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Bryan Alexander
Vermont
I research, teach, and help build programs about cyberculture.
Interests: web 2.0, gaming, cyberculture, gothic, intellectual property, wikis, writing, blogging, social software, multimedia narrative, project management
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Here's a small, quiet, and ominous creepy doll story from Ohio. It started when "a resident opened his front door and found two Barbie heads without bodies." One of the doll heads had long blonde hair, while the hair on... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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What does an apocalyptic hospital Twitter update look like? Gothic tweet of the month: (thanks to Infocult's mysterious wife) Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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One fine tweet: Fair ground built deep in abandoned salt mine in Transylvania, awesome... Here's the attached image: Twitter continues to provide us with this tiny, evocative glimpses of larger, creepy worlds. (thanks to Steven Kaye) Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Google Streetview is certainly a giant artwork. Some of it can be deeply disturbing, like so: And: (All credit goes to Infocult's dark daughter) Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Suicide by rollercoaster: that was the subject of a recent grad student's design work. It hasn't been built (yet), but here's the concept: First the rider would face a long, slow climb up to more than 500 meters, giving him... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
A criminal conspiracy sought to assassinate a powerful figure by using poisonous hand sanitizer. Said conspiracy consisted of fourth graders, and the figure was their teacher, apparently. This occurred in upstate New York, and the kids thought the teacher was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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A man working in an ad agency suddenly became terrified of nearby mannequins. In an ecstacy of fear he leaped from a window to his death. “They’re after me! They’re after me!” David Caquais, 43, shouted while frantically pointing at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Back in the bad old 70s a group of New York City union leaders and others produced a pamphlet to scare off tourists. It was a political ploy to influence the mayor, but Infocult readers might be more interested in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Horror comedy is a hard trick to pull off. For a good example, consider the very short web animated series Llamas with Hats. Each episode is very short (circa 1:20) and very simple. One llama asks the other llama about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Centuries of Anglo-Irish relations explained in a single bad headline: British urgently want the blood of Irish people (thanks to Charles Cameron on Twitter) Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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During the Cold War some die-hard Soviet rock music fans turned to repurposed medical technology to share their beloved, banned tunes. With the aid of a special device, people started pressing banned jazz and rock n’ roll music on thick... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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The Atlantic offers a superb and surprising Gothic metaphor in an article this week. A discussion of a slang term's decline (the word is bae) offers this imaginative comparison: At that point, the term bae had already been used by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Argentina's presidents have been following an unusual custom for decades. It seems that every year the current presidente adopts a child in order to prevent them from becoming a werewolf. The specific lycanthrope type is the lobison or luison: According... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Two people were trapped in their keyless car for half a day, thanks to their not being able to understand the door locking mechanism. When they were freed by neighbours about 7.45am the next day, Mrs Smith was unconscious and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Apparently the Aztecs, that classically Gothic people, had a unique musical instrument for war. It was called the death whistle, appropriately. Listen: (thanks to Randy McCall) Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Adult Swim has been producing some very weird and interesting video of late. "Unedited Footage of a Bear" is a fine example. It starts off as what the title says - then becomes a drug ad, complete with supporting website.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Japanese police arrested a woman for murdering her husband. The thing is, this wasn't her first. Her previous five husbands and/or boyfriends all died as well. Kakehi reportedly married at least three times and had relationships with three other men... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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A horror writer moonlights as a Congressman's speechwriter. Brett Talley creates texts for Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), when he's not writing about the Necronomico. “He’s been great,” Lehman says. “He’s very creative. He’s also dogged about expanding the senator’s vocabulary.”... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Today's scary toy is a cute little giraffe. It's very sweet, until it comes to life: (via Jesse Walker on the Twitters) Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Here's your real-like Gothic headline of the day: "The Fiery Underground Oil Pit Eating L.A." Even better is the text tag that follows: Formless and ancient things from the depths of our planet move beneath Los Angeles, unexpectedly setting fire... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Google News does a decent job of aggregating and categorizing it. But today GN turned a bit Gothic, offering this category for our grim delectation: Yes, Death itself. No celebrity deaths or anniversaries (cf Nelson Mandela), but The End. Follow... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Artificial intelligence could wipe out the human race, suggests Stephen Hawking. "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race." "It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate...... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Ukrainian protests dressed up as zombies to protest too many Russian tv shows. Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream This may further the claim that zombies are becoming the 21st century's first universal monster. (thanks to Todd "Not Dead Yet"... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Within the Darren Wilson grand jury story lies a nugget of digital media fear. The prosecuting attorney, Robert P. McCulloch, took time in his statement to blame social media for warping the pursuit of justice. First, McCulloch sees social media... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
What if a troupe of famous puppets rose up in rebellion and turned the tables on their human masters? You might see The Human Show. The Muppets, after years of oppression, invite you to a night filled with song dance... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics