Back in 2006, when this blog was started, I wrote an article called Why “Mechanical Turk”?, with a consideration of the real Mechanical Turk’ history.
As a couple of years have passed now, though, it became always clear that the name didn’t quite make sense for us. Sure, we talk about automating things & we talk about the human processes that are behind those automations—but the gist of the blog & even its very look didn’t support it. Add to that some of the sceptical comments some people have had (thinking that we were trying to hitch our star to Amazon—c’mon, like that’d work), we knew we were going to change the name.
So the name “Falling Leaves” has bounced around our heads for some time. Naturally, it plays upon the leaves in our logo, but the concept of random little bits, lying on the ground for other people to discover, actually fits the reality of this blog. For while we intended it to contain lots of good content, some of it—namely, mine—has been pretty, well, random.
In any event, I’ve finally had enough free time in the schedule to, erm, change a graphic & alter some text.