Digital Autobiography

 

Firsts of the Internet

The firsts of the internet are often embarrassing as they were when you are young. You do weird things with seemingly no explanation or you say things that are just childish.  Below are some of my internet next firsts which are both embarrassing photos, weird posts, and my first dabbles in photography. The great part about being young is that you are creative and fearless. Below are a series of internet firsts where you will see a little bit of everything I just mentioned.

 

 First Facebook Profile Picture

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This photo is pretty embarrassing, I don’t know what I was trying to achieve but it’s comical looking back at it. I was 13 years old in this photo and it feels like it was yesterday.There are a ton of weird pictures on my Facebook that I probably need to delete.

First Facebook Post

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These weren’t my first posts but they are the first ones that had some sort of content to them, even though clearly nobody cared. Since posting these, nearly 8 years ago, my grammar and punctuation has improved. I guess going through high school really did educate me…

First Instagram Post

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One of my recent internet firsts, this Instagram photo was taken about two years ago during my first semester at Oakland University. It’s a pretty accurate depiction of what I look like now. It’s also a lot more mature of a first post compared to the previous.

Most Recent Facebook Post

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My most recent Facebook post is somehow similar to my first Facebook post. They both are mention food in them. Other than that, they are complete opposites. In my first post I was years from working my first job. In this post I was well past my first job. However my weird side still exists. I’ve shared dozens of memes since this post but this is my most recent post that I actually created.

Most Recent Facebook Profile Picture

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My most recent Facebook profile picture is of me an my wonderful girlfriend Marisa. This particular picture was taken during Halloween night of last year. I was dressed up as Mac Demarco and she was dressed up as his girlfriend Kiki. I got some custom made shirts from an embroidery place in Rochester and made sure the font was the same as one of his record covers. Facebook is a social media page for sure but it’s also creating a timeline of the wonderful and not so wonderful events throughout ones life. I think 10 years from now it will be fascinating to look back on all these moments.

Etsy Shop

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Late last year I decided to do something I don’t do often. Take as risk, I opened up an Etsy shop selling vintage clothing that I gathered from thrift shops, garage sales and a variety of other places. After some trial and error, I started selling things. It’s more of a hobby than anything but it is certainly something that I plan on doing and maybe expanding more into. It’s part of my internet presence but it’s something that not everyone knows about me.

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Sadly the video got deleted by it’s user but the Reddit Post still remains. Long story short, one of my roommates plays video games professionally. He was being interviewed and in the background I come into view of his webcam. Naturally I see myself on his desktop, stop for a second and wave. It was a good giggle and someone decided to post it on Reddit. I guess you can say that I am famous? Also on Reddit my name is 800wattmicrowave. My main cooking source when I lived in dorms during college. I guess I still do weird crap that I did when I was 13.

Facebook Group

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Probably one of the weirder things I am associated with on the internet is this Facebook group called Vaporwave Sadposting. Vaporwave is a aesthetically pleasing style that uses inspiration from 80’s and 90’s technology as well as a variety of other things. There is also a style of music that goes along with it that is quite relaxing. It starting in the 2010’s and is still going strong today.

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Here is an example of Vaporwave art. 

Steam, TeamSpeak3 and Battle.net

I am a pretty active online gamer and would consider it part of my digital self. I have met many great people through games on steam and battle.net and have been able to communicate with them regularly via TeamSpeak3. Some of these individuals I have met in person and others I plan on meeting. Although playing video games can be seen as a way to escape reality and everyday life, I have used it to gain real life friends that are just as quality as friends I met via normal means.

 

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Reflecting on racial and ethnic diversity

I have always had an open mind on racial and ethical differences, however after looking at the information presented by Poynter and the quizzes on race and ethnicity, my understanding of the two is lacking.

The fact that genes and “race” no relation to each other, no genes separate “races”, it got me thinking. Why even group the human race into different race if there is no real difference other than color? It’s a social construct.

Something that I found really interesting about race was that it has more to do with geography than anything else. Also that we have billions of ancestors, we just don’t know them because we cant trace back our family tree that far.

Being a history buff I was unaware that  Pocahontas, a Native American Princess, was seen as royalty to the English and it was controversial that a princess was marrying a commoner John Rolfe.

Something that I was already aware of was the fact that humans do not have much genetic variation. I was just unaware it was because of how “new” our species is in relation to other species.

Next time race gets brought up in a conversation I am going to tell whomever I am talking to about what I have learned from this assignment. Show them that “race” is a social construct that really has no logical or scientific backing.

PSA: Texting and Driving

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Teenagers and young adults are texting and driving at an alarming rate. 94% of teens agree that texting and driving is dangerous, but 35% admit to doing it anyway. In 2014 3,179 people were killed from accidents involving distracted drivers. A solution to this, tell people the facts and tell them to put down their phones.

The Four Icon Challenge

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Pocket Dictionary: Tabinda had a pocket dictionary when she first moved to America because she spoke little english.

Park Sunrise: Tariq talked about falling asleep in the park and waking up and it being the sunrise. Tabinda still by his side.

Yellow Taxi: Tariq drove a taxi. He talks about how he would drive her around.

Yellow Gloves: They were the first thing that Tariq saw on Tabinda.

206 Chippewa Road

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Michael Huberts English Tudor style home on 206 Chippewa Road, Pontiac MI.

There is a lot of history and character that comes with a house built in 1931. There is even more history associated with a city that rose and fell with the auto industry.

Pontiac is one of those cities. Sitting and in the quiet, historic subdivision of Seminole Hills, a man is doing his best to preserve his house and the neighborhood.

Michael Hubert, a man born in Michigan who witnessed the rise and fall on a state level, decided to try and preserve something that is often lost when a city slumps economically. This something is called history.

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Hubert talking about how the chandelier is not original to the house but instead something he collected over the years as an antiques dealer.  

Situated at 206 Chippewa Street, Hubert bought his historic purchase in 2012. Being a retired antiques dealer, Hubert has an eye for the old and often unappreciated. This home was certainly no exception.

Living by himself Hubert has been able to decorate and renovate the house to his liking. Original being what he prefers.

“I haven’t changed much since I moved,” Hubert said.

Aside from removing the crumbling concrete and brick porch from the front of the house, which Hubert claims was definitely not original and clearly an afterthought, the house has only undergone minor changes.

His most ambitious project, removing the 60’s style sink from the relatively original kitchen. Not knowing much about plumbing, the project took him several weeks.

When finished, Hubert installed a more historically accurate style sink, that gave the room a more up-to-date feel.

Hubert says the former owners rented out the property for several years and is surprised with the overall condition and original features that the house still captures.

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Hubert points to one of his favorite original features in the house, the wall scone,  that he fitted with a beaded bulb dress, 

One of the original features to the house is the original ceiling scone adds an intricate touch to the cozy vestibule. Its brass body covered in patina enables even the most untrained eye to know that it’s original to the house.

The simple incandescent light bulb latched into the scone is dressed in a lace like pattern, making sure the simple bulb doesn’t take away from the beauty of the vestibule.

 

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An antique student painting from a student at Ecole des Beaux-Arts University in Paris, France. 

Throughout his home Hubert has an assortment of antiques that fit what he calls “an eclectic antique style.” In the foyer of his Arts and Craft style home, Hubert has a painting from the late 1800’s painted by a student at Ecole des Beaux-Arts University in Paris, France.

Something Hubert has had for a long time, Hubert said the painting wasn’t worth much despite being over 100 years old. Only 300 to 400 dollars, Hubert said it is just a fun piece.

 

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Hubert reaching a tiny closet located in his Florida room, the reasoning for the closet is unknown but the size of it, certainly intentional.

Hubert says his most unique and puzzling feature to the house is this little tiny closet cabinet. Tugged up against the corner and measuring from floor to ceiling but less than a foot and a half wide, the closet can barely be called a closet.

He says that back in the day houses were taxed for having closets, he believes that the tiny closet, located in his Florida room, was probably hidden when tax collectors came along.

Keeping it original, Hubert stripped the layers of paint off of the closet cabinet to reveal beautiful wood and stained it dark to match the rest of the house. When he stripped the paint off the knobs, beautiful brass knobs were revealed.

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Originally the space for a dial telephone, Hubert turned the space into a showcase. 

One feature to the house which is original but re-purposed by Hubert is the old cubby for the telephone. Hubert who doesn’t have a house phone, uses the space to showcase some of his antiques. His antique Buddha statue is carved from marble.

Below is page from an old book. Personal in meaning, only Hubert and his ex wife know the personal meaning behind the framed page.

Although just a few spots in Hubert’s 1900 sq ft. home, he was reluctant to show of the rest of his beautiful home. Insisting that the house was dirty, privacy was something to be understanding about.

About The Author

Wanting to capture the beautiful neighborhood of Seminole Hills located in Pontiac, Michigan I went all in going door-to-door to the more visually appealing both historically and aesthetically pleasing homes. Although it was clear that people were very passionate about the historic neighborhood and cared deeply about their homes, most people preferred their privacy.

Out of the dozens of doors I knocked on, only one individual seemed truly open and comfortable with what I was asking to do. Instead of going for a whole feel of the neighborhood, I decided to change the direction of my project and focus on an individual that was mostly likely the nuclear individual that represented most of the charming neighborhood.

Being a former antiques dealer, Hubert truly cares about preserving and maintaining his home. His passion for the old piqued my personal interest as well. Being a collector of old books and cameras, we shared a similar bond that was unique, regardless of the nearly 60-year age gap. This reinvigorated my interest in the project. I felt an even more personal connection to the project and it made me realize that sometimes a micro concept can be more moving that a macro.