Thursday, October 23, 2014
Full disclosure: RantWoman knows the librarian who originally wrote it!
As a result, a whole bunch of other topics suddenly look fascinating.
Someone else's homework RantWoman is an expert advisor for. Words overdue.
First the Paperwork...
The half-life of the science projects always ready to spring forth from RantWoman's refrigerator. Forget the science projects. It would be nice if the sesame seeds would spring forth.
Gravity. Gravity mixed with RantWoman's cellphone. Gravity mixed with lemons on a white floor.
At least an online awareness training for someone's caregiver. RantWoman was lurking at the Friendly Neighborhood Center for extreme computeing before it officially opened. A customer arrived. As is RantWoman's wont, customer was welcomed.
Customer got started herself but asked RantWoman for help about something. Customer asked, but the task was too visual. Customer had trouble with RantWoman's directions. RantWoman could not see to offer visual cues. RantWoman said, someone else will be due soon. But adept customer figured out what was needed on her own. Yeah incrementally adept customer. Yeah digital inclusion.
Did the training include the fact that flu and gunfire kill many thousands more people in the US every year than Ebola?
On balance, RantWoman thinks her choice of which tweet streams to send to her text messaging is more useful than negative. On balance.
Could RantWoman live without tidings of another shooting mere brlocks from the Friendly Neighborhood Center ...? One guy to the hospital with a leg wound. Another guy at large. Schools nearby sheltering in place. Chopper overhead for awhile.
The paperwork. The paperwork.
This concludes this afternoon's dispatches from the Fearmongers' shop.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
RantWoman is not commenting here about or reality-testing any of the content her. See other posts ...
Verizon Wireless Opens the National Accessibility Customer Service Center to Address Special Needs for Customers
By Paul Macchia
The customer comes first -- but not every customer has the same needs. Some have special circumstances and require a tailored service which addresses their nuance.
As part of the Verizon Credo, “We focus outward on the customer, not inward.
We make it easy for our customers to do business with us by listening, anticipating and responding to their needs.”
On October 15, Verizon Wireless unveils the National Accessibility Customer Service (NACS). Designed to support people with special needs and requirements, the Charleston, South Carolina-based center will be staffed with approximately 200 dedicated representatives to address individual mobile needs – whether it is providing guidance on device selection, technical support or account transactions.
The dedicated phone number for the center is 888-262-1999 and its hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (local time zone). Depending on geographical location, if customers call after these hours, the call will be handled by other Customer Service and Technical Support representatives who are available from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m., (local) seven day a week at
800-922-0204 or by dialing *611 from a Verizon Wireless phone.
Customers can also utilize our Chat services found on VerizonWireless.com.
As we look to the future we will be including the ability to take point to point video calls directly from our customers who need to contact us using American Sign Language.
A general consensus by many polls and analysts suggest that approximately 19% of the American population has a disability. One of the primary mechanisms of communication for this demographic is by mobile devices and apps. For wireless customers with disabilities, using devices for communications is imperative, followed by the apps that facilitate.
The value of wireless services means a lot to customers in this demographic as they use them for personal and business communications. They also want the satisfaction and sense of independence of figuring out how to operate the phone by themselves.
Some of the inquires and challenges the representatives will be able to address include:
Finding specific applications for customers depending on their needs, recommending devices, providing instructions on how to use certain features. As well as reviewing the products and services we have available today for these customers and discussing the best pricing plans for the customers needs.
“People want the satisfaction and sense of independence of figuring out how to operate a phone by themselves,” said Barbara Kaplan, senior consultant, national marketing sales operations and support, Verizon Wireless. “Our National Accessibility Customer Service center will be able to work one-on-one with a diverse customer base and ensure they have everything they need for their communications needs in their mobile lifestyle – whether it is business or personal.”
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The Alfa Fellowship Program is a high-level professional development initiative placing up to 15 American and British citizens per year, and, as of this year, three (3) German citizens, in work assignments at leading organizations in Russia in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, public policy and related areas. Key goals of the Alfa Fellowship Program are expanding networks of American, British, and German professionals, developing greater intercultural understanding, and advancing knowledge of Russian affairs.
- U.S., U.K. or German citizen between the ages of 25 and 35
- Graduate degree and professional experience in business, economics, journalism, law, government or public policy. Candidates without a graduate degree must demonstrate extensive and equivalent professional experience in their field.
- Outstanding professional achievement and academic qualifications
- Active involvement in community or public service
- Evidence of leadership potential
- Russian language experience is preferred, however not required, at the time of application. Applicants proficient in another second language may be considered.
The application deadline for the 2015-2016 program year is December 1, 2014. To access the online application, please visit: www.alfafellowship.org/
Monday, October 20, 2014
--Turns out faith community has a statement calling for action signed by umpteen different national bodies connected with faith community. There is clear call for action but the connection between call to action and specific policy choices is kind of fuzzy.
Doncerned about climate change as in having taken note of initiatives from the office of Gov. Jay Inslee and definitely being in agreement about the need to move forward even if not automatically in agreement about every thread of his office statements. Consider:
Friday, October 17, 2014
RantWoman note: many of the same issues apply in other langauge pairs only the exact ways for things to go awry vary!
RantWoman participated naked and does not apologize if this is too much information for anyone's delicate sensibilities. RantWoman was again reminded that Drop, cover and hold, sound great as instructions but in her domicile, the drop means difficulties about getting up and the cover means moving chairs out of her way. RantWoman decided she would simply note hazards and resolve to be otherwise situated when The Big One hits.
Either that or...
RantWoman was naked in front of open blinds. RantWoman lives behind the Lighthouse for the Blind. There are LOTS of trees and RantWoman lives on the 6th floor. On the SLIGHT chance that there is anyone with sufficient vision, satisfactory binoculars, line of sight and taste in lumpy bodies who might have looked in--and been able to see all the way to RantWoman's stove, RantWoman will hope when The Big One hits that whoever can watch under those circumstances will realize there might be someone or more than one someone in RantWoman's building who will need a lot of help!
RantWoman did not plan during the drill to be standing at her stove, naked, stirring, sauteing chopped carrots, onions, parsnips without a potholder. RantWoman would be in danger of getting conked on the head by boxes of tea, some of it very out of date herbal tea, and by the pots and pans she is tall enough to store ON TOP of her high cupboards. RantWoman could at least be wearing an apron when the big one hits. A potholder would not hurt too.
Now RantWoman will update her 3+ days supply of bottled water and bottled water in small enough bottles that some can be given away in a pinch.
RantWoman participated naked because on the way to taking her morning shower, it occurred to RantWoman that a recent shopping trip yielded fresh parsnips and several options for pumpkin everything. RantWoman's larder abounds with lentils right now and RantWoman recently learned an awesome recipe for Lentils provencal that involves roasted carrots, parsnips, onions.
The emergency alert came on the radio.
The stew did occur.
RantWoman did finally get her shower.
Today RantWoman is highly entertained by statistics from the website about who signed up to participate:
In fact, mention of participant categories reminded RantWoman she can have another conversation about something or other at her faith community.
And the Friendly Neighborhood Center for Extreme Computing has some needs so RantWoman will remind people who do not want to go to an internet security training that there is a disaster prepraredness event coming up the same day.
And RantWoman will find some more Spanish language materials to bestow on Little Sister's household or quiz Irrepressible Nephew about whether they did anything at his s school.
now RantWoman will resume fretting about ebola, gun violence, female gamers threatened by gun violence, social media and a sex offender not compliant with conditions of release, global climate change....
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