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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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Loyal Infocult readers will recall our 2013 observation about Mazda cars plagued by spiders. Arachnophobes and -philes can now rest easy, as scientists have revealed the cause of that automotive infestation. Petrol-sniffing spiders have forced Mazda to issue a voluntary... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
This NBC story about a recent murder spree starts off in classic haunted media style: An X-Box, a Nintendo Wii and a Sony Playstation, along with dozens of games and gaming paraphernalia, an iPod, an iPad and three computers were... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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This article presents an Infocult-ish look at American car culture. It starts off by referring to cars as "murder machines", then romps through automotive death in all kinds of fascinating ways. Some people were terrified of cars and their death-dealing... Continue reading
Posted 19 hours ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Gizmodo offers an intriguingly Infocultish possibility for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370. What if regional phone networks have saved signals from passengers' phones up until the moment of termination? Like recovering the diaries of a lost ship's crew in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Pakistani police arrested a man for alleged cannibalism. It's pretty horrific stuff: Mohammad Arif Ali, who has previously admitted to cannibalism, was arrested when neighbours reported the stink of rotting flesh from his house. Police say they recovered the severed... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
PETA almost opened a restaurant on the site of Jeffrey Dahmer's old house. Yes: The plan was to call the restaurant "Eat for Life: Home Cooking" but zoning laws stood in their way. Alas! (thanks to Todd "Gourmand" Bryant) Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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The Nazis built giant concrete circles north of Murmansk, and some remain visible today. At least one set is entirely under water: Imagine what stories might crop up around these circles as the decades advance. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
A sinkhole devoured a Kazakhstan house, as the Earth continued its war on humanity. It went as deep as 330 feet down... The young homeowner, Anastasia, and her toddler survived: “I was at home and then suddenly the chandelier started... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Watch the continued decay of America's 20th-century mall culture on this page. (thanks to Christel Broady via Facebook) Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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There's been some web buzz about anthropodermic bibliopegy at Harvard this week. This Atlantic piece is a good example, offering some good images and quotes. "On examination of the bookbinding, numerous follicular ostia are clearly visible and provide a raised,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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A Michigan woman died, but her digital presence continued functioning, creating a weird posthumous existence. Farrenkopf [the deceased person] had a kind of institutional doppelgänger, as do we all: a presence that forms as we post on social media, shop... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
CNN continues its wild Gothic by suggesting that missing Malaysian airliner had become a zombie plane. This plane story is giving CNN license to cut loose. (thanks to Todd Bryant) Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Canada continued its lead in the severed body part contest this week, as a human hand turned up in the city of Windsor. The conductor made the gruesome find Tuesday afternoon in the Canadian Pacific Railway’s Windsor yard near some... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Here's a snapshot of the Gothic lens through which CNN sees the world: Take a minute to dwell on this screenshot from CNN.com's front page. Killings, deaths. kidnappings. Scares, fears. Hopes dimming. Even Ebola makes an appearance! "You scare me... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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A clown is sneaking around New York City's Staten Island, creeping out the locals. (thanks to Sarah Roberts on Facebook) Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Weird spam comment of the day, from a blog not Infocult: Fromm thenn on, get back to the conventional place. You mayy ask it, if you don't get one. Nonetheless, do not compromise on different parts, when you are focusing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Classic Onion satire with Gothic flair: "New Study Too Frightening To Release" . "I beg the forgiveness of God for unleashing this hellish study upon humanity," added [Dr. Desmond Oerter, head of the Stanford team], dropping to his knees. "I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Some Japanese farmers have created splendidly horrific scarecrows. Several of these draw from current Japanese cultural obsessions, like this Ringu-style scary girl: Or the classic Japanese schoolgirl: (Just how far does that row of severed heads extend?) Or everyone's beloved/most... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
"Just putting it out there," explains a CNN anchor, who wants us to consider supernatural explanations for the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370. Perhaps "something... odd happened to this plane, something beyond our understanding." Oh yes, watch the most... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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A garden of fear and terror awaits you at the Indian Sculpture Park at Victoria's Way. It presents itself as a space for contemplation, but offers objects that might scare us all. Not a bad metaphor for life. The site... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
The Mississippi man who was wrongly diagnosed as dead actually died. "They came and got him again around 4:15 a.m.," Williams' nephew, Eddie Hester, told CNN affiliate WAPT. "I think he's gone this time." Or so it seems: CNN learned... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Los Angeles charged a man with murder and dismemberment. The alleged villain apparently strangled his victim, then cut up the body into useful parts. It was disposing of those parts behind the Hollywood sign that started the investigation, two years... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Today in real-life medical horror, death by nailgun: A man attempted suicide by shooting seven nails into his head with a nail gun; five in the right temporal region and two in the left. He subsequently presented at the emergency... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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CNN, that fine purveyor of Gothic tales, now turns its attention to the Deep Web. Which seems to be a cyberspatial zone of scary stuff, dominated by an enormous pirate squid: The accompanying article is filled with scary stuff. tens... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has been missing three days, and fearsome digital media accounts have already appeared. So far these news stories describe people connected with passengers finding digital evidence of those passengers possibly being alive. Mobile phones: the hardware... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics