a reply to: AtomicKangaroo
Let's be real here. I cared about my uncle. I wish we got to talk more often.
But he's dead. His mother gave me his laptop, and said I could have whatever else she didn't already give to other family or keep for herself. The
rest of the stuff is going to Goodwill.
Are you really going to argue that there's a difference between my aunt's husband and myself in who gets to "delete my browsing history?"
We're all adults. What my other uncle did was get snoopy and go through his stuff and wanton delete everything. Not just his browsing history.
I'm just as capable as making sure that nothing potentially embarrassing came to light about my recently deceased uncle.
So, tell me. What gave my aunt's husband the right to snoop through his computer and make a decision to delete everything when my grandmother had
already told everyone that the computer is mine? If anything if it was that big of a deal she could have gone through it and made the decision to
delete everything herself, but she didn't. She gave it to me. She left that up to me. She said herself that there were things on there that I would
have liked to have. So, that means she was already aware of at least what was in it on a surface level.
I already recovered everything I could. I recovered over a million files dating all the way back to 2005 which I assume is when the computer was
bought because that's the year the computer came out.
And the truth of the matter is that there really wasn't anything all that weird to begin with. My aunt's husband decided to snoop through it and found
some adult videos which more than likely due to his religion caused him to deem it as weird, and he promptly deleted them. After recovering the files
I discovered that those were likely the only things deleted, as many of the other recovered files were related to video games and system files.
If my uncle did have any of his art, photos, or poetry stored digitally he likely had them saved on a hard drive which wasn't with his belongings
brought back to Tennessee. So, I can only assume that he had made plans to close friends in Texas to take care of them. That's a moot point.
I actually believe that he kept most, if not all, of his artistic stuff not in a computer. He had a multitude of photo albums, and a few journals of
I don't know where his scripts could be, because even his close friends were asking us if we had found them. They wanted to let us know that he had
written several, but they weren't with his belongings. So, either they failed to bring back all of his belongings or my uncle had somewhere else that
he kept his work.
I was upset that my aunt's husband had decided to haphazardly delete everything because there could have been clues about where he kept his stuff. And
it's my opinion and my grandmother's opinion that everything of her son's things be found and with the family.
If I really wanted to I could get into his e-mail, but that I consider to be too personal. He already had e-mails printed where he was talking to
peoole about publishing his work and there were others with information about various theories he was looking into. That's more than enough info to
know that I'm not an asshole for wishing to publish his poetry. I'm not doing it for money. I could care less about that. I just think that if he was
attempting to do it himself then we should do what we can. I think maybe others would find meaning within his poetry. If there was any money made from
it I'd personally like to see it go towards helping young people pursue and develop their artistic abilities. My uncle was huge into music, so I think
he'd be happy with that.
The whole thing with my other uncle deleting whatever he found weird is that I was worried he deleted his art because he found it weird.
Trust me, if H.R. Geiger or even H.P. Lovecraft had my aunt's husband as a brother-in-law we could have risked losing a significant influence in art
and pop culture.