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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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17 June.--This morning, as I was sitting on the edge of my bed cudgelling my brains, I heard without a crackling of whips and pounding and scraping of horses' feet up the rocky path beyond the courtyard. With joy I... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at Dracula Blogged
An Associated Press article describes "ghost accounts" on LinkedIn. These are fictional profiles, possibly created by various intelligence agencies. Katie Jones doesn’t exist, The Associated Press has determined. Instead, the persona was part of a vast army of phantom profiles... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
A New York surgical procedure was supposed to remove a patient's brain tumor. But the medical team found something quite different. Let's arrange the story in proper Gothic order. First, the setting: In September, scrubbed-up surgeons in an operating room... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2019 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Climate change is starting to show Gothic aspects. In North America people have observed ghost forests, stands of trees killed off by salt water seeping into their roots. As saltwater seeps into the forest soils, the trees die of thirst... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Recent archaeology continues to give us glimpses of the disturbing past. For example, deer skull headgear from 11,000 BCE, possibly worn for ritual use. Here's one that's extraordinarily well preserved: Archaeologists have a tendency to associate non-utile pre-agricultural artifacts to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
DR. SEWARD'S DIARY 5 June.--The case of Renfield grows more interesting the more I get to understand the man. He has certain qualities very largely developed, selfishness, secrecy, and purpose. I wish I could get at what is the object... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
31 May.--This morning when I woke I thought I would provide myself with some papers and envelopes from my bag and keep them in my pocket, so that I might write in case I should get an opportunity, but again... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
28 May.--There is a chance of escape, or at any rate of being able to send word home. A band of Szgany have come to the castle, and are encamped in the courtyard. These are gipsies. I have notes of... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
TELEGRAM FROM ARTHUR HOLMWOOD TO QUINCEY P. MORRIS 26 May Count me in every time. I bear messages which will make both your ears tingle. Art Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
LETTER, QUINCEY P. MORRIS TO HON. ARTHUR HOLMOOD 25 May. My dear Art, We've told yarns by the campfire in the prairies, and dressed one another's wounds after trying a landing at the Marquesas, and drunk healths on the shore... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
DR. SEWARD'S DIARY (Kept in phonograph) 25 May.--Ebb tide in appetite today. Cannot eat, cannot rest, so diary instead. since my rebuff of yesterday I have a sort of empty feeling. Nothing in the world seems of sufficient importance to... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
LETTER, LUCY WESTENRA TO MINA MURRAY 24 May My dearest Mina, Thanks, and thanks, and thanks again for your sweet letter. It was so nice to be able to tell you and to have your sympathy. My dear, it never... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
19 May.--I am surely in the toils. Last night the Count asked me in the sauvest tones to write three letters, one saying that my work here was nearly done, and that I should start for home within a few... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
Infocult is pleased to learn of a fine research project aimed at discovering which technologies terrify children. The scientists offered some fine examples of digital dread: Kids want to understand how technology works and what information a device is collecting.... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2019 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
18 May.--I have been down to look at that room again in daylight, for I must know the truth. When I got to the doorway at the top of the stairs I found it closed. It had been so forcibly... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
I think this is Elizabeth Miller's favorite.
CHAPTER 4. JONATHAN HARKER'S JOURNAL CONTINUED I awoke in my own bed. If it be that I had not dreamt, the Count must have carried me here. I tried to satisfy myself on the subject, but could not arrive at... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
Later: The morning of 16 May.--God preserve my sanity, for to this I am reduced. Safety and the assurance of safety are things of the past. Whilst I live on here there is but one thing to hope for, that... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
Police in a Tennessee town investigated a scary clown event. At first, it looks quite creepy: The man, with a white painted face and red nose, was driving a silver or gray sedan and the children believed he motioned for... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
15 May.--Once more I have seen the count go out in his lizard fashion. He moved downwards in a sidelong way, some hundred feet down, and a good deal to the left. He vanished into some hole or window. When... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
12 May.--Let me begin with facts, bare, meager facts, verified by books and figures, and of which there can be no doubt. I must not confuse them with experiences which will have to rest on my own observation, or my... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
LETTER, LUCY WESTENRA TO MINA MURRAY 17, Chatham Street Wednesday My dearest Mina, I must say you tax me very unfairly with being a bad correspondent. I wrote you twice since we parted, and your last letter was only your... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
CHAPTER 5. LETTER FROM MISS MINA MURRAY TO MISS LUCY WESTENRA 9 May. My dearest Lucy, Forgive my long delay in writing, but I have been simply overwhelmed with work. The life of an assistant schoolmistress is sometimes trying. I... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
CHAPTER 3. JONATHAN HARKER'S JOURNAL CONTINUED When I found that I was a prisoner a sort of wild feeling came over me. I rushed up and down the stairs, trying every door and peering out of every window I could... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
8 May.--I began to fear as I wrote in this book that I was getting too diffuse. But now I am glad that I went into detail from the first, for there is something so strange about this place and... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at Dracula Blogged