Sunday, September 17, 2006

Google Image Labeler

I've been playing a game called Google Image Labeler. Visitors are connected to another player, picked at random, and are then presented with a series of images. To score, the player must guess how the other player will describe the picture.

This is usually easy, as most of the pictures can be described as 'man', 'woman', 'people', 'building', 'stars', 'moon', 'weather', 'text', 'windows', or 'web site'. The fun comes from odd images that are difficult to describe.

Today while playing I encountered a picture of an ancient coin. After a few false stats my partner and I agreed upon the description of 'broken'. The picture, which can be seen above, comes from the Archeological Museum of Kazan State University in Tarterstan, Russia.

An hour ago I didn't know that there was a 'Tarterstan'! Another part of the fun of a game like Google Image Labeler is the chance to be exposed to random websites that one would never otherwise encounter.

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