Today I Learned…

…about Amazon Mechanical Turk. AMT is an online marketplace seeking to match workers and requesters for mini-tasks called HITs (human intelligence tasks) — typically short online activities like commenting on blog posts or reviewing content. Once a worker has fulfilled the task to the requester’s specification, they are paid a small amount of money, ranging from a few cents to several dollars depending on the length and difficulty of the task.

This is really where the market has evolved itself into. More and more people are taking themselves out of the normal workforce and attempting to make a living freelancing. What’s more, there are more and more of these opportunities springing up as the economy goes to the shitter — I found this site linked to on a blog post on a similar site describing how to create an income following a job loss. I myself am registered with two free survey sites to make a little extra money (very little, but hey). It’s remarkable how the (American) economy has rejiggered itself into one where less and less actual physical product is produced anywhere.  An economy of ideas indeed.

Today I Learned…

…what you should have been doing with your money over the past year.

If, one year ago, you had purchased $1,000 worth of stock in the following companies, this is how much money you would have now:

Delta: $49
AIG: $33
Lehman Brothers: bupkiss

However, if you had used the entirety of your money to purchase beer in aluminum cans, drank all of the beer, and then turned in the cans for the deposit (assuming you live in a deposit state like I do in New York), you would now have $214.

Today I Learned…

…that there’s someone out there who is brilliant.

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Today I Learned…

…that the Fed (and then by extension the federal government) is bailing out insurance giant AIG.  This makes the third huge financial firm that has floundered and changed ownership/declared bankruptcy within the past few days, including Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch.

Is anyone else terrified?

Vote Obama?  I don’t even know if that would help.  Are we just screwed?