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Bryan Alexander
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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The Economist has a long article exploring the phenomenon of people diving deeply into computer games, at the expense of the rest of their lives. It's a curious piece. At first the author, Ryan Avent, seems to be treading the... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Key and Peele offer a fine skit about a creepy puppet in "Little Homie". It's barely four minutes long, so just watch: It hits so many classic scary mannequin elements: the uncanny link between puppet and puppeteer, breaking out into... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
A quick glimpse of the Earth's campaign against the human race, in Mexico City: In Iztapalapa, a suburb of approximately 2m people built on the ancient lake’s southern shores in the city’s south-east, 15 primary schools have crumbled or caved... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
"Dead, IRL" updates us on technologies for recreating human identity after death. Laurie Segall looks into several methods, including postmortem tweets, video recordings, and bots using social media to imitate a dead person's self. The latter should remind readers of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
The following image appeared from a Twitter account, which describes it thusly: 1860s French Stereoscopic card - The Laboratory of Satan Click the image or this link to see the image animated. If the description is correct, remember that we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Earth's relentless campaign against the human race reached out to Florida, only to receive some unique touches from that state. It was like a scene out of a horror film, as dozens of alligators gathered around a giant sinkhole lined... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
MTV reports on three recent films about scary technology. On deck is Personal Shopper (2016), about a creepy iPhone. Following is Human Surge (2016), which connects characters through technology (more in this review). Last is Unfriended (2014), concerning spectral revenge... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Vice offers an engaging history of deadly clothing, both in fiction and real life. Good range of materials here, from labor history to folklore. (thanks to Jaime Townsend via Facebook) Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
The brazen head entered the world of home automation this week. Someone modded Amazon's Alexa to feature an animated, talking skull: Infocult approves. Instructions for building "Yorick" can be found here. (thanks to Steven "Roger Bacon 2.0" Kaye) Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
On Twitter a woman recalls her Furby ordeal. It involves feeding, pleading, stabbing, skinning, and crushing. A sample: (thanks to Jesse Walker) Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
After a lull, the clown fear of 2016 may be returning. This time, it's in Pennsylvania, and starts with children: The children were playing hide-and-go-seek in the woods, when around 4:15 p.m. they said two men dressed like scary clowns... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Concept vehicles are all about creativity, and it's inevitable that they eventually turn to the dark side. Consider this Canadian hearse design. To begin with, the Aeternal is a self-driving car. The futuristic, high-tech hearse from Imaginactive, a Montreal-based nonprofit... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
National Geographic explores the small, post-apocalyptic dioramas created by Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber. Their goal, says Nix, is to create and photograph “open-ended narratives—models of a post-human metropolis in the future, after an unknown catastrophe.” To “unlock, engage, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Tammy Kennon offers a list of new mental disorders brought about by digital technology. It's a fun, apparently tongue in cheek catalog, driven mostly by mobile phones and social media. One seems actually novel: Fauxcellarm, phantom ringing, and ringxiety are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Two British scientists have gone the Infocult route in recommending a new way to handle artificially grown human tissue. They recommend attaching the new meat to robots, so the machines can work it into flexibility. What would this humanoid-bioreactor system... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
A Pennsylvania man, arrested for a crime, offered this unusual explanation for his act: Martin and his wife told state police that after he had been confronted about the child pornography, he cried and crawled on his hands and knees,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
The state of Arizona has apparently decided to allow condemned prisoners to supply their own lethal injection drugs. the Arizona Department of Corrections has issued a revised procedures manual that says death row inmates, through their lawyers or other representatives,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Nice image from Simon Stålenhag: Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Speaking of insects burrowing into the human body, National Geographic published a fine guide to the many ways critters can invade the human body. The article is filled with wonderfully disturbing passages: Apart from intestinal parasites, few species brave the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Today's real-life Gothic murder comes from Germany, where a woman decapitated her lover with a circular saw. Of course it was part of a sex game: On the night of the killing, Alex H blindfolded himself with a pair of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
An Indian woman experienced some very personal Gothic horror, as medical staff removed a most disturbing intruder from her body. Let's take this story in stages to fully appreciate its horror. First, the discovery: The 42-year-old Injambakkam resident had woken... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Some British banks have taken a very Gothic approach to robbers, and Infocult approves. The question concerns the classic use of a bank employee's severed finger to get past identification technology, and coming up with a way to stop that:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Ha! That's an excellent story. With awesome titles. It's Infocult's world.
French scientists have discovered a disturbing side effect of changing up hamster diets. Some hamsters became disturbed cannibals. "A diet of corn is turning wild hamsters in north-eastern France into deranged cannibals that devour their offspring", explains the Guardian and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
A sinkhole opened up in eastern Pennsylvania, continuing Gaia's war on humanity. The sinkhole opened up along Brooke Road near Argyle Road in Glenside, Cheltenham Township, before 4 a.m. Wednesday, gobbling up the yards of at least two homes, leaving... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics