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May 30, 2013

At edde’s suggestion (generously calling this sort of thing “visual poetry built from a language model), here’s something a bit different. From the nascent project I’m currently calling bi.cram.ble (the WordCram Bible), here are a couple chapters from Genesis, with the “actors” (that is, God and any people whose names become readily noticeable in a word cloud) removed from the original text.

I’m still getting a handle of the ins & outs (and quirks) of WordCram itself, but having finished Genesis (and fairly quickly), the results are proving at least mildly interesting. (I’ll link to the word clouds generated with Wordle for the same chapters, for those interested in seeing what was removed.)

As you’ll see, all of these (and the rest of Genesis) have the same theme (white background, word colors chosen randomly by the program), largely because the process of changing color schemes with WordCram is relatively labor-intensive. So much so, that even considering how easy it is to remove common words, it seemed overwhelming to try and choose a fresh color scheme with each chapter, so for now, I’m sticking with one color scheme for each book. We’ll see.

All in all, I very much enjoy how themes & ideas jump out (eg. women & land, which as has been beaten absolutely to death by the anti-Bible crowd, were kind of synonymous as property back then) once the actors are removed.

Anyway, enjoy!

Genesis 1 (original)

Genesis 3 (original)

Genesis 4 (original)

Genesis 5 (original)

Genesis 8 (original)

Genesis 9 (original)

Genesis 12 (original)

Genesis 17 (original)

Genesis 23 (original)

Genesis 24 (original)

Genesis 28 (original)

Genesis 30 (original)

Genesis 40 (original)

Genesis 49 (original)

Genesis 50 (original)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2013 3:53 am

    Great stuff. This would make an awesome sunday school game for kids: print out clouds of some of the better-known books, and have them guess which they are.

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