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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.27.10 - Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, p. 248
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24 A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher
25 a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts,
26 build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders,
27 cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure,
28 program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
29 Specialization is for insects.
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e60142ac 31=head2 v5.27.9 - Agatha Christie, "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"
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35 Poirot was an extraordinary looking little man. He was hardly more
36 than five feet, four inches, but carried himself with great dignity.
37 His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it
38 a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military.
39 The neatness of his attire was almost incredible. I believe a
40 speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound.
41 Yet this quaint dandified little man who, I was sorry to see, now
42 limped badly, had been in his time one of the most celebrated members
43 of the Belgian police. As a detective, his flair had been extraordinary,
44 and he had achieved triumphs by unravelling some of the most baffling
45 cases of the day.
46 He pointed out to me the little house inhabited by him and his fellow
47 Belgians, and I promised to go and see him at an early date. Then he
48 raised his hat with a flourish to Cynthia, and we drove away.
49 "He's a dear little man," said Cynthia. "I'd no idea you knew him."
50 "You've been entertaining a celebrity unawares," I replied.
51 And, for the rest of the way home, I recited to them the various
52 exploits and triumphs of Hercule Poirot.
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54=head2 v5.27.8 - Jasper Fforde, "Shades of Grey"
55
56L<Announced on 2018-01-20 by Abigail|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/248914>
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582.4.16.55.021: Males are to wear dresscode #6 during inter-Collective
59travel. Hats are encouraged, but not required.
60
619.3.88.32.025: The cucumber and tomato are both fruit; the avocado
62is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians,
63on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.
64
655.3.21.01.002: Once allocated, postcodes are permanent, and for life.
66
676.1.02.11.235: Artifacture from before the Something That Happened
68may be collected, so long it does not appear on the Leapback list
69or possess color above 23 percent saturation.
70
712.3.06.02.087: Unnecessary sharpening of pencils constitutes a waste
72of public resources, and will be punished as appropriate.
73
742.1.01.05.002: All children are to attent school until the age of
75sixteen or until they have learned everything, whichever be the sooner.
76
771.3.02.06.023: There shall be no staring at the sun, however good
78the reason.
79
801.1.19.02.006: Team sports are mandatory in order to build character.
81Character is there to give purpose to team sports.
82
832.3.03.01.006: Juggling shall not be practiced after 4:00 pm.
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86=head2 v5.27.7 - Terry Pratchett, "Hogfather"
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90 Death looked at the sacks.
91
92 It was a strange but demonstrable fact that the sacks of
93 toys carried by the Hogfather, no matter what they
94 really contained, always appeared to have sticking out
95 of the top a teddy bear, a toy soldier in the kind of
96 colorful uniform that would stand out in a disco, a
97 drum and a red-and-white candy cane. The actual
98 contents always turned out to be something a bit
99 garish and costing $5.99.
100
101 Death had investigated one or two. There had been a
102 Real Agatean Ninja, for example, with Fearsome
103 Death Grip, and a Captain Carrot One-Man Night
104 Watch with a complete wardrobe of toy weapons, each
105 of which cost as much as the original wooden doll in
106 the first place.
107
108 Mind you, the stuff for the girls was just as
109 depressing. It seemed to be nearly all horses. Most of
110 them were grinning. Horses, Death felt, shouldn't grin.
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112 Any horse that was grinning was planning something.
113
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114=head2 v5.27.6 - Ogden Nash, "Behold the Duck"
115
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118 Behold the duck,
119 it does not cluck;
120 a cluck it lacks,
121 it quacks!
122
123 It is 'specially fond
124 of puddles or ponds;
125 when it dines or sups
126 it bottoms ups.
127
128
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129=head2 v5.27.5 - Frank Birch, Dilly Knox & G. P. Mackeson, "Alice in I.D.25"
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133 'Can I do anything?' Alice suggested timidly, thinking that something
134 dreadful must have happened.
135 The Waterflap jumped as if it had been shot. 'What are you doing
136 here?' it snapped. 'Take this at once into the Directional room,' and it
137 thrust the paper which had caused all the fuss into her hands.
138 'But where is the Directional room?' she inquired, bewildered.
139 'Why, there of course,' howled the Waterflap, pointing to a door.
140 'How could I possibly know that!' Alice exclaimed, angered by his
141 rudeness.
142 'Silly girl,' it hissed. 'Why, it's called the Directional room
143 because it's in that direction,' and it pushed her roughly through the
144 doorway.
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146=head2 v5.27.4 - Richard Brautigan, "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"
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148L<Announced on 2017-09-20 by John SJ Anderson|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246371.html>
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150 I like to think (and
151 the sooner the better!)
152 of a cybernetic meadow
153 where mammals and computers
154 live together in mutually
155 programming harmony
156 like pure water
157 touching clear sky.
158
159 I like to think
160 (right now, please!)
161 of a cybernetic forest
162 filled with pines and electronics
163 where deer stroll peacefully
164 past computers
165 as if they were flowers
166 with spinning blossoms.
167
168 I like to think
169 (it has to be!)
170 of a cybernetic ecology
171 where we are free of our labors
172 and joined back to nature,
173 returned to our mammal
174 brothers and sisters,
175 and all watched over
176 by machines of loving grace.
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178=head2 v5.27.3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
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182 When you walk through a storm
183 Hold your head up high
184 And don't be afraid of the dark
185
186 At the end of a storm
187 There's a golden sky
188 And the sweet silver song of a lark
189
190 Walk on through the wind
191 Walk on through the rain
192 Though your dreams be tossed and blown
193
194 Walk on, walk on
195 With hope in your heart
196 And you'll never walk alone
197
198 You'll never walk alone
199
200 Walk on, walk on
201 With hope in your heart
202 And you'll never walk alone
203
204 You'll never walk alone
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206=head2 v5.27.2 - Lev Grossman, Codex
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208L<Announced on 2017-07-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245585.html>
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210 He went back for another stack of books: a three-volume English legal
211 treatise; a travel guide to Tuscany from the '20s crammed with faded
212 Italian wildflowers that fluttered out from between the pages like
213 moths; a French edition of Turgeniev so decayed that it came apart in
214 his hands; a register of London society from 1863. In a way it was
215 idiotic. He was treating these books like they were holy relics. It
216 wasn't like he would ever actually read them. But there was something
217 magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly
218 ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused
219 by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used
220 to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of
221 memory, not stamped out of silicon but laboriously crafted out of wood
222 pulp and ink, leather and glue. Somebody had cared enough to write
223 these things; somebody else had cared enough to buy them, possibly
224 even read them, at the very least keep them safe for 150 years,
225 sometimes longer, when they could have vanished at the touch of a
226 spark. That made them worth something, didn't it, just by itself?
227 Though most of them would have bored him rigid the second he cracked
228 them open, which there wasn't much chance of. Maybe that was what he
229 found so appealing: the sight of so many books that he'd never have to
230 read, so much work he'd never have to do.
231
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232=head2 v5.27.1 - Rona Munro, Doctor Who: Survival
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236 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
237 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
238 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
239 Somewhere there's danger,
240 somewhere there's injustice
241 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
242 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
243
244=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
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248 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
249 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
250 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
251 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
252 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
253 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
254 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
255 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
256 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
257
258 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
259
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260=head2 v5.26.1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
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262L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246408.html>
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264 And soon I heard a roaring wind:
265 It did not come anear;
266 But with its sound it shook the sails,
267 That were so thin and sere.
268
269 The upper air burst into life!
270 And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
271 To and fro they were hurried about!
272 And to and fro, and in and out,
273 The wan stars danced between.
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275=head2 v5.26.1-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
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277L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246202.html>
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279 At length did cross an Albatross,
280 Thorough the fog it came;
281 As if it had been a Christian soul,
282 We hailed it in God's name.
283
284 It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
285 And round and round it flew.
286 The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
287 The helmsman steered us through!
288
289 And a good south wind sprung up behind;
290 The Albatross did follow,
291 And every day, for food or play,
292 Came to the mariner's hollo!
293
294 In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
295 It perched for vespers nine;
296 Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
297 Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
298
299 'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
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300 From the fiends, that plague thee thus!—
301 Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
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302 I shot the ALBATROSS.
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304=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
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308 I've got the life
309 And I'm gonna keep it
310 I've got the life
311 And nobody's gonna take it away
312 I've got the life
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314=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
315
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316L<Announced on 2017-05-23 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244511.html>
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318 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
319 absolutely nothing else to do.
320
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321=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
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323L<Announced on 2017-05-11 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244337.html>
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325 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
326 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
327 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
328 converts than reason.
329
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330=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
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334 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
335 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
336 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
337
338 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
339 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
340 machinery like that.
341
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342=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
343
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344L<Announced on 2017-03-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/03/msg243624.html>
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346 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
347 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
348 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
349 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
350 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
351 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
352 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
353
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356L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
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358 He who wants the world to remain as it is
359 doesn't want it to remain.
360
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361=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
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363L<Announced on 2017-01-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242405.html>
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365 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
366 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
367 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
368 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
369 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
370 bread, please."
371
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372=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
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376 So long
377 is in the song
378 and it's in the way you're gone
379 but it's like a foreign language
380 in my mind
381 and maybe was I blind
382 I could not see
383 and would not know
384 you're gone so long
385 so long.
386
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387=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
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389L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
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391 Of Beren and Lúthien
392
393 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
394 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
395 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
396 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
397 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
398 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
399 song.
400
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401=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
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403L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
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405 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
406 Are you?
407 Yes. Do you know who he lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
408 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
409 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
410 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
411 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
412 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
413 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
414 a sea of shite.
415 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
416 America meant?
417 No.
418 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
419 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
420 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
421 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
422 playing to freak them out?
423 Who's Michael Stipe?
424 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
425 No, I'm not, Stephen.
426
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427=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
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429L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
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431 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
432 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
433 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
434 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
435 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
436 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
437 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
438 fact this is all we are doing
439
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440=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
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442L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
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444 Concerning Nomes and Time
445
446 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
447 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
448
449 Let me explain.
450
451 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
452 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
453 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
454
455 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
456 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
457
458 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
459 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
460 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
461 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
462 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
463 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
464 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
465
466 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
467 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
468 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
469 even know.
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471=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
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473L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
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475 When awful darkness and silence reign
476 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
477 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
478 When the angry breakers roar
479 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
480 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
481 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
482
483 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
484 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
485 A lonely spark with silvery rays
486 Piercing the coal-black night, -
487 A Meteor strange and bright: -
488 Hither and thither the vision strays,
489 A single lurid light.
490
491 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
492 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
493 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
494 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
495 And those who watch at that midnight hour
496 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
497 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
498 'The Dong! - the Dong!
499 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
500 The Dong! the Dong!
501 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
502
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503=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
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505L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
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507 Waiting for the beat to kick in
508 But it never does
509 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
510 That lift me above
511 All of these tiresome things
512 That we know and love
513 Waiting for the beat to kick in
514 But it never does
515
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516=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
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520Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
521totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
522you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
523that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
524people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
525
526Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
527gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
528symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
529and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
530clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
531home, from the ground up.
532
533No wonder you're a geek.
534
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535=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
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537L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
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539 Even the bravest that are slain
540 Shall not dissemble their surprise
541 On waking to find valor reign,
542 Even as on earth, in paradise;
543 And where they sought without the sword
544 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
545 To find that the utmost reward
546 Of daring should be still to dare.
547
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548=head2 v5.24.3 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
549
550L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246407.html>
551
552 Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
553 Beloved from pole to pole!
554 To Mary Queen the praise be given!
555 She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,
556 That slid into my soul.
557
558 The silly buckets on the deck,
559 That had so long remained,
560 I dreamt that they were filled with dew;
561 And when I awoke, it rained.
562
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563=head2 v5.24.3-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
564
565L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246201.html>
566
567 'And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
568 Was tyrannous and strong:
569 He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
570 And chased us south along.
571
572 With sloping masts and dipping prow,
573 As who pursued with yell and blow
574 Still treads the shadow of his foe,
575 And forward bends his head,
576 The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
577 And southward aye we fled.
578
579 And now there came both mist and snow,
580 And it grew wondrous cold:
581 And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
582 As green as emerald.
583
584 And through the drifts the snowy clifts
585 Did send a dismal sheen:
8d1c7d0a 586 Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken—
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587 The ice was all between.
588
589 The ice was here, the ice was there,
590 The ice was all around:
591 It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
592 Like noises in a swound!
593
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594=head2 v5.24.2 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
595
596L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245527.html>
597
598 A short while later, through the wood,
599 Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
600 The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze
601 And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
602 His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
603 And spit was dripping from his jaw.
604 Once more the maiden's eyelid flickers.
605 She draws the pistol from her knickers.
606 Once more, she hits the vital spot,
607 And kills him with a single shot.
608 Pig, peeping through the window, stood
609 And yelled, 'Well done, Miss Riding Hood!'
610
611 Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
612 Young ladies from the upper crust.
613 For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
614 Not only has two wolfskin coats,
615 But when she goes from place to place,
616 She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELLING CASE.
617
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618=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
619
620L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
621
622 The animal I really dig
623 Above all others is the pig.
624 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
625 Pig are courteous. However,
626 Now and then, to break this rule,
627 One meets a pig who is a fool.
628 What, for example, would you say
629 If strolling through the woods one day,
630 Right there in front of you you saw
631 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
632 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
633 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
634
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635=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
636
637L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
638
639 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
640 'If only you'd spoken before!
641 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
642 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
643
644 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
645 If you never were met with again -
646 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
647 You might have suggested it then?
648
649 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
650 As I think I've already remarked.'
651 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
652 'I informed you the day we embarked.
653
654 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
655 (We are all of us weak at times):
656 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
657 Was never among my crimes!
658
659 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
660 I said it in German and Greek:
661 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
662 That English is what you speak!'
663
664 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
665 Had grown longer at every word:
666 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
667 More debate would be simply absurd.
668
669 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
670 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
671 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
672 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
673
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674=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
675
676L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
677
678 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
679 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
680 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
681 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
682 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
683 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
684 And now the sun with more effectual beams
685 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
686 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
687 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
688 After a night of storm so ruinous,
689 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
690 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
691
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692=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
693
694L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
695
696 Before the gates there sat
697 On either side a formidable shape;
698 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
699 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
700 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
701 With mortal sting; about her middle round
702 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
703 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
704 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
705 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
706 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
707 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
708 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
709 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
710 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
711 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
712 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
713 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
714 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
715 If shape it might be called that shape had none
716 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
717 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
718 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
719 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
720 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
721 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
722 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
723 The monster moving onward came as fast
724 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
725
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726=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
727
728L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
729
730 A bird within the bower of her delight,
731 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
732 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
733
734 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
735 No weary task for her, for as at play
736 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
737
738 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
739 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
740 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
741
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742=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
743
744L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
745
746 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
747 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
748 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
749
750 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
751 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
752 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
753
754 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
755 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
756 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
757
758 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
759 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
760 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
761
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762=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
763
764L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
765
766 New punishments behoves me sing in this
767 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
768 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
769
770 I now stood ready to observe the full
771 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
772 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
773
774 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
775 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
776 As Litany processions keep, up here.
777
778 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
779 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
780 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
781
782 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
783 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
784 All power of looking forward being denied.
785
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786=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
787
788L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
789
790 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
791 I could be monarch of a desert land
792 I could devote and dedicate forever
793 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
794 So desert it would have to be, so walled
795 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
796 No one would covet it or think it worth
797 The pains of conquering to force change on.
798 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
799 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
800 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
801 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
802 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
803 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
804
805 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
806 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
807 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
808
809=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
810
811L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
812
813 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
814 You can't find one good thing to say
815 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
816 You'd stay the hell out of my way
817
818 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
819 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
820
821=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
822
823L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
824
825"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
826
827=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
828
829L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
830
831The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
832Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
833gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
834
835=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
836
837L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
838
839“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
840
841“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
842
843“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
844be fun.”
845
846Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
847
848“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
849every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
850
851“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
852
853“You’ll have to jump.”
854
855“I’ll jump.”
856
857“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
858
859Yossarian jumped.
860
861Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
862missing him by inches, and he took off.
863
864=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
865
866L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
867
868 Nothing was left to do that I could see
869 Unless to find that there was no one there
870 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
871 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
872 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
873 Break silence now or be forever silent.
874 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
875 The melancholy of having to count souls
876 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
877 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
878 It must be I want life to go on living.
879
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880=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
881
882L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
883
884Spring
885
886Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
887look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
888I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
889and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
890love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
891meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
892and begin a new adventure.
893
894Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
895-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
896kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
897adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
898as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
899
900The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
901asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
902brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
903and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
904Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
905produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
906possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
907beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
908are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
909are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
910seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
911remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
912you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
913cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
914lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
915marriages made in heaven.
916
917
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918=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
919
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920L<Announced on 2016-02-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/02/msg234535.html>
921
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922Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
923of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
924helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
925
926But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
927any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
928she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
929no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
930free.
931
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f43a4a46 934L<Announced on 2016-01-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/01/msg233856.html>
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935
936A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
937nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
938the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
939in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
940colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
941over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
942cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
943the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
944and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
945dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
946into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
947trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
948
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949=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
950
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951L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
952
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953 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
954
955 5.23 Episode VII
956 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
957
958 It is a period of
959 unrest as separatists
960 announce their intentions
961 to fork PERL and return the
962 galaxy to speed and stability.
963
964 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
965 to hold together the remains of the
966 once mighty Republic against a tide of
967 incivility and the depredations of a new
968 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
969
970 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
971 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
972 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
973 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
974 a new Empire of gradual typing....
975
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976=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
977
978L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
979
980After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
981me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
982Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
983adventure.
984
985I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
986only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
987lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
988sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
989lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
990hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
991
992Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
993no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
994loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
995control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
996It took me two weeks to figure it out.
997
998The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
999register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
1000an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
1001index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
1002would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
1003the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
1004
1005Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
1006to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
1007instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
1008additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
1009instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
1010ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
1011
1012The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
1013lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
1014was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
1015all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
1016
1017He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
1018largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
1019datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
1020overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
1021the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
1022the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
1023program went happily on its way.
1024
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1025=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
1026
1027L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
1028
1029Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
1030first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
1031or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
1032Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
1033when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
1034when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
1035difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
1036keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
1037strong men.
1038
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1039=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
1040
1041L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
1042
1043 Little of of all we value here
1044 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
1045 Without both feeling and looking queer.
1046 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
1047 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
1048 (This is a moral that runs at large;
1049 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
1050
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1051=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
1052
4442630f 1053L<Announced on 2015-08-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230298.html>
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1054
1055 Would you believe in a night like this
1056 A night like this, when visions come true
1057 Would you believe in a tale like this
1058 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
1059 Come to the blazing fire and
1060
1061 See me in the shadows
1062 See me in the shadows
1063 Songs I will sing
1064 Of runes and rings
1065 Just hand me my harp
1066 This night turns into myth
1067 Nothing seems real
1068 You soon will feel
1069 The world we live in is another skald's
1070 Dream in the shadows
1071 Dream in the shadows
1072
1073 Do you believe there is sense in it
1074 Is it truth or myth?
1075 They´re one in my rhymes
1076 Nobody knows the meaning behind
1077 The weaver's line
1078 Well nobody else but the Norns can
1079 See through the blazing fires of time and
1080 All things will proceed as the
1081 Child of the hallowed
1082 Will speak to you now
1083
1084 See me in the shadows
1085 See me in the shadows
1086 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
1087 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
1088 Nothing seems real
1089 You soon will feel
1090 The world we live in is another skald´s
1091 Dream in the shadows
1092 Dream in the shadows
1093
1094 Do not fear for my reason
1095 There's nothing to hide
1096 How bitter your treason
1097 How bitter the lie
1098 Remember the runes and remember the light
1099 All I ever want is to be at your side
1100 We'll gladden the raven now I will
1101 Run through the blazing fires
1102 That's my choice
1103 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
1104
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1105=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
1106
1107L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
1108
1109 I was born beneath this willow,
1110 Where my sire the earth did farm
1111 Had the green grass as my pillow
1112 The east wind as a blanket warm.
1113
1114 But away! away! called the wind from the west
1115 And in answer I did run
1116 Seeking glory and adventure
1117 Promised by the rising sun.
1118
1119 I found love beneath this willow,
1120 As true a love as life could hold,
1121 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
1122 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
1123
1124 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
1125 In faithful answer I did run
1126 Marching forth for king and country
1127 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
1128
1129 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
1130 As the seven seas I plied
1131 And the girl who I left waiting
1132 Longing to be at her side.
1133
1134 But about! about! called the wind from the west
1135 As once again my ship did run
1136 Down the coast, about the wide world
1137 Flying sails in the setting sun.
1138
1139 Now I lie beneath the willow
1140 Now at last no more to roam,
1141 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
1142 In their arms I'm finally home.
1143
1144 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
1145 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
1146 Will chase the sun into the morning
1147 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
1148
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1150
1151L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
1152
1153 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1154 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1155 Well, I try my best
1156 To be just like I am
1157 But everybody wants you
1158 To be just like them
1159 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
1160 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1161
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1162=head2 v5.22.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1163
1164L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245526.html>
1165
1166 Then Little Red Riding Hood said, 'But Grandma,
1167 what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.'
1168 'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
1169 'To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
1170 'Ah well, no matter what you say,
1171 'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
1172 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1173 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1174 She aims it at the creature's head
1175 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
1176
1177 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1178 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1179 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1180 No silly hood upon her head.
1181 She said, 'Hello, and do please note
1182 'My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.'
1183
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1184=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1185
1186L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
1187
1188 As soon as Wolf began to feel
1189 That he would like a decent meal,
1190 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
1191 When Grandma opened it, she saw
1192 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
1193 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
1194 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
1195 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
1196 And she was absolutely right.
1197 He ate her up in one big bite.
1198
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1199=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
1200
1201L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
1202
1203 As one who strives a hill to climb,
1204 Who never climbed before:
1205 Who finds it, in a little time,
1206 Grow every moment less sublime,
1207 And votes the thing a bore:
1208
1209 Yet, having once begun to try,
1210 Dares not desert his quest,
1211 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
1212 On one small hut against the sky
1213 Wherein he hopes to rest:
1214
1215 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
1216 With many a puff and pant:
1217 Who still, as rises the ascent,
1218 In language grows more violent,
1219 Although in breath more scant:
1220
1221 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
1222 That crowns the upward track:
1223 And, entering with unsteady pace,
1224 Receives a buffet in the face
1225 That lands him on his back:
1226
1227 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
1228 Glide swiftly down again,
1229 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
1230 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
1231 He drops upon the plain -
1232
1233 So I, that had resolved to bring
1234 Conviction to a ghost,
1235 And found it quite a different thing
1236 From any human arguing,
1237 Yet dared not quit my post.
1238
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1239=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
1240
1241L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
1242
1243 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
1244 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
1245 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
1246 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
1247 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
1248 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
1249 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
1250 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
1251 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
1252 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
1253 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
1254 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
1255 Thither he bent his way, determined there
1256 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
1257 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
1258 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
1259 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
1260 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
1261 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
1262
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1263=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1264
1265L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
1266
1267 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
1268 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
1269 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
1270 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
1271 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
1272 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
1273 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
1274 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
1275 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
1276 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
1277 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
1278 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
1279 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
1280 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
1281 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
1282 At certain revolutions all the damned
1283 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
1284 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
1285 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
1286 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
1287 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
1288 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
1289 They ferry over this Lethean sound
1290 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
1291 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
1292 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
1293 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
1294 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
1295 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
1296 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
1297 The ford, and of itself the water flies
1298 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
1299 The lip of Tantalus.
1300
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1301=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
1302
1303L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
1304
1305 Between two dishes, equally attractive
1306 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
1307 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
1308
1309 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
1310 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
1311 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
1312
1313 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
1314 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
1315 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
1316
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1317=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
1318
1319L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
1320
1321 For better waters heading with the wind
1322 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
1323 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
1324
1325 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
1326 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
1327 To leap up into joy celestial.
1328
1329 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
1330 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
1331 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
1332
1333 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
1334 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
1335 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
1336
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1337=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
1338
1339L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
1340
1341 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
1342 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
1343 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
1344
1345 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
1346 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
1347 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
1348
1349 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
1350 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
1351 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
1352
1353 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
1354 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
1355 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
1356
1357 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
1358 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
1359 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
1360
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1361=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1362
1363L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
1364
1365A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
1366splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
1367shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
1368straight up into the air!_'
1369The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
1370experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
1371gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
1372his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
1373most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
1374storm.
1375Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
1376knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
1377heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
1378intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
1379those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
1380scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
1381set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
1382everything, regardless?
1383At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
1384voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
1385
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1386=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1387
1388L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
1389
1390This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
1391before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
1392whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
1393carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
1394merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
1395ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
1396entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
1397boisterous.
1398Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
1399not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
1400up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
1401nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
1402masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
1403the attentions of several all too merry couples.
1404Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
1405that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
1406Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
1407on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
1408raising a glass of champagne.
1409In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
1410mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
1411lonely corner.
1412He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
1413a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
1414that it was Christine and followed her.
1415'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
1416The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
1417no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
1418on in silence.
1419
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1420=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1421
1422L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
1423
1424 If the snow flies in my face,
1425 Let me shake it off me!
1426 If my heart within me speaks,
1427 I'll sing bright and gaily!
1428
1429 Will not listen what it says,
1430 Have no ears for moaning.
1431 Do not feel what it complains,--
1432 Only fools like groaning!
1433
1434 Jolly brave into the world,
1435 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
1436 If there is no God on earth,
1437 Let 's be gods down nether!
1438
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1439=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1440
1441L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
1442
1443 Why do I shun all those highways
1444 Which the other wanderer seeks?
1445 Why do I find bridged by-ways
1446 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
1447
1448 For I have no crime committed,
1449 Why I should now run from men,--
1450 What demented heart's desire
1451 Drives me to a desert glen?
1452
1453 Signposts on all highways stationed
1454 Point their signs toward the towns,
1455 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
1456 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
1457
1458 One such signpost I see planted
1459 Of my question unconcerned,
1460 One road must my choice be granted,
1461 Whence no man has yet returned!
1462
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1463=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1464
1465L<Announced on 2015-12-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233032.html>
1466
1467 How the storm tore rents
1468 In heavens gray attired!
1469 The rags of cloud are flying
1470 Around, of combat tired.
1471
1472 And flames of fire lambent,
1473 Fly between them and part,
1474 That 's what I call a morning,
1475 A morning after my heart!
1476
1477 My heart sees in the heavens
1478 Its own picture unspoilt--
1479 It's nothing but the Winter,
1480 The Winter, cold and wild.
1481
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1482=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1483
1484L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
1485
1486 The hoary frost has a white sheen
1487 Strewn all over my hair,
1488 So I thought I was an old man
1489 And thought life dealt me fair.
1490
1491 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
1492 And I have my black hair again.
1493 How I abhor my young fair years,
1494 How long to wait for death and biers?
1495
1496 From setting sun to morning's hue
1497 Many a head turns white.
1498 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
1499 In all this lifelong plight!
1500
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1501=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1502
1503L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
1504
1505 In the deepest rocky crevice
1506 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
1507 How I could find my way from here,
1508 For me it's easy memory!
1509
1510 For I am used to straying ways,
1511 Every path to th'end a way,
1512 All our joys and all our suffering,--
1513 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
1514
1515 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
1516 I quite calmly downward stroll;
1517 Every stream its sea will enter,
1518 Every suffering finds its goal!
1519
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1520=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
1521
1522L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
1523
1524“You are the advocate of the dead.”
1525
1526The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
1527that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
1528take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
1529their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
1530remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
1531figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
1532
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1533=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
1534
1535L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
1536
1537 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
1538 Among the theories scattered on the grass
1539 Take up my good intentions with the rest
1540
1541=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
1542
1543L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
1544
1545There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
1546its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
1547
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1548=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
1549
1550L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
1551
1552 They shall pass and their places be taken,
1553 The gods and the priests that are pure.
1554 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
1555 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
1556 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
1557 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
1558 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
1559 And delicate dust.
1560
1561 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
1562 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
1563 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
1564 As the serpent again to a rod.
1565 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
1566 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
1567 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
1568 Our Lady of Pain.
1569
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1570=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
1571
1572L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
1573
1574The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
1575Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
1576started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
1577crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
1578and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
1579pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
1580through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
1581claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
1582were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
1583they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
1584It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
1585obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
1586
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1587=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
1588
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1591 There is another sky,
1592 Ever serene and fair,
1593 And there is another sunshine,
1594 Though it be darkness there;
1595 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
1596 Never mind silent fields -
1597 Here is a little forest,
1598 Whose leaf is ever green;
1599 Here is a brighter garden,
1600 Where not a frost has been;
1601 In its unfading flowers
1602 I hear the bright bee hum:
1603 Prithee, my brother,
1604 Into my garden come!
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1606=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
1607
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1609
1610Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
1611Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
1612Calvin: 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?
1613Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
1614[Box]: *BOINK*
1615Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
1616Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
1617Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
1618
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1620
1621L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
1622
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1623"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
1624Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
1625we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
1626everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
1627"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
1628refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
1629"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
1630would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
1631than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
1632the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 1634=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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1635
1636L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
1637
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1638GAME CAT
1639
1640EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
1641things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
1642Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
1643lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
1644snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
1645This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
1646all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
1647Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
1648some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
1649finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
1650just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
1651Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
1652MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
1653The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
1654involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
1655and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
1656where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
1657Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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1660
1661L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
1662
1663 Het Dorp
1664
1665 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
1666 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
1667 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
1668 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
1669 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
1670 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
1671 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
1672 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
1673 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
1674 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
1675 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 1676 het vee, de boerderijen.
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1677
1678 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1679 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1680 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1681 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1682
1683 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
1684 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
1685 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
1686 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
1687 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
1688 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
1689 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
1690 ze zien de televisiequiz
1691 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
1692 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
1693 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
1694 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
1695
1696 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1697 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1698 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1699 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1700
1701 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
1702 in minirok en beatle-haar
1703 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
1704 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
1705 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
1706 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
1707 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
1708 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
1709 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
1710 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
1711 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
1712 een ansicht en herinneringen.
1713
1714 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1715 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
1716 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
1717 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
1718
2ee7da68 1719=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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1721L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
1722
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1723To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
1724of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
1725masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
1726of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
1727seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
1728joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
1729to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
1730high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
1731approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
1732ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
1733myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
1734to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
1735discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
1736canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
1737armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
1738rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
1739handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
1740stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
1741occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
1742and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
1743which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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1745=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
1746
1747L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
1748
1749 If they just went straight they might go far,
1750 They are strong and brave and true;
1751 But they're always tired of the things that are,
1752 And they want the strange and new.
1753 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
1754 What a deep mark I would make!"
1755 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
1756 Is only a fresh mistake.
1757
1758=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
1759
1760L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
1761
1762 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
1763 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
1764 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
1765 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
1766 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
1767 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
1768 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
1769 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
1770 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
1771 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
1772 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
1773 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
1774 Aldrin: 120 feet.
1775 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
1776 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
1777 Duke: 60 seconds.
1778 Aldrin: Light's on.
1779 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
1780 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
1781 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
1782 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
1783 down a half.
1784 Duke: 30 seconds.
1785 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
1786 Aldrin: Contact Light.
1787 Armstrong: Shutdown.
1788 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
1789 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
1790 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
1791 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
1792 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
1793 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
1794 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
1795 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
1796 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
1797 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
1798 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
1799 Aldrin: Thank you.
1800
1801=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
1802
1803L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
1804
1805 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
1806 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
1807 We danced among the lightning bolts,
1808 and tore the world asunder.
1809
1810 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
1811 written near the end of the previous Age,
1812 known by some as the Third Age.
1813 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
1814 Reborn.
1815
1816=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
1817
1818L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
1819
1820 Walled in fast within the earth
1821 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
1822 This must be the bell’s great birth!
1823 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
1824 Sweat must trickle now
1825 From the burning brow,
1826 Till the work its master honour.
1827 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
1828
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1829=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
1830
1831L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
1832
1833 Steady old Väinämöinen
1834 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1835 'No lilting on the waters
1836 and no singing on the waves!
1837 Song keeps you lazy
1838 tales delay rowing.
1839 Precious day would pass and night
1840 would overtake us midway
1841 on these wide waters
1842 upon these vast waves.'
1843
1844 The wanton Lemminkäinen
1845 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1846 'The time will pass anyway
1847 the fair day will flee
1848 and the night will come panting
1849 and the twilight will steal in
1850 if you don't sing while you live
1851 nor hum in this world.'
1852
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1853=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"
1854
1855L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
1856
1857'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
1858and I was reciting these lines:
1859
1860 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
1861 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
1862 I wonder at the patience that I showed
1863 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
1864 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
1865 I have remained confused in misery.
1866
1867I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
1868Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
1869walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
1870person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
1871am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
1872ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
1873asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
1874allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
1875added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
1876and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
1877idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
1878coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
1879and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
1880different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
1881without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
1882the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
1883the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
1884sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
1885gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
1886told you about this, so goodbye."
1887
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1889
1890L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
1891
1892'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
1893asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
1894and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
1895and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
1896I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
1897candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
1898were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
1899congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
1900face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
1901[...]
1902'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
1903her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
1904them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
1905ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
1906told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
1907man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
1908[...]
1909'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
1910servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
1911was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
1912four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
1913like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
1914fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
1915"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
1916was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
1917shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
1918longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
1919a bean.
1920
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1922
1923L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
1924
1925 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
1926 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
1927 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
1928 Where is the cow hidden right now?
1929
1930 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
1931 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
1932 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
1933 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
1934
1935 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
1936 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
1937 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
1938 Yeah!
1939
1940 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
1941 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
1942 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
1943 Yeah, yeah!
1944
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1945=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
1946
1947L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
1948
1949 I've seen things,
1950 I've seen them with my eyes;
1951 I've seen things,
1952 They're often in disguise.
1953
1954 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
1955 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
1956 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
1957 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
1958
1959 I've seen things,
1960 I've seen them with my eyes;
1961 I've seen things,
1962 They're often in disguise.
1963
1964 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
1965
2ee7da68 1966=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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1968L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
1969
1970 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
1971 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
1972 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
1973
1974 DON ALFONSO:
1975 Take heart, my dearest children.
1976 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
1977
1978 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
1979 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
1980
1981 FIORDILIGI:
1982 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
1983 It is disappearing already!
1984 It is no longer in sight!
1985 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
1986
1987 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
1988 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
1989
1990 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
1991 May the wind be gentle,
1992 may the sea be calm,
1993 and may the elements
1994 respond kindly
1995 to our wishes.
1996
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1998
1999L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
2000
2001 GUGLIELMO:
2002 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
2003 is reluctant to come before her.
2004
2005 FERRANDO:
2006 My trembling lip
2007 can utter no word.
2008
2009 DON ALFONSO:
2010 The hero displays his manliness
2011 in the most terrible moments.
2012
2013 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
2014 Now that we have heard the news,
2015 you have the lesser duty:
2016 Take heart, and plunge your swords
2017 into both our hearts.
2018
2019 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
2020 My idol, blame fate
2021 that I must abandon you.
2022
2023 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
2024 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
2025 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
2026 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
2027 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
2028 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
2029 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
2030
2031 ALL:
2032 Thus destiny defrauds
2033 the hopes of mortals.
2034 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
2035 who can ever love life?
2036
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2038
2039L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
2040
2041 DON ALFONSO:
2042 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
2043 my lip stammers.
2044 My voice cannot emerge,
2045 but remains in my throat.
2046 What will you do? What shall I do?
2047 Oh what a great catastrophe!
2048 There can be nothing worse.
2049 I feel pity for you and for them.
2050
2051 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
2052 die.
2053 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
2054 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
2055 love dead, perhaps?
2056 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
2057 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
2058 DORABELLA: Wounded?
2059 DON ALFONSO: No.
2060 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
2061 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
2062 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
2063 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
2064 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
2065 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
2066 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
2067 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
2068 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
2069 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
2070 you wish it, they are ready...
2071 DORABELLA: Where are they?
2072 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
2073
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2074=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
2075
2076L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
2077
2078 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
2079 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
2080 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
2081 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
2082 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
2083 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
2084
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2085=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
2086
2087L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
2088
2089 When times go bad
2090 when times go rough
2091 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
2092 And let me do my stuff
2093
2ee7da68 2094=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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2095
2096L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
2097
2098O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
2099sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
2100Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
2101than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
2102temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
2103mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
2104your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
2105draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
2106implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
2107rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
2108bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
2109Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
2110is a fool!
2111
2ee7da68 2112=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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2114L<Announced on 2014-03-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/03/msg213851.html>
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2115
2116The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
2117the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
2118withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
2119consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
2120tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
2121detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
2122by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
2123
2ee7da68 2124=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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2125
2126L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
2127
2128Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
2129rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
2130stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
2131know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
2132that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
2133chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
2134clouds thickened above them.
2135
2136"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
2137you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
2138body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
2139closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
2140hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
2141he looked Long in the face.
2142
2143"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
2144master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
2145grew fierce.
2146
2147"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
2148fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
2149truth!"
2150
2ee7da68 2151=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2152
2153L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
2154
2155“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
2156hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
2157
2158“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
2159
2160“Is there? What is the point?”
2161
2162“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
2163
2164“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
2165
2166“The trick is not to think about that.”
2167
2168“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
2169
2170Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
2171
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2172=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
2173
2174L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
2175
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2176And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
2177down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
2178the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
2179were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
2180they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
2181Europe was over.
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2183Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
2184leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
2185kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
2186horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 2187
e91f1fc1 2188Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 2189
e91f1fc1 2190One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
2cff31c9 2191
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2192=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
2193
2194L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
2195
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2196 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
2197
2198 Mr. Bun: Morning.
2199 Waitress: Morning.
2200 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
2201 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
2202 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
2203 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
2204 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
2205 egg on top and spam
2206 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
2207 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
2208 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
2209 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
2210 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
2211 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
2212 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
2213 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
2214 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
2215 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
2216
2217 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
2218
2219 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
2220 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
2221 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
2222 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
5a3c3c58 2223
40e1c3e8 2224=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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2225
2226L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
2227
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2228 I
2229
2230 A cat is strolling through my mind
2231 Acting as though he owned the place,
2232 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
2233 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
2234
2235 So tender and discreet his tone;
2236 But whether he should growl or purr
2237 His voice is always rich and deep.
2238 That is the secret of his charm.
2239
2240 This purling voice that filters down
2241 Into my darkest depths of soul
2242 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
2243 Delights me as a potion would.
2244
2245 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
2246 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
2247 Without the need for any words
2248 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
2249
2250 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
2251 Across my heart, fine instrument,
2252 And makes to sing so royally
2253 The strongest and the purest chord,
2254
2255 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
2256 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
2257 In whom all is, angelically,
2258 As subtle as harmonious.
2259
2260 II
2261
2262 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
2263 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
2264 I might have been embalmed in it
2265 By giving him one little pet.
2266
2267 He is my household's guardian soul;
2268 He judges, he presides, inspires
2269 All matters in hos royal realm;
2270 Might he be fairy? or a god?
2271
2272 When my eyes, to this cat I love
2273 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
2274 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
2275 And when I look within myself,
2276
2277 I notice with astonishment
2278 The fire of his opal eyes,
2279 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
2280 Taking my measure, steadily.
2281
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2282=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
2283
2284L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
2285
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2286There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
2287that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
2288Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
2289despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
2290loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
2291looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
2292his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
2293of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
2294heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
2295danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
2296She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
2297surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
2298and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
2299be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
2300name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
2301and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
2302him.
2303
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2304=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
2305
2306L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
2307
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2308E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
2309written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
2310betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
2311have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
2312personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
2313Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
2314For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
2315political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
2316working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
2317between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
2318however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
2319logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
2320an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
2321to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
2322outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
2323there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
2324There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
2325
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2326=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
2327
2328L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
2329
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2330The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
2331correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
2332showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
2333however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
2334magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
2335the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
2336
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2337=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2338
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2340
2341 Over hill, over dale,
2342 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
2343 Over park, over pale,
2344 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
2345 I do wander everywhere,
2346 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
2347 And I serve the fairy queen,
2348 To dew her orbs upon the green.
2349 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
2350 In their gold coats, spots you see;
2351 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
2352 In their freckles live our savours.
2353 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
2354 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
2355 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
2356 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
2357
5f42d1f2 2358=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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2359
2360L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
2361
2362 From the beginning, I knew…
2363 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
2364 …that I can't fix…
2365 …with my hands…
2366
40e1c3e8 2367=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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2368
2369L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
2370
2371 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
2372 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
2373 The shadows lengthen
2374 In Carcosa.
2375
2376 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
2377 And strange moons circle through the skies
2378 But stranger still is
2379 Lost Carcosa.
2380
2381 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
2382 Where flap the tatters of the King,
2383 Must die unheard in
2384 Dim Carcosa.
2385
2386 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
2387 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
2388 Shall dry and die in
2389 Lost Carcosa.
2390
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2391=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
2392
2393(no epigraph)
2394
40e1c3e8 2395=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2398
2399"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
2400empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
2401Yellow!"
2402
40e1c3e8 2403=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2406
2407 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
2408
2409 STRANGER: Indeed?
2410
2411 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
2412
2413 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
2414
2415 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
2416
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2417=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
2418
2419L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
2420
2421One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
2422only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
2423that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
2424about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
2425places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
2426Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
2427mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
2428every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
2429
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2430=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
2431
2432L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
2433
2434The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
2435systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
2436thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
2437operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
2438ever seen.
2439
2440An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
2441something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
2442kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
2443anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
2444disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
2445gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
2446that renders the operating system unnecessary.
2447
2448=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
2449
2450L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
2451
2452Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
2453someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
2454again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
2455and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
2456language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
2457
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2458=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
2459
2460L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
2461
2462It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
2463who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
2464walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
2465and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
2466search, in questions, in torment.
2467
2ee7da68 2468=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2471
2472Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
2473
2474=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
2475
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2477
2478 I'd love to go drowning
2479 And to stay and to stay
2480 But the ocean doesn't want me today
2481 I'll go in up to here
2482 It can't possibly hurt
2483 All they will find is my beer
2484 And my shirt
2485
2486=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
2487
2488L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
2489
2490 And the great day of wrath has come
2491 And here's mud in your big red eye
2492 The poker's in the fire
2493 And the locusts take the sky
2494 And the earth died screaming
2495 While I lay dreaming of you
2496
2497=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
2498
2499L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
2500
2501 What's he building in there?
2502
2503 We have a right to know…
2504
2ee7da68 2505=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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2506
2507L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
2508
2509It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
2510eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
2511
2ee7da68 2512=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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2515
2516The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
2517followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
2518safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
2519place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
2520would be famous for this.
2521
2522Six months passed. A year.
2523
72f869fd 2524The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 2525Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 2526powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 2527
2ee7da68 2528=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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f3d08688 2530L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/02/msg199115.html>
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2531
2532Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
2533The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
2534recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
2535his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
2536Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
2537of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
2538Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
2539of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
2540'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
2541embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
2542'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
2543in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
2544leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
2545
2546The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
2547Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
2548in the destruction of the planet Earth.
2549
2ee7da68 2550=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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2553
2554I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
2555the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
2556dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
2557between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
2558improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
2559fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
2560I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
2561them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
2562do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 2563from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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2564in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
2565perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
2566himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
2567a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
2568the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
2569world is richer for it.
2570
2ee7da68 2571=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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2574
2575No thought.
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2576
2577The boy extinguished. Only a place.
2578
2579This place.
2580
2581Motionless, 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.
2582
2583A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
2584
2585For 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.
2586
2587The 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 . . .
2588
2589And 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.
2590
2591The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
2592
2593I have been legion . . .
2594
2595In 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.
2596
2597Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 2599=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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2602
2603Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
2604of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
2605scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
2606glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
2607beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
2608much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
2609caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
2610vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
2611had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
2612
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2613=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2614
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2616
2617Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
2618behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
2619recording everything.
2620
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2621=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
2622
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2625 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
2626 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
2627 She aims it at the creature's head,
2628 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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2630 A few weeks later, in the wood,
2631 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
2632 But what a change! No cloak of red,
2633 No silly hood upon her head.
2634 She said, "Hello, and do please note
2635 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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2637=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
2638
2639L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
2640
2641Preparation:
2642
2643Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
2644or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
2645Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
2646look golden brown.
2647Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
2648ready to create the soup.
2649
2650Ingredients:
2651
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2652 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
2653 3 tbsp butter
2654 1/4 cup olive oil
2655 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
2656 1 tsp salt
2657 1 tsp sugar
2658 black pepper to taste
2659 1 cup red wine
2660 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2661 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
2662 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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2663
2664Method:
2665
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2666 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
2667 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
2668 to half an hour.
2669 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2670 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
2671 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
2672 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
2673 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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2674
2675Enjoy.
2676
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2677=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
2678
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2680
2681‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
2682
2683Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
2684their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
2685
2686The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
2687butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
2688and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
2689
2690Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
2691
2692‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
2693
2694‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
2695
2696‘What?’
2697
2698‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
2699
2700‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
2701his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
2702dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
2703quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
2704
2705‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
2706an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
2707
2708‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
2709
2710The iotum rose, spinning.
2711
2712‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
2713
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2714=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
2715
2716L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
2717
2718On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
2719taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
2720"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
2721and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
2722merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
2723subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
2724Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
2725it.
2726
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2727=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2728
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2730
2731`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
2732`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
2733hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
2734The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
2735been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
2736be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
2737to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
2738fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
2739
2740There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
2741climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
2742broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
2743implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
2744on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
2745Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
2746astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
2747for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
2748out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
2749the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
2750
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2751=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
2752
2753L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
2754
2755 A victim of collision on the open sea
2756 Nobody ever said that life was free
2757 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
2758 But use your freedom of choice
2759
2760=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
2761
2762L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
2763
2764Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
2765machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
2766trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
2767little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
2768to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
2769he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
2770the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
2771
2772The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
2773current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
2774transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
2775chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
2776adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
2777as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
2778solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
2779valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
2780the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
2781machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
2782
2ee7da68 2783=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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2786
2787 Don't you know? You never split the party
2788 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
2789 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
2790 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
2791
c33412d7 2792=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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2795
2796I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
2797Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
2798Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
2799The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
2800
2801
2802
2803I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
2804sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
2805collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
2806
2807My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
2808inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
2809swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
2810side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
2811The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
2812dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
2813
2ee7da68 2814=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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2818 All I have is a voice
2819 To undo the folded lie,
2820 The romantic lie in the brain
2821 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
2822 And the lie of Authority
2823 Whose buildings grope the sky:
2824 There is no such thing as the State
2825 And no one exists alone;
2826 Hunger allows no choice
2827 To the citizen or the police;
2828 We must love one another or die.
2829
2ee7da68 2830=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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2834 How many roads must a man walk down
2835 Before you call him a man?
2836 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
2837 Before she sleeps in the sand?
2838 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
2839 Before they're forever banned?
2840 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2841 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2842
2843 How many years can a mountain exist
2844 Before it's washed to the sea?
2845 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
2846 Before they're allowed to be free?
2847 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
2848 Pretending he just doesn't see?
2849 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2850 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2851
2852 How many times must a man look up
2853 Before he can see the sky?
2854 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
2855 Before he can hear people cry?
2856 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
2857 That too many people have died?
2858 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2859 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 2861=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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2864
2865 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2866 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
2867 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2868 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
2869 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
2870
2871Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
2872age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
2873older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
2874debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
2875girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
2876A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
2877Top for more than one week.
2878
2879Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
2880lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
2881buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
2882into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
2883meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
2884soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
2885single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
2886
2887 "I'm never going to give you up"
2888
2ee7da68 2889=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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2892
2893"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
2894
2895He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
2896notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
2897which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
2898OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
2899ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
2900
2901There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
2902busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
2903out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
2904mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
2905and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
2906with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
2907bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
2908chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
2909excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
2910down cheering and applauding.
2911
2912"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
2913
2ee7da68 2914=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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2917
2918Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
2919into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
2920beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
2921winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
2922wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
2923over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
2924
2925But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
2926gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
2927villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
2928journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
2929domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
2930with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
2931by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
2932Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
2933
2ee7da68 2934=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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2937
2938This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
2939been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
2940confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
2941how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
2942could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
2943putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
2944I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
2945before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
2946think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
2947all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
2948off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
2949was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
2950The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
2951endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
2952benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
2953boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
2954lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
2955Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
2956resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
2957Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
2958you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
2959
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2960=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
2961
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2963
2964A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
2965don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
2966without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
2967the human experience, the better design we will have.
2968
2ee7da68 2969=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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2973All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
2974the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
2975do so at their peril.
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2977It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
2978Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
2979work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
2980artist is in accord with himself.
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2982We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
2983he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
2984thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 2985
4ed12d4a 2986All art is quite useless.
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2ee7da68 2988=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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2992 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
2993 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
2994 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
2995 things the significance of a human future;
2996 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
2997 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
2998 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
2999 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
3000 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
3001 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
3002 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
3003 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
3004 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
3005 hurtles all ages along with it forever
3006 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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3009
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3011
3012Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
3013fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
3014winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
3015down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
3016being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
3017extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
3018but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
3019
3020Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
3021that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
3022around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
3023fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
3024the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
3025closed system.
3026
3027Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
3028the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
3029/be/ them.'
3030
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3031=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
3032
3033L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
3034
4ed12d4a 3035If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 3036
c682aa67 3037=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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3041He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
3042mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
3043encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
3044
3045'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
3046Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
3047finished its run. It was due about now.'
3048
3049Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
3050see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
3051
3052'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
3053is always a last time for everything.)
3054
3055Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
3056
3057=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
3058
3059L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
3060
3061 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
3062 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
3063 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
3064 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
3065 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
3066 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
3067 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
3068 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
3069 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
3070 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
3071 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
3072 eaten them, but not for love.
3073
3074=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 >>
3075
3076L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
3077
3078It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
3079do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
3080they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
3081catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
3082awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
3083inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
3084
3085So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
3086mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
3087the heart of the programmer.
b3c5102d 3088
c684cf36 3089=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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3090
3091L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
3092
3093At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
3094my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
3095the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
3096since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
3097already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
3098to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
3099the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
3100can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
3101unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
3102
c684cf36 3103=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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3104
3105L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
3106
3107At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
3108myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
3109impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
3110"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
3111gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
3112or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
3113
3114I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
3115computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
3116ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
3117would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
3118my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
3119away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
3120won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
3121
3122So a freely distributable program is born.
3123
3124=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
3125
3126L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
3127
3128This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
3129continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
3130aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
3131and your bags will be offloaded.
3132
2ee7da68 3133=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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3134
3135L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
3136
3137Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
3138of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
3139by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
3140sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
3141swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
3142down their paved streets.
3143
3144Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
3145obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
3146company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
3147the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
3148govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
3149the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
3150
3151=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
3152
3153L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
3154
3155But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
3156my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
3157reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
3158wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
3159Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
3160the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 3161This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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3162just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
3163this had never reached me.
3164
2ee7da68 3165=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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3168
3169 When the full-grown poet came,
3170 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
3171 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
3172 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
3173 Nay he is mine alone;
3174 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
3175 by the hand;
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3176 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
3177 holding hands,
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3178 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
3179 And wholly and joyously blends them.
3180
2ee7da68 3181=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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fbc70a9e 3183L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/02/msg169340.html>
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3185 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
3186 nema ráða vel kunni.
3187 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
3188 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
3189 Sák á telgðu talkni
3190 tíu launstafi ristna.
3191 Þat hefr lauka lindi
3192 langs ofrtrega fengit.
30688243 3193
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3194=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
3195
3196L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
3197
3198In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
3199granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
3200do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
3201that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
3202generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
3203endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
3204that fire can truly light the world.
3205
3206And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
3207ask what you can do for your country.
3208
3209My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
3210but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
3211
3212Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
3213ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
3214we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
3215the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
3216asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
3217work must truly be our own.
3218
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3219=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
3220
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3221L<Announced on 2010-12-19 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/12/msg167271.html>
3222
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3223The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
3224to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
3225between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
3226cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
3227areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
3228be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
3229As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
3230the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
3231instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
3232interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
3233also be automated.
3234
3235Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
3236if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
3237were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
3238and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
3239indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
3240techniques like X-ray crystallography.
3241
2ee7da68 3242=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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3244L<Announced on 2010-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/11/msg166162.html>
3245
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3246[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
3247
5814c912 3248 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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3249
3250[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
3251
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3252 Trinity: What did you just say?
3253 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
3254 Trinity: What did you see?
3255 Cypher: What happened?
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3256 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
3257 like it.
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3258 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
3259 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
3260 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
3261 Neo: What is it?
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3262 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
3263 they change something.
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3265=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
3266
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3267L<Announced on 2010-10-20 by Tatsuhiko Miyagawa|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/10/msg165183.html>
3268
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3269The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
3270he storm vanishes.
3271
3272"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
3273fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
3274to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
3275me?"
3276
3277I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
3278like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
3279
3280"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
3281as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
3282on my heart.
3283
3284(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
3285
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3286=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
3287
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3288L<Announced on 2010-09-19 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg164238.html>
3289
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3290Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
3291air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
3292the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
3293faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
3294of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
3295the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
3296deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
3297fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
3298stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
3299revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
3300
3301For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
3302courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
3303the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
3304jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
3305were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
3306there, a glimmer of moonshine.
3307
3308Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
3309rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
3310grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
3311park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
806849f8 3312described.
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3314=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3315
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3317
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3318`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
3319`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
3320it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
3321she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
3322
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3323 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
3324 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
3325 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
3326 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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3327
3328
3329`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
3330
3331`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
3332nonsense.'
3333
3334Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
3335anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
3336
3337`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
3338
3339`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
3340
3341`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
3342with his nose, you know?'
3343
3344`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
3345the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
3346
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3347=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
3348
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3349L<Announced on 2010-07-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/07/msg162230.html>
3350
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3351Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
3352Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
3353notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
3354for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
3355sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
3356
3357Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
3358dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
3359Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
3360motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
3361Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
3362that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
3363had ever even been a car.
3364
3365There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
3366been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
3367this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
3368flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
3369re-entry.
3370
3371There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
3372metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
3373somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
3374make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
3375
3376It should have fallen apart miles back.
3377
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3378=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
3379
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3381
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3382We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
3383the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
3384in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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3385there exist ... special circumstances.
3386
3387=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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3389L<Announced on 2010-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/05/msg160275.html>
3390
d069c093
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3391And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
3392bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
3393yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
3394with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
3395if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
3396bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
3397quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
3398
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3399=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
3400
3401L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
3402
3403The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
3404involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
3405when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
3406streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
3407road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
3408seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
3409smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
3410
3411"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
3412volcano were once more to set to work."
3413
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3414=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
3415
3416L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
3417
3418 Music oft hath such a charm
3419 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
3420
3421=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
3422
3423L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
3424
3425 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
3426 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
3427 When breakfast is taken away,
3428 To turn his attention to dinner;
3429 And it's not in the range of belief,
3430 To look upon him as a glutton,
3431 Who, when he is tired of beef,
3432 Determines to tackle the mutton.
3433 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
3434 If it will appease her sorrow,
3435 I'll marry this lady today,
3436 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
3437
3438=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
3439
3440L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
3441
3442 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
3443 Tolerates no work of man.
3444 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
3445 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
3446 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
3447 While the last larks sing and soar,
3448 From the heather-blossoms sweet
3449 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
3450 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
3451 Eleanor makes macaroons!
3452
3453=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
3454
3455L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
3456
3457 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
3458 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
3459 Lobster I freely endorse,
3460 In pate or patty or pasty.
3461 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
3462 And nothing the matter with jam,
3463 And the warmest greetings I utter
3464 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
3465 For they're food,
3466 All food,
3467 And I think very fondly of food.
3468 Through I'm broody at times
3469 When bothered by rhymes,
3470 I brood
3471 On food.
3472
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3473=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
3474
3475L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
3476
3477 I saw a huge steam roller,
3478 It blotted out the sun.
3479 The people all lay down, lay down;
3480 They did not try to run.
3481 My love and I, we looked amazed
3482 Upon the gory mystery.
3483 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
3484 'The great machine is history!'
3485 My love and I, we ran away,
3486 The engine did not find us.
3487 We ran up to a mountain top,
3488 Left history far behind us.
3489 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
3490 But somehow we don't think so.
3491 We went to see where history'd been,
3492 And my, the dead did stink so.
3493
3494=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3495
3496L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
3497
3498CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
3499she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
3500seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
3501
3502What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
3503of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
3504has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
3505will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
3506only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
3507lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
3508design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
3509periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
3510
3511=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3512
3513L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
3514
3515The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
3516from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
3517view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
3518Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
3519once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
3520endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
3521a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
3522will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
3523of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
3524Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
3525still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
3526
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3527=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3528
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3530
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3531"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
3532many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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3533Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
3534what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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3535Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
3536had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
3537...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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3538"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
3539hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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3540degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
3541and-thirty degrees."
3542
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3544
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3547San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
3548the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
3549hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
3550of the Free World."
3551
3552Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
3553level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
3554harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
3555exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
3556
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3557=head2 v5.12.1-RC1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3558
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3561Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
3562the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
3563just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
3564a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
3565it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
3566of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
3567common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
3568bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
3569
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3570 Around and around and around we spin,
3571 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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3573=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3574
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3577'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
3578not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
3579your cat grins like that?'
3580
3581'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
3582
3583She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
3584jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
3585and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
3586
3587'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
3588that cats COULD grin.'
3589
3590'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
3591
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3592=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3593
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3595
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3596'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
3597have got altered.'
3598
3599'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
3600there was silence for some minutes.
3601
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3602=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3603
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3606'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
3607always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
3608rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
3609yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
3610can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
3611kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
3612
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3613=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3614
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3615L<Announced on 2010-04-02 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg158346.html>
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3617At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
3618called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
3619dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
3620in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
3621sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
3622
3623'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
3624is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
3625the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
3626to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
3627accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 3628Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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3638So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
3639hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
3640making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
3641picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
3642close by her.
3643
3644There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
3645VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
3646dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
3647occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
3648it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
3649OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
3650Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
3651never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
3652take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
3653after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
3654rabbit-hole under the hedge.
3655
3656In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
3657in the world she was to get out again.
3658
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3e340399 3663=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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3667 A little child, a limber elf,
3668 Singing, dancing to itself,
3669 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
3670 That always finds, and never seeks,
3671 Makes such a vision to the sight
3672 As fills a father's eyes with light;
3673 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
3674 Upon his heart, that he at last
3675 Must needs express his love's excess
3676 With words of unmeant bitterness.
3677 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
3678 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
3679 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
3680 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
3681 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
3682 At each wild word to feel within
3683 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
3684 And what, if in a world of sin
3685 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
3686 Such giddiness of heart and brain
3687 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
3688 So talks as it's most used to do.
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3690=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
3691
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3694And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
3695into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
3696mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
3697question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
3698hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
3699louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
3700who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
3701worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
3702done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
3703
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3704=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
3705
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3707
4363636d 3708"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 3709course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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3710
3711Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
3712
3713"Why ain't that work?"
3714
3715Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
3716is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
3717
3718"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
3719
3720The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
3721to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
3722
3723That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
3724swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
3725-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
3726watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
3727absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
3728
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3729=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
3730
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3733The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
3734at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
3735streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
3736the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
3737live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
3738colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
3739as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
3740wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
3741prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
3742however much they're into colour.
3743
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3744=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
3745
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3748Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
3749and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
3750word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
3751disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
3752everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
3753on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
3754that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
3755glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 3756war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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3757presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
3758for more hazardous assignment.
3759
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3760=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
3761
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3764Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
3765streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
3766trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
3767to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
3768about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
3769of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
3770facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
3771explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
3772Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
3773people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
3774work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
3775their art.
3776
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3777=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3778
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3781'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
3782the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
3783Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
3784Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
3785responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
3786Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
3787Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
3788Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
3789Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
3790Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
3791
3792'Can they all type?' I joked.
3793
3794'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
3795McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
3796
3797I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
3798'We could have opened an agency.'
3799
3800Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
3801Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
3802amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
3803all say that, do they?' I ventured.
3804
3805Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
3806replied. 'Not quite all.'
3807
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3819
3820He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
3821he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
3822out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
3823noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
3824must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
3825number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
3826did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
3827
3828=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3829
3830L<Announced on 2007-11-25 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130978.html>
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3832=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
3833
3834L<Announced on 2007-11-17 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130653.html>
3835
3836=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
3837
3838L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
3839available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
3840
3841=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
3842
3843L<Announced on 2006-08-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/08/msg115782.html>
3844
3845=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
3846
3847L<Announced on 2006-01-28 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/01/msg109086.html>
3848
3849=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
3850
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3852
3853This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
3854gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
3855technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
3856about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
3857bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
3858paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
3859in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
3860electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
3861picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
3862to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
3863technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
3864getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
3865sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
3866it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
3867conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
3868
3869"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
3870that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
3871`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
3872
3873"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
3874one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
3875flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
3876everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
3877make you flip?
3878
3879=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
3880
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3882
3883Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
3884
3885=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
3886
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3888
3889What of October, that ambiguous month
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3891=head2 v5.8.9 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3892
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3895Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
3896proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
3897the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
3898anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
3899how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
3900
3901'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
3902
3903This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
3904that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
3905
3906'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
3907expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
3908anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
3909sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
3910
3911This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
3912basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
3913policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
3914disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
3915the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and