2011 artiBlockparty

Posted by Emma on September 21, 2011 at 8:57 am. Facebook

CaptionMax is proud to be able to support local events that benefit the neighborhood. The more we give back, the stronger we can make our community.

Looking for a great event in Minneapolis this weekend? Look no further than the artiBlockparty!

Logo for artiBLOCKparty

The artiBlockparty is a free fundraiser to celebrate Articulture. Articulture’s mission is to, “educate, enrich, and nurture through the visual arts.” They provide interactive art education for folks, age 1 year through adults. They also work to create ongoing projects that support the community through creativity. We at CaptionMax could not be more excited to have these great neighbors just down the block!

Our CEO, Max, pledged our support to Articulture. Max says, “They are very local. They do great things to introduce the arts to kids who wouldn’t necessarily have any other creative outlet, and they do it all on a shoestring budget!” Sounds like a pretty cool organization, right?

The event will have art activities for kids and adults, a silent auction, an art fair, music, entertainment, food and drinks! Gift cards from local stores such as Rice Paper, Birchwood Cafe, Mother Earth Garden, Corazon, etc. will be available…and don’t forget, it’s free!

Come on out to the Seward neighborhood and make fantastic art while supporting a terrific local organization!

A Captioning Dream Job!

Posted by Emma on September 14, 2011 at 8:43 am. Captioning, Techy

Picture of a steno machine

We know that Deanna is fabulous, and now you will, too! Here at CaptionMax, we choose our employees very carefully. We have a very dedicated team of offline and realtime caption writers working around the clock to make all kinds of media accessible. We couldn’t be prouder when one of them is recognized for their fantastic skills.

Read all about Deanna Baker in the AZ Daily Sun.

Fun Word Friday!

Posted by Emma on September 9, 2011 at 11:58 am. Fun Word Friday

by Kirsten Dirkes

synonyms of tendentious, biased, partial, one-sided

tendentious: This is a word that means “biased,” but it’s longer.  In the matter of long words, this column is tendentious.  Why use a little word when a big, obscure, pompous word will do?

graphic of a gavel

martinet: a person who rigidly adheres to rules.  Overall in life, it’s not great to be a martinet.  Rules are meant to be broken, so think outside the box, man!  However, there are two situations when rules should most definitely be followed, and those are, of course, when safety is involved and in the case of  grammar and punctuation.

picture of square blocks of sugar, yellow, like cheese

jaggery: an unrefined sugar product that is eaten, according to Wikipedia, “in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean,” which is a not unsubstantial segment of the world, so it’s time to get on board.  It’s made from palm tree sap or sugarcane, which explains its popularity in the warmer places.  Jaggery looks quite a bit like crystalized ginger and is regarded as more healthy than our common old white sugar, but then again, it’s 100% sugar, so “healthy” is probably relative.

flat, porous, circular bread

laxoox (pronounced “la hooh”): a flat bread product somewhere between a pancake and a crepe that’s eaten in Somalia, Yemen, and Djibouti.  I think we should all make one, because not only does it sound delicious and have a great spelling, but familiarity with it might help us better remember Djibouti’s existence.  Poor Djibouti.

bottom of the wine bottle

punt: A punt is a disappointing football play that you’ll be seeing a lot of starting next week, but did you know that it’s also the indentation at the bottom of a glass bottle?  Make sure you buy your beer in bottles instead of cans, and you’ve got a riveting piece of trivia to discuss with your buddies while you watch the game.  You could also use the beer in a drinking game in which you take a sip every time a football announcer uses the word “literally” inappropriately.

Helpful Definitions for FCC Terminology

Posted by CLeininger on September 7, 2011 at 9:42 am. Techy, Video Description

The Report and Order adopted on August 24, 2011 reinstates the FCC’s video description rules on October 08, 2011 with modifications required by the CVAA. Full compliance with the rules is required on July 1, 2012.Check out our COO, Gerald Freda’s, breakdown of the of the new rules.

If you’ve been reading the Report and Order, here are some important definitions to study. After all, it wouldn’t be the start of September without homework!

Important Definitions

(1) Designated Market Areas (DMAs): Unique, county-based geographic areas designated by The Nielsen Company.

(2) Video programming provider: Any video programming distributor & any other entity that provides video programming intended for distribution to residential households. This  includes broadcast or nonbroadcast television networks.

(3) Video description/Audio description: The insertion of audio narrated descriptions of a television program’s key visual elements into natural pauses between the program’s dialogue. See examples on our YouTube page.

(4) Video programming: Programming provided by a television broadcast station, but not including consumer-generated media.

(5) Video programming distributor: Any television broadcast station licensed by the Commission, any multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD), & any other distributor of video programming for residential reception that delivers such programming directly to the home & is subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission.

(6) Prime time: Generally, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Sunday local time.  Exceptions are made for central time zone & mountain time zone.

(7) Live or near-live programming: Programming performed either simultaneously with, or recorded no more than 24 hours prior to, its first transmission by a video programming distributor.

(8) Children’s Programming: Television programming directed at children 16 years of age and under.



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