iPhoto ‘09 face detection: “Not a face”, disco ball above a Dresden Dolls concert, Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA: That’s drummer Brian Viglione in the foreground, pianist Amanda Palmer in the background. Weirdly, iPhoto isn’t able to recognize either of them in almost any of the photos from this concert, and it also didn’t recognize Ms Palmer in the photos from her solo show. But the disco ball? Now that it recognized as a face. Idiot software. iPhoto ‘09 is so slow that it’s too cumbersome to untag the obvious non-faces that it keeps detecting. To get them to clump together, I’ve taken to flagging them all as “not a face”, so that they’ll at least be in one place together. iPhoto: the comedic gift that, maniacally, pathologically refuses to quit giving.


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