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Driving safety ad from beyond the grave

4 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Let ghosts explain their deadly driving "Mistakes". This is a cruel, sad, manipulative, and brilliant ad: There's a lot going on here, such as the nice use of being-on-the-cusp-of-death perspective, a la Carnival of Souls (1962). A powerful sense of...

"The Thing" by Rankin-Bass

4 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Mashup of the week: The Thing, visualized by Rankin-Bass animation. That is to say: John Carpenter's 1982 horror movie classic and this American animation studio. (thanks to Jesse Walker, who found the extended cut)

Slenderman, the internet's organic horror myth

4 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

The Slenderman mythos gets a nice rumination in "How is Slender Man Internet Folklore?" The PBS Idea Channel host frantically runs through a bunch of topics, from tulpas to SomethingAwful. It's important to note the new media aspect of Slenderman:...

Moving quickly through the chapel of bones

4 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Speaking of the Sedlec Ossuary, the great filmmaker Jan Švankmajer made a very short movie about it. "The Ossuary" (1970) is now available on YouTube, and embedded here for your edification:

What’s the opposite of Abject?

“The best way to complain is to make things” shared CC by Mark Jensen I feel fortunate to the point of absurdity to be in a job I enjoy so much, but still feel uncomfortable with the title “Director of Innovation”. I deflect some of the manifest weirdness by recasting my role as one of […]

Horror on the Oculus Rift

4 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Horror content is appearing for the Oculus Rift device, and this article gives us an overview. Sound seems to be especially effective. "Alone" is the most formally ambitious, offering a game within a game. We at Infocult Labs have yet...

Bill Gates Experiments on Millions of American Children...

...and he has no idea whether or not his ideas will work. He says he won't know for ten years, in fact. So meanwhile, too bad if you lose your job. Too bad if your kids spend all of their time prepping for tests that may or may not be valid. Show More Summary

Phone horror in "Valibation"

4 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

"Valibation" (2013) is a short film about mobile phones, horror, self-obsessesion, sketchy strip malls, and... well, watch it. VALIBATION from on Vimeo. The Cronenbergian aspects are well done. It's interesting to see them link up to the self-help finale....

Directly controlling the human brain

4 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Two Seattle scientists realized a mad science dream when one successfully used his brain to control the other's mind and body. Rajesh Rao, a UW computer science and engineering professor, used his thoughts to control the actions of Andrea Stucco,...

The Campbell Brown Show

Some people simply call this place earth, but for legal expert Campbell Brown, it's a forum for her to shock us with her spectacular and lurid accusations. There are 128 teachers who were accused of some sort of sexual offense. Why can't...Show More Summary

True faces revealed

5 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

"Portrait" is a disturbing image project by Enrico Ascoli and Donato Sansone. It takes images of a user then manipulates them into Francis Bacon-like results: Video results are even better. Watch the images rotate, then blink at you: " PORTRAIT"...

Arne Duncan Approved NY Times Column

I continue to be amazed at precisely how low the bar is for professional writers. Maybe they, rather than we, should be compelled to prove added value with some ridiculous mathematical formula. Even as teachers are under assault nationwide...Show More Summary

Spotting the wormy death wave

5 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Several researchers claim to have found a death wave. It's the edge of death as it kills an animal. Well, worms: The death wave (a.k.a. "death fluorescence", or DF) starts in the worms' intestines and spreads via "a stereotyped process...

Settling alien worlds with monster tech

5 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Nothing says "humans are colonizing this place" like giant, hopping, plant-bearing eyeball robots. Le Petit Prince carries a plant inside its glass container and provides it with everything it needs to flourish on the red planet. The greenhouse robot is...

Chicago--Now With 4% Fewer Teachers!

Reformy Rahm Emanuel has made education a priority in Chicago. That's a pretty good idea, since Arne Duncan's Renaissance 2010 has proven an abject failure. Now, were I mayor of Chicago, looking at all the reformy things that didn't work for Arne, I'd take a different approach. Show More Summary

A lover's haunted media prank

5 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

How can you use Infocult to help your romantic relationships? Well, we can show you how to prank your significant other with scary media. Williams spent weeks designing and constructing a believable puppet replica of Samara which had working arms...

Implanting voices in your head

5 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

An advertising company is testing a technology that will cause people to actually hear voices in their heads. When leaning against the window the vibration is transmitted through the skull into the brain where it is converted into sound. The...

One dark library tale

5 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Death and the librarians: here's a fine short video about one bad browser. (thanks to Thomas Hill)

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