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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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LUCY WESTENRA'S DIARY Hillingham, 24 August.--I must imitate Mina, and keep writing things down. Then we can have long talks when we do meet. I wonder when it will be. I wish she were with me again, for I feel... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at Dracula Blogged
CHAPTER 9. LETTER, MINA HARKER TO LUCY WESTENRA Buda-Pesth, 24 August." "My dearest Lucy, I know you will be anxious to hear all that has happened since we parted at the railway station at Whitby." "Well, my dear, I got... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at Dracula Blogged
23 August.--"The expected always happens." How well Disraeli knew life. Our bird when he found the cage open would not fly, so all our subtle arrangements were for nought. At any rate, we have proved one thing, that the spells... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Dracula Blogged
LETTER, MESSRS. CARTER, PATERSON & CO., LONDON, TO MESSRS. BILLINGTON & SON, WHITBY. 21 August." "Dear Sirs,--"We beg to acknowledge 10 pounds received and to return cheque of 1 pound, 17s, 9d, amount of overplus, as shown in receipted account... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Dracula Blogged
DR. SEWARD'S DIARY 20 August.--The case of Renfield grows even more interesting. He has now so far quieted that there are spells of cessation from his passion. For the first week after his attack he was perpetually violent. Then one... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Dracula Blogged
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In 1918 a train crash in the upper American midwest killed nearly 100... clowns. Is there a word for a clown massacre? On the night of June 22, 1918, members of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus were asleep in the rear cars... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
DR. SEWARD'S DIARY 19 August.--Strange and sudden change in Renfield last night. About eight o'clock he began to get excited and sniff about as a dog does when setting. The attendant was struck by his manner, and knowing my interest... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Dracula Blogged
19 August.--Joy, joy, joy! Although not all joy. At last, news of Jonathan. The dear fellow has been ill, that is why he did not write. I am not afraid to think it or to say it, now that I... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Dracula Blogged
MINA MURRAY'S JOURNAL. 18 August.--I am happy today, and write sitting on the seat in the churchyard. Lucy is ever so much better. Last night she slept well all night, and did not disturb me once. The roses seem coming... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Dracula Blogged
We may have the most Gothic campaign ad of 2016: It's very Gothic to see actual blood attached to candidates. Let's see which horror-themed ads come next. (thanks to Jesse Walker) Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
LETTER, SAMUEL F. BILLINGTON & SON, SOLICITORS WHITBY, TO MESSRS. CARTER, PATERSON & CO., LONDON. 17 August "Dear Sirs,--"Herewith please receive invoice of goods sent by Great Northern Railway. Same are to be delivered at Carfax, near Purfleet, immediately on... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Dracula Blogged
17 August.--No diary for two whole days. I have not had the heart to write. Some sort of shadowy pall seems to be coming over our happiness. No news from Jonathan, and Lucy seems to be growing weaker, whilst her... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Dracula Blogged
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They call it the corpse flower for a reason. Here's a sign in New York: (thanks to Ed Webb) Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Elizabeth Báthory Peter Thiel is one of a group of rich people trying to improve their health through someone else's blood. Transfusions from young people, to be Gothic and precise. Seriously: Healthy participants aged 35 and older get a transfusion... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
The How Stuff Works podcast approached the severed human feet story. Along with exploring issues of shoe technology and ocean chemistry, they bring in the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon as partial explanation, a variety of apophenia. (thanks to Thomas Burkdall) Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
9 August.--The sequel to the strange arrival of the derelict in the storm last night is almost more startling than the thing itself. It turns out that the schooner is Russian from Varna, and is called the Demeter. She is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at Dracula Blogged
MINA MURRAY'S JOURNAL 8 August.--Lucy was very restless all night, and I too, could not sleep. The storm was fearful, and as it boomed loudly among the chimney pots, it made me shudder. When a sharp puff came it seemed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Dracula Blogged
CHAPTER 7. CUTTING FROM "THE DAILYGRAPH," 8 AUGUST (PASTED IN MINA MURRAY'S JOURNAL) From a correspondent. Whitby. One of the greatest and suddenest storms on record has just been experienced here, with results both strange and unique. The weather had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Dracula Blogged
Here's a nicely Infocultish headline: Rampaging Radioactive Wild Boars Causing Havoc In the Fukushima area, denuded of human activity, boars are now very comfortable. The posthuman landscape looks like this: In the four years since the disaster, the boar population... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Amorphophallus titanum is a fascinating and Gothic-friendly plant, both because of its appearance (a giant, meaty phallus) and especially its odor (that of dead bodies, hence its nickname: the corpse flower). This much is old news. What's new is that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Báthory is always awesome.
6 August.--Another three days, and no news. This suspense is getting dreadful. If I only knew where to write to or where to go to, I should feel easier. But no one has heard a word of Jonathan since that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at Dracula Blogged
I really like the idea of a death metal background for this.
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby 4 August.--Still fog, which the sunrise cannot pierce, I know there is sunrise because I am a sailor, why else I know not. I dared not go below, I dared not leave the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Dracula Blogged
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The Earth launched another attack against her foe, the human race. This time the battlefield was Queensland, and once again the weapon was a sinkhole. Lynnette McKay, whose Basin Pocket property is marred by a sinkhole that grew to 15... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics