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Upload your Photo and Try a New Hairstyle or Grow a Mustache, Virtually

makeover studio

Whether you prefer the presidential $400 cut, the corner barber shop, or something in between, chances are you’ve spent too many braincycles on those tendrils of dead skin cells emerging from your body.

Lest your next ’bout of hairy experimentation go awry, we offer two alternatives that will let you safely test your hairstyles before committing to them.

For the ladies (and men with ladyfriends), there’s Makeover Studio. Upload a photo, define your hairtype, and browse a library of hairstyles and colors to see how your favorite doo would look on you.

For dudes (and bearded ladies) in need of a stylin’ ‘stache, there’s the Mustache Maker. You know the drill: upload your pic, choose a mustache, and trim, groom, and wax your way to cowboy perfection. You can even make it sing when you’re done.

With an average growth rate of 0.44 mm a day, badly cut hair can be a long-lasting mistake.

Makeover Studio [via PJ friend Rachel Clarke]

Mustache Maker [via Photojojo Uncut]

p.s. Maybe you’d prefer a beard?

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Upload a Photo to Create a Simpsons Character with Simpsonize Me

In the world of flashy big-budget blockbuster viral marketing ploys, there are winners and there are losers. (We had high hopes for the Conan O’Brien-style “If they made it” babymaker game for Knocked Up. Alas, it disappointed.)

The new site promoting next week’s silver-screen Simpsons debut? A winner.

Upload a frontal portrait, push some buttons and pull some levers, and facial-recognition software goes to work. Soon enough, your fleshy visage is converted into a flat, yellow, cartoon version of yourself!

Note: The site’s quite busy. We needed to visit several times to get it to work.

Still, it’s the easiest way to find your way to Springfield. Unless you already live there.

The Simpsonizer

p.s. Visit the forums today for a fun secret giveaway. (We’re not gonna give you any hints… Ok, maybe just one… Mooooooooooo…)

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Track the Worldwide Photographic Zeitgeist with Flickrvision

flickrvisionAstronauts have it tough. Sure, they get to float in Zero-G and wear cool spacesuits and drink all the Tang they want. But we all know it can be lonely out in space. We feel for you, space men. (And women.) So we’ve thought of something that would help: giant binoculars. You know, so you can see us down here waving at you.

Fortunately for those astronauts, we’re not the only ones down here trying to make the world a little less lonely. Flickrvision swoops around the Google globe Superman-style, pausing every few seconds to show a photo that somebody, somewhere in the world, uploaded to Flickr just minutes ago.

People all over the world take photos, and Flickrvision tracks the worldwide photographic zeitgeist.

Our recent world tour showed us an adorable couple at the Great Wall, mermaids on parade at Coney Island, an Italian castle, and a hummingbird in Ohio. Wouldn’t that make the cold, vast, emptiness of space feel a little bit more warm and cozy?

Flickrvision

p.s. Turn Flickrvision to 11: try the new 3D version and hit the full-screen button.
p.p.s. From the makers of Flickrvision, comes Twittervision!
p.p.p.s Make Flickrvision your screensaver!


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Put Words in Anyone’s Mouth with Blabberize

talking alpacaNo longer will crudely-drawn talking heads the likes of which you’ve seen on Southpark and Homestar Runner be the sole province of animation sweatshops in Asia.

Yes friends, two enterprising young go-getters have finally cracked the code.

Surf on over to Blabberize, upload a photo of a human, animal, or your favorite anthropomorphic object, and carefully select the lower jaw with the tools provided. Next, hit record and speak some words of wisdom. A click or two later and your photo comes to life and repeats your words right back at you.

Share it with friends, embed it in your blog, you know the drill. Check out blabberized Alfred the guinea pig and Michael Arrington for a taste, then get to work!

Blabberize [via Lifehacker]

Turn your Computer and Webcam into a Photo booth with Cameroid and Phozi

website photoboothSure your camera’s got 17 megapixels, a 10x zoom, and all the jiggawatts you could possibly need, but you still feed a couple Washingtons to the photo booth in the mall whenever you pass by. You’re a romantic that way.

You’ll have to do without the curtain, but webapps Cameroid and Phozi promise to bring some photo booth magic home.

Both work with webcams (either built-in or not) and let you snap a photo and share them off with just a couple clicks.

Like Apple’s Photobooth, Cameroid lets you choose from a variety of live image effects, including our favorite: Superhero. Phozi taps the crazy around Japanese Purikura booths, letting you doodle on and decorate your instant snaps with special graphics before sending them to facebook, myspace, xanga, etc.

Both are a ton of fun, and a great way to put that dusty webcam to use!

Cameroid

Phozi

p.s. Check out flickaday on Photojojo Uncut, a webcam webapp that lets you make a daily self-portrait movie! (Subscribe to the RSS feed at Uncut so you don’t miss the latest!)

Turn Your Photos into Gibberish — How to Convert Photos into ASCII Art

If you’re old-skool like us, you remember hurrying home from school, heading straight for your room, and hunching over your keyboard to log into your favorite MUD, slay dragons, and find treasure.

It was a simpler time. A time when computers didn’t have fancy graphics and candy-colored buttons, and if they wanted to show you a cranky green ogre, they didn’t use CG. They used our friends “|”, “\”, “/”, and “.”

Miss it? Well pop in an Air Supply cassette and surf over to Photo2text. Upload a photo and shiny metal robots turn it into in-stant ASCII. Retro-spiff.

High-contrast photos work best, and your file has to be smaller than 200K. Make a few high-tech adjustments, then take it low-fi at Photo2text.

Convert Photos to ASCII Art at Photo2Text

p.s. Want more ASCII art? Check out Christopher Johnson’s ASCII Art Collection, featuring the always-popular “Naked Ladies” section [Maybe not safe for work.. but people, it’s ASCII!] And don’t miss the ASCII Art Dictionary or Joan Stark’s ASCII art. If that last page doesn’t take you back, nothing will. It uses java!!

p.p.s. Mac user? Check this out: you can play Quicktime movies as ASCII movies!

Photo Credit: Reluctant Suburbanite

What Might You Look Like if You Were Black? or White? or Old? The Face Transformer Shows All

Ever wonder what life might be like if you were black? or white? or the subject of a Botticelli?

Yeah, we do, too. All the time.
The good folks at the University of St. Andrews Perception Lab have come up with a way to make your dreams reality. Sort of.

Their Face Transformer gives you a glimpse of how you might look a couple decades from now, or with another ethnic background. Or drunk. (But you don’t really need your computer for that, now do you? — Unless you’re under 21, kiddo.)

Upload your mugshot and let the Face Transformer do the rest. Good luck, and may you grow old far more gracefully than the Transformer predicts.

The Face Transformer

Strip Your Pics! — Create Photo Comic Strips Online with Comeeko

If a picture really does tell a thousand words, then a comic strip ought to tell roughly 1500 or so.

Release your inner Stan Lee and let your photos speak up using Comeeko, a site where you can give your photos a little extra KERPOW! with a comic strip-style makeover.

With comic text, tattoos, hair pieces, and cosmetic accessories galore, a few uploads and a couple of clicks is all you’ll need to pit your best friend against Borat or slip the old man into a bikini.

Turn photos into comics with Comeeko

Picture Your Photos on a Museum Wall. It’s Just a Click with Museumr.

Always dreamt of having your work shown at the Met or the MoMA? Sure, you could shoot for years, work the gallery circuit, get to know the right people… but that could take a lifetime.

Banksy found a DIY shortcut, but us, we’d prefer something that won’t send us to the slammer.

Something like Museumr.

Point this site to any of your photos online and pick a museum. A few seconds later, you’ll get a convincing photo of your most excellent work up on the wall. Just where it belongs.

Sometimes it’s safer to pretend.

Museumr

Photo by Mareen Fischinger

p.s. According to Photojojo Uncut, instructions for making last week’s Spam can pinhole cam are now available.

Printable, Foldable, DIY Lens Hoods, Fitted For Your Lens. Free!

Paul Mutton doesn’t want you to spend twenty bucks on buying a useful, but painfully simple, piece of black plastic.

Lens hoods, those round plastic rings that sit at the end of your SLR’s lens, are great at preventing lens flare and unwanted reflections when shooting in sunlight.

Unfortunately, buying or replacing one can be surprisingly expensive. So Paul created a whole series of printable, foldable, paper lens hoods you can download for free!

Just look up your Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sigma, Tamron, or Tokina lens, print out the corresponding lens hood, fold it up, and slap it on. They even fold back up to make ’em easier to carry around!

Free, Foldable Lens Hoods
www.lenshoods.co.uk

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