Category Archives: Life

Mechanical Turking for Amazon’s iPhone app

So a few days ago I saw a link to the HITs for the photo based product search in Amazon’s new iPhone app. And decided it might be fun to do some. And amazon was paying 10¢ a pop, so I thought it might be worth seeing how easy it was. I quickly started seeing patterns on what people were using to app to find many of them were obviously taken at the office and at their desk because trends appeared quickly.

Below is a list of some of the things I saw come up often and some notes about them.

For the watches, I was only able to find an exact match once. And for the coffee cups, never. I found every book someone took a photo of though. Only two photos appeared to come from inside a store.

Item # Notes
Phones 12 Three of them were Blackberries three were iPhones or iPhone boxes and 3 office phones
Watches 10 I was only able to identify one of them
Figurine / Toy 9 Was able to identify about three of them exactly
Mugs, Cups or Glasses 8 Not able to match any
Computers 8 Four were Mac Four were PC. All but one were laptops, the other was an old G4
Books 7 Was able to find them all
Appliances 6
Headphones 6
Candy 5
Water 4
Hard Drive 4 One WD, Two Lacie One Maxtor
Widget 4 Adapters, connectors, etc. was only able to find one audio connector
Household Supplies 3 Lysol, Cleaners, etc
Lotion or Soap 3
Monitors 3
Mouse 3 One Apple, Two Microsoft
Printer 3
Router/Switch 3 Two routers and one switch
Shoes 3
Coke 2 Regular and Coke Zero
Keyboard 2 HP and Logitec
Lamp 2
Other drinks 2 I think they were wine
Posters 2 Was not able to match either
Powertools 2 matched both
Speakers 2 Matched One
Sunglasses 2 No matches
Supliments 2
TV 2 Both HDTV
Video Game Accesories 2 Controller and Memory Card
Water Bottles 2 Found both
Bluetooth Headsets 1
Calculator 1
CDs 1 Portishead – Third
Chairs 1
Clocks 1
Clothing 1 Winter hat
Decoration 1
DVDs 1 It was the closeup of the back of one.
Fan 1
Food 1 Bananas (Amazon only had things made from bananas)
Jewelry 1 A blurry ring
Kleenex 1
Magnets 1
Mailbox 1 A blue Mailbox! It would be illegal for Amazon to sell one!
Memory Card Reader 1
Micrometer 1 Digital
Person 1 It was actually their tie, you could not see their face
Playing Cards 1
Scooter 1
Sculptures 1
Software 1 A Garageband Jam Pack
Stocking 1
Sun 1
Video Cameras 1
Video Games 1 Guitar Hero On Tour
Walkie Talkies 1
iPod Touch Screenshots 1

Mother

For those who have not been following my Twitter, Facebook Status, etc. My mom had an aneurism on tuesday. I had been at St. Mary’s in Madison since then. She is currently stable and had what looks to be successful surgery, but we will not know how well things really are until the the end of the weekend next week.

Out and About

Desk Calendar with the word AUG on it.

Well, I have not updated in a while (what percent of blogs have a post starting with words like that?) Since the CONvergence post happened. Stuff like a Soul Caliber tournament held by Abby, Kyle moving to Florida, Darryl came back from Iraq again. My brother started college at MATC, and so did Tim. Bill’s mom got married and I was invited to the ceremony. I have also discovered the joy of Doctor Who (2005) and The Dark Night.

I need to update more often, it is hard to remember a good story line for old events. At the SoulCal tournament I did ok playing Rock. Won a few matches. At Darryl’s homecoming party we had some great food, a lot of alcohol and some fun times. I ended up staying up till 7 or so in the morning with Carry’s husband Bill. Second time I have done that. I have discovered how cool the Glass Nickel is.

This post is a bit of a mess/a list/rambling. But I am not sure how else to place it. Now to go draw something for an image to include.

CONvergence 2008

Moogle Pom

Last weekend I attended CONvergence. This was my first convention ever, and seems to be quite a fun one to start off with.

CONvergence is a convention in the Minneapolis area that is for Sci Fi and Fantasy of all kinds. They have all the normal video rooms, live music, panels on a wide range of topics, along with something more unique. A ton of party tooms. The hotel it is held in is unique with rooms they call cabanas that line both sides of the swimming pool. 40 total , each with unique decoration and people.

I ended up having a great time after I got use to what was going on there. And hope for next year to be even better since I will know how this con works now. I look forward to seeing the friends I made and the people I met again next year. I will definitely being trying to go every year from now on. It was just soo much fun to be around so many people who were like me and into the same things I am. I don’t think I interacted with a single mean/mad/rude person all weekend at CON. On the contrary, many were amazingly cool.

I even adopted a Tribble.

Photos From: CONvergence 2008