Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

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  1. My eyes have been captivated with the flow of that beautiful Latin scripting. What is it ? Yours words and scripting? What does it say? Oh, and yes, clever haiku Tom 🙂

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    1. No, the words aren’t mine, Raili… they’re called Lorem Ipsum, which is what advertisers and marketers and publishers use when they need to promote something that would have a block of text without using a block of real text to promote it! I’ve even seen it on some of the themes that WordPress showcase, just so you get a feel of the look without getting caught up in reading whatever could have been written there.
      I have absolutely no idea what it means… which is a trap I always fall into. I should translate everything in a foreign language on at least three sites to ensure it says what I’d like to read and nothing I wouldn’t. Oopsy.
      And thank you! 😀

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      1. Thanks for that, Tom. If it’s advertise-speak, it’s probably gobbledegook 🙂

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      2. Google is wonderful. I found out what it is – Cicero wrote it 🙂 ‘Some text written by Cicero that’s used to fill spaces on graphical design and publishing before the actual words have been written. The reason why it is difficult to understand is to draw attention away from the words on a page and to focus it on the design instead. It’s also useful for filling spaces where text should be because its words are about the same length as normal English writing.

        It roughly means: Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure? ‘

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        1. Thanks for all your detective work there, Raili.
          I see the translation loosely fits to the post as well, so I’m pleased with that.
          [Walks off into the distance humming nonchalantly…]

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  2. Well, erm. … 😱 … from the teeny bit of Latin I know, some of those latin words aren’t overly lovely. So if you were planning to use them for the one you love Tom …. I’d recommend that you didn’t, for she/he will likely make you eat the flowers you present to them, if that particular ‘love letter’ is attached. 😉 eeek!

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    1. Ah. Hehehe! 😀
      As I’ve just said to Raili, I should really have translated the text three times before going ahead and using it as is… although I thought it would be fine if lots of companies use it (and I’ve seen it on WordPress as well!)
      I would hope, Cobs, that should I ever meet the one I love, he or she will take me as they find me. I don’t generally mean to, but I can be accidentally offensive at times. And you’ve prompted me to always go for edible flowers, just in case! 😀

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      1. “…. prompted me to always go for edible flowers”!!!
        Ohhhh Tom, …. there I was, minding my own beeswax and drinking my tonic water, you know, like you do, and … I lauged and guffawed in such a way that you made Tonic Water because you took me by surprise with that funny! Aw heck…. laughing like a drain here and crying like a leaking hose.

        Bless your beautiful heart. ~ C. x

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        1. That should have read…. made tonic water come down my nose because you took me by surprise…..

          Oh … I can spell ‘laughed’ too. [sigh] busy finger disease!

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          1. Ah. I see. That makes more sense, but I knew what you were saying all along – I was just teasin’ with ya! 😀
            (And my little red devil on my last comment has turned into a funny looking pink thing. Sorry about that.)

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        2. Hehehe! I love guffawing!
          Cobs… are you sure it was just Tonic Water…? 😉 😈

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            1. Tom …
              I should have asked this before I went and did it but ….
              I’ve put one of your candles as a widget in my side bar, and turned it into a link which will take anyone who clicks on it, directly to your blog here. I’ve also added your name underneath it so people know who they’re going to visit.

              I had to reduce the size of the candle so that it fitted nicely with all the other things in my sidebar.

              I hope that it’s ok that I’ve done these things – the using of the candle as a widget, the addition of the clickable link via it, the addition of your name beneath the candle, AND the reduction in size.

              I know that perhaps I should have used the orangey coloured face in a circle … but I know that you sometimes change that so thought the candle would stick in peoples minds as it being ‘you’.

              If any of these things are a problem please, please let me know and I shall sort it out. ~ Cobs.

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              1. Not a problem at all, Cobs!
                I created those candles to be used by anyone in Blogland, however they want to use them… just my way of spreading a little light throughout the blogging community.
                And really, thank you for using one to link back here. It’s absolutely marvelous!

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  3. Sounds like what us writers have to go through with the dreaded writers block!!! 🙂

    Fascinating piece Tom! 🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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    1. That’s exactly what I was going through as I wrote it, Prenin.
      I sat myself down, and said ‘just write!’… so I did! 😀

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