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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
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24 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
25 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
26 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
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28 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
29 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
30 machinery like that.
31
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32=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
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36 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
37 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
38 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
39 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
40 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
41 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
42 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
43
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46L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
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48 He who wants the world to remain as it is
49 doesn't want it to remain.
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51=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
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53L<Announced on 2017-01-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242405.html>
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55 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
56 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
57 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
58 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
59 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
60 bread, please."
61
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62=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
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66 So long
67 is in the song
68 and it's in the way you're gone
69 but it's like a foreign language
70 in my mind
71 and maybe was I blind
72 I could not see
73 and would not know
74 you're gone so long
75 so long.
76
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77=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
78
79L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
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81 Of Beren and Lúthien
82
83 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
84 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
85 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
86 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
87 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
88 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
89 song.
90
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91=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
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93L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
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95 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
96 Are you?
97 Yes. Do you know who he lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
98 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
99 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
100 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
101 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
102 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
103 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
104 a sea of shite.
105 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
106 America meant?
107 No.
108 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
109 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
110 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
111 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
112 playing to freak them out?
113 Who's Michael Stipe?
114 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
115 No, I'm not, Stephen.
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117=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
118
119L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
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121 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
122 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
123 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
124 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
125 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
126 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
127 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
128 fact this is all we are doing
129
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130=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
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132L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
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134 Concerning Nomes and Time
135
136 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
137 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
138
139 Let me explain.
140
141 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
142 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
143 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
144
145 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
146 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
147
148 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
149 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
150 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
151 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
152 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
153 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
154 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
155
156 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
157 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
158 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
159 even know.
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161=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
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163L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
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165 When awful darkness and silence reign
166 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
167 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
168 When the angry breakers roar
169 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
170 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
171 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
172
173 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
174 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
175 A lonely spark with silvery rays
176 Piercing the coal-black night, -
177 A Meteor strange and bright: -
178 Hither and thither the vision strays,
179 A single lurid light.
180
181 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
182 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
183 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
184 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
185 And those who watch at that midnight hour
186 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
187 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
188 'The Dong! - the Dong!
189 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
190 The Dong! the Dong!
191 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
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193=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
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195L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
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197 Waiting for the beat to kick in
198 But it never does
199 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
200 That lift me above
201 All of these tiresome things
202 That we know and love
203 Waiting for the beat to kick in
204 But it never does
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206=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
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210Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
211totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
212you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
213that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
214people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
215
216Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
217gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
218symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
219and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
220clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
221home, from the ground up.
222
223No wonder you're a geek.
224
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225=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
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227L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
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229 Even the bravest that are slain
230 Shall not dissemble their surprise
231 On waking to find valor reign,
232 Even as on earth, in paradise;
233 And where they sought without the sword
234 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
235 To find that the utmost reward
236 Of daring should be still to dare.
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238=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
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240L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
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242 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
243 'If only you'd spoken before!
244 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
245 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
246
247 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
248 If you never were met with again -
249 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
250 You might have suggested it then?
251
252 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
253 As I think I've already remarked.'
254 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
255 'I informed you the day we embarked.
256
257 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
258 (We are all of us weak at times):
259 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
260 Was never among my crimes!
261
262 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
263 I said it in German and Greek:
264 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
265 That English is what you speak!'
266
267 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
268 Had grown longer at every word:
269 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
270 More debate would be simply absurd.
271
272 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
273 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
274 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
275 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
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277=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
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279L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
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281 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
282 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
283 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
284 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
285 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
286 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
287 And now the sun with more effectual beams
288 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
289 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
290 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
291 After a night of storm so ruinous,
292 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
293 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
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295=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
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297L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
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299 Before the gates there sat
300 On either side a formidable shape;
301 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
302 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
303 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
304 With mortal sting; about her middle round
305 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
306 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
307 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
308 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
309 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
310 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
311 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
312 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
313 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
314 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
315 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
316 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
317 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
318 If shape it might be called that shape had none
319 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
320 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
321 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
322 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
323 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
324 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
325 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
326 The monster moving onward came as fast
327 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
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329=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
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331L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
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333 A bird within the bower of her delight,
334 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
335 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
336
337 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
338 No weary task for her, for as at play
339 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
340
341 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
342 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
343 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
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345=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
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347L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
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349 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
350 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
351 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
352
353 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
354 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
355 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
356
357 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
358 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
359 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
360
361 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
362 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
363 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
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365=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
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367L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
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369 New punishments behoves me sing in this
370 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
371 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
372
373 I now stood ready to observe the full
374 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
375 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
376
377 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
378 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
379 As Litany processions keep, up here.
380
381 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
382 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
383 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
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385 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
386 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
387 All power of looking forward being denied.
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389=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
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391L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
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393 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
394 I could be monarch of a desert land
395 I could devote and dedicate forever
396 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
397 So desert it would have to be, so walled
398 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
399 No one would covet it or think it worth
400 The pains of conquering to force change on.
401 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
402 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
403 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
404 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
405 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
406 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
407
408 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
409 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
410 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
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412=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
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414L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
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416 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
417 You can't find one good thing to say
418 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
419 You'd stay the hell out of my way
420
421 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
422 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
423
424=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
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426L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
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428"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
429
430=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
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432L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
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434The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
435Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
436gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
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438=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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440L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
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442“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
443
444“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
445
446“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
447be fun.”
448
449Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
450
451“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
452every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
453
454“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
455
456“You’ll have to jump.”
457
458“I’ll jump.”
459
460“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
461
462Yossarian jumped.
463
464Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
465missing him by inches, and he took off.
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467=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
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469L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
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471 Nothing was left to do that I could see
472 Unless to find that there was no one there
473 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
474 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
475 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
476 Break silence now or be forever silent.
477 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
478 The melancholy of having to count souls
479 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
480 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
481 It must be I want life to go on living.
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483=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
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485L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
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487Spring
488
489Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
490look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
491I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
492and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
493love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
494meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
495and begin a new adventure.
496
497Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
498-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
499kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
500adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
501as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
502
503The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
504asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
505brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
506and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
507Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
508produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
509possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
510beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
511are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
512are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
513seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
514remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
515you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
516cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
517lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
518marriages made in heaven.
519
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521=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
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525Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
526of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
527helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
528
529But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
530any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
531she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
532no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
533free.
534
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539A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
540nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
541the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
542in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
543colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
544over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
545cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
546the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
547and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
548dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
549into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
550trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
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552=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
553
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554L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
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556 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
557
558 5.23 Episode VII
559 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
560
561 It is a period of
562 unrest as separatists
563 announce their intentions
564 to fork PERL and return the
565 galaxy to speed and stability.
566
567 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
568 to hold together the remains of the
569 once mighty Republic against a tide of
570 incivility and the depredations of a new
571 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
572
573 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
574 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
575 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
576 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
577 a new Empire of gradual typing....
578
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579=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
580
581L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
582
583After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
584me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
585Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
586adventure.
587
588I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
589only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
590lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
591sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
592lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
593hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
594
595Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
596no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
597loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
598control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
599It took me two weeks to figure it out.
600
601The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
602register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
603an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
604index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
605would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
606the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
607
608Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
609to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
610instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
611additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
612instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
613ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
614
615The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
616lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
617was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
618all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
619
620He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
621largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
622datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
623overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
624the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
625the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
626program went happily on its way.
627
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628=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
629
630L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
631
632Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
633first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
634or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
635Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
636when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
637when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
638difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
639keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
640strong men.
641
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642=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
643
644L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
645
646 Little of of all we value here
647 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
648 Without both feeling and looking queer.
649 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
650 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
651 (This is a moral that runs at large;
652 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
653
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654=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
655
4442630f 656L<Announced on 2015-08-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230298.html>
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657
658 Would you believe in a night like this
659 A night like this, when visions come true
660 Would you believe in a tale like this
661 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
662 Come to the blazing fire and
663
664 See me in the shadows
665 See me in the shadows
666 Songs I will sing
667 Of runes and rings
668 Just hand me my harp
669 This night turns into myth
670 Nothing seems real
671 You soon will feel
672 The world we live in is another skald's
673 Dream in the shadows
674 Dream in the shadows
675
676 Do you believe there is sense in it
677 Is it truth or myth?
678 They´re one in my rhymes
679 Nobody knows the meaning behind
680 The weaver's line
681 Well nobody else but the Norns can
682 See through the blazing fires of time and
683 All things will proceed as the
684 Child of the hallowed
685 Will speak to you now
686
687 See me in the shadows
688 See me in the shadows
689 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
690 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
691 Nothing seems real
692 You soon will feel
693 The world we live in is another skald´s
694 Dream in the shadows
695 Dream in the shadows
696
697 Do not fear for my reason
698 There's nothing to hide
699 How bitter your treason
700 How bitter the lie
701 Remember the runes and remember the light
702 All I ever want is to be at your side
703 We'll gladden the raven now I will
704 Run through the blazing fires
705 That's my choice
706 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
707
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708=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
709
710L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
711
712 I was born beneath this willow,
713 Where my sire the earth did farm
714 Had the green grass as my pillow
715 The east wind as a blanket warm.
716
717 But away! away! called the wind from the west
718 And in answer I did run
719 Seeking glory and adventure
720 Promised by the rising sun.
721
722 I found love beneath this willow,
723 As true a love as life could hold,
724 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
725 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
726
727 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
728 In faithful answer I did run
729 Marching forth for king and country
730 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
731
732 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
733 As the seven seas I plied
734 And the girl who I left waiting
735 Longing to be at her side.
736
737 But about! about! called the wind from the west
738 As once again my ship did run
739 Down the coast, about the wide world
740 Flying sails in the setting sun.
741
742 Now I lie beneath the willow
743 Now at last no more to roam,
744 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
745 In their arms I'm finally home.
746
747 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
748 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
749 Will chase the sun into the morning
750 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
751
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754L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
755
756 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
757 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
758 Well, I try my best
759 To be just like I am
760 But everybody wants you
761 To be just like them
762 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
763 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
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765=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
766
767L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
768
769 As one who strives a hill to climb,
770 Who never climbed before:
771 Who finds it, in a little time,
772 Grow every moment less sublime,
773 And votes the thing a bore:
774
775 Yet, having once begun to try,
776 Dares not desert his quest,
777 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
778 On one small hut against the sky
779 Wherein he hopes to rest:
780
781 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
782 With many a puff and pant:
783 Who still, as rises the ascent,
784 In language grows more violent,
785 Although in breath more scant:
786
787 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
788 That crowns the upward track:
789 And, entering with unsteady pace,
790 Receives a buffet in the face
791 That lands him on his back:
792
793 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
794 Glide swiftly down again,
795 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
796 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
797 He drops upon the plain -
798
799 So I, that had resolved to bring
800 Conviction to a ghost,
801 And found it quite a different thing
802 From any human arguing,
803 Yet dared not quit my post.
804
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805=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
806
807L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
808
809 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
810 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
811 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
812 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
813 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
814 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
815 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
816 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
817 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
818 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
819 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
820 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
821 Thither he bent his way, determined there
822 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
823 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
824 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
825 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
826 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
827 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
828
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829=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
830
831L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
832
833 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
834 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
835 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
836 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
837 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
838 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
839 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
840 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
841 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
842 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
843 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
844 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
845 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
846 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
847 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
848 At certain revolutions all the damned
849 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
850 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
851 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
852 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
853 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
854 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
855 They ferry over this Lethean sound
856 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
857 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
858 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
859 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
860 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
861 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
862 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
863 The ford, and of itself the water flies
864 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
865 The lip of Tantalus.
866
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867=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
868
869L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
870
871 Between two dishes, equally attractive
872 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
873 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
874
875 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
876 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
877 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
878
879 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
880 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
881 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
882
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883=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
884
885L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
886
887 For better waters heading with the wind
888 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
889 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
890
891 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
892 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
893 To leap up into joy celestial.
894
895 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
896 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
897 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
898
899 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
900 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
901 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
902
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903=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
904
905L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
906
907 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
908 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
909 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
910
911 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
912 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
913 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
914
915 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
916 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
917 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
918
919 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
920 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
921 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
922
923 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
924 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
925 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
926
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927=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
928
929L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
930
931A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
932splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
933shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
934straight up into the air!_'
935The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
936experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
937gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
938his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
939most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
940storm.
941Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
942knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
943heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
944intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
945those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
946scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
947set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
948everything, regardless?
949At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
950voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
951
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952=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
953
954L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
955
956This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
957before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
958whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
959carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
960merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
961ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
962entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
963boisterous.
964Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
965not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
966up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
967nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
968masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
969the attentions of several all too merry couples.
970Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
971that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
972Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
973on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
974raising a glass of champagne.
975In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
976mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
977lonely corner.
978He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
979a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
980that it was Christine and followed her.
981'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
982The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
983no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
984on in silence.
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986=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
987
988L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
989
990 If the snow flies in my face,
991 Let me shake it off me!
992 If my heart within me speaks,
993 I'll sing bright and gaily!
994
995 Will not listen what it says,
996 Have no ears for moaning.
997 Do not feel what it complains,--
998 Only fools like groaning!
999
1000 Jolly brave into the world,
1001 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
1002 If there is no God on earth,
1003 Let 's be gods down nether!
1004
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1005=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1006
1007L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
1008
1009 Why do I shun all those highways
1010 Which the other wanderer seeks?
1011 Why do I find bridged by-ways
1012 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
1013
1014 For I have no crime committed,
1015 Why I should now run from men,--
1016 What demented heart's desire
1017 Drives me to a desert glen?
1018
1019 Signposts on all highways stationed
1020 Point their signs toward the towns,
1021 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
1022 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
1023
1024 One such signpost I see planted
1025 Of my question unconcerned,
1026 One road must my choice be granted,
1027 Whence no man has yet returned!
1028
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1029=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1030
1031L<Announced on 2015-12-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233032.html>
1032
1033 How the storm tore rents
1034 In heavens gray attired!
1035 The rags of cloud are flying
1036 Around, of combat tired.
1037
1038 And flames of fire lambent,
1039 Fly between them and part,
1040 That 's what I call a morning,
1041 A morning after my heart!
1042
1043 My heart sees in the heavens
1044 Its own picture unspoilt--
1045 It's nothing but the Winter,
1046 The Winter, cold and wild.
1047
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1048=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1049
1050L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
1051
1052 The hoary frost has a white sheen
1053 Strewn all over my hair,
1054 So I thought I was an old man
1055 And thought life dealt me fair.
1056
1057 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
1058 And I have my black hair again.
1059 How I abhor my young fair years,
1060 How long to wait for death and biers?
1061
1062 From setting sun to morning's hue
1063 Many a head turns white.
1064 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
1065 In all this lifelong plight!
1066
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1067=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1068
1069L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
1070
1071 In the deepest rocky crevice
1072 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
1073 How I could find my way from here,
1074 For me it's easy memory!
1075
1076 For I am used to straying ways,
1077 Every path to th'end a way,
1078 All our joys and all our suffering,--
1079 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
1080
1081 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
1082 I quite calmly downward stroll;
1083 Every stream its sea will enter,
1084 Every suffering finds its goal!
1085
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1086=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
1087
1088L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
1089
1090“You are the advocate of the dead.”
1091
1092The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
1093that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
1094take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
1095their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
1096remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
1097figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
1098
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1099=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
1100
1101L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
1102
1103 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
1104 Among the theories scattered on the grass
1105 Take up my good intentions with the rest
1106
1107=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
1108
1109L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
1110
1111There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
1112its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
1113
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1114=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
1115
1116L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
1117
1118 They shall pass and their places be taken,
1119 The gods and the priests that are pure.
1120 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
1121 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
1122 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
1123 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
1124 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
1125 And delicate dust.
1126
1127 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
1128 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
1129 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
1130 As the serpent again to a rod.
1131 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
1132 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
1133 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
1134 Our Lady of Pain.
1135
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1137
1138L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
1139
1140The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
1141Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
1142started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
1143crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
1144and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
1145pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
1146through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
1147claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
1148were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
1149they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
1150It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
1151obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
1152
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1153=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
1154
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1157 There is another sky,
1158 Ever serene and fair,
1159 And there is another sunshine,
1160 Though it be darkness there;
1161 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
1162 Never mind silent fields -
1163 Here is a little forest,
1164 Whose leaf is ever green;
1165 Here is a brighter garden,
1166 Where not a frost has been;
1167 In its unfading flowers
1168 I hear the bright bee hum:
1169 Prithee, my brother,
1170 Into my garden come!
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1172=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
1173
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1175
1176Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
1177Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
1178Calvin: 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?
1179Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
1180[Box]: *BOINK*
1181Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
1182Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
1183Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
1184
2ee7da68 1185=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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1186
1187L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
1188
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1189"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
1190Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
1191we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
1192everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
1193"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
1194refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
1195"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
1196would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
1197than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
1198the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 1200=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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1201
1202L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
1203
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1204GAME CAT
1205
1206EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
1207things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
1208Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
1209lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
1210snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
1211This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
1212all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
1213Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
1214some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
1215finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
1216just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
1217Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
1218MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
1219The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
1220involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
1221and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
1222where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
1223Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 1225=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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1226
1227L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
1228
1229 Het Dorp
1230
1231 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
1232 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
1233 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
1234 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
1235 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
1236 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
1237 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
1238 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
1239 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
1240 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
1241 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 1242 het vee, de boerderijen.
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1243
1244 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1245 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1246 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1247 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1248
1249 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
1250 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
1251 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
1252 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
1253 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
1254 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
1255 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
1256 ze zien de televisiequiz
1257 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
1258 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
1259 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
1260 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
1261
1262 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1263 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1264 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1265 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1266
1267 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
1268 in minirok en beatle-haar
1269 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
1270 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
1271 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
1272 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
1273 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
1274 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
1275 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
1276 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
1277 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
1278 een ansicht en herinneringen.
1279
1280 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1281 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
1282 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
1283 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
1284
2ee7da68 1285=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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1287L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
1288
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1289To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
1290of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
1291masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
1292of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
1293seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
1294joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
1295to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
1296high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
1297approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
1298ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
1299myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
1300to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
1301discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
1302canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
1303armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
1304rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
1305handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
1306stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
1307occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
1308and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
1309which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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1311=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
1312
1313L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
1314
1315 If they just went straight they might go far,
1316 They are strong and brave and true;
1317 But they're always tired of the things that are,
1318 And they want the strange and new.
1319 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
1320 What a deep mark I would make!"
1321 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
1322 Is only a fresh mistake.
1323
1324=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
1325
1326L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
1327
1328 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
1329 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
1330 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
1331 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
1332 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
1333 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
1334 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
1335 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
1336 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
1337 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
1338 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
1339 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
1340 Aldrin: 120 feet.
1341 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
1342 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
1343 Duke: 60 seconds.
1344 Aldrin: Light's on.
1345 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
1346 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
1347 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
1348 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
1349 down a half.
1350 Duke: 30 seconds.
1351 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
1352 Aldrin: Contact Light.
1353 Armstrong: Shutdown.
1354 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
1355 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
1356 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
1357 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
1358 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
1359 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
1360 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
1361 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
1362 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
1363 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
1364 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
1365 Aldrin: Thank you.
1366
1367=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
1368
1369L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
1370
1371 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
1372 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
1373 We danced among the lightning bolts,
1374 and tore the world asunder.
1375
1376 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
1377 written near the end of the previous Age,
1378 known by some as the Third Age.
1379 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
1380 Reborn.
1381
1382=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
1383
1384L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
1385
1386 Walled in fast within the earth
1387 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
1388 This must be the bell’s great birth!
1389 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
1390 Sweat must trickle now
1391 From the burning brow,
1392 Till the work its master honour.
1393 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
1394
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1395=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
1396
1397L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
1398
1399 Steady old Väinämöinen
1400 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1401 'No lilting on the waters
1402 and no singing on the waves!
1403 Song keeps you lazy
1404 tales delay rowing.
1405 Precious day would pass and night
1406 would overtake us midway
1407 on these wide waters
1408 upon these vast waves.'
1409
1410 The wanton Lemminkäinen
1411 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1412 'The time will pass anyway
1413 the fair day will flee
1414 and the night will come panting
1415 and the twilight will steal in
1416 if you don't sing while you live
1417 nor hum in this world.'
1418
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1420
1421L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
1422
1423'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
1424and I was reciting these lines:
1425
1426 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
1427 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
1428 I wonder at the patience that I showed
1429 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
1430 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
1431 I have remained confused in misery.
1432
1433I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
1434Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
1435walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
1436person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
1437am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
1438ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
1439asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
1440allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
1441added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
1442and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
1443idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
1444coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
1445and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
1446different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
1447without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
1448the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
1449the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
1450sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
1451gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
1452told you about this, so goodbye."
1453
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1455
1456L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
1457
1458'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
1459asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
1460and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
1461and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
1462I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
1463candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
1464were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
1465congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
1466face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
1467[...]
1468'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
1469her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
1470them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
1471ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
1472told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
1473man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
1474[...]
1475'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
1476servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
1477was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
1478four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
1479like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
1480fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
1481"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
1482was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
1483shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
1484longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
1485a bean.
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1488
1489L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
1490
1491 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
1492 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
1493 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
1494 Where is the cow hidden right now?
1495
1496 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
1497 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
1498 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
1499 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
1500
1501 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
1502 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
1503 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
1504 Yeah!
1505
1506 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
1507 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
1508 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
1509 Yeah, yeah!
1510
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1512
1513L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
1514
1515 I've seen things,
1516 I've seen them with my eyes;
1517 I've seen things,
1518 They're often in disguise.
1519
1520 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
1521 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
1522 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
1523 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
1524
1525 I've seen things,
1526 I've seen them with my eyes;
1527 I've seen things,
1528 They're often in disguise.
1529
1530 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
1531
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1534L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
1535
1536 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
1537 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
1538 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
1539
1540 DON ALFONSO:
1541 Take heart, my dearest children.
1542 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
1543
1544 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
1545 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
1546
1547 FIORDILIGI:
1548 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
1549 It is disappearing already!
1550 It is no longer in sight!
1551 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
1552
1553 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
1554 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
1555
1556 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
1557 May the wind be gentle,
1558 may the sea be calm,
1559 and may the elements
1560 respond kindly
1561 to our wishes.
1562
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1565L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
1566
1567 GUGLIELMO:
1568 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
1569 is reluctant to come before her.
1570
1571 FERRANDO:
1572 My trembling lip
1573 can utter no word.
1574
1575 DON ALFONSO:
1576 The hero displays his manliness
1577 in the most terrible moments.
1578
1579 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
1580 Now that we have heard the news,
1581 you have the lesser duty:
1582 Take heart, and plunge your swords
1583 into both our hearts.
1584
1585 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
1586 My idol, blame fate
1587 that I must abandon you.
1588
1589 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
1590 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
1591 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
1592 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
1593 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
1594 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
1595 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
1596
1597 ALL:
1598 Thus destiny defrauds
1599 the hopes of mortals.
1600 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
1601 who can ever love life?
1602
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1605L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
1606
1607 DON ALFONSO:
1608 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
1609 my lip stammers.
1610 My voice cannot emerge,
1611 but remains in my throat.
1612 What will you do? What shall I do?
1613 Oh what a great catastrophe!
1614 There can be nothing worse.
1615 I feel pity for you and for them.
1616
1617 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
1618 die.
1619 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
1620 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
1621 love dead, perhaps?
1622 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
1623 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
1624 DORABELLA: Wounded?
1625 DON ALFONSO: No.
1626 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
1627 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
1628 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
1629 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
1630 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
1631 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
1632 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
1633 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
1634 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
1635 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
1636 you wish it, they are ready...
1637 DORABELLA: Where are they?
1638 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
1639
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1643
1644 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
1645 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
1646 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
1647 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
1648 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
1649 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
1650
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1651=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
1652
1653L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
1654
1655 When times go bad
1656 when times go rough
1657 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
1658 And let me do my stuff
1659
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1663
1664O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
1665sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
1666Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
1667than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
1668temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
1669mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
1670your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
1671draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
1672implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
1673rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
1674bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
1675Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
1676is a fool!
1677
2ee7da68 1678=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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1681
1682The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
1683the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
1684withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
1685consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
1686tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
1687detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
1688by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
1689
2ee7da68 1690=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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1693
1694Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
1695rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
1696stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
1697know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
1698that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
1699chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
1700clouds thickened above them.
1701
1702"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
1703you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
1704body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
1705closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
1706hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
1707he looked Long in the face.
1708
1709"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
1710master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
1711grew fierce.
1712
1713"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
1714fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
1715truth!"
1716
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1721“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
1722hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
1723
1724“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
1725
1726“Is there? What is the point?”
1727
1728“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
1729
1730“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
1731
1732“The trick is not to think about that.”
1733
1734“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
1735
1736Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
1737
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1742And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
1743down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
1744the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
1745were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
1746they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
1747Europe was over.
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1749Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
1750leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
1751kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
1752horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 1753
e91f1fc1 1754Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 1755
e91f1fc1 1756One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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1758=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
1759
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1762 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
1763
1764 Mr. Bun: Morning.
1765 Waitress: Morning.
1766 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
1767 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
1768 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
1769 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
1770 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
1771 egg on top and spam
1772 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
1773 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
1774 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
1775 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
1776 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
1777 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
1778 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
1779 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
1780 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
1781 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
1782
1783 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
1784
1785 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
1786 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
1787 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
1788 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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40e1c3e8 1790=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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1794 I
1795
1796 A cat is strolling through my mind
1797 Acting as though he owned the place,
1798 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
1799 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
1800
1801 So tender and discreet his tone;
1802 But whether he should growl or purr
1803 His voice is always rich and deep.
1804 That is the secret of his charm.
1805
1806 This purling voice that filters down
1807 Into my darkest depths of soul
1808 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
1809 Delights me as a potion would.
1810
1811 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
1812 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
1813 Without the need for any words
1814 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
1815
1816 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
1817 Across my heart, fine instrument,
1818 And makes to sing so royally
1819 The strongest and the purest chord,
1820
1821 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
1822 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
1823 In whom all is, angelically,
1824 As subtle as harmonious.
1825
1826 II
1827
1828 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
1829 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
1830 I might have been embalmed in it
1831 By giving him one little pet.
1832
1833 He is my household's guardian soul;
1834 He judges, he presides, inspires
1835 All matters in hos royal realm;
1836 Might he be fairy? or a god?
1837
1838 When my eyes, to this cat I love
1839 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
1840 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
1841 And when I look within myself,
1842
1843 I notice with astonishment
1844 The fire of his opal eyes,
1845 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
1846 Taking my measure, steadily.
1847
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1849
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1852There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
1853that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
1854Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
1855despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
1856loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
1857looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
1858his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
1859of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
1860heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
1861danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
1862She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
1863surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
1864and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
1865be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
1866name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
1867and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
1868him.
1869
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1871
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1873
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1874E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
1875written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
1876betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
1877have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
1878personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
1879Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
1880For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
1881political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
1882working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
1883between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
1884however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
1885logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
1886an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
1887to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
1888outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
1889there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
1890There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
1891
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1892=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
1893
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1895
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1896The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
1897correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
1898showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
1899however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
1900magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
1901the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
1902
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1903=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1904
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1906
1907 Over hill, over dale,
1908 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
1909 Over park, over pale,
1910 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
1911 I do wander everywhere,
1912 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
1913 And I serve the fairy queen,
1914 To dew her orbs upon the green.
1915 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
1916 In their gold coats, spots you see;
1917 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
1918 In their freckles live our savours.
1919 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
1920 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
1921 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
1922 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
1923
5f42d1f2 1924=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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1927
1928 From the beginning, I knew…
1929 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
1930 …that I can't fix…
1931 …with my hands…
1932
40e1c3e8 1933=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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1936
1937 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
1938 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
1939 The shadows lengthen
1940 In Carcosa.
1941
1942 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
1943 And strange moons circle through the skies
1944 But stranger still is
1945 Lost Carcosa.
1946
1947 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
1948 Where flap the tatters of the King,
1949 Must die unheard in
1950 Dim Carcosa.
1951
1952 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
1953 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
1954 Shall dry and die in
1955 Lost Carcosa.
1956
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1957=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
1958
1959(no epigraph)
1960
40e1c3e8 1961=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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1964
1965"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
1966empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
1967Yellow!"
1968
40e1c3e8 1969=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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1972
1973 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
1974
1975 STRANGER: Indeed?
1976
1977 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
1978
1979 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
1980
1981 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
1982
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1983=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
1984
1985L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
1986
1987One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
1988only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
1989that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
1990about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
1991places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
1992Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
1993mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
1994every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
1995
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1996=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
1997
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1999
2000The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
2001systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
2002thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
2003operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
2004ever seen.
2005
2006An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
2007something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
2008kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
2009anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
2010disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
2011gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
2012that renders the operating system unnecessary.
2013
2014=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
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2018Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
2019someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
2020again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
2021and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
2022language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
2023
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2024=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
2025
2026L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
2027
2028It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
2029who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
2030walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
2031and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
2032search, in questions, in torment.
2033
2ee7da68 2034=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2037
2038Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
2039
2040=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
2041
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2043
2044 I'd love to go drowning
2045 And to stay and to stay
2046 But the ocean doesn't want me today
2047 I'll go in up to here
2048 It can't possibly hurt
2049 All they will find is my beer
2050 And my shirt
2051
2052=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
2053
2054L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
2055
2056 And the great day of wrath has come
2057 And here's mud in your big red eye
2058 The poker's in the fire
2059 And the locusts take the sky
2060 And the earth died screaming
2061 While I lay dreaming of you
2062
2063=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
2064
2065L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
2066
2067 What's he building in there?
2068
2069 We have a right to know…
2070
2ee7da68 2071=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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2074
2075It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
2076eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
2077
2ee7da68 2078=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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2081
2082The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
2083followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
2084safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
2085place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
2086would be famous for this.
2087
2088Six months passed. A year.
2089
72f869fd 2090The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 2091Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 2092powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 2093
2ee7da68 2094=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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2097
2098Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
2099The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
2100recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
2101his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
2102Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
2103of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
2104Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
2105of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
2106'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
2107embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
2108'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
2109in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
2110leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
2111
2112The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
2113Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
2114in the destruction of the planet Earth.
2115
2ee7da68 2116=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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2120I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
2121the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
2122dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
2123between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
2124improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
2125fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
2126I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
2127them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
2128do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 2129from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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2130in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
2131perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
2132himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
2133a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
2134the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
2135world is richer for it.
2136
2ee7da68 2137=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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2140
2141No thought.
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2142
2143The boy extinguished. Only a place.
2144
2145This place.
2146
2147Motionless, 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.
2148
2149A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
2150
2151For 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.
2152
2153The 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 . . .
2154
2155And 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.
2156
2157The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
2158
2159I have been legion . . .
2160
2161In 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.
2162
2163Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 2165=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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2168
2169Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
2170of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
2171scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
2172glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
2173beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
2174much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
2175caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
2176vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
2177had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
2178
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2179=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2180
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2182
2183Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
2184behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
2185recording everything.
2186
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2187=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
2188
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2191 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
2192 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
2193 She aims it at the creature's head,
2194 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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2196 A few weeks later, in the wood,
2197 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
2198 But what a change! No cloak of red,
2199 No silly hood upon her head.
2200 She said, "Hello, and do please note
2201 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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2203=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
2204
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2206
2207Preparation:
2208
2209Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
2210or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
2211Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
2212look golden brown.
2213Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
2214ready to create the soup.
2215
2216Ingredients:
2217
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2218 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
2219 3 tbsp butter
2220 1/4 cup olive oil
2221 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
2222 1 tsp salt
2223 1 tsp sugar
2224 black pepper to taste
2225 1 cup red wine
2226 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2227 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
2228 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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2229
2230Method:
2231
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2232 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
2233 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
2234 to half an hour.
2235 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2236 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
2237 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
2238 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
2239 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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2240
2241Enjoy.
2242
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2243=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
2244
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2246
2247‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
2248
2249Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
2250their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
2251
2252The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
2253butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
2254and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
2255
2256Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
2257
2258‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
2259
2260‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
2261
2262‘What?’
2263
2264‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
2265
2266‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
2267his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
2268dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
2269quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
2270
2271‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
2272an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
2273
2274‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
2275
2276The iotum rose, spinning.
2277
2278‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
2279
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2280=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
2281
2282L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
2283
2284On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
2285taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
2286"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
2287and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
2288merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
2289subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
2290Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
2291it.
2292
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2294
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2296
2297`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
2298`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
2299hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
2300The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
2301been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
2302be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
2303to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
2304fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
2305
2306There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
2307climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
2308broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
2309implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
2310on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
2311Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
2312astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
2313for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
2314out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
2315the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
2316
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2317=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
2318
2319L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
2320
2321 A victim of collision on the open sea
2322 Nobody ever said that life was free
2323 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
2324 But use your freedom of choice
2325
2326=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
2327
2328L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
2329
2330Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
2331machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
2332trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
2333little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
2334to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
2335he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
2336the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
2337
2338The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
2339current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
2340transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
2341chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
2342adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
2343as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
2344solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
2345valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
2346the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
2347machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
2348
2ee7da68 2349=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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2352
2353 Don't you know? You never split the party
2354 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
2355 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
2356 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
2357
c33412d7 2358=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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2361
2362I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
2363Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
2364Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
2365The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
2366
2367
2368
2369I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
2370sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
2371collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
2372
2373My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
2374inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
2375swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
2376side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
2377The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
2378dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
2379
2ee7da68 2380=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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2384 All I have is a voice
2385 To undo the folded lie,
2386 The romantic lie in the brain
2387 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
2388 And the lie of Authority
2389 Whose buildings grope the sky:
2390 There is no such thing as the State
2391 And no one exists alone;
2392 Hunger allows no choice
2393 To the citizen or the police;
2394 We must love one another or die.
2395
2ee7da68 2396=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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2400 How many roads must a man walk down
2401 Before you call him a man?
2402 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
2403 Before she sleeps in the sand?
2404 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
2405 Before they're forever banned?
2406 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2407 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2408
2409 How many years can a mountain exist
2410 Before it's washed to the sea?
2411 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
2412 Before they're allowed to be free?
2413 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
2414 Pretending he just doesn't see?
2415 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2416 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2417
2418 How many times must a man look up
2419 Before he can see the sky?
2420 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
2421 Before he can hear people cry?
2422 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
2423 That too many people have died?
2424 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2425 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 2427=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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2430
2431 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2432 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
2433 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2434 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
2435 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
2436
2437Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
2438age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
2439older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
2440debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
2441girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
2442A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
2443Top for more than one week.
2444
2445Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
2446lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
2447buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
2448into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
2449meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
2450soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
2451single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
2452
2453 "I'm never going to give you up"
2454
2ee7da68 2455=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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2458
2459"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
2460
2461He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
2462notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
2463which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
2464OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
2465ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
2466
2467There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
2468busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
2469out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
2470mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
2471and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
2472with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
2473bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
2474chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
2475excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
2476down cheering and applauding.
2477
2478"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
2479
2ee7da68 2480=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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2483
2484Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
2485into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
2486beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
2487winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
2488wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
2489over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
2490
2491But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
2492gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
2493villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
2494journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
2495domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
2496with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
2497by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
2498Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
2499
2ee7da68 2500=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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2503
2504This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
2505been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
2506confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
2507how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
2508could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
2509putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
2510I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
2511before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
2512think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
2513all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
2514off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
2515was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
2516The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
2517endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
2518benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
2519boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
2520lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
2521Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
2522resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
2523Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
2524you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
2525
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2527
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2529
2530A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
2531don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
2532without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
2533the human experience, the better design we will have.
2534
2ee7da68 2535=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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2539All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
2540the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
2541do so at their peril.
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2543It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
2544Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
2545work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
2546artist is in accord with himself.
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2548We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
2549he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
2550thing is that one admires it intensely.
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4ed12d4a 2552All art is quite useless.
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2ee7da68 2554=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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2558 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
2559 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
2560 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
2561 things the significance of a human future;
2562 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
2563 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
2564 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
2565 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
2566 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
2567 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
2568 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
2569 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
2570 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
2571 hurtles all ages along with it forever
2572 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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2575
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2577
2578Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
2579fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
2580winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
2581down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
2582being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
2583extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
2584but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
2585
2586Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
2587that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
2588around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
2589fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
2590the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
2591closed system.
2592
2593Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
2594the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
2595/be/ them.'
2596
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2598
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2600
4ed12d4a 2601If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 2602
c682aa67 2603=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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2607He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
2608mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
2609encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
2610
2611'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
2612Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
2613finished its run. It was due about now.'
2614
2615Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
2616see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
2617
2618'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
2619is always a last time for everything.)
2620
2621Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
2622
2623=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
2624
2625L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
2626
2627 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
2628 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
2629 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
2630 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
2631 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
2632 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
2633 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
2634 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
2635 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
2636 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
2637 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
2638 eaten them, but not for love.
2639
2640=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 >>
2641
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2643
2644It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
2645do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
2646they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
2647catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
2648awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
2649inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
2650
2651So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
2652mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
2653the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 2655=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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2658
2659At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
2660my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
2661the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
2662since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
2663already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
2664to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
2665the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
2666can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
2667unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
2668
c684cf36 2669=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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2671L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
2672
2673At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
2674myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
2675impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
2676"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
2677gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
2678or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
2679
2680I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
2681computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
2682ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
2683would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
2684my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
2685away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
2686won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
2687
2688So a freely distributable program is born.
2689
2690=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
2691
2692L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
2693
2694This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
2695continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
2696aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
2697and your bags will be offloaded.
2698
2ee7da68 2699=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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2702
2703Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
2704of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
2705by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
2706sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
2707swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
2708down their paved streets.
2709
2710Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
2711obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
2712company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
2713the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
2714govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
2715the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
2716
2717=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
2718
2719L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
2720
2721But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
2722my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
2723reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
2724wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
2725Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
2726the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 2727This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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2728just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
2729this had never reached me.
2730
2ee7da68 2731=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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2734
2735 When the full-grown poet came,
2736 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
2737 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
2738 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
2739 Nay he is mine alone;
2740 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
2741 by the hand;
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2742 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
2743 holding hands,
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2744 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
2745 And wholly and joyously blends them.
2746
2ee7da68 2747=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
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fbc70a9e 2749L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/02/msg169340.html>
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2751 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
2752 nema ráða vel kunni.
2753 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
2754 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
2755 Sák á telgðu talkni
2756 tíu launstafi ristna.
2757 Þat hefr lauka lindi
2758 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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2760=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
2761
2762L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
2763
2764In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
2765granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
2766do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
2767that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
2768generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
2769endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
2770that fire can truly light the world.
2771
2772And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
2773ask what you can do for your country.
2774
2775My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
2776but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
2777
2778Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
2779ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
2780we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
2781the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
2782asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
2783work must truly be our own.
2784
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2785=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
2786
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2787L<Announced on 2010-12-19 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/12/msg167271.html>
2788
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2789The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
2790to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
2791between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
2792cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
2793areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
2794be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
2795As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
2796the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
2797instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
2798interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
2799also be automated.
2800
2801Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
2802if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
2803were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
2804and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
2805indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
2806techniques like X-ray crystallography.
2807
2ee7da68 2808=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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2811
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2812[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
2813
5814c912 2814 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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2815
2816[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
2817
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2818 Trinity: What did you just say?
2819 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
2820 Trinity: What did you see?
2821 Cypher: What happened?
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2822 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
2823 like it.
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2824 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
2825 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
2826 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
2827 Neo: What is it?
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2828 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
2829 they change something.
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2831=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
2832
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2834
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2835The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
2836he storm vanishes.
2837
2838"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
2839fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
2840to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
2841me?"
2842
2843I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
2844like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
2845
2846"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
2847as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
2848on my heart.
2849
2850(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
2851
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2852=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
2853
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2855
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2856Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
2857air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
2858the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
2859faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
2860of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
2861the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
2862deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
2863fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
2864stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
2865revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
2866
2867For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
2868courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
2869the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
2870jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
2871were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
2872there, a glimmer of moonshine.
2873
2874Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
2875rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
2876grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
2877park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
806849f8 2878described.
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2880=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2881
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2883
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2884`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
2885`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
2886it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
2887she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
2888
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2889 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
2890 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
2891 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
2892 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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2893
2894
2895`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
2896
2897`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
2898nonsense.'
2899
2900Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
2901anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
2902
2903`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
2904
2905`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
2906
2907`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
2908with his nose, you know?'
2909
2910`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
2911the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
2912
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2913=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
2914
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2916
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2917Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
2918Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
2919notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
2920for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
2921sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
2922
2923Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
2924dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
2925Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
2926motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
2927Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
2928that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
2929had ever even been a car.
2930
2931There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
2932been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
2933this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
2934flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
2935re-entry.
2936
2937There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
2938metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
2939somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
2940make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
2941
2942It should have fallen apart miles back.
2943
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2944=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
2945
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2947
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2948We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
2949the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
2950in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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2951there exist ... special circumstances.
2952
2953=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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2956
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2957And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
2958bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
2959yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
2960with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
2961if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
2962bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
2963quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
2964
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2965=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
2966
2967L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
2968
2969The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
2970involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
2971when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
2972streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
2973road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
2974seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
2975smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
2976
2977"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
2978volcano were once more to set to work."
2979
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2980=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
2981
2982L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
2983
2984 Music oft hath such a charm
2985 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
2986
2987=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
2988
2989L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
2990
2991 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
2992 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
2993 When breakfast is taken away,
2994 To turn his attention to dinner;
2995 And it's not in the range of belief,
2996 To look upon him as a glutton,
2997 Who, when he is tired of beef,
2998 Determines to tackle the mutton.
2999 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
3000 If it will appease her sorrow,
3001 I'll marry this lady today,
3002 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
3003
3004=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
3005
3006L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
3007
3008 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
3009 Tolerates no work of man.
3010 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
3011 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
3012 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
3013 While the last larks sing and soar,
3014 From the heather-blossoms sweet
3015 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
3016 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
3017 Eleanor makes macaroons!
3018
3019=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
3020
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3022
3023 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
3024 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
3025 Lobster I freely endorse,
3026 In pate or patty or pasty.
3027 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
3028 And nothing the matter with jam,
3029 And the warmest greetings I utter
3030 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
3031 For they're food,
3032 All food,
3033 And I think very fondly of food.
3034 Through I'm broody at times
3035 When bothered by rhymes,
3036 I brood
3037 On food.
3038
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3040
3041L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
3042
3043 I saw a huge steam roller,
3044 It blotted out the sun.
3045 The people all lay down, lay down;
3046 They did not try to run.
3047 My love and I, we looked amazed
3048 Upon the gory mystery.
3049 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
3050 'The great machine is history!'
3051 My love and I, we ran away,
3052 The engine did not find us.
3053 We ran up to a mountain top,
3054 Left history far behind us.
3055 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
3056 But somehow we don't think so.
3057 We went to see where history'd been,
3058 And my, the dead did stink so.
3059
3060=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3061
3062L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
3063
3064CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
3065she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
3066seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
3067
3068What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
3069of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
3070has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
3071will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
3072only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
3073lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
3074design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
3075periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
3076
3077=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3078
3079L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
3080
3081The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
3082from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
3083view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
3084Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
3085once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
3086endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
3087a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
3088will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
3089of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
3090Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
3091still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
3092
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3093=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3094
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3096
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3097"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
3098many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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3099Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
3100what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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3101Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
3102had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
3103...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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3104"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
3105hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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3106degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
3107and-thirty degrees."
3108
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3109=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3110
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3113San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
3114the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
3115hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
3116of the Free World."
3117
3118Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
3119level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
3120harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
3121exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
3122
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3123=head2 v5.12.1-RC1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3124
3125L<Announced on 2010-05-09 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/05/msg159971.html>
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3127Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
3128the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
3129just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
3130a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
3131it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
3132of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
3133common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
3134bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
3135
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3136 Around and around and around we spin,
3137 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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3139=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3140
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3142
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3143'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
3144not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
3145your cat grins like that?'
3146
3147'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
3148
3149She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
3150jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
3151and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
3152
3153'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
3154that cats COULD grin.'
3155
3156'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
3157
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3158=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3159
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3160L<Announced on 2010-04-09 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg158720.html>
3161
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3162'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
3163have got altered.'
3164
3165'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
3166there was silence for some minutes.
3167
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3168=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3169
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3171
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3172'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
3173always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
3174rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
3175yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
3176can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
3177kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
3178
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3179=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3180
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3181L<Announced on 2010-04-02 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg158346.html>
3182
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3183At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
3184called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
3185dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
3186in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
3187sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
3188
3189'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
3190is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
3191the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
3192to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
3193accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 3194Mercia and Northumbria --"'
4363636d 3195
2831a86c 3196=head2 v5.12.0-RC2 - no announcement
4363636d 3197
2831a86c 3198Available on CPAN since 2010-04-01.
4363636d 3199
3e340399 3200=head2 v5.12.0-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
4363636d 3201
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3202L<Announced on 2010-03-29 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/03/msg158060.html>
3203
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3204So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
3205hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
3206making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
3207picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
3208close by her.
3209
3210There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
3211VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
3212dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
3213occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
3214it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
3215OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
3216Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
3217never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
3218take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
3219after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
3220rabbit-hole under the hedge.
3221
3222In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
3223in the world she was to get out again.
3224
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3e340399 3229=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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3232
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3233 A little child, a limber elf,
3234 Singing, dancing to itself,
3235 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
3236 That always finds, and never seeks,
3237 Makes such a vision to the sight
3238 As fills a father's eyes with light;
3239 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
3240 Upon his heart, that he at last
3241 Must needs express his love's excess
3242 With words of unmeant bitterness.
3243 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
3244 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
3245 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
3246 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
3247 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
3248 At each wild word to feel within
3249 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
3250 And what, if in a world of sin
3251 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
3252 Such giddiness of heart and brain
3253 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
3254 So talks as it's most used to do.
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3256=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
3257
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3258L<Announced on 2010-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/01/msg155848.html>
3259
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3260And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
3261into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
3262mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
3263question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
3264hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
3265louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
3266who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
3267worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
3268done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
3269
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3270=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
3271
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3272L<Announced on 2009-12-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/12/msg154838.html>
3273
4363636d 3274"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 3275course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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3276
3277Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
3278
3279"Why ain't that work?"
3280
3281Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
3282is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
3283
3284"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
3285
3286The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
3287to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
3288
3289That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
3290swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
3291-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
3292watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
3293absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
3294
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3295=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
3296
f0ccce9b 3297L<Announced on 2009-11-20 by Léon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/11/msg153646.html>
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3299The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
3300at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
3301streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
3302the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
3303live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
3304colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
3305as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
3306wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
3307prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
3308however much they're into colour.
3309
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3310=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
3311
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3313
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3314Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
3315and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
3316word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
3317disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
3318everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
3319on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
3320that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
3321glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 3322war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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3323presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
3324for more hazardous assignment.
3325
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3326=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
3327
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3329
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3330Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
3331streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
3332trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
3333to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
3334about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
3335of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
3336facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
3337explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
3338Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
3339people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
3340work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
3341their art.
3342
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3343=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3344
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3347'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
3348the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
3349Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
3350Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
3351responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
3352Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
3353Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
3354Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
3355Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
3356Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
3357
3358'Can they all type?' I joked.
3359
3360'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
3361McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
3362
3363I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
3364'We could have opened an agency.'
3365
3366Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
3367Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
3368amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
3369all say that, do they?' I ventured.
3370
3371Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
3372replied. 'Not quite all.'
3373
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0e6b8110 3378=head2 v5.10.1-RC1 - no epigraph
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3385
3386He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
3387he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
3388out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
3389noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
3390must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
3391number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
3392did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
3393
3394=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3395
3396L<Announced on 2007-11-25 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130978.html>
3397
3398=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
3399
3400L<Announced on 2007-11-17 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130653.html>
3401
3402=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
3403
3404L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
3405available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
3406
3407=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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3409L<Announced on 2006-08-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/08/msg115782.html>
3410
3411=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
3412
3413L<Announced on 2006-01-28 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/01/msg109086.html>
3414
3415=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
3416
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3418
3419This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
3420gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
3421technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
3422about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
3423bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
3424paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
3425in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
3426electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
3427picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
3428to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
3429technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
3430getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
3431sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
3432it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
3433conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
3434
3435"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
3436that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
3437`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
3438
3439"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
3440one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
3441flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
3442everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
3443make you flip?
3444
3445=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
3446
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3448
3449Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
3450
3451=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
3452
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3454
3455What of October, that ambiguous month
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3461Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
3462proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
3463the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
3464anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
3465how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
3466
3467'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
3468
3469This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
3470that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
3471
3472'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
3473expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
3474anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
3475sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
3476
3477This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
3478basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
3479policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
3480disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
3481the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
3482Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
3483and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
3484Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
3485
3486In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
3487reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
3488
3489I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
3490Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
3491for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
3492had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
3493work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
3494the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
3495left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
3496pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
3497the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
3498the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
3499
3500I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
3501publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
3502Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
3503
3504So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
3505pushing to increase the membership?
3506
3507'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
3508more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
3509futile and impotent it becomes.'
3510
3511This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
3512
3513Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
3514diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
3515
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3520There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
3521about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
3522four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
3523anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
3524thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
3525
3526Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
3527and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
3528press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
3529obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
3530produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
3531this draft...'
3532
3533I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
3534hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
3535incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
3536
3537'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
3538redundancy payments as well.'
3539
3540'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
3541it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
3542
3543'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
3544
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3549A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
3550was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
3551and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
3552jets and all.
3553
3554I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
3555
3556I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
3557Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
3558specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
3559the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
3560jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
3561grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
3562in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
3563
3564While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
3565taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
3566me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
3567sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
3568three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
3569plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
3570occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
3571were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
3572
3573And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
3574were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
3575
3576Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
3577name like Charlie Umtali?
3578
3579I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
3580know something about our official visitor.
3581
3582Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
3583has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
3584car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
3585to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
3586knew little of his background.
3587
3588I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
3589Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
3590first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
3591
3592Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
3593
3594'Why?' I enquired.
3595
3596'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
3597to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
3598never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
3599
3600Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
3601that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
3602
3603In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
3604where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
3605revolving door and comes out in front.'
3606
3607'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
3608
3609'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
3610
3611'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
3612
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3613=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
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3617 It's not that easy bein' green
3618 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
3619 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
3620 Or something much more colorful like that
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3622 It's not easy bein' green
3623 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
3624 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
3625 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
3626 Or stars in the sky
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3628 But green's the color of Spring
3629 And green can be cool and friendly-like
3630 And green can be big like an ocean
3631 Or important like a mountain
3632 Or tall like a tree
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3634 When green is all there is to be
3635 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
3636 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
3637 And I think it's what I want to be
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3639=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
3640
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4ed12d4a 3643 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 3644
4ed12d4a 3645 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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3647=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
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3651And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
3652hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
3653cat.
3654
3655Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 3656the wolf? What then?"
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3658=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3659
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3662And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
3663bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
3664round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
3665
3666In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
3667gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
3668climbed up the high stone wall.
3669
3670One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
3671stretched out over the wall.
3672
3673Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
3674Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
3675take care that he doesn't catch you!".
3676
3677The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
3678snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
3679
3680How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 3681the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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3683=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
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4363636d 3687"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 3688you."
4363636d 3689
51caa79e 3690"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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3691
3692"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
3693and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 3694to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 3695
51caa79e 3696"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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3697
3698"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
3699planting it."
3700
3701"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 3702grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 3703
51caa79e 3704Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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3705
3706"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
3707Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 3708wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 3710Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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3711
3712"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
3713how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 3714and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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3720"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
3721
3722"Hunting," said Pooh.
3723
3724"Hunting what?"
3725
3726"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
3727
3728"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
3729
3730"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
3731
3732"What do you think you'll answer?"
3733
3734"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
3735"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
3736you see there?"
3737
3738"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
3739excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
3740
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3741=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
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3745Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
3746ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
3747bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
3748waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
3749droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
3750hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
3751longbow.
3752
3753In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
3754often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
3755placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
3756likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
3757may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
3758Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
3759Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
3760farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
3761grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 3762T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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3764=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
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3768Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
3769ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
3770sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
3771pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
3772shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
3773
3774The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
3775Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 3776Caledonia and South America.
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3778=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
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3782The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
3783often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
3784large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
3785and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
3786spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
3787year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
3788may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
3789
3790It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
3791branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
3792of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
3793that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
3794
3795Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
3796other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
3797acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
3798mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
3799
3800It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 3801heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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3803=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
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3807 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
3808 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
3809 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
3810 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
3811
3812 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
3813 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
3814 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
3815 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
3816 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
3817 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
3818 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
3819 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
3820
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3821 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
3822 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
3823
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3825=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
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3829 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
3830 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
3831 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
3832 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3833
3834 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
3835 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
3836 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
3837 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3838 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
3839 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
3840
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3841=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
3842
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3845 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
3846 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
3847 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
3848 We must find him of the train can't start.'
3849 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
3850 They are searching high and low,
3851 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very