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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
Recent Activity
From Tiktok, what may be the first Gothic fiction about the COVID-19 pandemic. (thanks to Jesse Walker) Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Today we learn about blood plastic. This plastic material is made from 100 per cent dried and pressed cow’s blood, without any additives. Animal blood is a waste material from the meat industry. Designer Basse Stittgen explores the possibilities of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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As COVID-19 works its way through the human race, what are the Gothic aspects? One has become apparent quickly: the opening out of crowded public spaces. The Atlantic has a good photo gallery, starting with Islam's Kaaba: A papal assembly:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2020 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Odd things come from Canada at times. Case in point: U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found the brain packed in a glass mason jar in a Canada Post shipment during a random inspection on Valentine’s Day, CBP spokesman Kris... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2020 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Some Californians enjoyed Valentine's Day wishes delivered by scary clowns. The three clowns, named Tiny, Peddles and Blanco, have been spotted up and down the Central Valley delivering the grams. They were in Fresno on Friday morning and were planning... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2020 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Found on Derren Brown's Twitter. "He will make you laugh" (thanks to Rob Henderson) Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2020 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Wouldn't we all like to visit the Mystery Flesh Pit National Park? An energetic person on Reddit's Worldbuilding board has created this delightfully horrific alternate park. So far it's only a series of images, mock-official documents posted to that board... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2020 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
A Colorado site reports on growing rumors about mysterious drones flying overhead. a drone nearly hit a medical helicopter Tuesday. Helicopter pilot Kirk Peebles said he saw a drone pass within 100 feet from his Flight for Life helicopter during... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2020 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Infocult approves of this art: (thanks to Jesse "Favorite Programming Language is PERL" Walker) Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2020 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
We haven't seen enough creepy accounts of drones, so thankfully the New York Times reports that some Nebraskans and Coloradans are worried about mysterious flying bots. Since before Christmas, sheriff’s departments in the region have been bombarded with reports of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
As 2020 begins we at Infocult continue our study of real-life Gothic horror. To start, a horrific story from Romania, where a medical blunder killed a patient. The patient, who had pancreatic cancer, died on Sunday after suffering burns to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2020 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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A boat washed up on Japan's coast with a grim cargo. But let Daily Beast give us the Gothic entrée to the story: Ghost Ship Carrying Human Heads Washes Up on Japanese Beach NHK provides some details: Japanese authorities have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2019 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Here's an article about the booming America business of selling blood. Key Gothic details: Donors turned into zombies Poor people being exploited Outlaws ("The U.S. supplies fully 70 percent of the world’s plasma, mainly because most other countries have banned... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2019 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Two years ago a California sinkhole swallowed up a car, nearly drowning its driver in water and sewage. Stephanie Scott, a makeup artist, suffered brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder after she escaped from the sinkhole by pulling herself from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2019 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
The scribes at Jezebel dug up some very unsettling Thanksgiving cards from a century ago. Most involve children. Several are clearly Infocult's favored stuffing. For example, a pleasant child gets close to a living bird, with deadly weapon in reach:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2019 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
An Ohio state attorney offered an interesting example of cyberfear this week. Seeking to explain why fraternity brothers accidentally killed a pledge, Keller J. Blackburn gave this intriguing theory: “The overall lesson that I think is so difficult for our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2019 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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 Nov 21, 2019 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