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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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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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 5 days ago 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
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This summer a man fell into a hot spring at Yellowstone, and melted to death. The nameless "thermal feature" or "acidic mud pot" into which he tumbled was superheated ("the thermometer was off the charts", according to one ranger) and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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How will sinkholes destroy civilization? This Guardian gallery of fine sinkholes offers a vision of the future. For example, from Guatemala City, this beauty: (thanks to Steven "Not a mole man" Kaye) Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
I saw one of the hole filled with vegetables.,
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British scientists, ever eager to regain the mad science mantle, have built a robot that is a) soft and b) eats things. According to New Scientist, it's a "Soft robot with a mouth and gut [that] can forage for its... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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The Earth's campaign against the human race turned to Japan this week, as another sinkhole opened up in a city: The hole opened in the heart of Fukuoka, a major city in southern Japan, swallowing parts of the main street... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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The Earth continued her campaign against the human race this week by offering a non-lethal sinkhole in a Pennsylvania town. Ephrata Police chief Bill Harvey said dispatches received a call about a pothole just after 5 p.m. Nov. 8 at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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The Hamburger Morgenpost offers this Infocultish plea to Americans on election day: Bitte nicht den Horror-Clown! Which Google suggests is, in English, "Do not ask the horror clown". (via MetaFilter) Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics