Tuesday, May 23, 2006

HIT: Make a Sound!

Enjoy making goofy sounds? Do you often make small squeaks or squeals to express yourself? Then this HIT could be for YOU!

Basically there's a sound clip creation contest on mTurk, that gives you the vague task of making a sound clip to alert a user of some program that something is waiting for them (up to 3 seconds long). The sound will play roughly once a week. So yah...I imagine they are going to get a lot of farts, armpit noises, and the like.

But hey the HIT pays 1 dollar and you have a chance to win $500 so check it out. I suggest going for a AOL type approach (referencing "You've Got Mail")...Some attractive sounding female going "Alert! Alert!", that although at first it will sound quite lovely by the tenth time you hear it, you will want to kill the lady.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Scheduled Outage

Via mTurk, "We are taking an extended outage starting May 21st at 8:00pm PDT. Please do not accept any hits that you cannot complete before that time."

Obviously this means they are deleting mTurk due to it being full of Rank your Top 3 HITs, something that only really bored woman do. Just kidding, I'm guessing they are rearranging their database system or something that primary deals with internal server type junk. That you won't notice except in that error pages will become a rare sighting...Or a common one. Or there might be some changes to the interface and API and junk...I don't know.

Who knows....Just don't start crying when you login at 8:01pm Sunday and can't spend the next 2 hours transcribing a podcast of a guy talking about how much he misses his cat that was recently ran over and then goes on to rant about how his wife leaving him was his mother's fault and then later to top it off is so drunk that he throws up on his keyboard....

You just won't be able to have that much fun Sunday night...Sorry. So hey go out on the town and do some research for those Rank Your Top 3 HITs, figure out just wear the best place is to get drunk, go Go-carting and sneak a kiss in Seattle. (Hint: It's not your house)

Friday, May 05, 2006

The Sheep Market

Remember drawing all those sheep? Well here's the result of your work. Despite this site showing 10,000 sheep being crazy, it's really cool. I mean seriously who doesn't want to look at 10,000 different sheep?!

Also Aaron Koblin gives us some cool statistics like the average time spent on each sheep (105 seconds) And then you can buy a plate of the sheep for 20 dollars (the sheep are lickable adhesive stamps).

Though most of these sheep are crapfully drawn (he gave us a pen, no eraser and 2 cents. Not much to work with considering all Turkers are lazy, don't deny it!)

So ya be sure to check it out, and then go come up with your own crazy idea. The only thing left to ask is, Aaron is your house covered in sheep stuff? What's with the sheep obsession? Why not horses or something? Is this a personal thing?! Ok enough of that.