Friday, February 27, 2015

Live long and prosper Leonard Nimoy

In the world of Hello / Goodbye greetings, the Vulcan "Live Long and Propser" of the original Star Trek holds a special place.

In honor of the life and passing of Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock, Ambassador Spock...,#LLAP

Thank you Mr. Spock for skipping the plastic surgery and showing us your old face all the way until your death too.

Leonard Nimoy, LLAP

Leonard Nimoy, older

The Queen


Queen Elizabeth, Live long and Prosper

The Pres

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: LLAP

Condolezza Rice
Condolezza Rice LLAP with other text overlaid

And a younger face, just because.

Image available on a bumper sticker

RantWoman long ago got to attend a live college campus lecture by Leonard Nimoy. He spoke of how his last name, Nimoy, is (plus or minus spelling, the Russian / (Ukrainian?) word for mute, conflated with speaker of another language. RantWoman notes that point without further comment, not even about Vulcan mind melds.

Nimoy himself ended Tweets: LLAP

and a blog post with ASCII art.


And should one also need to venerate other Star Trek characters with smileys, a list, mostly from leter series.

A blog post with highly visual content about a reply to a young biracial girl, with appreciation of how far at least some of us have travelled about people of mixed race / mixed ethnicity.

Thumbs Down to new Blogger Policy!!!!

What the F??????

Dear Google

RantWoman's blogs are NOT hotbeds of naked content. rantWoman does not even feel like reviewing her blogs to see whether there is ANY nude content. RantWoman can only imagine posting nude content in the interest of some linguistic, lexicographic, artistic or other wise educational prpose. RantWoman OBJECTS to the (proposed?--RantWoman deeply hopes for massive public outcry and some other options) policy!

RantWoman is going to emit this into the blogosphere without hunting down gushing wells of commentary she would hope to find because she already has far too much to do but RantWoman OBJECTS!

RantWoman takes note of a recent message, reprinted below.

RantWoman takes note that

1. Starting March 23, 2015, you won't be able to publicly share images and videos that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity on Blogger.
 We’ll still allow nudity if the content offers a substantial public benefit. For example, in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.
(Okay, who decides? What mechanism? What criteria????)

2. There is NO mention anywhere of who decides what meets your criteria for artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.

3. There is NO OPTION other than take content down. NOt warning labels. Not submitting to any kind of vetting which RantWoman would probably object to anyway, NO recourse except to export one's blog to say another provider.

RantWoman's blogs are not a hotbed of nudity and RantWoman by default assumes her blogs have all sorts of educational and lexicographic value

Adult content policy on Blogger

Starting March 23, 2015, you won't be able to publicly share images and videos that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity on Blogger.
Note: We’ll still allow nudity if the content offers a substantial public benefit. For example, in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.

Changes you’ll see to your existing blogs

If your existing blog doesn’t have any sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video on it, you won’t notice any changes.
If your existing blog does have sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video, your blog will be made private after March 23, 2015. No content will be deleted, but private content can only be seen by the owner or admins of the blog and the people who the owner has shared the blog with.

Settings you can update for existing blogs

If your blog was created before March 23, 2015, and contains content that violates our new policy, you have a few options for changing your blog before the new policy starts:
If you’d rather take your blog down altogether, you can export your blog as a .xml file or archive your blog's text and images using Google Takeout.

Effect on new blogs

For any blogs created after March 23, 2015, we may remove the blog or take other action if it includes content that's sexually explicit or shows graphic nudity as explained in our content policy.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Metro seeks Android and iPhone screen reader users to test new trip planning app

RantWoman dutifully disseminates to her blog public:


Metro Transit Seeks Smartphone Screen Reader Users for App Testing
Posted: 24 Feb 2015 04:25 PM PST
Metro seeks individuals who use screen reader technology on their cell phones to test Metro’s new mobile Trip Planner app Metro launched a Puget Sound Trip Planner app—available for Apple and Android mobile devices—in January. It allows riders to plan a trip that covers many transportation choices, including buses, rail, ferries, streetcars, and water taxis. It merges popular features available

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Role descriptions

Role title nuggets from #SeaOpenDataDay unconference on February 21:

"Health Care Data Hygienist"

"Cross pollinator" or "sneaker-net cross pollinator, " RantWoman's self-description of her affinity for going to meetings and invoking the "Talk to a human" algorithm.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Bellevue OEM - Ways to Survive (Animated Video)

2:15 of kicky disaster preparedness basics!

There could be worse ways to start one's personal disaster planning.

Grabbed from the tweets after the City of Seattle #SNAPsmem workshop on use of social media and resilience after disasters.

RantWoman is creating a blog post to increase her odds of finding this exact video again. RantWoman will also forward this link a couple directions in connection with recent conversations and RantWoman's flair for cross pollination among the different meetings she attends.

Conveniently , RantWoman also happened to have 3 different occasions last week where having something simple would help a conversation about something more complex.

One bonus from the workshop:

--RantWoman heard live that a FREE workshop on the faith community and vulnerable populations originally set for Feb. 4 at the Seattle Red Cross will be rescheduled on March 4.

--During the last windstorm a tree blew over outside RantWoman's house of worship. RantWoman also thinks there was a brief power outage. RantWoman's house of worship includes several categories of people who are there at different times. Everyone was very lucky the tree fell into the street, but a quite conscientious staffperson asked completely appropriate questions. Now lots of people besides rantWoman MAY actually think about the workshop above and some other kinds of organizational preparedness. Well Maybe.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Upcoming Survey on I 405 tolling: Sign up to Participate

RantWoman humbly and enthusiastically encourages people to sign up with the link provided to participate in this survey:

In about a week, the Washington State Transportation Commission will be sending a new survey to you and members of the Voice of Washington State (VOWS) survey panel. The survey will address Future Changes to the I-405 HOV Lanes.

The more people we hear from, the more impact your collective voice will have on decision making at the state level. We need to get as many people involved as possible and could use your help. If you know of any Washington State resident who might want to participate in this upcoming transportation survey, please pass this email along to them.

All they need to do to sign up for the VOWS program is to click on the link below:

We truly appreciate any help you can lend us in getting more people to join the VOWS program and look forward to your participation in our upcoming survey.

Thank you!


Anne Haley, Chairman
Washington State Transportation Commission