I recently discovered wordle.net, which generates "word clouds" from text that you enter. The program gives greater prominence to words that appear more frequently, thus producing a kind of shorthand-image of what is emphasized in the original text. I know that readers of this blog probably don't need yet another Internet distraction, but this one is really fun. Also, according to Carl over at Dead Voles, it's a good way to visually demonstrate to students the importance of "ordering" information. (Just in case you're still in the habit of actually trying to justify your Internet time as somehow vaguely work-related.) Anyway, after playing around with the site a few times, I decided to enter the text of my entire dissertation (all 346 pages of it) to see what the word cloud would look like. Here's the result:
Too bad you can't just send one of these things in as a book proposal.