Michael McAnally -sometimes under pen name Michael Blade

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That's why I became an entrepreneur, I wanted to bring that future just a little closer, just a little sooner.

Michael McAnally, is a Founder, Futurist, Entrepreneur 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 and owns a Website Design & Development business at WEBMAC.com He has apps in all the major app stores which help 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.

AS THEY SAY, "A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS" . . . SO HERE IS MY SELFIE OF 770 WORDS INSTEAD!

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 (and we did) . . . I began text messaging over forty years ago. DAMN! I just realized by some standards I might be considered old! Yet, I'm okay with that . . . The age of the universe is 13.7 billion years old, give or take. Yes, firmly yes, I do have something to say.

I guess in writing this, in explaining myself I have discovered myself once again.


Am I slowing down? I'm really creatively smart, but over the years have I become less arrogant, humbler? I hope so, is the honest answer to both for everyone's sake!!! Am I set in my ways? Not as much as you might think, I have many millennial friends as well as senior and every where in between. In an interview you don't want to talk about your age, but this is not an interview. Honestly, personally I could never have imagined writing something so personal like this and posting it up FOR ALL TO READ.

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 video games). I have remade myself many times into a blogger and now entrepreneur. Along the way, I have worn many hats; I've called myself a hacker, business analyst, solutions architect, webmaster, designer of custom virtual worlds. I can honestly say I have forgotten more technical knowledge than most people currently know. Coded in languages now almost forgotten. Does this mean I don't learn new languages? Exactly the opposite. The reason I have to forget things is so I can make room for new skills. My neural net, my connectome is complex and diversely connected.

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 interesting YouTube videos. I have real world 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 . . . it's still a win-win and really helps those who have lost the ability to speak.

I have met the most amazing people, some I have even helped to make famous.

So, what's the point of my story?? I don't know, I still don't know? Each time I think I have it figured out, something new comes along, an idea, a technology, a different approach or solution, a new problem to try to solve. 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. Am I famous, no. I'm happy with that as well.

So, if it is not about age, or experience, or becoming famous, 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, in explaining myself I have discovered myself once again. I can even laugh at myself, LOL!!! That is the way to introspection and the ability to shrug off others harmful criticism, but also the way to accept and learn from it, iterative self-improvement. In writing this and your reading it I hope I have helped you as well. My story is not over, it is really just beginning. Filled with a new determination, soon a new purpose will follow. Perhaps our stories can follow the same path or purpose together for a while? Having read all this, consider contacting me, for that is my personal invitation to you. If possible, and I believe that everything ultimately is, let us discover a new adventure together!

If you would like some help promoting you business, I offer the Full Service Web Shop: WEBMAC Design & Programming. Proudly self owned.

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