. Carroll's “The Cthonos Meditation”. His introductory lecture to chaos magick is in itself worth listening. He then goes on to provide from a practical viewpoint a guided meditation one can use for their own magickal practices.
The Conference of The Birds is an epic written by poet Farid ud-Din Attar. The birds have no king and they go to seek a king to represent them. Theological and ontological discussions ensue between them. All the birds represent a human sin and they seek the mythical Simorgh bird. Praised as one of the most important poems in Persian literature, it is also important for the sufi literature, being that the bird Simorgh is featured as a Phoenix like bird. You can find HERE an exhaustive study in the poem (as well as the text itself) with introduction to Persian mysticism, sufism and its influences from neo-platonism etc.
So what can the ritual and its language tell us about themselves from an archaeological perspective? While the study of different cultures’ rituals has mainly been the field of anthropology, there are still other important views to consider to build further upon the “big picture”. This short 15 pages paper by Andrea Vianello of the University of Sheffield (Department of Archaeology) tries to shed some light on the importance of archaeological studies in rituals. Download it HERE. (image unrelated to the paper; praise Google Images)
Till death do us apart - in the dark depth of the ocean it can be a long distance between her and him. No problems, when a he meets a she then he just attaches itself to her body. (Den Blå Planet, Copenhagen)
BBC Horizon presents: “How To Kill a Human Being”. What is the most humane method of execution? Former conservative MP Michael Portillo is dead serious (pun totally intended) in investigating and finding it.
The Wall Street Journal published an important investigation last week, reporting that the National Security Agency (NSA) has direct access to many key telecommunications switches around the country and “has the capacity to reach roughly 75% of all U.S.
The article analyses in detail what the NSA is saying in defence of allegations brought to them. Technically they aren’t lying, they just don’t directly address the allegations and thusly neither confirming nor negating them.