[bct] Re: Hello to all

  • From: "Vince Thacker" <vince@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 21:59:39 -0000

Thanks, Jake, and hope it went well.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jake Joehl 
  To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Monday, February 20, 2006 2:52 PM
  Subject: [bct] Re: Hello to all

  Hi Vince and welcome. I'm off to the hospital for a lab test so don't have 
much time but wanted to welcome you to BCT. Don't worry folks, all is well. 
Just a checkup kinda thing.
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Vince Thacker 
    To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Monday, 20 February, 2006 7:15 AM
    Subject: [bct] Hello to all

    Hi everyone

    While it's relatively quiet, and my BlindCoolTech folder is actually empty 
<gasp!>, I thought it would be good to introduce myself. I've already pitched 
in to reply to one or two posts, but haven't said hello, so here goes.

    I'm Vince, living in Leicester, UK, a place about as land-locked as you can 
get in the UK, about 150 miles north of London.

    I first came across BlindCooleTech when Larry was demonstrating a talking 
tape measure - hey, not computer stuff, I thought, that makes a change! And 
Larry explained it all so thoroughly and calmly I ended up wanting one.

    Soon I was hearing about musicians with synaesthesia, audio equipment, 
audio games, healing and all kinds of slices of life that contributors let us 
share. I was pretty well hooked after a few podcasts and have been astonished 
by the range and depth of it all. My podcatcher has 60 or so podcasts listed in 
it - too much stuff to listen to in any ordinary week - and BlindCoolTech is 
always one of the must-listens.

    Not sure whether I'll ever make a podcast myself, as I'm not sure I've got 
that much to say, though ideas keep on popping up. For example, even in this 
boring glove-making town in the Midlands, I'm living on top of about 3,000 
years of history and there might be something of interest there. Also there are 
some good places to record environmental sound, like the river walk I sometimes 
take into town. There again, this has become an amazingly multi-cultural city, 
so there are Hindu festivals, and the Caribbean Carnival and many more events. 

    And it's occurred to me that I might have a slightly different take from 
some other people on accessibility issues. I'm in the process of losing my 
sight, but still rely to some extent on my residual vision. I have to re-learn 
all kinds of everyday tasks as I go. On the computer, factosrs such as font 
sizes and colour contrasts are more important to me than they would be to a 
totally blind person, so I need different coping strategies. So, who knows, 
maybe I'll have plenty to talk about after all!

    I don't have Jaws or Window Eyes or the likes yet, though I'm starting to 
use speech-based software  more and more. When I get tired of trying to read 
with my eyes I often paste text into ReadPlease and get it spoken to me. If I'm 
desperate I even use Windows Narrator at times, with the dreaded Microsoft Sam.

    I'm almost reluctant to mention being a musical person, as it's such a 
stereotype to be blind and musical! Anyway, there it is, and if I get set up 
with my didgital recorder soon, I might convert some old cassettes of my 
keyboard and synth stuff to digital format and send them off to Podsafe or 

    That's more than enough from this quarter, I'm sure. I'll look forward to 
being part of this amazing group. 

    Good wishes,


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