Bullsum: Using the Bull**** Corporate Generator to make CLI Lorem Ipsum

When designing websites or doing book layouts, you often need filler text.  Typically, some quasi-Latin known as “lorem ipsum” is used.  There’s a great example (and more history) at https://www.lipsum.com/.

Still, I wanted something I could pipe into other programs, and I thought of the Corporate Bull**** Generator.   It’ll spit out a bunch of sentences for you at the live site, but it’s not formatted into paragraphs or a set number of sentences.

So I made bullsum.  It’s a bash script that lets you choose how many sentences (or paragraphs) of corporate bull to spit out, optionally starting with the traditional “Lorem ipsum” phrase.

bullshit -l -p2

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. An accelerated yield enhancement goes hand-in-hand with a superior profits growth. A global network globally engages our on-boarding processes. The supportive initiative motivates the game changers. The network dramatically digitizes a prioritizing crowdsourcing 50/50.

Industry-standard up-sell messages empower the enabler across our portfolio. Our phased branding carefully inspires the market thinkers. The category manager is eager for metrics. The market thinkers focus on an improved sustainability. The rockstar efficiently fleshes out our opportunity pipelines.

From there, you can easily pipe the output into the clipboard (using xsel or xclip) or into any file or program you like.  There’s an example in bsclip that works out of the box with xsel.

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