That’s Just My Baby Dog: Internet Puppy Meme

One of my favorite new Tik Tok Trends is the ‘That’s Just My Baby Dog’ Trend. This trend involves showing off your puppy in the cutest light and has been done by many celebrities; man and puppy alike.

The most well done Baby Dog Trend was probably done by Gronkowski and his little pooch Ralphie. Watch down below:


Ralphie is seen dancing with Gronk, whilst showing off his puppiness.

The original Tik Tok:

This dog is not the cutest, but you understand the picture.

Post Pandemic Pop- up Skate Culture

Michael Melvin – 18 April 2021

During the pandemic, many people have turned to skateboarding because of its low-key positive culture. You may not believe this from what the media feeds you about skating, but no one really cares about what you think. The real skaters don’t care about who you are or what you’re wearing. This vibe comes out in their skating, as they show what I would presume is ‘steez’. This ‘steez’ translates to what those in the fashion industry call ‘mojo’.

Society can be tougher for some individuals than others. For decades these skateparks have become great outlets for outcasts in society. Today we see the next generation of skaters popping up in small skateparks all over the United States. The community we are going to look into today is that at Scalzi Skate Park.

This picture above was taken mid- air with the board directly under the skaters feet. This split second shot captures the elegance and physics defying beauty of the sport

It is always nice to see a different perspective on life. The Scalzi Skate with its counter- cultural graffiti references depicts a harsh reality. I will write about this in the next blog post. Stay tuned for more.

Deliberate Abuse of People On The Spectrum

14 April 2021 – Michael Melvin

 While people with autism may sometimes exhibit behaviors that are outside of conventional social norms, we need to be more accepting and understanding of their perspectives. Oftentimes, neurotypical people will show a lack of consideration, impatience, and frustration when interacting with autistic people. For someone not accustomed to dealing with people on the spectrum, it can be easy to discredit their arguments as statements, when in reality they are just offering information to the dialogue. This kind of treatment can be harmful to people with autism whether it is intentional or not. As someone whose friend is on the spectrum, it pains me to see this play out first hand. Considering this, I would like to delve into an uncomfortable situation I found myself in where a guest was harassing my friend based off of his inability to argue concisely. Due to the fact that this is based off of real events, I have changed the names to protect those mentioned. 

A few weeks ago I was at my friend Kevin’s house for dinner when we were confronted by Sal, a friend of Kevin’s mom. Sal exhibited obvious signs of insecurity, such as frequently discussing his status as a fashion designer. These initial warning signs quickly became red flags when he began insensitively questioning Kevin on personal topics. Kevin, who lies somewhere on the spectrum, was completely oblivious to this guest’s manipulative nature and became very agitated. In the star wars films, Anakin Skywalker is cited saying, “Only Siths deal in absolutes.”  This is definitely true for Kevin, who doesn’t have a neurotypical thought process. He builds his reality off of what he sees and takes offense to anyone who makes him question his beliefs because it could tear apart everything he trusts as absolute. 

Sal’s incessant questioning put Kevin in a situation that he could not control, which made him visibly uncomfortable. Kevin saw his words as an attack on his existence and began trying to stand up for himself. This proved to be a difficult task for Kevin, as he became more and more agitated by Sal’s responses. This guest was like a chinese ping pong champion who specialized in sick short lobs or psychological manipulation. He came here to beat the living hell out of someone’s confidence and he succeeded. 

Initially, I had no idea how I felt about this situation. Eventually I actually became very intrigued because I have had trouble communicating in the past. For someone like Kevin dialogue plays a vital role in putting his perception of reality together. While Sal was obviously insecure during this interaction, that did not make his actions right. Upon further reflection, I realized that there may have been a greater problem at hand. It was not until I watched the 1944 film Gaslight, that I fully understood what actually went down that night: Sal had the audacity to gaslight Kevin in front of his friends and family. 

Gaslighting is the act of manipulating people into doubting themselves. While many great Ancient Greek orators have used gaslighting in the past in order to win debates, we are understanding now that this act of emotional manipulation does not promote diversity in dialogue. In the movie Gaslight(1944), Charles Boyer uses his keen intellect in order to prove Ingrid Bergman’s insanity. Like Charles Boyer, Sal used similar techniques in order to gain control over the dialogue. When Sal was questioning Kevin based on his views, he pushed further even after Kevin appeared to have been upset. Another example was when Sal strategically twisted Kevins words for his own personal gains, this was textbook gaslighting if you ask me. There are many other people in the world like Sal who contribute to the continued stigmatization of autism in society. This pattern of abuse towards those on the spectrum has been going on for years and must be stopped. 

Baron-Cohen coined the term “mind readers”, which refers to people whose personalities revolve around their own thoughts. Sal tends to fit this description well, as he is obviously very full of himself. Upon first glance, I knew this guy was a schmuck. Regardless of his ego, he should have never pushed Kevin to the point of silence in his own home. This is the act of a complete narcissist and it is frightening that Sal is employed.

Through this situation, I realized that it is important to be mindful of how you interact with people on the spectrum. Luckily Kevin had two great friends next to him who had his back throughout this complete disaster. I feel that Kevin needs to surround his Autism with positivity, in order to combat the social stigma ‘associated’ with people on the spectrum. In order to promote better dialogue, neurotypical people must be able to have a conversation with anybody regardless of how their mind works. Additionally, a conversation will go nowhere if you only talk to people who share your point of view. By diversifying who you converse with, you can get a better understanding of how people other than yourself think and hopefully improve the stigma and mistreatment of those on the spectrum.


Bibliography

Nastase, Daniela. The Gaslighting Trap. 15 May 2020, kmarshack.com/2019/10/10/the-gaslighting-trap/. 

“How to Deal With Gaslighting and Narcissistic Abuse.” Motherhood + Mayhem, 9 Jan. 2021, motherhoodandmayhem.online/gaslighting-narcissist/. 

OBE, Dr Anna Kennedy. “Autism and Gaslighting – Joely Williams Speaks on ‘All Things Autism’.” Psychreg, 24 Aug. 2019, http://www.psychreg.org/autism-gaslighting/. 

Yergeau, Melanie. “Clinically Significant Disturbance: On Theorists Who Theorize Theory of Mind.” Disability Studies Quarterly, dsq-sds.org/article/view/3876/3405. 

“Gaslight.” MGM, 1944. 

Lieberman, Jeffrey. Imagine There Was No Stigma To Mental Illness. Tedx Talks, 2016.


How To Change A Tire On An Audi S6 ( With Pictures)

How to Change a Tire on an Audi S6

9 April 2021- Michael Melvin

Instructions:

  • Opening The Trunk
  • Essential Materials
    • Lug Wrench
    • Cap Remover
    • Jack
  • Retrieving Spare Tire
  • Finding and Removing Sill Panel
  • Raising The Car
  • Taking Off The Nuts
  • Removing The Tire
  • Putting The Wheel Back On
  • Lower and Tighten

Opening The Trunk


Open Up your Trunk

Clear Trunk Area and Pull Up on Tab
Attach Clip to Top of Trunk so it Holds the Cover Open

-Essential Materials-


Note: Underneath the Spare Tire are the Essential Materials you will need to Change a Tire(i.e. Lug Wrench, Cap Remover, Jack)

Retrieving Spare Tire


You should be seeing this

Unscrew Spare Tire Lock and Remove Tire
Roll Tire to Wheel

Take Lug Wrench and Loosen Each Lug Nut Half a Turn Counter- Clockwise while Wheel is on the Ground

Take Lug Wrench and Loosen Each Lug Nut Half a Turn while Wheel is on the Ground

Finding and Removing Sill Panel


Locate Sill Panel

Note: Sill Panels Located on Four Points of Cars Base Near each Wheel
Remove Sill Panel (Out and Down)

-Raising The Car-


You will Find the Jack in the Trunk

Refer to Map of Essential Materials.

10. Align Car Jack so that it is Under the Lifting Point

Note: The Cylindrical Side of the Jack should Fit perfectly in the Sill
Rotate the Jack Handle Clockwise; Raising the Car off the ground

Taking Off The Nuts


Unscrew each Lug Nut

Lug Nut

Removing The Tire


Wrap your arms around the wheel and Remove the Tire

-Putting The Wheel Back On-


Fix New Tire On Wheel Base and Tighten Lug Nuts according to Tightening Order

Tightening Order

-Lower and Tighten-


Lower Jack by Turning Counter- Clockwise
Firmly Tighten Lug Nuts when car is on the ground
Click Sill Panel Back Onto Car
Note: Sill Panels Located on Four Points of Cars Base near each wheel

There You have it. You have changed your tire.

How To Make A Matcha Latte

6 April 2021 –

Directions:

1: Pour as much matcha as you want into a Mug

2: Clean your Nespresso Machine

3: Place one Ristretto pod into the machine and hit tall glass with milk

4: Place another Ristretto pod in and choose small glass with milk

5: Enjoy your Green Tea flavored coffee

p.s. if you want you can add matcha powder on top for visual aesthetic

Ristretto is high in caffeine, however the flavor contrasts very well. Using Ristretto is not mandatory, although its addition will be enjoyed thoroughly. Enjoy your Matcha Latte.

Michael Melvin

Your Online Advocate

Message to Our Viewers

Combating Anti Asian Bias 

As we become aware of the recent shootings, we are forced to look at how our day to day interactions affect people. As a business we are determined to set a high moral standard, so we can bring a new era. It is time for America to wake up and protect our fellow citizens regardless of our cultural differences. Anti- Asian bias is everywhere on the news and this topic can sometimes be difficult for some people to bring up in discussion. However, we feel that it is our ethical responsibility to shine light on the topic and figure out ways we can avoid Anti- Asian rhetoric in everyday situations.

Having Anti Asian Bias in the workforce may lead to a slippery slope dilemma as our employees have a direct responsibility to the ethical narrative of our brand.

