January 11, 2006

I Look Like...

via Yggi and Drezner, according to the celebrity match on a picture that I don't seem to have up on the web (I'm orange and holding a beer)...

in order...


Robert Graves (cool!)
Scott Joplin (megacool!!)
Bjarne Stroustrup (who?)
George W. Bush (noooooo!!!!)
and Leni Riefenstahl (WTF?)

followed by Snoop Dogg, Hans Frank, and the goofiest picture of Donald Sutherland I ever hope to see.

As Yglesias says, face recognition technology has a ways to go. (To be fair, none of these matches were higher than 58%.)

[UPDATE: And trying a different picture--if you do an image search on my name, it's the only front-page result that is of me -- I have a 67% resemblance to Kareena Kapoor. That's the nicest thing anyone's said to me all day. Discretion forbids me from noting who my partner in crime looks like.]

Posted by Matt Weiner at January 11, 2006 08:04 PM

Hey, so we can call you 'W' now too!

Posted by: another matt at January 13, 2006 09:07 AM

Judging by people's comments over the years, my best celebrity likenesses are 1) HRH Prince Andrew Duke of York, 2) John Travolta (it's the chin), and perhaps 3) Tim Curry (that may just be the hair).

After tries on multiple photos, MyHeritage.com did eventually start suggesting Travolta (twice in five photos).

Other repeated suggestions from MyHeritage.com were Jerry Seinfeld and T.E. Lawrence.

Posted by: Richard Mason at January 13, 2006 11:25 AM

Bjarne Stroustrup is the inventor of C++.

Posted by: ben wolfson at January 13, 2006 09:18 PM

I do sometimes sign e-mail "w," although usually only to people who already call me "Weiner."

I maintain that "Inventor of C++" is still "Who?"

Richard, Seinfeld doesn't seem all that crazy to me -- you both have longish faces, at least.

Posted by: Matt Weiner at January 14, 2006 08:52 AM

I put one of the prettiest pictures ever taken of me, one of the ones that makes people say, "Damn, but you're hot," and the number one result was ratatatatatatatatatata: TONY BLAIR. I guess I should be flattered; he's pretty cute. (In fairness to the program, I submitted a low res photo, and I'm not quite facing forward.) It also gave me Katie Holmes (a little), Naomi Watts (a fair amount, actually, esp. in the pictures they were comparing), Becky Griffin (who? and nuh uh), Margaret Thatcher (um. help?), Robert Oppenheimer (I am also tormented by my awesome power; maybe it has marked both of our visages), Celine Dion (oy, but maybe a little), Isabelle Adjani, Keira Knightly (no, no), and Nancy Sinatra.

Curse you Weiner. This is like Turkish Delight for the internet addicted, vain, and self-obsessed. I may never leave this keyboard again.

Posted by: Tia at January 14, 2006 04:39 PM

Ultra crucial addendum: having done an image search for Isabelle Adjani, I can conclude two things: she has had a nose job which made her less attractive (and/or her makeup/photoshop artists are doing a lot of shading/retouching to make her nose more aquiline), and I do look something like her with a thicker nose.

Posted by: Tia at January 14, 2006 04:58 PM