My Words as a Cloud

A friend recently introduced me to a site called Wordle (, where you can paste a selection of text into a blank field and turn it into a “word cloud.” The size of each word in the cloud is indicative of its frequency in the text. Such a simple idea, yet a brilliant new way to waste time (you can keep randomizing until you get a cloud with a shape/color scheme that you really like). Below is the word cloud I generated with the text from my first post on this blog. Cool, huh?

Creativity Word Cloud

Page Updates

Check out the new link in the Junk Drawer (Grammar Girl: Quick & Dirty Tips for Writing), and also check out the polls page for a couple of new polls!

(Not that anyone was responding to the polls that were already there, but here’s to hoping for a sudden influx of poll-loving readers. In other words, psychologists: increase the N value!)

New Poll and Link!

Vote in the new poll on the Polls page, and also check out the new link in The Junk Drawer to LivingSocial Books–a cool application for book lovers that you can connect with Facebook and other social networking sites.

Handwriting Analysis

Check out the new link in The Junk Drawer for a little activity that uses graphology (the science of handwriting) to shed some light on your personality…

Feel like procrastinating?

Check out the new link in The Junk Drawer…

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