Photo by RODNAE Productions on Pexels.com

There have been countless reports on race- targeted harassment and violence, including shunning in many communities. Due to the silent nature of shunning, people are able to outcast certain individuals in order to make you feel out of place.

As a company we are doing everything possible to combat Anti Asian bias, however we look to the government to help make a greater change in our communities, so that we can finally enjoy domestic stability. 

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Brennan stated, ‘incidents of racist misconduct or brutality’ resulted from ‘unconscious manifestations of bias’.(Brennan 2020). Thus, what you should take away from this is that racism can be silent and sometimes your inactions can be detrimental towards others who need help. 

In order to promote an open culture we need to make sure racist acts aren’t overlooked and educate people on how racism can lead to hate and violence.

Your Local Online Advocate

-Michael

Ray, Rashawn. “Why Is It so Hard for America to Designate Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes?” Brookings, Brookings, 19 Mar. 2021, http://www.brookings.edu/blog/how-we-rise/2021/03/18/why-is-it-so-hard-for-america-to-designate-domestic-terrorism-and-hate-crimes/. 

136. “Hidden in Plain Sight: Racism, White Supremacy, and Far-Right Militancy in Law Enforcement.” Brennan Center for Justice, 24 Mar. 2021, http://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/hidden-plain-sight-racism-white-supremacy-and-far-right-militancy-law.

Sometimes We Need a Wellness Day: Live Music Performance

Michael Melvin 23 Mar. 2020 [Greenwich, CT] –

As it was Tango Tuesday and also Wellness Day, I thought I may play some music outdoors. There is something spiritual about playing music for nobody. I felt as if this installation piece captured the art of many trying to find balance in such a time of despair.

-Part 3-

Things Have Been Crazy Lately. We Don’t Deny This. We Move Forward. We Try And Be The Best We Can Be.

Since Wednesday was a Wellness Day for students at Syracuse University, I decided I would use my time spent streaming live DJing to my Twitch and then re upload all this stuff to YouTube.

Recently I have been looking into improving SEO for web pages. What I have come to notice is that Targeted Headlines are really appealing.

Have any better ideas for SEO strong headlines for live music performance?

-Part 1-
-Part 2-

Sincerely

Melvin

I know you can do it. Thought you needed to hear this. ☺️

How I Got my Art Displayed in a Beijing Art Exhibition

Michael Melvin – 18 March 2021

In the far right corner of the room there is an installation piece of a fist spray- painted on a rock wall.

First I would like to note, I have no idea how this happened in the first place. Initially I was in Beijing studying abroad with the China Institute. Low and behold, this trip would be a once in a lifetime experience.

As kid who has grown up in the psychotic dream dystopia that is greenwich, I had some idea of Chinese culture. However, once I actually stepped foot into mainland China, I was astounded by how completely different their culture was to that of the West.

If you are not from China, the best mindset to understand this situation is:

“China does what china wants to do and if you think you know china you don’t.”

Actually, they have a new style of toilet, which was as it was explained to me; the more natural way. But, I digress.

So anyway I made art for this dudes exhibition, which would go all along the coast of China.

I make this sick sculpture out of bricks and spray-painted the thing.

After returning from China, turns out this man robbed me of my fame and took it to is art shows.

If anyone finds this art piece let me know because I made it and I wonder how she is doing. And yes it is a ‘she’.


I LOVE THE CAR COMMUNITY!

So last night I finished most of my work for the day, when I got a call from my boy Jack. We received a snap from someone that the entire car community was meeting at a specific location. Upon receiving that text, we jumped in a my friends BMW. The boys were going storm chasing, but the storm was thousands of modded engines sucking in fuel like they Tommy Smokes or something. Youtubers, Car Geeks, Auto Repair. You name it, everyone was on their way to the first destination. What happened next will shock you! See Blog for Part II.

Pinot Of the Day (POD)

Here are a few Pinots I have tried recently. Hope you enjoy my tasting notes. You can find @Melvin on Vivino.


Kosta Brown Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

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4.5 Garnet hue. Blackberry, Earthy, wet leaves, followed by a tart palate. Acidity with age nicely and break down heavy meats. Dry, but fruity. Raspberries, cocoa, green pepper. A little brambly, with what the Duckhorn rep Ian Merris described as “cherry cola”. Definitely earthy with a balsamic aftertaste. You can make out a faint green tea green tea aroma in the backdrop. Definitely a long and intense wine tasting experience. If anyone can get me cases of this stuff for a reasonable price lmk(🙏).

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Williams Selyem Calegari Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014:

Fruit forward full bodied pinot. cherry red with ruby hue. Mocha starbucks frappucino. Black berries. Cedar and oak with some light tobacco smoke. Super smooth with a nice savory finish.

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Meiomi Pinot Noir 2019:

Low acidity. Medium alc content. rhubarb, cherry and cocoa. Prune and dried apricots. Sweet and jammy. Definitely a presence of oak.


-Michael Melvin

cincin 🍷!