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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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Medical science offers this tid-bit of real-life Gothic horror: very small spiders live in our faces. Matt Shipman has lots of fun with this: Right now, in the general vicinity of your nose, there are at least two species of... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Today's Gothic story comes from the indispensable Snopes.com. They've found a rumor alleging that McDonald's was going to offer a combination Ouija board and Happy Meal®. Apparently the source for this grand concept was a SyFy channel person, who made... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Today's Google Doodle celebrates the 200th birthday of Sheridan LeFanu, Irish writer of many classic Gothic tales. The image is from "Carmilla" (1871). NB: that's Google.uk, not the main (US) site. (thanks to Saramin) Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Now you, too, can generate Lovecratian prose! Simply visit the Lovecraft Evil-O-Matic, which coughs up randomly HPL-ish gems like: Faceless groping pox. Boundless masticating pool. Jaundiced suffocating nightmare. The -Matic's creator then applied his work to political prose, like so:... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
25 August.--Another bad night. Mother did not seem to take to my proposal. She seems not too well herself, and doubtless she fears to worry me. I tried to keep awake, and succeeded for a while, but when the clock... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Dracula Blogged
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 4 days 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 4 days 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 5 days ago at Dracula Blogged
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An old computer game ad offers an entertaining vision of scary technology: "No wonder some people are afraid of computers." Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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 7 days ago at Dracula Blogged
Croatian police arrested a man for a peculiarly Gothic (or mega-Freudian) habit. The Slavonski Brod resident allegedly collected human body parts, stored in jars. Said collector was especially fond of human male genitalia. One source thinks there were only a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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 Aug 20, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
Business Week has a fine overview of changes in burial practices. One major issue is that it's often too expensive to bury people in major cities. Another: the sheer number of bodies is crowding out room for the newly dead... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 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 Aug 19, 2014 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 Aug 19, 2014 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 Aug 18, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
Snopes spots another story about dead people's cell phones making calls. In this instance a man died in a train crash. But then... Peck's body was recovered from the wreckage 12 hours after the accident. Yet for the first eleven... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 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 Aug 17, 2014 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 Aug 17, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
15 August.--Rose later than usual. Lucy was languid and tired, and slept on after we had been called. We had a happy surprise at breakfast. Arthur's father is better, and wants the marriage to come off soon. Lucy is full... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
14 August.--On the East Cliff, reading and writing all day. Lucy seems to have become as much in love with the spot as I am, and it is hard to get her away from it when it is time to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
13 August.--Another quiet day, and to bed with the key on my wrist as before. Again I awoke in the night, and found Lucy sitting up in bed, still asleep, pointing to the window. I got up quietly, and pulling... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
LETTER, SISTER AGATHA, HOSPITAL OF ST. JOSEPH AND STE.MARY BUDA-PESTH, TO MISS WILLHELMINA MURRAY 12 August, Dear Madam." "I write by desire of Mr. Jonathan Harker, who is himself not strong enough to write, though progressing well, thanks to God... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
12 August.--My expectations were wrong, for twice during the night I was wakened by Lucy trying to get out. She seemed, even in her sleep, to be a little impatient at finding the door shut, and went back to bed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
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A famous Mexican statue was revealed to have human teeth in its smile. Specialists restoring the 18th Century artwork have discovered that the statue's eight teeth used to belong to an adult human... His tortured look, blood streaming down his... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics