Let’s Face It

When browsing on the internet, I came across something so rich in blogging material that I am at a loss to know where to start. Not a total loss, thankfully.

st-andrews.jpgI found myself drawn inexorably towards my alma mater, the University of St Andrews. Let’s have three cheers for it, while we’re on the subject.

Further investigation took me into the bowels of the psychology department, where I spent many a lazy afternoon listening to folk talk about the social, experimental, physiological, pathological, evolutionary and philosophical incarnations of psychology. Not all on the same afternoon, mind. That wouldn’t have been lazy at all.

Homing in further, one stumbles into the visual perception lab. This is where we begin our fun in earnest.

The visual perception lab, whilst having a somewhat unfortunate acronym, has some excellent little bits and pieces to play around with.

One particular nugget that caught my eye was one with which you can upload a picture of your face in order to manipulate it in various ways. I’ve just spent an amusing half-hour with this, and I thought I’d share some of the results.

Firstly, here I am as I am known and loved:


But will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64? Or if I regress to childhood? Or become a rather feisty-looking young lady?


Now let’s see how I might look as an Afro-Caribbean, West-Asian or East-Asian:


 And then it gets a little bit more alarming:


On the left, we have a representation of Your Humble Author as an apeman (50% chimp). What do you mean ‘it doesn’t look any different’?

On the right, we have Your Humble Author represented as a ‘drunk’. Quite how imbibing alcohol might affect one’s appearance in this way is left unstated, sadly, but I still think it’s an amusing spectacle. And certainly an appropriate warning, as if one were needed, to lay off the sauce.

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7 Comments on “Let’s Face It”

  1. Pattie Says:

    That’s great! I need to go try that!

  2. Neil Says:

    Awesome – truly awesome post!

    My favourites are Lesbian Doug (or VPL Doug?) and Geriatric Doug… How does Mrs H feel about her husband’s impending aesthetic demise?

  3. Doug Says:

    I’d be interested to see what other people end up looking like. I’m not sure whether you can paste pictures into comments, but it would be great to see the results of any other bloggers going through The Process!

    You might need to do a screen capture to get the picture at the end.

  4. Doug Says:

    As you will see, the picture I tried to plant in the above comment never appeared. Shame. It was really good.

    On the plus side, you don’t need to bother with screen grabs, because you can download the final picture as a JPEG at the end. Why not make a little rogues gallery of alternative ‘yous’ on your own blogs? I could do with a laugh.

  5. Ross Says:

    Did you really look like that as a child? Good to see you’ve still got all of your own hair on your OAP-Doug piccie. Unless of course the software was aware of your plans to get plugs and projected your picture accordingly.

  6. Doug Says:

    I thought the child looked a bit sinister. He looks like one of those ones without shoes, who throws stones at buses. I was never into all that. My childhood face was a more rounded, appealing affair.

    As for the geriatric Doug, there was no checkbox option for ‘anticipated baldness’, so the software just made the best of what it had. I think I look like a rather kindly old codger. But one, nonetheless, who wouldn’t be above clipping the ear of the tyke on his left.

    Neil – I was quite taken with Lesbian Doug. In fact, if she wasn’t a lesbian…

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