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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Some serious face time

By Randy A. Salas

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Here's looking at you. No, really. Upload a photo of your face at these websites, and see for yourself.

1web0720.jpgStudy your face in the mirror or in a photo. Chances are that its left and right sides aren't exactly alike. Upload an image of yourself using SymFace, and the nifty Web feature will show you what your face would look like if each side were perfectly symmetrical. You can save and print the resulting two images. Then if someone tells you that you're two-faced, you'll have the proof.

Face Transformer
Navigate to the Perception Laboratory's Face Transformer during a party, and let the guffaws begin. Start by uploading a picture of a face and describing the person's general age, gender and race. Mark where the eyes and mouth are, and you're good to go. With a few clicks, you can make the face seem older or younger. Change the gender or ethnicity. Give it an artistic spin by seeing what the face would look like if drawn by Modigliani or Botticelli, or as Japanese anime. The big laughs come from seeing what the person would look like as an ape or drunk. You can compare the latter image to the actual person at the end of the party to see how accurate it was.

2web0720.jpgMorphases is an engrossing application that allows you to manipulate a face in any way imaginable. Squish the eyes together. Make the nose longer. Scrunch the jaw. The options are endless. The only downer is that you can't easily upload your image; you must first submit it to the site's operators and wait for them to approve. Since the link for instructions on how to do that doesn't work, it seems like a long shot. But there is a huge gallery of preloaded images to play with.

IVillage's Makeover-o-Matic remains one of the best sites of its kind. Women can upload an image of their face and then try different hairstyles, colors, makeup and accessories. Give yourself a virtual makeover without the fuss, mess and expense. Using Makeover-o-Matic requires free registration and seeing some ads, but it's worth the hassle.

MyHeritage celebrity database
3web0720.jpgWhen I first wrote about MyHeritage's celebrity look-alike application at the beginning of the year, its website was in beta testing. The idea to compare your visage to a database of celebrity faces to see what famous person you most resemble is fun, but the results from its face-recognition technology then were disappointing. The site is fully functional now, but the results still aren't stellar. Uploading a recent photo of myself showed top matches (of only 60 percent accuracy) in an aged Peter Ustinov, the late actor, and director Steven Soderbergh - not because I resemble them, but because they are both shown wearing glasses, as I do, and with similar smiles. And my beautiful wife gets the much older Norwegian politician Gro Harlem Brundtland and - gulp - Bill Gates among her top matches (again, only 60 percent accuracy). You might fare better, but you'll have to register at the site (free) to find out. But put on a brave face before looking at the results.

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Randy A. Salas is a columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Do you have a favorite Web site or a question about how to find something on the Internet? Send a note by clicking here.


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