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Thursday, June 19, 2008

All This Useless “Beauty”

posted by on June 19 at 13:03 PM

Wordle, which is the current free web application being tossed around the internet at the moment, bills itself as creating “Beautiful Word Clouds.” You cut and paste words into a box, press a button, and it makes a word cloud out of the text you inserted. I’m not sure if I think of word clouds as ‘beautiful,’ exactly, but I’ve certainly wasted some time with Wordle since I came across it last night.

And so have lots of people. Here’s Wordle’s gallery.

And here’s a cloud that I made by dumping all of The Merchant of Venice into Wordle:


And now I am done with Wordle.

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It would be much cooler if you could have it do a particular shape for you.

Posted by Greg | June 19, 2008 1:20 PM

Almost as beauty full as CliffsNotes.

Posted by umvue | June 19, 2008 1:21 PM

My typographer's soul just died a little.

Posted by boxofbirds | June 19, 2008 1:29 PM

Um...what's the point of this thing, exactly?

Posted by abe | June 19, 2008 1:33 PM

@3 yes, it does hurt

Posted by karst | June 19, 2008 1:35 PM

Totally, totally unsatisfying.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 19, 2008 1:52 PM

Might have turned out better had all the proper nouns and boring words like 'thou' and 'thy' been taken out.

Posted by w7ngman | June 19, 2008 2:04 PM


Now I know why the terrorists hate us so.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 19, 2008 2:06 PM

Flower Garden is more satisfying waste of time.

Posted by rb | June 19, 2008 2:09 PM

@7, I agree.

Posted by arduous | June 19, 2008 2:30 PM

Whoa, Arduous, I didn't know you could that, with the comment-linking.

Posted by Fnarf | June 19, 2008 3:02 PM

Fnarf, that wasn't me. I think it must have been Anthony trying out something new and cool.

Posted by arduous | June 19, 2008 3:09 PM

I was kind of into it for a minute until I typed in a haiku and then realized it's just fridge magnet poetry in a web browser.

Posted by Callie | June 19, 2008 3:28 PM

...I wasted about 2 hours on this last night. It's more satisfying when you put in personal things instead of song lyrics or text you find online. A break-up email I received a few months ago looked particularly poignant when words like "hate" and "apologize" and "fucked" are huge, with the smaller "regret" and "feel" and "guilt" strewn around them.

Posted by yourleastfavorite | June 20, 2008 10:43 AM

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