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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
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22L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
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24 When awful darkness and silence reign
25 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
26 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
27 When the angry breakers roar
28 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
29 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
30 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
31
32 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
33 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
34 A lonely spark with silvery rays
35 Piercing the coal-black night, -
36 A Meteor strange and bright: -
37 Hither and thither the vision strays,
38 A single lurid light.
39
40 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
41 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
42 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
43 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
44 And those who watch at that midnight hour
45 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
46 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
47 'The Dong! - the Dong!
48 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
49 The Dong! the Dong!
50 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
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52=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
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54L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
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56 Waiting for the beat to kick in
57 But it never does
58 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
59 That lift me above
60 All of these tiresome things
61 That we know and love
62 Waiting for the beat to kick in
63 But it never does
64
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65=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
66
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69Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
70totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
71you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
72that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
73people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
74
75Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
76gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
77symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
78and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
79clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
80home, from the ground up.
81
82No wonder you're a geek.
83
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84=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
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86L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
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88 Even the bravest that are slain
89 Shall not dissemble their surprise
90 On waking to find valor reign,
91 Even as on earth, in paradise;
92 And where they sought without the sword
93 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
94 To find that the utmost reward
95 Of daring should be still to dare.
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97=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
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99L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
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101 New punishments behoves me sing in this
102 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
103 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
104
105 I now stood ready to observe the full
106 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
107 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
108
109 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
110 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
111 As Litany processions keep, up here.
112
113 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
114 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
115 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
116
117 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
118 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
119 All power of looking forward being denied.
120
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121=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
122
123L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
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125 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
126 I could be monarch of a desert land
127 I could devote and dedicate forever
128 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
129 So desert it would have to be, so walled
130 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
131 No one would covet it or think it worth
132 The pains of conquering to force change on.
133 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
134 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
135 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
136 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
137 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
138 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
139
140 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
141 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
142 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
143
144=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
145
146L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
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148 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
149 You can't find one good thing to say
150 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
151 You'd stay the hell out of my way
152
153 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
154 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
155
156=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
157
158L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
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160"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
161
162=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
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164L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
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166The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
167Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
168gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
169
170=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
171
172L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
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174“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
175
176“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
177
178“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
179be fun.”
180
181Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
182
183“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
184every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
185
186“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
187
188“You’ll have to jump.”
189
190“I’ll jump.”
191
192“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
193
194Yossarian jumped.
195
196Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
197missing him by inches, and he took off.
198
199=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
200
201L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
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203 Nothing was left to do that I could see
204 Unless to find that there was no one there
205 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
206 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
207 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
208 Break silence now or be forever silent.
209 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
210 The melancholy of having to count souls
211 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
212 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
213 It must be I want life to go on living.
214
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215=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
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217L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
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219Spring
220
221Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
222look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
223I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
224and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
225love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
226meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
227and begin a new adventure.
228
229Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
230-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
231kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
232adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
233as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
234
235The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
236asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
237brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
238and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
239Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
240produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
241possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
242beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
243are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
244are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
245seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
246remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
247you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
248cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
249lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
250marriages made in heaven.
251
252
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253=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
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255L<Announced on 2016-02-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/02/msg234535.html>
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257Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
258of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
259helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
260
261But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
262any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
263she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
264no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
265free.
266
da44b70c 267=head2 v5.23.7 - William Gibson, "Neuromancer"
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271A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
272nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
273the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
274in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
275colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
276over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
277cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
278the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
279and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
280dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
281into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
282trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
283
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284=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
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286L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
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288 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
289
290 5.23 Episode VII
291 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
292
293 It is a period of
294 unrest as separatists
295 announce their intentions
296 to fork PERL and return the
297 galaxy to speed and stability.
298
299 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
300 to hold together the remains of the
301 once mighty Republic against a tide of
302 incivility and the depredations of a new
303 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
304
305 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
306 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
307 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
308 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
309 a new Empire of gradual typing....
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311=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
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313L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
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315After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
316me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
317Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
318adventure.
319
320I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
321only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
322lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
323sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
324lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
325hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
326
327Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
328no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
329loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
330control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
331It took me two weeks to figure it out.
332
333The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
334register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
335an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
336index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
337would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
338the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
339
340Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
341to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
342instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
343additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
344instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
345ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
346
347The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
348lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
349was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
350all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
351
352He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
353largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
354datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
355overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
356the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
357the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
358program went happily on its way.
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360=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
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362L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
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364Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
365first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
366or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
367Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
368when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
369when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
370difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
371keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
372strong men.
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374=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
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376L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
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378 Little of of all we value here
379 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
380 Without both feeling and looking queer.
381 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
382 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
383 (This is a moral that runs at large;
384 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
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386=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
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390 Would you believe in a night like this
391 A night like this, when visions come true
392 Would you believe in a tale like this
393 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
394 Come to the blazing fire and
395
396 See me in the shadows
397 See me in the shadows
398 Songs I will sing
399 Of runes and rings
400 Just hand me my harp
401 This night turns into myth
402 Nothing seems real
403 You soon will feel
404 The world we live in is another skald's
405 Dream in the shadows
406 Dream in the shadows
407
408 Do you believe there is sense in it
409 Is it truth or myth?
410 They´re one in my rhymes
411 Nobody knows the meaning behind
412 The weaver's line
413 Well nobody else but the Norns can
414 See through the blazing fires of time and
415 All things will proceed as the
416 Child of the hallowed
417 Will speak to you now
418
419 See me in the shadows
420 See me in the shadows
421 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
422 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
423 Nothing seems real
424 You soon will feel
425 The world we live in is another skald´s
426 Dream in the shadows
427 Dream in the shadows
428
429 Do not fear for my reason
430 There's nothing to hide
431 How bitter your treason
432 How bitter the lie
433 Remember the runes and remember the light
434 All I ever want is to be at your side
435 We'll gladden the raven now I will
436 Run through the blazing fires
437 That's my choice
438 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
439
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440=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
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442L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
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444 I was born beneath this willow,
445 Where my sire the earth did farm
446 Had the green grass as my pillow
447 The east wind as a blanket warm.
448
449 But away! away! called the wind from the west
450 And in answer I did run
451 Seeking glory and adventure
452 Promised by the rising sun.
453
454 I found love beneath this willow,
455 As true a love as life could hold,
456 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
457 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
458
459 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
460 In faithful answer I did run
461 Marching forth for king and country
462 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
463
464 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
465 As the seven seas I plied
466 And the girl who I left waiting
467 Longing to be at her side.
468
469 But about! about! called the wind from the west
470 As once again my ship did run
471 Down the coast, about the wide world
472 Flying sails in the setting sun.
473
474 Now I lie beneath the willow
475 Now at last no more to roam,
476 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
477 In their arms I'm finally home.
478
479 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
480 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
481 Will chase the sun into the morning
482 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
483
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486L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
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488 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
489 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
490 Well, I try my best
491 To be just like I am
492 But everybody wants you
493 To be just like them
494 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
495 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
496
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497=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
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499L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
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501 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
502 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
503 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
504
505 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
506 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
507 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
508
509 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
510 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
511 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
512
513 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
514 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
515 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
516
517 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
518 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
519 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
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521=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
522
523L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
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525A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
526splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
527shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
528straight up into the air!_'
529The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
530experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
531gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
532his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
533most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
534storm.
535Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
536knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
537heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
538intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
539those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
540scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
541set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
542everything, regardless?
543At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
544voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
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546=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
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548L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
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550This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
551before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
552whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
553carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
554merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
555ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
556entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
557boisterous.
558Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
559not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
560up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
561nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
562masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
563the attentions of several all too merry couples.
564Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
565that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
566Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
567on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
568raising a glass of champagne.
569In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
570mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
571lonely corner.
572He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
573a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
574that it was Christine and followed her.
575'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
576The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
577no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
578on in silence.
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581
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583
584 If the snow flies in my face,
585 Let me shake it off me!
586 If my heart within me speaks,
587 I'll sing bright and gaily!
588
589 Will not listen what it says,
590 Have no ears for moaning.
591 Do not feel what it complains,--
592 Only fools like groaning!
593
594 Jolly brave into the world,
595 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
596 If there is no God on earth,
597 Let 's be gods down nether!
598
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599=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
600
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603 Why do I shun all those highways
604 Which the other wanderer seeks?
605 Why do I find bridged by-ways
606 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
607
608 For I have no crime committed,
609 Why I should now run from men,--
610 What demented heart's desire
611 Drives me to a desert glen?
612
613 Signposts on all highways stationed
614 Point their signs toward the towns,
615 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
616 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
617
618 One such signpost I see planted
619 Of my question unconcerned,
620 One road must my choice be granted,
621 Whence no man has yet returned!
622
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623=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
624
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627 How the storm tore rents
628 In heavens gray attired!
629 The rags of cloud are flying
630 Around, of combat tired.
631
632 And flames of fire lambent,
633 Fly between them and part,
634 That 's what I call a morning,
635 A morning after my heart!
636
637 My heart sees in the heavens
638 Its own picture unspoilt--
639 It's nothing but the Winter,
640 The Winter, cold and wild.
641
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642=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
643
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645
646 The hoary frost has a white sheen
647 Strewn all over my hair,
648 So I thought I was an old man
649 And thought life dealt me fair.
650
651 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
652 And I have my black hair again.
653 How I abhor my young fair years,
654 How long to wait for death and biers?
655
656 From setting sun to morning's hue
657 Many a head turns white.
658 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
659 In all this lifelong plight!
660
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661=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
662
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664
665 In the deepest rocky crevice
666 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
667 How I could find my way from here,
668 For me it's easy memory!
669
670 For I am used to straying ways,
671 Every path to th'end a way,
672 All our joys and all our suffering,--
673 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
674
675 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
676 I quite calmly downward stroll;
677 Every stream its sea will enter,
678 Every suffering finds its goal!
679
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680=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
681
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683
684“You are the advocate of the dead.”
685
686The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
687that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
688take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
689their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
690remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
691figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
692
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693=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
694
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696
697 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
698 Among the theories scattered on the grass
699 Take up my good intentions with the rest
700
701=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
702
703L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
704
705There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
706its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
707
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708=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
709
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711
712 They shall pass and their places be taken,
713 The gods and the priests that are pure.
714 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
715 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
716 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
717 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
718 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
719 And delicate dust.
720
721 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
722 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
723 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
724 As the serpent again to a rod.
725 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
726 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
727 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
728 Our Lady of Pain.
729
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730=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
731
732L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
733
734The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
735Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
736started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
737crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
738and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
739pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
740through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
741claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
742were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
743they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
744It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
745obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
746
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747=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
748
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751 There is another sky,
752 Ever serene and fair,
753 And there is another sunshine,
754 Though it be darkness there;
755 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
756 Never mind silent fields -
757 Here is a little forest,
758 Whose leaf is ever green;
759 Here is a brighter garden,
760 Where not a frost has been;
761 In its unfading flowers
762 I hear the bright bee hum:
763 Prithee, my brother,
764 Into my garden come!
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766=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
767
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769
770Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
771Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
772Calvin: Brother! You doubting Thomases get in the way of more scientific advances with your stupid ethical questions! This is a *BRILLIANT* idea! Hit the button, will ya?
773Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
774[Box]: *BOINK*
775Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
776Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
777Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
778
2ee7da68 779=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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782
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783"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
784Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
785we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
786everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
787"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
788refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
789"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
790would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
791than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
792the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 794=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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795
796L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
797
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798GAME CAT
799
800EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
801things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
802Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
803lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
804snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
805This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
806all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
807Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
808some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
809finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
810just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
811Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
812MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
813The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
814involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
815and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
816where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
817Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 819=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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822
823 Het Dorp
824
825 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
826 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
827 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
828 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
829 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
830 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
831 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
832 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
833 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
834 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
835 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 836 het vee, de boerderijen.
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837
838 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
839 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
840 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 841 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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842
843 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
844 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
845 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
846 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
847 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
848 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
849 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
850 ze zien de televisiequiz
851 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
852 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
853 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
854 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
855
856 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
857 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
858 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
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860
861 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
862 in minirok en beatle-haar
863 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
864 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
865 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
866 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
867 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
868 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
869 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
870 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
871 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
872 een ansicht en herinneringen.
873
874 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
875 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
876 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
877 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
878
2ee7da68 879=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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882
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883To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
884of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
885masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
886of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
887seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
888joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
889to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
890high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
891approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
892ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
893myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
894to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
895discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
896canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
897armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
898rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
899handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
900stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
901occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
902and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
903which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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905=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
906
907L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
908
909 If they just went straight they might go far,
910 They are strong and brave and true;
911 But they're always tired of the things that are,
912 And they want the strange and new.
913 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
914 What a deep mark I would make!"
915 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
916 Is only a fresh mistake.
917
918=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
919
920L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
921
922 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
923 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
924 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
925 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
926 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
927 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
928 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
929 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
930 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
931 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
932 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
933 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
934 Aldrin: 120 feet.
935 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
936 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
937 Duke: 60 seconds.
938 Aldrin: Light's on.
939 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
940 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
941 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
942 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
943 down a half.
944 Duke: 30 seconds.
945 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
946 Aldrin: Contact Light.
947 Armstrong: Shutdown.
948 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
949 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
950 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
951 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
952 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
953 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
954 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
955 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
956 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
957 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
958 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
959 Aldrin: Thank you.
960
961=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
962
963L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
964
965 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
966 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
967 We danced among the lightning bolts,
968 and tore the world asunder.
969
970 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
971 written near the end of the previous Age,
972 known by some as the Third Age.
973 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
974 Reborn.
975
976=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
977
978L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
979
980 Walled in fast within the earth
981 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
982 This must be the bell’s great birth!
983 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
984 Sweat must trickle now
985 From the burning brow,
986 Till the work its master honour.
987 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
988
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989=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
990
991L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
992
993 Steady old Väinämöinen
994 uttered a word and spoke thus:
995 'No lilting on the waters
996 and no singing on the waves!
997 Song keeps you lazy
998 tales delay rowing.
999 Precious day would pass and night
1000 would overtake us midway
1001 on these wide waters
1002 upon these vast waves.'
1003
1004 The wanton Lemminkäinen
1005 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1006 'The time will pass anyway
1007 the fair day will flee
1008 and the night will come panting
1009 and the twilight will steal in
1010 if you don't sing while you live
1011 nor hum in this world.'
1012
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1014
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1016
1017'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
1018and I was reciting these lines:
1019
1020 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
1021 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
1022 I wonder at the patience that I showed
1023 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
1024 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
1025 I have remained confused in misery.
1026
1027I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
1028Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
1029walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
1030person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
1031am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
1032ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
1033asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
1034allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
1035added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
1036and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
1037idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
1038coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
1039and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
1040different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
1041without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
1042the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
1043the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
1044sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
1045gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
1046told you about this, so goodbye."
1047
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1049
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1051
1052'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
1053asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
1054and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
1055and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
1056I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
1057candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
1058were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
1059congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
1060face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
1061[...]
1062'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
1063her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
1064them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
1065ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
1066told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
1067man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
1068[...]
1069'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
1070servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
1071was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
1072four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
1073like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
1074fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
1075"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
1076was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
1077shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
1078longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
1079a bean.
1080
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1081=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
1082
1083L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
1084
1085 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
1086 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
1087 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
1088 Where is the cow hidden right now?
1089
1090 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
1091 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
1092 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
1093 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
1094
1095 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
1096 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
1097 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
1098 Yeah!
1099
1100 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
1101 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
1102 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
1103 Yeah, yeah!
1104
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1105=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
1106
1107L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
1108
1109 I've seen things,
1110 I've seen them with my eyes;
1111 I've seen things,
1112 They're often in disguise.
1113
1114 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
1115 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
1116 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
1117 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
1118
1119 I've seen things,
1120 I've seen them with my eyes;
1121 I've seen things,
1122 They're often in disguise.
1123
1124 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
1125
2ee7da68 1126=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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1127
1128L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
1129
1130 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
1131 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
1132 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
1133
1134 DON ALFONSO:
1135 Take heart, my dearest children.
1136 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
1137
1138 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
1139 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
1140
1141 FIORDILIGI:
1142 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
1143 It is disappearing already!
1144 It is no longer in sight!
1145 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
1146
1147 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
1148 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
1149
1150 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
1151 May the wind be gentle,
1152 may the sea be calm,
1153 and may the elements
1154 respond kindly
1155 to our wishes.
1156
2ee7da68 1157=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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1158
1159L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
1160
1161 GUGLIELMO:
1162 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
1163 is reluctant to come before her.
1164
1165 FERRANDO:
1166 My trembling lip
1167 can utter no word.
1168
1169 DON ALFONSO:
1170 The hero displays his manliness
1171 in the most terrible moments.
1172
1173 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
1174 Now that we have heard the news,
1175 you have the lesser duty:
1176 Take heart, and plunge your swords
1177 into both our hearts.
1178
1179 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
1180 My idol, blame fate
1181 that I must abandon you.
1182
1183 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
1184 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
1185 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
1186 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
1187 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
1188 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
1189 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
1190
1191 ALL:
1192 Thus destiny defrauds
1193 the hopes of mortals.
1194 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
1195 who can ever love life?
1196
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1198
1199L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
1200
1201 DON ALFONSO:
1202 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
1203 my lip stammers.
1204 My voice cannot emerge,
1205 but remains in my throat.
1206 What will you do? What shall I do?
1207 Oh what a great catastrophe!
1208 There can be nothing worse.
1209 I feel pity for you and for them.
1210
1211 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
1212 die.
1213 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
1214 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
1215 love dead, perhaps?
1216 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
1217 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
1218 DORABELLA: Wounded?
1219 DON ALFONSO: No.
1220 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
1221 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
1222 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
1223 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
1224 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
1225 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
1226 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
1227 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
1228 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
1229 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
1230 you wish it, they are ready...
1231 DORABELLA: Where are they?
1232 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
1233
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1234=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
1235
1236L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
1237
1238 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
1239 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
1240 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
1241 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
1242 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
1243 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
1244
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1245=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
1246
1247L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
1248
1249 When times go bad
1250 when times go rough
1251 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
1252 And let me do my stuff
1253
2ee7da68 1254=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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1255
1256L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
1257
1258O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
1259sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
1260Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
1261than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
1262temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
1263mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
1264your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
1265draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
1266implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
1267rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
1268bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
1269Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
1270is a fool!
1271
2ee7da68 1272=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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1273
1274L<Announced on 2014-03-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/03/msg213851.html>
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1275
1276The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
1277the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
1278withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
1279consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
1280tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
1281detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
1282by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
1283
2ee7da68 1284=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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1285
1286L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
1287
1288Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
1289rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
1290stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
1291know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
1292that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
1293chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
1294clouds thickened above them.
1295
1296"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
1297you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
1298body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
1299closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
1300hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
1301he looked Long in the face.
1302
1303"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
1304master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
1305grew fierce.
1306
1307"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
1308fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
1309truth!"
1310
2ee7da68 1311=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1313L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
1314
1315“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
1316hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
1317
1318“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
1319
1320“Is there? What is the point?”
1321
1322“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
1323
1324“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
1325
1326“The trick is not to think about that.”
1327
1328“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
1329
1330Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
1331
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1332=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
1333
1334L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
1335
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1336And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
1337down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
1338the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
1339were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
1340they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
1341Europe was over.
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1343Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
1344leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
1345kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
1346horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 1347
e91f1fc1 1348Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 1349
e91f1fc1 1350One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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1352=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
1353
1354L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
1355
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1356 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
1357
1358 Mr. Bun: Morning.
1359 Waitress: Morning.
1360 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
1361 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
1362 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
1363 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
1364 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
1365 egg on top and spam
1366 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
1367 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
1368 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
1369 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
1370 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
1371 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
1372 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
1373 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
1374 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
1375 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
1376
1377 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
1378
1379 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
1380 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
1381 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
1382 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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1385
1386L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
1387
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1388 I
1389
1390 A cat is strolling through my mind
1391 Acting as though he owned the place,
1392 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
1393 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
1394
1395 So tender and discreet his tone;
1396 But whether he should growl or purr
1397 His voice is always rich and deep.
1398 That is the secret of his charm.
1399
1400 This purling voice that filters down
1401 Into my darkest depths of soul
1402 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
1403 Delights me as a potion would.
1404
1405 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
1406 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
1407 Without the need for any words
1408 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
1409
1410 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
1411 Across my heart, fine instrument,
1412 And makes to sing so royally
1413 The strongest and the purest chord,
1414
1415 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
1416 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
1417 In whom all is, angelically,
1418 As subtle as harmonious.
1419
1420 II
1421
1422 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
1423 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
1424 I might have been embalmed in it
1425 By giving him one little pet.
1426
1427 He is my household's guardian soul;
1428 He judges, he presides, inspires
1429 All matters in hos royal realm;
1430 Might he be fairy? or a god?
1431
1432 When my eyes, to this cat I love
1433 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
1434 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
1435 And when I look within myself,
1436
1437 I notice with astonishment
1438 The fire of his opal eyes,
1439 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
1440 Taking my measure, steadily.
1441
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1442=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
1443
1444L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
1445
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1446There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
1447that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
1448Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
1449despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
1450loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
1451looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
1452his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
1453of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
1454heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
1455danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
1456She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
1457surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
1458and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
1459be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
1460name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
1461and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
1462him.
1463
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1464=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
1465
1466L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
1467
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1468E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
1469written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
1470betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
1471have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
1472personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
1473Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
1474For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
1475political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
1476working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
1477between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
1478however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
1479logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
1480an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
1481to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
1482outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
1483there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
1484There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
1485
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1486=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
1487
1488L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
1489
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1490The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
1491correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
1492showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
1493however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
1494magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
1495the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
1496
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1497=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1498
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1500
1501 Over hill, over dale,
1502 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
1503 Over park, over pale,
1504 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
1505 I do wander everywhere,
1506 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
1507 And I serve the fairy queen,
1508 To dew her orbs upon the green.
1509 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
1510 In their gold coats, spots you see;
1511 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
1512 In their freckles live our savours.
1513 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
1514 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
1515 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
1516 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
1517
5f42d1f2 1518=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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1519
1520L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
1521
1522 From the beginning, I knew…
1523 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
1524 …that I can't fix…
1525 …with my hands…
1526
40e1c3e8 1527=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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1529L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
1530
1531 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
1532 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
1533 The shadows lengthen
1534 In Carcosa.
1535
1536 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
1537 And strange moons circle through the skies
1538 But stranger still is
1539 Lost Carcosa.
1540
1541 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
1542 Where flap the tatters of the King,
1543 Must die unheard in
1544 Dim Carcosa.
1545
1546 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
1547 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
1548 Shall dry and die in
1549 Lost Carcosa.
1550
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1552
1553(no epigraph)
1554
40e1c3e8 1555=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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1558
1559"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
1560empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
1561Yellow!"
1562
40e1c3e8 1563=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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1566
1567 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
1568
1569 STRANGER: Indeed?
1570
1571 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
1572
1573 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
1574
1575 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
1576
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1577=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
1578
1579L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
1580
1581One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
1582only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
1583that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
1584about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
1585places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
1586Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
1587mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
1588every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
1589
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1593
1594The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
1595systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
1596thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
1597operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
1598ever seen.
1599
1600An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
1601something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
1602kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
1603anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
1604disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
1605gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
1606that renders the operating system unnecessary.
1607
1608=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
1609
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1611
1612Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
1613someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
1614again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
1615and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
1616language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
1617
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1619
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1621
1622It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
1623who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
1624walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
1625and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
1626search, in questions, in torment.
1627
2ee7da68 1628=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1631
1632Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
1633
1634=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
1635
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1637
1638 I'd love to go drowning
1639 And to stay and to stay
1640 But the ocean doesn't want me today
1641 I'll go in up to here
1642 It can't possibly hurt
1643 All they will find is my beer
1644 And my shirt
1645
1646=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
1647
1648L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
1649
1650 And the great day of wrath has come
1651 And here's mud in your big red eye
1652 The poker's in the fire
1653 And the locusts take the sky
1654 And the earth died screaming
1655 While I lay dreaming of you
1656
1657=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
1658
1659L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
1660
1661 What's he building in there?
1662
1663 We have a right to know…
1664
2ee7da68 1665=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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1668
1669It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
1670eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
1671
2ee7da68 1672=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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1675
1676The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
1677followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
1678safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
1679place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
1680would be famous for this.
1681
1682Six months passed. A year.
1683
72f869fd 1684The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 1685Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 1686powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 1687
2ee7da68 1688=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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1691
1692Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
1693The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
1694recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
1695his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
1696Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
1697of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
1698Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
1699of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
1700'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
1701embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
1702'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
1703in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
1704leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
1705
1706The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
1707Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
1708in the destruction of the planet Earth.
1709
2ee7da68 1710=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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1714I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
1715the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
1716dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
1717between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
1718improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
1719fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
1720I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
1721them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
1722do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
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1725perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
1726himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
1727a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
1728the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
1729world is richer for it.
1730
2ee7da68 1731=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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1735No thought.
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1737The boy extinguished. Only a place.
1738
1739This place.
1740
1741Motionless, the Pragma sat facing him, the bare soles of his feet flat against each other, his dark frock scored by the shadows of deep folds, his eyes as empty as the child they watched.
1742
1743A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
1744
1745For the first lances of sunlight careered over the glacier, as ponderous as great tree limbs in the wind. Shadows hardened and light gleamed across the Pragma’s ancient skull.
1746
1747The old man’s left hand forsook his right sleeve, bearing a watery knife. And like a rope in water, his arm pitched outward, fingertips trailing across the blade as the knife swung languidly into the air, the sun skating and the dark shrine plunging across its mirror back . . .
1748
1749And the place where Kellhus had once existed extended an open hand—the blond hairs like luminous filaments against tanned skin—and grasped the knife from stunned space.
1750
1751The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
1752
1753I have been legion . . .
1754
1755In his periphery, he could see the spike of the sun ease from the mountain. He felt drunk with exhaustion. In the recoil of his trance, it seemed all he could hear were the twigs arching and bobbing in the wind, pulled by leaves like a million sails no bigger than his hand. Cause everywhere, but amid countless minute happenings—diffuse, useless.
1756
1757Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 1759=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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1762
1763Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
1764of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
1765scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
1766glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
1767beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
1768much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
1769caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
1770vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
1771had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
1772
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1774
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1776
1777Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
1778behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
1779recording everything.
1780
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1781=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1782
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1785 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1786 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1787 She aims it at the creature's head,
1788 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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1790 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1791 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1792 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1793 No silly hood upon her head.
1794 She said, "Hello, and do please note
1795 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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1797=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
1798
1799L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
1800
1801Preparation:
1802
1803Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
1804or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
1805Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
1806look golden brown.
1807Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
1808ready to create the soup.
1809
1810Ingredients:
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1813 3 tbsp butter
1814 1/4 cup olive oil
1815 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
1816 1 tsp salt
1817 1 tsp sugar
1818 black pepper to taste
1819 1 cup red wine
1820 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1821 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
1822 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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1824Method:
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1827 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
1828 to half an hour.
1829 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
1830 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
1831 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
1832 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
1833 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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1835Enjoy.
1836
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1837=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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1840
1841‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
1842
1843Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
1844their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
1845
1846The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
1847butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
1848and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
1849
1850Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
1851
1852‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
1853
1854‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
1855
1856‘What?’
1857
1858‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
1859
1860‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
1861his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
1862dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
1863quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
1864
1865‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
1866an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
1867
1868‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
1869
1870The iotum rose, spinning.
1871
1872‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
1873
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1874=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
1875
1876L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
1877
1878On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
1879taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
1880"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
1881and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
1882merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
1883subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
1884Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
1885it.
1886
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1890
1891`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
1892`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
1893hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
1894The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
1895been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
1896be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
1897to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
1898fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
1899
1900There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
1901climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
1902broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
1903implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
1904on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
1905Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
1906astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
1907for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
1908out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
1909the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
1910
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1911=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
1912
1913L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
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1915 A victim of collision on the open sea
1916 Nobody ever said that life was free
1917 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
1918 But use your freedom of choice
1919
1920=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
1921
1922L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
1923
1924Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
1925machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
1926trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
1927little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
1928to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
1929he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
1930the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
1931
1932The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
1933current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
1934transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
1935chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
1936adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
1937as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
1938solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
1939valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
1940the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
1941machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
1942
2ee7da68 1943=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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1947 Don't you know? You never split the party
1948 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
1949 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
1950 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
1951
c33412d7 1952=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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1956I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
1957Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
1958Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
1959The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
1960
1961
1962
1963I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
1964sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
1965collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
1966
1967My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
1968inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
1969swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
1970side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
1971The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
1972dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
1973
2ee7da68 1974=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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1979 To undo the folded lie,
1980 The romantic lie in the brain
1981 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
1982 And the lie of Authority
1983 Whose buildings grope the sky:
1984 There is no such thing as the State
1985 And no one exists alone;
1986 Hunger allows no choice
1987 To the citizen or the police;
1988 We must love one another or die.
1989
2ee7da68 1990=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
54fdd2d6 1991
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1994 How many roads must a man walk down
1995 Before you call him a man?
1996 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
1997 Before she sleeps in the sand?
1998 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
1999 Before they're forever banned?
2000 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2001 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2002
2003 How many years can a mountain exist
2004 Before it's washed to the sea?
2005 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
2006 Before they're allowed to be free?
2007 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
2008 Pretending he just doesn't see?
2009 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2010 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2011
2012 How many times must a man look up
2013 Before he can see the sky?
2014 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
2015 Before he can hear people cry?
2016 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
2017 That too many people have died?
2018 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2019 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 2021=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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2025 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2026 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
2027 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2028 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
2029 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
2030
2031Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
2032age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
2033older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
2034debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
2035girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
2036A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
2037Top for more than one week.
2038
2039Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
2040lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
2041buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
2042into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
2043meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
2044soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
2045single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
2046
2047 "I'm never going to give you up"
2048
2ee7da68 2049=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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2052
2053"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
2054
2055He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
2056notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
2057which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
2058OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
2059ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
2060
2061There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
2062busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
2063out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
2064mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
2065and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
2066with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
2067bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
2068chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
2069excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
2070down cheering and applauding.
2071
2072"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
2073
2ee7da68 2074=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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2077
2078Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
2079into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
2080beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
2081winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
2082wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
2083over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
2084
2085But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
2086gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
2087villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
2088journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
2089domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
2090with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
2091by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
2092Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
2093
2ee7da68 2094=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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2097
2098This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
2099been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
2100confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
2101how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
2102could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
2103putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
2104I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
2105before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
2106think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
2107all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
2108off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
2109was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
2110The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
2111endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
2112benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
2113boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
2114lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
2115Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
2116resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
2117Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
2118you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
2119
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2120=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
2121
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2123
2124A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
2125don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
2126without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
2127the human experience, the better design we will have.
2128
2ee7da68 2129=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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2133All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
2134the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
2135do so at their peril.
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2137It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
2138Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
2139work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
2140artist is in accord with himself.
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2142We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
2143he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
2144thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 2145
4ed12d4a 2146All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 2147
2ee7da68 2148=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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2152 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
2153 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
2154 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
2155 things the significance of a human future;
2156 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
2157 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
2158 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
2159 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
2160 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
2161 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
2162 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
2163 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
2164 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
2165 hurtles all ages along with it forever
2166 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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2169
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2171
2172Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
2173fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
2174winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
2175down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
2176being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
2177extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
2178but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
2179
2180Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
2181that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
2182around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
2183fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
2184the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
2185closed system.
2186
2187Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
2188the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
2189/be/ them.'
2190
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2191=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
2192
2193L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
2194
4ed12d4a 2195If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 2196
c682aa67 2197=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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2201He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
2202mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
2203encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
2204
2205'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
2206Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
2207finished its run. It was due about now.'
2208
2209Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
2210see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
2211
2212'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
2213is always a last time for everything.)
2214
2215Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
2216
2217=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
2218
2219L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
2220
2221 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
2222 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
2223 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
2224 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
2225 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
2226 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
2227 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
2228 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
2229 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
2230 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
2231 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
2232 eaten them, but not for love.
2233
2234=head2 v5.14.2 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
2235
2236L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
2237
2238It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
2239do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
2240they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
2241catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
2242awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
2243inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
2244
2245So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
2246mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
2247the heart of the programmer.
b3c5102d 2248
c684cf36 2249=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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2251L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
2252
2253At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
2254my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
2255the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
2256since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
2257already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
2258to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
2259the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
2260can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
2261unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
2262
c684cf36 2263=head2 v5.14.0 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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2264
2265L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
2266
2267At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
2268myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
2269impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
2270"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
2271gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
2272or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
2273
2274I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
2275computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
2276ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
2277would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
2278my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
2279away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
2280won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
2281
2282So a freely distributable program is born.
2283
2284=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
2285
2286L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
2287
2288This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
2289continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
2290aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
2291and your bags will be offloaded.
2292
2ee7da68 2293=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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2294
2295L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
2296
2297Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
2298of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
2299by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
2300sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
2301swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
2302down their paved streets.
2303
2304Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
2305obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
2306company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
2307the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
2308govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
2309the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
2310
2311=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
2312
2313L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
2314
2315But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
2316my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
2317reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
2318wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
2319Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
2320the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 2321This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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2322just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
2323this had never reached me.
2324
2ee7da68 2325=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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2328
2329 When the full-grown poet came,
2330 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
2331 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
2332 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
2333 Nay he is mine alone;
2334 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
2335 by the hand;
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2336 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
2337 holding hands,
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2338 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
2339 And wholly and joyously blends them.
2340
2ee7da68 2341=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
f1e17f6f 2342
fbc70a9e 2343L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/02/msg169340.html>
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2345 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
2346 nema ráða vel kunni.
2347 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
2348 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
2349 Sák á telgðu talkni
2350 tíu launstafi ristna.
2351 Þat hefr lauka lindi
2352 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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2354=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
2355
2356L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
2357
2358In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
2359granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
2360do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
2361that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
2362generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
2363endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
2364that fire can truly light the world.
2365
2366And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
2367ask what you can do for your country.
2368
2369My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
2370but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
2371
2372Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
2373ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
2374we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
2375the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
2376asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
2377work must truly be our own.
2378
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2379=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
2380
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2381L<Announced on 2010-12-19 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/12/msg167271.html>
2382
94521723
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2383The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
2384to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
2385between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
2386cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
2387areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
2388be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
2389As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
2390the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
2391instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
2392interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
2393also be automated.
2394
2395Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
2396if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
2397were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
2398and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
2399indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
2400techniques like X-ray crystallography.
2401
2ee7da68 2402=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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2405
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2406[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
2407
5814c912 2408 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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2409
2410[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
2411
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2412 Trinity: What did you just say?
2413 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
2414 Trinity: What did you see?
2415 Cypher: What happened?
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2416 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
2417 like it.
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2418 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
2419 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
2420 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
2421 Neo: What is it?
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2422 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
2423 they change something.
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2425=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
2426
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2428
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2429The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
2430he storm vanishes.
2431
2432"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
2433fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
2434to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
2435me?"
2436
2437I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
2438like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
2439
2440"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
2441as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
2442on my heart.
2443
2444(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
2445
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2446=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
2447
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2449
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2450Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
2451air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
2452the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
2453faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
2454of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
2455the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
2456deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
2457fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
2458stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
2459revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
2460
2461For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
2462courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
2463the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
2464jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
2465were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
2466there, a glimmer of moonshine.
2467
2468Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
2469rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
2470grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
2471park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
806849f8 2472described.
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2474=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2475
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2477
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2478`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
2479`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
2480it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
2481she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
2482
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2483 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
2484 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
2485 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
2486 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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2487
2488
2489`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
2490
2491`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
2492nonsense.'
2493
2494Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
2495anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
2496
2497`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
2498
2499`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
2500
2501`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
2502with his nose, you know?'
2503
2504`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
2505the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
2506
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2508
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2511Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
2512Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
2513notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
2514for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
2515sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
2516
2517Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
2518dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
2519Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
2520motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
2521Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
2522that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
2523had ever even been a car.
2524
2525There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
2526been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
2527this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
2528flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
2529re-entry.
2530
2531There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
2532metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
2533somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
2534make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
2535
2536It should have fallen apart miles back.
2537
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2539
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2542We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
2543the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
2544in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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2545there exist ... special circumstances.
2546
2547=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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2551And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
2552bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
2553yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
2554with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
2555if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
2556bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
2557quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
2558
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2560
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2563The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
2564involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
2565when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
2566streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
2567road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
2568seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
2569smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
2570
2571"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
2572volcano were once more to set to work."
2573
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2574=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
2575
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2577
2578 Music oft hath such a charm
2579 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
2580
2581=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
2582
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2584
2585 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
2586 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
2587 When breakfast is taken away,
2588 To turn his attention to dinner;
2589 And it's not in the range of belief,
2590 To look upon him as a glutton,
2591 Who, when he is tired of beef,
2592 Determines to tackle the mutton.
2593 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
2594 If it will appease her sorrow,
2595 I'll marry this lady today,
2596 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
2597
2598=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
2599
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2601
2602 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
2603 Tolerates no work of man.
2604 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
2605 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
2606 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
2607 While the last larks sing and soar,
2608 From the heather-blossoms sweet
2609 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
2610 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
2611 Eleanor makes macaroons!
2612
2613=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
2614
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2616
2617 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
2618 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
2619 Lobster I freely endorse,
2620 In pate or patty or pasty.
2621 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
2622 And nothing the matter with jam,
2623 And the warmest greetings I utter
2624 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
2625 For they're food,
2626 All food,
2627 And I think very fondly of food.
2628 Through I'm broody at times
2629 When bothered by rhymes,
2630 I brood
2631 On food.
2632
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2634
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2636
2637 I saw a huge steam roller,
2638 It blotted out the sun.
2639 The people all lay down, lay down;
2640 They did not try to run.
2641 My love and I, we looked amazed
2642 Upon the gory mystery.
2643 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
2644 'The great machine is history!'
2645 My love and I, we ran away,
2646 The engine did not find us.
2647 We ran up to a mountain top,
2648 Left history far behind us.
2649 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
2650 But somehow we don't think so.
2651 We went to see where history'd been,
2652 And my, the dead did stink so.
2653
2654=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2655
2656L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
2657
2658CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
2659she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
2660seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
2661
2662What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
2663of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
2664has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
2665will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
2666only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
2667lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
2668design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
2669periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
2670
2671=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2672
2673L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
2674
2675The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
2676from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
2677view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
2678Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
2679once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
2680endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
2681a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
2682will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
2683of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
2684Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
2685still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
2686
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2688
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2691"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
2692many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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2693Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
2694what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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2695Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
2696had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
2697...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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2698"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
2699hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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2700degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
2701and-thirty degrees."
2702
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2704
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2707San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
2708the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
2709hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
2710of the Free World."
2711
2712Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
2713level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
2714harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
2715exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
2716
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2718
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2721Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
2722the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
2723just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
2724a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
2725it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
2726of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
2727common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
2728bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
2729
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2730 Around and around and around we spin,
2731 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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2733=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2734
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2737'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
2738not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
2739your cat grins like that?'
2740
2741'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
2742
2743She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
2744jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
2745and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
2746
2747'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
2748that cats COULD grin.'
2749
2750'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
2751
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2753
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2756'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
2757have got altered.'
2758
2759'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
2760there was silence for some minutes.
2761
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2763
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2766'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
2767always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
2768rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
2769yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
2770can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
2771kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
2772
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2774
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2777At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
2778called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
2779dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
2780in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
2781sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
2782
2783'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
2784is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
2785the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
2786to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
2787accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 2788Mercia and Northumbria --"'
4363636d 2789
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2798So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
2799hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
2800making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
2801picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
2802close by her.
2803
2804There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
2805VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
2806dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
2807occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
2808it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
2809OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
2810Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
2811never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
2812take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
2813after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
2814rabbit-hole under the hedge.
2815
2816In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
2817in the world she was to get out again.
2818
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3e340399 2823=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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2827 A little child, a limber elf,
2828 Singing, dancing to itself,
2829 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
2830 That always finds, and never seeks,
2831 Makes such a vision to the sight
2832 As fills a father's eyes with light;
2833 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
2834 Upon his heart, that he at last
2835 Must needs express his love's excess
2836 With words of unmeant bitterness.
2837 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
2838 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
2839 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
2840 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
2841 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
2842 At each wild word to feel within
2843 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
2844 And what, if in a world of sin
2845 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
2846 Such giddiness of heart and brain
2847 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
2848 So talks as it's most used to do.
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2850=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
2851
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2854And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
2855into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
2856mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
2857question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
2858hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
2859louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
2860who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
2861worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
2862done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
2863
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2864=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
2865
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4363636d 2868"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 2869course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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2871Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
2872
2873"Why ain't that work?"
2874
2875Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
2876is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
2877
2878"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
2879
2880The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
2881to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
2882
2883That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
2884swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
2885-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
2886watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
2887absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
2888
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2889=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
2890
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2893The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
2894at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
2895streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
2896the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
2897live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
2898colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
2899as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
2900wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
2901prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
2902however much they're into colour.
2903
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2904=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
2905
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2908Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
2909and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
2910word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
2911disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
2912everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
2913on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
2914that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
2915glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 2916war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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2917presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
2918for more hazardous assignment.
2919
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2920=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
2921
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2924Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
2925streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
2926trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
2927to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
2928about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
2929of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
2930facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
2931explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
2932Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
2933people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
2934work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
2935their art.
2936
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2937=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
2938
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2941'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
2942the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
2943Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
2944Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
2945responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
2946Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
2947Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
2948Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
2949Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
2950Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
2951
2952'Can they all type?' I joked.
2953
2954'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
2955McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
2956
2957I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
2958'We could have opened an agency.'
2959
2960Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
2961Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
2962amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
2963all say that, do they?' I ventured.
2964
2965Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
2966replied. 'Not quite all.'
2967
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2979
2980He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
2981he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
2982out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
2983noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
2984must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
2985number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
2986did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
2987
2988=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
2989
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2992=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
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2995
2996=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
2997
2998L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
2999available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
3000
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3008
3009=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
3010
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3012
3013This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
3014gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
3015technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
3016about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
3017bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
3018paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
3019in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
3020electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
3021picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
3022to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
3023technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
3024getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
3025sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
3026it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
3027conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
3028
3029"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
3030that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
3031`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
3032
3033"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
3034one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
3035flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
3036everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
3037make you flip?
3038
3039=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
3040
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3042
3043Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
3044
3045=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
3046
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3048
3049What of October, that ambiguous month
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3052
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3055Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
3056proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
3057the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
3058anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
3059how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
3060
3061'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
3062
3063This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
3064that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
3065
3066'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
3067expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
3068anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
3069sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
3070
3071This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
3072basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
3073policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
3074disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
3075the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
3076Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
3077and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
3078Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
3079
3080In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
3081reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
3082
3083I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
3084Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
3085for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
3086had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
3087work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
3088the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
3089left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
3090pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
3091the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
3092the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
3093
3094I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
3095publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
3096Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
3097
3098So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
3099pushing to increase the membership?
3100
3101'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
3102more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
3103futile and impotent it becomes.'
3104
3105This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
3106
3107Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
3108diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
3109
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3111
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3114There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
3115about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
3116four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
3117anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
3118thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
3119
3120Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
3121and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
3122press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
3123obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
3124produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
3125this draft...'
3126
3127I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
3128hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
3129incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
3130
3131'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
3132redundancy payments as well.'
3133
3134'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
3135it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
3136
3137'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
3138
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3140
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3143A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
3144was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
3145and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
3146jets and all.
3147
3148I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
3149
3150I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
3151Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
3152specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
3153the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
3154jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
3155grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
3156in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
3157
3158While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
3159taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
3160me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
3161sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
3162three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
3163plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
3164occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
3165were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
3166
3167And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
3168were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
3169
3170Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
3171name like Charlie Umtali?
3172
3173I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
3174know something about our official visitor.
3175
3176Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
3177has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
3178car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
3179to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
3180knew little of his background.
3181
3182I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
3183Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
3184first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
3185
3186Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
3187
3188'Why?' I enquired.
3189
3190'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
3191to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
3192never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
3193
3194Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
3195that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
3196
3197In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
3198where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
3199revolving door and comes out in front.'
3200
3201'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
3202
3203'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
3204
3205'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
3206
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3207=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
3208
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3211 It's not that easy bein' green
3212 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
3213 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
3214 Or something much more colorful like that
51caa79e 3215
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3216 It's not easy bein' green
3217 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
3218 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
3219 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
3220 Or stars in the sky
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3222 But green's the color of Spring
3223 And green can be cool and friendly-like
3224 And green can be big like an ocean
3225 Or important like a mountain
3226 Or tall like a tree
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3228 When green is all there is to be
3229 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
3230 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
3231 And I think it's what I want to be
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3233=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
3234
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4ed12d4a 3237 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 3238
4ed12d4a 3239 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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3241=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3242
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3245And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
3246hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
3247cat.
3248
3249Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 3250the wolf? What then?"
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3252=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3253
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3256And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
3257bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
3258round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
3259
3260In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
3261gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
3262climbed up the high stone wall.
3263
3264One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
3265stretched out over the wall.
3266
3267Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
3268Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
3269take care that he doesn't catch you!".
3270
3271The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
3272snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
3273
3274How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 3275the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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3277=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
3278
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4363636d 3281"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 3282you."
4363636d 3283
51caa79e 3284"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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3285
3286"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
3287and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 3288to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 3289
51caa79e 3290"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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3291
3292"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
3293planting it."
3294
3295"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 3296grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 3298Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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3299
3300"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
3301Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 3302wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 3303
51caa79e 3304Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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3305
3306"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
3307how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 3308and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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3310=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
3311
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3314"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
3315
3316"Hunting," said Pooh.
3317
3318"Hunting what?"
3319
3320"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
3321
3322"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
3323
3324"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
3325
3326"What do you think you'll answer?"
3327
3328"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
3329"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
3330you see there?"
3331
3332"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
3333excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
3334
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3335=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
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3339Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
3340ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
3341bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
3342waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
3343droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
3344hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
3345longbow.
3346
3347In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
3348often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
3349placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
3350likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
3351may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
3352Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
3353Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
3354farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
3355grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 3356T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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3358=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
3359
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3362Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
3363ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
3364sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
3365pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
3366shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
3367
3368The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
3369Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 3370Caledonia and South America.
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3372=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
3373
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3376The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
3377often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
3378large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
3379and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
3380spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
3381year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
3382may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
3383
3384It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
3385branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
3386of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
3387that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
3388
3389Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
3390other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
3391acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
3392mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
3393
3394It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 3395heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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3397=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
3398
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3401 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
3402 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
3403 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
3404 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
3405
3406 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
3407 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
3408 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
3409 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
3410 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
3411 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
3412 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
3413 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
3414
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3415 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
3416 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
3417
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3418
3419=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
3420
f3d08688 3421L<Announced on 2004-04-16 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90796.html>
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3423 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
3424 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
3425 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
3426 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3427
3428 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
3429 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
3430 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
3431 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3432 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
3433 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
3434
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3435=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
3436
f3d08688 3437L<Announced on 2004-04-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90422.html>
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3439 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
3440 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
3441 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
3442 We must find him of the train can't start.'
3443 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
3444 They are searching high and low,
3445 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
3446 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
3447 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
3448 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
3449 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
3450 He's been busy in the luggage van!
3451 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 3452 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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3453 And we're off at last of the northern part
3454 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
3455
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3456=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
3457
f3d08688 3458L<Announced on 2004-01-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg87317.html>
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3460 We are the music makers,
3461 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
3462 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
3463 And sitting by desolate streams; --
3464 World-losers and world-forsakers,
3465 On whom the pale moon gleams:
3466 Yet we are the movers and shakers
3467 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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3469=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
3470
f3d08688 3471L<Announced on 2004-01-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg86969.html>
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3473 There may be trouble ahead,
3474 But while there's music and moonlight,
3475 And love and romance,
3476 Let's face the music and dance.
3477
3478 Before the fiddlers have fled,
3479 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
3480 And while we still have that chance,
3481 Let's face the music and dance.
3482
3483 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
3484 Humming a different tune, and then,
3485
3486 There may be teardrops to shed,
3487 So while there's music and moonlight,
3488 And love and romance,
3489 Let's face the music and dance.
3490
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3491=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
3492
f3d08688 3493L<Announced on 2003-11-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84822.html>
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3495 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
3496 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
3497 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
3498 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
3499 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
3500 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
3501
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3502 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
3503 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
3504 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
3505 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
3506
3507 O my brave soul!
3508 O farther farther sail!
3509 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
3510 O farther, farther, farther sail!
3511
2ee7da68 3512=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
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f3d08688 3514L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84645.html>
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3516 It's fun to charter an accountant
3517 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
3518 To find, explore the funds offshore
3519 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
3520
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3521=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
3522
f3d08688 3523L<Announced on 2003-10-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/10/msg84194.html>
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3525 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
3526 In a Sieve they went to sea:
3527 In spite of all their friends could say,
3528 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
3529 In a Sieve they went to sea!
3530 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
3531 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
3532 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
3533 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
3534 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
3535
3536 Far and few, far and few,
3537 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
3538 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
3539 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
3540
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3542
3543L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
3544
3545=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
3546
3547L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
3548
3549No matter what she did with her hair it took about
3550three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
3551like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
3552no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
3553overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
3554
3555=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3556
3557L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
3558
3559Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
3560It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
3561devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
3562then you can be my most trusted minister."
3563
3564=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3565
3566L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
3567
3568Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
3569a knife with a curved blade.
3570
3571=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3572
3573L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
3574
3575Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
3576me because I've got magic aaargh."
3577
3578=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3579
3580L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
3581
3582Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
3583in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
3584with his head.
3585
3586But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
3587weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
3588open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
3589defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
3590Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
3591was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
3592
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3593=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3594
3595L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
3596
3597There was the faint sound of footsteps.
3598"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
3599said the low priest.
3600There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
3601The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
3602"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
3603The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
3604The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
3605The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
3606thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
3607There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
3608"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
3609said the High Priest.
3610"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
3611There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
3612"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
3613There were footsteps again.
3614
3615=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3616
3617L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
3618
3619=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3620
3621L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
3622
3623=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
3624
3625L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
3626
3627=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3628
3629L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
3630
3631Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
3632No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
3633got there first, and is waiting for it.
3634
3635=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
3636
3637L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
3638
3639His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
3640the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
3641all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
3642bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
3643you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
3644
3645=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
3646
dd047fac 3647L<Announced on 2001-04-09 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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3649"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
3650
3651Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
3652
3653"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
3654flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
3655arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
3656and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
3657I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
3658I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
3659will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
3660liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
3661Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
3662ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
3663
3664"All that?" said Twoflower.
3665
3666"Usually."
3667
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3668=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
3669
3670L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
3671
3672The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
3673but that had to be the 57th strangest.
3674[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
3675
2ee7da68 3676=head2 v5.6.2 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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3679
3680When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
3681sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
3682a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
3683what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
3684long in this instance.
3685
2ee7da68 3686=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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3689
3690"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
3691
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3696`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
3697himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
3698upset.
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3700`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
3701to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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3703Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
3704stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
3705louder.
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3707`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
3708my precious, three guesseses.'
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dd047fac 3712L<Announced on 2001-04-01 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33421.html>
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3716No announcement available.
3717
2831a86c 3718=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 3726=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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3728L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
3729
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3730 The dragon is withered,
3731 His bones are now crumbled;
3732 His armour is shivered,
3733 His splendour is humbled!
3734 Though sword shall be rusted,
3735 And throne and crown perish
3736 With strength that men trusted
3737 And wealth that they cherish,
3738 Here grass is still growing,
3739 And leaves are a yet swinging,
3740 The white water flowing,
3741 And elves are yet singing
3742 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
3743 Come back to the valley.
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3745=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3746
3747L<Announced on 2000-03-22 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10140.html>
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3750
3751L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
3752
3753=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
3754
f3d08688 3755L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/03/msg89047.html>
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3756
3757=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
3758
f3d08688 3759L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88672.html>
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3760
3761The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
3762the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
3763never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
3764them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
3765chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
3766run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
3767and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
3768and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
3769and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
3770the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
3771fall.
3772
3773=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3774
f3d08688 3775L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88312.html>
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3776
3777Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
3778plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
3779going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
3780she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
3781at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
3782cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
3783hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
3784passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
3785disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
3786of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
3787she fell past it.
3788
3789=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
3790
f3d08688
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3791L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/12/msg86423.html>
3792
3793 't was 16 years ago today
3794 Larry taught us a new game
3795 of lazyness, impatience, and hubris
3796 Happy birthday, Perl!
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3798=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
3799
0e6b8110 3800This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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