Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Three Unrelated Things

Firstly, I made another Wordle the other day (see below) - this time based on my own poetry. I created a page for it all (well, quite a lot of it) on this blog a while ago, here. I was intrigued to see what the wordle maker would make of it. It might even save people the trouble of reading the extended version.

Secondly, tonight, browsing Youtube, I discovered someone had posted one of my favourite Star Trek moments:

And thirdly? Apologies to anyone who has seen this on Facebook or elsewhere on the net. I saw it a while ago - and found it again this evening. (I'd like to credit it, but it seems to have "done the rounds"). Who said irony is dead? (Sorry about that. Cliché, at least, is clearly alive and kicking. Oh no! I've done it again!).


The Solitary Walker said...

Oh, that George Orwell thing just killed me, Dominic!

The Weaver of Grass said...

I like the idea of doing a wordle on a poem one has written oneself - maybe the words in a random order sound better - I really think it might change the way I looked at the poem - I shall try it.

George said...

Loved the Star Trek clip; I was never a fan, but the dialogue from this clip is as meaningful today as it has been since the dawn of mankind.

Also loved the irony of the Orwell juxtaposition. If only Orwell could have seen it himself!

Gerry Snape said...

Is the wordle thingy an app?...what fun and loving the Orwell sign!!

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for these comments.

SW: It was your Point de Vue reminded me of it.

WG: I think wordle (roughly) prioritizes words starting with the most used which, in a large text, is interesting to see.

George: I am a great Star Trek fan - all the series to a greater or lesser extent. This is the deepest moment I can think of.

GS: Wordle maker can be found at:

It's quite straightforward, except that (to the best of my knowledge) you have to make sure the cursor isn't over the wordle and press SHIFT and Print Screen (Prnt Scrn, top right of keyboard) to make your own jpg copy. You then open an image programme (Paint, photoshop, etc), create a new document, paste the "screenshot" onto it (i.e., right click and select paste) and then crop it.

GOAT said...

Hmmm, that Picard can make not really saying much sound quite profound! I clicked on the George Carlin clip that You Tube recommended afte watching it ("Religion is B______") for a far less evasive answer, if you have a spare 10 mins!

Dominic Rivron said...

GOAT: As Jean Luc Picard says elsewhere: "This case has dealt with metaphysics, with questions best left to saints and philosophers. I am neither competent, nor qualified, to answer those." Or, as Wierd Al Yankovic put it:

Only question I
Ever thought was hard
Was do I like Kirk,
Or do I like Picard?

Friko said...

I loved Star Trek, whatever happened to it, I never see it now.

Orwell, where are you now; we'd be watching you too.

Jenny Woolf said...

The sign tickled me. I wish somewhere in Britain would name a street after Orwell though!

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for these comments!

Friko: Usually on channels you have to pay for. "Freeview" it seems increasingly to mean "free sample view".

Jenny Woolf: I googled this. There are streets called Orwell in Britain but I can't find one with his full name. There are at least two pubs called "The George Orwell", one in Hayes and one in Canonbury.