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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 v5.31.0 - Fumiko Enchi, Masks
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24 The secrets inside her mind are like flowers in a garden at
25 nighttime, filling the darkness with perfume.
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27=head2 v5.30.0 - Morihei Ueshiba
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29Announced on 2019-05-22 by Sawyer X
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31 Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we
32 are as good as dead.
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34=head2 v5.30.0-RC2 - Derek Walcott
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36Announced on 2019-05-17 by Sawyer X
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38 The truest writers are those who see language not as linguistic process but
39 as a living element.
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41 -- Derek Walcott
42
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43=head2 v5.30.0-RC1 - Marcel Proust
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47 If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream
48 less but to dream more, to dream all the time.
49
50 -- Marcel Proust
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52=head2 v5.29.10 - Maya Angelou, Alone
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55
56 Lying, thinking
57 Last night
58 How to find my soul a home
59 Where water is not thirsty
60 And bread loaf is not stone
61 I came up with one thing
62 And I don't believe I'm wrong
63 That nobody,
64 But nobody
65 Can make it out here alone.
66
67 Alone, all alone
68 Nobody, but nobody
69 Can make it out here alone.
70
71 There are some millionaires
72 With money they can't use
73 Their wives run round like banshees
74 Their children sing the blues
75 They've got expensive doctors
76 To cure their hearts of stone.
77 But nobody
78 No, nobody
79 Can make it out here alone.
80
81 Alone, all alone
82 Nobody, but nobody
83 Can make it out here alone.
84
85 Now if you listen closely
86 I'll tell you what I know
87 Storm clouds are gathering
88 The wind is gonna blow
89 The race of man is suffering
90 And I can hear the moan,
91 'Cause nobody,
92 But nobody
93 Can make it out here alone.
94
95 Alone, all alone
96 Nobody, but nobody
97 Can make it out here alone.
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99=head2 v5.29.9 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Dancing Men
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101L<Announced on 2019-03-21 by Zak Elep|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/03/msg253978.html>
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103 What one man can invent, another can discover.
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105=head2 v5.29.8 - Isaac Asimov, Foundation: “Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.”
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107L<Announced on 2019-02-20 by Atoomic|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/02/msg253750.html>
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109=head2 v5.29.7 - Edsger W. Dijkstra: "Programming Considered as a Human Activity", IFIP Congress, New York, 1965.
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111L<Announced on 2019-01-20 by Abigail|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/01/msg253444.html>
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113When I became acquainted with the notion of algorithmic languages I
114never challenged the then prevailing notion that the problems of
115language design and implementation were mostly a question of
116compromises: every new convenience for the user had to be paid for
117by the implementation, either in the form of increased trouble
118during translation, or during execution or during both. Well, we
119are most certainly not living in Heaven and I am not going to deny
120the possibility of a conflict between convenience and efficiency,
121but now I do protest when this conflict is presented as a complete
122summing up of the situation. I am of the opinion that is worth-while
123to investigate what extent the needs of Man and Machine go hand in
124hand and to see what techniques we can devise of the benefit of all
125of us. I trust that this investigation will bear fruits and if this
126talk made some of you share this fervent hope, it has achieved its aim.
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128=head2 v5.29.6 - Rudyard Kipling: "How the Camel Got His Hump"
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130L<Announced on 2018-12-18 by Abigail|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/12/msg253187.html>
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132 The Camel's hump is an ugly lump
133 Which well you may see at the Zoo;
134 But uglier yet is the hump we get
135 From having little to do.
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137 Kiddies and grown-ups too-oo-oo
138 If we haven't enough to do-oo-oo,
139 We get the hump -
140 Cameelious hump -
141 The hump that is black and blue!
142
143 We climb out of bed with a frouzly head
144 And a snarly-yarly voice.
145 We shiver and scowl and we grunt and we growl
146 At our bath and our boots and our toys;
147
148 And there ought to be a corner for me
149 (And I know there is one for you)
150 When we get the hump -
151 Cameelious hump -
152 The hump that is black and blue!
153
154 The cure for this ill is to not sit still,
155 Or frowst with a book by the fire;
156 But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
157 And dig till you gentle perspire;
158
159 And then you will find that the sun and the wind,
160 And the Djinn of the Garden too,
161 Have lifted the hump -
162 The horrible hump -
163 The hump that is black and blue!
164
165 I get it as well as you-oo-oo -
166 If I haven't enough to do-oo-oo!
167 We all get hump -
168 Cameelious hump -
169 Kiddies and grown-ups too!
170
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172=head2 v5.29.5 - T. S. Eliot, "The Naming Of Cats"
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174L<Announced on 2018-11-20 by Karen Etheridge|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252839.html>
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176 The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
177 It isn't just one of your holiday games;
178 You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
179 When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
180 First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
181 Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
182 Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey--
183 All of them sensible everyday names.
184 There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
185 Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
186 Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter--
187 But all of them sensible everyday names.
188 But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
189 A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
190 Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
191 Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
192 Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
193 Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
194 Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
195 Names that never belong to more than one cat.
196 But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
197 And that is the name that you never will guess;
198 The name that no human research can discover--
199 But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
200 When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
201 The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
202 His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
203 Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
204 His ineffable effable
205 Effanineffable
206 Deep and inscrutable singular Name.
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208=head2 v5.29.4 - The Mountain Goats, "Oceanographer's Choice"
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210L<Announced on 2018-10-20 by Aaron Crane|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/10/msg252575.html>
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212 Well
213 Guy in a skeleton costume
214 Comes up to the guy in the Superman suit
215 Runs through him with a broadsword
216 I flipped the television off
217 Bring all the bright lights up
218 Turn the radio up loud
219 I don't know why I'm so persuaded
220 That if I think things through
221 Long enough and hard enough
222 I'll somehow get to you
223 But then you came in and we locked eyes
224 You kicked the ashtray over as we came toward each other
225 Stubbed my cigarette out against the west wall
226 Quickly lit another
227 Look at that
228 Would you look at that?
229 We're throwing off sparks
230 What will I do when I don't have you
231 To hold onto in the dark?
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233=head2 v5.29.3 - Mac Miller, "Senior Skip Day"
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235L<Announced on 2018-09-20 by John 'genehack' Anderson|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/09/msg252255.html>
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237 Enjoy the best things in your life
238 ’Cause you ain’t gonna get to live it twice
239 They say you waste time asleep
240 But I’m just tryin’ to dream
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242=head2 v5.29.2 - Rick Riordan, "The Lightning Thief"
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244L<Announced on 2018-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/08/msg251918.html>
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246 Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood.
247
248 If you're reading this because you think you might be one,
249 my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever
250 lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try
251 to lead a normal life.
252
253 Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time,
254 it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.
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256 If you're a normal kid, reading this because you think it's
257 fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe
258 that none of this ever happened.
259
260 But if you recognize yourself in these pages - if you feel
261 something stirring inside - stop reading immediately.
262 You might be one of us. And once you know that, it's only a
263 matter of time before they sense it too, and they'll come for you.
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265=head2 v5.29.1 - Richard Curtis & Ben Elton, "Blackadder, Series 3, Episode 2: Ink and Incapability"
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267L<Announced on 2018-07-20 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/07/msg251605.html>
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269 Dr. Samuel Johnson: Here it is, sir: the very cornerstone of English
270 scholarship. This book, sir, contains every word in our beloved
271 language.
272
273 Prince Regent George: Hmm.
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275 Edmund Blackadder: Every single one, sir?
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277 Johnson: (confidently) Every single word, sir!
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279 Blackadder: (to Prince) Oh, well, in that case, sir, I hope you will
280 not object if I also offer the Doctor my most enthusiastic
281 contrafribularities.
282
283 Johnson: What?
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285 Blackadder: 'Contrafribularities,' sir? It is a common word down our
286 way.
287
288 Johnson: Damn! (writes in the book)
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290 Blackadder: Oh, I'm sorry, sir. I'm anaspeptic, phrasmotic, even
291 compunctious to have caused you such pericombobulation.
292
293 Johnson: What? What? WHAT?
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295=head2 v5.29.0 - Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case of the Grinning Gorilla
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7df03490 299 Courage is the only antidote for danger.
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301=head2 v5.28.2 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Jumblies
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303L<Announced on 2019-04-19 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/04/msg254456.html>
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305 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
306 In a Sieve they went to sea:
307 In spite of all their friends could say,
308 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
309 In a Sieve they went to sea!
310 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
311 And every one cried, 'You'll all be drowned!'
312 They called aloud, 'Our Sieve ain't big,
313 But we don't care a button! we don't care a fig!
314 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!'
315 Far and few, far and few,
316 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
317 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
318 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
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320=head2 v5.28.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Quangle Wangle's Hat
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322L<Announced on 2019-04-05 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/04/msg254218.html>
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324 On the top of the Crumpetty Tree
325 The Quangle Wangle sat,
326 But his face you could not see,
327 On account of his Beaver Hat.
328 For his Hat was a hundred and two feet wide,
329 With ribbons and bibbons on every side,
330 And bells, and buttons, and loops, and lace,
331 So that nobody ever could see the face
332 Of the Quangle Wangle Quee.
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334=head2 v5.28.1 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
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336L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252975.html>
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338On August 25, 1983, Leonard Bernstein celebrated his sixty-fifth
339birthday in his birthplace, Lawrence, Massachusetts. He had actually
340lived in the town for only a few weeks as a newborn baby, and had last
341visited it forty-nine years previously, in 1934, to get the name on his
342birth certificate altered from Louis to Leonard. But the citizens of
343Lawrence proposed to dedicate an outdoor theater to him in their
344heritage park and to provide not one but two local orchestras--the
345Merrimack Valley Philharmonic to play excerpts from his own compositions
346and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony and Chorus to perform the "Ode to
347Joy" and accompany Bernstein himself reading (for the only time in his
348life) the text of A Lincoln Portrait. So Bernstein turned down birthday
349invitations from Tanglewood and Central Park, New York, and the
350Hollywood Bowl and drove through the cheering if slightly bewildered
351crowds lining the streets of Lawrence in an open-topped 1928 Ford
352roadster, looking as homespun as James Stewart in Frank Capra's classic,
353It's a Wonderful Life.
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355=head2 v5.28.0 - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967
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359 When we look at modern man we have to face the fact that modern man
360 suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring
361 contrast with his scientific and technological abundance. We've learned
362 to fly the air as birds, we've learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we
363 haven't learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.
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365=head2 v5.28.0-RC4 - Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
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369 You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do
370 anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world,
371 the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over.
372 You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name.
373 You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is
7df03490 374 finished.
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376=head2 v5.28.0-RC3 - Anthony Horowitz, Magpie Murders
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380 These had been his plans. But if there was one thing that life had
381 taught him, it was the futility of making plans. Life had its own
382 agenda.
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384=head2 v5.28.0-RC2 - Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
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386L<Announced on 2018-06-06 by Sawyer X|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/251122>
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388 Had she not been of exceptional intelligence and literacy, with an
389 imagination filled and sustained, so to speak, by the images of
390 others, images conveyed by language, by the word, she might have
391 remained almost as helpless as a baby.
392
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393=head2 v5.28.0-RC1 - Anu Garg, A Word A Day
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397 One doesn't have to know the unit of pain (dol) to realize that the
398 unit of joy is not the dollar, or any other currency for that matter.
399
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400=head2 v5.27.11 - Tana French, In the Woods
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404 And then, too, I had learned early to assume something dark and
405 lethal hidden at the heart of anything I loved. When I couldn't find
406 it, I responded, bewildered and wary, in the only way I knew how: by
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409=head2 v5.27.10 - Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, p. 248
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411L<Announced on 2018-03-20 by Todd Rinaldo|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250042.html>
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413 A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher
414 a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts,
415 build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders,
416 cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure,
417 program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
418 Specialization is for insects.
419
e60142ac 420=head2 v5.27.9 - Agatha Christie, "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"
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422L<Announced on 2018-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/02/msg249549.html>
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424 Poirot was an extraordinary looking little man. He was hardly more
425 than five feet, four inches, but carried himself with great dignity.
426 His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it
427 a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military.
428 The neatness of his attire was almost incredible. I believe a
429 speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound.
430 Yet this quaint dandified little man who, I was sorry to see, now
431 limped badly, had been in his time one of the most celebrated members
432 of the Belgian police. As a detective, his flair had been extraordinary,
433 and he had achieved triumphs by unravelling some of the most baffling
434 cases of the day.
435 He pointed out to me the little house inhabited by him and his fellow
436 Belgians, and I promised to go and see him at an early date. Then he
437 raised his hat with a flourish to Cynthia, and we drove away.
438 "He's a dear little man," said Cynthia. "I'd no idea you knew him."
439 "You've been entertaining a celebrity unawares," I replied.
440 And, for the rest of the way home, I recited to them the various
441 exploits and triumphs of Hercule Poirot.
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443=head2 v5.27.8 - Jasper Fforde, "Shades of Grey"
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445L<Announced on 2018-01-20 by Abigail|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/248914>
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4472.4.16.55.021: Males are to wear dresscode #6 during inter-Collective
448travel. Hats are encouraged, but not required.
449
4509.3.88.32.025: The cucumber and tomato are both fruit; the avocado
451is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians,
452on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.
453
4545.3.21.01.002: Once allocated, postcodes are permanent, and for life.
455
4566.1.02.11.235: Artifacture from before the Something That Happened
457may be collected, so long it does not appear on the Leapback list
458or possess color above 23 percent saturation.
459
4602.3.06.02.087: Unnecessary sharpening of pencils constitutes a waste
461of public resources, and will be punished as appropriate.
462
4632.1.01.05.002: All children are to attent school until the age of
464sixteen or until they have learned everything, whichever be the sooner.
465
4661.3.02.06.023: There shall be no staring at the sun, however good
467the reason.
468
4691.1.19.02.006: Team sports are mandatory in order to build character.
470Character is there to give purpose to team sports.
471
4722.3.03.01.006: Juggling shall not be practiced after 4:00 pm.
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475=head2 v5.27.7 - Terry Pratchett, "Hogfather"
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477L<Announced on 2017-12-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/12/msg248274.html>
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479 Death looked at the sacks.
480
481 It was a strange but demonstrable fact that the sacks of
482 toys carried by the Hogfather, no matter what they
483 really contained, always appeared to have sticking out
484 of the top a teddy bear, a toy soldier in the kind of
485 colorful uniform that would stand out in a disco, a
486 drum and a red-and-white candy cane. The actual
487 contents always turned out to be something a bit
488 garish and costing $5.99.
489
490 Death had investigated one or two. There had been a
491 Real Agatean Ninja, for example, with Fearsome
492 Death Grip, and a Captain Carrot One-Man Night
493 Watch with a complete wardrobe of toy weapons, each
494 of which cost as much as the original wooden doll in
495 the first place.
496
497 Mind you, the stuff for the girls was just as
498 depressing. It seemed to be nearly all horses. Most of
499 them were grinning. Horses, Death felt, shouldn't grin.
500
501 Any horse that was grinning was planning something.
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503=head2 v5.27.6 - Ogden Nash, "Behold the Duck"
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507 Behold the duck,
508 it does not cluck;
509 a cluck it lacks,
510 it quacks!
511
512 It is 'specially fond
513 of puddles or ponds;
514 when it dines or sups
515 it bottoms ups.
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518=head2 v5.27.5 - Frank Birch, Dilly Knox & G. P. Mackeson, "Alice in I.D.25"
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520L<Announced on 2017-10-20 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/10/msg246785.html>
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522 'Can I do anything?' Alice suggested timidly, thinking that something
523 dreadful must have happened.
524 The Waterflap jumped as if it had been shot. 'What are you doing
525 here?' it snapped. 'Take this at once into the Directional room,' and it
526 thrust the paper which had caused all the fuss into her hands.
527 'But where is the Directional room?' she inquired, bewildered.
528 'Why, there of course,' howled the Waterflap, pointing to a door.
529 'How could I possibly know that!' Alice exclaimed, angered by his
530 rudeness.
531 'Silly girl,' it hissed. 'Why, it's called the Directional room
532 because it's in that direction,' and it pushed her roughly through the
533 doorway.
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535=head2 v5.27.4 - Richard Brautigan, "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"
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537L<Announced on 2017-09-20 by John SJ Anderson|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246371.html>
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539 I like to think (and
540 the sooner the better!)
541 of a cybernetic meadow
542 where mammals and computers
543 live together in mutually
544 programming harmony
545 like pure water
546 touching clear sky.
547
548 I like to think
549 (right now, please!)
550 of a cybernetic forest
551 filled with pines and electronics
552 where deer stroll peacefully
553 past computers
554 as if they were flowers
555 with spinning blossoms.
556
557 I like to think
558 (it has to be!)
559 of a cybernetic ecology
560 where we are free of our labors
561 and joined back to nature,
562 returned to our mammal
563 brothers and sisters,
564 and all watched over
565 by machines of loving grace.
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567=head2 v5.27.3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
568
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570
571 When you walk through a storm
572 Hold your head up high
573 And don't be afraid of the dark
574
575 At the end of a storm
576 There's a golden sky
577 And the sweet silver song of a lark
578
579 Walk on through the wind
580 Walk on through the rain
581 Though your dreams be tossed and blown
582
583 Walk on, walk on
584 With hope in your heart
585 And you'll never walk alone
586
587 You'll never walk alone
588
589 Walk on, walk on
590 With hope in your heart
591 And you'll never walk alone
592
593 You'll never walk alone
594
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595=head2 v5.27.2 - Lev Grossman, Codex
596
597L<Announced on 2017-07-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245585.html>
598
599 He went back for another stack of books: a three-volume English legal
600 treatise; a travel guide to Tuscany from the '20s crammed with faded
601 Italian wildflowers that fluttered out from between the pages like
602 moths; a French edition of Turgeniev so decayed that it came apart in
603 his hands; a register of London society from 1863. In a way it was
604 idiotic. He was treating these books like they were holy relics. It
605 wasn't like he would ever actually read them. But there was something
606 magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly
607 ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused
608 by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used
609 to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of
610 memory, not stamped out of silicon but laboriously crafted out of wood
611 pulp and ink, leather and glue. Somebody had cared enough to write
612 these things; somebody else had cared enough to buy them, possibly
613 even read them, at the very least keep them safe for 150 years,
614 sometimes longer, when they could have vanished at the touch of a
615 spark. That made them worth something, didn't it, just by itself?
616 Though most of them would have bored him rigid the second he cracked
617 them open, which there wasn't much chance of. Maybe that was what he
618 found so appealing: the sight of so many books that he'd never have to
619 read, so much work he'd never have to do.
620
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622
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624
625 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
626 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
627 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
628 Somewhere there's danger,
629 somewhere there's injustice
630 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
631 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
632
633=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
634
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636
637 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
638 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
639 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
640 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
641 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
642 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
643 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
644 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
645 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
646
647 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
648
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649=head2 v5.26.3 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
650
651L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252974.html>
652
653The origins of the name "Bernstein" are sometimes linked with the German
654noun Bernstein, which means "amber"--a translucent yellowish fossilized
655resin, used for ornaments and thought to possess magical properties.
656Leonard Bernstein would later call himself "Lenny Amber" when he needed
657a pseudonym for the popular piano transcriptions he published in his
658mid-twenties, and his business affairs would be organized within a
659company called Amberson Enterprises. There are several towns and
660villages named Bernstein in Germany and Austria (where the pronunciation
661is BernSTINE), but Bernstein's parents came from Jewish ghettos in
662northwestern Ukraine, where the last syllable is usually pronounced
663BernSHTAYN or STEEN. Sam insisted, however, on the mid-European style
664employed by the earlier immigrants.
665
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666=head2 v5.26.2 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
667
668L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250440.html>
669
670How does a cat use its whiskers? The usual answer is that the whiskers
671are feelers that enable a cat to tell whether a gap is wide enough for
672it to squeeze through, but the truth is more complicated and more
673remarkable. In addition to their obvious role as feelers sensitive to
674touch, the whiskers also operate as air-current detectors. As the cat
675moves along in the dark it needs to manoeuvre past solid objects without
676touching them. Each solid object it approaches causes slight eddies in
677the air, minute disturbances in the currents of air movements, and the
678cat's whiskers are so amazingly sensitive that they can read these air
679changes and respond to the presence of solid obstacles even without
680touching them.
