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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, Freedom of Choice
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24 A victim of collision on the open sea
25 Nobody ever said that life was free
26 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
27 But use your freedom of choice
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29=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, The Nine Billion Names of God
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33He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
34mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
35encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
36
37'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
38Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
39finished its run. It was due about now.'
40
41Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
8af848c0 42see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
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44'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
45is always a last time for everything.)
46
47Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
48
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50=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
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54Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
55The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
56recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
57his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
58Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
59of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
60Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
61of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
62'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
63embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
64'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
65in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
66leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
67
68The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
69Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
70in the destruction of the planet Earth.
71
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72=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, An Instance of the Fingerpost
73
74L<Announced on 2013-01-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-01/msg00518.html>
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76I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
77the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
78dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
79between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
80improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
81fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
82I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
83them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
84do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
85from an authority while others cut E<0x2014> when he taught, the knife was
86in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
87perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
88himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
89a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
90the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
91world is richer for it.
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93=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, The Darkness That Comes Before
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97No thought.
98 The boy extinguished. Only a place.
99 This place.
100 Motionless, 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.
101 A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
102 For 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.
103 The 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 . . .
104 And 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.
105 The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
106 I have been legion . . .
107 In 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.
108 Now I understand.
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110=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
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114Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
115of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
116scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
117glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
118beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
119much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
120caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
121vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
122had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
123
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124=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
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126Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves
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128 Music oft hath such a charm
129 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
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131=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, The Cyberiad, Trurl's Machine
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133L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00017.html>
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135Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
136machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
137trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
138little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
139to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
e4a5e942 140he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
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141the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
142
143The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
144current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
145transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
146chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
147adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
148as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
149solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
150valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
151the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
152machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
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154=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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158Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
159behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
160recording everything.
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162=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
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164L<Announced on 2012-09-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-09/msg01226.html>
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166 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
167 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
168 She aims it at the creature's head,
169 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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171 A few weeks later, in the wood,
172 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
173 But what a change! No cloak of red,
174 No silly hood upon her head.
175 She said, "Hello, and do please note
176 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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178=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
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180L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
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182Preparation:
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184Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
185or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
186Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
187look golden brown.
188Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
189ready to create the soup.
190
191Ingredients:
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193 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
194 3 tbsp butter
195 1/4 cup olive oil
196 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
197 1 tsp salt
198 1 tsp sugar
199 black pepper to taste
200 1 cup red wine
201 1/4 cup all purpose flour
202 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
203 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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205Method:
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207 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
208 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
209 to half an hour.
210 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
211 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
212 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
213 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
214 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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216Enjoy.
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218=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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222‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
223
224Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
225their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
226
227The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
228butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
229and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
230
231Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
232
233‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
234
235‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
236
237‘What?’
238
239‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
240
241‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
242his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
243dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
244quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
245
246‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
247an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
248
249‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
250
251The iotum rose, spinning.
252
253‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
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255=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
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257L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
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259On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
260taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
261"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
262and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
263merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
264subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
265Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
266it.
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268=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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272`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
273`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
274hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
275The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
276been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
277be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
278to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
279fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
280
281There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
282climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
283broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
284implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
285on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
286Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
287astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
288for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
289out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
290the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
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297 Don't you know? You never split the party
298 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
299 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
300 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
301
302 -- Emerald Rose, Never Split The Party
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304=head2 v5.16.1 RC1 - Tom Moldvay - Dungeons & Dragons
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306L<Announced on 2012-08-03 by Ricardo
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309I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
310Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
311Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
312The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
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316I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
317sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
318collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
319
320My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
321inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
322swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
323side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
324The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
325dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
326
327 -- Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook
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329=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden - September 1, 1939
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334 All I have is a voice
335 To undo the folded lie,
336 The romantic lie in the brain
337 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
338 And the lie of Authority
339 Whose buildings grope the sky:
340 There is no such thing as the State
341 And no one exists alone;
342 Hunger allows no choice
343 To the citizen or the police;
344 We must love one another or die.
345
346 -- W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
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353 How many roads must a man walk down
354 Before you call him a man?
355 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
356 Before she sleeps in the sand?
357 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
358 Before they're forever banned?
359 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
360 The answer is blowin' in the wind
361
362 How many years can a mountain exist
363 Before it's washed to the sea?
364 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
365 Before they're allowed to be free?
366 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
367 Pretending he just doesn't see?
368 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
369 The answer is blowin' in the wind
370
371 How many times must a man look up
372 Before he can see the sky?
373 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
374 Before he can hear people cry?
375 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
376 That too many people have died?
377 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
378 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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380 -- Bob Dylan, Spring 1962
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384L<Announced on 2012-02-20 by Max
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387 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
388 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
389 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
390 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
391 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
392
393Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
394age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
395older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
396debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
397girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
398A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
399Top for more than one week.
400
401Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
402lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
403buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
404into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
405meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
406soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
407single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
408
409 "I'm never going to give you up"
410
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416"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
417
418He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
419notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
420which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
421OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
422ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
423
424There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
425busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
426out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
427mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
428and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
429with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
430bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
431chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
432excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
433down cheering and applauding.
434
435"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
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437=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, A Wizard of Earthsea
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442Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
443into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
444beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
445winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
446wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
447over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
448
449But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
450gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
451villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
452journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
453domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
454with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
455by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
456Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
457
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458=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman
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460L<Announced on 2011-11-20 by Steve
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463This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
464been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
465confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
466how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
467could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
468putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
469I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
470before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
471think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
472all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
473off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
474was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
475The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
476endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
477benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
478boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
479lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
480Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
481resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
482Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
483you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
484
485 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
486 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
487
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490L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian
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493A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
494don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
495without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
496the human experience, the better design we will have.
497
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502 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
503 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
504 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
505 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
506 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
507 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
508 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
509 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
510 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
511 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
512 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
513 eaten them, but not for love.
514
515 -- As You Like It, William Shakespeare
516
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522
523It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
524do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
525they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
526catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
527awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
528inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
529
530So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
531mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
532the heart of the programmer.
533
534
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540 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
541 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
542 do so at their peril.
543
544 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
545 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
546 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
547 artist is in accord with himself.
548
549 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
550 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
551 thing is that one admires it intensely.
552
553 All art is quite useless.
554
555 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
556
557
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563 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
564 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
565 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
566 things the significance of a human future;
567 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
568 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
569 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
570 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
571 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
572 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
573 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
574 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
575 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
576 hurtles all ages along with it forever
577 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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579 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
580 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
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585
586Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
587fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
588winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
589down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
590being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
591extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
592but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
593
594Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
595that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
596around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
597fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
598the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
599closed system.
600
601Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
602the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
603/be/ them.'
604
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609 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
610 you will have gained.
611
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612=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
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616 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
617 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
618 When breakfast is taken away,
619 To turn his attention to dinner;
620 And it's not in the range of belief,
621 To look upon him as a glutton,
622 Who, when he is tired of beef,
623 Determines to tackle the mutton.
624 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
625 If it will appease her sorrow,
626 I'll marry this lady today,
627 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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633At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
634my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
635the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
636since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
637already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
638to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
639the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
640can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
641unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
642
643=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
644
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647 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
648 Tolerates no work of man.
649 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
650 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
651 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
652 While the last larks sing and soar,
653 From the heather-blossoms sweet
654 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
655 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
656 Eleanor makes macaroons!
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658=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
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662 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
663 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
664 Lobster I freely endorse,
665 In pate or patty or pasty.
666 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
667 And nothing the matter with jam,
668 And the warmest greetings I utter
669 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
670 For they're food,
671 All food,
672 And I think very fondly of food.
673 Through I'm broody at times
674 When bothered by rhymes,
675 I brood
676 On food.
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682At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
683myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
684impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
685"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
686gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
687or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
688
689I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
690computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
691ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
692would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
693my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
694away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
695won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
696
697So a freely distributable program is born.
698
699=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
700
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703This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
704continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
705aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
706and your bags will be offloaded.
707
708=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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712Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
713of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
714by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
715sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
716swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
717down their paved streets.
718
719Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
720obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
721company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
722the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
723govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
724the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
725
726=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
727
728L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
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730But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
731my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
732reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
733wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
734Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
735the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
736This seemed doubly astounding to meE<0x2014>first that Australia could
737just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
738this had never reached me.
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740=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<Leaves of Grass|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
741
742L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2011-03/msg00560.html>
743
744 When the full-grown poet came,
745 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
746 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
747 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
748 Nay he is mine alone;
749 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
750 by the hand;
751 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly holding hands,
752 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
753 And wholly and joyously blends them.
754
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759 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
760 nema ráða vel kunni.
761 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
762 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
763 Sák á telgðu talkni
764 tíu launstafi ristna.
765 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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768=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
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772In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
773granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
774do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
775that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
776generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
777endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
778that fire can truly light the world.
779
780And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
781ask what you can do for your country.
782
783My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
784but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
785
786Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
787ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
788we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
789the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
790asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
791work must truly be our own.
792
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797The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
798to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
799between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
800cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
801areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
802be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
803As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
804the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
805instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
806interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
807also be automated.
808
809Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
810if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
811were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
812and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
813indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
814techniques like X-ray crystallography.
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817
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820[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
821
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824[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
825
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827 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
828 Trinity: What did you see?
829 Cypher: What happened?
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830 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
831 like it.
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832 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
833 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
834 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
835 Neo: What is it?
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836 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
837 they change something.
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840
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843The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
844he storm vanishes.
845
846"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
847fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
848to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
849me?"
850
851I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
852like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
853
854"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
855as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
856on my heart.
857
858(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
859
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860=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
861
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864Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
865air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
866the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
867faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
868of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
869the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
870deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
871fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
872stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
873revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
874
875For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
876courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
877the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
878jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
879were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
880there, a glimmer of moonshine.
881
882Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
883rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
884grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
885park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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888=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
889
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892`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
893`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
894it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
895she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
896
897 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
898 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
899 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
900 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
901
902
903`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
904
905`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
906nonsense.'
907
908Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
909anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
910
911`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
912
913`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
914
915`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
916with his nose, you know?'
917
918`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
919the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
920
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925Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
926Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
927notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
928for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
929sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
930
931Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
932dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
933Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
934motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
935Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
936that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
937had ever even been a car.
938
939There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
940been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
941this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
942flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
943re-entry.
944
945There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
946metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
947somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
948make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
949
950It should have fallen apart miles back.
951
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953
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956We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
957the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
958in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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960
961=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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965And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
966bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
967yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
968with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
969if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
970bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
971quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
972
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974
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977The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
978involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
979when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
980streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
981road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
982seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
983smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
984
985"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
986volcano were once more to set to work."
987
988=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
989
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992 I saw a huge steam roller,
993 It blotted out the sun.
994 The people all lay down, lay down;
995 They did not try to run.
996 My love and I, we looked amazed
997 Upon the gory mystery.
998 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
999 'The great machine is history!'
1000 My love and I, we ran away,
1001 The engine did not find us.
1002 We ran up to a mountain top,
1003 Left history far behind us.
1004 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
1005 But somehow we don't think so.
1006 We went to see where history'd been,
1007 And my, the dead did stink so.
1008
1009=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1010
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1012
1013CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
1014she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
1015seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
1016
1017What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
1018of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
1019has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
1020will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
1021only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
1022lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
1023design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
1024periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
1025
1026=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1027
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1030The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
1031from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
1032view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
1033Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
1034once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
1035endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
1036a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
1037will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
1038of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
1039Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
1040still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
1041
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1043
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1046"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
1047many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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1048Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
1049what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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1050Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
1051had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
1052...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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1053"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
1054hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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1055degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
1056and-thirty degrees."
1057
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1059
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1062San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
1063the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
1064hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
1065of the Free World."
1066
1067Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
1068level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
1069harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
1070exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
1071
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1073
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1076Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
1077the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
1078just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
1079a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
1080it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
1081of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
1082common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
1083bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
1084
1085 Around and around and around we spin,
1086 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
1087
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1089
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1092'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
1093not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
1094your cat grins like that?'
1095
1096'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
1097
1098She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
1099jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
1100and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
1101
1102'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
1103that cats COULD grin.'
1104
1105'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
1106
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1108
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1111'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
1112have got altered.'
1113
1114'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
1115there was silence for some minutes.
1116
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1118
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1121'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
1122always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
1123rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
1124yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
1125can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
1126kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
1127
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1129
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1132At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
1133called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
1134dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
1135in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
1136sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
1137
1138'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
1139is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
1140the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
1141to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
1142accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 1143Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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2831a86c 1147Available on CPAN since 2010-04-01.
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1153So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
1154hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
1155making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
1156picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
1157close by her.
1158
1159There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
1160VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
1161dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
1162occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
1163it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
1164OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
1165Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
1166never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
1167take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
1168after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
1169rabbit-hole under the hedge.
1170
1171In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
1172in the world she was to get out again.
1173
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1182 A little child, a limber elf,
1183 Singing, dancing to itself,
1184 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
1185 That always finds, and never seeks,
1186 Makes such a vision to the sight
1187 As fills a father's eyes with light;
1188 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
1189 Upon his heart, that he at last
1190 Must needs express his love's excess
1191 With words of unmeant bitterness.
1192 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
1193 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
1194 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
1195 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
1196 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
1197 At each wild word to feel within
1198 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
1199 And what, if in a world of sin
1200 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
1201 Such giddiness of heart and brain
1202 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
1203 So talks as it's most used to do.
1204
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1205=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
1206
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1209And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
1210into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
1211mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
1212question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
1213hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
1214louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
1215who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
1216worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
1217done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
1218
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1219=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
1220
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1222
4363636d 1223"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 1224course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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1225
1226Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
1227
1228"Why ain't that work?"
1229
1230Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
1231is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
1232
1233"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
1234
1235The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
1236to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
1237
1238That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
1239swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
1240-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
1241watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
1242absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
1243
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1244=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
1245
f0ccce9b 1246L<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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1248The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
1249at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
1250streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
1251the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
1252live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
1253colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
1254as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
1255wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
1256prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
1257however much they're into colour.
1258
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1259=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
1260
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1263Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
1264and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
1265word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
1266disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
1267everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
1268on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
1269that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
1270glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
1271war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
1272presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
1273for more hazardous assignment.
1274
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1275=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
1276
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1279Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
1280streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
1281trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
1282to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
1283about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
1284of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
1285facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
1286explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
1287Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
1288people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
1289work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
1290their art.
1291
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1292=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
1293
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1296'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
1297the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
1298Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
1299Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
1300responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
1301Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
1302Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
1303Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
1304Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
1305Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
1306
1307'Can they all type?' I joked.
1308
1309'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
1310McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
1311
1312I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
1313'We could have opened an agency.'
1314
1315Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
1316Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
1317amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
1318all say that, do they?' I ventured.
1319
1320Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
1321replied. 'Not quite all.'
1322
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c7bed260 1331=head2 v5.10.0 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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1335He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
1336he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
1337out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
1338noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
1339must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
1340number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
1341did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
1342
1343=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1344
1345L<Announced on 2007-11-25 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130978.html>
1346
1347=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
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1349L<Announced on 2007-11-17 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130653.html>
1350
1351=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
1352
1353L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
1354available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
1355
1356=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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1358L<Announced on 2006-08-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/08/msg115782.html>
1359
1360=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
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1362L<Announced on 2006-01-28 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/01/msg109086.html>
1363
1364=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
1365
1366L<Announced on 2005-04-01 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=20050401150702.2b4a70d5@grubert.mandrakesoft.com>
1367
1368This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
1369gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
1370technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
1371about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
1372bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
1373paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
1374in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
1375electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
1376picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
1377to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
1378technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
1379getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
1380sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
1381it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
1382conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
1383
1384"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
1385that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
1386`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
1387
1388"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
1389one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
1390flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
1391everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
1392make you flip?
1393
1394=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
1395
1396L<Announced on 2004-03-16 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/8587d77c565f2d43>
1397
1398Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
1399
1400=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
1401
1402L<Announced on 2003-10-27 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/63a8c34385de82a1>
1403
1404What of October, that ambiguous month
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1407
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1410Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
1411proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
1412the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
1413anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
1414how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
1415
1416'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
1417
1418This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
1419that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
1420
1421'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
1422expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
1423anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
1424sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
1425
1426This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
1427basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
1428policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
1429disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
1430the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
1431Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
1432and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
1433Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
1434
1435In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
1436reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
1437
1438I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
1439Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
1440for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
1441had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
1442work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
1443the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
1444left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
1445pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
1446the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
1447the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
1448
1449I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
1450publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
1451Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
1452
1453So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
1454pushing to increase the membership?
1455
1456'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
1457more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
1458futile and impotent it becomes.'
1459
1460This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
1461
1462Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
1463diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
1464
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1469There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
1470about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
1471four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
1472anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
1473thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
1474
1475Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
1476and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
1477press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
1478obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
1479produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
1480this draft...'
1481
1482I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
1483hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
1484incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
1485
1486'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
1487redundancy payments as well.'
1488
1489'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
1490it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
1491
1492'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
1493
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1498A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
1499was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
1500and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
1501jets and all.
1502
1503I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
1504
1505I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
1506Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
1507specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
1508the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
1509jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
1510grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
1511in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
1512
1513While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
1514taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
1515me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
1516sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1517three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1518plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1519occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1520were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1521
1522And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1523were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1524
1525Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1526name like Charlie Umtali?
1527
1528I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1529know something about our official visitor.
1530
1531Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1532has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1533car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1534to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1535knew little of his background.
1536
1537I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1538Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1539first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1540
1541Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1542
1543'Why?' I enquired.
1544
1545'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1546to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1547never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1548
1549Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1550that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1551
1552In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1553where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1554revolving door and comes out in front.'
1555
1556'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1557
1558'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1559
1560'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
1561
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1566 It's not that easy bein' green
1567 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 1568 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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1569 Or something much more colorful like that
1570
1571 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1572 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1573 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1574 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1575 Or stars in the sky
1576
1577 But green's the color of Spring
1578 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1579 And green can be big like an ocean
1580 Or important like a mountain
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1582
1583 When green is all there is to be
1584 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1585 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1586 And I think it's what I want to be
1587
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1592Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 1593
2831a86c 1594Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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1600And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1601hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1602cat.
1603
1604Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1605the wolf? What then?"
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1608
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1611And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
1612bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
1613round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
1614
1615In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
1616gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
1617climbed up the high stone wall.
1618
1619One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
1620stretched out over the wall.
1621
1622Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
1623Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
1624take care that he doesn't catch you!".
1625
1626The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
1627snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
1628
1629How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 1630the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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1633
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4363636d 1636"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 1637you."
4363636d 1638
51caa79e 1639"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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1641"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
1642and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 1643to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 1644
51caa79e 1645"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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1647"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
1648planting it."
1649
1650"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 1651grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 1653Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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1655"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
1656Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 1657wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 1659Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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1660
1661"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
1662how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 1663and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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1665=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
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1669"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
1670
1671"Hunting," said Pooh.
1672
1673"Hunting what?"
1674
1675"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
1676
1677"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
1678
1679"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
1680
1681"What do you think you'll answer?"
1682
1683"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
1684"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
1685you see there?"
1686
1687"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
1688excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
1689
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1690=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
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1694Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
1695ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
1696bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
1697waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
1698droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
1699hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
1700longbow.
1701
1702In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
1703often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
1704placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
1705likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
1706may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
1707Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
1708Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
1709farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
1710grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 1711T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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1717Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
1718ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
1719sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
1720pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
1721shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1722
1723The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1724Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1725Caledonia and South America.
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1728
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1731The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1732often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1733large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1734and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1735spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1736year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1737may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1738
1739It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1740branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1741of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1742that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1743
1744Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1745other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1746acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1747mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1748
1749It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1750heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1752=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
1753
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1756 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1757 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1758 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1759 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1760
1761 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1762 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1763 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1764 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1765 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1766 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1767 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1768 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1769
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1770 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1771 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1772
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1774=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1775
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1778 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1779 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1780 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1781 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1782
1783 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1784 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1785 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1786 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1787 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1788 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1789
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1790=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
1791
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1794 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1795 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1796 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1797 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1798 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1799 They are searching high and low,
1800 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1801 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1802 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1803 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1804 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1805 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1806 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1807 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1808 And we're off at last of the northern part
1809 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1810
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1815 We are the music makers,
1816 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1817 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1818 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1819 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1820 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1821 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1822 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1824=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
1825
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1828 There may be trouble ahead,
1829 But while there's music and moonlight,
1830 And love and romance,
1831 Let's face the music and dance.
1832
1833 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1834 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1835 And while we still have that chance,
1836 Let's face the music and dance.
1837
1838 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1839 Humming a different tune, and then,
1840
1841 There may be teardrops to shed,
1842 So while there's music and moonlight,
1843 And love and romance,
1844 Let's face the music and dance.
1845
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1846=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
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1850 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1851 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1852 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1853 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1854 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1855 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1856
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1857 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1858 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1859 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1860 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1861
1862 O my brave soul!
1863 O farther farther sail!
1864 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1865 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1866
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1867=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
1868
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1871 It's fun to charter an accountant
1872 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1873 To find, explore the funds offshore
1874 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1875
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1876=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
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1880 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1881 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1882 In spite of all their friends could say,
1883 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1884 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1885 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1886 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1887 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1888 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1889 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1890
1891 Far and few, far and few,
1892 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1893 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1894 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1895
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1899
1900=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1901
1902L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
1903
1904No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1905three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1906like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1907no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1908overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1909
1910=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1911
1912L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
1913
1914Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1915It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1916devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1917then you can be my most trusted minister."
1918
1919=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1920
1921L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
1922
1923Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1924a knife with a curved blade.
1925
1926=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1927
1928L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
1929
1930Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1931me because I've got magic aaargh."
1932
1933=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1934
1935L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
1936
1937Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1938in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1939with his head.
1940
1941But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1942weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1943open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1944defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1945Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1946was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1947
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1949
1950L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1951
1952There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1953"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1954said the low priest.
1955There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1956The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1957"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1958The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1959The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1960The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1961thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1962There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1963"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1964said the High Priest.
1965"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1966There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1967"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1968There were footsteps again.
1969
1970=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
1971
1972L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1973
1974=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1975
1976L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1977
1978=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1979
1980L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1981
1982=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1983
1984L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1985
1986Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1987No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1988got there first, and is waiting for it.
1989
1990=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1991
1992L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1993
1994His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1995the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1996all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1997bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1998you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1999
2000=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
2001
2002L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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2004"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
2005
2006Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
2007
2008"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
2009flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
2010arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
2011and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
2012I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
2013I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
2014will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
2015liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
2016Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
2017ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
2018
2019"All that?" said Twoflower.
2020
2021"Usually."
2022
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2023=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
2024
2025L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
2026
2027The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
2028but that had to be the 57th strangest.
2029[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
2030
2031=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2032
2033L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
2034
2035When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
2036sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
2037a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
2038what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
2039long in this instance.
2040
2041=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2042
2043L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
2044
2045"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
2046
2831a86c 2047=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
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2831a86c 2049L<Announced on 2001-04-08 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33823.html>
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2051`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
2052himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
2053upset.
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2055`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
2056to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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2058Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
2059stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
2060louder.
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2062`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
2063my precious, three guesseses.'
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2071No announcement available.
2072
2831a86c 2073=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 2077=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 2079L<Announced on 2000-12-18 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/12/msg27738.html>
4363636d 2080
2831a86c 2081=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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2083L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
2084
2085 The dragon is withered,
2086 His bones are now crumbled;
2087 His armour is shivered,
2088 His splendour is humbled!
2089 Though sword shall be rusted,
2090 And throne and crown perish
2091 With strength that men trusted
2092 And wealth that they cherish,
2093 Here grass is still growing,
2094 And leaves are a yet swinging,
2095 The white water flowing,
2096 And elves are yet singing
2097 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
2098 Come back to the valley.
2099
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2100=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
2101
2102L<Announced on 2000-03-22 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10140.html>
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2105
2106L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
2107
2108=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
2109
2110L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
2111
2112=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
2113
2114L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
2115
2116The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
2117the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
2118never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
2119them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
2120chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
2121run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
2122and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
2123and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
2124and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
2125the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
2126fall.
2127
2128=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2129
2130L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
2131
2132Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
2133plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
2134going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
2135she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
2136at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
2137cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
2138hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
2139passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
2140disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
2141of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
2142she fell past it.
2143
2144=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
2145
2146L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
2147
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2148=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
2149
0e6b8110 2150This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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2151on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
2152L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
2153by ysth.
2154
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