Monday, June 23, 2014

A #hackforchangeSea leftover: homelessness, SDOT front end jottings

still pitching my get me help in my language app

sneakernet information transfer and meeting crosspollination:
Bicycle alliance interest in requests to city to do bike racks
telecom providers also ask SDOT   SOOOOoooo what can be done to move both streams faster?

mental health mental health mental health

signal events
--medical emergencies....

Criteria: get help to individuals or do community measures.

Policy level harder than just data.....

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Citations. Blueberry Syrup. Batman

RantWoman is reflecting on a story she heard recently on her public radio station. The story is about publication of doctors' billings through Medicare and about a guy who has created a website to give seniors what they want. RantWoman did not have a writing implement handy when the story aired and the website has some generic name that RantWoman will have trouble fishing for with a search engine.

For amusement RantWoman started by putting one of the takeaway phrases from the story "Make the print really big" into her preferred search engine. As with the find the content in one's own language, one quite frequently would need to know how to make the print big just to read the search engine results, but never mind for now.

The story is, economists, technologists, point-headed bean counters assume that if doctors' billing data is published, PATIENTS will go look for the most efficient doctor. The guy featured in the story found out, by hanging out among all the seniors who dine at IHOP wiht his 4-year-old in a batman suit, that people tend to like their doctors. Plus changing doctors is a big pain. So, no, people are not necessarily motivated by the release of vast oceans of new data.

And the next learning: people want information about procedures they might be facing and choices.

And they want the print Really Big, both on the screen and when things get printed out!

And they really like the blueberry syrup!

Let's hear it for giving people what they want!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Skype instant translation might not save us: #hackforchangeSea followup

RantWoman finally went and read or tried to read the article in Forbes about Skype and machine translation.

RantWoman tried to read in too much of a hurry and got lost in all the content her screen reader sometimes reads that RantWoman does not really care about. Sigh.

RantWoman gets that the demo is in German. RantWoman's command of German runs heavily to Bach choral texts and a smattering of other terminology. RantWoman is in no position to evaluate the Skype demo. RantWoman is also a machine translation skeptic.

Plus, at National Day of Civic hacking, RantWoman was not relaly looking for machine translation vaporware. RantWoman is looking for easy ways for people whose first language is not English to find the professionally translated content that is already out there. Word

But RantWoman had good conversations and appreciated lunch!

RantWoman also rates the serving utensils has greatly improved over another Hackathon from awhile ago.

Upo n further mature consideration, RantWoman is wondering how well relying only on Skype would hold up in domains where there are few speakers of a language and the content even of something like a customer service encounter can be idiosyncratic. If RantWoman is going to wonder about this, perhaps she should go do some research her own darn self.


#openstreetmap Tags from inadvertant use cases

RantWoman has unintentionally and unconventionally been writing use cases about different things to do with disability and getting around for awhile all over another blog,

Possibly topical tags from that blog:

Da Bus


Walkability and Pedestrian Issues

put in search bar: