Michael McAnally, is a Founder, Futurist, Inventor and Science Fiction Blogger who goes by the pen name Michael Blade. He has deep professional knowledge in computer science and currently lives in San Francisco as CEO of Touch Voice His apps have helped thousands of speech impaired individuals and are used in hospitals and care facilities around the globe. He writes current stories about his experiences in Silicon Valley.
A Long Brag Piece
I was born before the smart phone, before the Internet, before the microwave oven, before the touch tone phone, before the answering machine, OK voice mail. Before the VCR. Before we landed on the moon . . . I began text messaging over thirty years ago. My God! I just realized I'm old! Yet, I'm okay with that. Yes, I'm a little long winded, because I have something to say.
My story is unique, as all stories about individuals are. I started out as one of "the original computer coding nerds", when it wasn't so cool (even worked for DMV at one point, and wrote PC video games). I have remade myself more times than Madonna; into a blogger and now entrepreneur. Along the way I have worn so many hats, I've called myself a hacker, business analyst, solutions architect, webmaster, designed custom virtual worlds, worked on so many websites I loose track. Coded in languages now almost forgotten. Does this mean I don't learn new languages? Exactly the opposite. I have even written short science fiction stories and now have my own indie comic online for free. I love using photoshop regularly and editing and uploading small Youtube videos. I have realworld experienced in UI/UX design.
Recently I have written Mobile Apps which help the speech impaired to speak, like the software that Stephen Hawking uses, but different still. This is the one thing I am most proud of because it helps so many people who really need, and use it daily. It hasn't made as much money as I would like, but that's okay . . . I've watched others around me make lots of money, doing not what they love, and be really no happier.
As this is obviously a brag piece, I will continue. You are not obligated to read any further. Of course I say that just to get you to read more.
Am I slowing down? Yes, that is inevitable. But have I become less arrogant, more humble? I hope so. Am I set in my ways? Not as much as you might think. I could never have imagined writing something so personal like this twenty or thirty years ago.
So what's the point of my story?? I don't know, I still don't know? For each time I think I have it figured out, something new comes along, an idea, a technology, a different approach. I guess that is what it really is about for me, change, revolution, reworking the old into the new. Saving the good things, tossing the bad and useless. I have met the most amazing people, some I have even helped to make famous.
So if it is not about age, or experience, then what is it all about? What is that magic spark, that brilliance, that for me makes life so much worth living? That makes me want to get out of bed every morning, rather than pull the covers over and go back to sleep?
For me, I think it has to be wonder. Amazement, excitement at the potential for new technologies. I guess that is why I love science fiction so much, that future just can't get here fast enough for me. Even though I know I never will, I want to walk on the surface of another planet circling another star, look up and know how far I have come. That's why I became an entrepreneur, I wanted to bring that future just a little closer, just a little sooner. Yes, I'm a dreamer and very proud of it!
I guess in writing this I have discovered myself once again, I hope I have helped you as well. My story is not over, it is really just beginning, again I renew. Filled with new determination, soon a new purpose will follow.