This may be an unusual cry for help, but I'm desperately searching for a tutorial which I used a couple of years ago to create some animated text. The work I did with the tutorial is embarrassingly close to the tutorial, and my jog someone's memory as to where I can find it again. If you can spare a few moments, please follow https://vimeo.com/55316964 and see if it rings and bells.
Not sure where that particular tutorial came from, but that looks like a simple animation involving a plain effector and the delay effector. Maybe even the random effector. Just create your text using motext, add the plain effector with a -z and and some random rotation values in the parameter, set your strength from 100 to 0 over the course of 20-30 frames, then add the delay effector with the mode set to spring.
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