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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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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 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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The Turkish government has launched an investigation into the fiendish digital threat that is... Minecraft. Why? on grounds that it encourages violence, especially against woman. The investigation aims at inspecting whether or not the game contains motives to trigger violence... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Game players might confuse the living with the dead, argues a very strange lawsuit in California courts. Let TechDirt explain with full Gothic flourishes: CMG Worldwide lawyers are necromancers. Wait, let's rewind a bit. We live in a strange world,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
CNN Money keeps the zombie meme going, once again by applying it to the housing market: Vacated by the homeowner and left unattended, zombie foreclosures are still plaguing many housing markets. Nearly one in four homes in foreclosure at the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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"Dolls Replace People in This Deserted Town" is the title of a National Geographic short. It's about dolls becoming the dominant life form in a remote town. Welcome to Nagoro, Japan. Human population: 37. Doll population: 350. Ayano Tsukimi lives... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Southern Gothic meets creepy dolls: police found dozens of dolls tied to stakes and buried in an Alabama swamp. The dolls were atop bamboo stakes and had been placed in Bear Creek Swamp, close to County Road 3, the dirt... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Today in mysterious body parts: a suitcase was found on 11th street, stuffed with human body parts. At least one bit was a torso. It was a roller bag. The story remains cryptic at this time, without a full criminal... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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The zombie plague took a shaking step closer to reality this week, as a cat in Florida (of course) clawed its way back to life after being interred. the most likely – if extraordinary – explanation is that the cart... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Here's a small, quiet, and ominous creepy doll story from Ohio. It started when "a resident opened his front door and found two Barbie heads without bodies." One of the doll heads had long blonde hair, while the hair on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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What does an apocalyptic hospital Twitter update look like? Gothic tweet of the month: (thanks to Infocult's mysterious wife) Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics