NEW YML SHOW TONIGHT!!

FINALLY! After the longest hiatus in the show's 21+ year history, we are back on the air tonight!

Thanks so much for everyone's kind thoughts, words and even prayers over the last month. While tonight's show may be short (still not sure how much talking I can do with the new teeth), Kim and I are really looking forward to it!

Shawn Needs Dental Surgery

I've lost my smile. I want it back. I need your help.


Hi. My name is Shawn King. I've been the host of an Apple/Mac focused "internet broadcast" for more than 21 years. It's called Your Mac Life. I'm also a photography instructor, focused on helping beginners learn how to take better photographs no matter what camera they have. You can see some of my photographs on my Flickr site.

I love doing what I do, even though it doesn't make a lot of money. I love talking - both "at people" on various podcasts and to them in person when doing photowalks or my "Tips and Tricks" classes either online or in person.

My only real job skill is talking. Luckily, I'm really good at it. :) I love talking to people. I love entertaining people and making them laugh. I'm really good at putting people at ease and I'm really good at teaching people about photography.

So, when I can't, it's devastating both personally and financially. And that's what's happening now. I literally can't open my mouth enough to talk.

Just when I thought life was starting to be a little less bad for me, it kicks me in the teeth....literally...

This past week, I did that thing almost everyone dreads - I went to the dentist. But, because of my financial situation, it was my first dentist's visit in over ten years. I've spent the past ten years in constant mouth pain either from overall gum disease or the actual searing pain of infected teeth and gums. So yeah - I knew it wasn't going to be good.

Over the weekend, a loose front tooth finally fell out. I look like a hillbilly (no offence to my hillbilly friends) and would be too embarrassed to appear on Your Mac Life video looking like this. So we made an appointment to see a dentist.

The good news is, the dentist didn't charge me for the appointment. The bad news is, I have "advanced periodontal disease" - basically, I've lost so much bone in my upper jaw, my teeth don't have anything to hold on to. So they will continue to fall out unless I do something about it.

Unfortunately, that "something" is pulling out ALL my upper teeth (well, the ones that haven't already fallen out) and putting in implants - at least six of them costing $2,500 each. That's a minimum of $15,000.

Like most of you, I don't have that kind of money just lying around. I'm also unlikely to ever be able to afford the procedure. So my teeth will just continue to get worse and worse and eventually, fall out.

But, before they fall out, I’ll have many days like today - infected teeth and gums causing so much pain I can’t open my mouth, let alone talk…

As you can understand, this is also psychologically devastating. I've been dealing with this news for the past four days. I often struggle with depression in various ways and at various levels. Just the thought of someone pulling out all of my teeth has had me on the verge of tears for days.

It's also completely my own fault for not taking care of myself. Even though I'm a regular brusher, a twice daily regime is not enough, especially for people like me who are in the "risk group" and are more likely than others to contract this disease.

We are looking at other options - dentures, trips out of country to other dentists, local dental colleges where the work can be done cheaper, etc. But regardless of the decision made and the procedure done, it all costs money. Money I simply don't have.

Several friends have suggested I start this campaign. Those of you who know me know how hard this is. Many of you have (rightfully) pointed out I need to "swallow your pride and set up that website to get funds".

And they are right. So here I am.

I don't know if this campaign will work and I honestly don't hold out a lot of hope for it but every little bit can and will help. If you'd rather not use the GoFundMe site, you can also donate via Paypal using a credit card or your Paypal account. You can find the Paypal links on the left hand side of this page.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. My email address is shawn [at] yourmaclifeshow [dot] com. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read this.

Shawn Needs Dental Surgery Update #3

Kim: "OMG I LOVE YOUR NERDS!"

Kim (my lovely girlfriend) and I had gone out on Thursday to the gym. When we got home, my Twitter DM's and iMessages had blown up.

"OMG Have you seen Daring Fireball?"

Oh, Jesus I thought....what has John Gruber gotten himself into now?

"He mentioned you!"

Oh crap...what have I done to piss him off *this* time?

I quickly type Daring Fireball's URL and see:

"SHAWN KING NEEDS SOME HELP"

Ha ha...that's my name too. I wonder why he's talking about Larry King's wife?

"My friend Shawn King — longtime Mac/Apple writer/broadcaster and host of Your Mac Life for 21 years — has hit a run of bad luck."

H O L Y C R A P.....

He's writing about me!

