To Those Who Chew With Their Mouth Open

13 May 2021- Greenwich, CT

Dear People Who Chew With Your Mouth Open,

Your actions perpetuate a rhetoric that doesn’t have a place in fine dining. People have spent money to eat at this restaurant. By making a scene at the dinner table, you are killing the vibe of the restaurant and ruin the overall feel of the restaurant. 

An example of this, you may ask? So, here you are… Sitting across from a dinner table with someone with ill manners. Now if that person were to make arguments with food in their mouth, would you listen to them? The short answer for me is probably no. However, I feel that most people would just write off this person instantly as it is not very polite and socially conscious to create a public symphony with a focus on breaking down your food. 

Chewing with your mouth open is also annoying when you are trying to get a task done. If you are at a meeting with a bunch of colleagues and another is chewing food while you are speaking, one could experience trouble thinking over the cacophonic salivating noise. I really do not like it and sometimes even my own chewing annoys me. Which brings me to this.

If you are in a restaurant  and eating food, you should be mindful of the people around you and how your actions may affect others. By opening your mouth during chewing your act of laziness is creating a much louder noise than if you actually closed your mouth. 

All you have to do is close your mouth and all of these problems would be resolved. However, if you or a loved one is an open mouth chewer, there is still time to curb your awful habit. By just simply closing your mouth, you can silence your eating process and look more formal next to your peers. Hopefully, this complaint letter warranted some rational thinking for those of you that ‘Anything Goes’ at the dinner table. The dinner table is not the wild west, it is a place of comfort and a platform for great dialogue. Do not ruin my oasis.

Sincerely,

Melvin

Robo- Calls; A Cellular Problem

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People are getting so many Spam calls, or Robo-calls as my father calls them, that people don’t answer their phone at their houses anymore. This is especially terrifying, when you have to be reached for something urgent. This upsets me and should be something addressed by the cellular provider. However, the majority of the providers still send Spam to your phone because they feel as if it is not their problem when in reality it is.

As someone who has an ancient phone hooked up to our landline, I hear every single call that comes through the house. The fact that spam blocking technology has not been integrated into the cellular companies to control these types of spam is infuriating. What’s even worse is that now I do not trust any phone calls made to my home phone. Instead, I have to rely on my cellular phone, which still occasionally still receives Spam calls.

With that in mind, every call that comes through the US has to go through a gateway controlled by a cellular carrier. The fact that all these calls overseas can mimic a local number is terrifying and is the cellular providers responsibility. If that phone number is changing its number before it hits the shore, it is dangerous. This should never occur and it is only a matter of cost. The technology is there and you could put infrastructure and controls to manage it. We are allowing profit by these phone companies at the expense of people’s privacy and state of mind.

This is especially worrisome when thinking about the elderly and people with disabilities who are unable to tell the difference between what is reality and what is spam. By targeting these types of people, spammers are able to rob innocent people of their hard earned money. By using pre-calculated scripts, a scammer can earn the trust of its prey and convince them to release personal information. This is unacceptable and needs to be combatted. This is not a matter of personal choice and rationality, but a matter of cellular companies trying to save money so that they can make more. I want to see this issue taken more seriously, as it spreads doubt and perpetuates distrust in society.

-Melvin

Progress Report: Audi Sill Cover

Sill Covers in red circles
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My report covers the Sill Cover on the Audi S6. I believe that these covers are inexpensive and very difficult to operate. Personal interaction with the sill covers in the past resulted in my knuckles scraping against the asphalt and drawing blood. Now everytime I remove the sill cover, I bring a pair of gloves so that I can protect my hands. This should not be the case with an Audi sports car.

So far my work has come along well. Since I worked off of my initial usability report, Greenwich Audi has been made aware of my efforts. I actually gained interest from an employee Audi the other day saying they heard about my usability report and were very interested. In response, I told them that I would be doing a sill cover report and if they needed help with the upcoming Greenwich Polo event that I was their guy.

Because of my dialogue with Greenwich Audi, I feel that it will be very easy to get the information that I need to complete the project.

In the future, I am looking into expanding my research into the sill cover. I will compile information on Sill cover problems in the past and research how much it costs to build such a cheap piece of plastic.

In conclusion, I will be finding a cost efficient alternative to what Audi provides now as a sill cover. If I do this right, hopefully, I can get Audi on board to fix this inconvenience.

