Something from the Brain of Steve Saylor

At first you only heard Steve on audio podcasts or sometimes on the radio.  Well, now the albino comes out from behind the mic and does what he loves to do:  Tell you stories!

I love watching YouTube.  Ever since I cut the cable cord (not literally but you get the idea ha!), YouTube has become my Television.  It’s the one thing I watch everyday, everything from News Channels, Music Channels, Geek Stuff, Vlogging Channels and many more.  I just double checked and I am subscribed to almost 100 YouTube Channels.  Most of which are releasing content daily!  That’s a lot of videos!  However, every time I watch something that creatively inspires me, the constant question in my head is “Why can’t I create a show like that?”  Not to say I don’t have the ability to do so, but I was always down on myself for not taking my love of performing and editing videos and moving it to the next level.

So today, I am proud to say that after several years of watching Professional YouTube channels and in the grand scheme of my Great Big 2012 Creative Experiment,  I have decided to take the plunge into creating a web show of my own!

It’s a writing related show called “Something From The Brain Of Steve Saylor” and every Monday and Wednesday I will be performing short stories, interviewing authors, doing book reviews, maybe even discuss my thoughts on the book and indie self publishing industry.  

If you want to keep up to date with the show you can subscribe at http://youtube.com/snowball (Yes I finally got that account back!)

You can watch the first episode up above.  

Let me know what you think!

As always I remain obediently yours!

Steve Jobs - He made a blind man see

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There has been a lot said today about the man who shares my first name’s sake.  He was a visionary, and a creative genius, but to me had helped me see.

I always had a great respect for Apple when I was growing up.  Even as a young kid I understood the fascination with Apple.  Granted in the 90’s Apple didn’t have the greatest track record, and I had a few ribbings at Apple’s expense, I still knew the impact the company had on the world.

Cut to 2005, I was starting college and I had a problem.  I needed a laptop and the one I had purchased a year or two previous was on it’s last legs.  Plus it was hard for me to see.  I started to have eye strain and back problems because being visually disabled I had to hunch over really close to the screen to see anything.  I was frustrated and I didn’t want to go through that pain any longer.

At the time as I was looking for laptops, I was going through the Disability office at my college and a professor had mentioned to me they can provide zoom software to help with my vision.  I tried a lot of software, cheap ones, really expensive ones, none seemed to work.  I even tried hardware enhancements to see if they would work and none did.

I was at a loss.  I didn’t know what to do.

So on a lark, I looked to see what Apple had.  Sorry to use a bad pun, but the wool finally lifted from my eyes.  I saw a Zoom feature as part of the Accessiblity features built into Mac OSX.  It was perfect.  With a few keystrokes I was able to zoom in to the screen, the screen would move with the mouse and I could sit back like normal people and still able to see everything I needed to.  There was and still is no other software that had come close to what Apple had just built into the Operating System!  It wasn’t even a feature that a lot of my tech friends even knew about and it wasn’t even a prevalent feature on Apple’s website.  

I told my professor this at the Disability office and not only was he so impressed with the software but he started recommending macs to all of his visually disabled students for purchase.

Ever since then, I have never looked back.  I became an Apple user and I still am to this day.  All that through Steve’s vision.

I don’t have a lot of fancy words or even analogies from when I worked at an Apple Store that would sound better than this:  Steve Jobs changed my life, he made a blind man see, and I’m sad he’s gone.

Here’s to the crazy one.

I miss you Steve.