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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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Teletubbies look so innocent in full color, don't they? But view them in black and white and their creepy nature is revealed: Those dead eyes, like skull holes! The blasted landscape! It's like a lost Bergman alien invasion movie, with... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
This week's Detroit Gothic: police discovered dead people in a woman's freezer. Court officer Lee Gordon said her crew entered the home at the Martin Luther King Apartments on Tuesday to clear the property. Just inside the door, she said,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
A Colorado woman responded to an ad for baby clothes on Craigslist, then plunged into actual Gothic horror: A 34-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday after Longmont police say she attacked a woman who was seven months pregnant and cut the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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America's National Public Radio has a story about creepy dolls - haunted dolls, to be precise. One account: Anne McLaughlin grew up with a cabinet full of dolls — including a pretty dancer doll and a set of wooden nesting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Slate has an article about a new Infocult-friendly book on American haunted houses. 13: An American Horror Story looks at a Goth's dozen of home where people killed each other, killed themselves, or mysteriously disappeared, and ever since the places... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Barbie will now offer a new way to be disturbing. An upcoming version, Hello Barbie, will record words spoken to it by owners (or anyone nearby, really), then talk back after some data-crunching. This presents all kinds of creepy possibilities:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
In the American state of Georgia a legislator wants to make laws about serious matters - namely, the creation of semihuman monsters. Specifically, "state Rep. Tom Kirby, R-Gwinnett, is proposing legislation that would prohibit scientists from attempting to create human-animal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
A Turkish ministry found that Minecraft is a dangerous game, especially for children. “Although the game can be seen as encouraging creativity in children by letting them build houses, farmlands and bridges, mobs [hostile creatures] must be killed in order... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Ronit Baranga has produced some splendidly Gothic tableware. She seems fixated on placing mouths and fingers in.... unusual locations. (thanks to saramin!) Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Under a Monoprix store in Paris are corpses. A lot of them. Eight mass graves have been found so far, seven of them containing between five and 20 individual human remains buried up to five deep within a 100 metre... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Paranormal romance gone bad: a California man accused of murdering a neighbor explained his actions in terms of monsters and their roles. The first record of Andrews believing he was a werewolf, she said, dates to 1996, though she suspects... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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"No one knows what is happening in these craters at the moment" Last year we noticed that mysterious holes were punching through Siberia. That trend has continued in 2015, and expanded. [R]esearchers fear there are more craters than anyone knew... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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In today's mad science story, one surgical team claims to be within striking distance of achieving human head transplants. 2017 is named as a possible date. What's involved? Well: First, the recipient’s head would have to be cooled to keep... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Kansas police recovered a lost clown automaton, discovering it in the abandoned home of a convicted pedophile. There is much to appreciate in this Kansas Gothic tale. Starting with the clown-bot itself, beaming at you: Then the clown-bot with the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Jezebel has an update on the Wisconsin Slenderman story. On Tuesday, a private investigator for the defense testified that he'd found drawings of the Slender Man in Geyser's bedroom, along with the Barbies, marked with an X inside a circle.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Cool Baby may be the most unsettling Kickstarter campaign of 2015. It's "[a]n expressive, customizable, hands-free beverage insulator that looks like a baby. Drinking in public is now adorable." Rewards include, for example, THE ALMOST-PREEMIE (you're still early): You get... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Vox shamelessly begs for links with this story about cannibalism, and there's enough meat on those bones for Infocult can play along. It's a stew of random ingredients, and you can pick out the morsels you prefer without much shame... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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70,000 years ago a dim red star passed through the outer edges of our solar system, according to University of Rochester astronomers. Scholz's star entered the distant Oort Cloud, mingled with comets, then left for deep space. What a sublime,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
"Computer Girl" is a 1960s song by Sparks. It offers some nicely disturbing vibes for fearsome digital media. Read the opening lines, while listening to this 1969 recording: Computer girl My computer girl (this is a recording) She's got no... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Screenshot from CNN: ISIS end game: Apocalypse More prosaically: ISIS believes we are living in the end times (via the most excellent United States Department of Fear) Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Facebook announced a way for users to deal with their death through social media. Facebook users can designate someone as a web executor, "a family member or friend who can manage their account when they pass away." the legacy contact... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
A Twitter bot generated a threat, which summoned police interest. “I seriously want to kill people” was the tweet (apparently, since the account's gone). generated randomly. Interesting questions arise about responsibility. But Infocult looks at how we fear, and wonder... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
The zombie craze has hit the legal world. That's according to this new paper, with the great title of "The Zombie Lawyer Apocalypse". Here's the abstract: This article uses a popular cultural framework to address the near-epidemic levels of depression,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
This week we see another disturbing robot. Massive Boston Dynamics, makers of the Big Dog bot, have revealed Spot. Spot is a four-legged robot designed for indoor and outdoor operation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. Spot has a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Wired has a good update on drone anxieties. Kevin Poulsen leads off with the big fears: drones as assassination and terror tools. Note, too, the issues around user versus business control. Will drone fear become a moral panic? (thanks to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics