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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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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 v5.29.0 - Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case of the Grinning Gorilla
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7df03490 24 Courage is the only antidote for danger.
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26=head2 v5.28.0 - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967
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30 When we look at modern man we have to face the fact that modern man
31 suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring
32 contrast with his scientific and technological abundance. We've learned
33 to fly the air as birds, we've learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we
34 haven't learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.
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36=head2 v5.28.0-RC4 - Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
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40 You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do
41 anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world,
42 the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over.
43 You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name.
44 You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is
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47=head2 v5.28.0-RC3 - Anthony Horowitz, Magpie Murders
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51 These had been his plans. But if there was one thing that life had
52 taught him, it was the futility of making plans. Life had its own
53 agenda.
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55=head2 v5.28.0-RC2 - Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
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59 Had she not been of exceptional intelligence and literacy, with an
60 imagination filled and sustained, so to speak, by the images of
61 others, images conveyed by language, by the word, she might have
62 remained almost as helpless as a baby.
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64=head2 v5.28.0-RC1 - Anu Garg, A Word A Day
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68 One doesn't have to know the unit of pain (dol) to realize that the
69 unit of joy is not the dollar, or any other currency for that matter.
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71=head2 v5.27.11 - Tana French, In the Woods
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75 And then, too, I had learned early to assume something dark and
76 lethal hidden at the heart of anything I loved. When I couldn't find
77 it, I responded, bewildered and wary, in the only way I knew how: by
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80=head2 v5.27.10 - Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, p. 248
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82L<Announced on 2018-03-20 by Todd Rinaldo|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250042.html>
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84 A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher
85 a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts,
86 build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders,
87 cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure,
88 program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
89 Specialization is for insects.
90
e60142ac 91=head2 v5.27.9 - Agatha Christie, "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"
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95 Poirot was an extraordinary looking little man. He was hardly more
96 than five feet, four inches, but carried himself with great dignity.
97 His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it
98 a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military.
99 The neatness of his attire was almost incredible. I believe a
100 speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound.
101 Yet this quaint dandified little man who, I was sorry to see, now
102 limped badly, had been in his time one of the most celebrated members
103 of the Belgian police. As a detective, his flair had been extraordinary,
104 and he had achieved triumphs by unravelling some of the most baffling
105 cases of the day.
106 He pointed out to me the little house inhabited by him and his fellow
107 Belgians, and I promised to go and see him at an early date. Then he
108 raised his hat with a flourish to Cynthia, and we drove away.
109 "He's a dear little man," said Cynthia. "I'd no idea you knew him."
110 "You've been entertaining a celebrity unawares," I replied.
111 And, for the rest of the way home, I recited to them the various
112 exploits and triumphs of Hercule Poirot.
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114=head2 v5.27.8 - Jasper Fforde, "Shades of Grey"
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116L<Announced on 2018-01-20 by Abigail|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/248914>
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1182.4.16.55.021: Males are to wear dresscode #6 during inter-Collective
119travel. Hats are encouraged, but not required.
120
1219.3.88.32.025: The cucumber and tomato are both fruit; the avocado
122is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians,
123on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.
124
1255.3.21.01.002: Once allocated, postcodes are permanent, and for life.
126
1276.1.02.11.235: Artifacture from before the Something That Happened
128may be collected, so long it does not appear on the Leapback list
129or possess color above 23 percent saturation.
130
1312.3.06.02.087: Unnecessary sharpening of pencils constitutes a waste
132of public resources, and will be punished as appropriate.
133
1342.1.01.05.002: All children are to attent school until the age of
135sixteen or until they have learned everything, whichever be the sooner.
136
1371.3.02.06.023: There shall be no staring at the sun, however good
138the reason.
139
1401.1.19.02.006: Team sports are mandatory in order to build character.
141Character is there to give purpose to team sports.
142
1432.3.03.01.006: Juggling shall not be practiced after 4:00 pm.
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146=head2 v5.27.7 - Terry Pratchett, "Hogfather"
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150 Death looked at the sacks.
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152 It was a strange but demonstrable fact that the sacks of
153 toys carried by the Hogfather, no matter what they
154 really contained, always appeared to have sticking out
155 of the top a teddy bear, a toy soldier in the kind of
156 colorful uniform that would stand out in a disco, a
157 drum and a red-and-white candy cane. The actual
158 contents always turned out to be something a bit
159 garish and costing $5.99.
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161 Death had investigated one or two. There had been a
162 Real Agatean Ninja, for example, with Fearsome
163 Death Grip, and a Captain Carrot One-Man Night
164 Watch with a complete wardrobe of toy weapons, each
165 of which cost as much as the original wooden doll in
166 the first place.
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168 Mind you, the stuff for the girls was just as
169 depressing. It seemed to be nearly all horses. Most of
170 them were grinning. Horses, Death felt, shouldn't grin.
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172 Any horse that was grinning was planning something.
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174=head2 v5.27.6 - Ogden Nash, "Behold the Duck"
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178 Behold the duck,
179 it does not cluck;
180 a cluck it lacks,
181 it quacks!
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183 It is 'specially fond
184 of puddles or ponds;
185 when it dines or sups
186 it bottoms ups.
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189=head2 v5.27.5 - Frank Birch, Dilly Knox & G. P. Mackeson, "Alice in I.D.25"
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193 'Can I do anything?' Alice suggested timidly, thinking that something
194 dreadful must have happened.
195 The Waterflap jumped as if it had been shot. 'What are you doing
196 here?' it snapped. 'Take this at once into the Directional room,' and it
197 thrust the paper which had caused all the fuss into her hands.
198 'But where is the Directional room?' she inquired, bewildered.
199 'Why, there of course,' howled the Waterflap, pointing to a door.
200 'How could I possibly know that!' Alice exclaimed, angered by his
201 rudeness.
202 'Silly girl,' it hissed. 'Why, it's called the Directional room
203 because it's in that direction,' and it pushed her roughly through the
204 doorway.
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206=head2 v5.27.4 - Richard Brautigan, "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"
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210 I like to think (and
211 the sooner the better!)
212 of a cybernetic meadow
213 where mammals and computers
214 live together in mutually
215 programming harmony
216 like pure water
217 touching clear sky.
218
219 I like to think
220 (right now, please!)
221 of a cybernetic forest
222 filled with pines and electronics
223 where deer stroll peacefully
224 past computers
225 as if they were flowers
226 with spinning blossoms.
227
228 I like to think
229 (it has to be!)
230 of a cybernetic ecology
231 where we are free of our labors
232 and joined back to nature,
233 returned to our mammal
234 brothers and sisters,
235 and all watched over
236 by machines of loving grace.
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238=head2 v5.27.3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
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242 When you walk through a storm
243 Hold your head up high
244 And don't be afraid of the dark
245
246 At the end of a storm
247 There's a golden sky
248 And the sweet silver song of a lark
249
250 Walk on through the wind
251 Walk on through the rain
252 Though your dreams be tossed and blown
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254 Walk on, walk on
255 With hope in your heart
256 And you'll never walk alone
257
258 You'll never walk alone
259
260 Walk on, walk on
261 With hope in your heart
262 And you'll never walk alone
263
264 You'll never walk alone
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266=head2 v5.27.2 - Lev Grossman, Codex
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268L<Announced on 2017-07-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245585.html>
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270 He went back for another stack of books: a three-volume English legal
271 treatise; a travel guide to Tuscany from the '20s crammed with faded
272 Italian wildflowers that fluttered out from between the pages like
273 moths; a French edition of Turgeniev so decayed that it came apart in
274 his hands; a register of London society from 1863. In a way it was
275 idiotic. He was treating these books like they were holy relics. It
276 wasn't like he would ever actually read them. But there was something
277 magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly
278 ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused
279 by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used
280 to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of
281 memory, not stamped out of silicon but laboriously crafted out of wood
282 pulp and ink, leather and glue. Somebody had cared enough to write
283 these things; somebody else had cared enough to buy them, possibly
284 even read them, at the very least keep them safe for 150 years,
285 sometimes longer, when they could have vanished at the touch of a
286 spark. That made them worth something, didn't it, just by itself?
287 Though most of them would have bored him rigid the second he cracked
288 them open, which there wasn't much chance of. Maybe that was what he
289 found so appealing: the sight of so many books that he'd never have to
290 read, so much work he'd never have to do.
291
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292=head2 v5.27.1 - Rona Munro, Doctor Who: Survival
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296 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
297 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
298 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
299 Somewhere there's danger,
300 somewhere there's injustice
301 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
302 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
303
304=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
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308 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
309 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
310 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
311 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
312 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
313 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
314 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
315 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
316 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
317
318 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
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320=head2 v5.26.2 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
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324How does a cat use its whiskers? The usual answer is that the whiskers
325are feelers that enable a cat to tell whether a gap is wide enough for
326it to squeeze through, but the truth is more complicated and more
327remarkable. In addition to their obvious role as feelers sensitive to
328touch, the whiskers also operate as air-current detectors. As the cat
329moves along in the dark it needs to manoeuvre past solid objects without
330touching them. Each solid object it approaches causes slight eddies in
331the air, minute disturbances in the currents of air movements, and the
332cat's whiskers are so amazingly sensitive that they can read these air
333changes and respond to the presence of solid obstacles even without
334touching them.
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336=head2 v5.26.2-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
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340Cats have a way of endearing themselves to their owners, not just by
341their 'kittenoid' behaviour, which stimulates strong parental feelings,
342but also by their sheer gracefulness. There is an elegance and a
343composure about them that captivates the human eye. To the sensitive
344human being it becomes a privilege to share a room with a cat, exchange
345its glance, feel its greeting rub, or watch it gently luxuriate itself
346into a snoozing ball on a soft cushion.
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348=head2 v5.26.1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
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352 And soon I heard a roaring wind:
353 It did not come anear;
354 But with its sound it shook the sails,
355 That were so thin and sere.
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357 The upper air burst into life!
358 And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
359 To and fro they were hurried about!
360 And to and fro, and in and out,
361 The wan stars danced between.
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363=head2 v5.26.1-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
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367 At length did cross an Albatross,
368 Thorough the fog it came;
369 As if it had been a Christian soul,
370 We hailed it in God's name.
371
372 It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
373 And round and round it flew.
374 The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
375 The helmsman steered us through!
376
377 And a good south wind sprung up behind;
378 The Albatross did follow,
379 And every day, for food or play,
380 Came to the mariner's hollo!
381
382 In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
383 It perched for vespers nine;
384 Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
385 Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
386
387 'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
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389 Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
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390 I shot the ALBATROSS.
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392=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
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396 I've got the life
397 And I'm gonna keep it
398 I've got the life
399 And nobody's gonna take it away
400 I've got the life
401
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402=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
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406 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
407 absolutely nothing else to do.
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409=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
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413 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
414 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
415 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
416 converts than reason.
417
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418=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
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422 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
423 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
424 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
425
426 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
427 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
428 machinery like that.
429
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430=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
431
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434 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
435 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
436 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
437 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
438 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
439 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
440 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
441
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444L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
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446 He who wants the world to remain as it is
447 doesn't want it to remain.
448
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449=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
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453 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
454 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
455 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
456 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
457 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
458 bread, please."
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460=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
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464 So long
465 is in the song
466 and it's in the way you're gone
467 but it's like a foreign language
468 in my mind
469 and maybe was I blind
470 I could not see
471 and would not know
472 you're gone so long
473 so long.
474
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475=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
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477L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
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479 Of Beren and Lúthien
480
481 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
482 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
483 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
484 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
485 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
486 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
487 song.
488
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489=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
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491L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
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493 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
494 Are you?
495 Yes. Do you know who he lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
496 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
497 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
498 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
499 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
500 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
501 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
502 a sea of shite.
503 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
504 America meant?
505 No.
506 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
507 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
508 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
509 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
510 playing to freak them out?
511 Who's Michael Stipe?
512 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
513 No, I'm not, Stephen.
514
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515=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
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517L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
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519 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
520 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
521 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
522 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
523 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
524 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
525 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
526 fact this is all we are doing
527
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528=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
529
530L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
531
532 Concerning Nomes and Time
533
534 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
535 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
536
537 Let me explain.
538
539 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
540 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
541 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
542
543 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
544 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
545
546 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
547 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
548 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
549 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
550 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
551 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
552 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
553
554 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
555 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
556 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
557 even know.
558
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559=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
560
561L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
562
563 When awful darkness and silence reign
564 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
565 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
566 When the angry breakers roar
567 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
568 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
569 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
570
571 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
572 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
573 A lonely spark with silvery rays
574 Piercing the coal-black night, -
575 A Meteor strange and bright: -
576 Hither and thither the vision strays,
577 A single lurid light.
578
579 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
580 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
581 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
582 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
583 And those who watch at that midnight hour
584 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
585 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
586 'The Dong! - the Dong!
587 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
588 The Dong! the Dong!
589 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
590
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591=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
592
593L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
594
595 Waiting for the beat to kick in
596 But it never does
597 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
598 That lift me above
599 All of these tiresome things
600 That we know and love
601 Waiting for the beat to kick in
602 But it never does
603
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604=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
605
5f602b3b 606L<Announced on 2016-05-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236566.html>
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607
608Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
609totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
610you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
611that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
612people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
613
614Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
615gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
616symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
617and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
618clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
619home, from the ground up.
620
621No wonder you're a geek.
622
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623=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
624
625L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
626
627 Even the bravest that are slain
628 Shall not dissemble their surprise
629 On waking to find valor reign,
630 Even as on earth, in paradise;
631 And where they sought without the sword
632 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
633 To find that the utmost reward
634 Of daring should be still to dare.
635
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636=head2 v5.24.4 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
637
638L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250439.html>
639
640Cats hate doors. Doors simply do not register in the evolutionary story
641of the cat family. They constantly block patrolling activities and
642prevent cats from exploring their home range and then returning to their
643central, secure base at will. Humans often do not understand that a cat
644needs to make only a brief survey of its territory before returning with
645all the necessary information about the activities of other cats in the
646vicinity. It likes to make these tours of inspection at frequent
647intervals, but does not want to stay outside for very long, unless there
648has been some special and unexpected change in the condition of the
649local feline population.
650
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651=head2 v5.24.4-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
652
653L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250102.html>
654
655The domestic cat is a contradiction. No animal has developed such an
656intimate relationship with mankind, while at the same time demanding and
657getting such independence of movement and action. The dog may be man's
658best friend, but it is rarely allowed out on its own to wander from
659garden to garden or street to street. The obedient dog has to be taken
660for a walk. The headstrong cat walks alone.
661
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662=head2 v5.24.3 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
663
664L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246407.html>
665
666 Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
667 Beloved from pole to pole!
668 To Mary Queen the praise be given!
669 She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,
670 That slid into my soul.
671
672 The silly buckets on the deck,
673 That had so long remained,
674 I dreamt that they were filled with dew;
675 And when I awoke, it rained.
676
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677=head2 v5.24.3-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
678
679L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246201.html>
680
681 'And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
682 Was tyrannous and strong:
683 He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
684 And chased us south along.
685
686 With sloping masts and dipping prow,
687 As who pursued with yell and blow
688 Still treads the shadow of his foe,
689 And forward bends his head,
690 The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
691 And southward aye we fled.
692
693 And now there came both mist and snow,
694 And it grew wondrous cold:
695 And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
696 As green as emerald.
697
698 And through the drifts the snowy clifts
699 Did send a dismal sheen:
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701 The ice was all between.
702
703 The ice was here, the ice was there,
704 The ice was all around:
705 It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
706 Like noises in a swound!
707
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708=head2 v5.24.2 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
709
710L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245527.html>
711
712 A short while later, through the wood,
713 Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
714 The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze
715 And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
716 His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
717 And spit was dripping from his jaw.
718 Once more the maiden's eyelid flickers.
719 She draws the pistol from her knickers.
720 Once more, she hits the vital spot,
721 And kills him with a single shot.
722 Pig, peeping through the window, stood
723 And yelled, 'Well done, Miss Riding Hood!'
724
725 Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
726 Young ladies from the upper crust.
727 For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
728 Not only has two wolfskin coats,
729 But when she goes from place to place,
730 She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELLING CASE.
731
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732=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
733
734L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
735
736 The animal I really dig
737 Above all others is the pig.
738 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
739 Pig are courteous. However,
740 Now and then, to break this rule,
741 One meets a pig who is a fool.
742 What, for example, would you say
743 If strolling through the woods one day,
744 Right there in front of you you saw
745 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
746 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
747 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
748
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749=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
750
751L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
752
753 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
754 'If only you'd spoken before!
755 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
756 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
757
758 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
759 If you never were met with again -
760 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
761 You might have suggested it then?
762
763 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
764 As I think I've already remarked.'
765 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
766 'I informed you the day we embarked.
767
768 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
769 (We are all of us weak at times):
770 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
771 Was never among my crimes!
772
773 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
774 I said it in German and Greek:
775 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
776 That English is what you speak!'
777
778 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
779 Had grown longer at every word:
780 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
781 More debate would be simply absurd.
782
783 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
784 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
785 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
786 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
787
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788=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
789
790L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
791
792 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
793 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
794 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
795 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
796 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
797 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
798 And now the sun with more effectual beams
799 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
800 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
801 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
802 After a night of storm so ruinous,
803 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
804 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
805
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806=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
807
808L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
809
810 Before the gates there sat
811 On either side a formidable shape;
812 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
813 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
814 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
815 With mortal sting; about her middle round
816 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
817 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
818 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
819 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
820 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
821 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
822 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
823 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
824 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
825 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
826 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
827 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
828 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
829 If shape it might be called that shape had none
830 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
831 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
832 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
833 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
834 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
835 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
836 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
837 The monster moving onward came as fast
838 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
839
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840=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
841
842L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
843
844 A bird within the bower of her delight,
845 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
846 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
847
848 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
849 No weary task for her, for as at play
850 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
851
852 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
853 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
854 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
855
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856=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
857
858L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
859
860 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
861 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
862 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
863
864 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
865 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
866 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
867
868 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
869 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
870 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
871
872 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
873 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
874 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
875
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876=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
877
878L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
879
880 New punishments behoves me sing in this
881 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
882 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
883
884 I now stood ready to observe the full
885 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
886 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
887
888 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
889 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
890 As Litany processions keep, up here.
891
892 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
893 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
894 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
895
896 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
897 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
898 All power of looking forward being denied.
899
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900=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
901
902L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
903
904 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
905 I could be monarch of a desert land
906 I could devote and dedicate forever
907 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
908 So desert it would have to be, so walled
909 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
910 No one would covet it or think it worth
911 The pains of conquering to force change on.
912 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
913 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
914 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
915 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
916 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
917 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
918
919 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
920 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
921 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
922
923=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
924
925L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
926
927 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
928 You can't find one good thing to say
929 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
930 You'd stay the hell out of my way
931
932 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
933 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
934
935=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
936
937L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
938
939"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
940
941=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
942
943L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
944
945The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
946Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
947gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
948
949=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
950
951L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
952
953“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
954
955“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
956
957“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
958be fun.”
959
960Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
961
962“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
963every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
964
965“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
966
967“You’ll have to jump.”
968
969“I’ll jump.”
970
971“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
972
973Yossarian jumped.
974
975Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
976missing him by inches, and he took off.
977
978=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
979
980L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
981
982 Nothing was left to do that I could see
983 Unless to find that there was no one there
984 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
985 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
986 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
987 Break silence now or be forever silent.
988 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
989 The melancholy of having to count souls
990 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
991 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
992 It must be I want life to go on living.
993
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994=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
995
996L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
997
998Spring
999
1000Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
1001look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
1002I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
1003and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
1004love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
1005meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
1006and begin a new adventure.
1007
1008Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
1009-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
1010kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
1011adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
1012as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
1013
1014The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
1015asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
1016brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
1017and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
1018Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
1019produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
1020possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
1021beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
1022are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
1023are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
1024seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
1025remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
1026you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
1027cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
1028lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
1029marriages made in heaven.
1030
1031
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1033
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1035
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1036Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
1037of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
1038helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
1039
1040But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
1041any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
1042she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
1043no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
1044free.
1045
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1049
1050A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
1051nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
1052the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
1053in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
1054colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
1055over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
1056cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
1057the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
1058and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
1059dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
1060into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
1061trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
1062
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1063=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
1064
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1065L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
1066
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1067 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
1068
1069 5.23 Episode VII
1070 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
1071
1072 It is a period of
1073 unrest as separatists
1074 announce their intentions
1075 to fork PERL and return the
1076 galaxy to speed and stability.
1077
1078 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
1079 to hold together the remains of the
1080 once mighty Republic against a tide of
1081 incivility and the depredations of a new
1082 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
1083
1084 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
1085 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
1086 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
1087 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
1088 a new Empire of gradual typing....
1089
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1090=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
1091
1092L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
1093
1094After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
1095me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
1096Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
1097adventure.
1098
1099I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
1100only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
1101lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
1102sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
1103lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
1104hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
1105
1106Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
1107no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
1108loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
1109control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
1110It took me two weeks to figure it out.
1111
1112The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
1113register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
1114an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
1115index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
1116would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
1117the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
1118
1119Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
1120to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
1121instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
1122additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
1123instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
1124ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
1125
1126The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
1127lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
1128was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
1129all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
1130
1131He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
1132largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
1133datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
1134overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
1135the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
1136the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
1137program went happily on its way.
1138
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1139=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
1140
1141L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
1142
1143Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
1144first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
1145or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
1146Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
1147when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
1148when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
1149difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
1150keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
1151strong men.
1152
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1153=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
1154
1155L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
1156
1157 Little of of all we value here
1158 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
1159 Without both feeling and looking queer.
1160 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
1161 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
1162 (This is a moral that runs at large;
1163 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
1164
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1165=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
1166
4442630f 1167L<Announced on 2015-08-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230298.html>
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1168
1169 Would you believe in a night like this
1170 A night like this, when visions come true
1171 Would you believe in a tale like this
1172 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
1173 Come to the blazing fire and
1174
1175 See me in the shadows
1176 See me in the shadows
1177 Songs I will sing
1178 Of runes and rings
1179 Just hand me my harp
1180 This night turns into myth
1181 Nothing seems real
1182 You soon will feel
1183 The world we live in is another skald's
1184 Dream in the shadows
1185 Dream in the shadows
1186
1187 Do you believe there is sense in it
1188 Is it truth or myth?
1189 They´re one in my rhymes
1190 Nobody knows the meaning behind
1191 The weaver's line
1192 Well nobody else but the Norns can
1193 See through the blazing fires of time and
1194 All things will proceed as the
1195 Child of the hallowed
1196 Will speak to you now
1197
1198 See me in the shadows
1199 See me in the shadows
1200 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
1201 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
1202 Nothing seems real
1203 You soon will feel
1204 The world we live in is another skald´s
1205 Dream in the shadows
1206 Dream in the shadows
1207
1208 Do not fear for my reason
1209 There's nothing to hide
1210 How bitter your treason
1211 How bitter the lie
1212 Remember the runes and remember the light
1213 All I ever want is to be at your side
1214 We'll gladden the raven now I will
1215 Run through the blazing fires
1216 That's my choice
1217 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
1218
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1219=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
1220
1221L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
1222
1223 I was born beneath this willow,
1224 Where my sire the earth did farm
1225 Had the green grass as my pillow
1226 The east wind as a blanket warm.
1227
1228 But away! away! called the wind from the west
1229 And in answer I did run
1230 Seeking glory and adventure
1231 Promised by the rising sun.
1232
1233 I found love beneath this willow,
1234 As true a love as life could hold,
1235 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
1236 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
1237
1238 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
1239 In faithful answer I did run
1240 Marching forth for king and country
1241 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
1242
1243 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
1244 As the seven seas I plied
1245 And the girl who I left waiting
1246 Longing to be at her side.
1247
1248 But about! about! called the wind from the west
1249 As once again my ship did run
1250 Down the coast, about the wide world
1251 Flying sails in the setting sun.
1252
1253 Now I lie beneath the willow
1254 Now at last no more to roam,
1255 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
1256 In their arms I'm finally home.
1257
1258 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
1259 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
1260 Will chase the sun into the morning
1261 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
1262
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1264
1265L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
1266
1267 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1268 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1269 Well, I try my best
1270 To be just like I am
1271 But everybody wants you
1272 To be just like them
1273 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
1274 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1275
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1276=head2 v5.22.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1277
1278L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245526.html>
1279
1280 Then Little Red Riding Hood said, 'But Grandma,
1281 what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.'
1282 'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
1283 'To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
1284 'Ah well, no matter what you say,
1285 'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
1286 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1287 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1288 She aims it at the creature's head
1289 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
1290
1291 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1292 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1293 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1294 No silly hood upon her head.
1295 She said, 'Hello, and do please note
1296 'My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.'
1297
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1298=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1299
1300L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
1301
1302 As soon as Wolf began to feel
1303 That he would like a decent meal,
1304 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
1305 When Grandma opened it, she saw
1306 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
1307 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
1308 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
1309 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
1310 And she was absolutely right.
1311 He ate her up in one big bite.
1312
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1313=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
1314
1315L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
1316
1317 As one who strives a hill to climb,
1318 Who never climbed before:
1319 Who finds it, in a little time,
1320 Grow every moment less sublime,
1321 And votes the thing a bore:
1322
1323 Yet, having once begun to try,
1324 Dares not desert his quest,
1325 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
1326 On one small hut against the sky
1327 Wherein he hopes to rest:
1328
1329 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
1330 With many a puff and pant:
1331 Who still, as rises the ascent,
1332 In language grows more violent,
1333 Although in breath more scant:
1334
1335 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
1336 That crowns the upward track:
1337 And, entering with unsteady pace,
1338 Receives a buffet in the face
1339 That lands him on his back:
1340
1341 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
1342 Glide swiftly down again,
1343 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
1344 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
1345 He drops upon the plain -
1346
1347 So I, that had resolved to bring
1348 Conviction to a ghost,
1349 And found it quite a different thing
1350 From any human arguing,
1351 Yet dared not quit my post.
1352
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1353=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
1354
1355L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
1356
1357 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
1358 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
1359 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
1360 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
1361 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
1362 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
1363 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
1364 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
1365 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
1366 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
1367 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
1368 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
1369 Thither he bent his way, determined there
1370 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
1371 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
1372 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
1373 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
1374 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
1375 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
1376
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1377=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1378
1379L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
1380
1381 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
1382 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
1383 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
1384 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
1385 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
1386 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
1387 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
1388 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
1389 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
1390 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
1391 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
1392 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
1393 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
1394 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
1395 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
1396 At certain revolutions all the damned
1397 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
1398 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
1399 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
1400 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
1401 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
1402 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
1403 They ferry over this Lethean sound
1404 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
1405 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
1406 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
1407 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
1408 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
1409 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
1410 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
1411 The ford, and of itself the water flies
1412 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
1413 The lip of Tantalus.
1414
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1415=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
1416
1417L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
1418
1419 Between two dishes, equally attractive
1420 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
1421 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
1422
1423 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
1424 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
1425 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
1426
1427 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
1428 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
1429 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
1430
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1431=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
1432
1433L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
1434
1435 For better waters heading with the wind
1436 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
1437 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
1438
1439 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
1440 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
1441 To leap up into joy celestial.
1442
1443 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
1444 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
1445 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
1446
1447 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
1448 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
1449 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
1450
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1451=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
1452
1453L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
1454
1455 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
1456 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
1457 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
1458
1459 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
1460 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
1461 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
1462
1463 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
1464 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
1465 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
1466
1467 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
1468 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
1469 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
1470
1471 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
1472 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
1473 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
1474
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1475=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1476
1477L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
1478
1479A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
1480splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
1481shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
1482straight up into the air!_'
1483The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
1484experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
1485gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
1486his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
1487most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
1488storm.
1489Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
1490knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
1491heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
1492intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
1493those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
1494scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
1495set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
1496everything, regardless?
1497At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
1498voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
1499
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1500=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1501
1502L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
1503
1504This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
1505before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
1506whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
1507carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
1508merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
1509ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
1510entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
1511boisterous.
1512Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
1513not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
1514up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
1515nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
1516masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
1517the attentions of several all too merry couples.
1518Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
1519that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
1520Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
1521on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
1522raising a glass of champagne.
1523In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
1524mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
1525lonely corner.
1526He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
1527a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
1528that it was Christine and followed her.
1529'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
1530The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
1531no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
1532on in silence.
1533
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1534=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1535
1536L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
1537
1538 If the snow flies in my face,
1539 Let me shake it off me!
1540 If my heart within me speaks,
1541 I'll sing bright and gaily!
1542
1543 Will not listen what it says,
1544 Have no ears for moaning.
1545 Do not feel what it complains,--
1546 Only fools like groaning!
1547
1548 Jolly brave into the world,
1549 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
1550 If there is no God on earth,
1551 Let 's be gods down nether!
1552
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1553=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1554
1555L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
1556
1557 Why do I shun all those highways
1558 Which the other wanderer seeks?
1559 Why do I find bridged by-ways
1560 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
1561
1562 For I have no crime committed,
1563 Why I should now run from men,--
1564 What demented heart's desire
1565 Drives me to a desert glen?
1566
1567 Signposts on all highways stationed
1568 Point their signs toward the towns,
1569 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
1570 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
1571
1572 One such signpost I see planted
1573 Of my question unconcerned,
1574 One road must my choice be granted,
1575 Whence no man has yet returned!
1576
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1577=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1578
1579L<Announced on 2015-12-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233032.html>
1580
1581 How the storm tore rents
1582 In heavens gray attired!
1583 The rags of cloud are flying
1584 Around, of combat tired.
1585
1586 And flames of fire lambent,
1587 Fly between them and part,
1588 That 's what I call a morning,
1589 A morning after my heart!
1590
1591 My heart sees in the heavens
1592 Its own picture unspoilt--
1593 It's nothing but the Winter,
1594 The Winter, cold and wild.
1595
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1596=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1597
1598L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
1599
1600 The hoary frost has a white sheen
1601 Strewn all over my hair,
1602 So I thought I was an old man
1603 And thought life dealt me fair.
1604
1605 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
1606 And I have my black hair again.
1607 How I abhor my young fair years,
1608 How long to wait for death and biers?
1609
1610 From setting sun to morning's hue
1611 Many a head turns white.
1612 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
1613 In all this lifelong plight!
1614
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1615=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1616
1617L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
1618
1619 In the deepest rocky crevice
1620 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
1621 How I could find my way from here,
1622 For me it's easy memory!
1623
1624 For I am used to straying ways,
1625 Every path to th'end a way,
1626 All our joys and all our suffering,--
1627 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
1628
1629 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
1630 I quite calmly downward stroll;
1631 Every stream its sea will enter,
1632 Every suffering finds its goal!
1633
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1634=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
1635
1636L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
1637
1638“You are the advocate of the dead.”
1639
1640The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
1641that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
1642take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
1643their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
1644remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
1645figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
1646
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1647=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
1648
1649L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
1650
1651 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
1652 Among the theories scattered on the grass
1653 Take up my good intentions with the rest
1654
1655=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
1656
1657L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
1658
1659There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
1660its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
1661
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1662=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
1663
1664L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
1665
1666 They shall pass and their places be taken,
1667 The gods and the priests that are pure.
1668 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
1669 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
1670 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
1671 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
1672 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
1673 And delicate dust.
1674
1675 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
1676 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
1677 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
1678 As the serpent again to a rod.
1679 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
1680 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
1681 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
1682 Our Lady of Pain.
1683
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1684=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
1685
1686L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
1687
1688The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
1689Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
1690started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
1691crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
1692and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
1693pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
1694through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
1695claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
1696were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
1697they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
1698It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
1699obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
1700
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1701=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
1702
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1705 There is another sky,
1706 Ever serene and fair,
1707 And there is another sunshine,
1708 Though it be darkness there;
1709 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
1710 Never mind silent fields -
1711 Here is a little forest,
1712 Whose leaf is ever green;
1713 Here is a brighter garden,
1714 Where not a frost has been;
1715 In its unfading flowers
1716 I hear the bright bee hum:
1717 Prithee, my brother,
1718 Into my garden come!
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1720=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
1721
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1723
1724Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
1725Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
1726Calvin: 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?
1727Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
1728[Box]: *BOINK*
1729Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
1730Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
1731Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
1732
2ee7da68 1733=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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1734
1735L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
1736
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1737"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
1738Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
1739we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
1740everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
1741"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
1742refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
1743"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
1744would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
1745than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
1746the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 1748=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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1749
1750L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
1751
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1752GAME CAT
1753
1754EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
1755things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
1756Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
1757lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
1758snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
1759This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
1760all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
1761Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
1762some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
1763finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
1764just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
1765Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
1766MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
1767The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
1768involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
1769and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
1770where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
1771Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 1773=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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1774
1775L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
1776
1777 Het Dorp
1778
1779 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
1780 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
1781 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
1782 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
1783 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
1784 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
1785 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
1786 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
1787 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
1788 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
1789 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 1790 het vee, de boerderijen.
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1791
1792 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1793 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1794 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1795 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1796
1797 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
1798 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
1799 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
1800 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
1801 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
1802 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
1803 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
1804 ze zien de televisiequiz
1805 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
1806 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
1807 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
1808 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
1809
1810 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1811 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1812 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1813 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1814
1815 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
1816 in minirok en beatle-haar
1817 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
1818 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
1819 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
1820 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
1821 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
1822 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
1823 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
1824 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
1825 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
1826 een ansicht en herinneringen.
1827
1828 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1829 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
1830 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
1831 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
1832
2ee7da68 1833=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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1834
1835L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
1836
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1837To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
1838of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
1839masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
1840of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
1841seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
1842joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
1843to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
1844high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
1845approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
1846ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
1847myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
1848to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
1849discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
1850canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
1851armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
1852rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
1853handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
1854stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
1855occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
1856and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
1857which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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1859=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
1860
1861L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
1862
1863 If they just went straight they might go far,
1864 They are strong and brave and true;
1865 But they're always tired of the things that are,
1866 And they want the strange and new.
1867 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
1868 What a deep mark I would make!"
1869 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
1870 Is only a fresh mistake.
1871
1872=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
1873
1874L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
1875
1876 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
1877 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
1878 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
1879 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
1880 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
1881 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
1882 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
1883 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
1884 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
1885 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
1886 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
1887 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
1888 Aldrin: 120 feet.
1889 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
1890 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
1891 Duke: 60 seconds.
1892 Aldrin: Light's on.
1893 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
1894 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
1895 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
1896 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
1897 down a half.
1898 Duke: 30 seconds.
1899 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
1900 Aldrin: Contact Light.
1901 Armstrong: Shutdown.
1902 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
1903 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
1904 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
1905 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
1906 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
1907 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
1908 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
1909 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
1910 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
1911 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
1912 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
1913 Aldrin: Thank you.
1914
1915=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
1916
1917L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
1918
1919 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
1920 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
1921 We danced among the lightning bolts,
1922 and tore the world asunder.
1923
1924 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
1925 written near the end of the previous Age,
1926 known by some as the Third Age.
1927 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
1928 Reborn.
1929
1930=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
1931
1932L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
1933
1934 Walled in fast within the earth
1935 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
1936 This must be the bell’s great birth!
1937 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
1938 Sweat must trickle now
1939 From the burning brow,
1940 Till the work its master honour.
1941 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
1942
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1943=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
1944
1945L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
1946
1947 Steady old Väinämöinen
1948 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1949 'No lilting on the waters
1950 and no singing on the waves!
1951 Song keeps you lazy
1952 tales delay rowing.
1953 Precious day would pass and night
1954 would overtake us midway
1955 on these wide waters
1956 upon these vast waves.'
1957
1958 The wanton Lemminkäinen
1959 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1960 'The time will pass anyway
1961 the fair day will flee
1962 and the night will come panting
1963 and the twilight will steal in
1964 if you don't sing while you live
1965 nor hum in this world.'
1966
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1967=head2 v5.20.3-RC2 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
1968
1969L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
1970
1971'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
1972and I was reciting these lines:
1973
1974 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
1975 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
1976 I wonder at the patience that I showed
1977 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
1978 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
1979 I have remained confused in misery.
1980
1981I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
1982Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
1983walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
1984person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
1985am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
1986ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
1987asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
1988allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
1989added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
1990and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
1991idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
1992coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
1993and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
1994different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
1995without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
1996the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
1997the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
1998sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
1999gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
2000told you about this, so goodbye."
2001
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2002=head2 v5.20.3-RC1 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
2003
2004L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
2005
2006'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
2007asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
2008and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
2009and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
2010I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
2011candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
2012were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
2013congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
2014face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
2015[...]
2016'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
2017her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
2018them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
2019ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
2020told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
2021man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
2022[...]
2023'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
2024servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
2025was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
2026four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
2027like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
2028fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
2029"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
2030was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
2031shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
2032longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
2033a bean.
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2036
2037L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
2038
2039 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
2040 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
2041 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
2042 Where is the cow hidden right now?
2043
2044 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
2045 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
2046 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
2047 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
2048
2049 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
2050 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
2051 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
2052 Yeah!
2053
2054 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
2055 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
2056 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
2057 Yeah, yeah!
2058
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2059=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
2060
2061L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
2062
2063 I've seen things,
2064 I've seen them with my eyes;
2065 I've seen things,
2066 They're often in disguise.
2067
2068 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
2069 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
2070 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
2071 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
2072
2073 I've seen things,
2074 I've seen them with my eyes;
2075 I've seen things,
2076 They're often in disguise.
2077
2078 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
2079
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2081
2082L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
2083
2084 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
2085 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
2086 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
2087
2088 DON ALFONSO:
2089 Take heart, my dearest children.
2090 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
2091
2092 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
2093 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
2094
2095 FIORDILIGI:
2096 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
2097 It is disappearing already!
2098 It is no longer in sight!
2099 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
2100
2101 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
2102 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
2103
2104 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
2105 May the wind be gentle,
2106 may the sea be calm,
2107 and may the elements
2108 respond kindly
2109 to our wishes.
2110
2ee7da68 2111=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2113L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
2114
2115 GUGLIELMO:
2116 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
2117 is reluctant to come before her.
2118
2119 FERRANDO:
2120 My trembling lip
2121 can utter no word.
2122
2123 DON ALFONSO:
2124 The hero displays his manliness
2125 in the most terrible moments.
2126
2127 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
2128 Now that we have heard the news,
2129 you have the lesser duty:
2130 Take heart, and plunge your swords
2131 into both our hearts.
2132
2133 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
2134 My idol, blame fate
2135 that I must abandon you.
2136
2137 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
2138 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
2139 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
2140 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
2141 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
2142 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
2143 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
2144
2145 ALL:
2146 Thus destiny defrauds
2147 the hopes of mortals.
2148 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
2149 who can ever love life?
2150
2ee7da68 2151=head2 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2152
2153L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
2154
2155 DON ALFONSO:
2156 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
2157 my lip stammers.
2158 My voice cannot emerge,
2159 but remains in my throat.
2160 What will you do? What shall I do?
2161 Oh what a great catastrophe!
2162 There can be nothing worse.
2163 I feel pity for you and for them.
2164
2165 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
2166 die.
2167 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
2168 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
2169 love dead, perhaps?
2170 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
2171 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
2172 DORABELLA: Wounded?
2173 DON ALFONSO: No.
2174 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
2175 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
2176 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
2177 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
2178 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
2179 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
2180 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
2181 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
2182 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
2183 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
2184 you wish it, they are ready...
2185 DORABELLA: Where are they?
2186 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
2187
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2188=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
2189
2190L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
2191
2192 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
2193 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
2194 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
2195 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
2196 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
2197 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
2198
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2199=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
2200
2201L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
2202
2203 When times go bad
2204 when times go rough
2205 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
2206 And let me do my stuff
2207
2ee7da68 2208=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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2209
2210L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
2211
2212O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
2213sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
2214Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
2215than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
2216temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
2217mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
2218your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
2219draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
2220implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
2221rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
2222bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
2223Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
2224is a fool!
2225
2ee7da68 2226=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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2227
2228L<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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2229
2230The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
2231the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
2232withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
2233consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
2234tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
2235detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
2236by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
2237
2ee7da68 2238=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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2239
2240L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
2241
2242Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
2243rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
2244stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
2245know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
2246that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
2247chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
2248clouds thickened above them.
2249
2250"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
2251you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
2252body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
2253closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
2254hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
2255he looked Long in the face.
2256
2257"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
2258master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
2259grew fierce.
2260
2261"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
2262fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
2263truth!"
2264
2ee7da68 2265=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2267L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
2268
2269“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
2270hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
2271
2272“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
2273
2274“Is there? What is the point?”
2275
2276“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
2277
2278“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
2279
2280“The trick is not to think about that.”
2281
2282“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
2283
2284Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
2285
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2286=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
2287
2288L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
2289
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2290And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
2291down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
2292the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
2293were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
2294they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
2295Europe was over.
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2297Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
2298leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
2299kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
2300horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 2301
e91f1fc1 2302Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 2303
e91f1fc1 2304One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
2cff31c9 2305
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2306=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
2307
2308L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
2309
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2310 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
2311
2312 Mr. Bun: Morning.
2313 Waitress: Morning.
2314 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
2315 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
2316 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
2317 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
2318 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
2319 egg on top and spam
2320 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
2321 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
2322 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
2323 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
2324 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
2325 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
2326 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
2327 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
2328 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
2329 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
2330
2331 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
2332
2333 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
2334 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
2335 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
2336 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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40e1c3e8 2338=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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2339
2340L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
2341
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2342 I
2343
2344 A cat is strolling through my mind
2345 Acting as though he owned the place,
2346 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
2347 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
2348
2349 So tender and discreet his tone;
2350 But whether he should growl or purr
2351 His voice is always rich and deep.
2352 That is the secret of his charm.
2353
2354 This purling voice that filters down
2355 Into my darkest depths of soul
2356 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
2357 Delights me as a potion would.
2358
2359 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
2360 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
2361 Without the need for any words
2362 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
2363
2364 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
2365 Across my heart, fine instrument,
2366 And makes to sing so royally
2367 The strongest and the purest chord,
2368
2369 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
2370 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
2371 In whom all is, angelically,
2372 As subtle as harmonious.
2373
2374 II
2375
2376 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
2377 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
2378 I might have been embalmed in it
2379 By giving him one little pet.
2380
2381 He is my household's guardian soul;
2382 He judges, he presides, inspires
2383 All matters in hos royal realm;
2384 Might he be fairy? or a god?
2385
2386 When my eyes, to this cat I love
2387 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
2388 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
2389 And when I look within myself,
2390
2391 I notice with astonishment
2392 The fire of his opal eyes,
2393 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
2394 Taking my measure, steadily.
2395
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2396=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
2397
2398L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
2399
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2400There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
2401that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
2402Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
2403despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
2404loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
2405looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
2406his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
2407of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
2408heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
2409danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
2410She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
2411surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
2412and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
2413be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
2414name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
2415and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
2416him.
2417
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2418=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
2419
2420L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
2421
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2422E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
2423written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
2424betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
2425have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
2426personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
2427Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
2428For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
2429political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
2430working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
2431between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
2432however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
2433logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
2434an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
2435to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
2436outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
2437there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
2438There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
2439
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2440=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
2441
2442L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
2443
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2444The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
2445correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
2446showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
2447however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
2448magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
2449the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
2450
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2451=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2452
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2454
2455 Over hill, over dale,
2456 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
2457 Over park, over pale,
2458 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
2459 I do wander everywhere,
2460 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
2461 And I serve the fairy queen,
2462 To dew her orbs upon the green.
2463 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
2464 In their gold coats, spots you see;
2465 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
2466 In their freckles live our savours.
2467 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
2468 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
2469 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
2470 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
2471
5f42d1f2 2472=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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2473
2474L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
2475
2476 From the beginning, I knew…
2477 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
2478 …that I can't fix…
2479 …with my hands…
2480
40e1c3e8 2481=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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2482
2483L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
2484
2485 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
2486 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
2487 The shadows lengthen
2488 In Carcosa.
2489
2490 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
2491 And strange moons circle through the skies
2492 But stranger still is
2493 Lost Carcosa.
2494
2495 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
2496 Where flap the tatters of the King,
2497 Must die unheard in
2498 Dim Carcosa.
2499
2500 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
2501 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
2502 Shall dry and die in
2503 Lost Carcosa.
2504
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2505=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
2506
2507(no epigraph)
2508
40e1c3e8 2509=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2512
2513"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
2514empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
2515Yellow!"
2516
40e1c3e8 2517=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2520
2521 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
2522
2523 STRANGER: Indeed?
2524
2525 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
2526
2527 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
2528
2529 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
2530
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2531=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
2532
2533L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
2534
2535One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
2536only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
2537that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
2538about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
2539places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
2540Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
2541mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
2542every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
2543
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2544=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
2545
2546L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
2547
2548The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
2549systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
2550thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
2551operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
2552ever seen.
2553
2554An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
2555something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
2556kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
2557anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
2558disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
2559gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
2560that renders the operating system unnecessary.
2561
2562=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
2563
2564L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
2565
2566Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
2567someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
2568again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
2569and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
2570language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
2571
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2572=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
2573
2574L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
2575
2576It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
2577who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
2578walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
2579and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
2580search, in questions, in torment.
2581
2ee7da68 2582=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2585
2586Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
2587
2588=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
2589
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2591
2592 I'd love to go drowning
2593 And to stay and to stay
2594 But the ocean doesn't want me today
2595 I'll go in up to here
2596 It can't possibly hurt
2597 All they will find is my beer
2598 And my shirt
2599
2600=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
2601
2602L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
2603
2604 And the great day of wrath has come
2605 And here's mud in your big red eye
2606 The poker's in the fire
2607 And the locusts take the sky
2608 And the earth died screaming
2609 While I lay dreaming of you
2610
2611=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
2612
2613L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
2614
2615 What's he building in there?
2616
2617 We have a right to know…
2618
2ee7da68 2619=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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2621L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
2622
2623It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
2624eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
2625
2ee7da68 2626=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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2629
2630The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
2631followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
2632safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
2633place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
2634would be famous for this.
2635
2636Six months passed. A year.
2637
72f869fd 2638The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 2639Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 2640powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 2641
2ee7da68 2642=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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2645
2646Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
2647The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
2648recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
2649his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
2650Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
2651of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
2652Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
2653of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
2654'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
2655embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
2656'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
2657in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
2658leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
2659
2660The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
2661Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
2662in the destruction of the planet Earth.
2663
2ee7da68 2664=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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2667
2668I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
2669the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
2670dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
2671between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
2672improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
2673fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
2674I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
2675them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
2676do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 2677from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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2678in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
2679perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
2680himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
2681a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
2682the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
2683world is richer for it.
2684
2ee7da68 2685=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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2688
2689No thought.
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2690
2691The boy extinguished. Only a place.
2692
2693This place.
2694
2695Motionless, 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.
2696
2697A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
2698
2699For 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.
2700
2701The 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 . . .
2702
2703And 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.
2704
2705The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
2706
2707I have been legion . . .
2708
2709In 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.
2710
2711Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 2713=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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2716
2717Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
2718of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
2719scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
2720glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
2721beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
2722much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
2723caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
2724vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
2725had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
2726
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2727=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2728
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2730
2731Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
2732behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
2733recording everything.
2734
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2735=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
2736
f3d08688 2737L<Announced on 2012-09-19 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/09/msg192635.html>
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2739 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
2740 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
2741 She aims it at the creature's head,
2742 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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2744 A few weeks later, in the wood,
2745 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
2746 But what a change! No cloak of red,
2747 No silly hood upon her head.
2748 She said, "Hello, and do please note
2749 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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2751=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
2752
2753L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
2754
2755Preparation:
2756
2757Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
2758or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
2759Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
2760look golden brown.
2761Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
2762ready to create the soup.
2763
2764Ingredients:
2765
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2766 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
2767 3 tbsp butter
2768 1/4 cup olive oil
2769 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
2770 1 tsp salt
2771 1 tsp sugar
2772 black pepper to taste
2773 1 cup red wine
2774 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2775 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
2776 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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2777
2778Method:
2779
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2780 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
2781 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
2782 to half an hour.
2783 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2784 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
2785 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
2786 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
2787 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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2788
2789Enjoy.
2790
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2791=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
2792
3d76f962 2793L<Announced on 2012-07-21 by TonyC|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/07/msg189828.html>
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2794
2795‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
2796
2797Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
2798their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
2799
2800The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
2801butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
2802and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
2803
2804Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
2805
2806‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
2807
2808‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
2809
2810‘What?’
2811
2812‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
2813
2814‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
2815his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
2816dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
2817quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
2818
2819‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
2820an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
2821
2822‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
2823
2824The iotum rose, spinning.
2825
2826‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
2827
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2828=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
2829
2830L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
2831
2832On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
2833taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
2834"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
2835and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
2836merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
2837subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
2838Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
2839it.
2840
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2841=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2842
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2844
2845`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
2846`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
2847hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
2848The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
2849been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
2850be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
2851to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
2852fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
2853
2854There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
2855climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
2856broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
2857implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
2858on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
2859Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
2860astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
2861for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
2862out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
2863the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
2864
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2865=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
2866
2867L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
2868
2869 A victim of collision on the open sea
2870 Nobody ever said that life was free
2871 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
2872 But use your freedom of choice
2873
2874=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
2875
2876L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
2877
2878Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
2879machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
2880trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
2881little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
2882to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
2883he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
2884the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
2885
2886The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
2887current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
2888transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
2889chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
2890adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
2891as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
2892solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
2893valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
2894the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
2895machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
2896
2ee7da68 2897=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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2900
2901 Don't you know? You never split the party
2902 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
2903 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
2904 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
2905
c33412d7 2906=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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2909
2910I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
2911Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
2912Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
2913The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
2914
2915
2916
2917I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
2918sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
2919collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
2920
2921My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
2922inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
2923swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
2924side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
2925The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
2926dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
2927
2ee7da68 2928=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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2932 All I have is a voice
2933 To undo the folded lie,
2934 The romantic lie in the brain
2935 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
2936 And the lie of Authority
2937 Whose buildings grope the sky:
2938 There is no such thing as the State
2939 And no one exists alone;
2940 Hunger allows no choice
2941 To the citizen or the police;
2942 We must love one another or die.
2943
2ee7da68 2944=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
54fdd2d6 2945
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2948 How many roads must a man walk down
2949 Before you call him a man?
2950 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
2951 Before she sleeps in the sand?
2952 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
2953 Before they're forever banned?
2954 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2955 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2956
2957 How many years can a mountain exist
2958 Before it's washed to the sea?
2959 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
2960 Before they're allowed to be free?
2961 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
2962 Pretending he just doesn't see?
2963 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2964 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2965
2966 How many times must a man look up
2967 Before he can see the sky?
2968 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
2969 Before he can hear people cry?
2970 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
2971 That too many people have died?
2972 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2973 The answer is blowin' in the wind
54fdd2d6 2974
2ee7da68 2975=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
1f9d7ff5 2976
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2978
2979 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2980 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
2981 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2982 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
2983 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
2984
2985Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
2986age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
2987older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
2988debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
2989girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
2990A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
2991Top for more than one week.
2992
2993Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
2994lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
2995buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
2996into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
2997meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
2998soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
2999single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
3000
3001 "I'm never going to give you up"
3002
2ee7da68 3003=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 3004
6dab83b1 3005L<Announced on 2012-01-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/01/msg182230.html>
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CBW
3006
3007"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
3008
3009He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
3010notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
3011which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
3012OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
3013ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
3014
3015There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
3016busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
3017out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
3018mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
3019and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
3020with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
3021bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
3022chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
3023excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
3024down cheering and applauding.
3025
3026"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
3027
2ee7da68 3028=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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3031
3032Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
3033into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
3034beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
3035winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
3036wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
3037over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
3038
3039But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
3040gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
3041villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
3042journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
3043domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
3044with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
3045by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
3046Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
3047
2ee7da68 3048=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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3051
3052This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
3053been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
3054confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
3055how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
3056could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
3057putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
3058I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
3059before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
3060think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
3061all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
3062off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
3063was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
3064The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
3065endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
3066benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
3067boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
3068lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
3069Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
3070resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
3071Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
3072you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
3073
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3074=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
3075
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3077
3078A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
3079don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
3080without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
3081the human experience, the better design we will have.
3082
2ee7da68 3083=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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3087All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
3088the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
3089do so at their peril.
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3091It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
3092Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
3093work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
3094artist is in accord with himself.
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3096We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
3097he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
3098thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 3099
4ed12d4a 3100All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 3101
2ee7da68 3102=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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3106 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
3107 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
3108 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
3109 things the significance of a human future;
3110 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
3111 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
3112 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
3113 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
3114 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
3115 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
3116 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
3117 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
3118 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
3119 hurtles all ages along with it forever
3120 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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3122=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
3123
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3125
3126Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
3127fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
3128winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
3129down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
3130being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
3131extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
3132but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
3133
3134Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
3135that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
3136around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
3137fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
3138the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
3139closed system.
3140
3141Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
3142the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
3143/be/ them.'
3144
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3145=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
3146
3147L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
3148
4ed12d4a 3149If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 3150
c682aa67 3151=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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3155He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
3156mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
3157encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
3158
3159'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
3160Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
3161finished its run. It was due about now.'
3162
3163Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
3164see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
3165
3166'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
3167is always a last time for everything.)
3168
3169Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
3170
3171=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
3172
3173L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
3174
3175 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
3176 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
3177 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
3178 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
3179 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
3180 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
3181 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
3182 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
3183 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
3184 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
3185 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
3186 eaten them, but not for love.
3187
3188=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 >>
3189
3190L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
3191
3192It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
3193do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
3194they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
3195catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
3196awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
3197inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
3198
3199So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
3200mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
3201the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 3203=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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3205L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
3206
3207At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
3208my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
3209the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
3210since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
3211already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
3212to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
3213the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
3214can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
3215unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
3216
c684cf36 3217=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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3218
3219L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
3220
3221At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
3222myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
3223impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
3224"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
3225gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
3226or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
3227
3228I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
3229computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
3230ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
3231would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
3232my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
3233away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
3234won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
3235
3236So a freely distributable program is born.
3237
3238=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
3239
3240L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
3241
3242This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
3243continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
3244aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
3245and your bags will be offloaded.
3246
2ee7da68 3247=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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3248
3249L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
3250
3251Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
3252of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
3253by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
3254sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
3255swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
3256down their paved streets.
3257
3258Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
3259obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
3260company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
3261the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
3262govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
3263the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
3264
3265=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
3266
3267L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
3268
3269But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
3270my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
3271reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
3272wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
3273Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
3274the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 3275This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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3276just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
3277this had never reached me.
3278
2ee7da68 3279=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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3282
3283 When the full-grown poet came,
3284 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
3285 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
3286 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
3287 Nay he is mine alone;
3288 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
3289 by the hand;
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3290 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
3291 holding hands,
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3292 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
3293 And wholly and joyously blends them.
3294
2ee7da68 3295=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
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3299 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
3300 nema ráða vel kunni.
3301 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
3302 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
3303 Sák á telgðu talkni
3304 tíu launstafi ristna.
3305 Þat hefr lauka lindi
3306 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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3308=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
3309
3310L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
3311
3312In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
3313granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
3314do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
3315that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
3316generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
3317endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
3318that fire can truly light the world.
3319
3320And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
3321ask what you can do for your country.
3322
3323My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
3324but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
3325
3326Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
3327ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
3328we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
3329the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
3330asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
3331work must truly be our own.
3332
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3333=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
3334
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3335L<Announced on 2010-12-19 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/12/msg167271.html>
3336
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3337The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
3338to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
3339between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
3340cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
3341areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
3342be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
3343As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
3344the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
3345instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
3346interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
3347also be automated.
3348
3349Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
3350if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
3351were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
3352and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
3353indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
3354techniques like X-ray crystallography.
3355
2ee7da68 3356=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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3359
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CBW
3360[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
3361
5814c912 3362 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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CBW
3363
3364[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
3365
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3366 Trinity: What did you just say?
3367 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
3368 Trinity: What did you see?
3369 Cypher: What happened?
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3370 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
3371 like it.
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3372 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
3373 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
3374 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
3375 Neo: What is it?
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3376 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
3377 they change something.
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3379=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
3380
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3381L<Announced on 2010-10-20 by Tatsuhiko Miyagawa|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/10/msg165183.html>
3382
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3383The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
3384he storm vanishes.
3385
3386"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
3387fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
3388to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
3389me?"
3390
3391I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
3392like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
3393
3394"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
3395as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
3396on my heart.
3397
3398(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
3399
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3400=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
3401
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3403
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3404Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
3405air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
3406the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
3407faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
3408of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
3409the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
3410deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
3411fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
3412stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
3413revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
3414
3415For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
3416courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
3417the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
3418jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
3419were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
3420there, a glimmer of moonshine.
3421
3422Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
3423rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
3424grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
3425park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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3428=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3429
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3431
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3432`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
3433`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
3434it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
3435she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
3436
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3437 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
3438 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
3439 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
3440 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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3441
3442
3443`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
3444
3445`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
3446nonsense.'
3447
3448Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
3449anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
3450
3451`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
3452
3453`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
3454
3455`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
3456with his nose, you know?'
3457
3458`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
3459the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
3460
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3461=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
3462
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3463L<Announced on 2010-07-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/07/msg162230.html>
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3465Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
3466Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
3467notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
3468for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
3469sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
3470
3471Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
3472dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
3473Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
3474motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
3475Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
3476that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
3477had ever even been a car.
3478
3479There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
3480been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
3481this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
3482flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
3483re-entry.
3484
3485There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
3486metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
3487somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
3488make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
3489
3490It should have fallen apart miles back.
3491
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3492=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
3493
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3494L<Announced on 2010-06-22 by Matt S Trout|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/06/msg161112.html>
3495
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3496We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
3497the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
3498in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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3499there exist ... special circumstances.
3500
3501=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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3505And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
3506bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
3507yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
3508with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
3509if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
3510bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
3511quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
3512
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3513=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
3514
3515L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
3516
3517The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
3518involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
3519when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
3520streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
3521road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
3522seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
3523smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
3524
3525"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
3526volcano were once more to set to work."
3527
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3528=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
3529
3530L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
3531
3532 Music oft hath such a charm
3533 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
3534
3535=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
3536
3537L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
3538
3539 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
3540 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
3541 When breakfast is taken away,
3542 To turn his attention to dinner;
3543 And it's not in the range of belief,
3544 To look upon him as a glutton,
3545 Who, when he is tired of beef,
3546 Determines to tackle the mutton.
3547 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
3548 If it will appease her sorrow,
3549 I'll marry this lady today,
3550 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
3551
3552=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
3553
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3555
3556 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
3557 Tolerates no work of man.
3558 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
3559 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
3560 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
3561 While the last larks sing and soar,
3562 From the heather-blossoms sweet
3563 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
3564 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
3565 Eleanor makes macaroons!
3566
3567=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
3568
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3570
3571 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
3572 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
3573 Lobster I freely endorse,
3574 In pate or patty or pasty.
3575 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
3576 And nothing the matter with jam,
3577 And the warmest greetings I utter
3578 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
3579 For they're food,
3580 All food,
3581 And I think very fondly of food.
3582 Through I'm broody at times
3583 When bothered by rhymes,
3584 I brood
3585 On food.
3586
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3588
3589L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
3590
3591 I saw a huge steam roller,
3592 It blotted out the sun.
3593 The people all lay down, lay down;
3594 They did not try to run.
3595 My love and I, we looked amazed
3596 Upon the gory mystery.
3597 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
3598 'The great machine is history!'
3599 My love and I, we ran away,
3600 The engine did not find us.
3601 We ran up to a mountain top,
3602 Left history far behind us.
3603 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
3604 But somehow we don't think so.
3605 We went to see where history'd been,
3606 And my, the dead did stink so.
3607
3608=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3609
3610L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
3611
3612CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
3613she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
3614seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
3615
3616What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
3617of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
3618has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
3619will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
3620only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
3621lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
3622design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
3623periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
3624
3625=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3626
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3628
3629The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
3630from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
3631view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
3632Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
3633once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
3634endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
3635a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
3636will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
3637of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
3638Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
3639still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
3640
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3642
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3645"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
3646many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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3647Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
3648what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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3649Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
3650had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
3651...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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3652"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
3653hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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3654degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
3655and-thirty degrees."
3656
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3657=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3658
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3661San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
3662the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
3663hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
3664of the Free World."
3665
3666Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
3667level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
3668harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
3669exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
3670
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3672
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3675Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
3676the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
3677just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
3678a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
3679it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
3680of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
3681common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
3682bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
3683
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3685 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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3687=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3688
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3691'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
3692not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
3693your cat grins like that?'
3694
3695'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
3696
3697She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
3698jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
3699and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
3700
3701'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
3702that cats COULD grin.'
3703
3704'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
3705
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3707
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3710'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
3711have got altered.'
3712
3713'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
3714there was silence for some minutes.
3715
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3716=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3717
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3720'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
3721always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
3722rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
3723yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
3724can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
3725kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
3726
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3727=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3728
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3731At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
3732called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
3733dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
3734in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
3735sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
3736
3737'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
3738is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
3739the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
3740to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
3741accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 3742Mercia and Northumbria --"'
4363636d 3743
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3e340399 3748=head2 v5.12.0-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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3752So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
3753hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
3754making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
3755picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
3756close by her.
3757
3758There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
3759VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
3760dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
3761occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
3762it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
3763OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
3764Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
3765never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
3766take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
3767after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
3768rabbit-hole under the hedge.
3769
3770In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
3771in the world she was to get out again.
3772
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3e340399 3777=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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3781 A little child, a limber elf,
3782 Singing, dancing to itself,
3783 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
3784 That always finds, and never seeks,
3785 Makes such a vision to the sight
3786 As fills a father's eyes with light;
3787 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
3788 Upon his heart, that he at last
3789 Must needs express his love's excess
3790 With words of unmeant bitterness.
3791 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
3792 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
3793 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
3794 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
3795 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
3796 At each wild word to feel within
3797 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
3798 And what, if in a world of sin
3799 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
3800 Such giddiness of heart and brain
3801 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
3802 So talks as it's most used to do.
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3804=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
3805
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3808And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
3809into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
3810mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
3811question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
3812hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
3813louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
3814who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
3815worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
3816done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
3817
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3818=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
3819
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3821
4363636d 3822"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 3823course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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3824
3825Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
3826
3827"Why ain't that work?"
3828
3829Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
3830is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
3831
3832"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
3833
3834The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
3835to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
3836
3837That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
3838swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
3839-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
3840watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
3841absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
3842
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3843=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
3844
f0ccce9b 3845L<Announced on 2009-11-20 by Léon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/11/msg153646.html>
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3847The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
3848at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
3849streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
3850the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
3851live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
3852colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
3853as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
3854wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
3855prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
3856however much they're into colour.
3857
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3858=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
3859
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3862Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
3863and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
3864word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
3865disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
3866everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
3867on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
3868that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
3869glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 3870war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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3871presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
3872for more hazardous assignment.
3873
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3874=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
3875
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3878Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
3879streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
3880trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
3881to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
3882about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
3883of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
3884facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
3885explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
3886Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
3887people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
3888work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
3889their art.
3890
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3891=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3892
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3895'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
3896the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
3897Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
3898Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
3899responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
3900Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
3901Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
3902Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
3903Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
3904Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
3905
3906'Can they all type?' I joked.
3907
3908'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
3909McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
3910