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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.29.8 - Isaac Asimov, Foundation: “Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.”
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24=head2 v5.29.7 - Edsger W. Dijkstra: "Programming Considered as a Human Activity", IFIP Congress, New York, 1965.
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28When I became acquainted with the notion of algorithmic languages I
29never challenged the then prevailing notion that the problems of
30language design and implementation were mostly a question of
31compromises: every new convenience for the user had to be paid for
32by the implementation, either in the form of increased trouble
33during translation, or during execution or during both. Well, we
34are most certainly not living in Heaven and I am not going to deny
35the possibility of a conflict between convenience and efficiency,
36but now I do protest when this conflict is presented as a complete
37summing up of the situation. I am of the opinion that is worth-while
38to investigate what extent the needs of Man and Machine go hand in
39hand and to see what techniques we can devise of the benefit of all
40of us. I trust that this investigation will bear fruits and if this
41talk made some of you share this fervent hope, it has achieved its aim.
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43=head2 v5.29.6 - Rudyard Kipling: "How the Camel Got His Hump"
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47 The Camel's hump is an ugly lump
48 Which well you may see at the Zoo;
49 But uglier yet is the hump we get
50 From having little to do.
51
52 Kiddies and grown-ups too-oo-oo
53 If we haven't enough to do-oo-oo,
54 We get the hump -
55 Cameelious hump -
56 The hump that is black and blue!
57
58 We climb out of bed with a frouzly head
59 And a snarly-yarly voice.
60 We shiver and scowl and we grunt and we growl
61 At our bath and our boots and our toys;
62
63 And there ought to be a corner for me
64 (And I know there is one for you)
65 When we get the hump -
66 Cameelious hump -
67 The hump that is black and blue!
68
69 The cure for this ill is to not sit still,
70 Or frowst with a book by the fire;
71 But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
72 And dig till you gentle perspire;
73
74 And then you will find that the sun and the wind,
75 And the Djinn of the Garden too,
76 Have lifted the hump -
77 The horrible hump -
78 The hump that is black and blue!
79
80 I get it as well as you-oo-oo -
81 If I haven't enough to do-oo-oo!
82 We all get hump -
83 Cameelious hump -
84 Kiddies and grown-ups too!
85
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87=head2 v5.29.5 - T. S. Eliot, "The Naming Of Cats"
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91 The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
92 It isn't just one of your holiday games;
93 You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
94 When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
95 First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
96 Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
97 Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey--
98 All of them sensible everyday names.
99 There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
100 Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
101 Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter--
102 But all of them sensible everyday names.
103 But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
104 A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
105 Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
106 Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
107 Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
108 Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
109 Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
110 Names that never belong to more than one cat.
111 But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
112 And that is the name that you never will guess;
113 The name that no human research can discover--
114 But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
115 When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
116 The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
117 His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
118 Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
119 His ineffable effable
120 Effanineffable
121 Deep and inscrutable singular Name.
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123=head2 v5.29.4 - The Mountain Goats, "Oceanographer's Choice"
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127 Well
128 Guy in a skeleton costume
129 Comes up to the guy in the Superman suit
130 Runs through him with a broadsword
131 I flipped the television off
132 Bring all the bright lights up
133 Turn the radio up loud
134 I don't know why I'm so persuaded
135 That if I think things through
136 Long enough and hard enough
137 I'll somehow get to you
138 But then you came in and we locked eyes
139 You kicked the ashtray over as we came toward each other
140 Stubbed my cigarette out against the west wall
141 Quickly lit another
142 Look at that
143 Would you look at that?
144 We're throwing off sparks
145 What will I do when I don't have you
146 To hold onto in the dark?
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148=head2 v5.29.3 - Mac Miller, "Senior Skip Day"
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150L<Announced on 2018-09-20 by John 'genehack' Anderson|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/09/msg252255.html>
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152 Enjoy the best things in your life
153 ’Cause you ain’t gonna get to live it twice
154 They say you waste time asleep
155 But I’m just tryin’ to dream
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157=head2 v5.29.2 - Rick Riordan, "The Lightning Thief"
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161 Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood.
162
163 If you're reading this because you think you might be one,
164 my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever
165 lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try
166 to lead a normal life.
167
168 Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time,
169 it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.
170
171 If you're a normal kid, reading this because you think it's
172 fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe
173 that none of this ever happened.
174
175 But if you recognize yourself in these pages - if you feel
176 something stirring inside - stop reading immediately.
177 You might be one of us. And once you know that, it's only a
178 matter of time before they sense it too, and they'll come for you.
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180=head2 v5.29.1 - Richard Curtis & Ben Elton, "Blackadder, Series 3, Episode 2: Ink and Incapability"
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184 Dr. Samuel Johnson: Here it is, sir: the very cornerstone of English
185 scholarship. This book, sir, contains every word in our beloved
186 language.
187
188 Prince Regent George: Hmm.
189
190 Edmund Blackadder: Every single one, sir?
191
192 Johnson: (confidently) Every single word, sir!
193
194 Blackadder: (to Prince) Oh, well, in that case, sir, I hope you will
195 not object if I also offer the Doctor my most enthusiastic
196 contrafribularities.
197
198 Johnson: What?
199
200 Blackadder: 'Contrafribularities,' sir? It is a common word down our
201 way.
202
203 Johnson: Damn! (writes in the book)
204
205 Blackadder: Oh, I'm sorry, sir. I'm anaspeptic, phrasmotic, even
206 compunctious to have caused you such pericombobulation.
207
208 Johnson: What? What? WHAT?
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210=head2 v5.29.0 - Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case of the Grinning Gorilla
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7df03490 214 Courage is the only antidote for danger.
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216=head2 v5.28.1 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
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218L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252975.html>
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220On August 25, 1983, Leonard Bernstein celebrated his sixty-fifth
221birthday in his birthplace, Lawrence, Massachusetts. He had actually
222lived in the town for only a few weeks as a newborn baby, and had last
223visited it forty-nine years previously, in 1934, to get the name on his
224birth certificate altered from Louis to Leonard. But the citizens of
225Lawrence proposed to dedicate an outdoor theater to him in their
226heritage park and to provide not one but two local orchestras--the
227Merrimack Valley Philharmonic to play excerpts from his own compositions
228and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony and Chorus to perform the "Ode to
229Joy" and accompany Bernstein himself reading (for the only time in his
230life) the text of A Lincoln Portrait. So Bernstein turned down birthday
231invitations from Tanglewood and Central Park, New York, and the
232Hollywood Bowl and drove through the cheering if slightly bewildered
233crowds lining the streets of Lawrence in an open-topped 1928 Ford
234roadster, looking as homespun as James Stewart in Frank Capra's classic,
235It's a Wonderful Life.
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237=head2 v5.28.0 - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967
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241 When we look at modern man we have to face the fact that modern man
242 suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring
243 contrast with his scientific and technological abundance. We've learned
244 to fly the air as birds, we've learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we
245 haven't learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.
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247=head2 v5.28.0-RC4 - Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
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251 You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do
252 anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world,
253 the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over.
254 You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name.
255 You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is
7df03490 256 finished.
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258=head2 v5.28.0-RC3 - Anthony Horowitz, Magpie Murders
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262 These had been his plans. But if there was one thing that life had
263 taught him, it was the futility of making plans. Life had its own
264 agenda.
265
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266=head2 v5.28.0-RC2 - Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
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270 Had she not been of exceptional intelligence and literacy, with an
271 imagination filled and sustained, so to speak, by the images of
272 others, images conveyed by language, by the word, she might have
273 remained almost as helpless as a baby.
274
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275=head2 v5.28.0-RC1 - Anu Garg, A Word A Day
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279 One doesn't have to know the unit of pain (dol) to realize that the
280 unit of joy is not the dollar, or any other currency for that matter.
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282=head2 v5.27.11 - Tana French, In the Woods
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286 And then, too, I had learned early to assume something dark and
287 lethal hidden at the heart of anything I loved. When I couldn't find
288 it, I responded, bewildered and wary, in the only way I knew how: by
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291=head2 v5.27.10 - Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, p. 248
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295 A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher
296 a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts,
297 build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders,
298 cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure,
299 program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
300 Specialization is for insects.
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302=head2 v5.27.9 - Agatha Christie, "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"
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304L<Announced on 2018-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/02/msg249549.html>
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306 Poirot was an extraordinary looking little man. He was hardly more
307 than five feet, four inches, but carried himself with great dignity.
308 His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it
309 a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military.
310 The neatness of his attire was almost incredible. I believe a
311 speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound.
312 Yet this quaint dandified little man who, I was sorry to see, now
313 limped badly, had been in his time one of the most celebrated members
314 of the Belgian police. As a detective, his flair had been extraordinary,
315 and he had achieved triumphs by unravelling some of the most baffling
316 cases of the day.
317 He pointed out to me the little house inhabited by him and his fellow
318 Belgians, and I promised to go and see him at an early date. Then he
319 raised his hat with a flourish to Cynthia, and we drove away.
320 "He's a dear little man," said Cynthia. "I'd no idea you knew him."
321 "You've been entertaining a celebrity unawares," I replied.
322 And, for the rest of the way home, I recited to them the various
323 exploits and triumphs of Hercule Poirot.
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325=head2 v5.27.8 - Jasper Fforde, "Shades of Grey"
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327L<Announced on 2018-01-20 by Abigail|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/248914>
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3292.4.16.55.021: Males are to wear dresscode #6 during inter-Collective
330travel. Hats are encouraged, but not required.
331
3329.3.88.32.025: The cucumber and tomato are both fruit; the avocado
333is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians,
334on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.
335
3365.3.21.01.002: Once allocated, postcodes are permanent, and for life.
337
3386.1.02.11.235: Artifacture from before the Something That Happened
339may be collected, so long it does not appear on the Leapback list
340or possess color above 23 percent saturation.
341
3422.3.06.02.087: Unnecessary sharpening of pencils constitutes a waste
343of public resources, and will be punished as appropriate.
344
3452.1.01.05.002: All children are to attent school until the age of
346sixteen or until they have learned everything, whichever be the sooner.
347
3481.3.02.06.023: There shall be no staring at the sun, however good
349the reason.
350
3511.1.19.02.006: Team sports are mandatory in order to build character.
352Character is there to give purpose to team sports.
353
3542.3.03.01.006: Juggling shall not be practiced after 4:00 pm.
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357=head2 v5.27.7 - Terry Pratchett, "Hogfather"
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361 Death looked at the sacks.
362
363 It was a strange but demonstrable fact that the sacks of
364 toys carried by the Hogfather, no matter what they
365 really contained, always appeared to have sticking out
366 of the top a teddy bear, a toy soldier in the kind of
367 colorful uniform that would stand out in a disco, a
368 drum and a red-and-white candy cane. The actual
369 contents always turned out to be something a bit
370 garish and costing $5.99.
371
372 Death had investigated one or two. There had been a
373 Real Agatean Ninja, for example, with Fearsome
374 Death Grip, and a Captain Carrot One-Man Night
375 Watch with a complete wardrobe of toy weapons, each
376 of which cost as much as the original wooden doll in
377 the first place.
378
379 Mind you, the stuff for the girls was just as
380 depressing. It seemed to be nearly all horses. Most of
381 them were grinning. Horses, Death felt, shouldn't grin.
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383 Any horse that was grinning was planning something.
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385=head2 v5.27.6 - Ogden Nash, "Behold the Duck"
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389 Behold the duck,
390 it does not cluck;
391 a cluck it lacks,
392 it quacks!
393
394 It is 'specially fond
395 of puddles or ponds;
396 when it dines or sups
397 it bottoms ups.
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400=head2 v5.27.5 - Frank Birch, Dilly Knox & G. P. Mackeson, "Alice in I.D.25"
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404 'Can I do anything?' Alice suggested timidly, thinking that something
405 dreadful must have happened.
406 The Waterflap jumped as if it had been shot. 'What are you doing
407 here?' it snapped. 'Take this at once into the Directional room,' and it
408 thrust the paper which had caused all the fuss into her hands.
409 'But where is the Directional room?' she inquired, bewildered.
410 'Why, there of course,' howled the Waterflap, pointing to a door.
411 'How could I possibly know that!' Alice exclaimed, angered by his
412 rudeness.
413 'Silly girl,' it hissed. 'Why, it's called the Directional room
414 because it's in that direction,' and it pushed her roughly through the
415 doorway.
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417=head2 v5.27.4 - Richard Brautigan, "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"
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419L<Announced on 2017-09-20 by John SJ Anderson|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246371.html>
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421 I like to think (and
422 the sooner the better!)
423 of a cybernetic meadow
424 where mammals and computers
425 live together in mutually
426 programming harmony
427 like pure water
428 touching clear sky.
429
430 I like to think
431 (right now, please!)
432 of a cybernetic forest
433 filled with pines and electronics
434 where deer stroll peacefully
435 past computers
436 as if they were flowers
437 with spinning blossoms.
438
439 I like to think
440 (it has to be!)
441 of a cybernetic ecology
442 where we are free of our labors
443 and joined back to nature,
444 returned to our mammal
445 brothers and sisters,
446 and all watched over
447 by machines of loving grace.
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449=head2 v5.27.3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
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453 When you walk through a storm
454 Hold your head up high
455 And don't be afraid of the dark
456
457 At the end of a storm
458 There's a golden sky
459 And the sweet silver song of a lark
460
461 Walk on through the wind
462 Walk on through the rain
463 Though your dreams be tossed and blown
464
465 Walk on, walk on
466 With hope in your heart
467 And you'll never walk alone
468
469 You'll never walk alone
470
471 Walk on, walk on
472 With hope in your heart
473 And you'll never walk alone
474
475 You'll never walk alone
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477=head2 v5.27.2 - Lev Grossman, Codex
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479L<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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481 He went back for another stack of books: a three-volume English legal
482 treatise; a travel guide to Tuscany from the '20s crammed with faded
483 Italian wildflowers that fluttered out from between the pages like
484 moths; a French edition of Turgeniev so decayed that it came apart in
485 his hands; a register of London society from 1863. In a way it was
486 idiotic. He was treating these books like they were holy relics. It
487 wasn't like he would ever actually read them. But there was something
488 magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly
489 ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused
490 by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used
491 to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of
492 memory, not stamped out of silicon but laboriously crafted out of wood
493 pulp and ink, leather and glue. Somebody had cared enough to write
494 these things; somebody else had cared enough to buy them, possibly
495 even read them, at the very least keep them safe for 150 years,
496 sometimes longer, when they could have vanished at the touch of a
497 spark. That made them worth something, didn't it, just by itself?
498 Though most of them would have bored him rigid the second he cracked
499 them open, which there wasn't much chance of. Maybe that was what he
500 found so appealing: the sight of so many books that he'd never have to
501 read, so much work he'd never have to do.
502
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503=head2 v5.27.1 - Rona Munro, Doctor Who: Survival
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507 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
508 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
509 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
510 Somewhere there's danger,
511 somewhere there's injustice
512 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
513 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
514
515=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
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519 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
520 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
521 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
522 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
523 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
524 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
525 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
526 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
527 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
528
529 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
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531=head2 v5.26.3 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
532
533L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252974.html>
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535The origins of the name "Bernstein" are sometimes linked with the German
536noun Bernstein, which means "amber"--a translucent yellowish fossilized
537resin, used for ornaments and thought to possess magical properties.
538Leonard Bernstein would later call himself "Lenny Amber" when he needed
539a pseudonym for the popular piano transcriptions he published in his
540mid-twenties, and his business affairs would be organized within a
541company called Amberson Enterprises. There are several towns and
542villages named Bernstein in Germany and Austria (where the pronunciation
543is BernSTINE), but Bernstein's parents came from Jewish ghettos in
544northwestern Ukraine, where the last syllable is usually pronounced
545BernSHTAYN or STEEN. Sam insisted, however, on the mid-European style
546employed by the earlier immigrants.
547
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548=head2 v5.26.2 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
549
550L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250440.html>
551
552How does a cat use its whiskers? The usual answer is that the whiskers
553are feelers that enable a cat to tell whether a gap is wide enough for
554it to squeeze through, but the truth is more complicated and more
555remarkable. In addition to their obvious role as feelers sensitive to
556touch, the whiskers also operate as air-current detectors. As the cat
557moves along in the dark it needs to manoeuvre past solid objects without
558touching them. Each solid object it approaches causes slight eddies in
559the air, minute disturbances in the currents of air movements, and the
560cat's whiskers are so amazingly sensitive that they can read these air
561changes and respond to the presence of solid obstacles even without
562touching them.
563
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564=head2 v5.26.2-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
565
566L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250103.html>
567
568Cats have a way of endearing themselves to their owners, not just by
569their 'kittenoid' behaviour, which stimulates strong parental feelings,
570but also by their sheer gracefulness. There is an elegance and a
571composure about them that captivates the human eye. To the sensitive
572human being it becomes a privilege to share a room with a cat, exchange
573its glance, feel its greeting rub, or watch it gently luxuriate itself
574into a snoozing ball on a soft cushion.
575
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576=head2 v5.26.1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
577
578L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246408.html>
579
580 And soon I heard a roaring wind:
581 It did not come anear;
582 But with its sound it shook the sails,
583 That were so thin and sere.
584
585 The upper air burst into life!
586 And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
587 To and fro they were hurried about!
588 And to and fro, and in and out,
589 The wan stars danced between.
590
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591=head2 v5.26.1-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
592
593L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246202.html>
594
595 At length did cross an Albatross,
596 Thorough the fog it came;
597 As if it had been a Christian soul,
598 We hailed it in God's name.
599
600 It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
601 And round and round it flew.
602 The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
603 The helmsman steered us through!
604
605 And a good south wind sprung up behind;
606 The Albatross did follow,
607 And every day, for food or play,
608 Came to the mariner's hollo!
609
610 In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
611 It perched for vespers nine;
612 Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
613 Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
614
615 'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
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616 From the fiends, that plague thee thus!—
617 Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
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618 I shot the ALBATROSS.
619
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620=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
621
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623
624 I've got the life
625 And I'm gonna keep it
626 I've got the life
627 And nobody's gonna take it away
628 I've got the life
629
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630=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
631
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632L<Announced on 2017-05-23 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244511.html>
633
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634 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
635 absolutely nothing else to do.
636
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637=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
638
639L<Announced on 2017-05-11 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244337.html>
640
641 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
642 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
643 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
644 converts than reason.
645
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646=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
647
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649
650 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
651 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
652 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
653
654 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
655 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
656 machinery like that.
657
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658=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
659
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660L<Announced on 2017-03-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/03/msg243624.html>
661
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662 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
663 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
664 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
665 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
666 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
667 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
668 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
669
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670=head2 v5.25.10 - Erich Fried, 1968
671
672L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
673
674 He who wants the world to remain as it is
675 doesn't want it to remain.
676
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677=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
678
679L<Announced on 2017-01-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242405.html>
680
681 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
682 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
683 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
684 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
685 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
686 bread, please."
687
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688=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
689
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691
692 So long
693 is in the song
694 and it's in the way you're gone
695 but it's like a foreign language
696 in my mind
697 and maybe was I blind
698 I could not see
699 and would not know
700 you're gone so long
701 so long.
702
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703=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
704
705L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
706
707 Of Beren and Lúthien
708
709 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
710 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
711 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
712 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
713 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
714 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
715 song.
716
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717=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
718
719L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
720
721 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
722 Are you?
3f0ff2a3 723 Yes. Do you know who the lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
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724 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
725 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
726 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
727 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
728 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
729 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
730 a sea of shite.
731 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
732 America meant?
733 No.
734 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
735 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
736 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
737 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
738 playing to freak them out?
739 Who's Michael Stipe?
740 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
741 No, I'm not, Stephen.
742
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743=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
744
745L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
746
747 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
748 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
749 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
750 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
751 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
752 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
753 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
754 fact this is all we are doing
755
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756=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
757
758L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
759
760 Concerning Nomes and Time
761
762 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
763 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
764
765 Let me explain.
766
767 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
768 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
769 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
770
771 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
772 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
773
774 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
775 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
776 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
777 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
778 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
779 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
780 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
781
782 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
783 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
784 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
785 even know.
786
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787=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
788
789L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
790
791 When awful darkness and silence reign
792 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
793 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
794 When the angry breakers roar
795 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
796 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
797 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
798
799 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
800 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
801 A lonely spark with silvery rays
802 Piercing the coal-black night, -
803 A Meteor strange and bright: -
804 Hither and thither the vision strays,
805 A single lurid light.
806
807 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
808 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
809 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
810 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
811 And those who watch at that midnight hour
812 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
813 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
814 'The Dong! - the Dong!
815 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
816 The Dong! the Dong!
817 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
818
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819=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
820
821L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
822
823 Waiting for the beat to kick in
824 But it never does
825 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
826 That lift me above
827 All of these tiresome things
828 That we know and love
829 Waiting for the beat to kick in
830 But it never does
831
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832=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
833
5f602b3b 834L<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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835
836Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
837totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
838you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
839that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
840people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
841
842Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
843gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
844symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
845and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
846clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
847home, from the ground up.
848
849No wonder you're a geek.
850
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851=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
852
853L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
854
855 Even the bravest that are slain
856 Shall not dissemble their surprise
857 On waking to find valor reign,
858 Even as on earth, in paradise;
859 And where they sought without the sword
860 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
861 To find that the utmost reward
862 Of daring should be still to dare.
863
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864=head2 v5.24.4 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
865
866L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250439.html>
867
868Cats hate doors. Doors simply do not register in the evolutionary story
869of the cat family. They constantly block patrolling activities and
870prevent cats from exploring their home range and then returning to their
871central, secure base at will. Humans often do not understand that a cat
872needs to make only a brief survey of its territory before returning with
873all the necessary information about the activities of other cats in the
874vicinity. It likes to make these tours of inspection at frequent
875intervals, but does not want to stay outside for very long, unless there
876has been some special and unexpected change in the condition of the
877local feline population.
878
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879=head2 v5.24.4-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
880
881L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250102.html>
882
883The domestic cat is a contradiction. No animal has developed such an
884intimate relationship with mankind, while at the same time demanding and
885getting such independence of movement and action. The dog may be man's
886best friend, but it is rarely allowed out on its own to wander from
887garden to garden or street to street. The obedient dog has to be taken
888for a walk. The headstrong cat walks alone.
889
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890=head2 v5.24.3 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
891
892L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246407.html>
893
894 Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
895 Beloved from pole to pole!
896 To Mary Queen the praise be given!
897 She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,
898 That slid into my soul.
899
900 The silly buckets on the deck,
901 That had so long remained,
902 I dreamt that they were filled with dew;
903 And when I awoke, it rained.
904
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905=head2 v5.24.3-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
906
907L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246201.html>
908
909 'And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
910 Was tyrannous and strong:
911 He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
912 And chased us south along.
913
914 With sloping masts and dipping prow,
915 As who pursued with yell and blow
916 Still treads the shadow of his foe,
917 And forward bends his head,
918 The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
919 And southward aye we fled.
920
921 And now there came both mist and snow,
922 And it grew wondrous cold:
923 And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
924 As green as emerald.
925
926 And through the drifts the snowy clifts
927 Did send a dismal sheen:
8d1c7d0a 928 Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken—
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929 The ice was all between.
930
931 The ice was here, the ice was there,
932 The ice was all around:
933 It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
934 Like noises in a swound!
935
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936=head2 v5.24.2 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
937
938L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245527.html>
939
940 A short while later, through the wood,
941 Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
942 The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze
943 And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
944 His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
945 And spit was dripping from his jaw.
946 Once more the maiden's eyelid flickers.
947 She draws the pistol from her knickers.
948 Once more, she hits the vital spot,
949 And kills him with a single shot.
950 Pig, peeping through the window, stood
951 And yelled, 'Well done, Miss Riding Hood!'
952
953 Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
954 Young ladies from the upper crust.
955 For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
956 Not only has two wolfskin coats,
957 But when she goes from place to place,
958 She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELLING CASE.
959
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960=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
961
962L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
963
964 The animal I really dig
965 Above all others is the pig.
966 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
967 Pig are courteous. However,
968 Now and then, to break this rule,
969 One meets a pig who is a fool.
970 What, for example, would you say
971 If strolling through the woods one day,
972 Right there in front of you you saw
973 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
974 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
975 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
976
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977=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
978
979L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
980
981 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
982 'If only you'd spoken before!
983 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
984 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
985
986 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
987 If you never were met with again -
988 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
989 You might have suggested it then?
990
991 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
992 As I think I've already remarked.'
993 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
994 'I informed you the day we embarked.
995
996 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
997 (We are all of us weak at times):
998 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
999 Was never among my crimes!
1000
1001 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
1002 I said it in German and Greek:
1003 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
1004 That English is what you speak!'
1005
1006 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
1007 Had grown longer at every word:
1008 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
1009 More debate would be simply absurd.
1010
1011 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
1012 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
1013 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
1014 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
1015
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1016=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
1017
1018L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
1019
1020 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
1021 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
1022 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
1023 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
1024 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
1025 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
1026 And now the sun with more effectual beams
1027 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
1028 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
1029 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
1030 After a night of storm so ruinous,
1031 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
1032 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
1033
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1034=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1035
1036L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
1037
1038 Before the gates there sat
1039 On either side a formidable shape;
1040 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
1041 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
1042 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
1043 With mortal sting; about her middle round
1044 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
1045 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
1046 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
1047 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
1048 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
1049 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
1050 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
1051 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
1052 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
1053 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
1054 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
1055 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
1056 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
1057 If shape it might be called that shape had none
1058 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
1059 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
1060 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
1061 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
1062 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
1063 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
1064 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
1065 The monster moving onward came as fast
1066 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
1067
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1068=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
1069
1070L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
1071
1072 A bird within the bower of her delight,
1073 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
1074 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
1075
1076 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
1077 No weary task for her, for as at play
1078 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
1079
1080 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
1081 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
1082 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
1083
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1084=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
1085
1086L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
1087
1088 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
1089 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
1090 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
1091
1092 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
1093 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
1094 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
1095
1096 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
1097 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
1098 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
1099
1100 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
1101 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
1102 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
1103
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1104=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
1105
1106L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
1107
1108 New punishments behoves me sing in this
1109 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
1110 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
1111
1112 I now stood ready to observe the full
1113 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
1114 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
1115
1116 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
1117 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
1118 As Litany processions keep, up here.
1119
1120 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
1121 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
1122 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
1123
1124 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
1125 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
1126 All power of looking forward being denied.
1127
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1128=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
1129
1130L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
1131
1132 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
1133 I could be monarch of a desert land
1134 I could devote and dedicate forever
1135 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
1136 So desert it would have to be, so walled
1137 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
1138 No one would covet it or think it worth
1139 The pains of conquering to force change on.
1140 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
1141 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
1142 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
1143 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
1144 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
1145 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
1146
1147 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
1148 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
1149 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
1150
1151=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
1152
1153L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
1154
1155 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
1156 You can't find one good thing to say
1157 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
1158 You'd stay the hell out of my way
1159
1160 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
1161 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
1162
1163=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
1164
1165L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
1166
1167"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
1168
1169=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
1170
1171L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
1172
1173The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
1174Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
1175gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
1176
1177=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
1178
1179L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
1180
1181“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
1182
1183“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
1184
1185“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
1186be fun.”
1187
1188Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
1189
1190“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
1191every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
1192
1193“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
1194
1195“You’ll have to jump.”
1196
1197“I’ll jump.”
1198
1199“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
1200
1201Yossarian jumped.
1202
1203Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
1204missing him by inches, and he took off.
1205
1206=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
1207
1208L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
1209
1210 Nothing was left to do that I could see
1211 Unless to find that there was no one there
1212 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
1213 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
1214 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
1215 Break silence now or be forever silent.
1216 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
1217 The melancholy of having to count souls
1218 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
1219 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
1220 It must be I want life to go on living.
1221
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1222=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
1223
1224L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
1225
1226Spring
1227
1228Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
1229look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
1230I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
1231and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
1232love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
1233meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
1234and begin a new adventure.
1235
1236Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
1237-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
1238kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
1239adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
1240as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
1241
1242The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
1243asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
1244brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
1245and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
1246Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
1247produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
1248possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
1249beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
1250are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
1251are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
1252seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
1253remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
1254you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
1255cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
1256lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
1257marriages made in heaven.
1258
1259
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1260=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
1261
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1262L<Announced on 2016-02-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/02/msg234535.html>
1263
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1264Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
1265of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
1266helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
1267
1268But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
1269any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
1270she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
1271no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
1272free.
1273
da44b70c 1274=head2 v5.23.7 - William Gibson, "Neuromancer"
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f43a4a46 1276L<Announced on 2016-01-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/01/msg233856.html>
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1277
1278A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
1279nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
1280the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
1281in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
1282colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
1283over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
1284cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
1285the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
1286and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
1287dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
1288into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
1289trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
1290
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1291=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
1292
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1293L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
1294
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1295 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
1296
1297 5.23 Episode VII
1298 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
1299
1300 It is a period of
1301 unrest as separatists
1302 announce their intentions
1303 to fork PERL and return the
1304 galaxy to speed and stability.
1305
1306 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
1307 to hold together the remains of the
1308 once mighty Republic against a tide of
1309 incivility and the depredations of a new
1310 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
1311
1312 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
1313 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
1314 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
1315 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
1316 a new Empire of gradual typing....
1317
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1318=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
1319
1320L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
1321
1322After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
1323me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
1324Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
1325adventure.
1326
1327I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
1328only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
1329lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
1330sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
1331lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
1332hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
1333
1334Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
1335no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
1336loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
1337control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
1338It took me two weeks to figure it out.
1339
1340The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
1341register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
1342an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
1343index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
1344would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
1345the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
1346
1347Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
1348to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
1349instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
1350additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
1351instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
1352ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
1353
1354The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
1355lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
1356was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
1357all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
1358
1359He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
1360largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
1361datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
1362overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
1363the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
1364the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
1365program went happily on its way.
1366
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1367=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
1368
1369L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
1370
1371Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
1372first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
1373or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
1374Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
1375when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
1376when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
1377difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
1378keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
1379strong men.
1380
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1381=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
1382
1383L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
1384
1385 Little of of all we value here
1386 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
1387 Without both feeling and looking queer.
1388 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
1389 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
1390 (This is a moral that runs at large;
1391 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
1392
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1393=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
1394
4442630f 1395L<Announced on 2015-08-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230298.html>
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1396
1397 Would you believe in a night like this
1398 A night like this, when visions come true
1399 Would you believe in a tale like this
1400 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
1401 Come to the blazing fire and
1402
1403 See me in the shadows
1404 See me in the shadows
1405 Songs I will sing
1406 Of runes and rings
1407 Just hand me my harp
1408 This night turns into myth
1409 Nothing seems real
1410 You soon will feel
1411 The world we live in is another skald's
1412 Dream in the shadows
1413 Dream in the shadows
1414
1415 Do you believe there is sense in it
1416 Is it truth or myth?
1417 They´re one in my rhymes
1418 Nobody knows the meaning behind
1419 The weaver's line
1420 Well nobody else but the Norns can
1421 See through the blazing fires of time and
1422 All things will proceed as the
1423 Child of the hallowed
1424 Will speak to you now
1425
1426 See me in the shadows
1427 See me in the shadows
1428 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
1429 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
1430 Nothing seems real
1431 You soon will feel
1432 The world we live in is another skald´s
1433 Dream in the shadows
1434 Dream in the shadows
1435
1436 Do not fear for my reason
1437 There's nothing to hide
1438 How bitter your treason
1439 How bitter the lie
1440 Remember the runes and remember the light
1441 All I ever want is to be at your side
1442 We'll gladden the raven now I will
1443 Run through the blazing fires
1444 That's my choice
1445 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
1446
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1447=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
1448
1449L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
1450
1451 I was born beneath this willow,
1452 Where my sire the earth did farm
1453 Had the green grass as my pillow
1454 The east wind as a blanket warm.
1455
1456 But away! away! called the wind from the west
1457 And in answer I did run
1458 Seeking glory and adventure
1459 Promised by the rising sun.
1460
1461 I found love beneath this willow,
1462 As true a love as life could hold,
1463 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
1464 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
1465
1466 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
1467 In faithful answer I did run
1468 Marching forth for king and country
1469 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
1470
1471 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
1472 As the seven seas I plied
1473 And the girl who I left waiting
1474 Longing to be at her side.
1475
1476 But about! about! called the wind from the west
1477 As once again my ship did run
1478 Down the coast, about the wide world
1479 Flying sails in the setting sun.
1480
1481 Now I lie beneath the willow
1482 Now at last no more to roam,
1483 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
1484 In their arms I'm finally home.
1485
1486 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
1487 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
1488 Will chase the sun into the morning
1489 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
1490
da44b70c 1491=head2 v5.23.0 - Bob Dylan, "Maggie's Farm"
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1492
1493L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
1494
1495 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1496 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1497 Well, I try my best
1498 To be just like I am
1499 But everybody wants you
1500 To be just like them
1501 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
1502 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1503
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1504=head2 v5.22.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1505
1506L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245526.html>
1507
1508 Then Little Red Riding Hood said, 'But Grandma,
1509 what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.'
1510 'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
1511 'To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
1512 'Ah well, no matter what you say,
1513 'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
1514 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1515 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1516 She aims it at the creature's head
1517 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
1518
1519 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1520 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1521 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1522 No silly hood upon her head.
1523 She said, 'Hello, and do please note
1524 'My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.'
1525
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1526=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1527
1528L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
1529
1530 As soon as Wolf began to feel
1531 That he would like a decent meal,
1532 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
1533 When Grandma opened it, she saw
1534 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
1535 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
1536 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
1537 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
1538 And she was absolutely right.
1539 He ate her up in one big bite.
1540
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1541=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
1542
1543L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
1544
1545 As one who strives a hill to climb,
1546 Who never climbed before:
1547 Who finds it, in a little time,
1548 Grow every moment less sublime,
1549 And votes the thing a bore:
1550
1551 Yet, having once begun to try,
1552 Dares not desert his quest,
1553 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
1554 On one small hut against the sky
1555 Wherein he hopes to rest:
1556
1557 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
1558 With many a puff and pant:
1559 Who still, as rises the ascent,
1560 In language grows more violent,
1561 Although in breath more scant:
1562
1563 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
1564 That crowns the upward track:
1565 And, entering with unsteady pace,
1566 Receives a buffet in the face
1567 That lands him on his back:
1568
1569 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
1570 Glide swiftly down again,
1571 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
1572 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
1573 He drops upon the plain -
1574
1575 So I, that had resolved to bring
1576 Conviction to a ghost,
1577 And found it quite a different thing
1578 From any human arguing,
1579 Yet dared not quit my post.
1580
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1581=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
1582
1583L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
1584
1585 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
1586 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
1587 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
1588 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
1589 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
1590 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
1591 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
1592 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
1593 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
1594 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
1595 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
1596 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
1597 Thither he bent his way, determined there
1598 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
1599 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
1600 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
1601 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
1602 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
1603 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
1604
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1605=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1606
1607L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
1608
1609 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
1610 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
1611 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
1612 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
1613 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
1614 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
1615 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
1616 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
1617 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
1618 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
1619 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
1620 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
1621 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
1622 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
1623 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
1624 At certain revolutions all the damned
1625 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
1626 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
1627 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
1628 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
1629 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
1630 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
1631 They ferry over this Lethean sound
1632 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
1633 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
1634 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
1635 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
1636 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
1637 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
1638 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
1639 The ford, and of itself the water flies
1640 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
1641 The lip of Tantalus.
1642
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1644
1645L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
1646
1647 Between two dishes, equally attractive
1648 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
1649 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
1650
1651 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
1652 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
1653 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
1654
1655 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
1656 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
1657 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
1658
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1659=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
1660
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1662
1663 For better waters heading with the wind
1664 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
1665 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
1666
1667 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
1668 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
1669 To leap up into joy celestial.
1670
1671 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
1672 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
1673 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
1674
1675 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
1676 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
1677 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
1678
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1680
1681L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
1682
1683 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
1684 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
1685 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
1686
1687 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
1688 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
1689 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
1690
1691 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
1692 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
1693 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
1694
1695 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
1696 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
1697 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
1698
1699 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
1700 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
1701 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
1702
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1704
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1706
1707A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
1708splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
1709shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
1710straight up into the air!_'
1711The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
1712experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
1713gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
1714his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
1715most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
1716storm.
1717Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
1718knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
1719heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
1720intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
1721those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
1722scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
1723set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
1724everything, regardless?
1725At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
1726voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
1727
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1729
1730L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
1731
1732This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
1733before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
1734whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
1735carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
1736merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
1737ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
1738entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
1739boisterous.
1740Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
1741not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
1742up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
1743nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
1744masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
1745the attentions of several all too merry couples.
1746Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
1747that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
1748Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
1749on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
1750raising a glass of champagne.
1751In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
1752mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
1753lonely corner.
1754He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
1755a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
1756that it was Christine and followed her.
1757'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
1758The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
1759no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
1760on in silence.
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1762=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1763
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1765
1766 If the snow flies in my face,
1767 Let me shake it off me!
1768 If my heart within me speaks,
1769 I'll sing bright and gaily!
1770
1771 Will not listen what it says,
1772 Have no ears for moaning.
1773 Do not feel what it complains,--
1774 Only fools like groaning!
1775
1776 Jolly brave into the world,
1777 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
1778 If there is no God on earth,
1779 Let 's be gods down nether!
1780
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1781=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1782
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1784
1785 Why do I shun all those highways
1786 Which the other wanderer seeks?
1787 Why do I find bridged by-ways
1788 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
1789
1790 For I have no crime committed,
1791 Why I should now run from men,--
1792 What demented heart's desire
1793 Drives me to a desert glen?
1794
1795 Signposts on all highways stationed
1796 Point their signs toward the towns,
1797 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
1798 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
1799
1800 One such signpost I see planted
1801 Of my question unconcerned,
1802 One road must my choice be granted,
1803 Whence no man has yet returned!
1804
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1805=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1806
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1808
1809 How the storm tore rents
1810 In heavens gray attired!
1811 The rags of cloud are flying
1812 Around, of combat tired.
1813
1814 And flames of fire lambent,
1815 Fly between them and part,
1816 That 's what I call a morning,
1817 A morning after my heart!
1818
1819 My heart sees in the heavens
1820 Its own picture unspoilt--
1821 It's nothing but the Winter,
1822 The Winter, cold and wild.
1823
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1824=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1825
1826L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
1827
1828 The hoary frost has a white sheen
1829 Strewn all over my hair,
1830 So I thought I was an old man
1831 And thought life dealt me fair.
1832
1833 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
1834 And I have my black hair again.
1835 How I abhor my young fair years,
1836 How long to wait for death and biers?
1837
1838 From setting sun to morning's hue
1839 Many a head turns white.
1840 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
1841 In all this lifelong plight!
1842
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1843=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1844
1845L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
1846
1847 In the deepest rocky crevice
1848 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
1849 How I could find my way from here,
1850 For me it's easy memory!
1851
1852 For I am used to straying ways,
1853 Every path to th'end a way,
1854 All our joys and all our suffering,--
1855 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
1856
1857 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
1858 I quite calmly downward stroll;
1859 Every stream its sea will enter,
1860 Every suffering finds its goal!
1861
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1862=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
1863
1864L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
1865
1866“You are the advocate of the dead.”
1867
1868The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
1869that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
1870take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
1871their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
1872remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
1873figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
1874
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1875=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
1876
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1878
1879 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
1880 Among the theories scattered on the grass
1881 Take up my good intentions with the rest
1882
1883=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
1884
1885L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
1886
1887There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
1888its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
1889
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1890=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
1891
1892L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
1893
1894 They shall pass and their places be taken,
1895 The gods and the priests that are pure.
1896 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
1897 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
1898 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
1899 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
1900 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
1901 And delicate dust.
1902
1903 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
1904 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
1905 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
1906 As the serpent again to a rod.
1907 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
1908 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
1909 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
1910 Our Lady of Pain.
1911
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1912=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
1913
1914L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
1915
1916The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
1917Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
1918started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
1919crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
1920and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
1921pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
1922through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
1923claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
1924were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
1925they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
1926It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
1927obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
1928
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1929=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
1930
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1933 There is another sky,
1934 Ever serene and fair,
1935 And there is another sunshine,
1936 Though it be darkness there;
1937 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
1938 Never mind silent fields -
1939 Here is a little forest,
1940 Whose leaf is ever green;
1941 Here is a brighter garden,
1942 Where not a frost has been;
1943 In its unfading flowers
1944 I hear the bright bee hum:
1945 Prithee, my brother,
1946 Into my garden come!
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1948=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
1949
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1951
1952Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
1953Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
1954Calvin: 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?
1955Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
1956[Box]: *BOINK*
1957Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
1958Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
1959Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
1960
2ee7da68 1961=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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1963L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
1964
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1965"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
1966Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
1967we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
1968everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
1969"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
1970refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
1971"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
1972would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
1973than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
1974the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 1976=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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1978L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
1979
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1980GAME CAT
1981
1982EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
1983things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
1984Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
1985lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
1986snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
1987This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
1988all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
1989Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
1990some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
1991finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
1992just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
1993Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
1994MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
1995The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
1996involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
1997and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
1998where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
1999Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 2001=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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2003L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
2004
2005 Het Dorp
2006
2007 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
2008 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
2009 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
2010 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
2011 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
2012 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
2013 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
2014 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
2015 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
2016 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
2017 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 2018 het vee, de boerderijen.
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2019
2020 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2021 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
2022 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 2023 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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2024
2025 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
2026 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
2027 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
2028 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
2029 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
2030 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
2031 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
2032 ze zien de televisiequiz
2033 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
2034 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
2035 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
2036 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
2037
2038 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2039 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
2040 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 2041 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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2042
2043 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
2044 in minirok en beatle-haar
2045 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
2046 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
2047 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
2048 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
2049 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
2050 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
2051 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
2052 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
2053 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
2054 een ansicht en herinneringen.
2055
2056 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2057 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
2058 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
2059 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
2060
2ee7da68 2061=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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2064
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2065To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
2066of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
2067masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
2068of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
2069seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
2070joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
2071to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
2072high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
2073approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
2074ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
2075myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
2076to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
2077discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
2078canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
2079armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
2080rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
2081handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
2082stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
2083occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
2084and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
2085which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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2087=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
2088
2089L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
2090
2091 If they just went straight they might go far,
2092 They are strong and brave and true;
2093 But they're always tired of the things that are,
2094 And they want the strange and new.
2095 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
2096 What a deep mark I would make!"
2097 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
2098 Is only a fresh mistake.
2099
2100=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
2101
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2103
2104 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
2105 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
2106 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
2107 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
2108 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
2109 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
2110 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
2111 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
2112 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
2113 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
2114 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
2115 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
2116 Aldrin: 120 feet.
2117 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
2118 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
2119 Duke: 60 seconds.
2120 Aldrin: Light's on.
2121 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
2122 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
2123 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
2124 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
2125 down a half.
2126 Duke: 30 seconds.
2127 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
2128 Aldrin: Contact Light.
2129 Armstrong: Shutdown.
2130 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
2131 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
2132 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
2133 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
2134 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
2135 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
2136 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
2137 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
2138 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
2139 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
2140 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
2141 Aldrin: Thank you.
2142
2143=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
2144
2145L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
2146
2147 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
2148 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
2149 We danced among the lightning bolts,
2150 and tore the world asunder.
2151
2152 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
2153 written near the end of the previous Age,
2154 known by some as the Third Age.
2155 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
2156 Reborn.
2157
2158=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
2159
2160L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
2161
2162 Walled in fast within the earth
2163 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
2164 This must be the bell’s great birth!
2165 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
2166 Sweat must trickle now
2167 From the burning brow,
2168 Till the work its master honour.
2169 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
2170
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2171=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
2172
2173L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
2174
2175 Steady old Väinämöinen
2176 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2177 'No lilting on the waters
2178 and no singing on the waves!
2179 Song keeps you lazy
2180 tales delay rowing.
2181 Precious day would pass and night
2182 would overtake us midway
2183 on these wide waters
2184 upon these vast waves.'
2185
2186 The wanton Lemminkäinen
2187 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2188 'The time will pass anyway
2189 the fair day will flee
2190 and the night will come panting
2191 and the twilight will steal in
2192 if you don't sing while you live
2193 nor hum in this world.'
2194
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2195=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"
2196
2197L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
2198
2199'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
2200and I was reciting these lines:
2201
2202 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
2203 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
2204 I wonder at the patience that I showed
2205 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
2206 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
2207 I have remained confused in misery.
2208
2209I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
2210Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
2211walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
2212person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
2213am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
2214ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
2215asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
2216allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
2217added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
2218and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
2219idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
2220coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
2221and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
2222different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
2223without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
2224the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
2225the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
2226sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
2227gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
2228told you about this, so goodbye."
2229
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2230=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"
2231
2232L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
2233
2234'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
2235asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
2236and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
2237and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
2238I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
2239candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
2240were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
2241congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
2242face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
2243[...]
2244'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
2245her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
2246them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
2247ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
2248told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
2249man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
2250[...]
2251'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
2252servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
2253was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
2254four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
2255like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
2256fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
2257"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
2258was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
2259shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
2260longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
2261a bean.
2262
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2263=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
2264
2265L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
2266
2267 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
2268 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
2269 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
2270 Where is the cow hidden right now?
2271
2272 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
2273 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
2274 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
2275 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
2276
2277 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
2278 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
2279 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
2280 Yeah!
2281
2282 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
2283 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
2284 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
2285 Yeah, yeah!
2286
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2287=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
2288
2289L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
2290
2291 I've seen things,
2292 I've seen them with my eyes;
2293 I've seen things,
2294 They're often in disguise.
2295
2296 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
2297 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
2298 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
2299 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
2300
2301 I've seen things,
2302 I've seen them with my eyes;
2303 I've seen things,
2304 They're often in disguise.
2305
2306 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
2307
2ee7da68 2308=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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2309
2310L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
2311
2312 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
2313 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
2314 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
2315
2316 DON ALFONSO:
2317 Take heart, my dearest children.
2318 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
2319
2320 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
2321 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
2322
2323 FIORDILIGI:
2324 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
2325 It is disappearing already!
2326 It is no longer in sight!
2327 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
2328
2329 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
2330 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
2331
2332 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
2333 May the wind be gentle,
2334 may the sea be calm,
2335 and may the elements
2336 respond kindly
2337 to our wishes.
2338
2ee7da68 2339=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2340
2341L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
2342
2343 GUGLIELMO:
2344 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
2345 is reluctant to come before her.
2346
2347 FERRANDO:
2348 My trembling lip
2349 can utter no word.
2350
2351 DON ALFONSO:
2352 The hero displays his manliness
2353 in the most terrible moments.
2354
2355 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
2356 Now that we have heard the news,
2357 you have the lesser duty:
2358 Take heart, and plunge your swords
2359 into both our hearts.
2360
2361 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
2362 My idol, blame fate
2363 that I must abandon you.
2364
2365 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
2366 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
2367 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
2368 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
2369 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
2370 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
2371 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
2372
2373 ALL:
2374 Thus destiny defrauds
2375 the hopes of mortals.
2376 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
2377 who can ever love life?
2378
2ee7da68 2379=head2 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2380
2381L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
2382
2383 DON ALFONSO:
2384 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
2385 my lip stammers.
2386 My voice cannot emerge,
2387 but remains in my throat.
2388 What will you do? What shall I do?
2389 Oh what a great catastrophe!
2390 There can be nothing worse.
2391 I feel pity for you and for them.
2392
2393 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
2394 die.
2395 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
2396 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
2397 love dead, perhaps?
2398 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
2399 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
2400 DORABELLA: Wounded?
2401 DON ALFONSO: No.
2402 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
2403 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
2404 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
2405 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
2406 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
2407 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
2408 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
2409 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
2410 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
2411 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
2412 you wish it, they are ready...
2413 DORABELLA: Where are they?
2414 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
2415
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2416=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
2417
2418L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
2419
2420 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
2421 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
2422 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
2423 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
2424 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
2425 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
2426
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2427=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
2428
2429L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
2430
2431 When times go bad
2432 when times go rough
2433 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
2434 And let me do my stuff
2435
2ee7da68 2436=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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2437
2438L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
2439
2440O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
2441sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
2442Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
2443than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
2444temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
2445mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
2446your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
2447draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
2448implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
2449rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
2450bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
2451Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
2452is a fool!
2453
2ee7da68 2454=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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2455
2456L<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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2457
2458The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
2459the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
2460withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
2461consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
2462tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
2463detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
2464by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
2465
2ee7da68 2466=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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2467
2468L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
2469
2470Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
2471rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
2472stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
2473know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
2474that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
2475chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
2476clouds thickened above them.
2477
2478"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
2479you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
2480body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
2481closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
2482hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
2483he looked Long in the face.
2484
2485"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
2486master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
2487grew fierce.
2488
2489"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
2490fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
2491truth!"
2492
2ee7da68 2493=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2494
2495L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
2496
2497“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
2498hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
2499
2500“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
2501
2502“Is there? What is the point?”
2503
2504“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
2505
2506“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
2507
2508“The trick is not to think about that.”
2509
2510“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
2511
2512Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
2513
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2514=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
2515
2516L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
2517
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2518And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
2519down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
2520the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
2521were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
2522they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
2523Europe was over.
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2525Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
2526leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
2527kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
2528horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 2529
e91f1fc1 2530Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 2531
e91f1fc1 2532One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
2cff31c9 2533
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2534=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
2535
2536L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
2537
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2538 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
2539
2540 Mr. Bun: Morning.
2541 Waitress: Morning.
2542 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
2543 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
2544 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
2545 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
2546 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
2547 egg on top and spam
2548 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
2549 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
2550 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
2551 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
2552 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
2553 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
2554 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
2555 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
2556 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
2557 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
2558
2559 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
2560
2561 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
2562 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
2563 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
2564 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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40e1c3e8 2566=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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2567
2568L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
2569
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2570 I
2571
2572 A cat is strolling through my mind
2573 Acting as though he owned the place,
2574 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
2575 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
2576
2577 So tender and discreet his tone;
2578 But whether he should growl or purr
2579 His voice is always rich and deep.
2580 That is the secret of his charm.
2581
2582 This purling voice that filters down
2583 Into my darkest depths of soul
2584 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
2585 Delights me as a potion would.
2586
2587 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
2588 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
2589 Without the need for any words
2590 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
2591
2592 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
2593 Across my heart, fine instrument,
2594 And makes to sing so royally
2595 The strongest and the purest chord,
2596
2597 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
2598 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
2599 In whom all is, angelically,
2600 As subtle as harmonious.
2601
2602 II
2603
2604 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
2605 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
2606 I might have been embalmed in it
2607 By giving him one little pet.
2608
2609 He is my household's guardian soul;
2610 He judges, he presides, inspires
2611 All matters in hos royal realm;
2612 Might he be fairy? or a god?
2613
2614 When my eyes, to this cat I love
2615 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
2616 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
2617 And when I look within myself,
2618
2619 I notice with astonishment
2620 The fire of his opal eyes,
2621 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
2622 Taking my measure, steadily.
2623
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2624=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
2625
2626L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
2627
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2628There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
2629that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
2630Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
2631despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
2632loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
2633looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
2634his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
2635of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
2636heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
2637danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
2638She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
2639surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
2640and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
2641be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
2642name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
2643and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
2644him.
2645
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2646=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
2647
2648L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
2649
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2650E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
2651written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
2652betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
2653have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
2654personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
2655Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
2656For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
2657political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
2658working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
2659between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
2660however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
2661logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
2662an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
2663to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
2664outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
2665there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
2666There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
2667
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2668=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
2669
2670L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
2671
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2672The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
2673correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
2674showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
2675however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
2676magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
2677the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
2678
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2679=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2680
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2682
2683 Over hill, over dale,
2684 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
2685 Over park, over pale,
2686 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
2687 I do wander everywhere,
2688 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
2689 And I serve the fairy queen,
2690 To dew her orbs upon the green.
2691 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
2692 In their gold coats, spots you see;
2693 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
2694 In their freckles live our savours.
2695 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
2696 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
2697 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
2698 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
2699
5f42d1f2 2700=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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2701
2702L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
2703
2704 From the beginning, I knew…
2705 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
2706 …that I can't fix…
2707 …with my hands…
2708
40e1c3e8 2709=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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2710
2711L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
2712
2713 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
2714 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
2715 The shadows lengthen
2716 In Carcosa.
2717
2718 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
2719 And strange moons circle through the skies
2720 But stranger still is
2721 Lost Carcosa.
2722
2723 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
2724 Where flap the tatters of the King,
2725 Must die unheard in
2726 Dim Carcosa.
2727
2728 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
2729 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
2730 Shall dry and die in
2731 Lost Carcosa.
2732
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2733=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
2734
2735(no epigraph)
2736
40e1c3e8 2737=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2740
2741"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
2742empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
2743Yellow!"
2744
40e1c3e8 2745=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2748
2749 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
2750
2751 STRANGER: Indeed?
2752
2753 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
2754
2755 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
2756
2757 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
2758
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2759=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
2760
2761L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
2762
2763One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
2764only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
2765that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
2766about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
2767places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
2768Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
2769mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
2770every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
2771
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2772=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
2773
2774L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
2775
2776The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
2777systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
2778thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
2779operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
2780ever seen.
2781
2782An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
2783something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
2784kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
2785anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
2786disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
2787gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
2788that renders the operating system unnecessary.
2789
2790=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
2791
2792L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
2793
2794Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
2795someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
2796again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
2797and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
2798language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
2799
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2800=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
2801
2802L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
2803
2804It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
2805who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
2806walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
2807and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
2808search, in questions, in torment.
2809
2ee7da68 2810=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2813
2814Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
2815
2816=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
2817
dd047fac 2818L<Announced on 2013-05-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201823.html>
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2819
2820 I'd love to go drowning
2821 And to stay and to stay
2822 But the ocean doesn't want me today
2823 I'll go in up to here
2824 It can't possibly hurt
2825 All they will find is my beer
2826 And my shirt
2827
2828=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
2829
2830L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
2831
2832 And the great day of wrath has come
2833 And here's mud in your big red eye
2834 The poker's in the fire
2835 And the locusts take the sky
2836 And the earth died screaming
2837 While I lay dreaming of you
2838
2839=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
2840
2841L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
2842
2843 What's he building in there?
2844
2845 We have a right to know…
2846
2ee7da68 2847=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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2848
2849L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
2850
2851It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
2852eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
2853
2ee7da68 2854=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
7707f065 2855
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2857
2858The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
2859followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
2860safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
2861place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
2862would be famous for this.
2863
2864Six months passed. A year.
2865
72f869fd 2866The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 2867Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 2868powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 2869
2ee7da68 2870=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
fed67cf1 2871
f3d08688 2872L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/02/msg199115.html>
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2873
2874Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
2875The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
2876recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
2877his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
2878Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
2879of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
2880Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
2881of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
2882'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
2883embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
2884'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
2885in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
2886leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
2887
2888The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
2889Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
2890in the destruction of the planet Earth.
2891
2ee7da68 2892=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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f3d08688 2894L<Announced on 2013-01-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/01/msg197571.html>
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2895
2896I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
2897the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
2898dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
2899between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
2900improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
2901fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
2902I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
2903them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
2904do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 2905from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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2906in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
2907perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
2908himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
2909a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
2910the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
2911world is richer for it.
2912
2ee7da68 2913=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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f3d08688 2915L<Announced on 2012-12-18 by Dave Rolsky|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/12/msg196707.html>
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2916
2917No thought.
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2918
2919The boy extinguished. Only a place.
2920
2921This place.
2922
2923Motionless, 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.
2924
2925A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
2926
2927For 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.
2928
2929The 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 . . .
2930
2931And 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.
2932
2933The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
2934
2935I have been legion . . .
2936
2937In 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.
2938
2939Now I understand.
c2a10b9c 2940
2ee7da68 2941=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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f3d08688 2943L<Announced on 2012-11-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195659.html>
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2944
2945Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
2946of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
2947scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
2948glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
2949beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
2950much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
2951caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
2952vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
2953had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
2954
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2955=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2956
f3d08688 2957L<Announced on 2012-10-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194349.html>
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2958
2959Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
2960behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
2961recording everything.
2962
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2963=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
2964
f3d08688 2965L<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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2967 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
2968 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
2969 She aims it at the creature's head,
2970 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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2972 A few weeks later, in the wood,
2973 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
2974 But what a change! No cloak of red,
2975 No silly hood upon her head.
2976 She said, "Hello, and do please note
2977 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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2979=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
2980
2981L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
2982
2983Preparation:
2984
2985Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
2986or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
2987Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
2988look golden brown.
2989Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
2990ready to create the soup.
2991
2992Ingredients:
2993
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2994 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
2995 3 tbsp butter
2996 1/4 cup olive oil
2997 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
2998 1 tsp salt
2999 1 tsp sugar
3000 black pepper to taste
3001 1 cup red wine
3002 1/4 cup all purpose flour
3003 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
3004 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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3005
3006Method:
3007
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3008 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
3009 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
3010 to half an hour.
3011 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
3012 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
3013 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
3014 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
3015 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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3016
3017Enjoy.
3018
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3019=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
3020
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3022
3023‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
3024
3025Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
3026their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
3027
3028The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
3029butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
3030and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
3031
3032Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
3033
3034‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
3035
3036‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
3037
3038‘What?’
3039
3040‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
3041
3042‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
3043his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
3044dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
3045quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
3046
3047‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
3048an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
3049
3050‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
3051
3052The iotum rose, spinning.
3053
3054‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
3055
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3056=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
3057
3058L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
3059
3060On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
3061taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
3062"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
3063and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
3064merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
3065subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
3066Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
3067it.
3068
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3069=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
3070
f51b9d59 3071L<Announced on 2012-05-26 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/05/msg187214.html>
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3072
3073`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
3074`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
3075hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
3076The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
3077been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
3078be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
3079to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
3080fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
3081
3082There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
3083climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
3084broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
3085implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
3086on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
3087Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
3088astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
3089for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
3090out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
3091the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
3092
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3093=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
3094
3095L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
3096
3097 A victim of collision on the open sea
3098 Nobody ever said that life was free
3099 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
3100 But use your freedom of choice
3101
3102=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
3103
3104L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
3105
3106Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
3107machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
3108trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
3109little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
3110to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
3111he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
3112the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
3113
3114The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
3115current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
3116transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
3117chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
3118adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
3119as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
3120solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
3121valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
3122the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
3123machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
3124
2ee7da68 3125=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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3128
3129 Don't you know? You never split the party
3130 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
3131 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
3132 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
3133
c33412d7 3134=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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3137
3138I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
3139Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
3140Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
3141The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
3142
3143
3144
3145I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
3146sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
3147collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
3148
3149My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
3150inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
3151swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
3152side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
3153The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
3154dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
3155
2ee7da68 3156=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
4c4c16b2 3157
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3160 All I have is a voice
3161 To undo the folded lie,
3162 The romantic lie in the brain
3163 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
3164 And the lie of Authority
3165 Whose buildings grope the sky:
3166 There is no such thing as the State
3167 And no one exists alone;
3168 Hunger allows no choice
3169 To the citizen or the police;
3170 We must love one another or die.
3171
2ee7da68 3172=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
54fdd2d6 3173
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3176 How many roads must a man walk down
3177 Before you call him a man?
3178 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
3179 Before she sleeps in the sand?
3180 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
3181 Before they're forever banned?
3182 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3183 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3184
3185 How many years can a mountain exist
3186 Before it's washed to the sea?
3187 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
3188 Before they're allowed to be free?
3189 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
3190 Pretending he just doesn't see?
3191 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3192 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3193
3194 How many times must a man look up
3195 Before he can see the sky?
3196 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
3197 Before he can hear people cry?
3198 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
3199 That too many people have died?
3200 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3201 The answer is blowin' in the wind
54fdd2d6 3202
2ee7da68 3203=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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3206
3207 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3208 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
3209 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3210 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
3211 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
3212
3213Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
3214age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
3215older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
3216debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
3217girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
3218A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
3219Top for more than one week.
3220
3221Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
3222lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
3223buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
3224into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
3225meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
3226soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
3227single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
3228
3229 "I'm never going to give you up"
3230
2ee7da68 3231=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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3234
3235"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
3236
3237He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
3238notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
3239which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
3240OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
3241ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
3242
3243There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
3244busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
3245out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
3246mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
3247and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
3248with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
3249bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
3250chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
3251excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
3252down cheering and applauding.
3253
3254"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
3255
2ee7da68 3256=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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3259
3260Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
3261into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
3262beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
3263winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
3264wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
3265over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
3266
3267But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
3268gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
3269villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
3270journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
3271domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
3272with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
3273by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
3274Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
3275
2ee7da68 3276=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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3279
3280This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
3281been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
3282confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
3283how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
3284could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
3285putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
3286I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
3287before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
3288think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
3289all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
3290off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
3291was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
3292The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
3293endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
3294benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
3295boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
3296lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
3297Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
3298resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
3299Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
3300you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
3301
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3302=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
3303
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3305
3306A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
3307don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
3308without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
3309the human experience, the better design we will have.
3310
2ee7da68 3311=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
607b15aa 3312
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3315All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
3316the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
3317do so at their peril.
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3319It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
3320Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
3321work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
3322artist is in accord with himself.
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3324We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
3325he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
3326thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 3327
4ed12d4a 3328All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 3329
2ee7da68 3330=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
bfb65171 3331
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3334 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
3335 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
3336 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
3337 things the significance of a human future;
3338 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
3339 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
3340 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
3341 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
3342 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
3343 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
3344 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
3345 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
3346 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
3347 hurtles all ages along with it forever
3348 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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3350=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
3351
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3353
3354Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
3355fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
3356winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
3357down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
3358being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
3359extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
3360but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
3361
3362Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
3363that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
3364around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
3365fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
3366the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
3367closed system.
3368
3369Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
3370the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
3371/be/ them.'
3372
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3373=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
3374
3375L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
3376
4ed12d4a 3377If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 3378
c682aa67 3379=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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3383He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
3384mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
3385encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
3386
3387'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
3388Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
3389finished its run. It was due about now.'
3390
3391Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
3392see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
3393
3394'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
3395is always a last time for everything.)
3396
3397Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
3398
3399=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
3400
3401L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
3402
3403 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
3404 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
3405 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
3406 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
3407 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
3408 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
3409 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
3410 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
3411 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
3412 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
3413 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
3414 eaten them, but not for love.
3415
3416=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 >>
3417
3418L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
3419
3420It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
3421do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
3422they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
3423catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
3424awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
3425inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
3426
3427So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
3428mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
3429the heart of the programmer.
b3c5102d 3430
c684cf36 3431=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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3432
3433L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
3434
3435At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
3436my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
3437the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
3438since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
3439already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
3440to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
3441the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
3442can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
3443unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
3444
c684cf36 3445=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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3446
3447L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
3448
3449At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
3450myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
3451impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
3452"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
3453gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
3454or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
3455
3456I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
3457computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
3458ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
3459would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
3460my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
3461away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
3462won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
3463
3464So a freely distributable program is born.
3465
3466=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
3467
3468L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
3469
3470This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
3471continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
3472aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
3473and your bags will be offloaded.
3474
2ee7da68 3475=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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3476
3477L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
3478
3479Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
3480of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
3481by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
3482sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
3483swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
3484down their paved streets.
3485
3486Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
3487obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
3488company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
3489the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
3490govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
3491the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
3492
3493=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
3494
3495L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
3496
3497But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
3498my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
3499reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
3500wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
3501Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
3502the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 3503This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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3504just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
3505this had never reached me.
3506
2ee7da68 3507=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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3510
3511 When the full-grown poet came,
3512 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
3513 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
3514 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
3515 Nay he is mine alone;
3516 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
3517 by the hand;
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3518 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
3519 holding hands,
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3520 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
3521 And wholly and joyously blends them.
3522
2ee7da68 3523=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
f1e17f6f 3524
fbc70a9e 3525L<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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3527 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
3528 nema ráða vel kunni.
3529 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
3530 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
3531 Sák á telgðu talkni
3532 tíu launstafi ristna.
3533 Þat hefr lauka lindi
3534 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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3536=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
3537
3538L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
3539
3540In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
3541granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
3542do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
3543that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
3544generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
3545endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
3546that fire can truly light the world.
3547
3548And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
3549ask what you can do for your country.
3550
3551My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
3552but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
3553
3554Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
3555ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
3556we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
3557the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
3558asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
3559work must truly be our own.
3560
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3562
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3564
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3565The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
3566to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
3567between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
3568cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
3569areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
3570be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
3571As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
3572the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
3573instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
3574interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
3575also be automated.
3576
3577Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
3578if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
3579were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
3580and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
3581indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
3582techniques like X-ray crystallography.
3583
2ee7da68 3584=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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3587
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3588[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
3589
5814c912 3590 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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3591
3592[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
3593
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3594 Trinity: What did you just say?
3595 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
3596 Trinity: What did you see?
3597 Cypher: What happened?
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3598 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
3599 like it.
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3600 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
3601 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
3602 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
3603 Neo: What is it?
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3604 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
3605 they change something.
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3607=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
3608
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3611The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
3612he storm vanishes.
3613
3614"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
3615fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
3616to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
3617me?"
3618
3619I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
3620like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
3621
3622"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
3623as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
3624on my heart.
3625
3626(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
3627
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3629
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3632Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
3633air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
3634the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
3635faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
3636of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
3637the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
3638deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
3639fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
3640stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
3641revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
3642
3643For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
3644courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
3645the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
3646jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
3647were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
3648there, a glimmer of moonshine.
3649
3650Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
3651rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
3652grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
3653park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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3656=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3657
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3659
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3660`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
3661`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
3662it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
3663she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
3664
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3665 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
3666 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
3667 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
3668 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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3669
3670
3671`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
3672
3673`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
3674nonsense.'
3675
3676Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
3677anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
3678
3679`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
3680
3681`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
3682
3683`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
3684with his nose, you know?'
3685
3686`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
3687the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
3688
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3689=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
3690
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3693Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
3694Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
3695notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
3696for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
3697sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
3698
3699Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
3700dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
3701Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
3702motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
3703Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
3704that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
3705had ever even been a car.
3706
3707There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
3708been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
3709this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
3710flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
3711re-entry.
3712
3713There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
3714metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
3715somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
3716make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
3717
3718It should have fallen apart miles back.
3719
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3721
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3724We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
3725the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
3726in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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3727there exist ... special circumstances.
3728
3729=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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3732
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3733And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
3734bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
3735yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
3736with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
3737if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
3738bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
3739quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
3740
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3741=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
3742
3743L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
3744
3745The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
3746involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
3747when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
3748streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
3749road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
3750seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
3751smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
3752
3753"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
3754volcano were once more to set to work."
3755
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3756=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
3757
3758L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
3759
3760 Music oft hath such a charm
3761 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
3762
3763=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
3764
3765L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
3766
3767 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
3768 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
3769 When breakfast is taken away,
3770 To turn his attention to dinner;
3771 And it's not in the range of belief,
3772 To look upon him as a glutton,
3773 Who, when he is tired of beef,
3774 Determines to tackle the mutton.
3775 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
3776 If it will appease her sorrow,
3777 I'll marry this lady today,
3778 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
3779
3780=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
3781
3782L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
3783
3784 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
3785 Tolerates no work of man.
3786 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
3787 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
3788 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
3789 While the last larks sing and soar,
3790 From the heather-blossoms sweet
3791 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
3792 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
3793 Eleanor makes macaroons!
3794
3795=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
3796
3797L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
3798
3799 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
3800 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
3801 Lobster I freely endorse,
3802 In pate or patty or pasty.
3803 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
3804 And nothing the matter with jam,
3805 And the warmest greetings I utter
3806 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
3807 For they're food,
3808 All food,
3809 And I think very fondly of food.
3810 Through I'm broody at times
3811 When bothered by rhymes,
3812 I brood
3813 On food.
3814
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3815=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
3816
3817L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
3818
3819 I saw a huge steam roller,
3820 It blotted out the sun.
3821 The people all lay down, lay down;
3822 They did not try to run.
3823 My love and I, we looked amazed
3824 Upon the gory mystery.
3825 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
3826 'The great machine is history!'
3827 My love and I, we ran away,
3828 The engine did not find us.
3829 We ran up to a mountain top,
3830 Left history far behind us.
3831 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
3832 But somehow we don't think so.
3833 We went to see where history'd been,
3834 And my, the dead did stink so.
3835
3836=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3837
3838L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
3839
3840CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
3841she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
3842seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
3843
3844What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
3845of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
3846has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
3847will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
3848only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
3849lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
3850design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
3851periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
3852
3853=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3854
3855L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
3856
3857The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
3858from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
3859view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
3860Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
3861once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
3862endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
3863a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
3864will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
3865of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
3866Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
3867still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
3868
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3869=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3870
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3873"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
3874many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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3875Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
3876what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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3877Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
3878had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
3879...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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3880"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
3881hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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3882degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
3883and-thirty degrees."
3884
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3885=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3886
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3889San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
3890the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
3891hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
3892of the Free World."
3893
3894Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
3895level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
3896harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
3897exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
3898
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3900
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3903Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
3904the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
3905just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
3906a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
3907it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
3908of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
3909common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
3910bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
3911
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3912 Around and around and around we spin,
3913 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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3915=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3916
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3919'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
3920not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
3921your cat grins like that?'
3922
3923'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
3924
3925She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
3926jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
3927and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
3928
3929'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
3930that cats COULD grin.'
3931
3932'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
3933
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3934=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3935
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3938'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
3939have got altered.'
3940
3941'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
3942there was silence for some minutes.
3943
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3944=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3945
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3947
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3948'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
3949always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered a