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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.29.3 - Mac Miller, "Senior Skip Day"
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24 Enjoy the best things in your life
25 ’Cause you ain’t gonna get to live it twice
26 They say you waste time asleep
27 But I’m just tryin’ to dream
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29=head2 v5.29.2 - Rick Riordan, "The Lightning Thief"
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31L<Announced on 2018-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/08/msg251918.html>
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33 Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood.
34
35 If you're reading this because you think you might be one,
36 my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever
37 lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try
38 to lead a normal life.
39
40 Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time,
41 it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.
42
43 If you're a normal kid, reading this because you think it's
44 fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe
45 that none of this ever happened.
46
47 But if you recognize yourself in these pages - if you feel
48 something stirring inside - stop reading immediately.
49 You might be one of us. And once you know that, it's only a
50 matter of time before they sense it too, and they'll come for you.
51
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52=head2 v5.29.1 - Richard Curtis & Ben Elton, "Blackadder, Series 3, Episode 2: Ink and Incapability"
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56 Dr. Samuel Johnson: Here it is, sir: the very cornerstone of English
57 scholarship. This book, sir, contains every word in our beloved
58 language.
59
60 Prince Regent George: Hmm.
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62 Edmund Blackadder: Every single one, sir?
63
64 Johnson: (confidently) Every single word, sir!
65
66 Blackadder: (to Prince) Oh, well, in that case, sir, I hope you will
67 not object if I also offer the Doctor my most enthusiastic
68 contrafribularities.
69
70 Johnson: What?
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72 Blackadder: 'Contrafribularities,' sir? It is a common word down our
73 way.
74
75 Johnson: Damn! (writes in the book)
76
77 Blackadder: Oh, I'm sorry, sir. I'm anaspeptic, phrasmotic, even
78 compunctious to have caused you such pericombobulation.
79
80 Johnson: What? What? WHAT?
81
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82=head2 v5.29.0 - Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case of the Grinning Gorilla
83
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7df03490 86 Courage is the only antidote for danger.
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88=head2 v5.28.0 - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967
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92 When we look at modern man we have to face the fact that modern man
93 suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring
94 contrast with his scientific and technological abundance. We've learned
95 to fly the air as birds, we've learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we
96 haven't learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.
97
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98=head2 v5.28.0-RC4 - Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
99
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102 You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do
103 anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world,
104 the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over.
105 You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name.
106 You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is
7df03490 107 finished.
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109=head2 v5.28.0-RC3 - Anthony Horowitz, Magpie Murders
110
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113 These had been his plans. But if there was one thing that life had
114 taught him, it was the futility of making plans. Life had its own
115 agenda.
116
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117=head2 v5.28.0-RC2 - Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
118
119L<Announced on 2018-06-06 by Sawyer X|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/251122>
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121 Had she not been of exceptional intelligence and literacy, with an
122 imagination filled and sustained, so to speak, by the images of
123 others, images conveyed by language, by the word, she might have
124 remained almost as helpless as a baby.
125
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126=head2 v5.28.0-RC1 - Anu Garg, A Word A Day
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130 One doesn't have to know the unit of pain (dol) to realize that the
131 unit of joy is not the dollar, or any other currency for that matter.
132
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133=head2 v5.27.11 - Tana French, In the Woods
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137 And then, too, I had learned early to assume something dark and
138 lethal hidden at the heart of anything I loved. When I couldn't find
139 it, I responded, bewildered and wary, in the only way I knew how: by
525f6500 140 planting it there myself.
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142=head2 v5.27.10 - Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, p. 248
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144L<Announced on 2018-03-20 by Todd Rinaldo|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250042.html>
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146 A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher
147 a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts,
148 build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders,
149 cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure,
150 program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
151 Specialization is for insects.
152
e60142ac 153=head2 v5.27.9 - Agatha Christie, "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"
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157 Poirot was an extraordinary looking little man. He was hardly more
158 than five feet, four inches, but carried himself with great dignity.
159 His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it
160 a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military.
161 The neatness of his attire was almost incredible. I believe a
162 speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound.
163 Yet this quaint dandified little man who, I was sorry to see, now
164 limped badly, had been in his time one of the most celebrated members
165 of the Belgian police. As a detective, his flair had been extraordinary,
166 and he had achieved triumphs by unravelling some of the most baffling
167 cases of the day.
168 He pointed out to me the little house inhabited by him and his fellow
169 Belgians, and I promised to go and see him at an early date. Then he
170 raised his hat with a flourish to Cynthia, and we drove away.
171 "He's a dear little man," said Cynthia. "I'd no idea you knew him."
172 "You've been entertaining a celebrity unawares," I replied.
173 And, for the rest of the way home, I recited to them the various
174 exploits and triumphs of Hercule Poirot.
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176=head2 v5.27.8 - Jasper Fforde, "Shades of Grey"
177
178L<Announced on 2018-01-20 by Abigail|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/248914>
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1802.4.16.55.021: Males are to wear dresscode #6 during inter-Collective
181travel. Hats are encouraged, but not required.
182
1839.3.88.32.025: The cucumber and tomato are both fruit; the avocado
184is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians,
185on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.
186
1875.3.21.01.002: Once allocated, postcodes are permanent, and for life.
188
1896.1.02.11.235: Artifacture from before the Something That Happened
190may be collected, so long it does not appear on the Leapback list
191or possess color above 23 percent saturation.
192
1932.3.06.02.087: Unnecessary sharpening of pencils constitutes a waste
194of public resources, and will be punished as appropriate.
195
1962.1.01.05.002: All children are to attent school until the age of
197sixteen or until they have learned everything, whichever be the sooner.
198
1991.3.02.06.023: There shall be no staring at the sun, however good
200the reason.
201
2021.1.19.02.006: Team sports are mandatory in order to build character.
203Character is there to give purpose to team sports.
204
2052.3.03.01.006: Juggling shall not be practiced after 4:00 pm.
206
207
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208=head2 v5.27.7 - Terry Pratchett, "Hogfather"
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212 Death looked at the sacks.
213
214 It was a strange but demonstrable fact that the sacks of
215 toys carried by the Hogfather, no matter what they
216 really contained, always appeared to have sticking out
217 of the top a teddy bear, a toy soldier in the kind of
218 colorful uniform that would stand out in a disco, a
219 drum and a red-and-white candy cane. The actual
220 contents always turned out to be something a bit
221 garish and costing $5.99.
222
223 Death had investigated one or two. There had been a
224 Real Agatean Ninja, for example, with Fearsome
225 Death Grip, and a Captain Carrot One-Man Night
226 Watch with a complete wardrobe of toy weapons, each
227 of which cost as much as the original wooden doll in
228 the first place.
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230 Mind you, the stuff for the girls was just as
231 depressing. It seemed to be nearly all horses. Most of
232 them were grinning. Horses, Death felt, shouldn't grin.
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234 Any horse that was grinning was planning something.
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236=head2 v5.27.6 - Ogden Nash, "Behold the Duck"
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240 Behold the duck,
241 it does not cluck;
242 a cluck it lacks,
243 it quacks!
244
245 It is 'specially fond
246 of puddles or ponds;
247 when it dines or sups
248 it bottoms ups.
249
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251=head2 v5.27.5 - Frank Birch, Dilly Knox & G. P. Mackeson, "Alice in I.D.25"
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255 'Can I do anything?' Alice suggested timidly, thinking that something
256 dreadful must have happened.
257 The Waterflap jumped as if it had been shot. 'What are you doing
258 here?' it snapped. 'Take this at once into the Directional room,' and it
259 thrust the paper which had caused all the fuss into her hands.
260 'But where is the Directional room?' she inquired, bewildered.
261 'Why, there of course,' howled the Waterflap, pointing to a door.
262 'How could I possibly know that!' Alice exclaimed, angered by his
263 rudeness.
264 'Silly girl,' it hissed. 'Why, it's called the Directional room
265 because it's in that direction,' and it pushed her roughly through the
266 doorway.
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268=head2 v5.27.4 - Richard Brautigan, "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"
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272 I like to think (and
273 the sooner the better!)
274 of a cybernetic meadow
275 where mammals and computers
276 live together in mutually
277 programming harmony
278 like pure water
279 touching clear sky.
280
281 I like to think
282 (right now, please!)
283 of a cybernetic forest
284 filled with pines and electronics
285 where deer stroll peacefully
286 past computers
287 as if they were flowers
288 with spinning blossoms.
289
290 I like to think
291 (it has to be!)
292 of a cybernetic ecology
293 where we are free of our labors
294 and joined back to nature,
295 returned to our mammal
296 brothers and sisters,
297 and all watched over
298 by machines of loving grace.
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300=head2 v5.27.3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
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304 When you walk through a storm
305 Hold your head up high
306 And don't be afraid of the dark
307
308 At the end of a storm
309 There's a golden sky
310 And the sweet silver song of a lark
311
312 Walk on through the wind
313 Walk on through the rain
314 Though your dreams be tossed and blown
315
316 Walk on, walk on
317 With hope in your heart
318 And you'll never walk alone
319
320 You'll never walk alone
321
322 Walk on, walk on
323 With hope in your heart
324 And you'll never walk alone
325
326 You'll never walk alone
327
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328=head2 v5.27.2 - Lev Grossman, Codex
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330L<Announced on 2017-07-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245585.html>
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332 He went back for another stack of books: a three-volume English legal
333 treatise; a travel guide to Tuscany from the '20s crammed with faded
334 Italian wildflowers that fluttered out from between the pages like
335 moths; a French edition of Turgeniev so decayed that it came apart in
336 his hands; a register of London society from 1863. In a way it was
337 idiotic. He was treating these books like they were holy relics. It
338 wasn't like he would ever actually read them. But there was something
339 magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly
340 ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused
341 by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used
342 to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of
343 memory, not stamped out of silicon but laboriously crafted out of wood
344 pulp and ink, leather and glue. Somebody had cared enough to write
345 these things; somebody else had cared enough to buy them, possibly
346 even read them, at the very least keep them safe for 150 years,
347 sometimes longer, when they could have vanished at the touch of a
348 spark. That made them worth something, didn't it, just by itself?
349 Though most of them would have bored him rigid the second he cracked
350 them open, which there wasn't much chance of. Maybe that was what he
351 found so appealing: the sight of so many books that he'd never have to
352 read, so much work he'd never have to do.
353
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354=head2 v5.27.1 - Rona Munro, Doctor Who: Survival
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358 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
359 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
360 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
361 Somewhere there's danger,
362 somewhere there's injustice
363 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
364 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
365
366=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
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370 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
371 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
372 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
373 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
374 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
375 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
376 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
377 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
378 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
379
380 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
381
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382=head2 v5.26.2 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
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384L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250440.html>
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386How does a cat use its whiskers? The usual answer is that the whiskers
387are feelers that enable a cat to tell whether a gap is wide enough for
388it to squeeze through, but the truth is more complicated and more
389remarkable. In addition to their obvious role as feelers sensitive to
390touch, the whiskers also operate as air-current detectors. As the cat
391moves along in the dark it needs to manoeuvre past solid objects without
392touching them. Each solid object it approaches causes slight eddies in
393the air, minute disturbances in the currents of air movements, and the
394cat's whiskers are so amazingly sensitive that they can read these air
395changes and respond to the presence of solid obstacles even without
396touching them.
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398=head2 v5.26.2-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
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402Cats have a way of endearing themselves to their owners, not just by
403their 'kittenoid' behaviour, which stimulates strong parental feelings,
404but also by their sheer gracefulness. There is an elegance and a
405composure about them that captivates the human eye. To the sensitive
406human being it becomes a privilege to share a room with a cat, exchange
407its glance, feel its greeting rub, or watch it gently luxuriate itself
408into a snoozing ball on a soft cushion.
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410=head2 v5.26.1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
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412L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246408.html>
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414 And soon I heard a roaring wind:
415 It did not come anear;
416 But with its sound it shook the sails,
417 That were so thin and sere.
418
419 The upper air burst into life!
420 And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
421 To and fro they were hurried about!
422 And to and fro, and in and out,
423 The wan stars danced between.
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425=head2 v5.26.1-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
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429 At length did cross an Albatross,
430 Thorough the fog it came;
431 As if it had been a Christian soul,
432 We hailed it in God's name.
433
434 It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
435 And round and round it flew.
436 The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
437 The helmsman steered us through!
438
439 And a good south wind sprung up behind;
440 The Albatross did follow,
441 And every day, for food or play,
442 Came to the mariner's hollo!
443
444 In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
445 It perched for vespers nine;
446 Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
447 Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
448
449 'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
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450 From the fiends, that plague thee thus!—
451 Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
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452 I shot the ALBATROSS.
453
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454=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
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458 I've got the life
459 And I'm gonna keep it
460 I've got the life
461 And nobody's gonna take it away
462 I've got the life
463
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464=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
465
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468 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
469 absolutely nothing else to do.
470
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471=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
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475 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
476 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
477 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
478 converts than reason.
479
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480=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
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484 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
485 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
486 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
487
488 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
489 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
490 machinery like that.
491
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492=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
493
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496 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
497 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
498 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
499 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
500 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
501 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
502 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
503
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506L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
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508 He who wants the world to remain as it is
509 doesn't want it to remain.
510
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511=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
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515 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
516 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
517 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
518 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
519 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
520 bread, please."
521
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522=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
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526 So long
527 is in the song
528 and it's in the way you're gone
529 but it's like a foreign language
530 in my mind
531 and maybe was I blind
532 I could not see
533 and would not know
534 you're gone so long
535 so long.
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537=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
538
539L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
540
541 Of Beren and Lúthien
542
543 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
544 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
545 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
546 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
547 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
548 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
549 song.
550
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551=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
552
553L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
554
555 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
556 Are you?
3f0ff2a3 557 Yes. Do you know who the lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
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558 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
559 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
560 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
561 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
562 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
563 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
564 a sea of shite.
565 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
566 America meant?
567 No.
568 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
569 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
570 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
571 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
572 playing to freak them out?
573 Who's Michael Stipe?
574 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
575 No, I'm not, Stephen.
576
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577=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
578
579L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
580
581 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
582 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
583 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
584 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
585 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
586 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
587 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
588 fact this is all we are doing
589
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590=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
591
592L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
593
594 Concerning Nomes and Time
595
596 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
597 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
598
599 Let me explain.
600
601 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
602 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
603 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
604
605 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
606 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
607
608 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
609 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
610 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
611 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
612 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
613 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
614 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
615
616 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
617 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
618 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
619 even know.
620
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621=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
622
623L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
624
625 When awful darkness and silence reign
626 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
627 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
628 When the angry breakers roar
629 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
630 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
631 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
632
633 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
634 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
635 A lonely spark with silvery rays
636 Piercing the coal-black night, -
637 A Meteor strange and bright: -
638 Hither and thither the vision strays,
639 A single lurid light.
640
641 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
642 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
643 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
644 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
645 And those who watch at that midnight hour
646 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
647 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
648 'The Dong! - the Dong!
649 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
650 The Dong! the Dong!
651 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
652
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653=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
654
655L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
656
657 Waiting for the beat to kick in
658 But it never does
659 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
660 That lift me above
661 All of these tiresome things
662 That we know and love
663 Waiting for the beat to kick in
664 But it never does
665
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666=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
667
5f602b3b 668L<Announced on 2016-05-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236566.html>
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669
670Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
671totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
672you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
673that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
674people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
675
676Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
677gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
678symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
679and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
680clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
681home, from the ground up.
682
683No wonder you're a geek.
684
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685=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
686
687L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
688
689 Even the bravest that are slain
690 Shall not dissemble their surprise
691 On waking to find valor reign,
692 Even as on earth, in paradise;
693 And where they sought without the sword
694 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
695 To find that the utmost reward
696 Of daring should be still to dare.
697
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698=head2 v5.24.4 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
699
700L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250439.html>
701
702Cats hate doors. Doors simply do not register in the evolutionary story
703of the cat family. They constantly block patrolling activities and
704prevent cats from exploring their home range and then returning to their
705central, secure base at will. Humans often do not understand that a cat
706needs to make only a brief survey of its territory before returning with
707all the necessary information about the activities of other cats in the
708vicinity. It likes to make these tours of inspection at frequent
709intervals, but does not want to stay outside for very long, unless there
710has been some special and unexpected change in the condition of the
711local feline population.
712
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713=head2 v5.24.4-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
714
715L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250102.html>
716
717The domestic cat is a contradiction. No animal has developed such an
718intimate relationship with mankind, while at the same time demanding and
719getting such independence of movement and action. The dog may be man's
720best friend, but it is rarely allowed out on its own to wander from
721garden to garden or street to street. The obedient dog has to be taken
722for a walk. The headstrong cat walks alone.
723
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724=head2 v5.24.3 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
725
726L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246407.html>
727
728 Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
729 Beloved from pole to pole!
730 To Mary Queen the praise be given!
731 She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,
732 That slid into my soul.
733
734 The silly buckets on the deck,
735 That had so long remained,
736 I dreamt that they were filled with dew;
737 And when I awoke, it rained.
738
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739=head2 v5.24.3-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
740
741L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246201.html>
742
743 'And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
744 Was tyrannous and strong:
745 He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
746 And chased us south along.
747
748 With sloping masts and dipping prow,
749 As who pursued with yell and blow
750 Still treads the shadow of his foe,
751 And forward bends his head,
752 The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
753 And southward aye we fled.
754
755 And now there came both mist and snow,
756 And it grew wondrous cold:
757 And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
758 As green as emerald.
759
760 And through the drifts the snowy clifts
761 Did send a dismal sheen:
8d1c7d0a 762 Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken—
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763 The ice was all between.
764
765 The ice was here, the ice was there,
766 The ice was all around:
767 It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
768 Like noises in a swound!
769
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770=head2 v5.24.2 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
771
772L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245527.html>
773
774 A short while later, through the wood,
775 Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
776 The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze
777 And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
778 His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
779 And spit was dripping from his jaw.
780 Once more the maiden's eyelid flickers.
781 She draws the pistol from her knickers.
782 Once more, she hits the vital spot,
783 And kills him with a single shot.
784 Pig, peeping through the window, stood
785 And yelled, 'Well done, Miss Riding Hood!'
786
787 Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
788 Young ladies from the upper crust.
789 For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
790 Not only has two wolfskin coats,
791 But when she goes from place to place,
792 She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELLING CASE.
793
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794=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
795
796L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
797
798 The animal I really dig
799 Above all others is the pig.
800 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
801 Pig are courteous. However,
802 Now and then, to break this rule,
803 One meets a pig who is a fool.
804 What, for example, would you say
805 If strolling through the woods one day,
806 Right there in front of you you saw
807 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
808 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
809 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
810
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811=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
812
813L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
814
815 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
816 'If only you'd spoken before!
817 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
818 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
819
820 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
821 If you never were met with again -
822 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
823 You might have suggested it then?
824
825 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
826 As I think I've already remarked.'
827 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
828 'I informed you the day we embarked.
829
830 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
831 (We are all of us weak at times):
832 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
833 Was never among my crimes!
834
835 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
836 I said it in German and Greek:
837 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
838 That English is what you speak!'
839
840 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
841 Had grown longer at every word:
842 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
843 More debate would be simply absurd.
844
845 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
846 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
847 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
848 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
849
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850=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
851
852L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
853
854 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
855 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
856 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
857 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
858 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
859 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
860 And now the sun with more effectual beams
861 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
862 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
863 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
864 After a night of storm so ruinous,
865 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
866 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
867
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868=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
869
870L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
871
872 Before the gates there sat
873 On either side a formidable shape;
874 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
875 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
876 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
877 With mortal sting; about her middle round
878 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
879 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
880 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
881 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
882 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
883 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
884 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
885 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
886 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
887 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
888 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
889 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
890 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
891 If shape it might be called that shape had none
892 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
893 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
894 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
895 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
896 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
897 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
898 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
899 The monster moving onward came as fast
900 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
901
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902=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
903
904L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
905
906 A bird within the bower of her delight,
907 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
908 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
909
910 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
911 No weary task for her, for as at play
912 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
913
914 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
915 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
916 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
917
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918=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
919
920L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
921
922 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
923 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
924 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
925
926 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
927 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
928 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
929
930 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
931 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
932 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
933
934 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
935 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
936 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
937
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938=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
939
940L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
941
942 New punishments behoves me sing in this
943 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
944 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
945
946 I now stood ready to observe the full
947 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
948 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
949
950 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
951 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
952 As Litany processions keep, up here.
953
954 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
955 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
956 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
957
958 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
959 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
960 All power of looking forward being denied.
961
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962=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
963
964L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
965
966 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
967 I could be monarch of a desert land
968 I could devote and dedicate forever
969 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
970 So desert it would have to be, so walled
971 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
972 No one would covet it or think it worth
973 The pains of conquering to force change on.
974 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
975 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
976 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
977 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
978 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
979 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
980
981 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
982 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
983 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
984
985=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
986
987L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
988
989 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
990 You can't find one good thing to say
991 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
992 You'd stay the hell out of my way
993
994 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
995 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
996
997=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
998
999L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
1000
1001"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
1002
1003=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
1004
1005L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
1006
1007The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
1008Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
1009gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
1010
1011=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
1012
1013L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
1014
1015“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
1016
1017“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
1018
1019“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
1020be fun.”
1021
1022Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
1023
1024“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
1025every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
1026
1027“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
1028
1029“You’ll have to jump.”
1030
1031“I’ll jump.”
1032
1033“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
1034
1035Yossarian jumped.
1036
1037Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
1038missing him by inches, and he took off.
1039
1040=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
1041
1042L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
1043
1044 Nothing was left to do that I could see
1045 Unless to find that there was no one there
1046 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
1047 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
1048 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
1049 Break silence now or be forever silent.
1050 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
1051 The melancholy of having to count souls
1052 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
1053 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
1054 It must be I want life to go on living.
1055
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1056=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
1057
1058L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
1059
1060Spring
1061
1062Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
1063look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
1064I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
1065and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
1066love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
1067meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
1068and begin a new adventure.
1069
1070Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
1071-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
1072kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
1073adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
1074as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
1075
1076The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
1077asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
1078brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
1079and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
1080Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
1081produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
1082possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
1083beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
1084are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
1085are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
1086seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
1087remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
1088you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
1089cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
1090lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
1091marriages made in heaven.
1092
1093
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1094=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
1095
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1097
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1098Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
1099of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
1100helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
1101
1102But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
1103any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
1104she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
1105no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
1106free.
1107
da44b70c 1108=head2 v5.23.7 - William Gibson, "Neuromancer"
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1111
1112A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
1113nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
1114the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
1115in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
1116colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
1117over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
1118cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
1119the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
1120and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
1121dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
1122into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
1123trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
1124
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1125=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
1126
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1128
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1129 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
1130
1131 5.23 Episode VII
1132 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
1133
1134 It is a period of
1135 unrest as separatists
1136 announce their intentions
1137 to fork PERL and return the
1138 galaxy to speed and stability.
1139
1140 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
1141 to hold together the remains of the
1142 once mighty Republic against a tide of
1143 incivility and the depredations of a new
1144 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
1145
1146 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
1147 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
1148 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
1149 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
1150 a new Empire of gradual typing....
1151
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1152=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
1153
1154L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
1155
1156After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
1157me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
1158Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
1159adventure.
1160
1161I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
1162only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
1163lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
1164sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
1165lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
1166hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
1167
1168Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
1169no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
1170loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
1171control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
1172It took me two weeks to figure it out.
1173
1174The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
1175register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
1176an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
1177index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
1178would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
1179the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
1180
1181Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
1182to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
1183instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
1184additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
1185instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
1186ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
1187
1188The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
1189lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
1190was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
1191all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
1192
1193He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
1194largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
1195datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
1196overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
1197the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
1198the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
1199program went happily on its way.
1200
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1201=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
1202
1203L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
1204
1205Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
1206first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
1207or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
1208Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
1209when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
1210when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
1211difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
1212keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
1213strong men.
1214
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1215=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
1216
1217L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
1218
1219 Little of of all we value here
1220 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
1221 Without both feeling and looking queer.
1222 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
1223 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
1224 (This is a moral that runs at large;
1225 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
1226
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1227=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
1228
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1230
1231 Would you believe in a night like this
1232 A night like this, when visions come true
1233 Would you believe in a tale like this
1234 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
1235 Come to the blazing fire and
1236
1237 See me in the shadows
1238 See me in the shadows
1239 Songs I will sing
1240 Of runes and rings
1241 Just hand me my harp
1242 This night turns into myth
1243 Nothing seems real
1244 You soon will feel
1245 The world we live in is another skald's
1246 Dream in the shadows
1247 Dream in the shadows
1248
1249 Do you believe there is sense in it
1250 Is it truth or myth?
1251 They´re one in my rhymes
1252 Nobody knows the meaning behind
1253 The weaver's line
1254 Well nobody else but the Norns can
1255 See through the blazing fires of time and
1256 All things will proceed as the
1257 Child of the hallowed
1258 Will speak to you now
1259
1260 See me in the shadows
1261 See me in the shadows
1262 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
1263 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
1264 Nothing seems real
1265 You soon will feel
1266 The world we live in is another skald´s
1267 Dream in the shadows
1268 Dream in the shadows
1269
1270 Do not fear for my reason
1271 There's nothing to hide
1272 How bitter your treason
1273 How bitter the lie
1274 Remember the runes and remember the light
1275 All I ever want is to be at your side
1276 We'll gladden the raven now I will
1277 Run through the blazing fires
1278 That's my choice
1279 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
1280
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1281=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
1282
1283L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
1284
1285 I was born beneath this willow,
1286 Where my sire the earth did farm
1287 Had the green grass as my pillow
1288 The east wind as a blanket warm.
1289
1290 But away! away! called the wind from the west
1291 And in answer I did run
1292 Seeking glory and adventure
1293 Promised by the rising sun.
1294
1295 I found love beneath this willow,
1296 As true a love as life could hold,
1297 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
1298 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
1299
1300 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
1301 In faithful answer I did run
1302 Marching forth for king and country
1303 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
1304
1305 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
1306 As the seven seas I plied
1307 And the girl who I left waiting
1308 Longing to be at her side.
1309
1310 But about! about! called the wind from the west
1311 As once again my ship did run
1312 Down the coast, about the wide world
1313 Flying sails in the setting sun.
1314
1315 Now I lie beneath the willow
1316 Now at last no more to roam,
1317 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
1318 In their arms I'm finally home.
1319
1320 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
1321 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
1322 Will chase the sun into the morning
1323 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
1324
da44b70c 1325=head2 v5.23.0 - Bob Dylan, "Maggie's Farm"
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1326
1327L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
1328
1329 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1330 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1331 Well, I try my best
1332 To be just like I am
1333 But everybody wants you
1334 To be just like them
1335 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
1336 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1337
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1338=head2 v5.22.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1339
1340L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245526.html>
1341
1342 Then Little Red Riding Hood said, 'But Grandma,
1343 what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.'
1344 'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
1345 'To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
1346 'Ah well, no matter what you say,
1347 'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
1348 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1349 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1350 She aims it at the creature's head
1351 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
1352
1353 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1354 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1355 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1356 No silly hood upon her head.
1357 She said, 'Hello, and do please note
1358 'My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.'
1359
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1360=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1361
1362L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
1363
1364 As soon as Wolf began to feel
1365 That he would like a decent meal,
1366 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
1367 When Grandma opened it, she saw
1368 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
1369 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
1370 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
1371 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
1372 And she was absolutely right.
1373 He ate her up in one big bite.
1374
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1375=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
1376
1377L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
1378
1379 As one who strives a hill to climb,
1380 Who never climbed before:
1381 Who finds it, in a little time,
1382 Grow every moment less sublime,
1383 And votes the thing a bore:
1384
1385 Yet, having once begun to try,
1386 Dares not desert his quest,
1387 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
1388 On one small hut against the sky
1389 Wherein he hopes to rest:
1390
1391 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
1392 With many a puff and pant:
1393 Who still, as rises the ascent,
1394 In language grows more violent,
1395 Although in breath more scant:
1396
1397 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
1398 That crowns the upward track:
1399 And, entering with unsteady pace,
1400 Receives a buffet in the face
1401 That lands him on his back:
1402
1403 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
1404 Glide swiftly down again,
1405 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
1406 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
1407 He drops upon the plain -
1408
1409 So I, that had resolved to bring
1410 Conviction to a ghost,
1411 And found it quite a different thing
1412 From any human arguing,
1413 Yet dared not quit my post.
1414
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1415=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
1416
1417L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
1418
1419 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
1420 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
1421 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
1422 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
1423 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
1424 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
1425 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
1426 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
1427 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
1428 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
1429 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
1430 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
1431 Thither he bent his way, determined there
1432 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
1433 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
1434 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
1435 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
1436 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
1437 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
1438
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1439=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1440
1441L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
1442
1443 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
1444 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
1445 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
1446 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
1447 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
1448 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
1449 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
1450 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
1451 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
1452 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
1453 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
1454 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
1455 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
1456 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
1457 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
1458 At certain revolutions all the damned
1459 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
1460 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
1461 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
1462 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
1463 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
1464 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
1465 They ferry over this Lethean sound
1466 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
1467 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
1468 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
1469 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
1470 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
1471 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
1472 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
1473 The ford, and of itself the water flies
1474 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
1475 The lip of Tantalus.
1476
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1477=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
1478
1479L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
1480
1481 Between two dishes, equally attractive
1482 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
1483 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
1484
1485 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
1486 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
1487 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
1488
1489 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
1490 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
1491 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
1492
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1493=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
1494
1495L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
1496
1497 For better waters heading with the wind
1498 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
1499 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
1500
1501 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
1502 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
1503 To leap up into joy celestial.
1504
1505 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
1506 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
1507 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
1508
1509 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
1510 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
1511 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
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1513=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
1514
1515L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
1516
1517 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
1518 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
1519 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
1520
1521 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
1522 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
1523 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
1524
1525 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
1526 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
1527 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
1528
1529 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
1530 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
1531 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
1532
1533 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
1534 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
1535 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
1536
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1537=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1538
1539L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
1540
1541A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
1542splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
1543shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
1544straight up into the air!_'
1545The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
1546experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
1547gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
1548his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
1549most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
1550storm.
1551Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
1552knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
1553heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
1554intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
1555those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
1556scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
1557set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
1558everything, regardless?
1559At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
1560voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
1561
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1562=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1563
1564L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
1565
1566This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
1567before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
1568whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
1569carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
1570merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
1571ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
1572entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
1573boisterous.
1574Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
1575not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
1576up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
1577nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
1578masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
1579the attentions of several all too merry couples.
1580Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
1581that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
1582Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
1583on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
1584raising a glass of champagne.
1585In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
1586mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
1587lonely corner.
1588He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
1589a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
1590that it was Christine and followed her.
1591'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
1592The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
1593no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
1594on in silence.
1595
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1596=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1597
1598L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
1599
1600 If the snow flies in my face,
1601 Let me shake it off me!
1602 If my heart within me speaks,
1603 I'll sing bright and gaily!
1604
1605 Will not listen what it says,
1606 Have no ears for moaning.
1607 Do not feel what it complains,--
1608 Only fools like groaning!
1609
1610 Jolly brave into the world,
1611 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
1612 If there is no God on earth,
1613 Let 's be gods down nether!
1614
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1615=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1616
1617L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
1618
1619 Why do I shun all those highways
1620 Which the other wanderer seeks?
1621 Why do I find bridged by-ways
1622 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
1623
1624 For I have no crime committed,
1625 Why I should now run from men,--
1626 What demented heart's desire
1627 Drives me to a desert glen?
1628
1629 Signposts on all highways stationed
1630 Point their signs toward the towns,
1631 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
1632 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
1633
1634 One such signpost I see planted
1635 Of my question unconcerned,
1636 One road must my choice be granted,
1637 Whence no man has yet returned!
1638
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1640
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1642
1643 How the storm tore rents
1644 In heavens gray attired!
1645 The rags of cloud are flying
1646 Around, of combat tired.
1647
1648 And flames of fire lambent,
1649 Fly between them and part,
1650 That 's what I call a morning,
1651 A morning after my heart!
1652
1653 My heart sees in the heavens
1654 Its own picture unspoilt--
1655 It's nothing but the Winter,
1656 The Winter, cold and wild.
1657
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1658=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1659
1660L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
1661
1662 The hoary frost has a white sheen
1663 Strewn all over my hair,
1664 So I thought I was an old man
1665 And thought life dealt me fair.
1666
1667 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
1668 And I have my black hair again.
1669 How I abhor my young fair years,
1670 How long to wait for death and biers?
1671
1672 From setting sun to morning's hue
1673 Many a head turns white.
1674 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
1675 In all this lifelong plight!
1676
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1677=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1678
1679L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
1680
1681 In the deepest rocky crevice
1682 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
1683 How I could find my way from here,
1684 For me it's easy memory!
1685
1686 For I am used to straying ways,
1687 Every path to th'end a way,
1688 All our joys and all our suffering,--
1689 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
1690
1691 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
1692 I quite calmly downward stroll;
1693 Every stream its sea will enter,
1694 Every suffering finds its goal!
1695
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1696=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
1697
1698L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
1699
1700“You are the advocate of the dead.”
1701
1702The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
1703that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
1704take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
1705their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
1706remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
1707figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
1708
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1709=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
1710
1711L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
1712
1713 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
1714 Among the theories scattered on the grass
1715 Take up my good intentions with the rest
1716
1717=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
1718
1719L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
1720
1721There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
1722its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
1723
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1724=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
1725
1726L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
1727
1728 They shall pass and their places be taken,
1729 The gods and the priests that are pure.
1730 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
1731 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
1732 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
1733 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
1734 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
1735 And delicate dust.
1736
1737 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
1738 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
1739 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
1740 As the serpent again to a rod.
1741 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
1742 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
1743 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
1744 Our Lady of Pain.
1745
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1746=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
1747
1748L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
1749
1750The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
1751Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
1752started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
1753crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
1754and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
1755pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
1756through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
1757claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
1758were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
1759they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
1760It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
1761obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
1762
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1763=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
1764
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1767 There is another sky,
1768 Ever serene and fair,
1769 And there is another sunshine,
1770 Though it be darkness there;
1771 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
1772 Never mind silent fields -
1773 Here is a little forest,
1774 Whose leaf is ever green;
1775 Here is a brighter garden,
1776 Where not a frost has been;
1777 In its unfading flowers
1778 I hear the bright bee hum:
1779 Prithee, my brother,
1780 Into my garden come!
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1782=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
1783
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1785
1786Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
1787Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
1788Calvin: Brother! You doubting Thomases get in the way of more scientific advances with your stupid ethical questions! This is a *BRILLIANT* idea! Hit the button, will ya?
1789Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
1790[Box]: *BOINK*
1791Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
1792Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
1793Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
1794
2ee7da68 1795=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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1796
1797L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
1798
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1799"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
1800Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
1801we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
1802everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
1803"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
1804refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
1805"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
1806would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
1807than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
1808the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 1810=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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1811
1812L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
1813
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1814GAME CAT
1815
1816EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
1817things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
1818Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
1819lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
1820snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
1821This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
1822all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
1823Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
1824some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
1825finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
1826just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
1827Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
1828MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
1829The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
1830involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
1831and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
1832where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
1833Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 1835=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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1836
1837L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
1838
1839 Het Dorp
1840
1841 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
1842 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
1843 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
1844 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
1845 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
1846 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
1847 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
1848 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
1849 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
1850 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
1851 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 1852 het vee, de boerderijen.
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1853
1854 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1855 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1856 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1857 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1858
1859 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
1860 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
1861 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
1862 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
1863 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
1864 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
1865 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
1866 ze zien de televisiequiz
1867 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
1868 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
1869 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
1870 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
1871
1872 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1873 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1874 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1875 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1876
1877 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
1878 in minirok en beatle-haar
1879 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
1880 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
1881 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
1882 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
1883 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
1884 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
1885 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
1886 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
1887 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
1888 een ansicht en herinneringen.
1889
1890 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1891 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
1892 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
1893 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
1894
2ee7da68 1895=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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1896
1897L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
1898
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1899To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
1900of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
1901masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
1902of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
1903seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
1904joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
1905to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
1906high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
1907approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
1908ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
1909myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
1910to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
1911discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
1912canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
1913armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
1914rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
1915handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
1916stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
1917occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
1918and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
1919which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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1921=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
1922
1923L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
1924
1925 If they just went straight they might go far,
1926 They are strong and brave and true;
1927 But they're always tired of the things that are,
1928 And they want the strange and new.
1929 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
1930 What a deep mark I would make!"
1931 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
1932 Is only a fresh mistake.
1933
1934=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
1935
1936L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
1937
1938 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
1939 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
1940 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
1941 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
1942 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
1943 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
1944 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
1945 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
1946 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
1947 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
1948 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
1949 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
1950 Aldrin: 120 feet.
1951 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
1952 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
1953 Duke: 60 seconds.
1954 Aldrin: Light's on.
1955 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
1956 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
1957 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
1958 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
1959 down a half.
1960 Duke: 30 seconds.
1961 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
1962 Aldrin: Contact Light.
1963 Armstrong: Shutdown.
1964 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
1965 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
1966 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
1967 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
1968 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
1969 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
1970 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
1971 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
1972 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
1973 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
1974 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
1975 Aldrin: Thank you.
1976
1977=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
1978
1979L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
1980
1981 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
1982 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
1983 We danced among the lightning bolts,
1984 and tore the world asunder.
1985
1986 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
1987 written near the end of the previous Age,
1988 known by some as the Third Age.
1989 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
1990 Reborn.
1991
1992=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
1993
1994L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
1995
1996 Walled in fast within the earth
1997 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
1998 This must be the bell’s great birth!
1999 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
2000 Sweat must trickle now
2001 From the burning brow,
2002 Till the work its master honour.
2003 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
2004
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2005=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
2006
2007L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
2008
2009 Steady old Väinämöinen
2010 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2011 'No lilting on the waters
2012 and no singing on the waves!
2013 Song keeps you lazy
2014 tales delay rowing.
2015 Precious day would pass and night
2016 would overtake us midway
2017 on these wide waters
2018 upon these vast waves.'
2019
2020 The wanton Lemminkäinen
2021 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2022 'The time will pass anyway
2023 the fair day will flee
2024 and the night will come panting
2025 and the twilight will steal in
2026 if you don't sing while you live
2027 nor hum in this world.'
2028
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2029=head2 v5.20.3-RC2 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
2030
2031L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
2032
2033'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
2034and I was reciting these lines:
2035
2036 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
2037 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
2038 I wonder at the patience that I showed
2039 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
2040 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
2041 I have remained confused in misery.
2042
2043I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
2044Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
2045walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
2046person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
2047am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
2048ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
2049asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
2050allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
2051added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
2052and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
2053idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
2054coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
2055and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
2056different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
2057without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
2058the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
2059the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
2060sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
2061gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
2062told you about this, so goodbye."
2063
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2064=head2 v5.20.3-RC1 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
2065
2066L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
2067
2068'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
2069asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
2070and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
2071and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
2072I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
2073candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
2074were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
2075congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
2076face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
2077[...]
2078'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
2079her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
2080them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
2081ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
2082told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
2083man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
2084[...]
2085'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
2086servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
2087was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
2088four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
2089like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
2090fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
2091"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
2092was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
2093shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
2094longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
2095a bean.
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2098
2099L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
2100
2101 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
2102 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
2103 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
2104 Where is the cow hidden right now?
2105
2106 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
2107 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
2108 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
2109 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
2110
2111 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
2112 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
2113 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
2114 Yeah!
2115
2116 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
2117 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
2118 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
2119 Yeah, yeah!
2120
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2121=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
2122
2123L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
2124
2125 I've seen things,
2126 I've seen them with my eyes;
2127 I've seen things,
2128 They're often in disguise.
2129
2130 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
2131 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
2132 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
2133 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
2134
2135 I've seen things,
2136 I've seen them with my eyes;
2137 I've seen things,
2138 They're often in disguise.
2139
2140 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
2141
2ee7da68 2142=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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2143
2144L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
2145
2146 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
2147 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
2148 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
2149
2150 DON ALFONSO:
2151 Take heart, my dearest children.
2152 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
2153
2154 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
2155 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
2156
2157 FIORDILIGI:
2158 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
2159 It is disappearing already!
2160 It is no longer in sight!
2161 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
2162
2163 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
2164 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
2165
2166 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
2167 May the wind be gentle,
2168 may the sea be calm,
2169 and may the elements
2170 respond kindly
2171 to our wishes.
2172
2ee7da68 2173=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2174
2175L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
2176
2177 GUGLIELMO:
2178 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
2179 is reluctant to come before her.
2180
2181 FERRANDO:
2182 My trembling lip
2183 can utter no word.
2184
2185 DON ALFONSO:
2186 The hero displays his manliness
2187 in the most terrible moments.
2188
2189 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
2190 Now that we have heard the news,
2191 you have the lesser duty:
2192 Take heart, and plunge your swords
2193 into both our hearts.
2194
2195 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
2196 My idol, blame fate
2197 that I must abandon you.
2198
2199 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
2200 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
2201 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
2202 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
2203 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
2204 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
2205 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
2206
2207 ALL:
2208 Thus destiny defrauds
2209 the hopes of mortals.
2210 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
2211 who can ever love life?
2212
2ee7da68 2213=head2 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2214
2215L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
2216
2217 DON ALFONSO:
2218 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
2219 my lip stammers.
2220 My voice cannot emerge,
2221 but remains in my throat.
2222 What will you do? What shall I do?
2223 Oh what a great catastrophe!
2224 There can be nothing worse.
2225 I feel pity for you and for them.
2226
2227 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
2228 die.
2229 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
2230 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
2231 love dead, perhaps?
2232 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
2233 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
2234 DORABELLA: Wounded?
2235 DON ALFONSO: No.
2236 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
2237 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
2238 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
2239 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
2240 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
2241 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
2242 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
2243 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
2244 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
2245 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
2246 you wish it, they are ready...
2247 DORABELLA: Where are they?
2248 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
2249
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2250=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
2251
2252L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
2253
2254 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
2255 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
2256 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
2257 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
2258 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
2259 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
2260
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2261=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
2262
2263L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
2264
2265 When times go bad
2266 when times go rough
2267 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
2268 And let me do my stuff
2269
2ee7da68 2270=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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2271
2272L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
2273
2274O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
2275sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
2276Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
2277than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
2278temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
2279mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
2280your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
2281draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
2282implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
2283rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
2284bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
2285Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
2286is a fool!
2287
2ee7da68 2288=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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2289
2290L<Announced on 2014-03-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/03/msg213851.html>
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2291
2292The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
2293the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
2294withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
2295consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
2296tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
2297detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
2298by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
2299
2ee7da68 2300=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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2301
2302L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
2303
2304Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
2305rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
2306stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
2307know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
2308that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
2309chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
2310clouds thickened above them.
2311
2312"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
2313you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
2314body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
2315closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
2316hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
2317he looked Long in the face.
2318
2319"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
2320master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
2321grew fierce.
2322
2323"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
2324fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
2325truth!"
2326
2ee7da68 2327=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2328
2329L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
2330
2331“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
2332hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
2333
2334“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
2335
2336“Is there? What is the point?”
2337
2338“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
2339
2340“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
2341
2342“The trick is not to think about that.”
2343
2344“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
2345
2346Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
2347
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2348=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
2349
2350L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
2351
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2352And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
2353down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
2354the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
2355were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
2356they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
2357Europe was over.
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2359Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
2360leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
2361kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
2362horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 2363
e91f1fc1 2364Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 2365
e91f1fc1 2366One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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2368=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
2369
2370L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
2371
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2372 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
2373
2374 Mr. Bun: Morning.
2375 Waitress: Morning.
2376 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
2377 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
2378 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
2379 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
2380 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
2381 egg on top and spam
2382 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
2383 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
2384 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
2385 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
2386 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
2387 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
2388 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
2389 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
2390 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
2391 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
2392
2393 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
2394
2395 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
2396 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
2397 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
2398 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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40e1c3e8 2400=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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2401
2402L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
2403
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2404 I
2405
2406 A cat is strolling through my mind
2407 Acting as though he owned the place,
2408 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
2409 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
2410
2411 So tender and discreet his tone;
2412 But whether he should growl or purr
2413 His voice is always rich and deep.
2414 That is the secret of his charm.
2415
2416 This purling voice that filters down
2417 Into my darkest depths of soul
2418 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
2419 Delights me as a potion would.
2420
2421 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
2422 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
2423 Without the need for any words
2424 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
2425
2426 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
2427 Across my heart, fine instrument,
2428 And makes to sing so royally
2429 The strongest and the purest chord,
2430
2431 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
2432 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
2433 In whom all is, angelically,
2434 As subtle as harmonious.
2435
2436 II
2437
2438 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
2439 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
2440 I might have been embalmed in it
2441 By giving him one little pet.
2442
2443 He is my household's guardian soul;
2444 He judges, he presides, inspires
2445 All matters in hos royal realm;
2446 Might he be fairy? or a god?
2447
2448 When my eyes, to this cat I love
2449 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
2450 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
2451 And when I look within myself,
2452
2453 I notice with astonishment
2454 The fire of his opal eyes,
2455 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
2456 Taking my measure, steadily.
2457
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2458=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
2459
2460L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
2461
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2462There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
2463that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
2464Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
2465despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
2466loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
2467looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
2468his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
2469of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
2470heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
2471danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
2472She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
2473surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
2474and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
2475be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
2476name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
2477and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
2478him.
2479
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2480=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
2481
2482L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
2483
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2484E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
2485written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
2486betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
2487have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
2488personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
2489Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
2490For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
2491political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
2492working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
2493between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
2494however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
2495logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
2496an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
2497to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
2498outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
2499there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
2500There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
2501
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2502=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
2503
2504L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
2505
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2506The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
2507correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
2508showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
2509however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
2510magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
2511the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
2512
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2513=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2514
703078b2 2515L<Announced on 2013-06-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/06/msg203449.html>
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2516
2517 Over hill, over dale,
2518 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
2519 Over park, over pale,
2520 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
2521 I do wander everywhere,
2522 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
2523 And I serve the fairy queen,
2524 To dew her orbs upon the green.
2525 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
2526 In their gold coats, spots you see;
2527 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
2528 In their freckles live our savours.
2529 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
2530 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
2531 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
2532 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
2533
5f42d1f2 2534=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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2535
2536L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
2537
2538 From the beginning, I knew…
2539 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
2540 …that I can't fix…
2541 …with my hands…
2542
40e1c3e8 2543=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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2544
2545L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
2546
2547 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
2548 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
2549 The shadows lengthen
2550 In Carcosa.
2551
2552 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
2553 And strange moons circle through the skies
2554 But stranger still is
2555 Lost Carcosa.
2556
2557 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
2558 Where flap the tatters of the King,
2559 Must die unheard in
2560 Dim Carcosa.
2561
2562 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
2563 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
2564 Shall dry and die in
2565 Lost Carcosa.
2566
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2567=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
2568
2569(no epigraph)
2570
40e1c3e8 2571=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2574
2575"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
2576empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
2577Yellow!"
2578
40e1c3e8 2579=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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dd047fac 2581L<Announced on 2014-09-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220072.html>
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2582
2583 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
2584
2585 STRANGER: Indeed?
2586
2587 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
2588
2589 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
2590
2591 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
2592
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2593=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
2594
2595L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
2596
2597One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
2598only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
2599that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
2600about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
2601places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
2602Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
2603mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
2604every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
2605
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2606=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
2607
2608L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
2609
2610The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
2611systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
2612thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
2613operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
2614ever seen.
2615
2616An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
2617something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
2618kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
2619anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
2620disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
2621gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
2622that renders the operating system unnecessary.
2623
2624=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
2625
2626L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
2627
2628Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
2629someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
2630again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
2631and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
2632language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
2633
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2634=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
2635
2636L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
2637
2638It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
2639who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
2640walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
2641and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
2642search, in questions, in torment.
2643
2ee7da68 2644=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2647
2648Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
2649
2650=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
2651
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2653
2654 I'd love to go drowning
2655 And to stay and to stay
2656 But the ocean doesn't want me today
2657 I'll go in up to here
2658 It can't possibly hurt
2659 All they will find is my beer
2660 And my shirt
2661
2662=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
2663
2664L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
2665
2666 And the great day of wrath has come
2667 And here's mud in your big red eye
2668 The poker's in the fire
2669 And the locusts take the sky
2670 And the earth died screaming
2671 While I lay dreaming of you
2672
2673=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
2674
2675L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
2676
2677 What's he building in there?
2678
2679 We have a right to know…
2680
2ee7da68 2681=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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2682
2683L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
2684
2685It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
2686eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
2687
2ee7da68 2688=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
7707f065 2689
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2691
2692The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
2693followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
2694safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
2695place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
2696would be famous for this.
2697
2698Six months passed. A year.
2699
72f869fd 2700The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 2701Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 2702powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 2703
2ee7da68 2704=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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2707
2708Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
2709The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
2710recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
2711his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
2712Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
2713of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
2714Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
2715of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
2716'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
2717embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
2718'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
2719in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
2720leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
2721
2722The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
2723Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
2724in the destruction of the planet Earth.
2725
2ee7da68 2726=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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2729
2730I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
2731the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
2732dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
2733between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
2734improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
2735fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
2736I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
2737them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
2738do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 2739from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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2740in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
2741perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
2742himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
2743a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
2744the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
2745world is richer for it.
2746
2ee7da68 2747=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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2750
2751No thought.
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2752
2753The boy extinguished. Only a place.
2754
2755This place.
2756
2757Motionless, 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.
2758
2759A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
2760
2761For 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.
2762
2763The 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 . . .
2764
2765And 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.
2766
2767The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
2768
2769I have been legion . . .
2770
2771In 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.
2772
2773Now I understand.
c2a10b9c 2774
2ee7da68 2775=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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2778
2779Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
2780of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
2781scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
2782glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
2783beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
2784much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
2785caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
2786vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
2787had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
2788
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2789=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2790
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2792
2793Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
2794behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
2795recording everything.
2796
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2797=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
2798
f3d08688 2799L<Announced on 2012-09-19 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/09/msg192635.html>
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2801 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
2802 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
2803 She aims it at the creature's head,
2804 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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2806 A few weeks later, in the wood,
2807 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
2808 But what a change! No cloak of red,
2809 No silly hood upon her head.
2810 She said, "Hello, and do please note
2811 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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2813=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
2814
2815L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
2816
2817Preparation:
2818
2819Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
2820or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
2821Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
2822look golden brown.
2823Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
2824ready to create the soup.
2825
2826Ingredients:
2827
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2828 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
2829 3 tbsp butter
2830 1/4 cup olive oil
2831 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
2832 1 tsp salt
2833 1 tsp sugar
2834 black pepper to taste
2835 1 cup red wine
2836 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2837 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
2838 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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2839
2840Method:
2841
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2842 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
2843 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
2844 to half an hour.
2845 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2846 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
2847 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
2848 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
2849 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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2850
2851Enjoy.
2852
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2853=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
2854
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2856
2857‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
2858
2859Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
2860their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
2861
2862The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
2863butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
2864and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
2865
2866Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
2867
2868‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
2869
2870‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
2871
2872‘What?’
2873
2874‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
2875
2876‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
2877his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
2878dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
2879quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
2880
2881‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
2882an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
2883
2884‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
2885
2886The iotum rose, spinning.
2887
2888‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
2889
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2890=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
2891
2892L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
2893
2894On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
2895taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
2896"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
2897and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
2898merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
2899subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
2900Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
2901it.
2902
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2903=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2904
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2906
2907`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
2908`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
2909hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
2910The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
2911been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
2912be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
2913to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
2914fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
2915
2916There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
2917climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
2918broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
2919implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
2920on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
2921Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
2922astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
2923for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
2924out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
2925the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
2926
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2927=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
2928
2929L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
2930
2931 A victim of collision on the open sea
2932 Nobody ever said that life was free
2933 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
2934 But use your freedom of choice
2935
2936=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
2937
2938L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
2939
2940Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
2941machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
2942trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
2943little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
2944to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
2945he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
2946the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
2947
2948The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
2949current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
2950transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
2951chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
2952adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
2953as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
2954solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
2955valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
2956the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
2957machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
2958
2ee7da68 2959=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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2962
2963 Don't you know? You never split the party
2964 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
2965 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
2966 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
2967
c33412d7 2968=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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2971
2972I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
2973Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
2974Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
2975The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
2976
2977
2978
2979I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
2980sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
2981collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
2982
2983My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
2984inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
2985swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
2986side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
2987The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
2988dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
2989
2ee7da68 2990=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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2994 All I have is a voice
2995 To undo the folded lie,
2996 The romantic lie in the brain
2997 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
2998 And the lie of Authority
2999 Whose buildings grope the sky:
3000 There is no such thing as the State
3001 And no one exists alone;
3002 Hunger allows no choice
3003 To the citizen or the police;
3004 We must love one another or die.
3005
2ee7da68 3006=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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3010 How many roads must a man walk down
3011 Before you call him a man?
3012 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
3013 Before she sleeps in the sand?
3014 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
3015 Before they're forever banned?
3016 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3017 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3018
3019 How many years can a mountain exist
3020 Before it's washed to the sea?
3021 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
3022 Before they're allowed to be free?
3023 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
3024 Pretending he just doesn't see?
3025 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3026 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3027
3028 How many times must a man look up
3029 Before he can see the sky?
3030 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
3031 Before he can hear people cry?
3032 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
3033 That too many people have died?
3034 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3035 The answer is blowin' in the wind
54fdd2d6 3036
2ee7da68 3037=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
1f9d7ff5 3038
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3040
3041 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3042 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
3043 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3044 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
3045 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
3046
3047Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
3048age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
3049older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
3050debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
3051girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
3052A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
3053Top for more than one week.
3054
3055Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
3056lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
3057buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
3058into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
3059meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
3060soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
3061single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
3062
3063 "I'm never going to give you up"
3064
2ee7da68 3065=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 3066
6dab83b1 3067L<Announced on 2012-01-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/01/msg182230.html>
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CBW
3068
3069"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
3070
3071He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
3072notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
3073which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
3074OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
3075ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
3076
3077There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
3078busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
3079out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
3080mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
3081and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
3082with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
3083bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
3084chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
3085excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
3086down cheering and applauding.
3087
3088"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
3089
2ee7da68 3090=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
b0d358f0 3091
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3093
3094Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
3095into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
3096beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
3097winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
3098wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
3099over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
3100
3101But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
3102gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
3103villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
3104journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
3105domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
3106with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
3107by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
3108Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
3109
2ee7da68 3110=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
d0fc7727 3111
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3113
3114This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
3115been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
3116confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
3117how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
3118could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
3119putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
3120I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
3121before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
3122think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
3123all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
3124off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
3125was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
3126The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
3127endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
3128benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
3129boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
3130lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
3131Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
3132resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
3133Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
3134you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
3135
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3136=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
3137
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3139
3140A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
3141don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
3142without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
3143the human experience, the better design we will have.
3144
2ee7da68 3145=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
607b15aa 3146
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3149All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
3150the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
3151do so at their peril.
607b15aa 3152
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3153It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
3154Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
3155work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
3156artist is in accord with himself.
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3158We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
3159he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
3160thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 3161
4ed12d4a 3162All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 3163
2ee7da68 3164=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
bfb65171 3165
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3168 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
3169 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
3170 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
3171 things the significance of a human future;
3172 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
3173 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
3174 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
3175 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
3176 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
3177 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
3178 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
3179 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
3180 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
3181 hurtles all ages along with it forever
3182 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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3184=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
3185
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3187
3188Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
3189fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
3190winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
3191down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
3192being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
3193extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
3194but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
3195
3196Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
3197that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
3198around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
3199fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
3200the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
3201closed system.
3202
3203Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
3204the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
3205/be/ them.'
3206
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3208
3209L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
3210
4ed12d4a 3211If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 3212
c682aa67 3213=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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3217He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
3218mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
3219encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
3220
3221'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
3222Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
3223finished its run. It was due about now.'
3224
3225Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
3226see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
3227
3228'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
3229is always a last time for everything.)
3230
3231Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
3232
3233=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
3234
3235L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
3236
3237 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
3238 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
3239 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
3240 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
3241 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
3242 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
3243 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
3244 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
3245 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
3246 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
3247 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
3248 eaten them, but not for love.
3249
3250=head2 v5.14.2 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
3251
3252L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
3253
3254It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
3255do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
3256they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
3257catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
3258awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
3259inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
3260
3261So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
3262mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
3263the heart of the programmer.
b3c5102d 3264
c684cf36 3265=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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3266
3267L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
3268
3269At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
3270my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
3271the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
3272since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
3273already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
3274to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
3275the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
3276can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
3277unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
3278
c684cf36 3279=head2 v5.14.0 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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3280
3281L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
3282
3283At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
3284myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
3285impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
3286"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
3287gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
3288or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
3289
3290I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
3291computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
3292ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
3293would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
3294my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
3295away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
3296won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
3297
3298So a freely distributable program is born.
3299
3300=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
3301
3302L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
3303
3304This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
3305continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
3306aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
3307and your bags will be offloaded.
3308
2ee7da68 3309=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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3310
3311L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
3312
3313Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
3314of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
3315by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
3316sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
3317swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
3318down their paved streets.
3319
3320Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
3321obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
3322company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
3323the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
3324govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
3325the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
3326
3327=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
3328
3329L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
3330
3331But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
3332my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
3333reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
3334wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
3335Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
3336the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 3337This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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3338just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
3339this had never reached me.
3340
2ee7da68 3341=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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3344
3345 When the full-grown poet came,
3346 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
3347 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
3348 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
3349 Nay he is mine alone;
3350 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
3351 by the hand;
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3352 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
3353 holding hands,
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3354 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
3355 And wholly and joyously blends them.
3356
2ee7da68 3357=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
f1e17f6f 3358
fbc70a9e 3359L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/02/msg169340.html>
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3361 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
3362 nema ráða vel kunni.
3363 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
3364 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
3365 Sák á telgðu talkni
3366 tíu launstafi ristna.
3367 Þat hefr lauka lindi
3368 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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3370=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
3371
3372L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
3373
3374In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
3375granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
3376do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
3377that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
3378generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
3379endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
3380that fire can truly light the world.
3381
3382And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
3383ask what you can do for your country.
3384
3385My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
3386but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
3387
3388Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
3389ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
3390we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
3391the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
3392asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
3393work must truly be our own.
3394
94521723
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3395=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
3396
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3397L<Announced on 2010-12-19 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/12/msg167271.html>
3398
94521723
Z
3399The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
3400to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
3401between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
3402cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
3403areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
3404be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
3405As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
3406the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
3407instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
3408interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
3409also be automated.
3410
3411Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
3412if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
3413were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
3414and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
3415indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
3416techniques like X-ray crystallography.
3417
2ee7da68 3418=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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3421
6b1649d0
CBW
3422[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
3423
5814c912 3424 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
6b1649d0
CBW
3425
3426[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
3427
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3428 Trinity: What did you just say?
3429 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
3430 Trinity: What did you see?
3431 Cypher: What happened?
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3432 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
3433 like it.
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3434 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
3435 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
3436 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
3437 Neo: What is it?
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3438 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
3439 they change something.
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3441=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
3442
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3443L<Announced on 2010-10-20 by Tatsuhiko Miyagawa|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/10/msg165183.html>
3444
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3445The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
3446he storm vanishes.
3447
3448"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
3449fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
3450to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
3451me?"
3452
3453I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
3454like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
3455
3456"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
3457as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
3458on my heart.
3459
3460(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
3461
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3462=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
3463
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3465
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3466Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
3467air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
3468the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
3469faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
3470of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
3471the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
3472deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
3473fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
3474stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
3475revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
3476
3477For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
3478courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
3479the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
3480jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
3481were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
3482there, a glimmer of moonshine.
3483
3484Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
3485rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
3486grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
3487park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
806849f8 3488described.
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3490=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3491
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3493
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3494`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
3495`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
3496it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
3497she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
3498
4ed12d4a
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3499 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
3500 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
3501 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
3502 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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3503
3504
3505`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
3506
3507`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
3508nonsense.'
3509
3510Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
3511anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
3512
3513`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
3514
3515`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
3516
3517`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
3518with his nose, you know?'
3519
3520`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
3521the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
3522
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3523=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
3524
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3525L<Announced on 2010-07-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/07/msg162230.html>
3526
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3527Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
3528Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
3529notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
3530for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
3531sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
3532
3533Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
3534dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
3535Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
3536motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
3537Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
3538that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
3539had ever even been a car.
3540
3541There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
3542been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
3543this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
3544flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
3545re-entry.
3546
3547There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
3548metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
3549somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
3550make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
3551
3552It should have fallen apart miles back.
3553
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3555
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3558We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
3559the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
3560in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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3561there exist ... special circumstances.
3562
3563=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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3567And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
3568bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
3569yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
3570with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
3571if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
3572bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
3573quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
3574
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3575=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
3576
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3578
3579The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
3580involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
3581when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
3582streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
3583road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
3584seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
3585smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
3586
3587"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
3588volcano were once more to set to work."
3589
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3590=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
3591
3592L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
3593
3594 Music oft hath such a charm
3595 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
3596
3597=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
3598
3599L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
3600
3601 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
3602 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
3603 When breakfast is taken away,
3604 To turn his attention to dinner;
3605 And it's not in the range of belief,
3606 To look upon him as a glutton,
3607 Who, when he is tired of beef,
3608 Determines to tackle the mutton.
3609 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
3610 If it will appease her sorrow,
3611 I'll marry this lady today,
3612 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
3613
3614=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
3615
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3617
3618 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
3619 Tolerates no work of man.
3620 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
3621 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
3622 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
3623 While the last larks sing and soar,
3624 From the heather-blossoms sweet
3625 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
3626 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
3627 Eleanor makes macaroons!
3628
3629=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
3630
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3632
3633 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
3634 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
3635 Lobster I freely endorse,
3636 In pate or patty or pasty.
3637 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
3638 And nothing the matter with jam,
3639 And the warmest greetings I utter
3640 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
3641 For they're food,
3642 All food,
3643 And I think very fondly of food.
3644 Through I'm broody at times
3645 When bothered by rhymes,
3646 I brood
3647 On food.
3648
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3650
3651L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
3652
3653 I saw a huge steam roller,
3654 It blotted out the sun.
3655 The people all lay down, lay down;
3656 They did not try to run.
3657 My love and I, we looked amazed
3658 Upon the gory mystery.
3659 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
3660 'The great machine is history!'
3661 My love and I, we ran away,
3662 The engine did not find us.
3663 We ran up to a mountain top,
3664 Left history far behind us.
3665 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
3666 But somehow we don't think so.
3667 We went to see where history'd been,
3668 And my, the dead did stink so.
3669
3670=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3671
3672L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
3673
3674CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
3675she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
3676seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
3677
3678What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
3679of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
3680has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
3681will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
3682only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
3683lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
3684design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
3685periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
3686
3687=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3688
3689L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
3690
3691The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
3692from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
3693view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
3694Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
3695once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
3696endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
3697a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
3698will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
3699of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
3700Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
3701still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
3702
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3703=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3704
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3707"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
3708many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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3709Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
3710what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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3711Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
3712had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
3713...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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3714"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
3715hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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3716degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
3717and-thirty degrees."
3718
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3719=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3720
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3723San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
3724the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
3725hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
3726of the Free World."
3727
3728Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
3729level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
3730harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
3731exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
3732
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3734
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3737Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
3738the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
3739just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
3740a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
3741it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
3742of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
3743common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
3744bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
3745
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3746 Around and around and around we spin,
3747 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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3749=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3750
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3753'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
3754not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
3755your cat grins like that?'
3756
3757'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
3758
3759She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
3760jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
3761and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
3762
3763'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
3764that cats COULD grin.'
3765
3766'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
3767
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3768=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3769
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3772'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
3773have got altered.'
3774
3775'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
3776there was silence for some minutes.
3777
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3778=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3779
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3782'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
3783always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
3784rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
3785yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
3786can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
3787kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
3788
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3789=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3790
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3793At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
3794called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
3795dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
3796in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
3797sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
3798
3799'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
3800is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
3801the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
3802to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
3803accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 3804Mercia and Northumbria --"'
4363636d 3805
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2831a86c 3808Available on CPAN since 2010-04-01.
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3e340399 3810=head2 v5.12.0-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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3814So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
3815hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
3816making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
3817picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
3818close by her.
3819
3820There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
3821VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
3822dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
3823occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
3824it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
3825OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
3826Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
3827never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
3828take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
3829after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
3830rabbit-hole under the hedge.
3831
3832In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
3833in the world she was to get out again.
3834
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3e340399 3839=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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3843 A little child, a limber elf,
3844 Singing, dancing to itself,
3845 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
3846 That always finds, and never seeks,
3847 Makes such a vision to the sight
3848 As fills a father's eyes with light;
3849 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
3850 Upon his heart, that he at last
3851 Must needs express his love's excess
3852 With words of unmeant bitterness.
3853 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
3854 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
3855 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
3856 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
3857 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
3858 At each wild word to feel within
3859 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
3860 And what, if in a world of sin
3861 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
3862 Such giddiness of heart and brain
3863 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
3864 So talks as it's most used to do.
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3866=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
3867
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3870And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
3871into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
3872mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
3873question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
3874hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
3875louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
3876who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
3877worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
3878done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
3879
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3880=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
3881
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3883
4363636d 3884"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 3885course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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3886
3887Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
3888
3889"Why ain't that work?"
3890
3891Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
3892is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
3893
3894"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
3895
3896The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
3897to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
3898
3899That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
3900swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
3901-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
3902watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
3903absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
3904
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3905=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
3906
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3909The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
3910at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
3911streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
3912the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
3913live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
3914colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
3915as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
3916wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
3917prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
3918however much they're into colour.
3919
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3920=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
3921