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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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Speaking of insects burrowing into the human body, National Geographic published a fine guide to the many ways critters can invade the human body. The article is filled with wonderfully disturbing passages: Apart from intestinal parasites, few species brave the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Today's real-life Gothic murder comes from Germany, where a woman decapitated her lover with a circular saw. Of course it was part of a sex game: On the night of the killing, Alex H blindfolded himself with a pair of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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An Indian woman experienced some very personal Gothic horror, as medical staff removed a most disturbing intruder from her body. Let's take this story in stages to fully appreciate its horror. First, the discovery: The 42-year-old Injambakkam resident had woken... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Some British banks have taken a very Gothic approach to robbers, and Infocult approves. The question concerns the classic use of a bank employee's severed finger to get past identification technology, and coming up with a way to stop that:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Ha! That's an excellent story. With awesome titles. It's Infocult's world.
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French scientists have discovered a disturbing side effect of changing up hamster diets. Some hamsters became disturbed cannibals. "A diet of corn is turning wild hamsters in north-eastern France into deranged cannibals that devour their offspring", explains the Guardian and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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A sinkhole opened up in eastern Pennsylvania, continuing Gaia's war on humanity. The sinkhole opened up along Brooke Road near Argyle Road in Glenside, Cheltenham Township, before 4 a.m. Wednesday, gobbling up the yards of at least two homes, leaving... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
A group of artists is making art using human blood to protest Donald Trump. "The creators stressed that blood and watercolor paint are identical, except one "smells a little weird."" The collective used some nice Gothic language to describe their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
A new instance of bats enjoying human blood has surfaced in Brazil. Scientists examining local bat diets found the blood is the life indeed: Researchers from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco found evidence of human-blood consumption in hairy-legged vampire bats... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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A history of hypnotic movies just appeared on the fun We Are the Mutants site. Here's one description: The Hypnotic Eye boasted a “new audience participation thrill” dubbed “HypnoMagic,” and enlisted real-life celebrity hypnotherapist Gil Boyne as technical consultant to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
A beach in New Jersey has developed an intriguing way of killing people. The sand under shallow waters can sometimes just collapse, and suck people down to their demise. "[A] man [was] swept out to sea when the sand collapsed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
A new tv show features what might be a new monster. It looks like it's covered entirely in human teeth: Even better, one BoingBoing commentator toothsomely suggests these are baby teeth. (thanks to Todd Bryant) Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Happy new year! Approved News 6 offers a nightmarish, visionary glimpse into the annual ritual. It begins with a single tweet, "US Military Goes to DEFCON 1 as End of 2016 Approaches", then escalates: It's as if Grant Morrison and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
The kinds of things you can find while looking for a new home: The desiccated corpse was discovered by a man who was house shopping and ventured into the home's garage on Thursday afternoon, spotting the body inside an early... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Thank you for that, Paul. A good track, and also funny.
Arkansas police demanded Amazon share recordings from an Echo, which was apparently sole witness to a murder. Amazon declined to give police any of the information that the Echo logged on its servers, but it did hand over Bates' account... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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"The Stroma Sessions" is a new BBC audioplay, and recommended to Infocult readers. The plot concerns a music group that repairs to a remote island for creative recording work, and how things go ... wrong, and weird. You might get... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Another new sound has been recorded from the ocean depths. This time it's the Marianas Trench area. Named the “Western Pacific Biotwang,” the sound is unusual for its complexity and wide frequency range. It could potentially be a previously unheard... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Earth's war against the human race reached Texas, where a sinkhole gobbled up two cars and one police officer. fire department spokesman Joe Arrington said crews responded to a water rescue shortly after 7:30 p.m. What they found, Arrington said,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
A Japanese skating rink offered a Gothic attraction to would-be skaters. Embedded within this ice were thousands of dead fish. The conceit was all about the creatures' suffering, it seems: Fish, crabs and other shellfish were embedded in the ice... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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What nightmares can Google's Deep Dream artificial intelligence create with our images? Here's one. Be sure to click through for the mind-melting video: As Nacho says: Yes you do want to see a frog video through Google dream filter thing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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A recent broadcast from WFMU's Noise and Syrup show contains two nicely creepy and Infocultish audio tracks. The show is long, a little over three hours, but you can click through to the tracks in question from the playlist page.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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How many people get killed while taking selfies? A new paper investigates this, and offers a charming neologism: killfie. Some interesting findings: We found that most common reason of selfie death was height-related. These involve people falling off buildings or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Behind You is a fine series of creepy cartoons, somewhere in the dark, witty interzone between Chas Addams and Edward Gorey. Each item is a slightly animated gif, with a caption below. By "slightly animated" know that many will look... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Here's a fine Infocult accessory for your car: big scary decals mounted on the rear windshield. They only appear when another car's very high beams strikes them, so it's an act of traffic retribution. (thanks to Randy McCall) Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics