Thursday, October 9, 2008

Control Alt Pretty.


So, someone wrote software that "beautfies" photos of people. Click HERE to see the slide show and HERE to read the story.

I like my Michael Cera as he is, thank you very much.

20 comments:

kaili said...

I feel like a bad person because I have a terrible age-inapporpriate crush on Michael Cera - I'm glad that I'm not alone! My husband thinks it's hilarious. Sigh...he's so dreamy and non-threatening. Did you read the interview with him in the Times last weekend?

Heidz said...

He looks much better to begin with. My fiancé and I love Michael Cera! Ever since the genuis of Arrested Development. He pulls off awkward so well.

kat said...

I checked out the slideshow. Some of the differences are so subtle...

KatinkaPinka said...

wtf? he looks so much nicer 'as-is'...why mess with a good thing?

Alicia B Blogs said...

Omg I saw that too! I don't think they look more beautiful, but more generic actually. Kinda weird.

Brilliant Asylum said...

I think it is interesting that there is mathmatical formula for beauty, but I don't see the point in putting an already recognized and beloved face through the equation.

Anonymous said...

Because it would be mean to put, say, Melissa Rivers through it, even though she needs any form of beautification she can find.

Anonymous said...

ewww! I think that ironically almost all of the after pics were worse! Except for the last lady, maybe the the change in the spacing of her eyes and reducing their depth helped her overall look?

lucitebox said...

I'm also in that scary camp of people who have an age-inappropriate crush on Michael Cera. (VERY inappropriate. I've moved beyond merely being a cougar into a complete chicken hawk.)

Even subtle re-touching should not help my cause because this crush is just plain dirty and wrong.

Anonymous said...

In almost every single case, I find the un-electronically-manipulated photograph to be more beautiful. Which once again proves that techies are full of crap when they try to step into the worlds of aesthetics (and ethics) with their algorithms.

Roxanne said...

How subtly weird, why mess with a pretty face?

Iheartfashion said...

I thought everyone the Times showed looked better BEFORE. It erased character from their faces, particularly Bardot.

Anonymous said...

It turned Michael Cera into a far-less-attractive Leonardo DiCaprio knockoff. Ugh.

Anonymous said...

The last pic is so bad. He's fine the way he is.

Anonymous said...

Eventually we'll all look the same.

Kwana said...

That is just plain scary.

Joanna Goddard said...

agreed! michael cera is LOVELY.

alis said...

That last pic of Michael Cera looks like they crammed all his facial features in one tiny area in the middle of his face.

And I doubt if Bardot would be famous at all if she had the face in the after picture.

Only exception was the last lady.. Her after pic was slightly better.

Anonymous said...

If we want to have one set standard for beauty then we will all have to have the same set of eyes implanted into our faces so we can all see things the same way. And then beauty won't be in the eye of the beholder. That's just grim!

thebubbreport said...

Oh they had better not be messin' w/ George Michael Bluth's cute little face!

God I miss Arrested Development. Thank God 30 Rock came along to somewhat fill the comedy void it left behind.