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We record podcasts on assistive technology and products and services which we find of interest. We specialize in providing comprehensive tools for people who are blind and visually impaired to become empowered to maximize the use of their access technology while having fun doing it.

Mystic Access Podcast: Where the Magic is in Learning Chris Grabowski, Kim Loftis

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We record podcasts on assistive technology and products and services which we find of interest. We specialize in providing comprehensive tools for people who are blind and visually impaired to become empowered to maximize the use of their access technology while having fun doing it.



    We begin 2020 with some updates from our last couple podcast episodes. We start by discussing updates to the Disney+ apps, and Lisa and our impressions of the new features and layout.
    Lisa next updates us on her Christmas mint-making activities, and reminds you that they can be made for all sorts of occasions, not just the end of year holidays. We then share details of Chris’s upcoming Birthday sale, so if you want to save some cash for Chris’s special day, be sure to listen for all the details of when it is and how much you’ll save.
    We next update you on a fabulous new feature that recently came to the Blind Shell phone. We also share about the cool ways you can use many of the phone’s features with your voice.
    Speaking of voices, if you’re interested in learning about the various places where you can get audio description for some of your favorite movies and TV shows, and how to enable audio description on your services of choice, our free monthly class for January will give you all the details. Join Chris, Kim and Lisa on Thursday, January 30, 2020, for a lively discussion, and, of course, bring your questions to class. To receive all the joining info, make sure you’re on our free Events mailing list, which you can subscribe to from any page of our website.
    Finally, we discuss one of our favorite apps, available for both iOS and Android, which can provide you with plenty of motivation and inspiration for all those New Year’s goals. We highly recommend it both for its content and accessibility.
    We hope you enjoy this episode. Thanks for listening!

    • 39 min
    Would You Like a Candy Bar?

    Would You Like a Candy Bar?

    we’ve reached the end of 2019, and are saying good-bye to the year by discussing two interesting devices. The first is the Blind Shell candy bar-style cell phone. The phone includes intuitive button controls, voice prompts, and a simple-to-use interface. Chris takes us on a tour. We’re excited to be sharing this great little phone with you!
    We also talk about the pros and cons of the Amazon Echo flex. If you want a tiny Echo to use, learn why the Flex may, or may not, be the right fit for you.
    Thanks for being part of our 2019 — we appreciate you! Have a safe, happy and wonderful New Year!

    • 30 min
    A Magical Kingdom

    A Magical Kingdom

    We begin this episode with a little maintenance, in the form of some holiday shipping reminders. We also let you know when we close for business for the holidays, and remind you of some timely presents if you’re pressed for something to get a loved one.
    Our main topic for today is a discussion of the new Disney+ service. Download the app for iOS and Android. What do we love, and what are we unhappy about? Find out in our candid conversation. Note that Disney+ requires a paid subscription.
    Thanks as always for listening!

    • 30 min
    The Lisa Gets Mouthy Edition

    The Lisa Gets Mouthy Edition

    Welcome to our over-sized annual food edition, where first, Lisa has returned, and she and Kim endeavor to make you hungry with a couple of festive holiday treats.
    Lisa’s Cream Cheese Mints

    8 oz package cream cheese, full fat, softened (You want the block, not the whipped cream cheese in the tub)
    1/4 cup (or 1 half stick) butter, softened
    2 lbs powdered sugar
    1 – 2 tsp mint extract
    gel food coloring (optional)
    Granulated sugar for rolling.

    When I made these, I left the candies white and used green sugar.

    Let butter and cream cheese get to room temperature. Mix these, along with the peppermint or whatever extract you would like to use, in a large bowl. Gradually add the powdered sugar. You may find you don’t use it all. I did, but then added an extra third package of cream cheese. This recipe is fairly foolproof, so relax. I’ve seen some that do not include the butter.
    Mix all ingredients except food coloring and granulated sugar until smooth and well-blended. If you’re going to make candies of different colors, divide it into separate containers before adding the coloring.
    If you like, you can then roll these in small balls, pressing down on them with the tines of a fork.
    If using silicone molds, roll each ball in sugar before pressing into the mold. Doing this will allow them to unmold easily.
    Let them dry for about half an hour on waxed paper before refrigerating. Lay them in single layers of waxed paper so they don’t stick together.

    Kim’s Beer Bread
    I chose to link to a website for this recipe, as, while it differs very slightly from mine (I always use butter), it gives a lot of cool alternatives and ways to dress this bread up. Any way you choose to eat it, it’s so tasty! Click here for the recipe.
    We also discuss something shocking about Amazon prior to our recipes that you’ll find, well, interesting.
    If that’s not enough, we’re then joined by Kesel Wilson, editor and programs manager with National Braille Press, to run down a plethora of new and upcoming releases from NBP. She shares so many terrific books that you’re sure to find something to gift to someone you love, including you! Click here to visit National Braille Press.
    We hope you enjoy this jam-packed episode!

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Mystic Access Gratitude Edition

    Mystic Access Gratitude Edition

    We begin this episode by sharing about our November free event, our last actual class of 2019. We hope you’ll join us to learn about how you can support small business owners, artists and artisans by learning about a few of our favorite things… in this case, a few of our favorite sites. If you miss the live class, which is always announced on our free events mailing list, it will be archived in a week or two on our free downloads page for your listening pleasure.
    Keep listening to learn about our Black Friday discounts, and important info about shipping costs and the ability to purchase digital gifts for your loved ones. We also discuss a very special four-hour virtual open house that we’re holding on November 29, Black Friday. It’s free to attend, and we know a grand time will be had by participants. We’ll be playing games, giving out prizes, and sharing a lot of laughter and fun. This event will be very casual and informal, and will not be recorded.
    Have you ever wished you could order Thanksgiving dinner online, either to cut down on your prep time, because there are only a couple of you, or due to the convenience factor? You may have several other reasons for wanting to do this, and this article shares multiple sites from which you can purchase the Thanksgiving meal.
    Other fun elements of today’s episode include a great seasonal food app demo from Lisa, a serious moment of gratitude from Chris and Kim, and a very special guest who you won’t want to miss! Enjoy!

    • 32 min
    Tek Talk Stocking Stuffers 2019 Presentation

    Tek Talk Stocking Stuffers 2019 Presentation

    On November 5, 2019, Mystic Access appeared on Part 1 of Accessible Worlds Stocking Stuffers program to talk about great items from our catalog which we feel would make excellent holiday presents for those you love. This is our complete presentation. To learn more about Accessible World, click here.

    • 40 min

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