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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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What would it look like it technology giants decayed and were abandoned, like old industrial brands? A Romanian artist imagined a future of stained, ruined logos, like this: The project is called "Social Decay". (thanks to Steven Kaye) Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Here at Infocult we track real-world Gothic tales, among other things. Not just true crime, but accounts from the news that read like horror stories. For example, there are these stories about adults keeping children in horrible, close confinement, including... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
A 70-year-old man spontaneously burst into flames while walking through north London. Emergency services were called to reports of a “man ablaze” near his home in Haringey on 17 September. Horrified members of the public tried to put the fire... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially deemed excessive computer gaming to be a disorder, according to the BBC. Its 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD) will include the condition "gaming disorder". The draft document describes it as a pattern... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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A Detroit web journal reports on a gory case of real-life Gothic horror. Steve Neavling begins by updating us on an unfolding story. The grisly details in the criminal case against a Grosse Pointe Park cadaver dealer, accused of cutting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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CNN reports on the rising tide of dead bodies and ghostly boats, arriving on Japanese shores from North Korea. For years, North Korean boats -- often dubbed "ghost ships" -- have been washing up on Japanese shores. But this year... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
The severed feet story might wash upon the mainstream shore. Evidence for this lurid idea comes from Jezebel, who reports the first celebrity sighting of a severed foot. This comes actress Margot Robbie: Margot Robbie: I once found — and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Nothing says "Gothic" quite like a grinning human skull. So we can comment an art project that created one hundred (100) extra-large skulls for going the extra Infocult distance. Inspired by the complex biological structure of the human skull –... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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2015 TB145 is one of those asteroids that sometimes flies very close to the Earth. It zipped past our pale blue dot most recently in 2015. It also resembles a human skull: 2015 TB145's backstory is also a bit haunting:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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A human foot appeared on a Vancouver beach, proving that the severed foot story will not die. First, the latest pedestrian finding: [O]n Thursday morning, Taz, a 6-year-old Rottweiler, sensed something different about a bone tangled in a bed of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
There are many fears we associate with amusement parks, but catching an eyeball-gnawing parasite from a ride might be a new one. Robert and Krystsina Trostle claim in their lawsuit filed Tuesday that he contracted the parasite while riding Raging... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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An abandoned boat appeared on a Japanese beach, presumably from North Korea. It contained nothing but human remains. It was the second time this year. When it comes to North Korea we enter a realm of high weirdness and plenty... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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In the late 19th century a Vermont man constructed an unusual grave for himself. It still exists today, in a small cemetery near the center of New Haven. Evergreen Cemetery is about one mile off of route 7, along Town... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
"We want no proofs. We ask none to believe us! " Thank you, Andrew.
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2017 on We may be too late. God at Dracula Blogged
MINA HARKER'S JOURNAL 6 November.--It was late in the afternoon when the Professor and I took our way towards the east whence I knew Jonathan was coming. We did not go fast, though the way was steeply downhill, for w... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Dracula Blogged
DR. VAN HELSING'S MEMORANDUM 5 November, afternoon.--I am at least sane. Thank God for that mercy at all events, though the proving it has been dreadful. When I left Madam Mina sleeping within the Holy circle, I took my way... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at Dracula Blogged
DR. SEWARD'S DIARY 5 November.--With the dawn we saw the body of Szgany before us dashing away from the river with their leiter wagon. They surrounded it in a cluster, and hurried along as though beset. The snow is falling... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at Dracula Blogged
5 November, morning.--Let me be accurate in everything, for though you and I have seen some strange things together, you may at the first think that I, Van Helsing, am mad. That the many horrors and the so long strain... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at Dracula Blogged
JONATHAN HARKER'S JOURNAL 4 November, evening.--The accident to the launch has been a terrible thing for us. Only for it we should have overtaken the boat long ago, and by now my dear Mina would have been free. I fear... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Dracula Blogged
MEMORANDUM BY ABRAHAM VAN HELSING 4 November.--This to my old and true friend John Seward, M. D., of Purefleet, London, in case I may not see him. It may explain. It is morning, and I write by a fire which... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Dracula Blogged
4 Novenber.--Today we heard of the launch having been detained by an accident when trying to force a way up the rapids. The Slovak boats get up all right, by aid of a rope and steering with knowledge. Some went... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Dracula Blogged
3 Novenber.--We heard at Fundu that the launch had gone up the Bistritza. I wish it wasn't so cold. There are signs of snow coming. And if it falls heavy it will stop us. In such case we must get... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Dracula Blogged
2 November, night.--All day long driving. The country gets wilder as we go, and the great spurs of the Carpathians, which at Veresti seemed so far from us and so low on the horizon, now seem to gather round us... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Dracula Blogged
2 November, morning.--I was successful, and we took turns driving all night. Now the day is on us, bright though cold. There is a strange heaviness in the air. I say heaviness for want of a better word. I mean... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Dracula Blogged
DR. SEWARD'S DIARY 2 November.--Three days on the road. No news, and no time to write it if there had been, for every moment is precious. We have had only the rest needful for the horses. But we are both... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Dracula Blogged