Archive for May, 2009

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Wordle is beautiful. It is of course besides, the point that it makes beautiful word clouds. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. And why wouldn’t it be? Especially when it is made up of a thousand words. Well, maybe not a thousand, but a hundred perhaps.I’ve more or less been stuck to my computer screen all week – preparing my report for most parts of it, checking my mail, having fruitful and not-so-fruitful gtalk conversations, watching new House MD episodes and so on. While at the above mentioned, I did look into the updates my reader had to share with me – and found a few new blogs to follow. Notably, an unquiet mind showed me the world of wordle through his post.

What the website does is simple, you give it content, it would give you a weighted cloud of words in return. It gives you an opportunity to analyse what words you use most often (for those with a geeky touch in them) in a beautiful cloud form (for the lesser mortals). So I thought I’ll use the website to analyse what my blog’s about. It gave me this:

Wordle of my blog

Turns out I give a lot of importance to people in my blog and like football. And I didn’t feel like stopping with just figuring out how my blog looks. So I took the previlage of feeding the toy some of my friends’ blog feeds. Ashwin writes thus:

ashes wordle

Ah, “good times around” it says – in coherence with his post on good ol’ days in college.

Nikhil (along with Vyaas of course) goes:

nikhil worlde

It almost looks like it’s a riddle. Or a jumbled set of words from which you’d have to make sense out of. The best part is that you can connect them as you like: “take chemistry and graduate actually, little students in ya favourite class” – doesn’t make sense? I don’t understand either.

My other blog with shashank appears like this:

wigsandmuscles wordle

Classic. Pure rubbish – totally unrelated, and nothing is prominant. It defines what the blog is about – pure gold plated shit!

You can of course go on all day playing around with wordle. Feel free to explore! Before I end this post, I’d like to attribute all the images in this post to wordle, respecting the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.


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Presenting yet another smart arse trying to flaunt his knowledge about the ongoing epidemic/pandemic/stuck-in-between – like the amount of panic it put forward wasn’t enough already. And if in case you’re intrigued by the title, they’re golden words showered upon the South Indian film industry by comedian Vadivelu. In fact, he puts them in manadhai thirudi vittai (name of the movie, translates to “you stole my heart”) in the form of a song.

A drop of tear shedding from the corner of my eye. Priceless.

Nice overture to a post, isn’t it? Nikhil might beg to differ. But hey, we all have our own tastes. So coming back to the swine flu outbreak. I’m not going to write about what the thing is about – if you’re internet savvy enough to bother finding my blog and reading it, you’d know to look it up wikipedia, or look at recent news results on google. On the one hand, it is good that the internet provides you with any information required – it helps you be prepared should you face the disease. On the other, it does a mighty good job in creating mass hysteria.

Like the millions of others who cheaply use wikipedia and don’t contribute, I looked up the swine flu outbreak up the website. To begin with, WHO calls it as a phase 5 alert, which indicates that a pandemic is “imminent.” To worsen things, they’ve found the existing antiviral drugs ineffective. Tamiflu and relenza are the best bets for now, and it seems that the vaccine is months away. And the real icing on the cake is this: a live map showing where people are being infected and in numbers. Any person with a little anxiety disorder would go nuts if he gets his eyes on that. On the lighter side of things, people in the US seem to want to find a new name for the disease. No no, it’s not numerology – they want to decrease panic and increase pork sales it seems.

Casting a more optimistic glance on the whole issue, it does feel good that people & governments are becoming aware sooner this time. India for sure has started taking preventive measures, faster than their usual timing. Let us keep our fingers crossed, hoping we wouldn’t have to lose many lives over this.

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