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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
Recent Activity
A father, son, and friend too a taxidermied pet and mounted it on a quadricopter. Behold the ratcopter! (thanks to Jason K) Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Here's a friendly sculpture from a Lithuanian dock: EDITED TO ADD: it's the "Juodasis Vaiduoklis" (""The Black Ghost"), according to this site: Near the castle remains, just past the swing bridge, stands bronze sculpture of ghostly silhouette, which just stepped... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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The internet makes it harder for government to get people to do things, argues American Secretary of State John Kerry. Apparently digital networks raise the specter of anarchism, or at least of lethargy: It [the internet] makes it much harder... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
CNN upped its Gothic game this week, using a Stephen Hawking reflection to ask the world, Will the 'God particle' destroy the world? To her credit, author Meg Urry leaves the title behind in order to explain actual science. But... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
DR. SEWARD'S DIARY 13 September.--Called at the Berkeley and found Van Helsing, as usual, up to time. The carriage ordered from the hotel was waiting. The Professor took his bag, which he always brings with him now. Let all be... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Dracula Blogged
CHAPTER 11. LUCY WESTENRA'S DIARY 12 September.--How good they all are to me. I quite love that dear Dr. Van Helsing. I wonder why he was so anxious about these flowers. He positively frightened me, he was so fierce. And... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Dracula Blogged
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ISIL or ISIS addresses one Gothic criticism: they aren't vampires. (thanks to Jesse "Not A Golem" Walker) Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Dracula Blogged
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ISIL or ISIS addresses one Gothic criticism: they aren't vampires. (thanks to Jesse "Not A Golem" Walker) Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
11 September.--This afternoon I went over to Hillingham. Found Van Helsing in excellent spirits, and Lucy much better. Shortly after I had arrived, a big parcel from abroad came for the Professor. He opened it with much impressment, assumed, of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Dracula Blogged
DR. SEWARD'S DIARY 10 September.--I was conscious of the Professor's hand on my head, and started awake all in a second. That is one of the things that we learn in an asylum, at any rate." "And how is our... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Dracula Blogged
LUCY WESTENRA'S DIARY 9 September.--I feel so happy tonight. I have been so miserably weak, that to be able to think and move about is like feeling sunshine after a long spell of east wind out of a steel sky.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
9 September.--I was pretty tired and worn out when I got to Hillingham. For two nights I had hardly had a wink of sleep, and my brain was beginning to feel that numbness which marks cerebral exhaustion. Lucy was up... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
DR. SEWARD'S DIARY--CONTINUED 8 September.--I sat up all night with Lucy. The opiate worked itself off towards dusk, and she waked naturally. She looked a different being from what she had been before the operation. Her spirits even were good,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
DR. SEWARD'S DIARY 7 September.--The first thing Van Helsing said to me when we met at Liverpool Street was, "Have you said anything to our young friend, to lover of her?" "No," I said. "I waited till I had seen... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
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A fire burned a Florida family out of their home, and police hold Slenderman responsible. Apparently: Allegedly the mother and teen had gotten into an argument earlier in the day which caused her to make the connection that the ridiculousness... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
CHAPTER 10. LETTER, DR. SEWARD TO HON. ARTHUR HOLMWOOD 6 September "My dear Art, My news today is not so good. Lucy this morning had gone back a bit. There is, however, one good thing which has arisen from it.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
TELEGRAM, SEWARD, LONDON, TO VAN HELSING, AMSTERDAM "6 September.--Terrible change for the worse. Come at once. Do not lose an hour. I hold over telegram to Holmwood till have seen you." Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
TELEGRAM, SEWARD, LONDON, TO VAN HELSING, AMSTERDAM "5 September.--Patient greatly improved. Good appetite, sleeps naturally, good spirits, color coming back." Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
TELEGRAM. SEWARD, LONDON, TO VAN HELSING, AMSTERDAM "4 September.--Patient still better today." Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
DR. SEWARD'S DIARY 4 September.--Zoophagous patient still keeps up our interest in him. He had only one outburst and that was yesterday at an unusual time. Just before the stroke of noon he began to grow restless. The attendant knew... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
LETTER, DR. SEWARD TO HON. ARTHUR HOLMWOOD 3 September "My dear Art, Van Helsing has come and gone. He came on with me to Hillingham, and found that, by Lucy's discretion, her mother was lunching out, so that we were... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
Another car line has been invaded by spiders. It's the yellow sac spider again, this time fouling the fuel lines of Suzuki Kizashis. Infocult has followed this surreal story for a while, including when the yellow sacs attacked Mazdas, starting... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
LETTER, ABRAHAM VAN HELSING, MD, DPh, D. LiT, ETC, ETC, TO DR. SEWARD 2 September." "My good Friend, When I received your letter I am already coming to you. By good fortune I can leave just at once, without wrong... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
LETTER FROM DR. SEWARD TO ARTHUR HOLMWOOD 2 September "My dear old fellow, With regard to Miss Westenra's health I hasten to let you know at once that in my opinion there is not any functal disturbance or any malady... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
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The insertion of bones into the kiln is a key to his success. One Chinese technique for sword-making involved adding a bit of person into the mix. National Geographic tracked down this practice in present-day Taiwan. One sword-maker explains: "In... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics