Lots on the buffet for the next couple of days - hopefully we can get to it all.
First, a little harmless frivolity.
On Monday, Shelly mentioned a cool little exercise to do over at a site called MyHeritage. It allows you to upload a photo of yourself and then proceeds to scan your likeness, and compare it to photos of celebrities and such, to see which you resemble the closest.
Mine were, in order from highest to lowest percentage:
Elia Kazan - 68%
John Cusack - 65%
Ewan McGregor - 65%
Alec Baldwin - 65%
Robert Oppenheimer - 62%
Hritwik Roshan - 60%
Jimmy Page - 58%
Tommy Lee Jones - 57%
Cary Grant - 57%
Saddam Hussein - 55%
I think we can all come to one very simple conclusion from all this:
Someone is playing a very cruel joke on me.
**Edited to add:**
I'm having too much fun with this.
Bagboy- from the infamous "Prince of Themyscira" photo, your top three are: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, and Katie Holmes. Also listed are Christian Slater, Stephen Jay Gould, Alanis Morrisette, and Stan Laurel. Frankly, I think you are way cuter than any of those dudes. *wink*
Abby- from some old webcam picture I have of you, your best matches include: Allyson Hannigan, Zhang Ziyi, Alicia Keys, and Charles Bronson, Keanu Reeves and Dimebag Darrell (rock on, and R.I.P.)
Jamie - your most shining resemblences, based on the crazy-blue-hair picture are: Marlon Brando, Elton John, Elenor Roosevelt, Cate Blanchett, Hilary Duff, and Christina Aguilera.
Krysten - Based on a SUPER cute picture I took of you sticking your tongue out at me at our graduation, you resemble: Lucy Liu, Chelsea Clinton, Meryl Streep, Lucille Ball, Christina Aguilera, Alanis Morrissette, and Diana Ross.
By way of a control - I uploaded a picture of a shaven Natalie Portman that I just happened to have on hand (don't judge me!), and it did in fact return, as its #1 match, Natalie Portman.
But only at 68%. Other notable matches included Shania Twain, Bjork, Hedy Lamarr, Milla Jovovich, Bette Davis, and Liv Tyler. I can see how you would get any of those confused.
Lastly, I submitted a photo that included both my mother and my sister. There was good news, and bad news. The good news is, this program works well enough to identify similarities between both my mother and my sister to the same personage of historical significance with 62 and 60 percent (respectively) accuracy. The bad news is, that personage was Hillary Rodham Clinton.