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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 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
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22L<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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24 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
25 Are you?
26 Yes. Do you know who he lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
27 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
28 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
29 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
30 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
31 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
32 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
33 a sea of shite.
34 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
35 America meant?
36 No.
37 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
38 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
39 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
40 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
41 playing to freak them out?
42 Who's Michael Stipe?
43 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
44 No, I'm not, Stephen.
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46=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
47
48L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
49
50 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
51 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
52 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
53 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
54 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
55 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
56 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
57 fact this is all we are doing
58
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59=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
60
61L<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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63 Concerning Nomes and Time
64
65 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
66 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
67
68 Let me explain.
69
70 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
71 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
72 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
73
74 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
75 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
76
77 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
78 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
79 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
80 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
81 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
82 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
83 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
84
85 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
86 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
87 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
88 even know.
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90=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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92L<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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94 When awful darkness and silence reign
95 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
96 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
97 When the angry breakers roar
98 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
99 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
100 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
101
102 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
103 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
104 A lonely spark with silvery rays
105 Piercing the coal-black night, -
106 A Meteor strange and bright: -
107 Hither and thither the vision strays,
108 A single lurid light.
109
110 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
111 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
112 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
113 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
114 And those who watch at that midnight hour
115 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
116 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
117 'The Dong! - the Dong!
118 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
119 The Dong! the Dong!
120 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
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122=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
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124L<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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126 Waiting for the beat to kick in
127 But it never does
128 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
129 That lift me above
130 All of these tiresome things
131 That we know and love
132 Waiting for the beat to kick in
133 But it never does
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135=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
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139Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
140totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
141you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
142that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
143people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
144
145Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
146gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
147symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
148and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
149clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
150home, from the ground up.
151
152No wonder you're a geek.
153
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154=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
155
156L<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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158 Even the bravest that are slain
159 Shall not dissemble their surprise
160 On waking to find valor reign,
161 Even as on earth, in paradise;
162 And where they sought without the sword
163 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
164 To find that the utmost reward
165 Of daring should be still to dare.
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167=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
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169L<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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171 Before the gates there sat
172 On either side a formidable shape;
173 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
174 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
175 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
176 With mortal sting; about her middle round
177 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
178 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
179 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
180 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
181 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
182 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
183 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
184 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
185 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
186 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
187 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
188 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
189 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
190 If shape it might be called that shape had none
191 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
192 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
193 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
194 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
195 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
196 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
197 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
198 The monster moving onward came as fast
199 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
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201=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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203L<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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205 A bird within the bower of her delight,
206 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
207 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
208
209 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
210 No weary task for her, for as at play
211 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
212
213 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
214 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
215 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
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217=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
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219L<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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221 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
222 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
223 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
224
225 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
226 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
227 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
228
229 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
230 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
231 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
232
233 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
234 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
235 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
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237=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
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239L<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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241 New punishments behoves me sing in this
242 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
243 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
244
245 I now stood ready to observe the full
246 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
247 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
248
249 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
250 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
251 As Litany processions keep, up here.
252
253 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
254 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
255 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
256
257 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
258 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
259 All power of looking forward being denied.
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261=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
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263L<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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265 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
266 I could be monarch of a desert land
267 I could devote and dedicate forever
268 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
269 So desert it would have to be, so walled
270 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
271 No one would covet it or think it worth
272 The pains of conquering to force change on.
273 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
274 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
275 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
276 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
277 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
278 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
279
280 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
281 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
282 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
283
284=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
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286L<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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288 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
289 You can't find one good thing to say
290 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
291 You'd stay the hell out of my way
292
293 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
294 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
295
296=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
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298L<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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300"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
301
302=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
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304L<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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306The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
307Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
308gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
309
310=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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312L<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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314“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
315
316“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
317
318“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
319be fun.”
320
321Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
322
323“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
324every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
325
326“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
327
328“You’ll have to jump.”
329
330“I’ll jump.”
331
332“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
333
334Yossarian jumped.
335
336Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
337missing him by inches, and he took off.
338
339=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
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341L<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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343 Nothing was left to do that I could see
344 Unless to find that there was no one there
345 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
346 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
347 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
348 Break silence now or be forever silent.
349 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
350 The melancholy of having to count souls
351 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
352 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
353 It must be I want life to go on living.
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355=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
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357L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
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359Spring
360
361Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
362look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
363I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
364and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
365love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
366meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
367and begin a new adventure.
368
369Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
370-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
371kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
372adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
373as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
374
375The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
376asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
377brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
378and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
379Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
380produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
381possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
382beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
383are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
384are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
385seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
386remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
387you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
388cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
389lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
390marriages made in heaven.
391
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393=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
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395L<Announced on 2016-02-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/02/msg234535.html>
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397Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
398of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
399helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
400
401But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
402any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
403she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
404no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
405free.
406
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411A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
412nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
413the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
414in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
415colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
416over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
417cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
418the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
419and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
420dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
421into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
422trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
423
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424=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
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428 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
429
430 5.23 Episode VII
431 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
432
433 It is a period of
434 unrest as separatists
435 announce their intentions
436 to fork PERL and return the
437 galaxy to speed and stability.
438
439 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
440 to hold together the remains of the
441 once mighty Republic against a tide of
442 incivility and the depredations of a new
443 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
444
445 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
446 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
447 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
448 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
449 a new Empire of gradual typing....
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451=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
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453L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
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455After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
456me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
457Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
458adventure.
459
460I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
461only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
462lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
463sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
464lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
465hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
466
467Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
468no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
469loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
470control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
471It took me two weeks to figure it out.
472
473The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
474register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
475an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
476index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
477would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
478the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
479
480Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
481to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
482instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
483additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
484instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
485ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
486
487The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
488lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
489was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
490all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
491
492He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
493largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
494datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
495overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
496the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
497the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
498program went happily on its way.
499
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500=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
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502L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
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504Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
505first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
506or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
507Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
508when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
509when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
510difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
511keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
512strong men.
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514=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
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516L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
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518 Little of of all we value here
519 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
520 Without both feeling and looking queer.
521 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
522 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
523 (This is a moral that runs at large;
524 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
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526=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
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530 Would you believe in a night like this
531 A night like this, when visions come true
532 Would you believe in a tale like this
533 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
534 Come to the blazing fire and
535
536 See me in the shadows
537 See me in the shadows
538 Songs I will sing
539 Of runes and rings
540 Just hand me my harp
541 This night turns into myth
542 Nothing seems real
543 You soon will feel
544 The world we live in is another skald's
545 Dream in the shadows
546 Dream in the shadows
547
548 Do you believe there is sense in it
549 Is it truth or myth?
550 They´re one in my rhymes
551 Nobody knows the meaning behind
552 The weaver's line
553 Well nobody else but the Norns can
554 See through the blazing fires of time and
555 All things will proceed as the
556 Child of the hallowed
557 Will speak to you now
558
559 See me in the shadows
560 See me in the shadows
561 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
562 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
563 Nothing seems real
564 You soon will feel
565 The world we live in is another skald´s
566 Dream in the shadows
567 Dream in the shadows
568
569 Do not fear for my reason
570 There's nothing to hide
571 How bitter your treason
572 How bitter the lie
573 Remember the runes and remember the light
574 All I ever want is to be at your side
575 We'll gladden the raven now I will
576 Run through the blazing fires
577 That's my choice
578 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
579
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580=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
581
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583
584 I was born beneath this willow,
585 Where my sire the earth did farm
586 Had the green grass as my pillow
587 The east wind as a blanket warm.
588
589 But away! away! called the wind from the west
590 And in answer I did run
591 Seeking glory and adventure
592 Promised by the rising sun.
593
594 I found love beneath this willow,
595 As true a love as life could hold,
596 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
597 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
598
599 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
600 In faithful answer I did run
601 Marching forth for king and country
602 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
603
604 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
605 As the seven seas I plied
606 And the girl who I left waiting
607 Longing to be at her side.
608
609 But about! about! called the wind from the west
610 As once again my ship did run
611 Down the coast, about the wide world
612 Flying sails in the setting sun.
613
614 Now I lie beneath the willow
615 Now at last no more to roam,
616 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
617 In their arms I'm finally home.
618
619 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
620 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
621 Will chase the sun into the morning
622 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
623
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627
628 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
629 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
630 Well, I try my best
631 To be just like I am
632 But everybody wants you
633 To be just like them
634 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
635 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
636
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637=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
638
639L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
640
641 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
642 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
643 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
644 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
645 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
646 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
647 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
648 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
649 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
650 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
651 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
652 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
653 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
654 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
655 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
656 At certain revolutions all the damned
657 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
658 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
659 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
660 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
661 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
662 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
663 They ferry over this Lethean sound
664 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
665 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
666 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
667 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
668 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
669 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
670 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
671 The ford, and of itself the water flies
672 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
673 The lip of Tantalus.
674
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675=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
676
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678
679 Between two dishes, equally attractive
680 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
681 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
682
683 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
684 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
685 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
686
687 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
688 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
689 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
690
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691=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
692
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694
695 For better waters heading with the wind
696 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
697 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
698
699 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
700 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
701 To leap up into joy celestial.
702
703 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
704 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
705 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
706
707 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
708 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
709 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
710
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711=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
712
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714
715 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
716 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
717 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
718
719 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
720 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
721 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
722
723 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
724 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
725 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
726
727 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
728 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
729 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
730
731 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
732 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
733 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
734
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735=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
736
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738
739A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
740splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
741shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
742straight up into the air!_'
743The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
744experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
745gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
746his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
747most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
748storm.
749Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
750knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
751heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
752intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
753those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
754scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
755set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
756everything, regardless?
757At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
758voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
759
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760=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
761
762L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
763
764This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
765before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
766whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
767carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
768merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
769ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
770entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
771boisterous.
772Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
773not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
774up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
775nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
776masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
777the attentions of several all too merry couples.
778Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
779that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
780Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
781on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
782raising a glass of champagne.
783In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
784mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
785lonely corner.
786He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
787a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
788that it was Christine and followed her.
789'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
790The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
791no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
792on in silence.
793
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794=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
795
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797
798 If the snow flies in my face,
799 Let me shake it off me!
800 If my heart within me speaks,
801 I'll sing bright and gaily!
802
803 Will not listen what it says,
804 Have no ears for moaning.
805 Do not feel what it complains,--
806 Only fools like groaning!
807
808 Jolly brave into the world,
809 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
810 If there is no God on earth,
811 Let 's be gods down nether!
812
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813=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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816
817 Why do I shun all those highways
818 Which the other wanderer seeks?
819 Why do I find bridged by-ways
820 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
821
822 For I have no crime committed,
823 Why I should now run from men,--
824 What demented heart's desire
825 Drives me to a desert glen?
826
827 Signposts on all highways stationed
828 Point their signs toward the towns,
829 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
830 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
831
832 One such signpost I see planted
833 Of my question unconcerned,
834 One road must my choice be granted,
835 Whence no man has yet returned!
836
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837=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
838
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840
841 How the storm tore rents
842 In heavens gray attired!
843 The rags of cloud are flying
844 Around, of combat tired.
845
846 And flames of fire lambent,
847 Fly between them and part,
848 That 's what I call a morning,
849 A morning after my heart!
850
851 My heart sees in the heavens
852 Its own picture unspoilt--
853 It's nothing but the Winter,
854 The Winter, cold and wild.
855
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856=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
857
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859
860 The hoary frost has a white sheen
861 Strewn all over my hair,
862 So I thought I was an old man
863 And thought life dealt me fair.
864
865 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
866 And I have my black hair again.
867 How I abhor my young fair years,
868 How long to wait for death and biers?
869
870 From setting sun to morning's hue
871 Many a head turns white.
872 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
873 In all this lifelong plight!
874
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875=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
876
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878
879 In the deepest rocky crevice
880 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
881 How I could find my way from here,
882 For me it's easy memory!
883
884 For I am used to straying ways,
885 Every path to th'end a way,
886 All our joys and all our suffering,--
887 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
888
889 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
890 I quite calmly downward stroll;
891 Every stream its sea will enter,
892 Every suffering finds its goal!
893
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894=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
895
896L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
897
898“You are the advocate of the dead.”
899
900The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
901that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
902take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
903their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
904remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
905figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
906
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907=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
908
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910
911 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
912 Among the theories scattered on the grass
913 Take up my good intentions with the rest
914
915=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
916
917L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
918
919There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
920its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
921
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923
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925
926 They shall pass and their places be taken,
927 The gods and the priests that are pure.
928 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
929 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
930 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
931 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
932 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
933 And delicate dust.
934
935 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
936 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
937 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
938 As the serpent again to a rod.
939 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
940 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
941 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
942 Our Lady of Pain.
943
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944=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
945
946L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
947
948The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
949Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
950started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
951crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
952and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
953pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
954through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
955claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
956were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
957they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
958It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
959obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
960
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961=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
962
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965 There is another sky,
966 Ever serene and fair,
967 And there is another sunshine,
968 Though it be darkness there;
969 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
970 Never mind silent fields -
971 Here is a little forest,
972 Whose leaf is ever green;
973 Here is a brighter garden,
974 Where not a frost has been;
975 In its unfading flowers
976 I hear the bright bee hum:
977 Prithee, my brother,
978 Into my garden come!
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980=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
981
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983
984Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
985Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
986Calvin: 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?
987Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
988[Box]: *BOINK*
989Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
990Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
991Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
992
2ee7da68 993=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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995L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
996
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997"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
998Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
999we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
1000everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
1001"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
1002refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
1003"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
1004would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
1005than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
1006the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 1008=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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1011
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1012GAME CAT
1013
1014EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
1015things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
1016Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
1017lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
1018snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
1019This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
1020all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
1021Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
1022some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
1023finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
1024just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
1025Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
1026MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
1027The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
1028involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
1029and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
1030where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
1031Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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1035L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
1036
1037 Het Dorp
1038
1039 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
1040 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
1041 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
1042 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
1043 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
1044 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
1045 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
1046 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
1047 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
1048 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
1049 een zandweg tussen koren door,
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1051
1052 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1053 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1054 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1055 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1056
1057 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
1058 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
1059 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
1060 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
1061 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
1062 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
1063 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
1064 ze zien de televisiequiz
1065 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
1066 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
1067 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
1068 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
1069
1070 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1071 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1072 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
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1074
1075 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
1076 in minirok en beatle-haar
1077 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
1078 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
1079 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
1080 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
1081 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
1082 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
1083 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
1084 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
1085 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
1086 een ansicht en herinneringen.
1087
1088 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1089 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
1090 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
1091 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
1092
2ee7da68 1093=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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1096
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1097To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
1098of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
1099masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
1100of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
1101seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
1102joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
1103to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
1104high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
1105approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
1106ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
1107myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
1108to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
1109discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
1110canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
1111armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
1112rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
1113handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
1114stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
1115occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
1116and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
1117which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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1119=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
1120
1121L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
1122
1123 If they just went straight they might go far,
1124 They are strong and brave and true;
1125 But they're always tired of the things that are,
1126 And they want the strange and new.
1127 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
1128 What a deep mark I would make!"
1129 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
1130 Is only a fresh mistake.
1131
1132=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
1133
1134L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
1135
1136 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
1137 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
1138 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
1139 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
1140 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
1141 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
1142 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
1143 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
1144 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
1145 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
1146 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
1147 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
1148 Aldrin: 120 feet.
1149 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
1150 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
1151 Duke: 60 seconds.
1152 Aldrin: Light's on.
1153 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
1154 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
1155 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
1156 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
1157 down a half.
1158 Duke: 30 seconds.
1159 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
1160 Aldrin: Contact Light.
1161 Armstrong: Shutdown.
1162 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
1163 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
1164 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
1165 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
1166 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
1167 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
1168 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
1169 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
1170 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
1171 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
1172 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
1173 Aldrin: Thank you.
1174
1175=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
1176
1177L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
1178
1179 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
1180 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
1181 We danced among the lightning bolts,
1182 and tore the world asunder.
1183
1184 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
1185 written near the end of the previous Age,
1186 known by some as the Third Age.
1187 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
1188 Reborn.
1189
1190=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
1191
1192L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
1193
1194 Walled in fast within the earth
1195 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
1196 This must be the bell’s great birth!
1197 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
1198 Sweat must trickle now
1199 From the burning brow,
1200 Till the work its master honour.
1201 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
1202
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1203=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
1204
1205L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
1206
1207 Steady old Väinämöinen
1208 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1209 'No lilting on the waters
1210 and no singing on the waves!
1211 Song keeps you lazy
1212 tales delay rowing.
1213 Precious day would pass and night
1214 would overtake us midway
1215 on these wide waters
1216 upon these vast waves.'
1217
1218 The wanton Lemminkäinen
1219 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1220 'The time will pass anyway
1221 the fair day will flee
1222 and the night will come panting
1223 and the twilight will steal in
1224 if you don't sing while you live
1225 nor hum in this world.'
1226
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1227=head2 v5.20.3-RC2 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
1228
1229L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
1230
1231'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
1232and I was reciting these lines:
1233
1234 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
1235 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
1236 I wonder at the patience that I showed
1237 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
1238 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
1239 I have remained confused in misery.
1240
1241I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
1242Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
1243walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
1244person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
1245am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
1246ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
1247asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
1248allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
1249added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
1250and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
1251idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
1252coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
1253and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
1254different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
1255without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
1256the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
1257the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
1258sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
1259gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
1260told you about this, so goodbye."
1261
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1262=head2 v5.20.3-RC1 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
1263
1264L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
1265
1266'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
1267asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
1268and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
1269and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
1270I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
1271candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
1272were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
1273congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
1274face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
1275[...]
1276'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
1277her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
1278them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
1279ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
1280told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
1281man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
1282[...]
1283'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
1284servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
1285was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
1286four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
1287like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
1288fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
1289"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
1290was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
1291shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
1292longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
1293a bean.
1294
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1295=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
1296
1297L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
1298
1299 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
1300 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
1301 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
1302 Where is the cow hidden right now?
1303
1304 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
1305 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
1306 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
1307 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
1308
1309 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
1310 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
1311 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
1312 Yeah!
1313
1314 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
1315 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
1316 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
1317 Yeah, yeah!
1318
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1319=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
1320
1321L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
1322
1323 I've seen things,
1324 I've seen them with my eyes;
1325 I've seen things,
1326 They're often in disguise.
1327
1328 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
1329 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
1330 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
1331 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
1332
1333 I've seen things,
1334 I've seen them with my eyes;
1335 I've seen things,
1336 They're often in disguise.
1337
1338 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
1339
2ee7da68 1340=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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1341
1342L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
1343
1344 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
1345 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
1346 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
1347
1348 DON ALFONSO:
1349 Take heart, my dearest children.
1350 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
1351
1352 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
1353 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
1354
1355 FIORDILIGI:
1356 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
1357 It is disappearing already!
1358 It is no longer in sight!
1359 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
1360
1361 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
1362 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
1363
1364 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
1365 May the wind be gentle,
1366 may the sea be calm,
1367 and may the elements
1368 respond kindly
1369 to our wishes.
1370
2ee7da68 1371=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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1372
1373L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
1374
1375 GUGLIELMO:
1376 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
1377 is reluctant to come before her.
1378
1379 FERRANDO:
1380 My trembling lip
1381 can utter no word.
1382
1383 DON ALFONSO:
1384 The hero displays his manliness
1385 in the most terrible moments.
1386
1387 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
1388 Now that we have heard the news,
1389 you have the lesser duty:
1390 Take heart, and plunge your swords
1391 into both our hearts.
1392
1393 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
1394 My idol, blame fate
1395 that I must abandon you.
1396
1397 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
1398 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
1399 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
1400 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
1401 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
1402 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
1403 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
1404
1405 ALL:
1406 Thus destiny defrauds
1407 the hopes of mortals.
1408 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
1409 who can ever love life?
1410
2ee7da68 1411=head2 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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1412
1413L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
1414
1415 DON ALFONSO:
1416 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
1417 my lip stammers.
1418 My voice cannot emerge,
1419 but remains in my throat.
1420 What will you do? What shall I do?
1421 Oh what a great catastrophe!
1422 There can be nothing worse.
1423 I feel pity for you and for them.
1424
1425 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
1426 die.
1427 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
1428 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
1429 love dead, perhaps?
1430 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
1431 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
1432 DORABELLA: Wounded?
1433 DON ALFONSO: No.
1434 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
1435 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
1436 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
1437 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
1438 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
1439 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
1440 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
1441 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
1442 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
1443 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
1444 you wish it, they are ready...
1445 DORABELLA: Where are they?
1446 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
1447
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1448=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
1449
1450L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
1451
1452 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
1453 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
1454 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
1455 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
1456 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
1457 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
1458
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1459=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
1460
1461L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
1462
1463 When times go bad
1464 when times go rough
1465 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
1466 And let me do my stuff
1467
2ee7da68 1468=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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1469
1470L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
1471
1472O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
1473sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
1474Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
1475than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
1476temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
1477mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
1478your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
1479draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
1480implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
1481rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
1482bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
1483Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
1484is a fool!
1485
2ee7da68 1486=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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1487
1488L<Announced on 2014-03-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/03/msg213851.html>
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1489
1490The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
1491the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
1492withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
1493consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
1494tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
1495detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
1496by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
1497
2ee7da68 1498=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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1499
1500L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
1501
1502Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
1503rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
1504stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
1505know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
1506that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
1507chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
1508clouds thickened above them.
1509
1510"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
1511you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
1512body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
1513closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
1514hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
1515he looked Long in the face.
1516
1517"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
1518master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
1519grew fierce.
1520
1521"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
1522fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
1523truth!"
1524
2ee7da68 1525=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1526
1527L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
1528
1529“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
1530hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
1531
1532“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
1533
1534“Is there? What is the point?”
1535
1536“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
1537
1538“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
1539
1540“The trick is not to think about that.”
1541
1542“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
1543
1544Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
1545
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1546=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
1547
1548L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
1549
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1550And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
1551down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
1552the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
1553were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
1554they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
1555Europe was over.
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1557Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
1558leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
1559kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
1560horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 1561
e91f1fc1 1562Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 1563
e91f1fc1 1564One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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1566=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
1567
1568L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
1569
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1570 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
1571
1572 Mr. Bun: Morning.
1573 Waitress: Morning.
1574 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
1575 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
1576 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
1577 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
1578 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
1579 egg on top and spam
1580 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
1581 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
1582 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
1583 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
1584 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
1585 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
1586 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
1587 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
1588 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
1589 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
1590
1591 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
1592
1593 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
1594 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
1595 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
1596 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
5a3c3c58 1597
40e1c3e8 1598=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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1602 I
1603
1604 A cat is strolling through my mind
1605 Acting as though he owned the place,
1606 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
1607 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
1608
1609 So tender and discreet his tone;
1610 But whether he should growl or purr
1611 His voice is always rich and deep.
1612 That is the secret of his charm.
1613
1614 This purling voice that filters down
1615 Into my darkest depths of soul
1616 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
1617 Delights me as a potion would.
1618
1619 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
1620 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
1621 Without the need for any words
1622 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
1623
1624 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
1625 Across my heart, fine instrument,
1626 And makes to sing so royally
1627 The strongest and the purest chord,
1628
1629 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
1630 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
1631 In whom all is, angelically,
1632 As subtle as harmonious.
1633
1634 II
1635
1636 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
1637 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
1638 I might have been embalmed in it
1639 By giving him one little pet.
1640
1641 He is my household's guardian soul;
1642 He judges, he presides, inspires
1643 All matters in hos royal realm;
1644 Might he be fairy? or a god?
1645
1646 When my eyes, to this cat I love
1647 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
1648 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
1649 And when I look within myself,
1650
1651 I notice with astonishment
1652 The fire of his opal eyes,
1653 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
1654 Taking my measure, steadily.
1655
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1657
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1660There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
1661that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
1662Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
1663despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
1664loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
1665looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
1666his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
1667of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
1668heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
1669danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
1670She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
1671surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
1672and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
1673be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
1674name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
1675and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
1676him.
1677
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1679
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1682E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
1683written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
1684betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
1685have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
1686personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
1687Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
1688For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
1689political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
1690working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
1691between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
1692however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
1693logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
1694an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
1695to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
1696outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
1697there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
1698There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
1699
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1704The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
1705correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
1706showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
1707however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
1708magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
1709the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
1710
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1712
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1714
1715 Over hill, over dale,
1716 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
1717 Over park, over pale,
1718 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
1719 I do wander everywhere,
1720 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
1721 And I serve the fairy queen,
1722 To dew her orbs upon the green.
1723 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
1724 In their gold coats, spots you see;
1725 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
1726 In their freckles live our savours.
1727 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
1728 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
1729 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
1730 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
1731
5f42d1f2 1732=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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1735
1736 From the beginning, I knew…
1737 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
1738 …that I can't fix…
1739 …with my hands…
1740
40e1c3e8 1741=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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1744
1745 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
1746 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
1747 The shadows lengthen
1748 In Carcosa.
1749
1750 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
1751 And strange moons circle through the skies
1752 But stranger still is
1753 Lost Carcosa.
1754
1755 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
1756 Where flap the tatters of the King,
1757 Must die unheard in
1758 Dim Carcosa.
1759
1760 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
1761 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
1762 Shall dry and die in
1763 Lost Carcosa.
1764
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1766
1767(no epigraph)
1768
40e1c3e8 1769=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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1772
1773"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
1774empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
1775Yellow!"
1776
40e1c3e8 1777=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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1780
1781 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
1782
1783 STRANGER: Indeed?
1784
1785 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
1786
1787 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
1788
1789 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
1790
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1791=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
1792
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1794
1795One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
1796only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
1797that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
1798about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
1799places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
1800Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
1801mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
1802every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
1803
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1807
1808The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
1809systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
1810thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
1811operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
1812ever seen.
1813
1814An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
1815something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
1816kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
1817anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
1818disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
1819gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
1820that renders the operating system unnecessary.
1821
1822=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
1823
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1826Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
1827someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
1828again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
1829and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
1830language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
1831
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1833
1834L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
1835
1836It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
1837who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
1838walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
1839and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
1840search, in questions, in torment.
1841
2ee7da68 1842=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1845
1846Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
1847
1848=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
1849
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1851
1852 I'd love to go drowning
1853 And to stay and to stay
1854 But the ocean doesn't want me today
1855 I'll go in up to here
1856 It can't possibly hurt
1857 All they will find is my beer
1858 And my shirt
1859
1860=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
1861
1862L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
1863
1864 And the great day of wrath has come
1865 And here's mud in your big red eye
1866 The poker's in the fire
1867 And the locusts take the sky
1868 And the earth died screaming
1869 While I lay dreaming of you
1870
1871=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
1872
1873L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
1874
1875 What's he building in there?
1876
1877 We have a right to know…
1878
2ee7da68 1879=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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1882
1883It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
1884eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
1885
2ee7da68 1886=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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1889
1890The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
1891followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
1892safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
1893place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
1894would be famous for this.
