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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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LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby 30 July.--Last night. Rejoiced we are nearing England. Weather fine, all sails set. Retired worn out, slept soundly, awakened by mate telling me that both man of watch and steersman missing. Only self... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at Dracula Blogged
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby 29 July.--Another tragedy. Had single watch tonight, as crew too tired to double. When morning watch came on deck could find no one except steersman. Raised outcry, and all came on deck. Thorough... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Dracula Blogged
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby 28 July.--Four days in hell, knocking about in a sort of malestrom, and the wind a tempest. No sleep for any one. Men all worn out. Hardly know how to set a watch,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Dracula Blogged
27 July.--No news from Jonathan. I am getting quite uneasy about him, though why I should I do not know, but I do wish that he would write, if it were only a single line. Lucy walks more than ever,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Dracula Blogged
MINA MURRAY'S JOURNAL 26 July.--I am anxious,and it soothes me to express myself here. It is like whispering to one's self and listening at the same time. And there is also something about the shorthand symbols that makes it different... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Dracula Blogged
There's definitely the pleasure of reading regional dialects. Beyond that, I'm not sure.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Chapter 6 at Dracula Blogged
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby 24 July.--There seems some doom over this ship. Already a hand short, and entering the Bay of Biscay with wild weather ahead, and yet last night another man lost, disappeared. Like the first,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Dracula Blogged
CHAPTER 6. MINA MURRAY'S JOURNAL 24 July. Whitby.--Lucy met me at the station, looking sweeter and lovlier than ever, and we drove up to the house at the Crescent in which they have rooms. This is a lovely place. The... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Dracula Blogged
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An Australian project came up with a hypothetical human, one presumed to have evolved to better handle the stresses of automobile collisions. "What if our bodies were built to survive a low impact crash? What might we look like?" His... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Michigan police worked with a researcher to use 3d printing in a new, crime-solving way. They started from a fingerprint scan, then printed it into the 3-dimensional world, in order to use it as a fake finger. Why? To unlock... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby 22 July.--Rough weather last three days, and all hands busy with sails, no time to be frightened. Men seem to have forgotten their dread. Mate cheerful again, and all on good terms. Praised... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at Dracula Blogged
This week Russia offers an example of very cruel murder. To be fair, the murder happened a decade or so ago; it was only unearthed recently. Novoselsky was kidnapped by the criminals who later immured him waste [sic or pun?]... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
11 pm.--I gave Renfield a strong opiate tonight, enough to make even him sleep, and took away his pocketbook to look at it. The thought that has been buzzing about my brain lately is complete, and the theory proved. My... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Dracula Blogged
11 am.--The attendant has just been to see me to say that Renfield has been very sick and has disgorged a whole lot of feathers. "My belief is, doctor," he said, "that he has eaten his birds, and that he... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Dracula Blogged
20 July.--Visited Renfield very early, before attendant went his rounds. Found him up and humming a tune. He was spreading out his sugar, which he had saved, in the window, and was manifestly beginning his fly catching again, and beginning... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Dracula Blogged
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Here's an Infocult approach to fashion: grow clothes from the DNA of a famous designer. [G]raduate student Tina Gorjanc has created a line of “human leather” goods. And the leather isn’t from just any ol’ human, but from the skin... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
10 pm.--I have visited him again and found him sitting in a corner brooding. When I came in he threw himself on his knees before me and implored me to let him have a cat, that his salvation depended upon... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Dracula Blogged
19 July--We are progressing. My friend has now a whole colony of sparrows, and his flies and spiders are almost obliterated. When I came in he ran to me and said he wanted to ask me a great favour, a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Dracula Blogged
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby Written 18 July, things so strange happening, that I shall keep accurate note henceforth till we land. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Dracula Blogged
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The undersea world teems with nightmarish horror of all kinds, which we've shamefully neglected here at Infocult. To start making up for this lack, consider the Bobbit Worm. Found in Southeast Asian waters, "[t]hese worms reach 3 m (~10 FEET)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby On 17 July, yesterday, one of the men, Olgaren, came to my cabin, and in an awestruck way confided to me that he thought there was a strange man aboard the ship. He... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Dracula Blogged
Florida experienced another sinkhole, as Gaea continued her campaign against the human race. This time the earth almost ate a car. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles tells local news outlets that the sinkhole started opening as Dolores Otero... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
From the American northeast comes today's story of Gothic crime. The gist: an enterprising young man sought an additive for his marijuana hobby, and found it in human brain elbalming fluid. "A central Pennsylvania man was charged Thursday after police... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby On 16 July mate reported in the morning that one of the crew, Petrofsky, was missing. Could not account for it. Took larboard watch eight bells last night, was relieved by Amramoff, but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at Dracula Blogged
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby On 14 July was somewhat anxious about crew. Men all steady fellows, who sailed with me before. Mate could not make out what was wrong. They only told him there was SOMETHING, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Dracula Blogged