Like an indulgent mother with a demanding child, the internet takes care of everything, catering to every whim, no matter how arcane or ridiculous. For proof, one need only examine the Bob Ross Lipsum, a Joy Of Painting-themed lorem ipsum that will, upon command, automatically generate blocks of filler text consisting of nothing but warm, comforting Bob Ross quotes. All the user needs to do is specify the number of paragraphs and the desired number of Ross utterances per paragraph, and ol’ Bob will take it from there. The interface could scarcely be simpler.


Though the button at the bottom invites users to “go crazy,” the Bob Ross Lipsum seems designed to preserve rather than disrupt one’s sanity. There is nothing like the folk wisdom of the curly-haired painting instructor to soothe one’s jangled nerves. Random-text generators are frequently used in both publishing and graphic design, either of which can be stressful, what with all those looming deadlines to meet. How nice, then, to have the late Bob Ross available upon command to say comforting things like this:

The first step to doing anything is to believe you can do it. See it finished in your mind before you ever start. Pretend you’re water. Just floating without any effort. Having a good day. You’re the greatest thing that has ever been or ever will be. You’re special. You’re so very special. Almost everything is going to happen for you automatically—you don’t have to spend any time working or worrying.

It may also help to actually recite some of the text out loud. There. The day already seems a little happier, doesn’t it?


[via Boing Boing]