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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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Ah, the LEC slipcover. I used to work as an antiquarian/used book store, and saw plenty in this series. Lovely tomes.
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Thank you, William. I think I've seen the book, but don't own a copy. (cracks knuckles)
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19 May.--I am surely in the toils. Last night the Count asked me in the sauvest tones to write three letters, one saying that my work here was nearly done, and that I should start for home within a few... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Dracula Blogged
When, oh when will comedy finally feel the influence of Thomas Ligotti? This short clip suggests the time is now. Nina Conti starts a ventriloquist routine with some good jokes, then quickly gets meta, then heads into very creepy territory.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
18 May.--I have been down to look at that room again in daylight, for I must know the truth. When I got to the doorway at the top of the stairs I found it closed. It had been so forcibly... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Dracula Blogged
Later: The morning of 16 May.--God preserve my sanity, for to this I am reduced. Safety and the assurance of safety are things of the past. Whilst I live on here there is but one thing to hope for, that... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Dracula Blogged
CHAPTER 4. JONATHAN HARKER'S JOURNAL CONTINUED I awoke in my own bed. If it be that I had not dreamt, the Count must have carried me here. I tried to satisfy myself on the subject, but could not arrive at... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Dracula Blogged
15 May.--Once more I have seen the count go out in his lizard fashion. He moved downwards in a sidelong way, some hundred feet down, and a good deal to the left. He vanished into some hole or window. When... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Dracula Blogged
Ray Kurzweil offers this splendidly Infocult vision of the near future: We will be able to create avatars of people who have passed away from all of the information they have left behind (their emails and other documents, images, videos,... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
12 May.--Let me begin with facts, bare, meager facts, verified by books and figures, and of which there can be no doubt. I must not confuse them with experiences which will have to rest on my own observation, or my... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Dracula Blogged
LETTER, LUCY WESTENRA TO MINA MURRAY 17, Chatham Street Wednesday My dearest Mina, I must say you tax me very unfairly with being a bad correspondent. I wrote you twice since we parted, and your last letter was only your... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Dracula Blogged
CHAPTER 5. LETTER FROM MISS MINA MURRAY TO MISS LUCY WESTENRA 9 May. My dearest Lucy, Forgive my long delay in writing, but I have been simply overwhelmed with work. The life of an assistant schoolmistress is sometimes trying. I... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at Dracula Blogged
CHAPTER 3. JONATHAN HARKER'S JOURNAL CONTINUED When I found that I was a prisoner a sort of wild feeling came over me. I rushed up and down the stairs, trying every door and peering out of every window I could... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Dracula Blogged
8 May.--I began to fear as I wrote in this book that I was getting too diffuse. But now I am glad that I went into detail from the first, for there is something so strange about this place and... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Dracula Blogged
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 May 7, 2015 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 May 6, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Is this it, William? https://img1.etsystatic.com/065/0/9585632/il_570xN.764220153_8w0r.jpg
Toggle Commented May 6, 2015 on The Castle at Dracula Blogged
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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 May 5, 2015 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 May 5, 2015 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 May 5, 2015 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 May 5, 2015 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 May 4, 2015 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 May 4, 2015 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 May 4, 2015 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 May 3, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics