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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
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22L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
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26There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
27that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
28Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
29despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
30loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
31looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
32his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
33of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
34heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
35danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
36She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
37surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
38and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
39be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
40name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
41and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
42him.
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46=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
47
48L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
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51
52E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
53written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
54betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
55have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
56personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
57Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
58For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
59political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
60working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
61between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
62however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
63logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
64an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
65to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
66outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
67there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
68There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
69
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72=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
73
74L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
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78The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
79correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
80showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
81however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
82magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
83the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
84
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87=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
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91 Over hill, over dale,
92 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
93 Over park, over pale,
94 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
95 I do wander everywhere,
96 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
97 And I serve the fairy queen,
98 To dew her orbs upon the green.
99 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
100 In their gold coats, spots you see;
101 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
102 In their freckles live our savours.
103 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
104 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
105 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
106 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
107
108=head2 v5.19.0 -- Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
109
110L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
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112 From the beginning, I knew…
113 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
114 …that I can't fix…
115 …with my hands…
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117=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
118
119L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
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121The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
122systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
123thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
124operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
125ever seen.
126
127An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
128something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
129kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
130anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
131disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
132gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
133that renders the operating system unnecessary.
134
135=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
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137L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
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139Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
140someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
141again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
142and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
143language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
144
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145=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
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147L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
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149It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
150who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
151walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
152and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
153search, in questions, in torment.
154
155=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, Catch-22
156
157L<Announced on 2013-04-16 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201889.html>
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159Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
160
161=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
162
163L<Announced on 2013-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201823.html>
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165 I'd love to go drowning
166 And to stay and to stay
167 But the ocean doesn't want me today
168 I'll go in up to here
169 It can't possibly hurt
170 All they will find is my beer
171 And my shirt
172
173=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
174
175L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
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177 And the great day of wrath has come
178 And here's mud in your big red eye
179 The poker's in the fire
180 And the locusts take the sky
181 And the earth died screaming
182 While I lay dreaming of you
183
184=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
185
186L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
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188 What's he building in there?
189
190 We have a right to know…
191
192=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel, This is Spın̈al Tap
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194L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
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196It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
197eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
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199=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon The Deep
200
201L<Announced on 2013-03-22 by Max Maischein|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-03/msg00908.html>
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203The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
204followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
205safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
206place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
207would be famous for this.
208
209Six months passed. A year.
210
211The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
212Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
213powerful, it does not need to self-know.
214
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215=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, Freedom of Choice
216
217L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-03/msg00414.html>
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219 A victim of collision on the open sea
220 Nobody ever said that life was free
221 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
222 But use your freedom of choice
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224=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, The Nine Billion Names of God
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228He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
229mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
230encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
231
232'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
233Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
234finished its run. It was due about now.'
235
236Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
8af848c0 237see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
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239'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
240is always a last time for everything.)
241
242Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
243
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245=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
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247L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-02/msg01146.html>
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249Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
250The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
251recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
252his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
253Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
254of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
255Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
256of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
257'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
258embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
259'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
260in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
261leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
262
263The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
264Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
265in the destruction of the planet Earth.
266
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267=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, An Instance of the Fingerpost
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269L<Announced on 2013-01-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-01/msg00518.html>
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271I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
272the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
273dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
274between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
275improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
276fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
277I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
278them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
279do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 280from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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281in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
282perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
283himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
284a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
285the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
286world is richer for it.
287
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288=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, The Darkness That Comes Before
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290L<Announced on 2012-12-18 by Dave Rolsky|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-12/msg00679.html>
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292No thought.
293 The boy extinguished. Only a place.
294 This place.
295 Motionless, the Pragma sat facing him, the bare soles of his feet flat against each other, his dark frock scored by the shadows of deep folds, his eyes as empty as the child they watched.
296 A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
297 For the first lances of sunlight careered over the glacier, as ponderous as great tree limbs in the wind. Shadows hardened and light gleamed across the Pragma’s ancient skull.
298 The old man’s left hand forsook his right sleeve, bearing a watery knife. And like a rope in water, his arm pitched outward, fingertips trailing across the blade as the knife swung languidly into the air, the sun skating and the dark shrine plunging across its mirror back . . .
299 And the place where Kellhus had once existed extended an open hand—the blond hairs like luminous filaments against tanned skin—and grasped the knife from stunned space.
300 The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
301 I have been legion . . .
302 In his periphery, he could see the spike of the sun ease from the mountain. He felt drunk with exhaustion. In the recoil of his trance, it seemed all he could hear were the twigs arching and bobbing in the wind, pulled by leaves like a million sails no bigger than his hand. Cause everywhere, but amid countless minute happenings—diffuse, useless.
303 Now I understand.
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305=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
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307L<Announced on 2012-11-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00760.html>
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309Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
310of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
311scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
312glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
313beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
314much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
315caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
316vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
317had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
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319=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
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321Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves
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323 Music oft hath such a charm
324 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
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326=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, The Cyberiad, Trurl's Machine
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328L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00017.html>
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330Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
331machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
332trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
333little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
334to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
e4a5e942 335he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
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336the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
337
338The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
339current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
340transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
341chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
342adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
343as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
344solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
345valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
346the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
347machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
348
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349=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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353Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
354behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
355recording everything.
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357=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
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359L<Announced on 2012-09-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-09/msg01226.html>
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361 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
362 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
363 She aims it at the creature's head,
364 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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366 A few weeks later, in the wood,
367 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
368 But what a change! No cloak of red,
369 No silly hood upon her head.
370 She said, "Hello, and do please note
371 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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373=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
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375L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
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377Preparation:
378
379Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
380or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
381Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
382look golden brown.
383Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
384ready to create the soup.
385
386Ingredients:
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389 3 tbsp butter
390 1/4 cup olive oil
391 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
392 1 tsp salt
393 1 tsp sugar
394 black pepper to taste
395 1 cup red wine
396 1/4 cup all purpose flour
397 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
398 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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400Method:
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402 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
403 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
404 to half an hour.
405 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
406 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
407 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
408 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
409 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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411Enjoy.
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413=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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417‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
418
419Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
420their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
421
422The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
423butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
424and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
425
426Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
427
428‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
429
430‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
431
432‘What?’
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434‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
435
436‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
437his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
438dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
439quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
440
441‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
442an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
443
444‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
445
446The iotum rose, spinning.
447
448‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
449
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450=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
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452L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
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454On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
455taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
456"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
457and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
458merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
459subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
460Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
461it.
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463=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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467`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
468`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
469hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
470The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
471been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
472be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
473to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
474fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
475
476There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
477climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
478broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
479implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
480on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
481Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
482astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
483for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
484out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
485the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
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487=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose - Never Split The Party
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489L<Announced on 2012-08-08 by Ricardo
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492 Don't you know? You never split the party
493 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
494 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
495 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
496
497 -- Emerald Rose, Never Split The Party
498
499=head2 v5.16.1 RC1 - Tom Moldvay - Dungeons & Dragons
500
501L<Announced on 2012-08-03 by Ricardo
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504I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
505Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
506Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
507The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
508
509
510
511I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
512sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
513collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
514
515My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
516inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
517swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
518side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
519The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
520dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
521
522 -- Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook
523
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525
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529 All I have is a voice
530 To undo the folded lie,
531 The romantic lie in the brain
532 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
533 And the lie of Authority
534 Whose buildings grope the sky:
535 There is no such thing as the State
536 And no one exists alone;
537 Hunger allows no choice
538 To the citizen or the police;
539 We must love one another or die.
540
541 -- W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
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548 How many roads must a man walk down
549 Before you call him a man?
550 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
551 Before she sleeps in the sand?
552 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
553 Before they're forever banned?
554 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
555 The answer is blowin' in the wind
556
557 How many years can a mountain exist
558 Before it's washed to the sea?
559 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
560 Before they're allowed to be free?
561 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
562 Pretending he just doesn't see?
563 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
564 The answer is blowin' in the wind
565
566 How many times must a man look up
567 Before he can see the sky?
568 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
569 Before he can hear people cry?
570 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
571 That too many people have died?
572 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
573 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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575 -- Bob Dylan, Spring 1962
576
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582 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
583 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
584 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
585 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
586 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
587
588Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
589age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
590older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
591debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
592girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
593A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
594Top for more than one week.
595
596Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
597lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
598buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
599into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
600meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
601soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
602single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
603
604 "I'm never going to give you up"
605
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611"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
612
613He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
614notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
615which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
616OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
617ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
618
619There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
620busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
621out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
622mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
623and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
624with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
625bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
626chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
627excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
628down cheering and applauding.
629
630"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
631
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633
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637Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
638into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
639beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
640winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
641wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
642over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
643
644But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
645gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
646villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
647journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
648domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
649with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
650by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
651Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
652
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658This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
659been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
660confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
661how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
662could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
663putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
664I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
665before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
666think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
667all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
668off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
669was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
670The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
671endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
672benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
673boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
674lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
675Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
676resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
677Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
678you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
679
680 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
681 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
682
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687
688A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
689don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
690without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
691the human experience, the better design we will have.
692
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697 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
698 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
699 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
700 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
701 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
702 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
703 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
704 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
705 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
706 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
707 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
708 eaten them, but not for love.
709
710 -- As You Like It, William Shakespeare
711
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717
718It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
719do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
720they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
721catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
722awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
723inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
724
725So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
726mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
727the heart of the programmer.
728
729
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735 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
736 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
737 do so at their peril.
738
739 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
740 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
741 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
742 artist is in accord with himself.
743
744 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
745 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
746 thing is that one admires it intensely.
747
748 All art is quite useless.
749
750 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
751
752
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758 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
759 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
760 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
761 things the significance of a human future;
762 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
763 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
764 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
765 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
766 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
767 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
768 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
769 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
770 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
771 hurtles all ages along with it forever
772 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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774 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
775 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
776
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781Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
782fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
783winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
784down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
785being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
786extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
787but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
788
789Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
790that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
791around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
792fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
793the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
794closed system.
795
796Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
797the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
798/be/ them.'
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804 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
805 you will have gained.
806
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807=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
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811 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
812 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
813 When breakfast is taken away,
814 To turn his attention to dinner;
815 And it's not in the range of belief,
816 To look upon him as a glutton,
817 Who, when he is tired of beef,
818 Determines to tackle the mutton.
819 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
820 If it will appease her sorrow,
821 I'll marry this lady today,
822 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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827
828At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
829my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
830the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
831since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
832already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
833to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
834the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
835can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
836unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
837
838=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
839
840L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
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842 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
843 Tolerates no work of man.
844 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
845 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
846 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
847 While the last larks sing and soar,
848 From the heather-blossoms sweet
849 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
850 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
851 Eleanor makes macaroons!
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853=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
854
855L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
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857 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
858 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
859 Lobster I freely endorse,
860 In pate or patty or pasty.
861 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
862 And nothing the matter with jam,
863 And the warmest greetings I utter
864 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
865 For they're food,
866 All food,
867 And I think very fondly of food.
868 Through I'm broody at times
869 When bothered by rhymes,
870 I brood
871 On food.
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876
877At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
878myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
879impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
880"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
881gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
882or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
883
884I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
885computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
886ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
887would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
888my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
889away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
890won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
891
892So a freely distributable program is born.
893
894=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
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896L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
897
898This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
899continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
900aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
901and your bags will be offloaded.
902
903=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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906
907Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
908of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
909by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
910sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
911swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
912down their paved streets.
913
914Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
915obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
916company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
917the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
918govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
919the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
920
921=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
922
923L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
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925But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
926my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
927reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
928wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
929Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
930the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
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933this had never reached me.
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936
937L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2011-03/msg00560.html>
938
939 When the full-grown poet came,
940 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
941 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
942 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
943 Nay he is mine alone;
944 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
945 by the hand;
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947 holding hands,
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949 And wholly and joyously blends them.
950
c7bed260 951=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
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955 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
956 nema ráða vel kunni.
957 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
958 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
959 Sák á telgðu talkni
960 tíu launstafi ristna.
961 Þat hefr lauka lindi
f1e17f6f 962 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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965
966L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
967
968In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
969granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
970do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
971that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
972generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
973endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
974that fire can truly light the world.
975
976And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
977ask what you can do for your country.
978
979My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
980but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
981
982Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
983ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
984we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
985the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
986asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
987work must truly be our own.
988
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990
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993The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
994to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
995between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
996cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
997areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
998be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
999As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
1000the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
1001instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
1002interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
1003also be automated.
1004
1005Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
1006if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
1007were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
1008and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
1009indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
1010techniques like X-ray crystallography.
1011
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1016[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
1017
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1019
1020[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
1021
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1022 Trinity: What did you just say?
1023 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
1024 Trinity: What did you see?
1025 Cypher: What happened?
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1026 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
1027 like it.
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1028 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
1029 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
1030 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
1031 Neo: What is it?
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1032 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
1033 they change something.
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1036
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1039The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
1040he storm vanishes.
1041
1042"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
1043fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
1044to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
1045me?"
1046
1047I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
1048like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
1049
1050"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
1051as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
1052on my heart.
1053
1054(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
1055
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1060Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
1061air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
1062the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
1063faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
1064of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
1065the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
1066deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
1067fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
1068stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
1069revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
1070
1071For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
1072courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
1073the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
1074jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
1075were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
1076there, a glimmer of moonshine.
1077
1078Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
1079rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
1080grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
1081park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
806849f8 1082described.
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1088`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
1089`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
1090it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
1091she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
1092
1093 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
1094 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
1095 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
1096 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
1097
1098
1099`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
1100
1101`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
1102nonsense.'
1103
1104Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
1105anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
1106
1107`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
1108
1109`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
1110
1111`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
1112with his nose, you know?'
1113
1114`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
1115the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
1116
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1118
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1121Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
1122Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
1123notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
1124for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
1125sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
1126
1127Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
1128dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
1129Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
1130motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
1131Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
1132that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
1133had ever even been a car.
1134
1135There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
1136been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
1137this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
1138flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
1139re-entry.
1140
1141There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
1142metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
1143somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
1144make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
1145
1146It should have fallen apart miles back.
1147
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1152We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
1153the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
1154in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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1155there exist ... special circumstances.
1156
1157=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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1161And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
1162bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
1163yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
1164with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
1165if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
1166bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
1167quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
1168
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1173The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
1174involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
1175when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
1176streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
1177road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
1178seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
1179smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
1180
1181"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
1182volcano were once more to set to work."
1183
1184=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
1185
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1188 I saw a huge steam roller,
1189 It blotted out the sun.
1190 The people all lay down, lay down;
1191 They did not try to run.
1192 My love and I, we looked amazed
1193 Upon the gory mystery.
1194 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
1195 'The great machine is history!'
1196 My love and I, we ran away,
1197 The engine did not find us.
1198 We ran up to a mountain top,
1199 Left history far behind us.
1200 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
1201 But somehow we don't think so.
1202 We went to see where history'd been,
1203 And my, the dead did stink so.
1204
1205=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1206
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1209CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
1210she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
1211seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
1212
1213What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
1214of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
1215has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
1216will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
1217only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
1218lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
1219design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
1220periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
1221
1222=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1223
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1226The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
1227from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
1228view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
1229Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
1230once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
1231endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
1232a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
1233will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
1234of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
1235Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
1236still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
1237
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1239
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1242"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
1243many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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1244Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
1245what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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1246Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
1247had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
1248...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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1249"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
1250hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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1251degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
1252and-thirty degrees."
1253
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1255
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1258San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
1259the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
1260hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
1261of the Free World."
1262
1263Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
1264level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
1265harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
1266exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
1267
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1269
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1272Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
1273the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
1274just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
1275a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
1276it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
1277of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
1278common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
1279bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
1280
1281 Around and around and around we spin,
1282 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
1283
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1288'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
1289not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
1290your cat grins like that?'
1291
1292'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
1293
1294She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
1295jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
1296and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
1297
1298'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
1299that cats COULD grin.'
1300
1301'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
1302
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1307'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
1308have got altered.'
1309
1310'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
1311there was silence for some minutes.
1312
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1314
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1317'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
1318always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
1319rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
1320yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
1321can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
1322kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
1323
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1325
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1328At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
1329called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
1330dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
1331in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
1332sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
1333
1334'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
1335is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
1336the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
1337to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
1338accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 1339Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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1349So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
1350hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
1351making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
1352picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
1353close by her.
1354
1355There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
1356VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
1357dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
1358occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
1359it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
1360OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
1361Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
1362never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
1363take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
1364after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
1365rabbit-hole under the hedge.
1366
1367In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
1368in the world she was to get out again.
1369
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1378 A little child, a limber elf,
1379 Singing, dancing to itself,
1380 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
1381 That always finds, and never seeks,
1382 Makes such a vision to the sight
1383 As fills a father's eyes with light;
1384 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
1385 Upon his heart, that he at last
1386 Must needs express his love's excess
1387 With words of unmeant bitterness.
1388 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
1389 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
1390 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
1391 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
1392 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
1393 At each wild word to feel within
1394 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
1395 And what, if in a world of sin
1396 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
1397 Such giddiness of heart and brain
1398 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
1399 So talks as it's most used to do.
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1402
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1405And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
1406into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
1407mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
1408question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
1409hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
1410louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
1411who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
1412worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
1413done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
1414
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1415=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
1416
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4363636d 1419"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 1420course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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1422Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
1423
1424"Why ain't that work?"
1425
1426Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
1427is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
1428
1429"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
1430
1431The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
1432to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
1433
1434That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
1435swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
1436-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
1437watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
1438absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
1439
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1441
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1444The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
1445at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
1446streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
1447the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
1448live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
1449colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
1450as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
1451wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
1452prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
1453however much they're into colour.
1454
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1459Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
1460and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
1461word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
1462disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
1463everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
1464on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
1465that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
1466glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
1467war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
1468presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
1469for more hazardous assignment.
1470
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1472
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1475Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
1476streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
1477trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
1478to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
1479about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
1480of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
1481facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
1482explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
1483Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
1484people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
1485work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
1486their art.
1487
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1492'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
1493the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
1494Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
1495Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
1496responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
1497Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
1498Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
1499Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
1500Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
1501Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
1502
1503'Can they all type?' I joked.
1504
1505'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
1506McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
1507
1508I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
1509'We could have opened an agency.'
1510
1511Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
1512Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
1513amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
1514all say that, do they?' I ventured.
1515
1516Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
1517replied. 'Not quite all.'
1518
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1531He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
1532he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
1533out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
1534noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
1535must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
1536number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
1537did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
1538
1539=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
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1547=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
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1550available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
1551
1552=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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1556=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
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1560=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
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1564This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
1565gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
1566technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
1567about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
1568bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
1569paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
1570in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
1571electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
1572picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
1573to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
1574technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
1575getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
1576sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
1577it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
1578conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
1579
1580"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
1581that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
1582`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
1583
1584"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
1585one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
1586flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
1587everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
1588make you flip?
1589
1590=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
1591
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1594Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
1595
1596=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
1597
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1600What of October, that ambiguous month
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1606Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
1607proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
1608the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
1609anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
1610how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
1611
1612'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
1613
1614This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
1615that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
1616
1617'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
1618expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
1619anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
1620sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
1621
1622This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
1623basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
1624policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
1625disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
1626the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
1627Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
1628and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
1629Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
1630
1631In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
1632reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
1633
1634I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
1635Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
1636for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
1637had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
1638work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
1639the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
1640left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
1641pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
1642the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
1643the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
1644
1645I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
1646publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
1647Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
1648
1649So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
1650pushing to increase the membership?
1651
1652'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
1653more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
1654futile and impotent it becomes.'
1655
1656This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
1657
1658Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
1659diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
1660
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1665There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
1666about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
1667four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
1668anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
1669thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
1670
1671Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
1672and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
1673press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
1674obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
1675produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
1676this draft...'
1677
1678I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
1679hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
1680incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
1681
1682'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
1683redundancy payments as well.'
1684
1685'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
1686it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
1687
1688'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
1689
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1694A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
1695was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
1696and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
1697jets and all.
1698
1699I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
1700
1701I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
1702Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
1703specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
1704the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
1705jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
1706grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
1707in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
1708
1709While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
1710taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
1711me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
1712sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1713three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1714plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1715occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1716were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1717
1718And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1719were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1720
1721Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1722name like Charlie Umtali?
1723
1724I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1725know something about our official visitor.
1726
1727Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1728has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1729car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1730to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1731knew little of his background.
1732
1733I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1734Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1735first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1736
1737Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1738
1739'Why?' I enquired.
1740
1741'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1742to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1743never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1744
1745Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1746that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1747
1748In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1749where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1750revolving door and comes out in front.'
1751
1752'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1753
1754'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1755
1756'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
1757
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1762 It's not that easy bein' green
1763 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 1764 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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1765 Or something much more colorful like that
1766
1767 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1768 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1769 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1770 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1771 Or stars in the sky
1772
1773 But green's the color of Spring
1774 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1775 And green can be big like an ocean
1776 Or important like a mountain
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1777 Or tall like a tree
1778
1779 When green is all there is to be
1780 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1781 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1782 And I think it's what I want to be
1783
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1788Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 1789
2831a86c 1790Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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1793
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1796And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1797hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1798cat.
1799
1800Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1801the wolf? What then?"
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1807And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
1808bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
1809round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
1810
1811In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
1812gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
1813climbed up the high stone wall.
1814
1815One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
1816stretched out over the wall.
1817
1818Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
1819Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
1820take care that he doesn't catch you!".
1821
1822The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
1823snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
1824
1825How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 1826the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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4363636d 1832"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 1833you."
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51caa79e 1835"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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1837"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
1838and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 1839to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 1840
51caa79e 1841"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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1843"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
1844planting it."
1845
1846"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 1847grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 1849Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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1851"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
1852Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 1853wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 1855Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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1857"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
1858how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 1859and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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1862
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1865"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
1866
1867"Hunting," said Pooh.
1868
1869"Hunting what?"
1870
1871"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
1872
1873"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
1874
1875"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
1876
1877"What do you think you'll answer?"
1878
1879"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
1880"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
1881you see there?"
1882
1883"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
1884excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
1885
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1890Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
1891ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
1892bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
1893waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
1894droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
1895hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
1896longbow.
1897
1898In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
1899often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
1900placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
1901likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
1902may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
1903Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
1904Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
1905farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
1906grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 1907T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
4363636d 1908
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1910
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1913Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
1914ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
1915sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
1916pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
1917shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1918
1919The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1920Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1921Caledonia and South America.
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1924
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1927The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1928often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1929large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1930and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1931spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1932year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1933may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1934
1935It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1936branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1937of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1938that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1939
1940Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1941other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1942acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1943mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1944
1945It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1946heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1948=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
1949
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1951
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1952 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1953 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1954 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1955 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1956
1957 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1958 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1959 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1960 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1961 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1962 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1963 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1964 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1965
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1966 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1967 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1968
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1970=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1971
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1972L<Announced on 2004-04-16 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/84f6fdd73cc56a1b>
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1974 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1975 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1976 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1977 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1978
1979 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1980 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1981 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1982 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1983 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1984 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1985
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1986=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
1987
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1988L<Announced on 2004-04-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e500353440769ebf>
1989
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1990 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1991 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1992 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1993 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1994 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1995 They are searching high and low,
1996 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1997 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1998 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1999 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
2000 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
2001 He's been busy in the luggage van!
2002 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 2003 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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2004 And we're off at last of the northern part
2005 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
2006
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2007=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
2008
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2009L<Announced on 2004-01-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/968fb8d71e23af69>
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2011 We are the music makers,
2012 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
2013 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
2014 And sitting by desolate streams; --
2015 World-losers and world-forsakers,
2016 On whom the pale moon gleams:
2017 Yet we are the movers and shakers
2018 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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2020=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
2021
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2022L<Announced on 2004-01-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/5ced50bebcd11c96>
2023
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2024 There may be trouble ahead,
2025 But while there's music and moonlight,
2026 And love and romance,
2027 Let's face the music and dance.
2028
2029 Before the fiddlers have fled,
2030 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
2031 And while we still have that chance,
2032 Let's face the music and dance.
2033
2034 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
2035 Humming a different tune, and then,
2036
2037 There may be teardrops to shed,
2038 So while there's music and moonlight,
2039 And love and romance,
2040 Let's face the music and dance.
2041
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2042=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
2043
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2044L<Announced on 2003-11-06 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/4714574f93967673>
2045
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2046 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
2047 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
2048 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
2049 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
2050 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
2051 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
2052
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2053 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
2054 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
2055 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
2056 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
2057
2058 O my brave soul!
2059 O farther farther sail!
2060 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
2061 O farther, farther, farther sail!
2062
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2063=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
2064
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2065L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/7669de5804b792f6>
2066
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2067 It's fun to charter an accountant
2068 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
2069 To find, explore the funds offshore
2070 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
2071
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2072=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
2073
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2074L<Announced on 2003-10-28 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83680ef3bbf7378d>
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2076 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
2077 In a Sieve they went to sea:
2078 In spite of all their friends could say,
2079 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
2080 In a Sieve they went to sea!
2081 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
2082 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
2083 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
2084 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
2085 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
2086
2087 Far and few, far and few,
2088 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
2089 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
2090 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
2091
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2093
2094L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
2095
2096=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
2097
2098L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
2099
2100No matter what she did with her hair it took about
2101three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
2102like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
2103no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
2104overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
2105
2106=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2107
2108L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
2109
2110Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
2111It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
2112devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
2113then you can be my most trusted minister."
2114
2115=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2116
2117L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
2118
2119Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
2120a knife with a curved blade.
2121
2122=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2123
2124L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
2125
2126Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
2127me because I've got magic aaargh."
2128
2129=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2130
2131L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
2132
2133Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
2134in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
2135with his head.
2136
2137But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
2138weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
2139open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
2140defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
2141Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
2142was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
2143
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2144=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2145
2146L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
2147
2148There was the faint sound of footsteps.
2149"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
2150said the low priest.
2151There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
2152The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
2153"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
2154The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
2155The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
2156The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
2157thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
2158There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
2159"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
2160said the High Priest.
2161"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
2162There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
2163"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
2164There were footsteps again.
2165
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2167
2168L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
2169
2170=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
2171
2172L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
2173
2174=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
2175
2176L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
2177
2178=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2179
2180L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
2181
2182Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
2183No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
2184got there first, and is waiting for it.
2185
2186=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
2187
2188L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
2189
2190His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
2191the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
2192all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
2193bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
2194you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
2195
2196=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
2197
2198L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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2200"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
2201
2202Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
2203
2204"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
2205flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
2206arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
2207and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
2208I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
2209I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
2210will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
2211liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
2212Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
2213ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
2214
2215"All that?" said Twoflower.
2216
2217"Usually."
2218
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2220
2221L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
2222
2223The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
2224but that had to be the 57th strangest.
2225[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
2226
2227=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2228
2229L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
2230
2231When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
2232sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
2233a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
2234what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
2235long in this instance.
2236
2237=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2238
2239L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
2240
2241"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
2242
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2247`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
2248himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
2249upset.
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2251`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
2252to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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2254Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
2255stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
2256louder.
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2258`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
2259my precious, three guesseses.'
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2268
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2279L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
2280
2281 The dragon is withered,
2282 His bones are now crumbled;
2283 His armour is shivered,
2284 His splendour is humbled!
2285 Though sword shall be rusted,
2286 And throne and crown perish
2287 With strength that men trusted
2288 And wealth that they cherish,
2289 Here grass is still growing,
2290 And leaves are a yet swinging,
2291 The white water flowing,
2292 And elves are yet singing
2293 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
2294 Come back to the valley.
2295
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2297
2298L<Announced on 2000-03-22 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10140.html>
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2301
2302L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
2303
2304=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
2305
2306L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
2307
2308=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
2309
2310L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
2311
2312The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
2313the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
2314never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
2315them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
2316chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
2317run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
2318and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
2319and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
2320and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
2321the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
2322fall.
2323
2324=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2325
2326L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
2327
2328Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
2329plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
2330going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
2331she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
2332at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
2333cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
2334hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
2335passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
2336disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
2337of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
2338she fell past it.
2339
2340=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
2341
2342L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
2343
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2344=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
2345
0e6b8110 2346This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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2347on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
2348L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
2349by ysth.
2350
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