I was born in 1967, when computers looked like .
At the time of this writing, computers mostly look like , but to me, computers are actually supposed to look like , so I'm kind of perpetually bewildered.
I found all of these little images by using a web site created and maintained by my employer.
I created the Wordle word-cloud layout algorithms while working on a social bookmarking application at IBM Research, in 2005. I created the “Wordle” web application in 2008. Since that time, hundreds of thousands of people have saved over 4,000,000 word clouds to Wordle's public gallery.
I contributed a chapter about Wordle to the O'Reilly book “Beautiful Visualization”. You can buy the book—all royalties go to Architecture for Humanity—or you can download a copy of the chapter I wrote by clicking on .
News and philosophizing about Wordle go to the Wordle Blog.
I used to be a musician, in New York City. From about 1990 to 2003 I played drums, guitar, and bass on many records and at shows.
Here are a few samples of my work as a musician.
I've made a few little pieces of free software, which I maintain on github. These include:
In fact, they do speak English in What.