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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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Two people were trapped in their keyless car for half a day, thanks to their not being able to understand the door locking mechanism. When they were freed by neighbours about 7.45am the next day, Mrs Smith was unconscious and... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Apparently the Aztecs, that classically Gothic people, had a unique musical instrument for war. It was called the death whistle, appropriately. Listen: (thanks to Randy McCall) Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Adult Swim has been producing some very weird and interesting video of late. "Unedited Footage of a Bear" is a fine example. It starts off as what the title says - then becomes a drug ad, complete with supporting website.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Japanese police arrested a woman for murdering her husband. The thing is, this wasn't her first. Her previous five husbands and/or boyfriends all died as well. Kakehi reportedly married at least three times and had relationships with three other men... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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A horror writer moonlights as a Congressman's speechwriter. Brett Talley creates texts for Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), when he's not writing about the Necronomico. “He’s been great,” Lehman says. “He’s very creative. He’s also dogged about expanding the senator’s vocabulary.”... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Today's scary toy is a cute little giraffe. It's very sweet, until it comes to life: (via Jesse Walker on the Twitters) Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Here's your real-like Gothic headline of the day: "The Fiery Underground Oil Pit Eating L.A." Even better is the text tag that follows: Formless and ancient things from the depths of our planet move beneath Los Angeles, unexpectedly setting fire... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Google News does a decent job of aggregating and categorizing it. But today GN turned a bit Gothic, offering this category for our grim delectation: Yes, Death itself. No celebrity deaths or anniversaries (cf Nelson Mandela), but The End. Follow... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Artificial intelligence could wipe out the human race, suggests Stephen Hawking. "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race." "It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate...... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Ukrainian protests dressed up as zombies to protest too many Russian tv shows. Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream This may further the claim that zombies are becoming the 21st century's first universal monster. (thanks to Todd "Not Dead Yet"... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Within the Darren Wilson grand jury story lies a nugget of digital media fear. The prosecuting attorney, Robert P. McCulloch, took time in his statement to blame social media for warping the pursuit of justice. First, McCulloch sees social media... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
What if a troupe of famous puppets rose up in rebellion and turned the tables on their human masters? You might see The Human Show. The Muppets, after years of oppression, invite you to a night filled with song dance... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Brazil took its turn at the real-life Gothic this week, as a court sentenced three people for eating another person, plus killing some others. The group allegedly lured their victims to their house by saying they were looking for a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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So there you have it folks. Death verbs. "He was buried." Enigmatic dates. Mysterious serpents. Next time you're at Chipotle, forget the secret menu... The Chipotle restaurant chain uses Mayan art as decoration, but not always accurately. Infocult notes the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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"When panoramic pics go wrong". Behold the baby human centipede! (thanks to Jesse Walker) Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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A British man apparently committed a very practical murder: A man killed his 25-stone father and then ''carefully'' dismembered his body and ''neatly packaged'' the body parts in plastic storage boxes which he used as a television stand, a court... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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The best single image encapsulating 2014 is all its mad, paranoid glory: Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
A Welsh man apparently ate into the face of a Welsh women before police tasered him down. Security staff raised the alarm after they broke down the door and discovered him allegedly eating the woman. Or, as another witness says,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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An Israeli designer has created some concept jewely. The “Energy Addicts” line uses human blood to power small, ornamental devices. “I wanted to provoke the thought about how far will we go to in order to ‘feed’ our addiction in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Two British scientists have published a typology of Facebook murderers. That is, killers for whom Facebook played some role in their crime(s). They identified the types of killer as: reactor, informer, antagonist, fantasist, predator and imposter. Surprisingly, the authors backed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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 6, 2014 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 5, 2014 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 5, 2014 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 5, 2014 at Dracula Blogged
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Chinese Gothic: police arrested a group who disinterred corpses for use in "ghost marriage" rituals. The suspects exhumed a woman’s body from a village grave in Shandong province in March and sold it to a middleman for 18,000 yuan (HK$22,760),... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics