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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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The process of getting an insurance claim can be tricky, and sometimes rewarding, but not often is it Gothic. Today's real-life Gothic comes from South Africa, where a family sought to prove a fact in a case. Outraged family members... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Today's real-life Gothic story comes from Russia, where a - well, let's just go with the Washington Post headline: Russia’s greatest Napoleonic reenactor was found drunk in a river with the severed arms of his lover in his backpack To... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2019 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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The Gothic often lives in the ruins of power. The Cold War's vast armaments are fine spawning grounds for horror tales. A new book collects photos of Cold War ruins. CNN has a nice gallery. (thanks to Jesse Walker) Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2019 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
In 2018 one Silicon Valley startup offered a starkly Gothic service: blood from young people, intended to improve older folks' ailing bodies. The firm, Ambrosia, reduced operations amid general dread, suspicion, and an FDA smackdown... and now the founder has... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2019 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
What a finale! "Seven years ago we all went through the flames."
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2019 on We may be too late. God at Dracula Blogged
Major American mobile phone service providers suddenly sent people a bunch of text messages that were supposed to go out this past Valentine's Day. The story has a quiet eerieness to it: Overnight, a multitude of people received text messages... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
JONATHAN HARKER'S JOURNAL 4 November, evening.--The accident to the launch has been a terrible thing for us. Only for it we should have overtaken the boat long ago, and by now my dear Mina would have been free. I fear... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
MEMORANDUM BY ABRAHAM VAN HELSING 4 November.--This to my old and true friend John Seward, M. D., of Purefleet, London, in case I may not see him. It may explain. It is morning, and I write by a fire which... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
4 Novenber.--Today we heard of the launch having been detained by an accident when trying to force a way up the rapids. The Slovak boats get up all right, by aid of a rope and steering with knowledge. Some went... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
3 Novenber.--We heard at Fundu that the launch had gone up the Bistritza. I wish it wasn't so cold. There are signs of snow coming. And if it falls heavy it will stop us. In such case we must get... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
2 November, night.--All day long driving. The country gets wilder as we go, and the great spurs of the Carpathians, which at Veresti seemed so far from us and so low on the horizon, now seem to gather round us... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
2 November, morning.--I was successful, and we took turns driving all night. Now the day is on us, bright though cold. There is a strange heaviness in the air. I say heaviness for want of a better word. I mean... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
DR. SEWARD'S DIARY 2 November.--Three days on the road. No news, and no time to write it if there had been, for every moment is precious. We have had only the rest needful for the horses. But we are both... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
2 November, morning.--It is broad daylight. That good fellow would not wake me. He says it would have been a sin to, for I slept peacefully and was forgetting my trouble. It seems brutally selfish to me to have slept... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
CHAPTER 27. MINA HARKER'S JOURNAL 1 November.--All day long we have travelled, and at a good speed. The horses seem to know that they are being kindly treated, for they go willingly their full stage at best speed. We have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
1 November, evening.--No news all day. We have found nothing of the kind we seek. We have now passed into the Bistritza, and if we are wrong in our surmise our chance is gone. We have overhauled every boat, big... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
MINA HARKER'S JOURNAL 31 October.--Arrived at Veresti at noon. The Professor tells me that this morning at dawn he could hardly hypnotize me at all, and that all I could say was, "dark and quiet." He is off now buying... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
31 October.--Still hurrying along. The day has come, and Godalming is sleeping. I am on watch. The morning is bitterly cold, the furnace heat is grateful, though we have heavy fur coats. As yet we have passed only a few... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
JONATHAN HARKER'S JOURNAL 30 October, night.--I am writing this in the light from the furnace door of the steam launch. Lord Godalming is firing up. He is an experienced hand at the work, as he has had for years a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
MINA HARKER'S JOURNAL--CONTINUED When I had done reading, Jonathan took me in his arms and kissed me. The others kept shaking me by both hands, and Dr. Van Helsing said, "Our dear Madam Mina is once more our teacher. Her... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at Dracula Blogged
MINA HARKER'S MEMORANDUM (ENTERED IN HER JOURNAL) Ground of inquiry.--Count Dracula's problem is to get back to his own place. (a) He must be brought back by some one. This is evident. For had he power to move himself as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at Dracula Blogged