It was a wonderful piece. I'm amazed, humbled and gratified that John took the time to even notice my problems, let alone mention them, let alone write so much and so well about it. His final paragraph literally had me in tears and Kim exclaiming her love for our little Mac Community.

But then....

Before we had left in the afternoon, I checked the amount raised on this site. It was a little over $5,000.

John posted his piece about an hour before we got home. When I look at the site, the number of donations had doubled as well as the amount raised.

AND IT JUST KEPT CLIMBING....

I raised the target three times in the next three hours. It was a tsunami of donations coming in from the Daring Fireball Army. I literally couldn't keep up with the Thank You notes (I *just* caught up today - if you didn't get one, my apologies as some may have fallen through the cracks) and still haven't written the ones to the folks who donated for the photography classes (I'll get to those before the weekend is over).

Archives for April 22nd, 2015

This week's show "Your Mac Life #1049 for April 22nd, 2015!"

So...yesterday was a VERY BAD DAY...

Just when I thought life was starting to be a little less bad for me, yesterday it kicks me in the teeth....literally...

First of all, there won't be a Your Mac Life or Diary of a Mad Man today. I literally can't open my mouth enough to talk.

Yesterday, I did that thing almost everyone dreads - I went to the dentist. But, because of my financial situation, it was my first dentist's visit in over ten years. So yeah - I knew it wasn't going to be good.

Over the weekend, a loose front tooth finally fell out. I look like a hillbilly (no offence to my hillbilly friends) and would be too embarrassed to appear on Your Mac Life video looking like this. So we made an appointment to see a dentist.

The good news is, the dentist didn't charge me for the appointment. The bad news is, I have "advanced periodontal disease" - basically, I've lost so much bone in my upper jaw, my teeth don't have anything to hold on to. So they are and will continue to fall out unless I do something about it.

Unfortunately, that "something" is pulling out ALL my upper teeth (well, the ones that haven't already fallen out) and putting in implants - at least six of them costing $2,500 each. That's a minimum of $15,000.

Like most of you, I don't have that kind of money just lying around. I'm also unlikely to ever be able to afford the procedure. So my teeth will just continue to get worse and worse and eventually, fall out.

But, before they fall out, I’ll have many days like today - infected teeth and gums causing so much pain I can’t open my mouth, let alone talk…

As you can understand, this is also psychologically devastating. It's also completely my own fault for not taking care of myself. Even though I'm a regular brusher, a twice daily regime is not enough, especially for people like me who are in the "risk group" and are more likely than others to contract this disease.

Archives for April 8th, 2015

This week's show "Your Mac Life #1048 for April 8th, 2015!"

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This week's show "Your Mac Life #1047 for April 1st, 2015!"

Archives for March 25th, 2015

This week's show "Your Mac Life #1046 for March 25th, 2015!"

Archives for March 18th, 2015

This week's show "Your Mac Life #1045 for March 18th, 2015!"

Terry Pratchett

Sad news today - one of my favourite authors has passed away.

Pratchett was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Alzheimer's Disease in 2007 but continued to write and even publish. I loved his books as a kid and will spend some time this weekend re-reading a couple.

If you haven't introduced your children to Pratchett's writing, now's a great opportunity to do so.

Archives for March 4th, 2015

This week's show "Your Mac Life #1044 for March 4th, 2015!"

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This week's show "Your Mac Life #1042 for February 11th, 2015!"

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This week's show "Your Mac Life #1041 for February 4th, 2015!"

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This week's show "Your Mac Life #1040 for January 28th, 2015!"

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This week's show "Your Mac Life #1039 for January 14th, 2015!"

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This week's show "Your Mac Life #1038 for January 7th, 2015!"

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This week's show "Your Mac Life #1037 for December 17th, 2014!"

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This week's show "Your Mac Life #1036 for December 10th, 2014!"

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This week's show "Your Mac Life #1035 for December 3rd, 2014!"

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This week's show "Your Mac Life #1034 for November 26th, 2014!"

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This week's show "Your Mac Life #1033 for November 19th, 2014!"

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This week's show "Your Mac Life #1030 for October 29th, 2014!"

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This week's show "Your Mac Life #1029 for October 22nd, 2014!"

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This week's show "Your Mac Life #1028 for October 8th, 2014!"

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This week's show "Your Mac Life #1027 for October 1st, 2014!"

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This week's show "Your Mac Life #1026 for September 24th, 2014!"

Archives for September 17th, 2014

This week's show "Your Mac Life #1025 for September 17th, 2014!"