The Picasa Game

For basic photo editing, I love the free software, Picasa. (Not an advertisement… Picasa doesn’t know me.) It’s easy for the kids to use and perfect in our multi-platform house. On a rainy, cloudy day, the kids discovered what they dubbed ‘The Picasa Game.’ What resulted was over an HOUR of laughter… until I kicked them off the computer.

Picasa, like a lot of other photo editing, has a section for people recognition. There is a file of Unnamed People where the program wants you to identify people. The funny part is, that once it knows a person or two it tries to figure out who’s who.

So when you click on ‘Add a Name’ it tries to guess who it is.  “What?!? It thinks I’m Sam!” Anabelle shouts and everyone dies laughing.

It’s pretty humorous, especially when the guesses are so far off.  I’m not showing anyone but family members right now, but when it thinks a random stranger in the park (in the background of a picture) is Mom or Sam, it is pretty funny.  So we added a category of random strangers, which the kids dubbed as ‘Weirdo.’  You can imagine the giggles when the software guesses that I’m “Weirdo.”

The software is so sensitive to faces, it even tries to guess drawings or faces on any packaging in the picture.

So when it zooms in on a picture Sam drew and guesses that it was Anabelle, the response is:  “Sam! I don’t look like that!”  (hysterical laughing)

“I wasn’t trying to draw YOU!” Sam responds in between guffaws.

It tried to identify the picture of Harry Potter on a DVD case as one of their uncles.

Katarina is glad her smile is good enough for the smiley face.

Hope you get to try the Picasa Game – it really makes for a good time when you’re cooped indoors!

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