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Morphing into Reality

Last May, about a month before I welcomed our Kung Fu Panda into the world, I tried out a Web gadget named MorphThing.com, which allows you to morph two pictures to see the resulting baby. I plugged in pictures of The Gryphon and I and received a gender-neutral baby with chubby cheeks, hazel eyes, and my smallish chin. Now that KFP has finally reached the age of the baby in the morph, I can judge how accurate it was.

The overall shape of the face is pretty good, as is the chin (mine). The other features are a bit off: KFP has the shape, not just the color, of The Gryphon's eyes, while the morph matches my uneven eye shapes (my right eye has always opened a bit wider than my left). Also, KFP seems to have my nose, whereas the morph seems to have The Gryphon's. Still, it's not bad!

Baby Morph First D-20
At left, the morph; at right, a picture taken in late January

KFP at 8 Months
KFP at eight months

Just in case you want to play "match the features," here are the source photos I used.

Alyce in September 2009 The Gryphon on our Wedding Day 2
Me in September 2009; The Gryphon on our wedding day, September 2007

I should note that if you're interested in using MorphThing, you should right-click the result and drop down to "save image" to save the file, because the results are only archived for a couple months. I initially did this about six months ahead of my due date and discovered it was deleted by the time I had a 3-D ultrasound to compare. Interestingly, the result in May 2010 was different from the previous one, even though I'd used the same pictures.

Random is sometimes right.

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( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 9th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
That is kind of neat!
Mar. 14th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
And just by luck, it put together a pretty good likeness.
Mar. 9th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
It is amazing what can be done on the web.
Mar. 14th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
It is a nifty toy.
Mar. 9th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, interesting! That's really not bad!
Mar. 14th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
When I see the other possible combinations of our features, I appreciate how good this one was.
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Mar. 10th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
It's a fun little Web toy. You can also morph two adults and get a morphed version of them. I found out about this because a friend who was also pregnant at the time did it. Come to think of it, I think hers turned out fairly close to the way the baby looked, too.
Mar. 10th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
I've got two kids that didn't look all that alike as babies - I wonder which one it would look like :)
Mar. 10th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
If you try it, please share the results. I did it again today, just out of curiosity, and I got a very different result. This version had hubby's chin, which makes for a completely different face shape. Unfortunately, I accidentally closed the tab before I managed to save it.
Mar. 10th, 2011 05:31 am (UTC)
Mar. 14th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
I agree!
Mar. 14th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
So, commenting today is a good indication of how far behind I am on some of my flist reading, but I especially love that first picture of KFP. He's adorable!
Mar. 14th, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Don't feel bad: I'm even further behind!

Mar. 14th, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
Normally I don't comment when I'm this far behind ;)
Mar. 14th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm glad you did. Ive had fewer comments lately, and I think it might be related to my difficulty reading my Friends List.
Mar. 14th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
Well, I can tell you what it's been like for me. This might be true of other people on your flist too.
a) There's a lot to read for Idol still and when I'm trying to focus on those entries and comment on what I can, I have less time for flist reading & commenting
b) I've noticed you've been posting a bunch of American Idol posts. Since I don't watch the show and I'm already short on time because of a), I skip those ones.

Your lack of reading and/or commenting hasn't factored into my decision to comment or not at all. :)
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