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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
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24 Little of of all we value here
25 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
26 Without both feeling and looking queer.
27 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
28 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
29 (This is a moral that runs at large;
30 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
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32=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
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36 Would you believe in a night like this
37 A night like this, when visions come true
38 Would you believe in a tale like this
39 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
40 Come to the blazing fire and
41
42 See me in the shadows
43 See me in the shadows
44 Songs I will sing
45 Of runes and rings
46 Just hand me my harp
47 This night turns into myth
48 Nothing seems real
49 You soon will feel
50 The world we live in is another skald's
51 Dream in the shadows
52 Dream in the shadows
53
54 Do you believe there is sense in it
55 Is it truth or myth?
56 They´re one in my rhymes
57 Nobody knows the meaning behind
58 The weaver's line
59 Well nobody else but the Norns can
60 See through the blazing fires of time and
61 All things will proceed as the
62 Child of the hallowed
63 Will speak to you now
64
65 See me in the shadows
66 See me in the shadows
67 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
68 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
69 Nothing seems real
70 You soon will feel
71 The world we live in is another skald´s
72 Dream in the shadows
73 Dream in the shadows
74
75 Do not fear for my reason
76 There's nothing to hide
77 How bitter your treason
78 How bitter the lie
79 Remember the runes and remember the light
80 All I ever want is to be at your side
81 We'll gladden the raven now I will
82 Run through the blazing fires
83 That's my choice
84 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
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86=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
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88L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
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90 I was born beneath this willow,
91 Where my sire the earth did farm
92 Had the green grass as my pillow
93 The east wind as a blanket warm.
94
95 But away! away! called the wind from the west
96 And in answer I did run
97 Seeking glory and adventure
98 Promised by the rising sun.
99
100 I found love beneath this willow,
101 As true a love as life could hold,
102 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
103 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
104
105 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
106 In faithful answer I did run
107 Marching forth for king and country
108 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
109
110 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
111 As the seven seas I plied
112 And the girl who I left waiting
113 Longing to be at her side.
114
115 But about! about! called the wind from the west
116 As once again my ship did run
117 Down the coast, about the wide world
118 Flying sails in the setting sun.
119
120 Now I lie beneath the willow
121 Now at last no more to roam,
122 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
123 In their arms I'm finally home.
124
125 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
126 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
127 Will chase the sun into the morning
128 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
129
130=head2 v5.23.0 - Bob Dylan, Maggie's Farm
131
132L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
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134 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
135 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
136 Well, I try my best
137 To be just like I am
138 But everybody wants you
139 To be just like them
140 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
141 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
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143=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
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145L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
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147“You are the advocate of the dead.”
148
149The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
150that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
151take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
152their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
153remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
154figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
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156=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
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158L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
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160 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
161 Among the theories scattered on the grass
162 Take up my good intentions with the rest
163
164=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
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166L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
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168There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
169its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
170
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171=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
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173L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
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175 They shall pass and their places be taken,
176 The gods and the priests that are pure.
177 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
178 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
179 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
180 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
181 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
182 And delicate dust.
183
184 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
185 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
186 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
187 As the serpent again to a rod.
188 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
189 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
190 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
191 Our Lady of Pain.
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193=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
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195L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
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197The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
198Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
199started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
200crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
201and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
202pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
203through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
204claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
205were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
206they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
207It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
208obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
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210=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
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214 There is another sky,
215 Ever serene and fair,
216 And there is another sunshine,
217 Though it be darkness there;
218 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
219 Never mind silent fields -
220 Here is a little forest,
221 Whose leaf is ever green;
222 Here is a brighter garden,
223 Where not a frost has been;
224 In its unfading flowers
225 I hear the bright bee hum:
226 Prithee, my brother,
227 Into my garden come!
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229=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
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233Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
234Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
235Calvin: Brother! You doubting Thomases get in the way of more scientific advances with your stupid ethical questions! This is a *BRILLIANT* idea! Hit the button, will ya?
236Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
237[Box]: *BOINK*
238Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
239Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
240Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
241
2ee7da68 242=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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244L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
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246"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
247Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
248we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
249everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
250"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
251refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
252"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
253would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
254than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
255the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 257=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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259L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
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261GAME CAT
262
263EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
264things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
265Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
266lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
267snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
268This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
269all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
270Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
271some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
272finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
273just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
274Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
275MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
276The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
277involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
278and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
279where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
280Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 282=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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284L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
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286 Het Dorp
287
288 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
289 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
290 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
291 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
292 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
293 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
294 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
295 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
296 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
297 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
298 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 299 het vee, de boerderijen.
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301 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
302 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
303 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 304 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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306 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
307 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
308 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
309 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
310 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
311 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
312 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
313 ze zien de televisiequiz
314 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
315 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
316 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
317 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
318
319 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
320 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
321 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 322 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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324 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
325 in minirok en beatle-haar
326 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
327 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
328 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
329 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
330 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
331 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
332 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
333 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
334 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
335 een ansicht en herinneringen.
336
337 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
338 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
339 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
340 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
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2ee7da68 342=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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346To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
347of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
348masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
349of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
350seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
351joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
352to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
353high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
354approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
355ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
356myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
357to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
358discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
359canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
360armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
361rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
362handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
363stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
364occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
365and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
366which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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368=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
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370L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
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372 If they just went straight they might go far,
373 They are strong and brave and true;
374 But they're always tired of the things that are,
375 And they want the strange and new.
376 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
377 What a deep mark I would make!"
378 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
379 Is only a fresh mistake.
380
381=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
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383L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
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385 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
386 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
387 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
388 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
389 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
390 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
391 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
392 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
393 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
394 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
395 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
396 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
397 Aldrin: 120 feet.
398 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
399 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
400 Duke: 60 seconds.
401 Aldrin: Light's on.
402 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
403 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
404 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
405 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
406 down a half.
407 Duke: 30 seconds.
408 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
409 Aldrin: Contact Light.
410 Armstrong: Shutdown.
411 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
412 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
413 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
414 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
415 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
416 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
417 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
418 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
419 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
420 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
421 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
422 Aldrin: Thank you.
423
424=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
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426L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
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428 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
429 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
430 We danced among the lightning bolts,
431 and tore the world asunder.
432
433 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
434 written near the end of the previous Age,
435 known by some as the Third Age.
436 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
437 Reborn.
438
439=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
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443 Walled in fast within the earth
444 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
445 This must be the bell’s great birth!
446 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
447 Sweat must trickle now
448 From the burning brow,
449 Till the work its master honour.
450 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
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452=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
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456 Steady old Väinämöinen
457 uttered a word and spoke thus:
458 'No lilting on the waters
459 and no singing on the waves!
460 Song keeps you lazy
461 tales delay rowing.
462 Precious day would pass and night
463 would overtake us midway
464 on these wide waters
465 upon these vast waves.'
466
467 The wanton Lemminkäinen
468 uttered a word and spoke thus:
469 'The time will pass anyway
470 the fair day will flee
471 and the night will come panting
472 and the twilight will steal in
473 if you don't sing while you live
474 nor hum in this world.'
475
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476=head2 v5.20.3-RC2 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
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478L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
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480'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
481and I was reciting these lines:
482
483 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
484 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
485 I wonder at the patience that I showed
486 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
487 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
488 I have remained confused in misery.
489
490I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
491Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
492walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
493person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
494am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
495ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
496asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
497allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
498added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
499and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
500idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
501coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
502and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
503different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
504without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
505the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
506the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
507sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
508gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
509told you about this, so goodbye."
510
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513L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
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515'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
516asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
517and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
518and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
519I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
520candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
521were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
522congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
523face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
524[...]
525'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
526her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
527them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
528ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
529told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
530man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
531[...]
532'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
533servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
534was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
535four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
536like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
537fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
538"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
539was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
540shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
541longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
542a bean.
543
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544=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
545
546L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
547
548 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
549 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
550 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
551 Where is the cow hidden right now?
552
553 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
554 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
555 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
556 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
557
558 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
559 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
560 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
561 Yeah!
562
563 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
564 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
565 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
566 Yeah, yeah!
567
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568=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
569
570L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
571
572 I've seen things,
573 I've seen them with my eyes;
574 I've seen things,
575 They're often in disguise.
576
577 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
578 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
579 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
580 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
581
582 I've seen things,
583 I've seen them with my eyes;
584 I've seen things,
585 They're often in disguise.
586
587 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
588
2ee7da68 589=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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591L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
592
593 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
594 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
595 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
596
597 DON ALFONSO:
598 Take heart, my dearest children.
599 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
600
601 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
602 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
603
604 FIORDILIGI:
605 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
606 It is disappearing already!
607 It is no longer in sight!
608 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
609
610 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
611 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
612
613 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
614 May the wind be gentle,
615 may the sea be calm,
616 and may the elements
617 respond kindly
618 to our wishes.
619
2ee7da68 620=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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622L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
623
624 GUGLIELMO:
625 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
626 is reluctant to come before her.
627
628 FERRANDO:
629 My trembling lip
630 can utter no word.
631
632 DON ALFONSO:
633 The hero displays his manliness
634 in the most terrible moments.
635
636 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
637 Now that we have heard the news,
638 you have the lesser duty:
639 Take heart, and plunge your swords
640 into both our hearts.
641
642 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
643 My idol, blame fate
644 that I must abandon you.
645
646 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
647 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
648 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
649 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
650 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
651 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
652 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
653
654 ALL:
655 Thus destiny defrauds
656 the hopes of mortals.
657 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
658 who can ever love life?
659
2ee7da68 660=head2 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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662L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
663
664 DON ALFONSO:
665 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
666 my lip stammers.
667 My voice cannot emerge,
668 but remains in my throat.
669 What will you do? What shall I do?
670 Oh what a great catastrophe!
671 There can be nothing worse.
672 I feel pity for you and for them.
673
674 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
675 die.
676 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
677 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
678 love dead, perhaps?
679 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
680 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
681 DORABELLA: Wounded?
682 DON ALFONSO: No.
683 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
684 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
685 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
686 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
687 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
688 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
689 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
690 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
691 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
692 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
693 you wish it, they are ready...
694 DORABELLA: Where are they?
695 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
696
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697=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
698
699L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
700
701 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
702 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
703 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
704 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
705 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
706 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
707
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708=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
709
710L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
711
712 When times go bad
713 when times go rough
714 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
715 And let me do my stuff
716
2ee7da68 717=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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719L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
720
721O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
722sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
723Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
724than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
725temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
726mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
727your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
728draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
729implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
730rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
731bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
732Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
733is a fool!
734
2ee7da68 735=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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738
739The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
740the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
741withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
742consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
743tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
744detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
745by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
746
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749L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
750
751Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
752rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
753stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
754know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
755that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
756chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
757clouds thickened above them.
758
759"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
760you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
761body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
762closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
763hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
764he looked Long in the face.
765
766"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
767master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
768grew fierce.
769
770"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
771fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
772truth!"
773
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776L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
777
778“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
779hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
780
781“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
782
783“Is there? What is the point?”
784
785“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
786
787“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
788
789“The trick is not to think about that.”
790
791“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
792
793Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
794
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795=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
796
797L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
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799And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
800down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
801the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
802were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
803they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
804Europe was over.
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806Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
807leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
808kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
809horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 810
e91f1fc1 811Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 812
e91f1fc1 813One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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815=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
816
817L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
818
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819 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
820
821 Mr. Bun: Morning.
822 Waitress: Morning.
823 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
824 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
825 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
826 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
827 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
828 egg on top and spam
829 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
830 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
831 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
832 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
833 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
834 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
835 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
836 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
837 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
838 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
839
840 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
841
842 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
843 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
844 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
845 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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40e1c3e8 847=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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848
849L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
850
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851 I
852
853 A cat is strolling through my mind
854 Acting as though he owned the place,
855 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
856 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
857
858 So tender and discreet his tone;
859 But whether he should growl or purr
860 His voice is always rich and deep.
861 That is the secret of his charm.
862
863 This purling voice that filters down
864 Into my darkest depths of soul
865 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
866 Delights me as a potion would.
867
868 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
869 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
870 Without the need for any words
871 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
872
873 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
874 Across my heart, fine instrument,
875 And makes to sing so royally
876 The strongest and the purest chord,
877
878 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
879 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
880 In whom all is, angelically,
881 As subtle as harmonious.
882
883 II
884
885 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
886 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
887 I might have been embalmed in it
888 By giving him one little pet.
889
890 He is my household's guardian soul;
891 He judges, he presides, inspires
892 All matters in hos royal realm;
893 Might he be fairy? or a god?
894
895 When my eyes, to this cat I love
896 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
897 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
898 And when I look within myself,
899
900 I notice with astonishment
901 The fire of his opal eyes,
902 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
903 Taking my measure, steadily.
904
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906
907L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
908
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909There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
910that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
911Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
912despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
913loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
914looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
915his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
916of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
917heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
918danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
919She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
920surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
921and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
922be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
923name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
924and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
925him.
926
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927=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
928
929L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
930
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931E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
932written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
933betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
934have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
935personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
936Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
937For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
938political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
939working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
940between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
941however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
942logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
943an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
944to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
945outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
946there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
947There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
948
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949=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
950
951L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
952
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953The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
954correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
955showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
956however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
957magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
958the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
959
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960=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
961
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963
964 Over hill, over dale,
965 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
966 Over park, over pale,
967 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
968 I do wander everywhere,
969 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
970 And I serve the fairy queen,
971 To dew her orbs upon the green.
972 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
973 In their gold coats, spots you see;
974 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
975 In their freckles live our savours.
976 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
977 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
978 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
979 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
980
5f42d1f2 981=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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982
983L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
984
985 From the beginning, I knew…
986 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
987 …that I can't fix…
988 …with my hands…
989
40e1c3e8 990=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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992L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
993
994 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
995 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
996 The shadows lengthen
997 In Carcosa.
998
999 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
1000 And strange moons circle through the skies
1001 But stranger still is
1002 Lost Carcosa.
1003
1004 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
1005 Where flap the tatters of the King,
1006 Must die unheard in
1007 Dim Carcosa.
1008
1009 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
1010 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
1011 Shall dry and die in
1012 Lost Carcosa.
1013
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1015
1016(no epigraph)
1017
40e1c3e8 1018=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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1021
1022"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
1023empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
1024Yellow!"
1025
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1029
1030 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
1031
1032 STRANGER: Indeed?
1033
1034 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
1035
1036 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
1037
1038 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
1039
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1040=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
1041
1042L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
1043
1044One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
1045only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
1046that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
1047about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
1048places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
1049Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
1050mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
1051every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
1052
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1054
1055L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
1056
1057The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
1058systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
1059thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
1060operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
1061ever seen.
1062
1063An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
1064something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
1065kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
1066anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
1067disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
1068gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
1069that renders the operating system unnecessary.
1070
1071=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
1072
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1074
1075Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
1076someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
1077again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
1078and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
1079language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
1080
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1081=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
1082
1083L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
1084
1085It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
1086who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
1087walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
1088and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
1089search, in questions, in torment.
1090
2ee7da68 1091=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1094
1095Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
1096
1097=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
1098
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1101 I'd love to go drowning
1102 And to stay and to stay
1103 But the ocean doesn't want me today
1104 I'll go in up to here
1105 It can't possibly hurt
1106 All they will find is my beer
1107 And my shirt
1108
1109=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
1110
1111L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
1112
1113 And the great day of wrath has come
1114 And here's mud in your big red eye
1115 The poker's in the fire
1116 And the locusts take the sky
1117 And the earth died screaming
1118 While I lay dreaming of you
1119
1120=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
1121
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1123
1124 What's he building in there?
1125
1126 We have a right to know…
1127
2ee7da68 1128=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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1130L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
1131
1132It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
1133eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
1134
2ee7da68 1135=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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1138
1139The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
1140followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
1141safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
1142place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
1143would be famous for this.
1144
1145Six months passed. A year.
1146
72f869fd 1147The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 1148Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 1149powerful, it does not need to self-know.
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2ee7da68 1151=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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1154
1155Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
1156The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
1157recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
1158his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
1159Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
1160of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
1161Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
1162of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
1163'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
1164embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
1165'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
1166in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
1167leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
1168
1169The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
1170Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
1171in the destruction of the planet Earth.
1172
2ee7da68 1173=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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1177I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
1178the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
1179dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
1180between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
1181improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
1182fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
1183I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
1184them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
1185do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 1186from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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1188perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
1189himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
1190a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
1191the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
1192world is richer for it.
1193
2ee7da68 1194=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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1198No thought.
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1200The boy extinguished. Only a place.
1201
1202This place.
1203
1204Motionless, 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.
1205
1206A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
1207
1208For 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.
1209
1210The 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 . . .
1211
1212And 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.
1213
1214The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
1215
1216I have been legion . . .
1217
1218In 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.
1219
1220Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 1222=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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1225
1226Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
1227of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
1228scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
1229glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
1230beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
1231much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
1232caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
1233vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
1234had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
1235
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1236=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
1237
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1239
1240Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
1241behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
1242recording everything.
1243
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1244=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1245
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1248 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1249 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1250 She aims it at the creature's head,
1251 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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1253 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1254 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1255 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1256 No silly hood upon her head.
1257 She said, "Hello, and do please note
1258 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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1260=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
1261
1262L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
1263
1264Preparation:
1265
1266Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
1267or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
1268Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
1269look golden brown.
1270Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
1271ready to create the soup.
1272
1273Ingredients:
1274
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1275 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
1276 3 tbsp butter
1277 1/4 cup olive oil
1278 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
1279 1 tsp salt
1280 1 tsp sugar
1281 black pepper to taste
1282 1 cup red wine
1283 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1284 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
1285 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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1287Method:
1288
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1289 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
1290 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
1291 to half an hour.
1292 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
1293 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
1294 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
1295 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
1296 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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1298Enjoy.
1299
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1300=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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1303
1304‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
1305
1306Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
1307their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
1308
1309The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
1310butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
1311and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
1312
1313Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
1314
1315‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
1316
1317‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
1318
1319‘What?’
1320
1321‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
1322
1323‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
1324his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
1325dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
1326quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
1327
1328‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
1329an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
1330
1331‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
1332
1333The iotum rose, spinning.
1334
1335‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
1336
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1337=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
1338
1339L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
1340
1341On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
1342taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
1343"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
1344and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
1345merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
1346subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
1347Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
1348it.
1349
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1350=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
1351
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1353
1354`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
1355`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
1356hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
1357The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
1358been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
1359be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
1360to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
1361fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
1362
1363There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
1364climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
1365broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
1366implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
1367on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
1368Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
1369astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
1370for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
1371out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
1372the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
1373
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1374=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
1375
1376L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
1377
1378 A victim of collision on the open sea
1379 Nobody ever said that life was free
1380 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
1381 But use your freedom of choice
1382
1383=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
1384
1385L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
1386
1387Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
1388machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
1389trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
1390little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
1391to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
1392he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
1393the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
1394
1395The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
1396current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
1397transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
1398chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
1399adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
1400as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
1401solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
1402valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
1403the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
1404machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
1405
2ee7da68 1406=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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1409
1410 Don't you know? You never split the party
1411 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
1412 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
1413 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
1414
c33412d7 1415=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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1418
1419I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
1420Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
1421Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
1422The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
1423
1424
1425
1426I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
1427sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
1428collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
1429
1430My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
1431inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
1432swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
1433side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
1434The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
1435dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
1436
2ee7da68 1437=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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1441 All I have is a voice
1442 To undo the folded lie,
1443 The romantic lie in the brain
1444 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
1445 And the lie of Authority
1446 Whose buildings grope the sky:
1447 There is no such thing as the State
1448 And no one exists alone;
1449 Hunger allows no choice
1450 To the citizen or the police;
1451 We must love one another or die.
1452
2ee7da68 1453=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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1457 How many roads must a man walk down
1458 Before you call him a man?
1459 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
1460 Before she sleeps in the sand?
1461 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
1462 Before they're forever banned?
1463 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1464 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1465
1466 How many years can a mountain exist
1467 Before it's washed to the sea?
1468 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
1469 Before they're allowed to be free?
1470 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
1471 Pretending he just doesn't see?
1472 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1473 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1474
1475 How many times must a man look up
1476 Before he can see the sky?
1477 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
1478 Before he can hear people cry?
1479 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
1480 That too many people have died?
1481 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1482 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 1484=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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1487
1488 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1489 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
1490 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1491 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
1492 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
1493
1494Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
1495age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
1496older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
1497debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
1498girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
1499A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
1500Top for more than one week.
1501
1502Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
1503lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
1504buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
1505into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
1506meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
1507soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
1508single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
1509
1510 "I'm never going to give you up"
1511
2ee7da68 1512=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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1515
1516"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
1517
1518He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
1519notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
1520which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
1521OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
1522ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
1523
1524There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
1525busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
1526out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
1527mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
1528and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
1529with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
1530bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
1531chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
1532excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
1533down cheering and applauding.
1534
1535"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
1536
2ee7da68 1537=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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1541Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
1542into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
1543beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
1544winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
1545wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
1546over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
1547
1548But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
1549gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
1550villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
1551journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
1552domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
1553with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
1554by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
1555Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
1556
2ee7da68 1557=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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1560
1561This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
1562been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
1563confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
1564how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
1565could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
1566putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
1567I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
1568before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
1569think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
1570all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
1571off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
1572was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
1573The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
1574endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
1575benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
1576boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
1577lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
1578Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
1579resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
1580Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
1581you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
1582
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1583=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
1584
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1586
1587A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
1588don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
1589without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
1590the human experience, the better design we will have.
1591
2ee7da68 1592=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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1596All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
1597the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
1598do so at their peril.
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1600It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
1601Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
1602work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
1603artist is in accord with himself.
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1605We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
1606he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
1607thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 1608
4ed12d4a 1609All art is quite useless.
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2ee7da68 1611=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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1615 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
1616 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
1617 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
1618 things the significance of a human future;
1619 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
1620 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
1621 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
1622 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
1623 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
1624 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
1625 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
1626 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
1627 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
1628 hurtles all ages along with it forever
1629 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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1632
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1635Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
1636fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
1637winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
1638down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
1639being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
1640extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
1641but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
1642
1643Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
1644that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
1645around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
1646fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
1647the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
1648closed system.
1649
1650Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
1651the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
1652/be/ them.'
1653
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4ed12d4a 1658If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
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c682aa67 1660=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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1664He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
1665mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
1666encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
1667
1668'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
1669Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
1670finished its run. It was due about now.'
1671
1672Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
1673see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
1674
1675'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
1676is always a last time for everything.)
1677
1678Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
1679
1680=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
1681
1682L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
1683
1684 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
1685 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
1686 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
1687 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
1688 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
1689 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
1690 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
1691 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
1692 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
1693 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
1694 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
1695 eaten them, but not for love.
1696
1697=head2 v5.14.2 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
1698
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1700
1701It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
1702do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
1703they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
1704catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
1705awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
1706inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
1707
1708So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
1709mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
1710the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 1712=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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1715
1716At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
1717my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
1718the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
1719since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
1720already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
1721to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
1722the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
1723can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
1724unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
1725
c684cf36 1726=head2 v5.14.0 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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1728L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
1729
1730At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
1731myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
1732impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
1733"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
1734gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
1735or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
1736
1737I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
1738computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
1739ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
1740would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
1741my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
1742away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
1743won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
1744
1745So a freely distributable program is born.
1746
1747=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
1748
1749L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
1750
1751This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
1752continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
1753aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
1754and your bags will be offloaded.
1755
2ee7da68 1756=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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1760Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
1761of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
1762by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
1763sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
1764swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
1765down their paved streets.
1766
1767Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
1768obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
1769company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
1770the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
1771govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
1772the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
1773
1774=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
1775
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1778But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
1779my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
1780reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
1781wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
1782Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
1783the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 1784This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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1785just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
1786this had never reached me.
1787
2ee7da68 1788=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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1791
1792 When the full-grown poet came,
1793 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
1794 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
1795 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
1796 Nay he is mine alone;
1797 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
1798 by the hand;
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1800 holding hands,
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1801 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
1802 And wholly and joyously blends them.
1803
2ee7da68 1804=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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1808 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
1809 nema ráða vel kunni.
1810 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
1811 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
1812 Sák á telgðu talkni
1813 tíu launstafi ristna.
1814 Þat hefr lauka lindi
1815 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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1818
1819L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
1820
1821In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
1822granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
1823do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
1824that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
1825generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
1826endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
1827that fire can truly light the world.
1828
1829And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
1830ask what you can do for your country.
1831
1832My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
1833but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
1834
1835Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
1836ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
1837we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
1838the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
1839asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
1840work must truly be our own.
1841
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1842=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
1843
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1846The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
1847to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
1848between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
1849cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
1850areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
1851be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
1852As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
1853the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
1854instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
1855interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
1856also be automated.
1857
1858Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
1859if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
1860were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
1861and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
1862indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
1863techniques like X-ray crystallography.
1864
2ee7da68 1865=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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1870
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1872
1873[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
1874
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1875 Trinity: What did you just say?
1876 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
1877 Trinity: What did you see?
1878 Cypher: What happened?
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1879 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
1880 like it.
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1881 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
1882 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
1883 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
1884 Neo: What is it?
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1885 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
1886 they change something.
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1888=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
1889
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1892The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
1893he storm vanishes.
1894
1895"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
1896fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
1897to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
1898me?"
1899
1900I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
1901like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
1902
1903"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
1904as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
1905on my heart.
1906
1907(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
1908
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1910
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1913Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
1914air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
1915the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
1916faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
1917of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
1918the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
1919deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
1920fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
1921stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
1922revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
1923
1924For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
1925courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
1926the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
1927jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
1928were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
1929there, a glimmer of moonshine.
1930
1931Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
1932rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
1933grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
1934park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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1938
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1941`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
1942`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
1943it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
1944she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
1945
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1946 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
1947 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
1948 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
1949 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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1951
1952`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
1953
1954`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
1955nonsense.'
1956
1957Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
1958anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
1959
1960`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
1961
1962`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
1963
1964`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
1965with his nose, you know?'
1966
1967`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
1968the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
1969
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1970=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
1971
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1974Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
1975Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
1976notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
1977for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
1978sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
1979
1980Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
1981dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
1982Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
1983motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
1984Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
1985that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
1986had ever even been a car.
1987
1988There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
1989been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
1990this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
1991flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
1992re-entry.
1993
1994There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
1995metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
1996somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
1997make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
1998
1999It should have fallen apart miles back.
2000
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2002
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2005We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
2006the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
2007in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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2008there exist ... special circumstances.
2009
2010=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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2014And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
2015bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
2016yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
2017with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
2018if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
2019bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
2020quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
2021
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2022=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
2023
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2026The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
2027involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
2028when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
2029streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
2030road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
2031seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
2032smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
2033
2034"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
2035volcano were once more to set to work."
2036
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2037=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
2038
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2040
2041 Music oft hath such a charm
2042 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
2043
2044=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
2045
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2047
2048 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
2049 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
2050 When breakfast is taken away,
2051 To turn his attention to dinner;
2052 And it's not in the range of belief,
2053 To look upon him as a glutton,
2054 Who, when he is tired of beef,
2055 Determines to tackle the mutton.
2056 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
2057 If it will appease her sorrow,
2058 I'll marry this lady today,
2059 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
2060
2061=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
2062
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2064
2065 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
2066 Tolerates no work of man.
2067 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
2068 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
2069 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
2070 While the last larks sing and soar,
2071 From the heather-blossoms sweet
2072 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
2073 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
2074 Eleanor makes macaroons!
2075
2076=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
2077
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2079
2080 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
2081 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
2082 Lobster I freely endorse,
2083 In pate or patty or pasty.
2084 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
2085 And nothing the matter with jam,
2086 And the warmest greetings I utter
2087 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
2088 For they're food,
2089 All food,
2090 And I think very fondly of food.
2091 Through I'm broody at times
2092 When bothered by rhymes,
2093 I brood
2094 On food.
2095
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2096=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
2097
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2100 I saw a huge steam roller,
2101 It blotted out the sun.
2102 The people all lay down, lay down;
2103 They did not try to run.
2104 My love and I, we looked amazed
2105 Upon the gory mystery.
2106 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
2107 'The great machine is history!'
2108 My love and I, we ran away,
2109 The engine did not find us.
2110 We ran up to a mountain top,
2111 Left history far behind us.
2112 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
2113 But somehow we don't think so.
2114 We went to see where history'd been,
2115 And my, the dead did stink so.
2116
2117=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2118
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2120
2121CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
2122she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
2123seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
2124
2125What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
2126of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
2127has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
2128will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
2129only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
2130lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
2131design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
2132periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
2133
2134=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2135
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2137
2138The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
2139from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
2140view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
2141Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
2142once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
2143endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
2144a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
2145will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
2146of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
2147Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
2148still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
2149
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2150=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
2151
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2154"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
2155many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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2156Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
2157what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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2158Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
2159had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
2160...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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2161"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
2162hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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2163degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
2164and-thirty degrees."
2165
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2167
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2170San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
2171the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
2172hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
2173of the Free World."
2174
2175Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
2176level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
2177harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
2178exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
2179
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2181
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2184Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
2185the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
2186just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
2187a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
2188it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
2189of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
2190common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
2191bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
2192
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2194 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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2196=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2197
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2200'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
2201not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
2202your cat grins like that?'
2203
2204'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
2205
2206She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
2207jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
2208and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
2209
2210'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
2211that cats COULD grin.'
2212
2213'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
2214
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2216
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2219'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
2220have got altered.'
2221
2222'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
2223there was silence for some minutes.
2224
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2226
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2229'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
2230always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
2231rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
2232yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
2233can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
2234kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
2235
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2236=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2237
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2240At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
2241called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
2242dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
2243in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
2244sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
2245
2246'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
2247is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
2248the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
2249to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
2250accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 2251Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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2261So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
2262hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
2263making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
2264picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
2265close by her.
2266
2267There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
2268VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
2269dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
2270occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
2271it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
2272OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
2273Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
2274never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
2275take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
2276after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
2277rabbit-hole under the hedge.
2278
2279In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
2280in the world she was to get out again.
2281
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2290 A little child, a limber elf,
2291 Singing, dancing to itself,
2292 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
2293 That always finds, and never seeks,
2294 Makes such a vision to the sight
2295 As fills a father's eyes with light;
2296 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
2297 Upon his heart, that he at last
2298 Must needs express his love's excess
2299 With words of unmeant bitterness.
2300 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
2301 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
2302 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
2303 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
2304 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
2305 At each wild word to feel within
2306 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
2307 And what, if in a world of sin
2308 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
2309 Such giddiness of heart and brain
2310 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
2311 So talks as it's most used to do.
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2314
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2317And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
2318into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
2319mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
2320question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
2321hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
2322louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
2323who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
2324worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
2325done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
2326
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2327=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
2328
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4363636d 2331"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 2332course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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2334Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
2335
2336"Why ain't that work?"
2337
2338Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
2339is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
2340
2341"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
2342
2343The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
2344to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
2345
2346That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
2347swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
2348-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
2349watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
2350absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
2351
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2356The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
2357at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
2358streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
2359the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
2360live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
2361colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
2362as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
2363wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
2364prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
2365however much they're into colour.
2366
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2367=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
2368
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2371Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
2372and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
2373word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
2374disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
2375everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
2376on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
2377that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
2378glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 2379war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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2380presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
2381for more hazardous assignment.
2382
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2383=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
2384
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2387Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
2388streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
2389trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
2390to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
2391about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
2392of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
2393facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
2394explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
2395Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
2396people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
2397work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
2398their art.
2399
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2404'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
2405the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
2406Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
2407Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
2408responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
2409Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
2410Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
2411Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
2412Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
2413Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
2414
2415'Can they all type?' I joked.
2416
2417'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
2418McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
2419
2420I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
2421'We could have opened an agency.'
2422
2423Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
2424Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
2425amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
2426all say that, do they?' I ventured.
2427
2428Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
2429replied. 'Not quite all.'
2430
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2443He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
2444he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
2445out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
2446noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
2447must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
2448number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
2449did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
2450
2451=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
2452
2453L<Announced on 2007-11-25 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130978.html>
2454
2455=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
2456
2457L<Announced on 2007-11-17 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130653.html>
2458
2459=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
2460
2461L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
2462available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
2463
2464=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
2465
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2467
2468=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
2469
2470L<Announced on 2006-01-28 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/01/msg109086.html>
2471
2472=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
2473
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2475
2476This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
2477gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
2478technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
2479about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
2480bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
2481paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
2482in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
2483electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
2484picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
2485to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
2486technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
2487getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
2488sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
2489it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
2490conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
2491
2492"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
2493that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
2494`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
2495
2496"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
2497one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
2498flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
2499everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
2500make you flip?
2501
2502=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
2503
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2505
2506Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
2507
2508=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
2509
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2511
2512What of October, that ambiguous month
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2514=head2 v5.8.9 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
2515
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2518Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
2519proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
2520the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
2521anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
2522how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
2523
2524'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
2525
2526This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
2527that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
2528
2529'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
2530expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
2531anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
2532sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
2533
2534This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
2535basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
2536policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
2537disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
2538the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
2539Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
2540and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
2541Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
2542
2543In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
2544reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
2545
2546I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
2547Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
2548for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
2549had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
2550work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
2551the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
2552left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
2553pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
2554the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
2555the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
2556
2557I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
2558publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
2559Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
2560
2561So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
2562pushing to increase the membership?
2563
2564'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
2565more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
2566futile and impotent it becomes.'
2567
2568This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
2569
2570Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
2571diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
2572
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2574
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2577There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
2578about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
2579four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
2580anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
2581thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
2582
2583Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
2584and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
2585press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
2586obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
2587produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
2588this draft...'
2589
2590I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
2591hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
2592incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
2593
2594'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
2595redundancy payments as well.'
2596
2597'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
2598it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
2599
2600'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
2601
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2606A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
2607was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
2608and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
2609jets and all.
2610
2611I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
2612
2613I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
2614Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
2615specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
2616the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
2617jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
2618grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
2619in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
2620
2621While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
2622taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
2623me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
2624sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
2625three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
2626plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
2627occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
2628were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
2629
2630And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
2631were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
2632
2633Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
2634name like Charlie Umtali?
2635
2636I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
2637know something about our official visitor.
2638
2639Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
2640has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
2641car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
2642to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
2643knew little of his background.
2644
2645I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
2646Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
2647first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
2648
2649Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
2650
2651'Why?' I enquired.
2652
2653'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
2654to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
2655never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
2656
2657Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
2658that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
2659
2660In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
2661where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
2662revolving door and comes out in front.'
2663
2664'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
2665
2666'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
2667
2668'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
2669
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2670=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
2671
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2674 It's not that easy bein' green
2675 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
2676 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
2677 Or something much more colorful like that
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2679 It's not easy bein' green
2680 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
2681 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
2682 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
2683 Or stars in the sky
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2685 But green's the color of Spring
2686 And green can be cool and friendly-like
2687 And green can be big like an ocean
2688 Or important like a mountain
2689 Or tall like a tree
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2691 When green is all there is to be
2692 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
2693 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
2694 And I think it's what I want to be
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2696=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
2697
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4ed12d4a 2700 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 2701
4ed12d4a 2702 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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2704=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2705
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2708And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
2709hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
2710cat.
2711
2712Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 2713the wolf? What then?"
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2715=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2716
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2719And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
2720bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
2721round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
2722
2723In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
2724gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
2725climbed up the high stone wall.
2726
2727One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
2728stretched out over the wall.
2729
2730Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
2731Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
2732take care that he doesn't catch you!".
2733
2734The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
2735snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
2736
2737How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 2738the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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2740=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
2741
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4363636d 2744"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 2745you."
4363636d 2746
51caa79e 2747"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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2748
2749"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
2750and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 2751to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 2752
51caa79e 2753"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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2754
2755"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
2756planting it."
2757
2758"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 2759grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 2761Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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2762
2763"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
2764Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 2765wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 2766
51caa79e 2767Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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2768
2769"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
2770how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 2771and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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2773=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
2774
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2777"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
2778
2779"Hunting," said Pooh.
2780
2781"Hunting what?"
2782
2783"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
2784
2785"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
2786
2787"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
2788
2789"What do you think you'll answer?"
2790
2791"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
2792"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
2793you see there?"
2794
2795"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
2796excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
2797
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2798=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
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2802Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
2803ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
2804bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
2805waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
2806droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
2807hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
2808longbow.
2809
2810In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
2811often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
2812placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
2813likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
2814may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
2815Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
2816Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
2817farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
2818grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 2819T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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2821=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
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2825Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
2826ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
2827sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
2828pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
2829shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
2830
2831The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
2832Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 2833Caledonia and South America.
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2835=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
2836
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2839The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
2840often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
2841large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
2842and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
2843spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
2844year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
2845may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
2846
2847It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
2848branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
2849of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
2850that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
2851
2852Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
2853other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
2854acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
2855mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
2856
2857It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 2858heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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2860=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
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2864 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
2865 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
2866 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
2867 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
2868
2869 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
2870 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
2871 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
2872 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
2873 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
2874 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
2875 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
2876 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
2877
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2878 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
2879 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
2880
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2881
2882=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
2883
f3d08688 2884L<Announced on 2004-04-16 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90796.html>
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2886 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
2887 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
2888 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
2889 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2890
2891 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
2892 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
2893 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
2894 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2895 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
2896 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
2897
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2898=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
2899
f3d08688 2900L<Announced on 2004-04-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90422.html>
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2902 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
2903 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
2904 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
2905 We must find him of the train can't start.'
2906 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
2907 They are searching high and low,
2908 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
2909 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
2910 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
2911 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
2912 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
2913 He's been busy in the luggage van!
2914 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 2915 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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2916 And we're off at last of the northern part
2917 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
2918
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2919=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
2920
f3d08688 2921L<Announced on 2004-01-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg87317.html>
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2923 We are the music makers,
2924 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
2925 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
2926 And sitting by desolate streams; --
2927 World-losers and world-forsakers,
2928 On whom the pale moon gleams:
2929 Yet we are the movers and shakers
2930 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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2932=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
2933
f3d08688 2934L<Announced on 2004-01-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg86969.html>
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2936 There may be trouble ahead,
2937 But while there's music and moonlight,
2938 And love and romance,
2939 Let's face the music and dance.
2940
2941 Before the fiddlers have fled,
2942 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
2943 And while we still have that chance,
2944 Let's face the music and dance.
2945
2946 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
2947 Humming a different tune, and then,
2948
2949 There may be teardrops to shed,
2950 So while there's music and moonlight,
2951 And love and romance,
2952 Let's face the music and dance.
2953
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2954=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
2955
f3d08688 2956L<Announced on 2003-11-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84822.html>
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2958 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
2959 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
2960 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
2961 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
2962 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
2963 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
2964
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2965 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
2966 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
2967 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
2968 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
2969
2970 O my brave soul!
2971 O farther farther sail!
2972 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
2973 O farther, farther, farther sail!
2974
2ee7da68 2975=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
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f3d08688 2977L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84645.html>
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2979 It's fun to charter an accountant
2980 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
2981 To find, explore the funds offshore
2982 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
2983
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2984=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
2985
f3d08688 2986L<Announced on 2003-10-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/10/msg84194.html>
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2988 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
2989 In a Sieve they went to sea:
2990 In spite of all their friends could say,
2991 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
2992 In a Sieve they went to sea!
2993 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
2994 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
2995 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
2996 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
2997 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
2998
2999 Far and few, far and few,
3000 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
3001 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
3002 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
3003
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3004=head2 v5.8.1 - epigraph same as v5.7.1
3005
3006L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
3007
3008=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
3009
3010L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
3011
3012No matter what she did with her hair it took about
3013three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
3014like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
3015no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
3016overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
3017
3018=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3019
3020L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
3021
3022Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
3023It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
3024devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
3025then you can be my most trusted minister."
3026
3027=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3028
3029L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
3030
3031Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
3032a knife with a curved blade.
3033
3034=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3035
3036L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
3037
3038Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
3039me because I've got magic aaargh."
3040
3041=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3042
3043L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
3044
3045Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
3046in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
3047with his head.
3048
3049But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
3050weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
3051open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
3052defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
3053Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
3054was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
3055
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3056=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3057
3058L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
3059
3060There was the faint sound of footsteps.
3061"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
3062said the low priest.
3063There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
3064The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
3065"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
3066The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
3067The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
3068The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
3069thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
3070There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
3071"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
3072said the High Priest.
3073"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
3074There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
3075"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
3076There were footsteps again.
3077
3078=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3079
3080L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
3081
3082=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3083
3084L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
3085
3086=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
3087
3088L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
3089
3090=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3091
3092L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
3093
3094Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
3095No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
3096got there first, and is waiting for it.
3097
3098=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
3099
3100L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
3101
3102His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
3103the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
3104all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
3105bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
3106you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
3107
3108=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
3109
dd047fac 3110L<Announced on 2001-04-09 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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3112"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
3113
3114Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
3115
3116"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
3117flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
3118arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
3119and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
3120I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
3121I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
3122will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
3123liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
3124Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
3125ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
3126
3127"All that?" said Twoflower.
3128
3129"Usually."
3130
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3131=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
3132
3133L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
3134
3135The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
3136but that had to be the 57th strangest.
3137[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
3138
2ee7da68 3139=head2 v5.6.2 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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f3d08688 3141L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg85222.html>
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3142
3143When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
3144sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
3145a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
3146what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
3147long in this instance.
3148
2ee7da68 3149=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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3152
3153"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
3154
2831a86c 3155=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
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2831a86c 3157L<Announced on 2001-04-08 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33823.html>
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3159`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
3160himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
3161upset.
4363636d 3162
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3163`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
3164to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
4363636d 3165
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3166Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
3167stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
3168louder.
4363636d 3169
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3170`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
3171my precious, three guesseses.'
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4363636d 3174
dd047fac 3175L<Announced on 2001-04-01 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33421.html>
3e340399 3176
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3179No announcement available.
3180
2831a86c 3181=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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4363636d 3184
2831a86c 3185=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
4363636d 3186
2831a86c 3187L<Announced on 2000-12-18 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/12/msg27738.html>
4363636d 3188
2831a86c 3189=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
a4b0381d 3190
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3191L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
3192
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3193 The dragon is withered,
3194 His bones are now crumbled;
3195 His armour is shivered,
3196 His splendour is humbled!
3197 Though sword shall be rusted,
3198 And throne and crown perish
3199 With strength that men trusted
3200 And wealth that they cherish,
3201 Here grass is still growing,
3202 And leaves are a yet swinging,
3203 The white water flowing,
3204 And elves are yet singing
3205 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
3206 Come back to the valley.
2831a86c 3207
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3208=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3209
3210L<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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3213
3214L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
3215
3216=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
3217
f3d08688 3218L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/03/msg89047.html>
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3219
3220=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
3221
f3d08688 3222L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88672.html>
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3223
3224The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
3225the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
3226never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
3227them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
3228chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
3229run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
3230and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
3231and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
3232and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
3233the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
3234fall.
3235
3236=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3237
f3d08688 3238L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88312.html>
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3239
3240Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
3241plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
3242going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
3243she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
3244at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
3245cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
3246hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
3247passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
3248disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
3249of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
3250she fell past it.
3251
3252=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
3253
f3d08688
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3254L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/12/msg86423.html>
3255
3256 't was 16 years ago today
3257 Larry taught us a new game
3258 of lazyness, impatience, and hubris
3259 Happy birthday, Perl!
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3261=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
3262
0e6b8110 3263This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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3264on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
3265L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
3266by ysth.
3267
3268=cut
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