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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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Brazil took its turn at the real-life Gothic this week, as a court sentenced three people for eating another person, plus killing some others. The group allegedly lured their victims to their house by saying they were looking for a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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So there you have it folks. Death verbs. "He was buried." Enigmatic dates. Mysterious serpents. Next time you're at Chipotle, forget the secret menu... The Chipotle restaurant chain uses Mayan art as decoration, but not always accurately. Infocult notes the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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"When panoramic pics go wrong". Behold the baby human centipede! (thanks to Jesse Walker) Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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A British man apparently committed a very practical murder: A man killed his 25-stone father and then ''carefully'' dismembered his body and ''neatly packaged'' the body parts in plastic storage boxes which he used as a television stand, a court... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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The best single image encapsulating 2014 is all its mad, paranoid glory: Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
A Welsh man apparently ate into the face of a Welsh women before police tasered him down. Security staff raised the alarm after they broke down the door and discovered him allegedly eating the woman. Or, as another witness says,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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An Israeli designer has created some concept jewely. The “Energy Addicts” line uses human blood to power small, ornamental devices. “I wanted to provoke the thought about how far will we go to in order to ‘feed’ our addiction in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Two British scientists have published a typology of Facebook murderers. That is, killers for whom Facebook played some role in their crime(s). They identified the types of killer as: reactor, informer, antagonist, fantasist, predator and imposter. Surprisingly, the authors backed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
MINA HARKER'S JOURNAL 6 November.--It was late in the afternoon when the Professor and I took our way towards the east whence I knew Jonathan was coming. We did not go fast, though the way was steeply downhill, for w... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
DR. VAN HELSING'S MEMORANDUM 5 November, afternoon.--I am at least sane. Thank God for that mercy at all events, though the proving it has been dreadful. When I left Madam Mina sleeping within the Holy circle, I took my way... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
5 November, morning.--Let me be accurate in everything, for though you and I have seen some strange things together, you may at the first think that I, Van Helsing, am mad. That the many horrors and the so long strain... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
DR. SEWARD'S DIARY 5 November.--With the dawn we saw the body of Szgany before us dashing away from the river with their leiter wagon. They surrounded it in a cluster, and hurried along as though beset. The snow is falling... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
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Chinese Gothic: police arrested a group who disinterred corpses for use in "ghost marriage" rituals. The suspects exhumed a woman’s body from a village grave in Shandong province in March and sold it to a middleman for 18,000 yuan (HK$22,760),... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
ISIS and younger Islamic radicals can use the internet even more than their predecessors, claims a Financial Times article. Robert Hannigan goes beyond the old "e-Qaeda" meme, mixing in the digital native concept to argue for even greater surveillance. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
JONATHAN HARKER'S JOURNAL 4 November, evening.--The accident to the launch has been a terrible thing for us. Only for it we should have overtaken the boat long ago, and by now my dear Mina would have been free. I fear... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
MEMORANDUM BY ABRAHAM VAN HELSING 4 November.--This to my old and true friend John Seward, M. D., of Purefleet, London, in case I may not see him. It may explain. It is morning, and I write by a fire which... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
4 Novenber.--Today we heard of the launch having been detained by an accident when trying to force a way up the rapids. The Slovak boats get up all right, by aid of a rope and steering with knowledge. Some went... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
During a recent US Supreme Court discussion the judges discussed... human sacrifice. Debate included consideration of a hypothetical Human Sacrifice Channel (TM). Let's listen and watch as John Oliver's stunt of having dogs stand in for the Court's lack of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Paddington bear statues appearing in London sounds sweet, but it may also be creepy. One Twitter observer notes: Way more horrifying than intended. "Paddington Bear statues" (Photo: Mike Marsland/WireImage) Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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French police are on the alert for scary clowns, following this week's clown attack wave. The British Telegraph reports that Police have issued a statement on their national website entitled “Evil Clown Phenomenon” Not only have les flics just given... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
3 Novenber.--We heard at Fundu that the launch had gone up the Bistritza. I wish it wasn't so cold. There are signs of snow coming. And if it falls heavy it will stop us. In such case we must get... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
One Der Spiegel article ramps up the classic zombie banking concept to see the entire global capitalist order as zombified. Call it the zombie system. The condition of the industry is now so dismal that experts are using metaphors from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Cracked offers a set of disturbing phone calls from the 20th century. They focus on true crime, and offer a useful glimpse into fearsome media history. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
2 November, night.--All day long driving. The country gets wilder as we go, and the great spurs of the Carpathians, which at Veresti seemed so far from us and so low on the horizon, now seem to gather round us... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
2 November, morning.--I was successful, and we took turns driving all night. Now the day is on us, bright though cold. There is a strange heaviness in the air. I say heaviness for want of a better word. I mean... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Dracula Blogged