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Adtech and Misinformation: the Middlemen Who Sell to All Sides

When we look at adtech, much of the focus falls on either of these two places: the advertisers who sell specific products via online advertising, or the data brokers who package and sell our information. And this is good - data brokers in particular pose a unique threat, and need much more attention. Show More Summary

Hell Freezes Over

Photo notwithstanding, this isn't about the Eagles. I'm just sitting here pretty much in shock that anyone from UFT would recruit me to do anything whatsoever. But it just happened nonetheless.It's been a very interesting but bumpy ride for me on this blog. Show More Summary

Fordham U and Me

Last night I was honored to be included in a panel at Fordham University discussing mostly the welfare of our students. There was great discussion from both the panelists and the audience. In retrospect, it probably would've been smarter to write about this before it happened so more people would know about it. Show More Summary

Before Hypno-Toad there was the hypnotic movie subgenre

2 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

A history of hypnotic movies just appeared on the fun We Are the Mutants site. Here's one description: The Hypnotic Eye boasted a “new audience participation thrill” dubbed “HypnoMagic,” and enlisted real-life celebrity hypnotherapist Gil Boyne as technical consultant to...

A tooth monster appears

3 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

A new tv show features what might be a new monster. It looks like it's covered entirely in human teeth: Even better, one BoingBoing commentator toothsomely suggests these are baby teeth. (thanks to Todd Bryant)

More weird undersea sounds

3 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Another new sound has been recorded from the ocean depths. This time it's the Marianas Trench area. Named the “Western Pacific Biotwang,” the sound is unusual for its complexity and wide frequency range. It could potentially be a previously unheard...

The Great Clown Panic chugs along

5 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

The Great Clown Panic of 2016 continues to shamble along. A Tennessee woman made up as a clown assaulted some people. According to an arrest warrant, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the scene after "a series of...

What a Difference Half a Day Makes

As UFT chapter leader, I get a period off, so I teach four classes rather than five. In fact, I teach two double-period classes, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. I am quite fortunate this year in that, after years of begging and pleading, I managed to get my kids into the TDF Stage Doors program. Show More Summary

15 fun short horror videos

5 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

The Cultured Vulture offers a nice selection of short to very short horror videos. "Short" here means 2 to 25 minutes. It's a rich variety. Some of these are technically brilliant, like "The Sandman", "The Cat With Human Hands", and...

Even more clown panic stories

6 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

The Great Clown Panic of 2016 seems to be intensifying. Let's gather up the latest incidents. Three people robbed a Dayton, Ohio store, one wearing a clown mask. Another Michigan robbery involves someone wearing a clown mask. More clown sightings...

A Gothic presidential ad

7 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

We may have the most Gothic campaign ad of 2016: It's very Gothic to see actual blood attached to candidates. Let's see which horror-themed ads come next. (thanks to Jesse Walker)

Behold the underwater terror of the Bobbit Worm

8 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

The undersea world teems with nightmarish horror of all kinds, which we've shamefully neglected here at Infocult. To start making up for this lack, consider the Bobbit Worm. Found in Southeast Asian waters, "[t]hese worms reach 3 m (~10 FEET)...

Human body parts wash up at the Olympics

9 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Human body parts have washed up in Rio, adding an additional Gothic layer to this year's Olympics.

The horror of digital faces

10 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

The Vague Horror of Face Swap dives into the uncanny trembling around digital tools letting us swap faces.... and other things. Ultimately, we're talking cosmic horror. (thanks to Infocult progeny #1)

Social Justice Isn't Crap

All due respect to my friend Chaz, you can't discount social justice. We are not living on a remote island. We are part of a community.Hey, I love to get a raise. I want a new Mac, pretty much all the time. I have a kid and she is expensive, what with going to college and stuff. Show More Summary

Can’t be a nihilist in my chosen racket…

[Above, suggest you read this post with a soundtrack about trying to embrace a little bit of gladness… Song lyrics inspired blog post title too. But if you just want to read, we’ll allow that too.] Since coming back from Mexico in 2000, I’ve had significant stints at three Canadian universities. In each case I […]

Hooking up the tow rope, still not outta the ditch

Reading Martin Weller’s reflections on a decade of stellar ed tech bloggery… Blogs were like little beacons shining across the globe that would splutter in to life and look for fellow signals to respond to. I fell in with the North American and UK ed tech blogging crowd. And this is why I think blogging […]

"The Unnamable Unimaginable Thing In My Basement"

11 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

How does a petty bureaucrat deal with "The Unnamable Unimaginable Thing In My Basement"? Lovecraftian horror meets British estate housing in South Burnistoun: (via MetaFilter)

Still Not Feeling the Love for Hillary, Part 2

I'm getting just a little pushback from people I generally respect about my decision not to vote for Hillary. I decided this when I saw her say she wouldn't keep any school open that wasn't above average. Later, her aides "clarified" or something, saying she wouldn't keep schools open if they weren't good, or something. Show More Summary

Very nice creepy music video from Crosss

11 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

This video of a Crosss song is very nicely done. "Golden Hearth" tells a short story about ritual killings (most likely) using elaborate costumes, rapid cutting, and a recursive media narrative. NPR (!) adds Fair warning: Wicker Man-inspired costumes, grisly...

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