Friday, November 28, 2014

Gimme Hoodie: On Earth as in Montana

RantWoman is simultaneously interacting with #BlackFriday and observing National Buy Nothing day. RantWoman is also warming up for #CyberMonday through contemplation online of buying options.

RantWoman is deeply amused by endless campaigns by  exhorting the likes of RantWoman to hurry up and BUY from the short production run of the week for clothing patterns such as the below. RantWoman is well enough charmed by thoughts of a hoodie referring to "On Earth as in Montant" to present it as an option if asked by the right people what she wants for Christmas, but RantWoman is more likely actually to buy some other items ahead of this.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Survey: invitation to fantasize about a food and nutrition app

The survey at the bottom of the post came to RantWoman via the Nebraska Council of the Blind.

It is clearly market research, but it is also a great opportunity to fantasize about features one might want in a mobile app related to grocery shopping. It also has more than enough open-ended fields to satisfy RantWoman's need sometimes to respecify survey questions.

--For example, RantWoman's inclination to pay for such an app is ZERO unless it has some privacy features such as being able to scan barcodes from multiple places. into a private list and then check her list against prices at different stores.

--RantWoman might want to work her weekly or shopping list, recipe library, menu, on a website on a bigger device than her mobile phone and then have something brief available for mobile.

--RantWoman is always a giant advocate of designing accessibility in from the beginning AND RantWoman thinks doing so is garden variety reasonable accommodation. RantWoman wants it to work from the first release of the app and to work with other features the same ways other people access info.

With those comments to bias feedback,, er invite readers to riff on such themes, here goes:

This is a feasibility study for an app idea, as part of a group assignment for class. He is
requesting help to complete this survey for the feasibility study. The
survey should take no more than 5-7 minutes and any help is greatly
appreciated.  I took the survey and it is completely accessible.  Please
circulate this survey far and wide.

Here is the survey:

RantWoman has no idea how long thesurvey is open and encourages readers to get your licks in sooner rather than later.

WA State Transportation Commission Voices of WA State items

RantWoman shamelessly reprints from email in order to remind herself and make it easier to find again:

The Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) has released the results of several completed 2014 Voice of Washington State (VOWS) surveys. We would like to share the results of these surveys with you so you can see how state residents like you voted on key transportation issues. Click on any of the links below to see the summary of results for each survey.

Attitudes Towards WSF Held by Statewide Residents
Inventory of Residential Vehicles

If you would like to read the full report for any of these studies, they are available on the Transportation Commission’s website at: 2014 Voice of Washington Statewide Survey Panel Results.

In about a week we will also be sending you an invitation to a new study on how we should fund our transportation system going forward that we would like to get your opinions on.

Thank you for your continued participation in our VOWS panel, and for making your voice heard.

Anne Haley, Chairman
Washington State Transportation Commission

Seattle Art Museum 2015 Accessible tours

Quote from the person who forwarded the item below:
"In 2015, the Seattle Art Museum is hosting free "accessible tours" that
includes a "touch tour" of American Indian Art.  That is a big step forward
from the last time I visited this facility and  felt very very unwelcome."

ACCESS tours occur monthly and may take place at any of SAM's three
locations: the Seattle Art Museum downtown, the Asian Art Museum at
Volunteer Park, or the Olympic Sculpture Park on the waterfront. The tours
cover content from SAM's permanent collections, or from special
ACCESS tours are free of charge, but advance registration is required.
Spots are limited, so reservations operate on a first come, first served
basis. To register for a tour, email
1/28/2015 (Wed) 11-12:30 pm: Multi-sensory tour on India/ City Dwellers,
2/25/2015 (Wed) 11-12:15 pm: Visual Description on Permanent Collection of
African art, SAM
3/25/2015 (Wed) 11-12:15 pm:  Visual Description on Indigenous Beauty:
Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection, SAM
4/25/2015 (Sat) 10-11:30 am: Touch Tour on Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks
of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection , SAM
5/27/2015 (Wed) 11-12:15 pm: Visual Description on Permanent Collection,
Seattle Asian Art Museum
6/17/2015 (Wed) 11-12:15 pm:  Visual Description on Permanent Collection,
Olympic Sculpture Park

Monday, November 24, 2014

Yesler Terrace Youth Videos about Redevelopment Project

Here are the links to the films produced by Yesler’s youth about the Yesler redevelopment, for those of you that were unable to attend the screenings. If you have any questions about the project, please contact Asfaha Lemlem, Yesler Learning Center Coordinator at ASFAHA LEMLEM

Invisible Control:

Portrait of Yesler:

What’s In It for You?:

Against All Odds:


Update: Kevin Gallagher to return to SMC in 2015

RantWoman is reprinting this item verbatim from email update about ASL interpretation for Seattle Men's Chorus performances.

Kevin Gallagher is returning in 2015.  As for now, SMC will hire
qualified/certified interpreters from now to provide access.  However,
they are keeping Kevin. He will continue to provide his "interpretation"
for separate shows. He will return to "performing" in the Spring.
We, as of the SMC team, are still processing this information and we need
your input. Please email me directly at kmroberts75@gmail to share your
thoughts and input.

We need to hear from you. We want to know how you feel. We want to know
how you feel we should respond.

Here is the link to the blog  so you may read the full text of the letter
Flying House Productions sent out to their fans.

RantWoman offers the following observations:
--RantWoman is glad from the links  that Seattle Men's Chorus at last recognizes that they have a problem.

--RantWoman says "At last" because RantWoman remembers Ferrener Husband's first and only attendance at an SMC performance. Ferrener Husband is Deaf, from a Deaf family and another country. He became Husband partly because he was willing to stand up as firmly as RantWoman does about some issues important to us. But Ferrener Husband a number of years ago came home from an SMC concert so disgusted by the interpreting that he could barely speak; he also said other deaf people had been trying for years to make improvements without success. So RantWoman is grateful for progress however modest.

--RantWoman is familiar with the whole genre of non-native speakers of one or another language making audio that encapsulates multiple kinds of mistakes that can creep into language: pronunciation, vocabulary, syntax. RantWoman suggests that people welcome Mr. Gallagher warmly but video tape his performances and then provide captioning of how song texts go awry in his arms. RantWoman suggests that this be done as affectionately as possible, in a spirit of honest effort to find fun in the situation. RantWoman does NOT mean to minimize continuing concerns but instead to grab them and keep shining light in their direction.

--RantWoman is reprinting this announcement verbatim, without succumbing to temptation to make small edits, to make the point that ASL is a separate language from English with different syntax. RantWoman is not in a position to evaluate whether the points she might edit to standard english reflect artifacts of writing ASL but is leaving them in the document to promote readers' awareness about the possibility.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Eggnog. Braille. Panini


RantWoman would theoretically prefer not to have anything to do with Christmas until after Thanksgiving. RantWoman makes an exception for eggnog. RantWoman in the last couple days has enjoyed both an eggnog milkshake and and eggnog latte.

See recently RantWoman received a Starbucks gift card, a Braille Starbucks gift card, the perfect excuse to eat lunch at Starbucks.

First RantWoman must digress about the experience of the Braille gift card: the card has Starbucks on it in uncontracted Braille. It could just as easily have a tactile version of the Starbucks logo. Then maybe it would be easily findable by people who are blind but do not read braille. RantWoman does read braille. RantWoman appreciates gift cards whether they have braille on them or not but definitely considers it easier to find the right gift card if there is some kind of tactile clue to its origin. Call this a qualified endorsement.

Now back to the dining experience: RantWoman over the summer became quite fond of Starbucks savory croissants, both spinach and squash on whole wheat dough, the kind of whole wheat that leaves one with a lovely nutty flavor on top of the vegetable goodness.. RantWoman is unclear whether they were an option this time.

RantWoman wound up being seduced by a turkey and stuffing panin. There was nothing seductive in the plastic packaging in the cooler but somehow the lighting at the counter won RantWoman over. That is a good thing because RantWoman finds the lighting and signage at a typical Starbucks unhelpful because of bright lights at eye level and  print RantWoman is always foolishly tempted to try to read. Other hint: half the time the fastest way to see waht is available is just to listen to what other customers might be ordering.

Anyway, the thing came out of its sad plastic packaging and a trip through the microwave and went into a nice hot bakery bag. Brilliant except RantWoman was in a hurry and wanted to eat on the go, but not to have to fight gravity and juggle a hot sandwich trying not to lose its filling. Definitely not lose the filling, or the outside either. Crispy panini, slightly mushy stuffing and turkey mix. Piping hot from microwave.

What ELSE to grumble about?
The stuffing needed more vegetables, onion, celery, herbs. It would be very difficult to have too much celery around RantWoman. Yes, RantWoman knows opinions about celery are quite varied. RantWoman would also think to include either fresh or dried cranberries or raisins. But who knows whether RantWoman will even be a repeat customer!