Wired: The Quest To Recreate The Olympics With Mechanical Turk. “SHAMIK GHOSH HAD been picking up tasks on Amazon Mechanical Turk for several months when he logged on in winter 2010 and saw a perplexing request: Someone wanted him to act out a series of Winter Olympic sports—snowboarding, ice hockey, figure skating, etc.—and they were offering to pay him $3.50 for every video that he uploaded to YouTube. Given that conceptualizing, filming, and uploading a video would take 10 minutes at most, that came out to an hourly wage of about $21—an immense sum for the microtask platform, where the average wage as of 2017 was $2/hour. And unlike most tasks on Mechanical Turk, this one actually seemed … fun.”
Advertising Age: Amazon, YouTube, Twitter Are Said To Eye Bids For NFL Rights. “Amazon, YouTube and Twitter are all weighing bids for streaming rights to ‘Thursday Night Football,’ according to people with knowledge of the matter, providing the latest evidence of technology companies’ growing interest in live sports.” NFL Football is not the first sport I’d think about dropping big dollars on….
Creative Boom: Beautifully designed football programmes from 1960s and 1970s. “One Shilling (1/-) is an ongoing showcase of beautifully designed football programmes, mostly from the 1960s and ’70s. The project is inspired by an immaculately kept and comprehensive collection of Aston Villa programmes that have been accumulated by designer Matthew Caldwell’s Dad, dating back to the late 60s, when his addiction (‘and it is an addiction’, notes Matthew) to holding a season ticket at the Villa, began.” This is currently an Instagram archive only, with a small (albeit beautifully annotated and photographed) collection. Mr. Caldwell hopes to open an online museum.)
Lifehacker: How to Track How Many Olympic Medals Each Country Has Won in Real Time. “Keeping track of where all those medals are going can be a pretty epic task. Online mapping company Esri has created a really sleek way of doing it through an interactive map where you can see a visual representation of where all the medals are going.”
Engadget: How to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics. “With the opening ceremonies completed and the torch lit, the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea are officially underway and will run through February 25th. Viewers have plenty of options to stream events this time around — and while you can watch almost everything on NBC with your cable subscription, there are several internet TV providers that include some or all of the network’s coverage through their own service subscriptions.”
Bikerumor: Find your local frame builder with global map and database. “The North American Handmade Bicycle Show is just around the corner, and frame builders from all around the world will begin to make the journey to Connecticut very soon. But when NAHBS is over, how will you find them? Sure, a number of frame builders have such a reputation that they’re easy to find, but others can be a little more obscure.”
I wasn’t sure whether I would put this in or not, but it’s the weekend, it’s an information collection, and it’s well done. New Generation Wrestling UK has has uploaded over 200 wrestling videos to its YouTube channel. They are well produced and the few matches I looked at had good commentary (the collection is not all matches but there are many, many matches.) PS: My favorite wrestler is Dean Malenko. Do not @ me.