Amusing and Fun
Cloud computing is all the rage these days, but what about clouds of words?
Wordle is a site that allows you to enter (or copy & paste or redirect RSS feed) text into a word cloud generator. You can have lots of fun with this by feeding in your last performance review for example.
This word cloud was generated using the text in the About page for this blog.
To use Wordle, click on the create button, feed in your text and press go. Wordle uses a Java applet on your computer so that your text is processed locally. Nothing gets sent back to the author’s site.
Notice that if you run Wordle multiple times on the same text, it will change the layout randomly. This will happen when you click any of the Randomize, Layout, Font, or Colour buttons for example. If you right click on a word in the resulting display you can remove it.
To save your result, you can print it (e.g. to PDF), post it to the gallery and then download it, or you can just take a screenshot of it. If you want a larger screenshot, you can also pop the Java display out into its own resizeable page.
Wordle basically works by examining the frequency that words occur in your text and increasing the visual prominence of that word based on its frequency. It filters out some common “stop words” and then randomizes the colour and style of the layout.
Other fun sites that are meant to be amusing are:
- WolframAlpha’s example pages. For example, you can find out the frequency of your name.
- The Genius of Ronald Reagan. Yes, he actually said those things.
- A parody of Urbandale, a large Ottawa developer.
If any of these links are broken, please post a comment to this page.