So, have you heard of the Mechanical Turk?
It’s rather fascinating service on Amazon that I’ve been exploring recently. Basically, it’s a venue where developers can post tasks that computers can’t do, but humans can. These are generally repetitive tasks about tiny bits of information. If you take on a task and do it to the requester satisfaction, you get paid some varying amounts of money, depending on the task and the time involved.
I’m thinking about using the Mechanical Turk to earn money for my trips to Red River for a movie. So far I’ve spent about 45 min. and made $1.38. Not exactly a top wage – but not too bad for time that I might otherwise have spent meandering around the Internet anyway.
I’m thinking that it might be something I could usefully do while watching the Ravens play the Falcons tonight. Then maybe I’ll be able to go see Waiting for Superman with Alice on Friday!