Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Lorem Ipsum

When I worked at the university, which was so long ago an entire cohort of students have been and gone, I advised students who published the campus newspapers and journals. In that capacity I familiarized myself with all of the software they used daily. At the time we were using the full Adobe suite of Photoshop, In-Design, and Illustrator. I wasn't entirely proficient in any one of them, but I did enough troubleshooting to be a reliable onsite resource.

One of the things I loved about In-Design, Adobe's publishing program, was this little feature called Placeholder Text. It provided a way for students to create their templates and layouts and then fill them in with dummy text to get a sense of how it would all finally look. I loved the latin words that the program generated. They flowed beautifully on the page without distracting from the essence of layout.

I started thinking about that text the other day, when I realized that neither Roger nor I have very much to say here anymore. I could go into details about why that is, but whatever, it's just so. I googled Filler Text, thinking that I would just find that beautiful latin dummy text and place them here. I would feel quite fine and comfortable having those flowing words up on the blog for a while. Of course google gave much more than I asked for, and isn't that why we all love The Google?

So, here is the grand story of Lorem Ipsum. It's been good dummy text for five hundred years, so I think it could have a bit of a run here as well.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Nulla in pede. Aliquam condimentum ultrices massa. In placerat, magna ac consectetuer laoreet, velit lorem sollicitudin elit, in venenatis lorem quam et libero. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Nulla justo dolor, posuere eu, laoreet vitae, imperdiet a, tellus. Proin tempor interdum augue. Integer posuere. Phasellus nec quam vitae turpis mollis vestibulum. Morbi ac elit. Suspendisse potenti. Suspendisse viverra eros porttitor urna. Etiam imperdiet vulputate sapien. Integer ullamcorper felis. Duis pretium blandit justo. Suspendisse eget odio.

Nunc aliquet tristique est. Integer odio nibh, interdum vel, fermentum ac, congue et, est. Fusce sollicitudin, diam nec pellentesque pellentesque, dolor augue suscipit turpis, vitae imperdiet orci magna at nunc. Morbi augue sem, consectetuer sed, scelerisque vitae, elementum vestibulum, sapien. Cras purus turpis, congue a, pharetra tempus, tempus sollicitudin, lacus. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Fusce leo tellus, luctus at, venenatis eget, condimentum posuere, sem. Vivamus vel erat non pede vestibulum tempor. Pellentesque venenatis consectetuer massa. Nam enim metus, iaculis pellentesque, auctor a, luctus et, eros.

Until we return, I wanted to share the above pic I took the other day. I loved the Jungian aspect of shadow, self, and reflection; the way all three meet in an existential kiss; and how water, sun, and sand create this triptych of being.

Stay tuned for more Lorem Ipsum and photos in the future.

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