Thursday, January 12, 2006

Which Celebrity Do You Resemble?

Several weeks ago I ran across this interesting site. For free, one can upload a picture of a person and search their database to see which celebrities bear a resemblance to the person in the uploaded picture. Yesterday I revisited the site, and I uploaded this picture of me with two of my friends.

On the left is Scott, I am in the middle, and Fred is on the right. This picture was taken during the final meeting of a church group where we were the sound team (hence the cables we are clutching). The group was dissolved a few years ago. By the way, both gave me their permission to post the picture. The results were quite interesting.

After uploading the picture, all one has to do is click on "Run Face recognition" and the website handles the rest. The software dutifully found all three of our faces, and placed a rectangle around them. Then the site generates three of what I will call "celebrity boxes" and displays them at the bottom of the screen. Within the "celebrity box" are left and right arrows that are used to scroll between the matches found in the celebrity photo database. Each box will show about eight different possible matches. The pictures below are screencaps, so of course the scroll arrows will not work. Upload a picture and run it to see how they really work.
I scrolled through all the matches for each of us and found it very interesting. Scott's face was the only one of us that generated exclusively male matches. Mine generated some male, some female, and interestingly, several African-American matches. Fred took the female matches with a total of five women in his match list.

The color of the rectangle framing our faces corresponds to the color of the border on each "celebrity box." For the first screencap, I chose what I thought was the most flattering matches for each of us. Click the pictures below for larger version.

Not too bad, I guess. The men that matched Scott and Fred are famous race car drivers, Formula One drivers I think. Gary Cooper of course is an American film star. Perhaps my current profile pic had some influence. Anyway, I continued to scroll through the possible matches for each of us. Things got strange.

Scott was now matched to one of my favorite singers, Roy Orbison, of "Pretty Woman" fame. Fred matched...Kate Winslett? Must be those high model's cheekbones of yours, Fred. And I matched...Beyonce'. I have been called many things in my life, good and bad, but "bootylicious" has never been among them. Then I scrolled to a different combination:

Scott now had Kevin Costner for a match, Fred had Uma Thurman (cheekbones! cheekbones!), and I had...jazz artist Nina Simone for a match. Hmmm. Maybe if I had enough hair to pile on top of my head like that...

Anyway, the final screencap was the one that I thought was the most interesting:

Well, Scott was the leader of our team. Yeah, that's why he matched Kim Jong Il. Fred matched British comedian Rowan Atkinson, and I matched...the Dalai Lama.

I hope you enjoyed this little foray into "Which Celebrity Do You Resemble," and I hope Scott and Fred are still my friends.


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