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A Gothic presidential ad

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

2 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

3 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

4 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"

5 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

5 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...

Dollhouse, a reborn documentary

6 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

"Dollhouse" is a very short (circa 7 minutes) documentary about the creator of reborn dolls. It's quite warm, even sympathetic. Even with lines like "Nothing worse than a rattly head". On YouTube: (thanks to Thomas Burkdall)

Learning On The Fly – Lego Stop Motion

So, a couple of teacher have approached me about some help with their buddy class project - they want to do Stop Motion videos. Now, being the resident Learning Technologies leader does not mean that I have my finger on the pulse of all things edtech but I said, yes, of course I will help. […]

"The Shadow Out of Time", a new video

7 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

There's a new video version of Lovecraft's classic story "The Shadow Out Of Time" (1936). Watch on YouTube, or below: Here's a nice explanation of the fx: puppets and stop-motion. (thanks to Dennis Moser)

"Behind": a fine short-short Lovecraftian horror film

8 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Where does Lovecratian terror creep in? "Behind" is a very short, very well done film that finds dread in an innocent therapy session. Behind from Kendy on Vimeo. (thanks to Steven Kaye)

A new Stone Tape on BBC audio

9 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

The BBC hosted a remake of a classic 1970s work of haunted media. The Stone Tape (1972), written by the great Nigel Kneale, took place in an old haunted mansion. An innovation-hungry engineering team figures out how to use the...

Merry Christmas from the uncanny valley

9 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Robot manufacturer Boston Dynamics wants to wish us all a merry Christmas: Watch the jolly reindeerbots prance ahead, under the gleaming metal and glass. Wonder if the Santabot is fully human. Consider the sheer Skynet force of the team. We...

You Can Fool Some of the People Some of the Time, but You Can't Fool Opt-Out NY

Even as UFT leadership breaks out the champagne over NY State's largely meaningless Common Core recommendations, Governor Cuomo ought to keep worrying. Because the fact is UFT leadership has played virtually no part in opt-out. They've...Show More Summary

All you do is do it, do it..

I have long had my misgivings about Edupunk. I know the idea is pure in Jim Groom’s heart, and I have gotten a kick out of seeing how the idea has resonated in unexpected places. But too often the baggage associated with “punk” seemed to overwhelm and distract from what I thought was a fairly simple idea […]

Decades-silent satellite suddenly starts transmitting

10 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

An American satellite launched in 1967 fell silent shortly after launch and "has been drifting out of control ever since." This week In 2013 LES1 suddenly started transmitting. On its own. Without human intervention. It sounds like this: Phil Williams...

Lovecraftian horror advertisements

10 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

In a universe of Lovecraftian horror, sometimes we need professional assistance. That's where Elder Sign comes in. "If you suffer from an overwhelming sense of dread brought on by the realization of your own insignificance in the universe, then you...

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