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February 14, 2011 9:29 PM   Subscribe

Symmetry: Photographer Julian Wolkenstein offers an app for bisecting your image and producing two symmetrical images of each distinct half. The resulting images may be uploaded to his website. It has been suggested that bodily symmetry in humans correlates to intelligence, orgasmic elicitation, and perceived sexual attractiveness. Other tools exist for playing with this particular quality: Symmetry.
posted by darth_tedious (18 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
I believe Edgar Martins uses this.
posted by unliteral at 9:34 PM on February 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Everyone knows that doing this will visually reveal your secret evil side.
posted by cccorlew at 9:41 PM on February 14, 2011


"2.6 Copyright and Intellectual Property. You acknowledge and agree that all images, photos and files created and generated using the Echoism Application for Apple Handset and/or Website are the sole and exclusive property of Wolkenstein. You acknowledge and agree that You have no intellectual property rights in the images, photos and files produced and created using the Echoism Application for Apple Handset and/or Website. All copyright in images, photos and filed produced and created using the Echoism Application for Apple Handset and/or Website is owned by Wolkenstein."

Really? They write a program that I use to take a picture of myself using my camera, and they own everything about that picture and I own nothing about it? Really?

Jive-ass jive is what that sounds like to me.
posted by edheil at 9:43 PM on February 14, 2011 [8 favorites]


"An open source experiment"

I don't think those words mean what they think they mean.
posted by edheil at 9:45 PM on February 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Shit. That makes me want to not use this. =(
posted by grobstein at 10:29 PM on February 14, 2011


Hey I just saw my symmetrical self in a billboard advertisement promoting JiveArseJive, the new perfume for gullible motherfuckers.
posted by a non e mouse at 10:38 PM on February 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


Not to mention that any new laptop or netbook you buy, no matter what the cost, has preinstalled software that will do this. Who in the world doesn't christen a new computer by taking a picture of themselves making out with themselves?
posted by painquale at 10:38 PM on February 14, 2011


They weren't even trying to make it fun for the user when they were coming up with some way to crowd source pictures for themselves. You can't save your own image on your phone.

Here Julian Wolkenstein, allow me to download your app, take a picture of myself and send you the picture, subsequently wasting my own time when I can't even show my stupid friends my stupid twin faces of my own stupid self.

This user failed to upload his photo and keep the app on his phone.
posted by Phantomx at 10:44 PM on February 14, 2011


This would be interesting and fun, but since you insist on owning the rights to everything and not letting me share it, Julian, you can have this perfectly symmetrical picture of my butt.

(_*_)

which you can smooch.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:01 PM on February 14, 2011 [7 favorites]


Yeah, you can do this on your own pretty easily, either by webcam and the software that comes with it or the old school way: Just take a picture of your face facing completely forward and square with the camera. No angles. Then load it up in your favorite image editing software, do some copy/pasting, flip horizontally, align the one half with the other so it looks vaguely human, and voila, your evil twin.

I like that name, Julian.

For a girl.
posted by majonesing at 11:46 PM on February 14, 2011


Oh, I think I need to take some 'nice' pictures and send them to Julian! And by nice, I mean attempts to cause projectile vomiting.

On the OTHER hand..
I did a careful job of this once, and remain fascinated by the results. Someone above said 'Evil Twin'. Indeed! One side does look quite, um, self-interested. The other side looks dumb.
posted by Goofyy at 12:19 AM on February 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


"You acknowledge and agree that all images, photos and files created and generated using the Echoism Application for Apple Handset and/or Website are the sole and exclusive property of Wolkenstein."

Adobe can't claim intellectual property rights over all my images because I use Photoshop to edit my work, so what gives Wolkenstein the idea that he can?

Piss up a rope Julian, and may some of it splash back on you.
posted by bwg at 3:06 AM on February 15, 2011


Photo Booth > Effects > Mirror

(it's the third effects screen)
posted by leotrotsky at 6:13 AM on February 15, 2011


Tangent: 'Piss up a rope' was my favourite epithet until I read this one from Kurt Vonnegut - "Why don't you take a flying fuck at a rolling donut? Why don't you take a flying fuck at the MOOOOOOOON!"

Umm.. in other words, I concur heartily with the above sentiments of disapproval.
posted by Hardcore Poser at 7:47 AM on February 15, 2011


(previously)
posted by Greg Nog at 10:22 AM on February 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


previousless than the previousleast
posted by grobstein at 10:30 AM on February 15, 2011


I did this once with a photo of Ralph Nader. Got two very different looking people, neither of whom looked much like Ralph Nader.
posted by Robin Kestrel at 12:26 PM on February 15, 2011


This app has more features than Echoism and doesn't crash all the time. It's called "muggum".
posted by taylorho at 1:41 PM on February 15, 2011


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