1895
1896Six months passed. A year.
1897
72f869fd 1898The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 1899Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 1900powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 1901
2ee7da68 1902=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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1905
1906Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
1907The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
1908recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
1909his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
1910Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
1911of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
1912Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
1913of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
1914'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
1915embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
1916'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
1917in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
1918leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
1919
1920The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
1921Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
1922in the destruction of the planet Earth.
1923
2ee7da68 1924=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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1927
1928I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
1929the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
1930dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
1931between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
1932improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
1933fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
1934I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
1935them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
1936do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 1937from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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1938in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
1939perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
1940himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
1941a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
1942the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
1943world is richer for it.
1944
2ee7da68 1945=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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1948
1949No thought.
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1951The boy extinguished. Only a place.
1952
1953This place.
1954
1955Motionless, 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.
1956
1957A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
1958
1959For 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.
1960
1961The 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 . . .
1962
1963And 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.
1964
1965The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
1966
1967I have been legion . . .
1968
1969In 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.
1970
1971Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 1973=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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1977Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
1978of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
1979scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
1980glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
1981beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
1982much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
1983caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
1984vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
1985had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
1986
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1988
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1990
1991Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
1992behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
1993recording everything.
1994
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1995=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1996
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2000 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
2001 She aims it at the creature's head,
2002 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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2005 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
2006 But what a change! No cloak of red,
2007 No silly hood upon her head.
2008 She said, "Hello, and do please note
2009 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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2011=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
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2013L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
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2015Preparation:
2016
2017Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
2018or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
2019Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
2020look golden brown.
2021Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
2022ready to create the soup.
2023
2024Ingredients:
2025
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2027 3 tbsp butter
2028 1/4 cup olive oil
2029 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
2030 1 tsp salt
2031 1 tsp sugar
2032 black pepper to taste
2033 1 cup red wine
2034 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2035 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
2036 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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2038Method:
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2041 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
2042 to half an hour.
2043 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2044 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
2045 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
2046 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
2047 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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2049Enjoy.
2050
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2051=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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2054
2055‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
2056
2057Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
2058their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
2059
2060The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
2061butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
2062and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
2063
2064Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
2065
2066‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
2067
2068‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
2069
2070‘What?’
2071
2072‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
2073
2074‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
2075his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
2076dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
2077quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
2078
2079‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
2080an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
2081
2082‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
2083
2084The iotum rose, spinning.
2085
2086‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
2087
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2088=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
2089
2090L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
2091
2092On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
2093taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
2094"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
2095and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
2096merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
2097subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
2098Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
2099it.
2100
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2101=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2102
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2104
2105`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
2106`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
2107hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
2108The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
2109been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
2110be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
2111to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
2112fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
2113
2114There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
2115climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
2116broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
2117implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
2118on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
2119Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
2120astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
2121for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
2122out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
2123the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
2124
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2125=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
2126
2127L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
2128
2129 A victim of collision on the open sea
2130 Nobody ever said that life was free
2131 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
2132 But use your freedom of choice
2133
2134=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
2135
2136L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
2137
2138Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
2139machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
2140trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
2141little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
2142to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
2143he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
2144the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
2145
2146The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
2147current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
2148transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
2149chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
2150adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
2151as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
2152solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
2153valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
2154the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
2155machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
2156
2ee7da68 2157=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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2160
2161 Don't you know? You never split the party
2162 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
2163 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
2164 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
2165
c33412d7 2166=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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2169
2170I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
2171Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
2172Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
2173The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
2174
2175
2176
2177I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
2178sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
2179collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
2180
2181My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
2182inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
2183swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
2184side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
2185The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
2186dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
2187
2ee7da68 2188=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
4c4c16b2 2189
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2192 All I have is a voice
2193 To undo the folded lie,
2194 The romantic lie in the brain
2195 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
2196 And the lie of Authority
2197 Whose buildings grope the sky:
2198 There is no such thing as the State
2199 And no one exists alone;
2200 Hunger allows no choice
2201 To the citizen or the police;
2202 We must love one another or die.
2203
2ee7da68 2204=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
54fdd2d6 2205
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2208 How many roads must a man walk down
2209 Before you call him a man?
2210 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
2211 Before she sleeps in the sand?
2212 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
2213 Before they're forever banned?
2214 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2215 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2216
2217 How many years can a mountain exist
2218 Before it's washed to the sea?
2219 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
2220 Before they're allowed to be free?
2221 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
2222 Pretending he just doesn't see?
2223 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2224 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2225
2226 How many times must a man look up
2227 Before he can see the sky?
2228 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
2229 Before he can hear people cry?
2230 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
2231 That too many people have died?
2232 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2233 The answer is blowin' in the wind
54fdd2d6 2234
2ee7da68 2235=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
1f9d7ff5 2236
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2238
2239 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2240 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
2241 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2242 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
2243 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
2244
2245Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
2246age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
2247older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
2248debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
2249girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
2250A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
2251Top for more than one week.
2252
2253Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
2254lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
2255buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
2256into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
2257meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
2258soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
2259single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
2260
2261 "I'm never going to give you up"
2262
2ee7da68 2263=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 2264
6dab83b1 2265L<Announced on 2012-01-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/01/msg182230.html>
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2266
2267"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
2268
2269He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
2270notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
2271which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
2272OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
2273ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
2274
2275There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
2276busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
2277out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
2278mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
2279and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
2280with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
2281bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
2282chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
2283excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
2284down cheering and applauding.
2285
2286"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
2287
2ee7da68 2288=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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2291
2292Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
2293into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
2294beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
2295winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
2296wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
2297over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
2298
2299But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
2300gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
2301villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
2302journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
2303domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
2304with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
2305by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
2306Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
2307
2ee7da68 2308=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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2311
2312This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
2313been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
2314confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
2315how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
2316could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
2317putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
2318I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
2319before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
2320think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
2321all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
2322off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
2323was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
2324The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
2325endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
2326benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
2327boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
2328lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
2329Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
2330resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
2331Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
2332you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
2333
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2334=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
2335
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2337
2338A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
2339don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
2340without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
2341the human experience, the better design we will have.
2342
2ee7da68 2343=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
607b15aa 2344
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2347All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
2348the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
2349do so at their peril.
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2351It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
2352Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
2353work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
2354artist is in accord with himself.
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2356We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
2357he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
2358thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 2359
4ed12d4a 2360All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 2361
2ee7da68 2362=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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bfb65171 2365
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2366 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
2367 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
2368 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
2369 things the significance of a human future;
2370 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
2371 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
2372 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
2373 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
2374 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
2375 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
2376 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
2377 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
2378 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
2379 hurtles all ages along with it forever
2380 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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2382=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
2383
2ccefb8a 2384L<Announced on 2011-07-20 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/07/msg175014.html>
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2385
2386Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
2387fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
2388winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
2389down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
2390being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
2391extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
2392but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
2393
2394Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
2395that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
2396around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
2397fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
2398the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
2399closed system.
2400
2401Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
2402the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
2403/be/ them.'
2404
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2405=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
2406
2407L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
2408
4ed12d4a 2409If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 2410
c682aa67 2411=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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c682aa67 2413L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Dave Mitchell|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg199988.html>
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2415He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
2416mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
2417encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
2418
2419'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
2420Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
2421finished its run. It was due about now.'
2422
2423Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
2424see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
2425
2426'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
2427is always a last time for everything.)
2428
2429Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
2430
2431=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
2432
2433L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
2434
2435 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
2436 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
2437 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
2438 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
2439 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
2440 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
2441 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
2442 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
2443 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
2444 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
2445 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
2446 eaten them, but not for love.
2447
2448=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 >>
2449
2450L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
2451
2452It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
2453do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
2454they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
2455catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
2456awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
2457inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
2458
2459So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
2460mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
2461the heart of the programmer.
b3c5102d 2462
c684cf36 2463=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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2464
2465L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
2466
2467At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
2468my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
2469the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
2470since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
2471already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
2472to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
2473the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
2474can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
2475unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
2476
c684cf36 2477=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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2478
2479L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
2480
2481At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
2482myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
2483impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
2484"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
2485gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
2486or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
2487
2488I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
2489computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
2490ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
2491would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
2492my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
2493away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
2494won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
2495
2496So a freely distributable program is born.
2497
2498=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
2499
2500L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
2501
2502This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
2503continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
2504aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
2505and your bags will be offloaded.
2506
2ee7da68 2507=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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2509L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
2510
2511Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
2512of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
2513by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
2514sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
2515swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
2516down their paved streets.
2517
2518Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
2519obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
2520company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
2521the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
2522govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
2523the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
2524
2525=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
2526
2527L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
2528
2529But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
2530my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
2531reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
2532wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
2533Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
2534the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
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2536just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
2537this had never reached me.
2538
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2542
2543 When the full-grown poet came,
2544 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
2545 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
2546 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
2547 Nay he is mine alone;
2548 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
2549 by the hand;
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2551 holding hands,
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2552 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
2553 And wholly and joyously blends them.
2554
2ee7da68 2555=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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2559 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
2560 nema ráða vel kunni.
2561 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
2562 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
2563 Sák á telgðu talkni
2564 tíu launstafi ristna.
2565 Þat hefr lauka lindi
2566 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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2568=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
2569
2570L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
2571
2572In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
2573granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
2574do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
2575that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
2576generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
2577endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
2578that fire can truly light the world.
2579
2580And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
2581ask what you can do for your country.
2582
2583My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
2584but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
2585
2586Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
2587ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
2588we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
2589the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
2590asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
2591work must truly be our own.
2592
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2594
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2597The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
2598to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
2599between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
2600cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
2601areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
2602be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
2603As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
2604the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
2605instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
2606interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
2607also be automated.
2608
2609Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
2610if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
2611were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
2612and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
2613indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
2614techniques like X-ray crystallography.
2615
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2619
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2620[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
2621
5814c912 2622 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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2623
2624[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
2625
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2626 Trinity: What did you just say?
2627 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
2628 Trinity: What did you see?
2629 Cypher: What happened?
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2630 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
2631 like it.
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2632 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
2633 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
2634 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
2635 Neo: What is it?
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2636 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
2637 they change something.
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2639=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
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2643The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
2644he storm vanishes.
2645
2646"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
2647fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
2648to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
2649me?"
2650
2651I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
2652like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
2653
2654"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
2655as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
2656on my heart.
2657
2658(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
2659
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2661
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2664Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
2665air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
2666the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
2667faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
2668of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
2669the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
2670deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
2671fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
2672stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
2673revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
2674
2675For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
2676courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
2677the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
2678jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
2679were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
2680there, a glimmer of moonshine.
2681
2682Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
2683rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
2684grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
2685park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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2688=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2689
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2692`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
2693`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
2694it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
2695she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
2696
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2697 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
2698 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
2699 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
2700 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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2701
2702
2703`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
2704
2705`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
2706nonsense.'
2707
2708Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
2709anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
2710
2711`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
2712
2713`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
2714
2715`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
2716with his nose, you know?'
2717
2718`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
2719the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
2720
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2721=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
2722
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2725Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
2726Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
2727notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
2728for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
2729sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
2730
2731Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
2732dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
2733Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
2734motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
2735Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
2736that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
2737had ever even been a car.
2738
2739There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
2740been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
2741this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
2742flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
2743re-entry.
2744
2745There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
2746metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
2747somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
2748make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
2749
2750It should have fallen apart miles back.
2751
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2753
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2756We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
2757the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
2758in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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2759there exist ... special circumstances.
2760
2761=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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2765And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
2766bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
2767yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
2768with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
2769if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
2770bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
2771quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
2772
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2773=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
2774
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2776
2777The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
2778involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
2779when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
2780streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
2781road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
2782seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
2783smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
2784
2785"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
2786volcano were once more to set to work."
2787
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2788=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
2789
2790L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
2791
2792 Music oft hath such a charm
2793 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
2794
2795=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
2796
2797L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
2798
2799 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
2800 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
2801 When breakfast is taken away,
2802 To turn his attention to dinner;
2803 And it's not in the range of belief,
2804 To look upon him as a glutton,
2805 Who, when he is tired of beef,
2806 Determines to tackle the mutton.
2807 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
2808 If it will appease her sorrow,
2809 I'll marry this lady today,
2810 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
2811
2812=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
2813
2814L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
2815
2816 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
2817 Tolerates no work of man.
2818 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
2819 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
2820 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
2821 While the last larks sing and soar,
2822 From the heather-blossoms sweet
2823 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
2824 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
2825 Eleanor makes macaroons!
2826
2827=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
2828
2829L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
2830
2831 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
2832 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
2833 Lobster I freely endorse,
2834 In pate or patty or pasty.
2835 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
2836 And nothing the matter with jam,
2837 And the warmest greetings I utter
2838 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
2839 For they're food,
2840 All food,
2841 And I think very fondly of food.
2842 Through I'm broody at times
2843 When bothered by rhymes,
2844 I brood
2845 On food.
2846
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2847=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
2848
2849L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
2850
2851 I saw a huge steam roller,
2852 It blotted out the sun.
2853 The people all lay down, lay down;
2854 They did not try to run.
2855 My love and I, we looked amazed
2856 Upon the gory mystery.
2857 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
2858 'The great machine is history!'
2859 My love and I, we ran away,
2860 The engine did not find us.
2861 We ran up to a mountain top,
2862 Left history far behind us.
2863 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
2864 But somehow we don't think so.
2865 We went to see where history'd been,
2866 And my, the dead did stink so.
2867
2868=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2869
2870L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
2871
2872CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
2873she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
2874seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
2875
2876What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
2877of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
2878has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
2879will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
2880only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
2881lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
2882design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
2883periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
2884
2885=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2886
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2888
2889The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
2890from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
2891view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
2892Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
2893once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
2894endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
2895a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
2896will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
2897of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
2898Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
2899still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
2900
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2901=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
2902
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2905"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
2906many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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2907Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
2908what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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2909Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
2910had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
2911...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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2912"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
2913hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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2914degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
2915and-thirty degrees."
2916
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2917=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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2921San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
2922the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
2923hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
2924of the Free World."
2925
2926Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
2927level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
2928harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
2929exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
2930
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2935Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
2936the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
2937just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
2938a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
2939it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
2940of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
2941common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
2942bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
2943
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2945 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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2951'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
2952not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
2953your cat grins like that?'
2954
2955'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
2956
2957She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
2958jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
2959and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
2960
2961'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
2962that cats COULD grin.'
2963
2964'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
2965
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2970'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
2971have got altered.'
2972
2973'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
2974there was silence for some minutes.
2975
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2976=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2977
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2980'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
2981always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
2982rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
2983yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
2984can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
2985kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
2986
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2987=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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2991At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
2992called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
2993dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
2994in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
2995sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
2996
2997'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
2998is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
2999the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
3000to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
3001accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 3002Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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3012So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
3013hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
3014making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
3015picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
3016close by her.
3017
3018There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
3019VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
3020dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
3021occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
3022it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
3023OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
3024Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
3025never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
3026take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
3027after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
3028rabbit-hole under the hedge.
3029
3030In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
3031in the world she was to get out again.
3032
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3041 A little child, a limber elf,
3042 Singing, dancing to itself,
3043 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
3044 That always finds, and never seeks,
3045 Makes such a vision to the sight
3046 As fills a father's eyes with light;
3047 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
3048 Upon his heart, that he at last
3049 Must needs express his love's excess
3050 With words of unmeant bitterness.
3051 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
3052 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
3053 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
3054 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
3055 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
3056 At each wild word to feel within
3057 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
3058 And what, if in a world of sin
3059 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
3060 Such giddiness of heart and brain
3061 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
3062 So talks as it's most used to do.
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3064=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
3065
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3068And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
3069into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
3070mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
3071question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
3072hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
3073louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
3074who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
3075worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
3076done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
3077
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3079
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4363636d 3082"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
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3084
3085Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
3086
3087"Why ain't that work?"
3088
3089Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
3090is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
3091
3092"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
3093
3094The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
3095to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
3096
3097That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
3098swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
3099-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
3100watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
3101absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
3102
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3104
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3107The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
3108at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
3109streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
3110the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
3111live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
3112colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
3113as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
3114wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
3115prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
3116however much they're into colour.
3117
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3119
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3122Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
3123and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
3124word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
3125disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
3126everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
3127on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
3128that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
3129glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 3130war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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3131presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
3132for more hazardous assignment.
3133
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3134=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
3135
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3138Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
3139streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
3140trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
3141to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
3142about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
3143of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
3144facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
3145explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
3146Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
3147people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
3148work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
3149their art.
3150
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3151=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3152
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3155'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
3156the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
3157Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
3158Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
3159responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
3160Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
3161Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
3162Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
3163Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
3164Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
3165
3166'Can they all type?' I joked.
3167
3168'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
3169McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
3170
3171I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
3172'We could have opened an agency.'
3173
3174Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
3175Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
3176amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
3177all say that, do they?' I ventured.
3178
3179Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
3180replied. 'Not quite all.'
3181
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3194He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
3195he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
3196out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
3197noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
3198must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
3199number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
3200did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
3201
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3210=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
3211
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3213available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
3214
3215=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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3223=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
3224
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3226
3227This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
3228gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
3229technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
3230about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
3231bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
3232paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
3233in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
3234electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
3235picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
3236to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
3237technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
3238getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
3239sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
3240it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
3241conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
3242
3243"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
3244that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
3245`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
3246
3247"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
3248one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
3249flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
3250everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
3251make you flip?
3252
3253=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
3254
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3256
3257Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
3258
3259=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
3260
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3262
3263What of October, that ambiguous month
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3265=head2 v5.8.9 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3266
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3269Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
3270proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
3271the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
3272anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
3273how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
3274
3275'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
3276
3277This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
3278that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
3279
3280'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
3281expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
3282anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
3283sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
3284
3285This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
3286basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
3287policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
3288disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
3289the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
3290Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
3291and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
3292Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
3293
3294In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
3295reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
3296
3297I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
3298Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
3299for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
3300had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
3301work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
3302the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
3303left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
3304pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
3305the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
3306the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
3307
3308I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
3309publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
3310Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
3311
3312So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
3313pushing to increase the membership?
3314
3315'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
3316more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
3317futile and impotent it becomes.'
3318
3319This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
3320
3321Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
3322diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
3323
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3328There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
3329about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
3330four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
3331anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
3332thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
3333
3334Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
3335and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
3336press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
3337obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
3338produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
3339this draft...'
3340
3341I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
3342hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
3343incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
3344
3345'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
3346redundancy payments as well.'
3347
3348'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
3349it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
3350
3351'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
3352
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3354
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3357A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
3358was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
3359and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
3360jets and all.
3361
3362I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
3363
3364I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
3365Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
3366specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
3367the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
3368jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
3369grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
3370in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
3371
3372While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
3373taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
3374me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
3375sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
3376three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
3377plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
3378occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
3379were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
3380
3381And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
3382were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
3383
3384Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
3385name like Charlie Umtali?
3386
3387I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
3388know something about our official visitor.
3389
3390Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
3391has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
3392car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
3393to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
3394knew little of his background.
3395
3396I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
3397Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
3398first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
3399
3400Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
3401
3402'Why?' I enquired.
3403
3404'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
3405to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
3406never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
3407
3408Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
3409that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
3410
3411In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
3412where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
3413revolving door and comes out in front.'
3414
3415'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
3416
3417'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
3418
3419'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
3420
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3421=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
3422
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3425 It's not that easy bein' green
3426 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
3427 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
3428 Or something much more colorful like that
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3430 It's not easy bein' green
3431 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
3432 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
3433 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
3434 Or stars in the sky
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3436 But green's the color of Spring
3437 And green can be cool and friendly-like
3438 And green can be big like an ocean
3439 Or important like a mountain
3440 Or tall like a tree
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3442 When green is all there is to be
3443 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
3444 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
3445 And I think it's what I want to be
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3447=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
3448
f3d08688 3449L<Announced on 2006-01-20 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/01/msg108833.html>
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4ed12d4a 3451 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 3452
4ed12d4a 3453 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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3455=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3456
f3d08688 3457L<Announced on 2005-05-31 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2005/05/msg101088.html>
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3459And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
3460hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
3461cat.
3462
3463Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 3464the wolf? What then?"
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3466=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3467
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3468L<Announced on 2005-05-20 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2005/05/msg100711.html>
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3470And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
3471bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
3472round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
3473
3474In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
3475gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
3476climbed up the high stone wall.
3477
3478One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
3479stretched out over the wall.
3480
3481Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
3482Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
3483take care that he doesn't catch you!".
3484
3485The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
3486snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
3487
3488How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 3489the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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3491=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
3492
f3d08688 3493L<Announced on 2004-11-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/11/msg96304.html>
2831a86c 3494
4363636d 3495"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 3496you."
4363636d 3497
51caa79e 3498"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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3499
3500"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
3501and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 3502to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 3503
51caa79e 3504"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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3505
3506"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
3507planting it."
3508
3509"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 3510grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 3511
51caa79e 3512Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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3513
3514"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
3515Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 3516wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 3517
51caa79e 3518Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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3519
3520"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
3521how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 3522and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
4363636d 3523
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3524=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
3525
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3526L<Announced on 2004-11-11 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/11/msg95786.html>
3527
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3528"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
3529
3530"Hunting," said Pooh.
3531
3532"Hunting what?"
3533
3534"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
3535
3536"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
3537
3538"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
3539
3540"What do you think you'll answer?"
3541
3542"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
3543"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
3544you see there?"
3545
3546"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
3547excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
3548
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3549=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
3550
f3d08688 3551L<Announced on 2004-07-19 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg93189.html>
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3553Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
3554ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
3555bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
3556waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
3557droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
3558hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
3559longbow.
3560
3561In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
3562often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
3563placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
3564likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
3565may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
3566Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
3567Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
3568farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
3569grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 3570T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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3572=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
3573
f3d08688 3574L<Announced on 2004-07-09 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92934.html>
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3576Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
3577ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
3578sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
3579pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
3580shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
3581
3582The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
3583Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 3584Caledonia and South America.
4363636d 3585
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3586=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
3587
f3d08688 3588L<Announced on 2004-07-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92840.html>
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3590The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
3591often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
3592large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
3593and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
3594spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
3595year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
3596may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
3597
3598It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
3599branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
3600of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
3601that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
3602
3603Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
3604other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
3605acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
3606mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
3607
3608It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 3609heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
4363636d 3610
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3611=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
3612
f3d08688 3613L<Announced on 2004-04-22 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90984.html>
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3615 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
3616 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
3617 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
3618 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
3619
3620 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
3621 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
3622 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
3623 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
3624 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
3625 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
3626 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
3627 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
3628
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3629 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
3630 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
3631
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3632
3633=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
3634
f3d08688 3635L<Announced on 2004-04-16 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90796.html>
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3637 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
3638 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
3639 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
3640 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3641
3642 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
3643 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
3644 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
3645 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3646 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
3647 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
3648
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3649=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
3650
f3d08688 3651L<Announced on 2004-04-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90422.html>
2831a86c 3652
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3653 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
3654 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
3655 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
3656 We must find him of the train can't start.'
3657 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
3658 They are searching high and low,
3659 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
3660 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
3661 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
3662 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
3663 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
3664 He's been busy in the luggage van!
3665 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 3666 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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3667 And we're off at last of the northern part
3668 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
3669
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3670=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
3671
f3d08688 3672L<Announced on 2004-01-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg87317.html>
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3674 We are the music makers,
3675 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
3676 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
3677 And sitting by desolate streams; --
3678 World-losers and world-forsakers,
3679 On whom the pale moon gleams:
3680 Yet we are the movers and shakers
3681 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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3683=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
3684
f3d08688 3685L<Announced on 2004-01-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg86969.html>
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3687 There may be trouble ahead,
3688 But while there's music and moonlight,
3689 And love and romance,
3690 Let's face the music and dance.
3691
3692 Before the fiddlers have fled,
3693 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
3694 And while we still have that chance,
3695 Let's face the music and dance.
3696
3697 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
3698 Humming a different tune, and then,
3699
3700 There may be teardrops to shed,
3701 So while there's music and moonlight,
3702 And love and romance,
3703 Let's face the music and dance.
3704
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3705=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
3706
f3d08688 3707L<Announced on 2003-11-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84822.html>
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3709 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
3710 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
3711 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
3712 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
3713 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
3714 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
3715
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3716 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
3717 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
3718 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
3719 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
3720
3721 O my brave soul!
3722 O farther farther sail!
3723 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
3724 O farther, farther, farther sail!
3725
2ee7da68 3726=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
4363636d 3727
f3d08688 3728L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84645.html>
2831a86c 3729
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3730 It's fun to charter an accountant
3731 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
3732 To find, explore the funds offshore
3733 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
3734
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3735=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
3736
f3d08688 3737L<Announced on 2003-10-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/10/msg84194.html>
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3739 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
3740 In a Sieve they went to sea:
3741 In spite of all their friends could say,
3742 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
3743 In a Sieve they went to sea!
3744 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
3745 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
3746 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
3747 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
3748 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
3749
3750 Far and few, far and few,
3751 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
3752 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
3753 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
3754
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3755=head2 v5.8.1 - epigraph same as v5.7.1
3756
3757L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
3758
3759=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
3760
3761L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
3762
3763No matter what she did with her hair it took about
3764three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
3765like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
3766no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
3767overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
3768
3769=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3770
3771L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
3772
3773Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
3774It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
3775devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
3776then you can be my most trusted minister."
3777
3778=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3779
3780L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
3781
3782Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
3783a knife with a curved blade.
3784
3785=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3786
3787L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
3788
3789Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
3790me because I've got magic aaargh."
3791
3792=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3793
3794L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
3795
3796Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
3797in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
3798with his head.
3799
3800But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
3801weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
3802open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
3803defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
3804Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
3805was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
3806
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3807=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3808
3809L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
3810
3811There was the faint sound of footsteps.
3812"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
3813said the low priest.
3814There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
3815The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
3816"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
3817The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
3818The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
3819The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
3820thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
3821There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
3822"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
3823said the High Priest.
3824"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
3825There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
3826"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
3827There were footsteps again.
3828
3829=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3830
3831L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
3832
3833=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3834
3835L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
3836
3837=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph