Lorem Ipsum

OK, so I lied. Our first four test contributors are having a busy week, so I am going to start shoveling content up to get things going. This one comes courtesy of memepool, my second-favorite blog.

What more appropriate space-filler than info about “Lorem Ipsum,” that most famous of “greek” (not Greek) text strings? And it has its very own web site, Lorem Ipsum – All the facts – Lipsum generator.

The full Latin text, from Cicero’s “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (The Extremes of Good and Evil), reads thus: “Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit…”

I know some people (naming no names here) who would take issue with this statement, which renders in English as “There is no one who loves pain itself, who seeks after it and wants to have it, simply because it is pain….”

Leaving aside Cicero’s ignorance of the booming Roman S/M scene, his commentary is as usual quite sage– it’s an argument against asceticism and anti-pleasure moralism. The Republic could use a little more of that now, to counter the Bennetts and Borks afoot in the Forum.

Next time you need to fill space, just specify exactly how much of Cicero you need (in paragraphs, words, or bytes) and Lipsum will create a custom remix for you.

I may even post a few chunks here…