Tag Archives | Andy Baio

…Memes have beautiful scenery?

Meme Scenery

Sure, you’ve seen the memes, and you probably know them by name, but can you identify them by their… background?

Andy Baio from Waxy.org has created a project called Meme Scenery where he takes the most popular viral videos and strips them of their subjects, leaving just the backgrounds for you to decode.

In all, there are 23 for you to identify, though don’t be surprised if it’s harder than you think. (And if it’s not, maybe it’s time to get out more…)

[Waxy – Meme Scenery]

…Mechanical Turk has many faces?

Mechanical Turk Faces

Andy Baio from Waxy.org was intrigued by his initial experience with Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, and wanted to know more about the people that participate in the service, including what they look like, and how much it would cost for them to reveal their faces.

To make the process easy, he fired up the Mechanical Turk and added a simple task to the queue: Upload a photo of yourself holding a handwritten sign that says “I Turk for…”, filling out why you turk.

At $.05 per photo, there wasn’t much response, but at $.25, the responses started to come in, and by $.50, he had a decent sized sample.

The results? 30 people total – 20 men and 10 women, almost all of which were white and in their 20s and 30s. 21 turk for money, and the other 9 turk for fun or boredom.

[Waxy – The Faces of Mechanical Turk]