I think we should put together a report on why the Sill is not helpful, compile a bunch of reviews regarding removing this sill, and provide a solution. This can be done if I actually go out and get enough information from Audi and my test subjects in order to put together the report. I feel that this report should be simple, straightforward, and easy to use. By using graphs or diagrams, I feel that my idea might actually be accepted by Audi and then I am on to the next project.

-Melvin

Delta On Small Business: Shit Happens

Shit Happens draws upon the hardships that every individual faces. Due to the recent pandemic, many small startups like Shit Happens have been struggling to survive due to regulations and social distancing regulations. What once was promoted through expression of art in the form of Hip Hop/rap/trap has now turned into a business marketed through word of mouth. As a fan of this company and a supporter of the individuals who put in work on a daily basis, I was disgusted when a Delta flight attendant told me to take my hoodie off or I would not be allowed on the plane. When I heard this, I started to get really upset and was beginning to stand up for my rights. It was here that my father told me to silence myself so that we could get back home. I am happy that my father saved me from making a scene out of myself because we probably would have been booted off the flight considering Delta’s track record of banning people for similar reasons like not wearing a mask. Hopefully when the pandemic ends, Delta will check their hubris, but we can’t be sure of that.

When one feels oppression in any form it feels terrible. While, there are obviously greater degrees of oppression out in the world. It is our job to protect the citizens of the United States of America from having to deal with any oppressive figures. As one of the largest flight tycoons in the world, Delta holds power and assets beyond your wildest dreams. Yet, instead of providing more for its customers, the company uses this money to protect themselves from lawsuits and pump money into its shareholders based on a dialogue they are perpetuating systematically. This same dialogue is the reason that I was not able to wear my hoodie. Due to the fact that my hoodie said ‘shit’, the flight attendant believed that I was perpetuating hurtful imagery, however that is not the case. Shit happens stands for so much more. It stands for rising up and achieving success regardless of the obstacles people face on a day to day basis.

I believe that in these tough times, Delta needs to show a little humility. As a fan-girl of Socrates I believe that any leader in the face of an obstacle should utilize humility. However, in this scenario Delta seems to believe that they can just hide my complaint letters below thousands of new circulating news articles. Do not let Delta win and help the people gain back their rights to rep specific streetwear regardless of what it says. 

Zed Run Horse Transfer

As someone who believes in Non- Fungible Tokens(NFTs) and their value in our current society, I was appalled by the horse transfer system in Zed Run. Zed Run is a virtual horse racing platform that contains NFT racehorses built and bred to race. These horses are fully built digitized horses with a lifespan equivalent to around 2,000 races. Zed Run, however, is not a children’s game as it has a really huge learning curve. The game features many categories, which play into the overall weight of the horse. These then play into helping the probability of the horse winning in a randomly simulated horse race. Some of these racehorses cost up to 22,000 – 1,000,000 USD, so it pains me to think of how easy it is to make a mistake on this platform.

Since the popularization of NFTs, Ethereum has experienced a boom so big that they are having trouble managing the demand. Due to the increased traffic, websites like Opensea, which is a marketplace for NFTs, have been bumping up gas prices on purchases. This means that if you want to purchase an NFT, you may be paying $200 for the ownership of this ethereum entity. For an expensive purchase that warrants so much in gas fees, there should be an easy navigable platform to race your horse on. So far Zed Run is not perfect, however, the future looks bright.

I actually bought a racehorse recently and had it in Open Sea. When trying to transfer my horse into my wallet, the system automatically popped up to transfer horses. I found this to be a red flag for the platform, as it makes it all too easy to transfer horses on the platform. This is especially dangerous as these horses are expensive and they do not make it easy for beginners. I feel that Zed Run should remove this feature as a GUI from the select racehorse section and maybe add a separate button at the top of the stable homepage. As we are in the initial phase of Ethereum and we are waiting on the new V2 to release any time this summer, it is frightening that the system is not completely easy to use. By making the system streamline, I feel that Zed Run could increase traffic. However, maybe there is too much traffic on the website currently and they are doing anything in their power to help preserve their platform before the V2 update.

Is Delta Using its influence on the market to suppress Freedom of Expression

Delta has been the largest airline recently throughout the pandemic. Due to social distancing and masking protocols, Delta believes they have the right to ban paying customers from its flights if a mask is not in use. This makes some sense to me as someone who has a strong moral attitude towards protecting the health of others. However, I have noticed that some flight attendants have started abusing this power because they can.

The US constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Simply put this is the first amendment and probably one of the most important. Especially considering the fact that this was the first thing our founding fathers believed we needed in writing. 

The more I search through Delta’s search history, the more I notice that delta has been very reluctant to the idea of freedom of expression. And, According to The Washington Post, Delta has been leading the way for other companies to follow in their abuse of individual freedoms. The Washington Post was cited saying, “Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said in a Thursday memo to employees that 460 people are now banned from the airline for refusing to wear a mask”. 

References:

McMahon, Shannon. “Delta, United and Alaska Airlines Have Banned More than 900 Passengers for Not Wearing Masks.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 27 Oct. 2020, http://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2020/10/26/airlines-banning-passengers-masks/.

Feasibility Proposal: Audi S6 Sill Cover Dilemma

Date: 4 May 2021

To: Audi Marketing Department

From: Michael Melvin

Subject: Proposal For Feasibility Study

During a recent Usability study of changing a tire on a 2018 Audi S6, it became apparent that there are many downsides to the sill cover. As someone who changes my tires twice a year, I find it frustrating that such an expensive sports car has such a lousy contraption for removing the sill panel. Due to the fact that the sill panel must be removed down and out, I have gained multiple bruises on my knuckles due to scraping my hand and the asphalt below. As the Audi s6 is the mid to premium level of Audi cars, I feel that there should be a much easier way to remove the sill.

In addressing the problem, I have found there to be many solutions. One of which is simply removing the panel altogether. However without the panel, the car would probably lose aerodynamics. Subsequently, no panel would also look cheap and this car is definitely not that.

Another idea for addressing this concern is using a sliding mechanism for the sill held in place by a button. I feel that this idea can keep costs low and make it easier for the person removing the sill panel. With only an outwards motion after pressing the button, the person removing the sill is less likely to scrape hand on the surface the car is laying on. 

My final idea is less cost efficient, however, it reflects what a car of this caliber should have. I believe that the entire sill panel should be able to pull out using a hydraulic arm that links with the cars electronic system. I would also be fine if the entire sill moved when a lever  is pulled near the lever that opens the car’s hood.

In order to evaluate the best option necessary, I feel that a survey would be sufficient. As someone who has already tested individuals in changing a tire. I am well aware that the sill cover is one of the largest areas that impede a owner from changing their own tire on a 2018 s6. I feel that Greenwich Audi is a great place to get information about peoples feelings towards the sill panel. If I were to interview a bunch of people involved in removing tires every winter and summer, I feel that I could get lots of information on how there is a problem and how it could be fixed in the future.

I am committed to giving your company the utmost attention in these next coming weeks and will let you know the information that I am able to get through my feasibility report. If you find this interesting let me know how you can help and I will work you into my schedule. 

One Deeper: Deliberate Abuse Of People On The Spectrum Op Ed

26 April 2021

In writing an Op Ed I chose to shine a light on the deliberate abuse of my friend during a dinner conversation. I used logos and pathos in order to provide factors which shaped the structure of my Op Ed. By appealing to emotion through pathos I was able to bring out an emotional response in the reader, regardless of my friends absence of emotional substance in conversation. By connecting pathos to logos, I am able to target a much broader audience and initiate a larger response. Through breaking down this argument by its key contributing factors of logos and pathos, I was able to pinpoint the problem with the situation and hopefully promote awareness of the issues surrounding people on the spectrum with regards to moral communication. While from an outward appearance it looked as if my friend had gone insane, I knew that this situation was not in his control. Upon further reflection I was able to notice that he was just a target of a much greater threat deeply rooted in dark psychology, and I wanted to convey that to the audience.

The main technique I used in my OpEd was pathos. I structured my argument by telling a personal story. The informal nature of my writing appeals to the idea of pathos by relating it to broader topics of mistreatment in the Autistic Community.

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One example of logos in my OpEd was the use of the 1944 film Gaslight. After discussing this difficult situation I experienced, Professor Lois Agnew from Syracuse University recommended that I watch this film in order to comprehend the psychological complexities of the argument. I described how Charles Boyer took advantage of a young Ingrid Bergman during a time of weakness. Bergman, having just lost her Aunt to a murder, was completely helpless and emotionally distraught. Boyer played on this weakness  as a tool to seduce her into marrying him preemptively. I related this example to the story of Sal and Kevin by logically pointing out similarities between Charles and Sal with the goal of helping the audience to understand how Sal was using gaslighting to control the perceived reality of the situation. By including the example of the 1944 film Gaslight, I was able to reference a technique credited by the title of this film. Since gaslighting is an established term used by doctors and psychological professionals, explaining Sal’s use of gaslighting helped strengthen my argument using logos.  Since Gaslight is a movie that tells an emotional story I am also using pathos to appeal to their emotions and values.

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This idea of manipulating people for their money is not a new problem we have been facing as Kanye West has dedicated a song, Gold Digger, to such phenomena. I could have told this story to make Kevin out as the bad guy, but by stating the psychological behavior presented by Sal I am able to use logos to convince the audience that Sal was in the wrong. This act of social manipulation requires extreme rhetorical advances. In addition to pointing out his gaslighting, I also connected him to an academic reference through the term, ‘mind reader’. By defining this term to the audience and relating it to Sal, I was able to convince the audience that Sal was in the wrong. Due to the fact that applying rhetorical techniques requires a calm and collected thought process, it can be easy for social manipulators to gauge a response out of their victim in order to mess up their thought process. This can be seen when a speaker targets their victims’ pathos. Pathos is something studied by many ancient greeks and points to emotions such as sadness, mania, and elation. I found it very interesting how my example narcissist in my story targeted my friends’ pathos for argumentative purposes. Especially since my friend’s Autism made it difficult for him to even know what pathos is.

The characteristic displayed by this guest mimicked what I would soon find out is the Dark Triad. The Dark Triad is built up of the three main characteristics observed in those with the most twisted of agendas. As someone who has grown up believing that people should treat others with respect, I was astounded that Sal acted like he had no idea how manipulative he actually was. Since Sal was so good at manipulating, I needed to break down the situation in terms of logos and pathos, in order to convince the audience that Sal was using psychological manipulation.

The characteristic displayed by this guest mimicked what I would soon find out is the Dark Triad. The Dark Triad is built up of the three main characteristics observed in those with the most twisted of agendas. As someone who has grown up believing that people should treat others with respect, I was astounded that Sal acted like he had no idea how manipulative he actually was. Since Sal was so good at manipulating, I needed to break down the situation in terms of logos and pathos, in order to convince the audience that Sal was using psychological manipulation.

What was completely missing in this guest’s rhetorical argument was the aspect of ethos. Ethos is the ideals and moral nature of one’s sense of self. Upon first glance, this man Sal hated my friend Kevin. Sal was the type who hid himself behind a facade; scared of what would happen if people actually found out his true identity. It would only become more and more explosive of a situation as Sal continued to prod at Kevin’s Pathos. It is for this reason that I believe that this guest exhibits a tendency to ignore the idea of pathos as he obsessed on his own ego. This is textbook narcissism and should worry most moral beings.

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If you care show me some love in the comment section. Peace Y’all.

-Melvin

Minimalism In Photography

Calm down. Collect your thoughts and focus.

As I begin to take pictures on my camera, I have been slowly drawn to the idea of minimalism.

Through doing this I have noticed that my pictures are starting to look more and more like Microsoft Desktop Backgrounds. However, I feel that this could be a unique aesthetic.

Gone are the days of these windows:

Say Hello to:

I have switched over to the MacBook and became a DJ

Or maybe we will go back to just taking photos of wine.


Graffiti And Its Role In The Pandemic Culture: Scalzi Skate Park

Michael Melvin – 18 April 2021

Mini Pipe at Scalzi

During the Pandemic, it may be difficult for people to understand how people are truly feeling in the United States. By reading Grafitti, we are able to uncover hidden meaning to the deeper and darker realms of life.

For today’s blog post, I will be going into the hidden meanings in the Graffiti and how I perceive them. As someone who has been commenting on the current system for years, I have some ideas of how they relate to me personally as I citizen living during pandemic- era United States.

The classic Uncle Sam. Instead of wanting you to join the army, he wants your soul.

Many people in the United States feel drained through social media and isolation. Skaters like to free themselves from the ‘system’. This includes getting away from social media, which represents the sellout skaters who make video games. At the end of the day, skaters come to Scalzi to shred and nothing else.

203 resembles the 3 digit area code for Greenwich, CT

The 203 is a well known area centered in Greenwich, CT. Many artists have come from the area including Kenny Beats, Tom Kenny, and Billy Dre.

Kenny Beats the Cave.
Billy Dre and More Paid Zai

With that in mind, there is plenty more to uncover from the Scalzi Skate Park. Its aesthetic is so seemingly casual, yet elusive.

Scalzi Iconic Box

In the future I would like to see a Pro-Skate Event hosted at Scalzi. I feel like we could set up a mega-ramp or something. That would be sick. If you have ideas let me know below.

Stay Tuned For More!