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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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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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14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
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 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden - September 1, 1939
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22L<Announced on 2012-05-20 by Ricardo
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25 All I have is a voice
26 To undo the folded lie,
27 The romantic lie in the brain
28 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
29 And the lie of Authority
30 Whose buildings grope the sky:
31 There is no such thing as the State
32 And no one exists alone;
33 Hunger allows no choice
34 To the citizen or the police;
35 We must love one another or die.
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37 -- W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
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39=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
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44 How many roads must a man walk down
45 Before you call him a man?
46 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
47 Before she sleeps in the sand?
48 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
49 Before they're forever banned?
50 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
51 The answer is blowin' in the wind
52
53 How many years can a mountain exist
54 Before it's washed to the sea?
55 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
56 Before they're allowed to be free?
57 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
58 Pretending he just doesn't see?
59 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
60 The answer is blowin' in the wind
61
62 How many times must a man look up
63 Before he can see the sky?
64 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
65 Before he can hear people cry?
66 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
67 That too many people have died?
68 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
69 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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71 -- Bob Dylan, Spring 1962
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73=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF - The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way
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75L<Announced on 2012-02-20 by Max
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78 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
79 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
80 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
81 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
82 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
83
84Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
85age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
86older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
87debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
88girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
89A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
90Top for more than one week.
91
92Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
93lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
94buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
95into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
96meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
97soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
98single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
99
100 "I'm never going to give you up"
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102=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, The Voyage of QV66
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104L<Announced on 2012-01-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams
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107"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
108
109He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
110notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
111which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
112OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
113ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
114
115There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
116busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
117out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
118mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
119and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
120with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
121bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
122chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
123excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
124down cheering and applauding.
125
126"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
127
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128=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, A Wizard of Earthsea
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133Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
134into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
135beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
136winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
137wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
138over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
139
140But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
141gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
142villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
143journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
144domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
145with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
146by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
147Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
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149=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman
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151L<Announced on 2011-11-20 by Steve
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154This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
155been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
156confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
157how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
158could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
159putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
160I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
161before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
162think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
163all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
164off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
165was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
166The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
167endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
168benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
169boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
170lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
171Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
172resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
173Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
174you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
175
176 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
177 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
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179=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
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181L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian
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184A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
185don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
186without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
187the human experience, the better design we will have.
188
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191L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian
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195It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
196do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
197they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
198catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
199awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
200inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
201
202So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
203mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
204the heart of the programmer.
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207=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, All Art is Quite Useless
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212 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
213 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
214 do so at their peril.
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216 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
217 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
218 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
219 artist is in accord with himself.
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221 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
222 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
223 thing is that one admires it intensely.
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225 All art is quite useless.
226
227 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
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230=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, The Third Duina Elegy
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232L<Announced on 2011-08-20 by Ricardo
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235True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
236no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
237not to give roses and other especially auspicious
238things the significance of a human future;
239to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
240and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
241Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
242all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
243And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
244so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
245But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
246Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
247among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
248hurtles all ages along with it forever
249through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
250
251 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
252 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
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254=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
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258Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
259fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
260winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
261down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
262being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
263extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
264but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
265
266Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
267that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
268around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
269fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
270the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
271closed system.
272
273Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
274the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
275/be/ them.'
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277=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
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279L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
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281 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
282 you will have gained.
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284=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
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286L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
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288You cannot eat breakfast all day,
289Nor is it the act of a sinner,
290When breakfast is taken away,
291To turn his attention to dinner;
292And it's not in the range of belief,
293To look upon him as a glutton,
294Who, when he is tired of beef,
295Determines to tackle the mutton.
296Ah! But this I am willing to say,
297If it will appease her sorrow,
298I'll marry this lady today,
299And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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303L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
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305At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
306my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
307the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
308since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
309already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
310to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
311the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
312can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
313unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
314
315=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
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317L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
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319Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
320Tolerates no work of man.
321Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
322Fetch your clearest honey, please,
323Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
324While the last larks sing and soar,
325From the heather-blossoms sweet
326Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
327And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
328Eleanor makes macaroons!
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330=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
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332L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
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334Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
335And terrapin, too, is tasty,
336Lobster I freely endorse,
337In pate or patty or pasty.
338But there's nothing the matter with butter,
339And nothing the matter with jam,
340And the warmest greetings I utter
341To the ham and the yam and the clam.
342For they're food,
343All food,
344And I think very fondly of food.
345Through I'm broody at times
346When bothered by rhymes,
347I brood
348On food.
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352L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
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354At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
355myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
356impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
357"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
358gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
359or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
360
361I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
362computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
363ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
364would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
365my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
366away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
367won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
368
369So a freely distributable program is born.
370
371=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
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373L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
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375This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
376continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
377aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
378and your bags will be offloaded.
379
380=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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382L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
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384Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
385of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
386by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
387sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
388swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
389down their paved streets.
390
391Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
392obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
393company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
394the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
395govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
396the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
397
398=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
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400L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
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402But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
403my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
404reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
405wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
406Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
407the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
408This seemed doubly astounding to meE<0x2014>first that Australia could
409just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
410this had never reached me.
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414L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2011-03/msg00560.html>
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416 When the full-grown poet came,
417 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
418 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
419 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
420 Nay he is mine alone;
421 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
422 by the hand;
423 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly holding hands,
424 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
425 And wholly and joyously blends them.
426
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431 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
432 nema ráða vel kunni.
433 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
434 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
435 Sák á telgðu talkni
436 tíu launstafi ristna.
437 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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442L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
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444In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
445granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
446do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
447that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
448generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
449endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
450that fire can truly light the world.
451
452And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
453ask what you can do for your country.
454
455My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
456but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
457
458Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
459ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
460we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
461the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
462asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
463work must truly be our own.
464
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465=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
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469The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
470to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
471between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
472cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
473areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
474be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
475As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
476the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
477instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
478interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
479also be automated.
480
481Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
482if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
483were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
484and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
485indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
486techniques like X-ray crystallography.
487
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488=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
489
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492[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
493
494Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
495
496[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
497
498Trinity: What did you just say?
499Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
500Trinity: What did you see?
501Cypher: What happened?
502Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
503Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
504Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
505Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
506Neo: What is it?
507Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
508
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510
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513The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
514he storm vanishes.
515
516"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
517fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
518to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
519me?"
520
521I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
522like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
523
524"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
525as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
526on my heart.
527
528(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
529
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534Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
535air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
536the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
537faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
538of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
539the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
540deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
541fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
542stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
543revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
544
545For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
546courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
547the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
548jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
549were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
550there, a glimmer of moonshine.
551
552Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
553rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
554grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
555park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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559
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562`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
563`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
564it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
565she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
566
567 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
568 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
569 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
570 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
571
572
573`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
574
575`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
576nonsense.'
577
578Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
579anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
580
581`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
582
583`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
584
585`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
586with his nose, you know?'
587
588`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
589the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
590
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592
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595Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
596Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
597notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
598for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
599sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
600
601Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
602dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
603Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
604motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
605Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
606that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
607had ever even been a car.
608
609There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
610been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
611this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
612flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
613re-entry.
614
615There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
616metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
617somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
618make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
619
620It should have fallen apart miles back.
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626We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
627the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
628in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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630
631=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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635And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
636bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
637yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
638with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
639if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
640bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
641quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
642
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644
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647The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
648involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
649when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
650streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
651road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
652seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
653smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
654
655"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
656volcano were once more to set to work."
657
658=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
659
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662 I saw a huge steam roller,
663 It blotted out the sun.
664 The people all lay down, lay down;
665 They did not try to run.
666 My love and I, we looked amazed
667 Upon the gory mystery.
668 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
669 'The great machine is history!'
670 My love and I, we ran away,
671 The engine did not find us.
672 We ran up to a mountain top,
673 Left history far behind us.
674 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
675 But somehow we don't think so.
676 We went to see where history'd been,
677 And my, the dead did stink so.
678
679=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
680
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683CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
684she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
685seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
686
687What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
688of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
689has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
690will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
691only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
692lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
693design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
694periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
695
696=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
697
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700The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
701from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
702view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
703Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
704once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
705endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
706a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
707will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
708of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
709Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
710still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
711
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716"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
717many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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719what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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720Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
721had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
722...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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724hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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725degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
726and-thirty degrees."
727
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729
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732San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
733the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
734hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
735of the Free World."
736
737Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
738level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
739harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
740exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
741
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746Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
747the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
748just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
749a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
750it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
751of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
752common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
753bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
754
755 Around and around and around we spin,
756 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
757
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762'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
763not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
764your cat grins like that?'
765
766'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
767
768She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
769jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
770and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
771
772'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
773that cats COULD grin.'
774
775'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
776
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781'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
782have got altered.'
783
784'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
785there was silence for some minutes.
786
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791'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
792always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
793rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
794yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
795can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
796kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
797
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802At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
803called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
804dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
805in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
806sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
807
808'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
809is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
810the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
811to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
812accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 813Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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823So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
824hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
825making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
826picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
827close by her.
828
829There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
830VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
831dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
832occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
833it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
834OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
835Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
836never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
837take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
838after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
839rabbit-hole under the hedge.
840
841In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
842in the world she was to get out again.
843
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852 A little child, a limber elf,
853 Singing, dancing to itself,
854 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
855 That always finds, and never seeks,
856 Makes such a vision to the sight
857 As fills a father's eyes with light;
858 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
859 Upon his heart, that he at last
860 Must needs express his love's excess
861 With words of unmeant bitterness.
862 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
863 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
864 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
865 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
866 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
867 At each wild word to feel within
868 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
869 And what, if in a world of sin
870 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
871 Such giddiness of heart and brain
872 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
873 So talks as it's most used to do.
874
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876
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879And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
880into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
881mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
882question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
883hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
884louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
885who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
886worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
887done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
888
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889=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
890
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4363636d 893"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 894course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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896Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
897
898"Why ain't that work?"
899
900Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
901is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
902
903"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
904
905The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
906to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
907
908That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
909swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
910-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
911watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
912absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
913
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915
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918The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
919at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
920streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
921the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
922live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
923colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
924as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
925wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
926prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
927however much they're into colour.
928
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930
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933Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
934and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
935word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
936disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
937everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
938on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
939that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
940glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
941war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
942presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
943for more hazardous assignment.
944
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946
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949Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
950streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
951trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
952to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
953about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
954of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
955facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
956explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
957Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
958people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
959work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
960their art.
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963
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966'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
967the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
968Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
969Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
970responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
971Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
972Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
973Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
974Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
975Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
976
977'Can they all type?' I joked.
978
979'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
980McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
981
982I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
983'We could have opened an agency.'
984
985Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
986Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
987amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
988all say that, do they?' I ventured.
989
990Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
991replied. 'Not quite all.'
992
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1005He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
1006he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
1007out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
1008noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
1009must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
1010number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
1011did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
1012
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1021=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
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1024available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
1025
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1034=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
1035
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1038This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
1039gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
1040technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
1041about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
1042bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
1043paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
1044in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
1045electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
1046picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
1047to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
1048technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
1049getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
1050sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
1051it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
1052conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
1053
1054"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
1055that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
1056`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
1057
1058"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
1059one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
1060flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
1061everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
1062make you flip?
1063
1064=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
1065
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1068Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
1069
1070=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
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1074What of October, that ambiguous month
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1080Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
1081proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
1082the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
1083anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
1084how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
1085
1086'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
1087
1088This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
1089that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
1090
1091'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
1092expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
1093anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
1094sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
1095
1096This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
1097basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
1098policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
1099disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
1100the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
1101Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
1102and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
1103Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
1104
1105In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
1106reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
1107
1108I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
1109Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
1110for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
1111had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
1112work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
1113the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
1114left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
1115pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
1116the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
1117the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
1118
1119I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
1120publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
1121Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
1122
1123So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
1124pushing to increase the membership?
1125
1126'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
1127more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
1128futile and impotent it becomes.'
1129
1130This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
1131
1132Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
1133diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
1134
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1139There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
1140about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
1141four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
1142anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
1143thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
1144
1145Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
1146and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
1147press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
1148obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
1149produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
1150this draft...'
1151
1152I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
1153hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
1154incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
1155
1156'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
1157redundancy payments as well.'
1158
1159'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
1160it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
1161
1162'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
1163
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1168A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
1169was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
1170and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
1171jets and all.
1172
1173I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
1174
1175I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
1176Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
1177specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
1178the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
1179jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
1180grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
1181in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
1182
1183While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
1184taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
1185me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
1186sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1187three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1188plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1189occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1190were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1191
1192And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1193were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1194
1195Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1196name like Charlie Umtali?
1197
1198I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1199know something about our official visitor.
1200
1201Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1202has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1203car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1204to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1205knew little of his background.
1206
1207I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1208Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1209first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1210
1211Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1212
1213'Why?' I enquired.
1214
1215'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1216to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1217never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1218
1219Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1220that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1221
1222In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1223where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1224revolving door and comes out in front.'
1225
1226'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1227
1228'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1229
1230'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
1231
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1236 It's not that easy bein' green
1237 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 1238 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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1239 Or something much more colorful like that
1240
1241 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1242 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1243 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1244 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1245 Or stars in the sky
1246
1247 But green's the color of Spring
1248 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1249 And green can be big like an ocean
1250 Or important like a mountain
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1251 Or tall like a tree
1252
1253 When green is all there is to be
1254 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1255 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1256 And I think it's what I want to be
1257
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1262Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 1263
2831a86c 1264Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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1266=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
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1270And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1271hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1272cat.
1273
1274Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1275the wolf? What then?"
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1277=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
1278
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1281And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
1282bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
1283round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
1284
1285In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
1286gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
1287climbed up the high stone wall.
1288
1289One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
1290stretched out over the wall.
1291
1292Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
1293Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
1294take care that he doesn't catch you!".
1295
1296The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
1297snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
1298
1299How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 1300the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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4363636d 1306"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 1307you."
4363636d 1308
51caa79e 1309"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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1310
1311"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
1312and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 1313to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 1314
51caa79e 1315"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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1317"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
1318planting it."
1319
1320"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 1321grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 1323Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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1324
1325"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
1326Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 1327wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 1329Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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1330
1331"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
1332how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 1333and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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1339"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
1340
1341"Hunting," said Pooh.
1342
1343"Hunting what?"
1344
1345"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
1346
1347"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
1348
1349"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
1350
1351"What do you think you'll answer?"
1352
1353"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
1354"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
1355you see there?"
1356
1357"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
1358excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
1359
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1364Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
1365ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
1366bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
1367waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
1368droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
1369hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
1370longbow.
1371
1372In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
1373often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
1374placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
1375likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
1376may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
1377Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
1378Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
1379farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
1380grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 1381T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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1387Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
1388ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
1389sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
1390pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
1391shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1392
1393The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1394Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1395Caledonia and South America.
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1398
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1401The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1402often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1403large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1404and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1405spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1406year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1407may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1408
1409It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1410branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1411of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1412that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1413
1414Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1415other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1416acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1417mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1418
1419It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1420heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1422=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
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1426 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1427 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1428 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1429 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1430
1431 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1432 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1433 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1434 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1435 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1436 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1437 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1438 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1439
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1440 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1441 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1442
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1444=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1445
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1448 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1449 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1450 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1451 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1452
1453 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1454 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1455 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1456 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1457 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1458 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1459
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1461
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1463
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1464 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1465 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1466 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1467 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1468 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1469 They are searching high and low,
1470 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1471 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1472 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1473 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1474 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1475 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1476 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1477 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1478 And we're off at last of the northern part
1479 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1480
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1481=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
1482
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1485 We are the music makers,
1486 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1487 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1488 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1489 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1490 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1491 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1492 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1494=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
1495
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1498 There may be trouble ahead,
1499 But while there's music and moonlight,
1500 And love and romance,
1501 Let's face the music and dance.
1502
1503 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1504 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1505 And while we still have that chance,
1506 Let's face the music and dance.
1507
1508 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1509 Humming a different tune, and then,
1510
1511 There may be teardrops to shed,
1512 So while there's music and moonlight,
1513 And love and romance,
1514 Let's face the music and dance.
1515
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1517
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1520 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1521 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1522 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1523 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1524 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1525 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1526
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1527 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1528 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1529 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1530 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1531
1532 O my brave soul!
1533 O farther farther sail!
1534 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1535 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1536
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1538
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1539L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/7669de5804b792f6>
1540
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1541 It's fun to charter an accountant
1542 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1543 To find, explore the funds offshore
1544 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1545
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1546=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
1547
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1550 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1551 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1552 In spite of all their friends could say,
1553 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1554 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1555 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1556 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1557 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1558 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1559 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1560
1561 Far and few, far and few,
1562 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1563 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1564 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1565
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1567
1568L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
1569
1570=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1571
1572L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
1573
1574No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1575three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1576like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1577no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1578overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1579
1580=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1581
1582L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
1583
1584Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1585It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1586devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1587then you can be my most trusted minister."
1588
1589=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1590
1591L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
1592
1593Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1594a knife with a curved blade.
1595
1596=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1597
1598L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
1599
1600Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1601me because I've got magic aaargh."
1602
1603=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1604
1605L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
1606
1607Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1608in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1609with his head.
1610
1611But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1612weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1613open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1614defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1615Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1616was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1617
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1619
1620L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1621
1622There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1623"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1624said the low priest.
1625There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1626The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1627"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1628The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1629The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1630The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1631thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1632There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1633"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1634said the High Priest.
1635"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1636There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1637"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1638There were footsteps again.
1639
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1641
1642L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1643
1644=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1645
1646L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1647
1648=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1649
1650L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1651
1652=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1653
1654L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1655
1656Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1657No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1658got there first, and is waiting for it.
1659
1660=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1661
1662L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1663
1664His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1665the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1666all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1667bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1668you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1669
1670=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1671
1672L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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1674"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1675
1676Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1677
1678"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1679flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1680arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1681and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1682I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1683I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1684will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1685liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1686Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1687ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1688
1689"All that?" said Twoflower.
1690
1691"Usually."
1692
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1694
1695L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1696
1697The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1698but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1699[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1700
1701=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1702
1703L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1704
1705When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1706sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1707a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1708what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1709long in this instance.
1710
1711=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1712
1713L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1714
1715"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1716
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1721`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
1722himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
1723upset.
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1725`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
1726to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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1728Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
1729stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
1730louder.
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1732`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
1733my precious, three guesseses.'
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1742
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1754
1755 The dragon is withered,
1756 His bones are now crumbled;
1757 His armour is shivered,
1758 His splendour is humbled!
1759 Though sword shall be rusted,
1760 And throne and crown perish
1761 With strength that men trusted
1762 And wealth that they cherish,
1763 Here grass is still growing,
1764 And leaves are a yet swinging,
1765 The white water flowing,
1766 And elves are yet singing
1767 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
1768 Come back to the valley.
1769
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1771
1772L<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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1775
1776L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
1777
1778=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
1779
1780L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
1781
1782=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
1783
1784L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
1785
1786The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
1787the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
1788never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
1789them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
1790chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
1791run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
1792and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
1793and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
1794and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
1795the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
1796fall.
1797
1798=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1799
1800L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
1801
1802Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
1803plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
1804going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
1805she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
1806at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
1807cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
1808hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
1809passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
1810disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
1811of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
1812she fell past it.
1813
1814=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
1815
1816L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
1817
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1819
0e6b8110 1820This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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1822L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
1823by ysth.
1824
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