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100  Ponogram Index
101  Michigan Outlines
102  Hawaiiana 9
103  Kids of Maine - 1
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105  Clarence Sandin
106  Tech House
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108  Facial Recognition
109  Hawaiiana 10
110  Spring in Maine - 1
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112  Wunderkammer XIII
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114  Wunderkammer XV
115  JOVIAL Programming Language
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117  TV Shows That Never Were - 1
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FACIAL RECOGNITION

To begin with, let me recognize two different levels of facial recognition.  First is the capability to analyze an image and simply recognize the presence of a face!  Probably the most common use of this is on Facebook (FB).  FB finds faces on images that are uploaded and gives the viewer an opportunity to tag them.

The higher level of facial recognition is the analysis of a face with an effort to assign an identity to the face.  Scientists are making great strides in this for security uses, but many issues of personal privacy rights exist.

 Have you ever played around with Google search by image?  It is limited of course, but fun anyway.  For example, I have found it valuable to identify plants, animals, and objects.  If I search by image with an exact pic that is on my website, it usually finds the proper hit.  Here is a picture of Pono as an infant that illustrates.  If you save this image and use it to search by image, you’ll see what I mean.  I find the connection to be quite interesting!  The other two pics are other samples for you to exercise Google search by image.

Pono 1933     Varigated shell ginger     Ropey pahoehoe

Google also usually shows a number of “similar” hits that vary with the search image.  Google seems to make an effort to compliment the searcher when looking for a “person”.  “Similar” hits often include celebrities, the famous, and generally – people one would feel OK about being “similar” to.

Although I have posted many personal pics of myself at various ages, I do not see magical linkages suggesting that Google uses sophisticated facial recognition algorithms.  Although I don’t see the similarity, I was honored to have Queen Elizabeth show up as “similar” once!

I do see that the colors, contrasts, body elements and postures, and that sort of thing are considered.  Kids sitting on the grass will get you people sitting on the grass.  Men standing will get you people standing.  And non-person images like goats beget goats, horses = horses, etc.  I don’t recall what I input to deserve Queen Elizabeth.

Anyway, I was not sure where I was going when I started gathering pics of myself with varying facial embellishments, but it occurred to me that such things would surely confuse facial recognition algorithms, so I thought I would give you folks a chance to exercise your personal facial recognition algorithms to see which of the following pics say Pono to you (or Norm to those of you who knew me before Hawaii). 

No beard 1968

 No beard 1968

No beard 1972 

No beard 1972

 

 

Sideburns 1972

Sideburns 1972

Chops 1972

Chops 1972

 

 

Full beard 1971

 Full beard 1977

 

 

Full beard 1971

Full beard 1977

 

 

Full beard - side view 1977

Full beard – side view 1977

Full beard - side view 1982

Full beard – side view 1982

 

 

Circle beard 1991

Circle beard 1991

Circle beard 1990

Circle beard 1990

No beard 2013 

No beard 2013

No shave 2015 

No shave 2015

   

 Deerfly bite 

Deerfly bite on bridge of nose – 1960

Forehead laceration 

Forehead laceration – 1961

In addition to the cultivation of facial hair to modify appearance, life has its way of doing so also.  In 1960 I was swimming at my folks’ cottage on Lake Gogebic in Upper Michigan when a deerfly nailed me on the bridge of my nose.  By the time I got to the cottage my eyes were swelled shut.  Would you recognize me?

In 1961 I had a car accident that split my cheek, forehead and scalp, and changed some facial measurements on that side of my head (I didn’t have much control of my right eye).

 

 

 Headgear modifies face 1962

Headgear modifies the face – 1962

Headgear modifies face 1982 

Headgear modifies the face - 1982

 

 

 

 

"Normal" JR 2010

“Normal” JR – 2010

"Old" JR 2004 

“Old” JR – 2004

For Halloween in 2004, my son JR shaved his scalp leaving a ring of hair which he bleached, anticipating his possible appearance some years hence.  Apparently he also drooled on his collar, anticipating his possible actions.

 

 

 

 AFTERWORD

I haven’t bugged you for a while to send me pictures, but with a P-gram full of my pics I don’t feel bad requesting that you return the favor.  I’ll take new ones, old ones, borrowed ones, blue ones – just send me pictures of YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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