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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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7 May.--It is again early morning, but I have rested and enjoyed the last twenty-four hours. I slept till late in the day, and awoke of my own accord. When I had dressed myself I went into the room where... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Dracula Blogged
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Here's your Infocult headline for the day, courtesy of Yahoo News: Aide to California state attorney accused of running an occult police force claiming to be 3,000 years old In contrast the LA Times has a merely disturbing headline: Aide... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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People have been finding some unusual results in Microsoft's facial recognition toy, how-old.net. The thing has identified faces where there aren't any. Sometimes it's a bit comical: The face in the buckle? Probably simply apophenia. Other times, the results are... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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What does a nineteenth-century talking doll sound like? In 1890 mad scientist Thomas Edison marketed a set of dolls to girls. These dolls contained wax cylinders, which played songs. Unfortunately, the target audience reacted with sheer terror disinterest, and the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
5 May. The Castle.--The gray of the morning has passed, and the sun is high over the distant horizon, which seems jagged, whether with trees or hills I know not, for it is so far off that big things and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Dracula Blogged
CHAPTER 2. JONATHAN HARKER'S JOURNAL CONTINUED 5 May.--I must have been asleep, for certainly if I had been fully awake I must have noticed the approach of such a remarkable place. In the gloom the courtyard looked of considerable size,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Dracula Blogged
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We are paying more attention to typography than ever before, which makes Feelers even more meaningful. Feelers is a typeface made out of, well, "limbs and instestines of disembodied animals." For example, letter C: Here's the alphabet: Well done, Ari... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
4 May--I found that my landlord had got a letter from the Count, directing him to secure the best place on the coach for me; but on making inquiries as to details he seemed somewhat reticent, and pretended that he... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Dracula Blogged
CHAPTER 1. JONATHAN HARKER'S JOURNAL 3 May. Bistritz.-- Left Munich at 8:35 P.M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late. Buda-Pesth seems a wonderful place, from the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Dracula Blogged
The Earth continued her campaign against the human race this week, opening up a huge sinkhole in Ukraine. The sinkhole, measuring 100m wide and 60m deep, suddenly opened up in the village of Solotvino in the Zakarpatska Oblast region... Ukraine... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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This NASA/JPL news story plunges into Gothic territory as it describes deep space. The article describes X-ray emissions from the Sagittarius A* region, or as the headline puts it: NASA's NuSTAR Captures Possible 'Screams' from Zombie Stars Or, a touch... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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This reads like a ghost story. volunteers cleaning up the old Jersey City cemetery found hints of another cemetery connected to it, but buried by time and nature. Until... One day, clearing undergrowth, a volunteer stumbled upon a stone step.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Canada seems to be enjoying a boom in Gothic tourism. Specifically, hauntings are a draw. [I]n an age when a haunted reputation can make the difference between profit and bankruptcy, hotels, restaurants and even entire Canadians cities are clamouring to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Medical horror often presents visions of body horror: awful things with, in, and to our flesh. Today's example concerns a poor woman who suffered badly from a brain tumor. But it wasn't actually a tumor: [surgeon] Shahinian made a tiny... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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The Earth's campaign against the human race shifted to London this week, as a sidewalk tried to eat a person. Witnesses said the woman screamed as she dropped down a huge hole that "opened up like a trapdoor" outside a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
In a welcome change from the zombie metaphor, Newsweek considers chronically unoccupied rental properties as ghost apartments. Across the globe, empty luxury apartments darken many of the most desirable cities—Miami; San Francisco; Vancouver, British Columbia; Honolulu; Hong Kong; Shanghai; Singapore;... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
No, not stats about zombies, but stats that act like zombies. A health care economics blogger offers a nice use of the zombie metaphor. A zombie statistic is one of unclear provenance but appealing character, and one which endures despite... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
I put an ice pack on my face, and get down to do my stomach crunches. I can do a thousand now. As I exercise, the Apple Watch is there, quietly measuring them. American Psycho's Patrick Bateman reviews the Apple... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Maybe people see things in haunted houses because molds have messed with their brains. That's a theory being tested by some New York state researchers. The idea is that certain toxic moulds or fungi, like the rye ergot fungus, are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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In honor of Easter Sunday and the celebration of cute bunnies, let us consider these nightmarish medieval rabbits. Rabbits don't need human technology. They can kill us low-tech style: Being a king won't save you, oh no: Even dogs are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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This gallery of "Europe's Abandoned Castles and Chateaus" offers nice glimpses of the Gothic imagination. Photographer Martino Zegwaard has a fine eye for power's decay: A cathedral, given over to time: Infocult looks forward to more from Zegwaard. (thanks to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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The small western New York town of Celoron is the birthplace of entertainment legend Lucille Ball. A new statue honors her, and also scares the hell out of residents and visitors: What the - ? According to the Onion's AV... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Dozens of people are sleeping, according to the Siberian Times. More than 100 people in the remote village of Kalachi – which has been given the nickname Sleepy Hollow – have been afflicted by the unexplained disorder, which has left... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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The Atlantic has a short piece on some signs of fearing computers back in the 1980s. Mostly these tidbits appear in journalism and popular books. Examples: "The most important thing to remember about computerphobia is that it's a natural reaction... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics