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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
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24Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
25Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
26Calvin: 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?
27Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
28[Box]: *BOINK*
29Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
30Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
31Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
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2ee7da68 33=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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37"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
38Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
39we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
40everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
41"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
42refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
43"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
44would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
45than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
46the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 48=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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52GAME CAT
53
54EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
55things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
56Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
57lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
58snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
59This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
60all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
61Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
62some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
63finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
64just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
65Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
66MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
67The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
68involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
69and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
70where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
71Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 73=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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77 Het Dorp
78
79 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
80 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
81 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
82 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
83 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
84 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
85 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
86 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
87 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
88 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
89 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 90 het vee, de boerderijen.
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92 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
93 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
94 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 95 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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97 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
98 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
99 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
100 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
101 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
102 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
103 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
104 ze zien de televisiequiz
105 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
106 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
107 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
108 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
109
110 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
111 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
112 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
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115 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
116 in minirok en beatle-haar
117 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
118 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
119 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
120 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
121 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
122 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
123 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
124 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
125 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
126 een ansicht en herinneringen.
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128 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
129 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
130 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
131 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
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2ee7da68 133=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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137To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
138of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
139masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
140of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
141seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
142joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
143to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
144high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
145approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
146ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
147myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
148to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
149discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
150canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
151armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
152rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
153handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
154stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
155occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
156and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
157which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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159=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
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163 If they just went straight they might go far,
164 They are strong and brave and true;
165 But they're always tired of the things that are,
166 And they want the strange and new.
167 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
168 What a deep mark I would make!"
169 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
170 Is only a fresh mistake.
171
172=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
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176 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
177 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
178 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
179 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
180 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
181 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
182 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
183 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
184 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
185 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
186 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
187 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
188 Aldrin: 120 feet.
189 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
190 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
191 Duke: 60 seconds.
192 Aldrin: Light's on.
193 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
194 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
195 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
196 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
197 down a half.
198 Duke: 30 seconds.
199 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
200 Aldrin: Contact Light.
201 Armstrong: Shutdown.
202 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
203 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
204 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
205 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
206 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
207 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
208 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
209 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
210 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
211 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
212 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
213 Aldrin: Thank you.
214
215=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
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219 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
220 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
221 We danced among the lightning bolts,
222 and tore the world asunder.
223
224 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
225 written near the end of the previous Age,
226 known by some as the Third Age.
227 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
228 Reborn.
229
230=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
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234 Walled in fast within the earth
235 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
236 This must be the bell’s great birth!
237 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
238 Sweat must trickle now
239 From the burning brow,
240 Till the work its master honour.
241 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
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247 I've seen things,
248 I've seen them with my eyes;
249 I've seen things,
250 They're often in disguise.
251
252 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
253 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
254 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
255 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
256
257 I've seen things,
258 I've seen them with my eyes;
259 I've seen things,
260 They're often in disguise.
261
262 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
263
2ee7da68 264=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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268 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
269 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
270 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
271
272 DON ALFONSO:
273 Take heart, my dearest children.
274 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
275
276 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
277 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
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279 FIORDILIGI:
280 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
281 It is disappearing already!
282 It is no longer in sight!
283 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
284
285 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
286 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
287
288 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
289 May the wind be gentle,
290 may the sea be calm,
291 and may the elements
292 respond kindly
293 to our wishes.
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2ee7da68 295=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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299 GUGLIELMO:
300 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
301 is reluctant to come before her.
302
303 FERRANDO:
304 My trembling lip
305 can utter no word.
306
307 DON ALFONSO:
308 The hero displays his manliness
309 in the most terrible moments.
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311 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
312 Now that we have heard the news,
313 you have the lesser duty:
314 Take heart, and plunge your swords
315 into both our hearts.
316
317 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
318 My idol, blame fate
319 that I must abandon you.
320
321 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
322 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
323 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
324 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
325 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
326 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
327 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
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329 ALL:
330 Thus destiny defrauds
331 the hopes of mortals.
332 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
333 who can ever love life?
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339 DON ALFONSO:
340 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
341 my lip stammers.
342 My voice cannot emerge,
343 but remains in my throat.
344 What will you do? What shall I do?
345 Oh what a great catastrophe!
346 There can be nothing worse.
347 I feel pity for you and for them.
348
349 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
350 die.
351 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
352 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
353 love dead, perhaps?
354 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
355 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
356 DORABELLA: Wounded?
357 DON ALFONSO: No.
358 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
359 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
360 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
361 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
362 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
363 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
364 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
365 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
366 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
367 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
368 you wish it, they are ready...
369 DORABELLA: Where are they?
370 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
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372=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
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376 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
377 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
378 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
379 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
380 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
381 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
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383=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
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387 When times go bad
388 when times go rough
389 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
390 And let me do my stuff
391
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396O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
397sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
398Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
399than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
400temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
401mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
402your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
403draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
404implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
405rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
406bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
407Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
408is a fool!
409
2ee7da68 410=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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414The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
415the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
416withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
417consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
418tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
419detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
420by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
421
2ee7da68 422=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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426Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
427rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
428stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
429know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
430that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
431chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
432clouds thickened above them.
433
434"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
435you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
436body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
437closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
438hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
439he looked Long in the face.
440
441"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
442master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
443grew fierce.
444
445"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
446fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
447truth!"
448
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453“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
454hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
455
456“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
457
458“Is there? What is the point?”
459
460“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
461
462“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
463
464“The trick is not to think about that.”
465
466“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
467
468Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
469
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470=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
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474And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
475down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
476the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
477were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
478they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
479Europe was over.
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481Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
482leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
483kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
484horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
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e91f1fc1 486Birds were talking.
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e91f1fc1 488One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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490=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
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494 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
495
496 Mr. Bun: Morning.
497 Waitress: Morning.
498 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
499 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
500 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
501 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
502 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
503 egg on top and spam
504 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
505 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
506 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
507 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
508 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
509 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
510 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
511 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
512 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
513 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
514
515 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
516
517 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
518 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
519 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
520 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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40e1c3e8 522=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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526 I
527
528 A cat is strolling through my mind
529 Acting as though he owned the place,
530 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
531 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
532
533 So tender and discreet his tone;
534 But whether he should growl or purr
535 His voice is always rich and deep.
536 That is the secret of his charm.
537
538 This purling voice that filters down
539 Into my darkest depths of soul
540 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
541 Delights me as a potion would.
542
543 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
544 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
545 Without the need for any words
546 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
547
548 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
549 Across my heart, fine instrument,
550 And makes to sing so royally
551 The strongest and the purest chord,
552
553 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
554 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
555 In whom all is, angelically,
556 As subtle as harmonious.
557
558 II
559
560 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
561 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
562 I might have been embalmed in it
563 By giving him one little pet.
564
565 He is my household's guardian soul;
566 He judges, he presides, inspires
567 All matters in hos royal realm;
568 Might he be fairy? or a god?
569
570 When my eyes, to this cat I love
571 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
572 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
573 And when I look within myself,
574
575 I notice with astonishment
576 The fire of his opal eyes,
577 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
578 Taking my measure, steadily.
579
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580=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
581
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584There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
585that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
586Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
587despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
588loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
589looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
590his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
591of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
592heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
593danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
594She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
595surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
596and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
597be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
598name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
599and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
600him.
601
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602=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
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605
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606E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
607written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
608betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
609have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
610personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
611Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
612For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
613political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
614working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
615between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
616however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
617logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
618an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
619to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
620outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
621there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
622There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
623
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624=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
625
626L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
627
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628The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
629correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
630showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
631however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
632magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
633the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
634
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635=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
636
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639 Over hill, over dale,
640 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
641 Over park, over pale,
642 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
643 I do wander everywhere,
644 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
645 And I serve the fairy queen,
646 To dew her orbs upon the green.
647 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
648 In their gold coats, spots you see;
649 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
650 In their freckles live our savours.
651 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
652 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
653 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
654 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
655
5f42d1f2 656=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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659
660 From the beginning, I knew…
661 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
662 …that I can't fix…
663 …with my hands…
664
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668
669 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
670 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
671 The shadows lengthen
672 In Carcosa.
673
674 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
675 And strange moons circle through the skies
676 But stranger still is
677 Lost Carcosa.
678
679 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
680 Where flap the tatters of the King,
681 Must die unheard in
682 Dim Carcosa.
683
684 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
685 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
686 Shall dry and die in
687 Lost Carcosa.
688
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690
691(no epigraph)
692
40e1c3e8 693=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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697"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
698empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
699Yellow!"
700
40e1c3e8 701=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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705 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
706
707 STRANGER: Indeed?
708
709 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
710
711 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
712
713 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
714
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715=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
716
717L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
718
719One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
720only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
721that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
722about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
723places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
724Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
725mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
726every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
727
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729
730L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
731
732The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
733systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
734thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
735operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
736ever seen.
737
738An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
739something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
740kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
741anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
742disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
743gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
744that renders the operating system unnecessary.
745
746=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
747
748L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
749
750Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
751someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
752again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
753and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
754language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
755
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756=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
757
758L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
759
760It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
761who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
762walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
763and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
764search, in questions, in torment.
765
2ee7da68 766=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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770Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
771
772=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
773
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776 I'd love to go drowning
777 And to stay and to stay
778 But the ocean doesn't want me today
779 I'll go in up to here
780 It can't possibly hurt
781 All they will find is my beer
782 And my shirt
783
784=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
785
786L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
787
788 And the great day of wrath has come
789 And here's mud in your big red eye
790 The poker's in the fire
791 And the locusts take the sky
792 And the earth died screaming
793 While I lay dreaming of you
794
795=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
796
797L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
798
799 What's he building in there?
800
801 We have a right to know…
802
2ee7da68 803=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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805L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
806
807It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
808eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
809
2ee7da68 810=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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813
814The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
815followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
816safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
817place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
818would be famous for this.
819
820Six months passed. A year.
821
72f869fd 822The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 823Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 824powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 825
2ee7da68 826=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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830Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
831The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
832recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
833his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
834Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
835of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
836Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
837of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
838'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
839embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
840'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
841in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
842leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
843
844The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
845Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
846in the destruction of the planet Earth.
847
2ee7da68 848=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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852I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
853the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
854dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
855between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
856improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
857fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
858I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
859them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
860do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 861from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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862in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
863perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
864himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
865a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
866the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
867world is richer for it.
868
2ee7da68 869=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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873No thought.
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875The boy extinguished. Only a place.
876
877This place.
878
879Motionless, 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.
880
881A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
882
883For 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.
884
885The 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 . . .
886
887And 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.
888
889The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
890
891I have been legion . . .
892
893In 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.
894
895Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 897=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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901Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
902of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
903scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
904glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
905beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
906much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
907caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
908vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
909had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
910
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912
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915Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
916behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
917recording everything.
918
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919=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
920
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924 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
925 She aims it at the creature's head,
926 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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929 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
930 But what a change! No cloak of red,
931 No silly hood upon her head.
932 She said, "Hello, and do please note
933 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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936
937L<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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939Preparation:
940
941Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
942or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
943Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
944look golden brown.
945Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
946ready to create the soup.
947
948Ingredients:
949
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951 3 tbsp butter
952 1/4 cup olive oil
953 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
954 1 tsp salt
955 1 tsp sugar
956 black pepper to taste
957 1 cup red wine
958 1/4 cup all purpose flour
959 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
960 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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962Method:
963
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965 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
966 to half an hour.
967 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
968 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
969 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
970 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
971 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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973Enjoy.
974
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979‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
980
981Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
982their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
983
984The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
985butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
986and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
987
988Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
989
990‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
991
992‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
993
994‘What?’
995
996‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
997
998‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
999his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
1000dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
1001quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
1002
1003‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
1004an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
1005
1006‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
1007
1008The iotum rose, spinning.
1009
1010‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
1011
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1016On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
1017taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
1018"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
1019and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
1020merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
1021subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
1022Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
1023it.
1024
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1029`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
1030`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
1031hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
1032The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
1033been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
1034be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
1035to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
1036fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
1037
1038There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
1039climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
1040broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
1041implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
1042on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
1043Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
1044astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
1045for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
1046out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
1047the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
1048
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1049=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
1050
1051L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
1052
1053 A victim of collision on the open sea
1054 Nobody ever said that life was free
1055 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
1056 But use your freedom of choice
1057
1058=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
1059
1060L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
1061
1062Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
1063machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
1064trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
1065little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
1066to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
1067he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
1068the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
1069
1070The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
1071current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
1072transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
1073chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
1074adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
1075as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
1076solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
1077valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
1078the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
1079machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
1080
2ee7da68 1081=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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1084
1085 Don't you know? You never split the party
1086 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
1087 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
1088 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
1089
c33412d7 1090=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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1093
1094I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
1095Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
1096Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
1097The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
1098
1099
1100
1101I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
1102sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
1103collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
1104
1105My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
1106inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
1107swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
1108side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
1109The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
1110dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
1111
2ee7da68 1112=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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1116 All I have is a voice
1117 To undo the folded lie,
1118 The romantic lie in the brain
1119 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
1120 And the lie of Authority
1121 Whose buildings grope the sky:
1122 There is no such thing as the State
1123 And no one exists alone;
1124 Hunger allows no choice
1125 To the citizen or the police;
1126 We must love one another or die.
1127
2ee7da68 1128=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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1132 How many roads must a man walk down
1133 Before you call him a man?
1134 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
1135 Before she sleeps in the sand?
1136 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
1137 Before they're forever banned?
1138 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1139 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1140
1141 How many years can a mountain exist
1142 Before it's washed to the sea?
1143 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
1144 Before they're allowed to be free?
1145 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
1146 Pretending he just doesn't see?
1147 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1148 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1149
1150 How many times must a man look up
1151 Before he can see the sky?
1152 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
1153 Before he can hear people cry?
1154 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
1155 That too many people have died?
1156 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1157 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 1159=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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1162
1163 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1164 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
1165 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1166 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
1167 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
1168
1169Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
1170age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
1171older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
1172debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
1173girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
1174A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
1175Top for more than one week.
1176
1177Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
1178lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
1179buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
1180into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
1181meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
1182soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
1183single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
1184
1185 "I'm never going to give you up"
1186
2ee7da68 1187=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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1190
1191"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
1192
1193He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
1194notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
1195which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
1196OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
1197ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
1198
1199There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
1200busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
1201out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
1202mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
1203and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
1204with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
1205bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
1206chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
1207excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
1208down cheering and applauding.
1209
1210"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
1211
2ee7da68 1212=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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1215
1216Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
1217into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
1218beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
1219winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
1220wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
1221over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
1222
1223But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
1224gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
1225villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
1226journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
1227domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
1228with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
1229by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
1230Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
1231
2ee7da68 1232=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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1235
1236This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
1237been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
1238confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
1239how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
1240could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
1241putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
1242I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
1243before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
1244think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
1245all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
1246off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
1247was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
1248The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
1249endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
1250benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
1251boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
1252lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
1253Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
1254resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
1255Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
1256you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
1257
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1259
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1261
1262A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
1263don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
1264without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
1265the human experience, the better design we will have.
1266
2ee7da68 1267=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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1271All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
1272the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
1273do so at their peril.
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1275It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
1276Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
1277work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
1278artist is in accord with himself.
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1280We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
1281he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
1282thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 1283
4ed12d4a 1284All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 1285
2ee7da68 1286=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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1290 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
1291 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
1292 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
1293 things the significance of a human future;
1294 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
1295 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
1296 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
1297 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
1298 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
1299 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
1300 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
1301 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
1302 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
1303 hurtles all ages along with it forever
1304 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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1306=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
1307
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1309
1310Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
1311fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
1312winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
1313down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
1314being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
1315extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
1316but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
1317
1318Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
1319that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
1320around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
1321fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
1322the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
1323closed system.
1324
1325Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
1326the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
1327/be/ them.'
1328
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1329=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
1330
1331L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
1332
4ed12d4a 1333If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 1334
c682aa67 1335=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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1339He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
1340mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
1341encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
1342
1343'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
1344Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
1345finished its run. It was due about now.'
1346
1347Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
1348see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
1349
1350'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
1351is always a last time for everything.)
1352
1353Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
1354
1355=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
1356
1357L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
1358
1359 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
1360 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
1361 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
1362 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
1363 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
1364 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
1365 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
1366 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
1367 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
1368 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
1369 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
1370 eaten them, but not for love.
1371
1372=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 >>
1373
1374L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
1375
1376It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
1377do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
1378they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
1379catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
1380awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
1381inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
1382
1383So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
1384mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
1385the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 1387=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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1389L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
1390
1391At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
1392my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
1393the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
1394since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
1395already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
1396to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
1397the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
1398can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
1399unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
1400
c684cf36 1401=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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1403L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
1404
1405At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
1406myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
1407impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
1408"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
1409gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
1410or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
1411
1412I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
1413computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
1414ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
1415would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
1416my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
1417away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
1418won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
1419
1420So a freely distributable program is born.
1421
1422=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
1423
1424L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
1425
1426This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
1427continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
1428aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
1429and your bags will be offloaded.
1430
2ee7da68 1431=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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1434
1435Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
1436of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
1437by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
1438sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
1439swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
1440down their paved streets.
1441
1442Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
1443obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
1444company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
1445the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
1446govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
1447the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
1448
1449=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
1450
1451L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
1452
1453But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
1454my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
1455reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
1456wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
1457Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
1458the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 1459This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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1460just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
1461this had never reached me.
1462
2ee7da68 1463=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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1466
1467 When the full-grown poet came,
1468 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
1469 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
1470 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
1471 Nay he is mine alone;
1472 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
1473 by the hand;
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1475 holding hands,
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1476 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
1477 And wholly and joyously blends them.
1478
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1483 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
1484 nema ráða vel kunni.
1485 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
1486 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
1487 Sák á telgðu talkni
1488 tíu launstafi ristna.
1489 Þat hefr lauka lindi
1490 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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1493
1494L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
1495
1496In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
1497granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
1498do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
1499that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
1500generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
1501endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
1502that fire can truly light the world.
1503
1504And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
1505ask what you can do for your country.
1506
1507My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
1508but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
1509
1510Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
1511ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
1512we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
1513the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
1514asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
1515work must truly be our own.
1516
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1521The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
1522to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
1523between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
1524cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
1525areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
1526be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
1527As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
1528the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
1529instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
1530interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
1531also be automated.
1532
1533Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
1534if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
1535were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
1536and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
1537indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
1538techniques like X-ray crystallography.
1539
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1544[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
1545
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1548[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
1549
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1550 Trinity: What did you just say?
1551 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
1552 Trinity: What did you see?
1553 Cypher: What happened?
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1554 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
1555 like it.
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1556 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
1557 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
1558 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
1559 Neo: What is it?
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1560 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
1561 they change something.
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1567The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
1568he storm vanishes.
1569
1570"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
1571fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
1572to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
1573me?"
1574
1575I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
1576like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
1577
1578"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
1579as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
1580on my heart.
1581
1582(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
1583
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1588Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
1589air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
1590the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
1591faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
1592of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
1593the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
1594deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
1595fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
1596stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
1597revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
1598
1599For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
1600courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
1601the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
1602jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
1603were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
1604there, a glimmer of moonshine.
1605
1606Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
1607rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
1608grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
1609park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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1616`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
1617`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
1618it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
1619she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
1620
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1621 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
1622 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
1623 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
1624 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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1625
1626
1627`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
1628
1629`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
1630nonsense.'
1631
1632Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
1633anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
1634
1635`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
1636
1637`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
1638
1639`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
1640with his nose, you know?'
1641
1642`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
1643the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
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1646
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1649Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
1650Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
1651notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
1652for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
1653sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
1654
1655Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
1656dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
1657Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
1658motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
1659Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
1660that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
1661had ever even been a car.
1662
1663There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
1664been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
1665this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
1666flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
1667re-entry.
1668
1669There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
1670metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
1671somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
1672make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
1673
1674It should have fallen apart miles back.
1675
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1677
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1680We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
1681the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
1682in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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1683there exist ... special circumstances.
1684
1685=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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1689And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
1690bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
1691yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
1692with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
1693if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
1694bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
1695quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
1696
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1698
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1701The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
1702involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
1703when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
1704streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
1705road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
1706seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
1707smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
1708
1709"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
1710volcano were once more to set to work."
1711
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1713
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1715
1716 Music oft hath such a charm
1717 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
1718
1719=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
1720
1721L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
1722
1723 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
1724 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
1725 When breakfast is taken away,
1726 To turn his attention to dinner;
1727 And it's not in the range of belief,
1728 To look upon him as a glutton,
1729 Who, when he is tired of beef,
1730 Determines to tackle the mutton.
1731 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
1732 If it will appease her sorrow,
1733 I'll marry this lady today,
1734 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
1735
1736=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
1737
1738L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
1739
1740 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
1741 Tolerates no work of man.
1742 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
1743 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
1744 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
1745 While the last larks sing and soar,
1746 From the heather-blossoms sweet
1747 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
1748 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
1749 Eleanor makes macaroons!
1750
1751=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
1752
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1754
1755 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
1756 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
1757 Lobster I freely endorse,
1758 In pate or patty or pasty.
1759 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
1760 And nothing the matter with jam,
1761 And the warmest greetings I utter
1762 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
1763 For they're food,
1764 All food,
1765 And I think very fondly of food.
1766 Through I'm broody at times
1767 When bothered by rhymes,
1768 I brood
1769 On food.
1770
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1772
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1775 I saw a huge steam roller,
1776 It blotted out the sun.
1777 The people all lay down, lay down;
1778 They did not try to run.
1779 My love and I, we looked amazed
1780 Upon the gory mystery.
1781 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
1782 'The great machine is history!'
1783 My love and I, we ran away,
1784 The engine did not find us.
1785 We ran up to a mountain top,
1786 Left history far behind us.
1787 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
1788 But somehow we don't think so.
1789 We went to see where history'd been,
1790 And my, the dead did stink so.
1791
1792=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1793
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1796CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
1797she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
1798seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
1799
1800What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
1801of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
1802has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
1803will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
1804only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
1805lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
1806design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
1807periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
1808
1809=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1810
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1813The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
1814from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
1815view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
1816Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
1817once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
1818endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
1819a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
1820will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
1821of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
1822Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
1823still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
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1829"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
1830many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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1832what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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1833Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
1834had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
1835...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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1837hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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1838degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
1839and-thirty degrees."
1840
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1845San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
1846the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
1847hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
1848of the Free World."
1849
1850Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
1851level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
1852harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
1853exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
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1859Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
1860the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
1861just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
1862a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
1863it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
1864of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
1865common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
1866bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
1867
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1869 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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1875'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
1876not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
1877your cat grins like that?'
1878
1879'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
1880
1881She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
1882jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
1883and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
1884
1885'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
1886that cats COULD grin.'
1887
1888'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
1889
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1894'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
1895have got altered.'
1896
1897'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
1898there was silence for some minutes.
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1904'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
1905always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
1906rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
1907yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
1908can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
1909kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
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1915At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
1916called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
1917dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
1918in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
1919sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
1920
1921'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
1922is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
1923the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
1924to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
1925accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 1926Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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1936So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
1937hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
1938making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
1939picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
1940close by her.
1941
1942There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
1943VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
1944dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
1945occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
1946it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
1947OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
1948Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
1949never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
1950take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
1951after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
1952rabbit-hole under the hedge.
1953
1954In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
1955in the world she was to get out again.
1956
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1966 Singing, dancing to itself,
1967 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
1968 That always finds, and never seeks,
1969 Makes such a vision to the sight
1970 As fills a father's eyes with light;
1971 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
1972 Upon his heart, that he at last
1973 Must needs express his love's excess
1974 With words of unmeant bitterness.
1975 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
1976 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
1977 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
1978 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
1979 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
1980 At each wild word to feel within
1981 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
1982 And what, if in a world of sin
1983 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
1984 Such giddiness of heart and brain
1985 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
1986 So talks as it's most used to do.
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1989
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1992And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
1993into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
1994mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
1995question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
1996hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
1997louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
1998who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
1999worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
2000done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
2001
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2003
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d517a16a 2007course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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2009Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
2010
2011"Why ain't that work?"
2012
2013Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
2014is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
2015
2016"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
2017
2018The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
2019to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
2020
2021That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
2022swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
2023-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
2024watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
2025absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
2026
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2028
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2031The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
2032at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
2033streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
2034the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
2035live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
2036colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
2037as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
2038wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
2039prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
2040however much they're into colour.
2041
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2043
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2046Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
2047and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
2048word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
2049disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
2050everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
2051on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
2052that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
2053glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 2054war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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2055presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
2056for more hazardous assignment.
2057
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2059
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2062Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
2063streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
2064trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
2065to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
2066about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
2067of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
2068facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
2069explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
2070Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
2071people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
2072work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
2073their art.
2074
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2076
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2079'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
2080the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
2081Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
2082Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
2083responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
2084Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
2085Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
2086Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
2087Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
2088Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
2089
2090'Can they all type?' I joked.
2091
2092'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
2093McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
2094
2095I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
2096'We could have opened an agency.'
2097
2098Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
2099Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
2100amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
2101all say that, do they?' I ventured.
2102
2103Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
2104replied. 'Not quite all.'
2105
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2118He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
2119he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
2120out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
2121noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
2122must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
2123number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
2124did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
2125
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2134=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
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2136L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
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2138
2139=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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2147=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
2148
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2151This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
2152gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
2153technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
2154about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
2155bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
2156paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
2157in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
2158electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
2159picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
2160to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
2161technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
2162getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
2163sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
2164it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
2165conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
2166
2167"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
2168that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
2169`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
2170
2171"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
2172one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
2173flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
2174everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
2175make you flip?
2176
2177=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
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2181Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
2182
2183=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
2184
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2187What of October, that ambiguous month
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2190
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2193Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
2194proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
2195the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
2196anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
2197how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
2198
2199'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
2200
2201This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
2202that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
2203
2204'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
2205expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
2206anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
2207sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
2208
2209This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
2210basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
2211policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
2212disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
2213the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
2214Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
2215and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
2216Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
2217
2218In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
2219reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
2220
2221I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
2222Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
2223for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
2224had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
2225work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
2226the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
2227left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
2228pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
2229the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
2230the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
2231
2232I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
2233publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
2234Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
2235
2236So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
2237pushing to increase the membership?
2238
2239'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
2240more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
2241futile and impotent it becomes.'
2242
2243This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
2244
2245Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
2246diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
2247
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2252There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
2253about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
2254four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
2255anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
2256thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
2257
2258Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
2259and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
2260press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
2261obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
2262produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
2263this draft...'
2264
2265I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
2266hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
2267incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
2268
2269'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
2270redundancy payments as well.'
2271
2272'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
2273it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
2274
2275'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
2276
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2281A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
2282was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
2283and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
2284jets and all.
2285
2286I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
2287
2288I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
2289Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
2290specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
2291the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
2292jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
2293grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
2294in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
2295
2296While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
2297taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
2298me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
2299sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
2300three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
2301plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
2302occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
2303were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
2304
2305And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
2306were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
2307
2308Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
2309name like Charlie Umtali?
2310
2311I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
2312know something about our official visitor.
2313
2314Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
2315has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
2316car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
2317to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
2318knew little of his background.
2319
2320I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
2321Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
2322first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
2323
2324Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
2325
2326'Why?' I enquired.
2327
2328'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
2329to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
2330never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
2331
2332Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
2333that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
2334
2335In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
2336where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
2337revolving door and comes out in front.'
2338
2339'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
2340
2341'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
2342
2343'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
2344
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2349 It's not that easy bein' green
2350 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
2351 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
2352 Or something much more colorful like that
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2354 It's not easy bein' green
2355 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
2356 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
2357 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
2358 Or stars in the sky
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2360 But green's the color of Spring
2361 And green can be cool and friendly-like
2362 And green can be big like an ocean
2363 Or important like a mountain
2364 Or tall like a tree
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2366 When green is all there is to be
2367 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
2368 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
2369 And I think it's what I want to be
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2372
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4ed12d4a 2377 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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2383And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
2384hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
2385cat.
2386
2387Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 2388the wolf? What then?"
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2390=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2391
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2394And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
2395bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
2396round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
2397
2398In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
2399gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
2400climbed up the high stone wall.
2401
2402One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
2403stretched out over the wall.
2404
2405Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
2406Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
2407take care that he doesn't catch you!".
2408
2409The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
2410snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
2411
2412How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 2413the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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2415=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
2416
f3d08688 2417L<Announced on 2004-11-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/11/msg96304.html>
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4363636d 2419"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 2420you."
4363636d 2421
51caa79e 2422"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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2423
2424"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
2425and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 2426to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 2427
51caa79e 2428"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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2429
2430"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
2431planting it."
2432
2433"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 2434grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 2435
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2437
2438"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
2439Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 2440wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 2441
51caa79e 2442Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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2443
2444"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
2445how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 2446and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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2448=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
2449
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2451
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2452"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
2453
2454"Hunting," said Pooh.
2455
2456"Hunting what?"
2457
2458"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
2459
2460"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
2461
2462"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
2463
2464"What do you think you'll answer?"
2465
2466"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
2467"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
2468you see there?"
2469
2470"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
2471excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
2472
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2473=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
2474
f3d08688 2475L<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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2477Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
2478ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
2479bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
2480waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
2481droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
2482hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
2483longbow.
2484
2485In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
2486often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
2487placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
2488likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
2489may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
2490Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
2491Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
2492farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
2493grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 2494T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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2496=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
2497
f3d08688 2498L<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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2500Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
2501ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
2502sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
2503pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
2504shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
2505
2506The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
2507Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 2508Caledonia and South America.
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2510=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
2511
f3d08688 2512L<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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2514The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
2515often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
2516large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
2517and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
2518spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
2519year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
2520may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
2521
2522It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
2523branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
2524of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
2525that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
2526
2527Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
2528other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
2529acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
2530mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
2531
2532It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 2533heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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2535=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
2536
f3d08688 2537L<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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2539 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
2540 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
2541 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
2542 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
2543
2544 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
2545 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
2546 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
2547 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
2548 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
2549 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
2550 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
2551 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
2552
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2553 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
2554 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
2555
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2556
2557=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
2558
f3d08688 2559L<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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2561 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
2562 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
2563 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
2564 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2565
2566 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
2567 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
2568 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
2569 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2570 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
2571 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
2572
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2573=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
2574
f3d08688 2575L<Announced on 2004-04-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90422.html>
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2577 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
2578 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
2579 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
2580 We must find him of the train can't start.'
2581 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
2582 They are searching high and low,
2583 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
2584 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
2585 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
2586 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
2587 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
2588 He's been busy in the luggage van!
2589 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 2590 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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2591 And we're off at last of the northern part
2592 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
2593
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2594=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
2595
f3d08688 2596L<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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2598 We are the music makers,
2599 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
2600 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
2601 And sitting by desolate streams; --
2602 World-losers and world-forsakers,
2603 On whom the pale moon gleams:
2604 Yet we are the movers and shakers
2605 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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2607=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
2608
f3d08688 2609L<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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2611 There may be trouble ahead,
2612 But while there's music and moonlight,
2613 And love and romance,
2614 Let's face the music and dance.
2615
2616 Before the fiddlers have fled,
2617 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
2618 And while we still have that chance,
2619 Let's face the music and dance.
2620
2621 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
2622 Humming a different tune, and then,
2623
2624 There may be teardrops to shed,
2625 So while there's music and moonlight,
2626 And love and romance,
2627 Let's face the music and dance.
2628
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2629=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
2630
f3d08688 2631L<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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2633 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
2634 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
2635 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
2636 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
2637 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
2638 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
2639
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2640 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
2641 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
2642 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
2643 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
2644
2645 O my brave soul!
2646 O farther farther sail!
2647 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
2648 O farther, farther, farther sail!
2649
2ee7da68 2650=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
4363636d 2651
f3d08688 2652L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84645.html>
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2654 It's fun to charter an accountant
2655 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
2656 To find, explore the funds offshore
2657 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
2658
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2659=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
2660
f3d08688 2661L<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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2663 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
2664 In a Sieve they went to sea:
2665 In spite of all their friends could say,
2666 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
2667 In a Sieve they went to sea!
2668 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
2669 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
2670 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
2671 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
2672 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
2673
2674 Far and few, far and few,
2675 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
2676 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
2677 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
2678
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2679=head2 v5.8.1 - epigraph same as v5.7.1
2680
2681L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
2682
2683=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
2684
2685L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
2686
2687No matter what she did with her hair it took about
2688three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
2689like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
2690no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
2691overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
2692
2693=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2694
2695L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
2696
2697Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
2698It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
2699devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
2700then you can be my most trusted minister."
2701
2702=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2703
2704L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
2705
2706Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
2707a knife with a curved blade.
2708
2709=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2710
2711L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
2712
2713Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
2714me because I've got magic aaargh."
2715
2716=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2717
2718L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
2719
2720Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
2721in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
2722with his head.
2723
2724But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
2725weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
2726open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
2727defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
2728Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
2729was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
2730
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2731=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2732
2733L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
2734
2735There was the faint sound of footsteps.
2736"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
2737said the low priest.
2738There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
2739The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
2740"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
2741The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
2742The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
2743The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
2744thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
2745There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
2746"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
2747said the High Priest.
2748"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
2749There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
2750"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
2751There were footsteps again.
2752
2753=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
2754
2755L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
2756
2757=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
2758
2759L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
2760
2761=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
2762
2763L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
2764
2765=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2766
2767L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
2768
2769Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
2770No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
2771got there first, and is waiting for it.
2772
2773=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
2774
2775L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
2776
2777His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
2778the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
2779all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
2780bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
2781you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
2782
2783=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
2784
dd047fac 2785L<Announced on 2001-04-09 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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2787"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
2788
2789Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
2790
2791"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
2792flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
2793arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
2794and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
2795I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
2796I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
2797will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
2798liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
2799Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
2800ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
2801
2802"All that?" said Twoflower.
2803
2804"Usually."
2805
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2806=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
2807
2808L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
2809
2810The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
2811but that had to be the 57th strangest.
2812[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
2813
2ee7da68 2814=head2 v5.6.2 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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f3d08688 2816L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg85222.html>
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2817
2818When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
2819sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
2820a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
2821what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
2822long in this instance.
2823
2ee7da68 2824=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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f3d08688 2826L<Announced on 2003-11-08 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84953.html>
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2827
2828"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
2829
2831a86c 2830=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
4363636d 2831
2831a86c 2832L<Announced on 2001-04-08 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33823.html>
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2834`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
2835himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
2836upset.
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2838`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
2839to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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2841Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
2842stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
2843louder.
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2845`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
2846my precious, three guesseses.'
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2831a86c 2848=head2 v5.6.1-foolish - no epigraph
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2831a86c 2852=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL3 - I can't find the announcement
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2854No announcement available.
2855
2831a86c 2856=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 2858L<Announced on 2001-01-31 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/01/msg29934.html>
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2831a86c 2860=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 2862L<Announced on 2000-12-18 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/12/msg27738.html>
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2831a86c 2864=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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2866L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
2867
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2868 The dragon is withered,
2869 His bones are now crumbled;
2870 His armour is shivered,
2871 His splendour is humbled!
2872 Though sword shall be rusted,
2873 And throne and crown perish
2874 With strength that men trusted
2875 And wealth that they cherish,
2876 Here grass is still growing,
2877 And leaves are a yet swinging,
2878 The white water flowing,
2879 And elves are yet singing
2880 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
2881 Come back to the valley.
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2883=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
2884
2885L<Announced on 2000-03-22 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10140.html>
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2887=head2 v5.005_05-RC1 - no epigraph
2888
2889L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
2890
2891=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
2892
f3d08688 2893L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/03/msg89047.html>
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2894
2895=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
2896
f3d08688 2897L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88672.html>
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2898
2899The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
2900the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
2901never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
2902them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
2903chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
2904run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
2905and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
2906and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
2907and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
2908the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
2909fall.
2910
2911=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2912
f3d08688 2913L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88312.html>
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2914
2915Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
2916plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
2917going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
2918she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
2919at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
2920cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
2921hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
2922passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
2923disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
2924of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
2925she fell past it.
2926
2927=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
2928
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2929L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/12/msg86423.html>
2930
2931 't was 16 years ago today
2932 Larry taught us a new game
2933 of lazyness, impatience, and hubris
2934 Happy birthday, Perl!
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2936=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
2937
0e6b8110 2938This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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2939on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
2940L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
2941by ysth.
2942
2943=cut
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