Still Bored??!

Then allow me to pass along yet another totally-time-wasting-yet-way-too-much-fun lazy summer day craft project, this one courtesy of my buddy The Struggling Writer.

  • Open any document on your computer that you desire to see magically transformed into a word cloud work of art.
  • Surf over to Wordle.
  • Cut the text of your document and then paste it in the window at Wordle.
  • Click Go.

And voilà!

I created that one from the longest post I ever composed. Much more concise, dontcha think?! This next one is created from a short story I wrote a few years ago titled “Disconnected” . . .

Bet you can’t guess what the main character’s name is? And this last one is from a term paper I wrote about philosopher David Hume . . .

You can monkey around with your Wordle quite a bit by changing the number of words shown, colors, fonts, and layout. But since the resulting Wordle is displayed as a Java image, you can’t save it except to the Wordle gallery. Finding your Wordle in the gallery is a bit of a chore, so I just took a screenshot (using the <prt sc> key . . . you know, the key you never use and probably won’t be able to find . . . ) and then pasted the image in Paint Shop Pro. From there I selected the Wordle portion of the image and saved it as a .jpg file. I posted these images on my Flickr photostream if you’d like to see them a bit bigger.

For you Tweakers who are cursing me for my lack of “meaty” content these past couple days, please stay tuned. I’ve got some very cool posts in the works that need to simmer a bit more before I serve them up. Stuff about bucket lists and the tyrant of memory and chocolate milk. So hang in there. In the meantime, take a break and do something fun. Make a mosaic or a Wordle . . . and smile.

8 thoughts on “Still Bored??!

  1. I could moon your complainers, if you’d like. That would give them all the meat they could handle.

  2. OK could you tell me again how to paste the picture on my blog, I can only get a link and it is driving me nUtS!

    thanks for passing on the wordle sight.

  3. Here’s what I did:

    1) Once the Wordle is on your screen, hit whatever two-button combination of keys on your keyboard that will let you take a screenshot. On my laptop, it’s the function key (lower left) and the “prt sc” key, and I have to hit them at the same time. Nothing will happen . . .

    2) Open some kind of paint program. Microsoft has a nifty little program called “Paint” that will do.

    3) Select “Paste” under the edit drop down menu. Your screenshot will appear.

    Then you can manipulate that picture any way you see fit. I’d select the Wordle portion of your image using the selection tool, copy it, then open a new document and paste your selection there. Then just crop and save as a .jpeg file.

    I hope that helps . . .

  4. You did get a copy of the Tweaker TOS didn’t you, flutter?

    Code § 6-1.1-11-3 specifically states, “No fleshy backsides are permitted to be displayed on this blog.”

    Sorry . . . no cheek on The Cheek!

  5. This is pretty cool…I just wish I was a little more tech savvy.

  6. Now this? Is gonna be fun. I will put this one in the bin for one of my scheduled posts during my 3 days away next week.

    Peace – D

  7. I have something I’ll have to try this with, that looks pretty cool.

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