Sunday, March 2, 2008

I Believe in the Church of MyHeritage.com

On the way home from work Friday, one of my fellow carpoolers mentioned a site called My Heritage, which is mostly involved with genealogy, but has added a face recognition program that matches you up with celebrities who are supposedly your look-a-likes. This sounded like too much fun to pass up on (but only when done in the privacy of one's own home).

The site said that you get best results with a full-on, face-front, non-smiling photo. It just so happened that the one picture of me that I have in my vast iphoto library is just that (except for a slight smile). And, since it was not an attractive photo, I thought all the better because I could blame the celebrities that I got on the bad photo I submitted. Also, scientifically speaking, you really can't find your look-alike from one view. Profiles are important, too.

So, I went to the site, which is easy to use if you can upload a photo, and in seconds I had my results. Hello, have you met my twin, Susan Sarandon? What an intelligent program with unbelievable accuracy. They even have this feature where you can watch your face morph into your celebrity look-alike's face, so I watched my face morph into Susan Sarandon's. This, of course, took very little morphing because...have I mentioned...she is my look-alike.

In case you're wondering, if I have a photo of you, I went ahead and gave it a try, but many of the photos were not good enough to get decent results. I also began to notice that hair style has something to do with who it picks, which doesn't seem right. I would like to try another photo of me, but I'm afraid I'll get more realistic results and who wants that?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm sure Susan is wondering who Vicki Baker is. She needs to thank you.

Nerdgirl said...

I don't know if that is the same "celebrity look-alike" site that I have been to before, but apparently I look a lot like Lucy Liu!

nerdgirl said...

It is the same site! Except this time I apparently bare a strong resemblance to a Japanese pop star named Aya Ueto. Freaky!