Here’s an example of how Hulu’s face-matching feature works. You just point your mouse at the actor’s face, and it pops up a tooltip showing both the actor’s name and their character’s name, along with a brief actor bio.

…This is, like, the best thing since closed captioning for me.

And here I was thinking nobody was considering the assistive-tech uses of facial recognition software. (Or maybe they still weren’t, and were actually thinking of…I dunno, some other use for this that doesn’t spring to mind.)

(I just hope it isn’t the face-equivalent of Youtube’s auto-“captions”. And that it becomes more widespread.)


#prosopagnosia #awesome





As a fan of both the West Wing and Star Trek Voyager, I love that the West Wing staff are the dead crew of Voyager.  Taken from the episode “Imperfection!”  They did spell the names wrong though.  probably to avoid being sued by Warner Bros




Let’s see…is it true? Yes, appears so.

Now which came first? Ah, S1 West Wing pre-dates S7 Voyager.

Naming minor characters after major ones is less awesome than the other way ‘round, but still.


#Star Trek #Voyager #West Wing #neat


The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog.




The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog.


I feel like I’ve been preparing for this image all my life.

The internet is over, everyone can go home

It’s just as beautiful as I always imagined.

My life is complete.

So that’s what we’ve been writing about this whole time, eh?


#alphabet #well would you look at that? #(the following category tag was added retroactively:) #language




I made this graphic because some people like to complain that changing the gender/sex of the characters somehow “ruins” or “desecrates” Arthur Conan Doyle’s legacy. Funnily enough nobody ever complains when they are turned into mice, dogs, etc. (Presumably because they are still male.) As you can see there have been several female versions of these characters in the past, and they have hardly ruined anything.

Some of the oldest adaptations only had the actor info for Holmes on IMDB, so either Watson didn’t exist in those films at all, or the actor is unknown. (If he did exist it’s pretty safe to assume he was male.)

I excluded incarnations where Holmes/Watson only appeared once as guest stars in unrelated tv shows. (There were lots.)


My heart soars over my favorite robot Watson


#Sherlock #I don’t know if the last person to add text is serious #but as of last time I saw it I loved Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century in all honesty #all five episodes of it #(it kind of weirds me out that there are actually twenty-one more that I never got to see) #nostalgia




Neverwhere… From the Radio Times website:

As anticipation mounts among fantasy fans ahead of the Radio 4 adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, can reveal the first exclusive shot of the star-studded cast, which reads like a who’s who of cult TV.

Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch and X-Men’s James McAvoy are joined by Game of Thrones and former Fades star Natalie Dormer, Doctor Who alumnus Sophie Okondeo and Homeland’s David Harewood for the tale of London Below, an alternate reality beneath the capital where famous landmarks take on a life of their own.

Screen legends Christopher Lee and Bernard Cribbins also star in an adaptation that is being described as an “audio film”.

The six-part series begins with an hour-long episode on Saturday 16 March on Radio 4 and continues with five 30-minute instalments on Radio 4 Extra from Monday 18 March.

More photos and news to follow in the coming weeks…


*makes grabby hands*

So… do legal copies of things like these make there way over here (US), or will I have to find a virtual dark alley?

Maybe iPlayer will have it? (The TV there is geo-locked, but the radio is not. Most stuff is taken down after a week, though.)

I think I’ll be watching out for this myself. I haven’t read the book, but it looks interesting.


#Neverwhere #iPlayer #reply via reblog







Poster by Klaas Wynne.

aah oh wow this is great

my best friend in middle school wasn’t allowed to wash her hair with anything other than this weird lemon juice concoction because her terrifying mother objected to “chemicals”, I spent a lot of time being like BUT WE’RE MADE OF CHEMICALS at her, to no avail

This is so great. Chemicals are not inherently bad, people.

basically obligated to reblog this

I bought dish detergent once that advertised itself as containing “no chemicals!” I couldn’t not buy dish detergent made of ~*MAGIC*~.

There’s a brand of detergents that promises ‘no nasty chemicals’. AUGH.


#the power of science


What American accent do you have?

What American accent do you have?

My Result: The Inland North(89%)

You may think you speak “Standard English straight out of the dictionary” but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like “Are you from Wisconsin?” or “Are you from Chicago?” Chances are you call carbonated drinks “pop.”



What American accent do you have?

Your Result: The Midland

“You have a Midland accent” is just another way of saying “you don’t have an accent.” You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.


The South


The West


North Central


The Inland North






The Northeast

Apparently, this is the accent you get when you spend a little less than half your life in NY and a little less than half your life in Minnesota and the rest in the south. 



Bizarrely, if you’re English and you speak with a perfect southern, Queen’s English accent, this quiz says that you sound like you’re from the Northeast:

Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would probably be able to tell if they actually heard you speak.

Right. Sure. 



What American accent do you have?

Your Result: The Midland

“You have a Midland accent” is just another way of saying “you don’t have an accent.” You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.



What American accent do you have?

Your Result: North Central

“North Central” is what professional linguists call the Minnesota accent. If you saw “Fargo” you probably didn’t think the characters sounded very out of the ordinary. Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot.

(makes sense, since I am Canadian, lol)



Strange, I got Inland North, despite being a lifelong West inhabitant (mid-northern California, Bay Area). I’ve never been asked if I’m from Wisconsin or Chicago, but have been asked if I’m English (I picked up a trace of it from Mom, who picked it up from her grandfather) or Irish (simply due to looks on that one; I don’t sound it at all).



I got Inland North too, but my accent’s actually Standard American – what this quiz calls “Midland”. Mainly it means that people don’t ask me if I’m from a particular area but they do ask me where I’m from a lot, because I never sound like I’m “from around here”.

This is what happens when you have one parent who spent their childhood in the Deep South and the Southwest, one from the Pacific Northwest who spent their young adulthood in Boston, and they met and got married in California and then moved to Indiana to have kids. I think the only major region NOT represented is Tornado Alley.

88% Boston. “You definitely have a Boston accent, even if you think you don’t.”

While my dad is from Massachusetts, all that means is that I’ve had enough exposure to Bostonians from family-reunion-type things to know they sound foreign.

(Next one’s 75% Midland, though.)

(I thought hah-rrible vs. hoh-rrible was an American vs. Canadian thing. When people ask me if I’m an immigrant, I respond “it was a long prah-cess getting here”, which indicates both “yes” and “from America” without explicitly saying either. (Though I admit not everyone picks up on the second part.))


#meme #accents #our home and cherished land #(the following category tag was added retroactively:) #home of the brave