Thanks, Google Auto-Awesome, for helping us stay weird

So, four out of five of us Demarest boys were home for Easter yesterday. Mom thought it would be nice to have some pictures of all of us in our fancy Sunday duds, so we took some. And then the Google in its infinite wisdom arrogated to itself the role of “photo editor”, applying “Auto-Awesome” effects to several of my pictures once they had uploaded. Among other things, it wasn’t satisfied with my younger brother Reid’s subdued smile, so it adjusted the shadows on his face and tweaked the corners of his mouth ever so slightly. I noticed right away that he looked kind of dumb-happy in one of the pictures, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on why. Some rapid back and forth clicking between the original and the “Smile-Enhanced” copy revealed the Google’s biometrics-manipulating plot. Seriously, it’s a little disturbing: “You’re not happy enough! Here, we’ll apply some digital plastic surgery and take care of that. Oh, and while we’re at it, we’ll shrink your nose and give you a nice little Cindy Crawford mole…” Thanks, Google. Actually…no thanks. Don’t be evil.

Slightly less insidious, no less absurd, and quite a bit funnier is this “Auto-Awesome” specimen (see below). I did not make this gif. Google did. And Google did not see fit to correct my brother Ethan’s posture (he’s the brother behind the beard on the right); as a result, he looks like he’s attempting to kickstart a belly-dancing meme. Hmmm. Not a bad idea. If you want to give, let me know, and I’ll set up a donations page…




  1. I love this Auto Awesome! Makes me feel like I’m there behind the lens capturing this memory 🙂

  2. What? This is a real thing? And it’s automatic?

  3. Smile-enhanced–What an odd and very creepy idea. However I must admit to having difficulty tearing myself away from this “auto-awesome” / flip book effect. I’m still laughing

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