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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
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22L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
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24After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
25me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
26Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
27adventure.
28
29I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
30only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
31lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
32sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
33lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
34hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
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36Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
37no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
38loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
39control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
40It took me two weeks to figure it out.
41
42The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
43register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
44an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
45index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
46would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
47the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
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49Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
50to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
51instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
52additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
53instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
54ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
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56The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
57lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
58was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
59all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
60
61He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
62largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
63datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
64overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
65the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
66the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
67program went happily on its way.
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69=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
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71L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
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73Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
74first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
75or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
76Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
77when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
78when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
79difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
80keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
81strong men.
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83=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
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85L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
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87 Little of of all we value here
88 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
89 Without both feeling and looking queer.
90 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
91 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
92 (This is a moral that runs at large;
93 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
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95=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
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99 Would you believe in a night like this
100 A night like this, when visions come true
101 Would you believe in a tale like this
102 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
103 Come to the blazing fire and
104
105 See me in the shadows
106 See me in the shadows
107 Songs I will sing
108 Of runes and rings
109 Just hand me my harp
110 This night turns into myth
111 Nothing seems real
112 You soon will feel
113 The world we live in is another skald's
114 Dream in the shadows
115 Dream in the shadows
116
117 Do you believe there is sense in it
118 Is it truth or myth?
119 They´re one in my rhymes
120 Nobody knows the meaning behind
121 The weaver's line
122 Well nobody else but the Norns can
123 See through the blazing fires of time and
124 All things will proceed as the
125 Child of the hallowed
126 Will speak to you now
127
128 See me in the shadows
129 See me in the shadows
130 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
131 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
132 Nothing seems real
133 You soon will feel
134 The world we live in is another skald´s
135 Dream in the shadows
136 Dream in the shadows
137
138 Do not fear for my reason
139 There's nothing to hide
140 How bitter your treason
141 How bitter the lie
142 Remember the runes and remember the light
143 All I ever want is to be at your side
144 We'll gladden the raven now I will
145 Run through the blazing fires
146 That's my choice
147 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
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149=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
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151L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
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153 I was born beneath this willow,
154 Where my sire the earth did farm
155 Had the green grass as my pillow
156 The east wind as a blanket warm.
157
158 But away! away! called the wind from the west
159 And in answer I did run
160 Seeking glory and adventure
161 Promised by the rising sun.
162
163 I found love beneath this willow,
164 As true a love as life could hold,
165 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
166 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
167
168 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
169 In faithful answer I did run
170 Marching forth for king and country
171 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
172
173 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
174 As the seven seas I plied
175 And the girl who I left waiting
176 Longing to be at her side.
177
178 But about! about! called the wind from the west
179 As once again my ship did run
180 Down the coast, about the wide world
181 Flying sails in the setting sun.
182
183 Now I lie beneath the willow
184 Now at last no more to roam,
185 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
186 In their arms I'm finally home.
187
188 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
189 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
190 Will chase the sun into the morning
191 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
192
193=head2 v5.23.0 - Bob Dylan, Maggie's Farm
194
195L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
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197 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
198 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
199 Well, I try my best
200 To be just like I am
201 But everybody wants you
202 To be just like them
203 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
204 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
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206=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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208L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
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210 The hoary frost has a white sheen
211 Strewn all over my hair,
212 So I thought I was an old man
213 And thought life dealt me fair.
214
215 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
216 And I have my black hair again.
217 How I abhor my young fair years,
218 How long to wait for death and biers?
219
220 From setting sun to morning's hue
221 Many a head turns white.
222 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
223 In all this lifelong plight!
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225=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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227L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
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229 In the deepest rocky crevice
230 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
231 How I could find my way from here,
232 For me it's easy memory!
233
234 For I am used to straying ways,
235 Every path to th'end a way,
236 All our joys and all our suffering,--
237 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
238
239 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
240 I quite calmly downward stroll;
241 Every stream its sea will enter,
242 Every suffering finds its goal!
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244=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
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246L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
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248“You are the advocate of the dead.”
249
250The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
251that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
252take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
253their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
254remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
255figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
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257=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
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259L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
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261 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
262 Among the theories scattered on the grass
263 Take up my good intentions with the rest
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265=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
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267L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
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269There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
270its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
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272=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
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274L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
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276 They shall pass and their places be taken,
277 The gods and the priests that are pure.
278 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
279 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
280 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
281 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
282 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
283 And delicate dust.
284
285 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
286 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
287 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
288 As the serpent again to a rod.
289 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
290 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
291 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
292 Our Lady of Pain.
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294=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
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296L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
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298The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
299Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
300started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
301crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
302and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
303pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
304through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
305claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
306were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
307they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
308It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
309obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
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311=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
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315 There is another sky,
316 Ever serene and fair,
317 And there is another sunshine,
318 Though it be darkness there;
319 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
320 Never mind silent fields -
321 Here is a little forest,
322 Whose leaf is ever green;
323 Here is a brighter garden,
324 Where not a frost has been;
325 In its unfading flowers
326 I hear the bright bee hum:
327 Prithee, my brother,
328 Into my garden come!
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330=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
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334Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
335Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
336Calvin: 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?
337Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
338[Box]: *BOINK*
339Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
340Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
341Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
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2ee7da68 343=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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345L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
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347"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
348Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
349we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
350everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
351"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
352refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
353"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
354would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
355than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
356the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 358=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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360L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
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362GAME CAT
363
364EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
365things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
366Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
367lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
368snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
369This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
370all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
371Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
372some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
373finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
374just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
375Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
376MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
377The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
378involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
379and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
380where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
381Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 383=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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387 Het Dorp
388
389 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
390 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
391 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
392 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
393 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
394 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
395 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
396 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
397 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
398 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
399 een zandweg tussen koren door,
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402 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
403 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
404 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 405 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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407 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
408 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
409 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
410 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
411 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
412 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
413 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
414 ze zien de televisiequiz
415 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
416 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
417 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
418 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
419
420 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
421 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
422 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 423 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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425 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
426 in minirok en beatle-haar
427 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
428 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
429 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
430 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
431 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
432 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
433 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
434 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
435 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
436 een ansicht en herinneringen.
437
438 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
439 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
440 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
441 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
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2ee7da68 443=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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447To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
448of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
449masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
450of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
451seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
452joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
453to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
454high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
455approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
456ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
457myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
458to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
459discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
460canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
461armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
462rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
463handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
464stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
465occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
466and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
467which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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469=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
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471L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
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473 If they just went straight they might go far,
474 They are strong and brave and true;
475 But they're always tired of the things that are,
476 And they want the strange and new.
477 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
478 What a deep mark I would make!"
479 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
480 Is only a fresh mistake.
481
482=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
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486 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
487 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
488 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
489 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
490 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
491 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
492 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
493 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
494 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
495 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
496 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
497 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
498 Aldrin: 120 feet.
499 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
500 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
501 Duke: 60 seconds.
502 Aldrin: Light's on.
503 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
504 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
505 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
506 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
507 down a half.
508 Duke: 30 seconds.
509 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
510 Aldrin: Contact Light.
511 Armstrong: Shutdown.
512 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
513 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
514 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
515 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
516 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
517 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
518 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
519 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
520 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
521 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
522 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
523 Aldrin: Thank you.
524
525=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
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527L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
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529 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
530 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
531 We danced among the lightning bolts,
532 and tore the world asunder.
533
534 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
535 written near the end of the previous Age,
536 known by some as the Third Age.
537 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
538 Reborn.
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540=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
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544 Walled in fast within the earth
545 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
546 This must be the bell’s great birth!
547 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
548 Sweat must trickle now
549 From the burning brow,
550 Till the work its master honour.
551 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
552
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553=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
554
555L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
556
557 Steady old Väinämöinen
558 uttered a word and spoke thus:
559 'No lilting on the waters
560 and no singing on the waves!
561 Song keeps you lazy
562 tales delay rowing.
563 Precious day would pass and night
564 would overtake us midway
565 on these wide waters
566 upon these vast waves.'
567
568 The wanton Lemminkäinen
569 uttered a word and spoke thus:
570 'The time will pass anyway
571 the fair day will flee
572 and the night will come panting
573 and the twilight will steal in
574 if you don't sing while you live
575 nor hum in this world.'
576
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577=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"
578
579L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
580
581'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
582and I was reciting these lines:
583
584 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
585 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
586 I wonder at the patience that I showed
587 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
588 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
589 I have remained confused in misery.
590
591I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
592Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
593walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
594person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
595am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
596ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
597asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
598allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
599added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
600and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
601idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
602coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
603and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
604different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
605without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
606the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
607the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
608sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
609gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
610told you about this, so goodbye."
611
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612=head2 v5.20.3-RC1 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
613
614L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
615
616'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
617asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
618and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
619and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
620I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
621candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
622were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
623congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
624face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
625[...]
626'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
627her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
628them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
629ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
630told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
631man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
632[...]
633'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
634servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
635was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
636four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
637like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
638fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
639"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
640was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
641shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
642longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
643a bean.
644
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645=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
646
647L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
648
649 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
650 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
651 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
652 Where is the cow hidden right now?
653
654 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
655 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
656 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
657 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
658
659 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
660 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
661 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
662 Yeah!
663
664 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
665 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
666 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
667 Yeah, yeah!
668
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669=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
670
671L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
672
673 I've seen things,
674 I've seen them with my eyes;
675 I've seen things,
676 They're often in disguise.
677
678 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
679 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
680 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
681 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
682
683 I've seen things,
684 I've seen them with my eyes;
685 I've seen things,
686 They're often in disguise.
687
688 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
689
2ee7da68 690=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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692L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
693
694 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
695 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
696 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
697
698 DON ALFONSO:
699 Take heart, my dearest children.
700 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
701
702 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
703 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
704
705 FIORDILIGI:
706 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
707 It is disappearing already!
708 It is no longer in sight!
709 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
710
711 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
712 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
713
714 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
715 May the wind be gentle,
716 may the sea be calm,
717 and may the elements
718 respond kindly
719 to our wishes.
720
2ee7da68 721=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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723L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
724
725 GUGLIELMO:
726 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
727 is reluctant to come before her.
728
729 FERRANDO:
730 My trembling lip
731 can utter no word.
732
733 DON ALFONSO:
734 The hero displays his manliness
735 in the most terrible moments.
736
737 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
738 Now that we have heard the news,
739 you have the lesser duty:
740 Take heart, and plunge your swords
741 into both our hearts.
742
743 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
744 My idol, blame fate
745 that I must abandon you.
746
747 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
748 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
749 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
750 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
751 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
752 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
753 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
754
755 ALL:
756 Thus destiny defrauds
757 the hopes of mortals.
758 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
759 who can ever love life?
760
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762
763L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
764
765 DON ALFONSO:
766 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
767 my lip stammers.
768 My voice cannot emerge,
769 but remains in my throat.
770 What will you do? What shall I do?
771 Oh what a great catastrophe!
772 There can be nothing worse.
773 I feel pity for you and for them.
774
775 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
776 die.
777 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
778 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
779 love dead, perhaps?
780 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
781 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
782 DORABELLA: Wounded?
783 DON ALFONSO: No.
784 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
785 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
786 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
787 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
788 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
789 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
790 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
791 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
792 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
793 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
794 you wish it, they are ready...
795 DORABELLA: Where are they?
796 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
797
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798=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
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800L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
801
802 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
803 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
804 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
805 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
806 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
807 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
808
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809=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
810
811L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
812
813 When times go bad
814 when times go rough
815 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
816 And let me do my stuff
817
2ee7da68 818=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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820L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
821
822O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
823sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
824Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
825than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
826temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
827mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
828your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
829draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
830implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
831rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
832bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
833Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
834is a fool!
835
2ee7da68 836=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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839
840The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
841the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
842withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
843consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
844tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
845detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
846by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
847
2ee7da68 848=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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850L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
851
852Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
853rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
854stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
855know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
856that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
857chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
858clouds thickened above them.
859
860"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
861you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
862body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
863closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
864hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
865he looked Long in the face.
866
867"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
868master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
869grew fierce.
870
871"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
872fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
873truth!"
874
2ee7da68 875=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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877L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
878
879“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
880hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
881
882“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
883
884“Is there? What is the point?”
885
886“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
887
888“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
889
890“The trick is not to think about that.”
891
892“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
893
894Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
895
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896=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
897
898L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
899
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900And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
901down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
902the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
903were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
904they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
905Europe was over.
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907Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
908leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
909kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
910horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 911
e91f1fc1 912Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 913
e91f1fc1 914One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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916=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
917
918L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
919
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920 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
921
922 Mr. Bun: Morning.
923 Waitress: Morning.
924 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
925 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
926 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
927 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
928 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
929 egg on top and spam
930 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
931 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
932 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
933 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
934 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
935 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
936 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
937 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
938 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
939 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
940
941 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
942
943 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
944 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
945 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
946 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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950L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
951
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952 I
953
954 A cat is strolling through my mind
955 Acting as though he owned the place,
956 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
957 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
958
959 So tender and discreet his tone;
960 But whether he should growl or purr
961 His voice is always rich and deep.
962 That is the secret of his charm.
963
964 This purling voice that filters down
965 Into my darkest depths of soul
966 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
967 Delights me as a potion would.
968
969 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
970 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
971 Without the need for any words
972 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
973
974 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
975 Across my heart, fine instrument,
976 And makes to sing so royally
977 The strongest and the purest chord,
978
979 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
980 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
981 In whom all is, angelically,
982 As subtle as harmonious.
983
984 II
985
986 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
987 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
988 I might have been embalmed in it
989 By giving him one little pet.
990
991 He is my household's guardian soul;
992 He judges, he presides, inspires
993 All matters in hos royal realm;
994 Might he be fairy? or a god?
995
996 When my eyes, to this cat I love
997 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
998 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
999 And when I look within myself,
1000
1001 I notice with astonishment
1002 The fire of his opal eyes,
1003 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
1004 Taking my measure, steadily.
1005
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1006=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
1007
1008L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
1009
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1010There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
1011that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
1012Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
1013despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
1014loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
1015looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
1016his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
1017of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
1018heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
1019danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
1020She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
1021surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
1022and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
1023be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
1024name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
1025and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
1026him.
1027
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1028=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
1029
1030L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
1031
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1032E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
1033written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
1034betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
1035have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
1036personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
1037Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
1038For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
1039political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
1040working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
1041between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
1042however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
1043logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
1044an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
1045to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
1046outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
1047there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
1048There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
1049
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1050=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
1051
1052L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
1053
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1054The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
1055correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
1056showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
1057however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
1058magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
1059the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
1060
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1061=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1062
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1064
1065 Over hill, over dale,
1066 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
1067 Over park, over pale,
1068 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
1069 I do wander everywhere,
1070 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
1071 And I serve the fairy queen,
1072 To dew her orbs upon the green.
1073 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
1074 In their gold coats, spots you see;
1075 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
1076 In their freckles live our savours.
1077 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
1078 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
1079 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
1080 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
1081
5f42d1f2 1082=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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1085
1086 From the beginning, I knew…
1087 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
1088 …that I can't fix…
1089 …with my hands…
1090
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1094
1095 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
1096 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
1097 The shadows lengthen
1098 In Carcosa.
1099
1100 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
1101 And strange moons circle through the skies
1102 But stranger still is
1103 Lost Carcosa.
1104
1105 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
1106 Where flap the tatters of the King,
1107 Must die unheard in
1108 Dim Carcosa.
1109
1110 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
1111 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
1112 Shall dry and die in
1113 Lost Carcosa.
1114
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1116
1117(no epigraph)
1118
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1122
1123"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
1124empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
1125Yellow!"
1126
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1130
1131 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
1132
1133 STRANGER: Indeed?
1134
1135 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
1136
1137 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
1138
1139 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
1140
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1141=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
1142
1143L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
1144
1145One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
1146only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
1147that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
1148about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
1149places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
1150Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
1151mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
1152every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
1153
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1155
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1157
1158The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
1159systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
1160thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
1161operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
1162ever seen.
1163
1164An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
1165something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
1166kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
1167anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
1168disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
1169gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
1170that renders the operating system unnecessary.
1171
1172=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
1173
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1175
1176Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
1177someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
1178again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
1179and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
1180language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
1181
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1183
1184L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
1185
1186It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
1187who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
1188walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
1189and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
1190search, in questions, in torment.
1191
2ee7da68 1192=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1195
1196Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
1197
1198=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
1199
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1201
1202 I'd love to go drowning
1203 And to stay and to stay
1204 But the ocean doesn't want me today
1205 I'll go in up to here
1206 It can't possibly hurt
1207 All they will find is my beer
1208 And my shirt
1209
1210=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
1211
1212L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
1213
1214 And the great day of wrath has come
1215 And here's mud in your big red eye
1216 The poker's in the fire
1217 And the locusts take the sky
1218 And the earth died screaming
1219 While I lay dreaming of you
1220
1221=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
1222
1223L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
1224
1225 What's he building in there?
1226
1227 We have a right to know…
1228
2ee7da68 1229=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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1232
1233It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
1234eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
1235
2ee7da68 1236=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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1239
1240The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
1241followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
1242safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
1243place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
1244would be famous for this.
1245
1246Six months passed. A year.
1247
72f869fd 1248The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 1249Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 1250powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 1251
2ee7da68 1252=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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1255
1256Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
1257The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
1258recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
1259his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
1260Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
1261of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
1262Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
1263of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
1264'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
1265embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
1266'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
1267in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
1268leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
1269
1270The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
1271Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
1272in the destruction of the planet Earth.
1273
2ee7da68 1274=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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1277
1278I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
1279the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
1280dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
1281between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
1282improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
1283fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
1284I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
1285them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
1286do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 1287from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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1288in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
1289perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
1290himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
1291a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
1292the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
1293world is richer for it.
1294
2ee7da68 1295=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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1298
1299No thought.
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1301The boy extinguished. Only a place.
1302
1303This place.
1304
1305Motionless, 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.
1306
1307A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
1308
1309For 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.
1310
1311The 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 . . .
1312
1313And 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.
1314
1315The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
1316
1317I have been legion . . .
1318
1319In 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.
1320
1321Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 1323=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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1326
1327Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
1328of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
1329scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
1330glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
1331beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
1332much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
1333caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
1334vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
1335had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
1336
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1337=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
1338
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1340
1341Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
1342behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
1343recording everything.
1344
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1345=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1346
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1349 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1350 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1351 She aims it at the creature's head,
1352 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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1354 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1355 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1356 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1357 No silly hood upon her head.
1358 She said, "Hello, and do please note
1359 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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1361=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
1362
1363L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
1364
1365Preparation:
1366
1367Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
1368or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
1369Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
1370look golden brown.
1371Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
1372ready to create the soup.
1373
1374Ingredients:
1375
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1376 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
1377 3 tbsp butter
1378 1/4 cup olive oil
1379 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
1380 1 tsp salt
1381 1 tsp sugar
1382 black pepper to taste
1383 1 cup red wine
1384 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1385 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
1386 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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1388Method:
1389
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1390 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
1391 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
1392 to half an hour.
1393 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
1394 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
1395 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
1396 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
1397 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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1399Enjoy.
1400
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1401=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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1404
1405‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
1406
1407Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
1408their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
1409
1410The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
1411butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
1412and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
1413
1414Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
1415
1416‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
1417
1418‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
1419
1420‘What?’
1421
1422‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
1423
1424‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
1425his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
1426dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
1427quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
1428
1429‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
1430an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
1431
1432‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
1433
1434The iotum rose, spinning.
1435
1436‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
1437
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1438=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
1439
1440L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
1441
1442On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
1443taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
1444"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
1445and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
1446merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
1447subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
1448Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
1449it.
1450
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1451=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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1454
1455`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
1456`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
1457hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
1458The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
1459been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
1460be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
1461to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
1462fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
1463
1464There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
1465climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
1466broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
1467implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
1468on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
1469Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
1470astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
1471for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
1472out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
1473the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
1474
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1475=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
1476
1477L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
1478
1479 A victim of collision on the open sea
1480 Nobody ever said that life was free
1481 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
1482 But use your freedom of choice
1483
1484=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
1485
1486L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
1487
1488Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
1489machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
1490trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
1491little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
1492to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
1493he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
1494the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
1495
1496The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
1497current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
1498transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
1499chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
1500adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
1501as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
1502solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
1503valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
1504the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
1505machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
1506
2ee7da68 1507=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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1510
1511 Don't you know? You never split the party
1512 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
1513 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
1514 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
1515
c33412d7 1516=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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1519
1520I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
1521Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
1522Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
1523The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
1524
1525
1526
1527I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
1528sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
1529collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
1530
1531My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
1532inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
1533swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
1534side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
1535The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
1536dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
1537
2ee7da68 1538=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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1542 All I have is a voice
1543 To undo the folded lie,
1544 The romantic lie in the brain
1545 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
1546 And the lie of Authority
1547 Whose buildings grope the sky:
1548 There is no such thing as the State
1549 And no one exists alone;
1550 Hunger allows no choice
1551 To the citizen or the police;
1552 We must love one another or die.
1553
2ee7da68 1554=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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1558 How many roads must a man walk down
1559 Before you call him a man?
1560 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
1561 Before she sleeps in the sand?
1562 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
1563 Before they're forever banned?
1564 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1565 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1566
1567 How many years can a mountain exist
1568 Before it's washed to the sea?
1569 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
1570 Before they're allowed to be free?
1571 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
1572 Pretending he just doesn't see?
1573 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1574 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1575
1576 How many times must a man look up
1577 Before he can see the sky?
1578 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
1579 Before he can hear people cry?
1580 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
1581 That too many people have died?
1582 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1583 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 1585=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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1588
1589 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1590 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
1591 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1592 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
1593 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
1594
1595Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
1596age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
1597older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
1598debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
1599girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
1600A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
1601Top for more than one week.
1602
1603Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
1604lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
1605buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
1606into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
1607meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
1608soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
1609single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
1610
1611 "I'm never going to give you up"
1612
2ee7da68 1613=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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1616
1617"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
1618
1619He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
1620notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
1621which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
1622OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
1623ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
1624
1625There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
1626busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
1627out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
1628mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
1629and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
1630with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
1631bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
1632chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
1633excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
1634down cheering and applauding.
1635
1636"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
1637
2ee7da68 1638=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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1641
1642Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
1643into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
1644beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
1645winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
1646wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
1647over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
1648
1649But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
1650gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
1651villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
1652journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
1653domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
1654with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
1655by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
1656Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
1657
2ee7da68 1658=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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1661
1662This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
1663been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
1664confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
1665how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
1666could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
1667putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
1668I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
1669before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
1670think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
1671all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
1672off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
1673was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
1674The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
1675endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
1676benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
1677boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
1678lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
1679Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
1680resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
1681Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
1682you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
1683
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1685
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1687
1688A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
1689don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
1690without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
1691the human experience, the better design we will have.
1692
2ee7da68 1693=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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1697All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
1698the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
1699do so at their peril.
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1701It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
1702Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
1703work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
1704artist is in accord with himself.
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1706We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
1707he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
1708thing is that one admires it intensely.
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4ed12d4a 1710All art is quite useless.
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2ee7da68 1712=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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1716 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
1717 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
1718 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
1719 things the significance of a human future;
1720 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
1721 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
1722 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
1723 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
1724 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
1725 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
1726 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
1727 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
1728 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
1729 hurtles all ages along with it forever
1730 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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1732=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
1733
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1736Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
1737fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
1738winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
1739down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
1740being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
1741extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
1742but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
1743
1744Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
1745that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
1746around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
1747fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
1748the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
1749closed system.
1750
1751Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
1752the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
1753/be/ them.'
1754
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1756
1757L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
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4ed12d4a 1759If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
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c682aa67 1761=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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1765He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
1766mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
1767encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
1768
1769'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
1770Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
1771finished its run. It was due about now.'
1772
1773Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
1774see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
1775
1776'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
1777is always a last time for everything.)
1778
1779Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
1780
1781=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
1782
1783L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
1784
1785 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
1786 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
1787 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
1788 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
1789 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
1790 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
1791 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
1792 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
1793 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
1794 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
1795 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
1796 eaten them, but not for love.
1797
1798=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 >>
1799
1800L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
1801
1802It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
1803do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
1804they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
1805catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
1806awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
1807inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
1808
1809So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
1810mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
1811the heart of the programmer.
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1815L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
1816
1817At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
1818my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
1819the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
1820since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
1821already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
1822to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
1823the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
1824can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
1825unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
1826
c684cf36 1827=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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1829L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
1830
1831At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
1832myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
1833impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
1834"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
1835gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
1836or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
1837
1838I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
1839computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
1840ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
1841would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
1842my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
1843away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
1844won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
1845
1846So a freely distributable program is born.
1847
1848=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
1849
1850L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
1851
1852This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
1853continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
1854aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
1855and your bags will be offloaded.
1856
2ee7da68 1857=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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1859L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
1860
1861Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
1862of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
1863by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
1864sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
1865swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
1866down their paved streets.
1867
1868Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
1869obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
1870company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
1871the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
1872govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
1873the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
1874
1875=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
1876
1877L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
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1879But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
1880my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
1881reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
1882wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
1883Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
1884the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 1885This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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1886just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
1887this had never reached me.
1888
2ee7da68 1889=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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1893 When the full-grown poet came,
1894 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
1895 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
1896 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
1897 Nay he is mine alone;
1898 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
1899 by the hand;
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1900 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
1901 holding hands,
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1902 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
1903 And wholly and joyously blends them.
1904
2ee7da68 1905=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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1909 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
1910 nema ráða vel kunni.
1911 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
1912 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
1913 Sák á telgðu talkni
1914 tíu launstafi ristna.
1915 Þat hefr lauka lindi
1916 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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1919
1920L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
1921
1922In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
1923granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
1924do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
1925that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
1926generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
1927endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
1928that fire can truly light the world.
1929
1930And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
1931ask what you can do for your country.
1932
1933My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
1934but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
1935
1936Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
1937ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
1938we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
1939the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
1940asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
1941work must truly be our own.
1942
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1943=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
1944
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1947The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
1948to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
1949between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
1950cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
1951areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
1952be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
1953As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
1954the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
1955instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
1956interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
1957also be automated.
1958
1959Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
1960if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
1961were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
1962and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
1963indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
1964techniques like X-ray crystallography.
1965
2ee7da68 1966=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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1969
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1970[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
1971
5814c912 1972 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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1973
1974[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
1975
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1976 Trinity: What did you just say?
1977 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
1978 Trinity: What did you see?
1979 Cypher: What happened?
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1980 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
1981 like it.
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1982 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
1983 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
1984 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
1985 Neo: What is it?
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1986 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
1987 they change something.
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1989=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
1990
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1993The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
1994he storm vanishes.
1995
1996"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
1997fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
1998to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
1999me?"
2000
2001I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
2002like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
2003
2004"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
2005as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
2006on my heart.
2007
2008(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
2009
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2011
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2014Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
2015air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
2016the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
2017faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
2018of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
2019the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
2020deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
2021fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
2022stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
2023revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
2024
2025For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
2026courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
2027the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
2028jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
2029were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
2030there, a glimmer of moonshine.
2031
2032Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
2033rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
2034grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
2035park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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2039
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2042`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
2043`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
2044it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
2045she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
2046
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2047 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
2048 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
2049 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
2050 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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2051
2052
2053`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
2054
2055`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
2056nonsense.'
2057
2058Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
2059anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
2060
2061`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
2062
2063`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
2064
2065`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
2066with his nose, you know?'
2067
2068`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
2069the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
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2072
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2075Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
2076Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
2077notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
2078for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
2079sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
2080
2081Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
2082dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
2083Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
2084motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
2085Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
2086that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
2087had ever even been a car.
2088
2089There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
2090been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
2091this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
2092flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
2093re-entry.
2094
2095There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
2096metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
2097somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
2098make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
2099
2100It should have fallen apart miles back.
2101
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2103
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2106We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
2107the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
2108in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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2109there exist ... special circumstances.
2110
2111=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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2115And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
2116bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
2117yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
2118with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
2119if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
2120bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
2121quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
2122
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2124
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2126
2127The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
2128involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
2129when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
2130streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
2131road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
2132seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
2133smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
2134
2135"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
2136volcano were once more to set to work."
2137
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2139
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2141
2142 Music oft hath such a charm
2143 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
2144
2145=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
2146
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2148
2149 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
2150 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
2151 When breakfast is taken away,
2152 To turn his attention to dinner;
2153 And it's not in the range of belief,
2154 To look upon him as a glutton,
2155 Who, when he is tired of beef,
2156 Determines to tackle the mutton.
2157 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
2158 If it will appease her sorrow,
2159 I'll marry this lady today,
2160 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
2161
2162=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
2163
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2165
2166 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
2167 Tolerates no work of man.
2168 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
2169 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
2170 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
2171 While the last larks sing and soar,
2172 From the heather-blossoms sweet
2173 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
2174 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
2175 Eleanor makes macaroons!
2176
2177=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
2178
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2180
2181 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
2182 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
2183 Lobster I freely endorse,
2184 In pate or patty or pasty.
2185 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
2186 And nothing the matter with jam,
2187 And the warmest greetings I utter
2188 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
2189 For they're food,
2190 All food,
2191 And I think very fondly of food.
2192 Through I'm broody at times
2193 When bothered by rhymes,
2194 I brood
2195 On food.
2196
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2198
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2201 I saw a huge steam roller,
2202 It blotted out the sun.
2203 The people all lay down, lay down;
2204 They did not try to run.
2205 My love and I, we looked amazed
2206 Upon the gory mystery.
2207 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
2208 'The great machine is history!'
2209 My love and I, we ran away,
2210 The engine did not find us.
2211 We ran up to a mountain top,
2212 Left history far behind us.
2213 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
2214 But somehow we don't think so.
2215 We went to see where history'd been,
2216 And my, the dead did stink so.
2217
2218=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2219
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2221
2222CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
2223she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
2224seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
2225
2226What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
2227of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
2228has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
2229will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
2230only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
2231lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
2232design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
2233periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
2234
2235=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2236
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2239The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
2240from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
2241view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
2242Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
2243once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
2244endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
2245a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
2246will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
2247of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
2248Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
2249still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
2250
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2252
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2255"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
2256many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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2257Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
2258what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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2259Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
2260had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
2261...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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2262"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
2263hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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2264degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
2265and-thirty degrees."
2266
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2268
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2271San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
2272the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
2273hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
2274of the Free World."
2275
2276Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
2277level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
2278harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
2279exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
2280
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2285Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
2286the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
2287just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
2288a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
2289it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
2290of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
2291common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
2292bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
2293
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2295 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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2298
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2301'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
2302not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
2303your cat grins like that?'
2304
2305'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
2306
2307She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
2308jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
2309and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
2310
2311'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
2312that cats COULD grin.'
2313
2314'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
2315
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2317
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2320'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
2321have got altered.'
2322
2323'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
2324there was silence for some minutes.
2325
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2330'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
2331always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
2332rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
2333yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
2334can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
2335kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
2336
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2338
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2341At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
2342called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
2343dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
2344in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
2345sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
2346
2347'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
2348is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
2349the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
2350to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
2351accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 2352Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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2362So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
2363hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
2364making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
2365picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
2366close by her.
2367
2368There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
2369VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
2370dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
2371occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
2372it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
2373OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
2374Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
2375never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
2376take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
2377after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
2378rabbit-hole under the hedge.
2379
2380In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
2381in the world she was to get out again.
2382
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2391 A little child, a limber elf,
2392 Singing, dancing to itself,
2393 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
2394 That always finds, and never seeks,
2395 Makes such a vision to the sight
2396 As fills a father's eyes with light;
2397 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
2398 Upon his heart, that he at last
2399 Must needs express his love's excess
2400 With words of unmeant bitterness.
2401 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
2402 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
2403 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
2404 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
2405 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
2406 At each wild word to feel within
2407 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
2408 And what, if in a world of sin
2409 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
2410 Such giddiness of heart and brain
2411 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
2412 So talks as it's most used to do.
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2415
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2418And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
2419into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
2420mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
2421question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
2422hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
2423louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
2424who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
2425worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
2426done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
2427
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2429
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4363636d 2432"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 2433course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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2435Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
2436
2437"Why ain't that work?"
2438
2439Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
2440is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
2441
2442"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
2443
2444The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
2445to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
2446
2447That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
2448swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
2449-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
2450watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
2451absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
2452
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2454
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2457The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
2458at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
2459streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
2460the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
2461live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
2462colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
2463as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
2464wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
2465prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
2466however much they're into colour.
2467
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2469
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2472Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
2473and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
2474word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
2475disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
2476everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
2477on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
2478that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
2479glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 2480war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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2481presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
2482for more hazardous assignment.
2483
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2485
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2488Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
2489streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
2490trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
2491to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
2492about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
2493of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
2494facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
2495explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
2496Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
2497people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
2498work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
2499their art.
2500
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2502
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2505'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
2506the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
2507Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
2508Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
2509responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
2510Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
2511Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
2512Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
2513Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
2514Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
2515
2516'Can they all type?' I joked.
2517
2518'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
2519McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
2520
2521I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
2522'We could have opened an agency.'
2523
2524Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
2525Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
2526amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
2527all say that, do they?' I ventured.
2528
2529Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
2530replied. 'Not quite all.'
2531
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2544He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
2545he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
2546out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
2547noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
2548must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
2549number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
2550did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
2551
2552=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
2553
2554L<Announced on 2007-11-25 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130978.html>
2555
2556=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
2557
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2559
2560=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
2561
2562L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
2563available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
2564
2565=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
2566
2567L<Announced on 2006-08-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/08/msg115782.html>
2568
2569=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
2570
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2572
2573=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
2574
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2576
2577This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
2578gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
2579technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
2580about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
2581bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
2582paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
2583in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
2584electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
2585picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
2586to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
2587technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
2588getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
2589sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
2590it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
2591conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
2592
2593"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
2594that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
2595`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
2596
2597"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
2598one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
2599flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
2600everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
2601make you flip?
2602
2603=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
2604
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2606
2607Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
2608
2609=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
2610
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2612
2613What of October, that ambiguous month
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2616
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2619Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
2620proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
2621the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
2622anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
2623how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
2624
2625'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
2626
2627This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
2628that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
2629
2630'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
2631expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
2632anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
2633sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
2634
2635This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
2636basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
2637policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
2638disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
2639the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
2640Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
2641and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
2642Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
2643
2644In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
2645reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
2646
2647I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
2648Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
2649for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
2650had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
2651work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
2652the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
2653left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
2654pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
2655the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
2656the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
2657
2658I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
2659publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
2660Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
2661
2662So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
2663pushing to increase the membership?
2664
2665'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
2666more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
2667futile and impotent it becomes.'
2668
2669This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
2670
2671Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
2672diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
2673
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2675
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2678There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
2679about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
2680four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
2681anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
2682thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
2683
2684Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
2685and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
2686press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
2687obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
2688produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
2689this draft...'
2690
2691I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
2692hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
2693incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
2694
2695'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
2696redundancy payments as well.'
2697
2698'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
2699it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
2700
2701'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
2702
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2704
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2707A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
2708was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
2709and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
2710jets and all.
2711
2712I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
2713
2714I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
2715Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
2716specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
2717the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
2718jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
2719grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
2720in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
2721
2722While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
2723taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
2724me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
2725sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
2726three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
2727plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
2728occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
2729were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
2730
2731And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
2732were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
2733
2734Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
2735name like Charlie Umtali?
2736
2737I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
2738know something about our official visitor.
2739
2740Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
2741has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
2742car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
2743to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
2744knew little of his background.
2745
2746I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
2747Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
2748first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
2749
2750Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
2751
2752'Why?' I enquired.
2753
2754'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
2755to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
2756never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
2757
2758Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
2759that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
2760
2761In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
2762where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
2763revolving door and comes out in front.'
2764
2765'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
2766
2767'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
2768
2769'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
2770
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2771=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
2772
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2775 It's not that easy bein' green
2776 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
2777 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
2778 Or something much more colorful like that
51caa79e 2779
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2780 It's not easy bein' green
2781 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
2782 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
2783 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
2784 Or stars in the sky
51caa79e 2785
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2786 But green's the color of Spring
2787 And green can be cool and friendly-like
2788 And green can be big like an ocean
2789 Or important like a mountain
2790 Or tall like a tree
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2792 When green is all there is to be
2793 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
2794 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
2795 And I think it's what I want to be
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2797=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
2798
f3d08688 2799L<Announced on 2006-01-20 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/01/msg108833.html>
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4ed12d4a 2801 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 2802
4ed12d4a 2803 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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2805=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2806
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2809And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
2810hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
2811cat.
2812
2813Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 2814the wolf? What then?"
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2816=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2817
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2820And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
2821bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
2822round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
2823
2824In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
2825gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
2826climbed up the high stone wall.
2827
2828One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
2829stretched out over the wall.
2830
2831Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
2832Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
2833take care that he doesn't catch you!".
2834
2835The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
2836snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
2837
2838How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 2839the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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2841=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
2842
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4363636d 2845"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 2846you."
4363636d 2847
51caa79e 2848"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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2849
2850"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
2851and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 2852to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 2853
51caa79e 2854"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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2855
2856"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
2857planting it."
2858
2859"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 2860grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 2861
51caa79e 2862Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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2863
2864"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
2865Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 2866wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 2867
51caa79e 2868Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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2869
2870"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
2871how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 2872and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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2874=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
2875
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2878"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
2879
2880"Hunting," said Pooh.
2881
2882"Hunting what?"
2883
2884"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
2885
2886"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
2887
2888"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
2889
2890"What do you think you'll answer?"
2891
2892"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
2893"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
2894you see there?"
2895
2896"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
2897excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
2898
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2903Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
2904ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
2905bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
2906waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
2907droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
2908hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
2909longbow.
2910
2911In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
2912often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
2913placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
2914likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
2915may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
2916Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
2917Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
2918farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
2919grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 2920T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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2922=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
2923
f3d08688 2924L<Announced on 2004-07-09 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92934.html>
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2926Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
2927ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
2928sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
2929pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
2930shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
2931
2932The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
2933Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 2934Caledonia and South America.
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2936=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
2937
f3d08688 2938L<Announced on 2004-07-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92840.html>
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2940The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
2941often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
2942large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
2943and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
2944spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
2945year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
2946may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
2947
2948It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
2949branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
2950of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
2951that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
2952
2953Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
2954other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
2955acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
2956mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
2957
2958It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 2959heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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2961=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
2962
f3d08688 2963L<Announced on 2004-04-22 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90984.html>
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2965 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
2966 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
2967 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
2968 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
2969
2970 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
2971 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
2972 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
2973 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
2974 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
2975 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
2976 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
2977 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
2978
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2979 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
2980 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
2981
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2982
2983=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
2984
f3d08688 2985L<Announced on 2004-04-16 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90796.html>
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2987 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
2988 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
2989 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
2990 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2991
2992 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
2993 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
2994 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
2995 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2996 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
2997 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
2998
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2999=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
3000
f3d08688 3001L<Announced on 2004-04-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90422.html>
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3003 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
3004 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
3005 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
3006 We must find him of the train can't start.'
3007 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
3008 They are searching high and low,
3009 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
3010 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
3011 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
3012 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
3013 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
3014 He's been busy in the luggage van!
3015 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 3016 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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3017 And we're off at last of the northern part
3018 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
3019
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3020=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
3021
f3d08688 3022L<Announced on 2004-01-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg87317.html>
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3024 We are the music makers,
3025 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
3026 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
3027 And sitting by desolate streams; --
3028 World-losers and world-forsakers,
3029 On whom the pale moon gleams:
3030 Yet we are the movers and shakers
3031 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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3033=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
3034
f3d08688 3035L<Announced on 2004-01-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg86969.html>
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3037 There may be trouble ahead,
3038 But while there's music and moonlight,
3039 And love and romance,
3040 Let's face the music and dance.
3041
3042 Before the fiddlers have fled,
3043 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
3044 And while we still have that chance,
3045 Let's face the music and dance.
3046
3047 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
3048 Humming a different tune, and then,
3049
3050 There may be teardrops to shed,
3051 So while there's music and moonlight,
3052 And love and romance,
3053 Let's face the music and dance.
3054
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3055=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
3056
f3d08688 3057L<Announced on 2003-11-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84822.html>
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3059 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
3060 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
3061 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
3062 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
3063 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
3064 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
3065
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3066 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
3067 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
3068 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
3069 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
3070
3071 O my brave soul!
3072 O farther farther sail!
3073 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
3074 O farther, farther, farther sail!
3075
2ee7da68 3076=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
4363636d 3077
f3d08688 3078L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84645.html>
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3080 It's fun to charter an accountant
3081 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
3082 To find, explore the funds offshore
3083 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
3084
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3085=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
3086
f3d08688 3087L<Announced on 2003-10-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/10/msg84194.html>
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3089 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
3090 In a Sieve they went to sea:
3091 In spite of all their friends could say,
3092 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
3093 In a Sieve they went to sea!
3094 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
3095 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
3096 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
3097 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
3098 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
3099
3100 Far and few, far and few,
3101 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
3102 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
3103 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
3104
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3105=head2 v5.8.1 - epigraph same as v5.7.1
3106
3107L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
3108
3109=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
3110
3111L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
3112
3113No matter what she did with her hair it took about
3114three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
3115like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
3116no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
3117overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
3118
3119=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3120
3121L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
3122
3123Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
3124It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
3125devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
3126then you can be my most trusted minister."
3127
3128=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3129
3130L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
3131
3132Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
3133a knife with a curved blade.
3134
3135=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3136
3137L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
3138
3139Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
3140me because I've got magic aaargh."
3141
3142=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3143
3144L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
3145
3146Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
3147in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
3148with his head.
3149
3150But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
3151weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
3152open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
3153defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
3154Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
3155was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
3156
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3157=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3158
3159L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
3160
3161There was the faint sound of footsteps.
3162"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
3163said the low priest.
3164There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
3165The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
3166"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
3167The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
3168The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
3169The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
3170thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
3171There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
3172"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
3173said the High Priest.
3174"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
3175There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
3176"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
3177There were footsteps again.
3178
3179=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3180
3181L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
3182
3183=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3184
3185L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
3186
3187=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
3188
3189L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
3190
3191=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3192
3193L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
3194
3195Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
3196No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
3197got there first, and is waiting for it.
3198
3199=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
3200
3201L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
3202
3203His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
3204the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
3205all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
3206bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
3207you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
3208
3209=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
3210
dd047fac 3211L<Announced on 2001-04-09 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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3213"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
3214
3215Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
3216
3217"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
3218flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
3219arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
3220and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
3221I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
3222I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
3223will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
3224liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
3225Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
3226ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
3227
3228"All that?" said Twoflower.
3229
3230"Usually."
3231
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3232=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
3233
3234L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
3235
3236The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
3237but that had to be the 57th strangest.
3238[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
3239
2ee7da68 3240=head2 v5.6.2 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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3243
3244When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
3245sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
3246a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
3247what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
3248long in this instance.
3249
2ee7da68 3250=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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3253
3254"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
3255
2831a86c 3256=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
4363636d 3257
2831a86c 3258L<Announced on 2001-04-08 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33823.html>
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3260`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
3261himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
3262upset.
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3264`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
3265to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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3267Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
3268stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
3269louder.
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3271`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
3272my precious, three guesseses.'
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dd047fac 3276L<Announced on 2001-04-01 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33421.html>
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3280No announcement available.
3281
2831a86c 3282=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 3284L<Announced on 2001-01-31 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/01/msg29934.html>
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2831a86c 3286=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 3288L<Announced on 2000-12-18 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/12/msg27738.html>
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2831a86c 3290=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
a4b0381d 3291
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3292L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
3293
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3294 The dragon is withered,
3295 His bones are now crumbled;
3296 His armour is shivered,
3297 His splendour is humbled!
3298 Though sword shall be rusted,
3299 And throne and crown perish
3300 With strength that men trusted
3301 And wealth that they cherish,
3302 Here grass is still growing,
3303 And leaves are a yet swinging,
3304 The white water flowing,
3305 And elves are yet singing
3306 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
3307 Come back to the valley.
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3309=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3310
3311L<Announced on 2000-03-22 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10140.html>
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3313=head2 v5.005_05-RC1 - no epigraph
3314
3315L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
3316
3317=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
3318
f3d08688 3319L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/03/msg89047.html>
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3320
3321=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
3322
f3d08688 3323L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88672.html>
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3324
3325The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
3326the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
3327never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
3328them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
3329chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
3330run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
3331and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
3332and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
3333and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
3334the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
3335fall.
3336
3337=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3338
f3d08688 3339L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88312.html>
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3340
3341Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
3342plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
3343going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
3344she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
3345at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
3346cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
3347hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
3348passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
3349disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
3350of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
3351she fell past it.
3352
3353=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
3354
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3355L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/12/msg86423.html>
3356
3357 't was 16 years ago today
3358 Larry taught us a new game
3359 of lazyness, impatience, and hubris
3360 Happy birthday, Perl!
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3362=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
3363
0e6b8110 3364This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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3365on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
3366L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
3367by ysth.
3368
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