Author Archives: Matt


Someday, I'll have the time and the money to go to the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival .

At the link above, you can browse through the myriad of performers and listen to songs from most of them.  I did this last year and found some gems

This year is no different.

Carolyn Mark

Carolyn Mark is the artist partially pictured above.  Her song, "Fireworks " is featured on her SXSW page (one of the best artist stories I've read in a while).   Any song that starts off with the lyrics "You're dumb when you're drunk.  Yeah, you heard me right." is bound for my play list.

I also stumbled upon a track entitled "Westboro Baptist Church ".  This song is now going to be my standard response when anyone talks about the Religious Right.  Thank you I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House

I have about 150 more artists to sort through.

Time marches on

I haven't posted anything in a while.

My life is rolling along.  The boys are healthy.  Spring is coming.  And, Daylight Savings wasn't too much of a pain.

I have a bunch of pictures I need to upload to Abe and Leo's sites.  I did not inherit the attention to archival detail that my grandfather possessed.

I'm excited that baseball season is nearing.  I promised myself that I wouldn't attempt to keep three fantasy baseball teams afloat this year.  I think that may be a smart decision.

So far, I have $166.70 accumulated on MTURK.  I think I'm going to set my sights on a 32" monitor instead of a Wii.

This is all rambles. 

Amazon sells some strange things

I'm continuing my MTURK quest for a Wii.  In this process I've done a number of HITs (Human Interface Tasks) that involve tagging items for sale on Amazon.

The premise of the HIT is simple:  Does the tag effectively describe the product?  I estimate I've done over a thousand of these HITs.  They're easy and quick and even though they only pay a penny per HIT, I can cycle through them quickly.  Most of them have been books or music CDs.  So far, the strangest one I've done can be seen below:


The CSI phenomena has officially gone too far.

mturkin’ fool

"Complete simple tasks that people do better than computers. And, get paid for it."

That's the gist of Amazon's Mechanical Turk (mturk). Each piece of work submitted is called a HIT.

And, as the previous post states.  I'm going to mturk my way to enough cash to buy a Wii.

Here's the latest tally:

HITs Submitted:    2162
HITs Approved:     1822
HITs Rejected:      69
HITs Pending:       271

Total Earnings:      $28.11

I'm over a TENTH of the way there.  Assuming my wife will spot me for shipping.

Most of the HITs I've done have been fairly tedious.  Generally, they consist of things like pulling information out of scanned documents or matching codes to a master list.  By far the most humorous one I've done so far is:

"Saving bananas"   The question is what is the best way to carry a single banana in order to protect it from bruising or otherwise being damaged. 

My answer was to create a sleeve made out of the "shock lock" material being produced by d30 Labs .   They haven't paid me my ONE CENT yet for this ingenious proposition.