681
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682=head2 v5.26.2-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
683
684L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250103.html>
685
686Cats have a way of endearing themselves to their owners, not just by
687their 'kittenoid' behaviour, which stimulates strong parental feelings,
688but also by their sheer gracefulness. There is an elegance and a
689composure about them that captivates the human eye. To the sensitive
690human being it becomes a privilege to share a room with a cat, exchange
691its glance, feel its greeting rub, or watch it gently luxuriate itself
692into a snoozing ball on a soft cushion.
693
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694=head2 v5.26.1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
695
696L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246408.html>
697
698 And soon I heard a roaring wind:
699 It did not come anear;
700 But with its sound it shook the sails,
701 That were so thin and sere.
702
703 The upper air burst into life!
704 And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
705 To and fro they were hurried about!
706 And to and fro, and in and out,
707 The wan stars danced between.
708
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709=head2 v5.26.1-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
710
711L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246202.html>
712
713 At length did cross an Albatross,
714 Thorough the fog it came;
715 As if it had been a Christian soul,
716 We hailed it in God's name.
717
718 It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
719 And round and round it flew.
720 The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
721 The helmsman steered us through!
722
723 And a good south wind sprung up behind;
724 The Albatross did follow,
725 And every day, for food or play,
726 Came to the mariner's hollo!
727
728 In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
729 It perched for vespers nine;
730 Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
731 Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
732
733 'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
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734 From the fiends, that plague thee thus!—
735 Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
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736 I shot the ALBATROSS.
737
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738=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
739
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741
742 I've got the life
743 And I'm gonna keep it
744 I've got the life
745 And nobody's gonna take it away
746 I've got the life
747
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748=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
749
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750L<Announced on 2017-05-23 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244511.html>
751
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752 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
753 absolutely nothing else to do.
754
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755=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
756
757L<Announced on 2017-05-11 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244337.html>
758
759 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
760 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
761 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
762 converts than reason.
763
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764=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
765
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767
768 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
769 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
770 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
771
772 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
773 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
774 machinery like that.
775
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776=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
777
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778L<Announced on 2017-03-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/03/msg243624.html>
779
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780 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
781 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
782 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
783 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
784 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
785 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
786 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
787
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789
790L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
791
792 He who wants the world to remain as it is
793 doesn't want it to remain.
794
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795=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
796
797L<Announced on 2017-01-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242405.html>
798
799 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
800 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
801 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
802 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
803 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
804 bread, please."
805
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806=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
807
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809
810 So long
811 is in the song
812 and it's in the way you're gone
813 but it's like a foreign language
814 in my mind
815 and maybe was I blind
816 I could not see
817 and would not know
818 you're gone so long
819 so long.
820
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821=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
822
823L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
824
825 Of Beren and Lúthien
826
827 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
828 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
829 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
830 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
831 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
832 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
833 song.
834
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835=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
836
837L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
838
839 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
840 Are you?
3f0ff2a3 841 Yes. Do you know who the lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
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842 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
843 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
844 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
845 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
846 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
847 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
848 a sea of shite.
849 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
850 America meant?
851 No.
852 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
853 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
854 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
855 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
856 playing to freak them out?
857 Who's Michael Stipe?
858 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
859 No, I'm not, Stephen.
860
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861=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
862
863L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
864
865 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
866 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
867 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
868 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
869 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
870 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
871 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
872 fact this is all we are doing
873
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874=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
875
876L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
877
878 Concerning Nomes and Time
879
880 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
881 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
882
883 Let me explain.
884
885 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
886 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
887 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
888
889 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
890 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
891
892 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
893 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
894 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
895 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
896 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
897 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
898 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
899
900 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
901 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
902 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
903 even know.
904
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905=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
906
907L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
908
909 When awful darkness and silence reign
910 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
911 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
912 When the angry breakers roar
913 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
914 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
915 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
916
917 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
918 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
919 A lonely spark with silvery rays
920 Piercing the coal-black night, -
921 A Meteor strange and bright: -
922 Hither and thither the vision strays,
923 A single lurid light.
924
925 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
926 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
927 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
928 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
929 And those who watch at that midnight hour
930 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
931 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
932 'The Dong! - the Dong!
933 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
934 The Dong! the Dong!
935 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
936
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937=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
938
939L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
940
941 Waiting for the beat to kick in
942 But it never does
943 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
944 That lift me above
945 All of these tiresome things
946 That we know and love
947 Waiting for the beat to kick in
948 But it never does
949
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950=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
951
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953
954Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
955totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
956you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
957that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
958people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
959
960Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
961gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
962symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
963and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
964clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
965home, from the ground up.
966
967No wonder you're a geek.
968
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969=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
970
971L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
972
973 Even the bravest that are slain
974 Shall not dissemble their surprise
975 On waking to find valor reign,
976 Even as on earth, in paradise;
977 And where they sought without the sword
978 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
979 To find that the utmost reward
980 Of daring should be still to dare.
981
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982=head2 v5.24.4 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
983
984L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250439.html>
985
986Cats hate doors. Doors simply do not register in the evolutionary story
987of the cat family. They constantly block patrolling activities and
988prevent cats from exploring their home range and then returning to their
989central, secure base at will. Humans often do not understand that a cat
990needs to make only a brief survey of its territory before returning with
991all the necessary information about the activities of other cats in the
992vicinity. It likes to make these tours of inspection at frequent
993intervals, but does not want to stay outside for very long, unless there
994has been some special and unexpected change in the condition of the
995local feline population.
996
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997=head2 v5.24.4-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
998
999L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250102.html>
1000
1001The domestic cat is a contradiction. No animal has developed such an
1002intimate relationship with mankind, while at the same time demanding and
1003getting such independence of movement and action. The dog may be man's
1004best friend, but it is rarely allowed out on its own to wander from
1005garden to garden or street to street. The obedient dog has to be taken
1006for a walk. The headstrong cat walks alone.
1007
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1008=head2 v5.24.3 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
1009
1010L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246407.html>
1011
1012 Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
1013 Beloved from pole to pole!
1014 To Mary Queen the praise be given!
1015 She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,
1016 That slid into my soul.
1017
1018 The silly buckets on the deck,
1019 That had so long remained,
1020 I dreamt that they were filled with dew;
1021 And when I awoke, it rained.
1022
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1023=head2 v5.24.3-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
1024
1025L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246201.html>
1026
1027 'And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
1028 Was tyrannous and strong:
1029 He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
1030 And chased us south along.
1031
1032 With sloping masts and dipping prow,
1033 As who pursued with yell and blow
1034 Still treads the shadow of his foe,
1035 And forward bends his head,
1036 The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
1037 And southward aye we fled.
1038
1039 And now there came both mist and snow,
1040 And it grew wondrous cold:
1041 And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
1042 As green as emerald.
1043
1044 And through the drifts the snowy clifts
1045 Did send a dismal sheen:
8d1c7d0a 1046 Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken—
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1047 The ice was all between.
1048
1049 The ice was here, the ice was there,
1050 The ice was all around:
1051 It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
1052 Like noises in a swound!
1053
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1054=head2 v5.24.2 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
1055
1056L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245527.html>
1057
1058 A short while later, through the wood,
1059 Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
1060 The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze
1061 And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
1062 His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
1063 And spit was dripping from his jaw.
1064 Once more the maiden's eyelid flickers.
1065 She draws the pistol from her knickers.
1066 Once more, she hits the vital spot,
1067 And kills him with a single shot.
1068 Pig, peeping through the window, stood
1069 And yelled, 'Well done, Miss Riding Hood!'
1070
1071 Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
1072 Young ladies from the upper crust.
1073 For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
1074 Not only has two wolfskin coats,
1075 But when she goes from place to place,
1076 She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELLING CASE.
1077
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1078=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
1079
1080L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
1081
1082 The animal I really dig
1083 Above all others is the pig.
1084 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
1085 Pig are courteous. However,
1086 Now and then, to break this rule,
1087 One meets a pig who is a fool.
1088 What, for example, would you say
1089 If strolling through the woods one day,
1090 Right there in front of you you saw
1091 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
1092 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
1093 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
1094
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1095=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
1096
1097L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
1098
1099 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
1100 'If only you'd spoken before!
1101 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
1102 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
1103
1104 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
1105 If you never were met with again -
1106 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
1107 You might have suggested it then?
1108
1109 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
1110 As I think I've already remarked.'
1111 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
1112 'I informed you the day we embarked.
1113
1114 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
1115 (We are all of us weak at times):
1116 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
1117 Was never among my crimes!
1118
1119 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
1120 I said it in German and Greek:
1121 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
1122 That English is what you speak!'
1123
1124 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
1125 Had grown longer at every word:
1126 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
1127 More debate would be simply absurd.
1128
1129 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
1130 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
1131 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
1132 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
1133
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1134=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
1135
1136L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
1137
1138 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
1139 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
1140 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
1141 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
1142 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
1143 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
1144 And now the sun with more effectual beams
1145 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
1146 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
1147 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
1148 After a night of storm so ruinous,
1149 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
1150 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
1151
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1152=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1153
1154L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
1155
1156 Before the gates there sat
1157 On either side a formidable shape;
1158 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
1159 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
1160 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
1161 With mortal sting; about her middle round
1162 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
1163 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
1164 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
1165 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
1166 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
1167 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
1168 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
1169 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
1170 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
1171 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
1172 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
1173 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
1174 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
1175 If shape it might be called that shape had none
1176 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
1177 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
1178 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
1179 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
1180 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
1181 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
1182 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
1183 The monster moving onward came as fast
1184 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
1185
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1186=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
1187
1188L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
1189
1190 A bird within the bower of her delight,
1191 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
1192 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
1193
1194 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
1195 No weary task for her, for as at play
1196 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
1197
1198 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
1199 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
1200 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
1201
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1202=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
1203
1204L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
1205
1206 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
1207 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
1208 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
1209
1210 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
1211 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
1212 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
1213
1214 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
1215 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
1216 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
1217
1218 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
1219 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
1220 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
1221
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1222=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
1223
1224L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
1225
1226 New punishments behoves me sing in this
1227 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
1228 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
1229
1230 I now stood ready to observe the full
1231 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
1232 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
1233
1234 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
1235 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
1236 As Litany processions keep, up here.
1237
1238 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
1239 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
1240 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
1241
1242 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
1243 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
1244 All power of looking forward being denied.
1245
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1246=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
1247
1248L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
1249
1250 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
1251 I could be monarch of a desert land
1252 I could devote and dedicate forever
1253 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
1254 So desert it would have to be, so walled
1255 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
1256 No one would covet it or think it worth
1257 The pains of conquering to force change on.
1258 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
1259 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
1260 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
1261 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
1262 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
1263 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
1264
1265 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
1266 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
1267 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
1268
1269=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
1270
1271L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
1272
1273 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
1274 You can't find one good thing to say
1275 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
1276 You'd stay the hell out of my way
1277
1278 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
1279 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
1280
1281=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
1282
1283L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
1284
1285"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
1286
1287=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
1288
1289L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
1290
1291The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
1292Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
1293gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
1294
1295=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
1296
1297L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
1298
1299“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
1300
1301“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
1302
1303“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
1304be fun.”
1305
1306Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
1307
1308“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
1309every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
1310
1311“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
1312
1313“You’ll have to jump.”
1314
1315“I’ll jump.”
1316
1317“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
1318
1319Yossarian jumped.
1320
1321Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
1322missing him by inches, and he took off.
1323
1324=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
1325
1326L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
1327
1328 Nothing was left to do that I could see
1329 Unless to find that there was no one there
1330 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
1331 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
1332 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
1333 Break silence now or be forever silent.
1334 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
1335 The melancholy of having to count souls
1336 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
1337 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
1338 It must be I want life to go on living.
1339
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1340=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
1341
1342L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
1343
1344Spring
1345
1346Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
1347look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
1348I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
1349and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
1350love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
1351meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
1352and begin a new adventure.
1353
1354Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
1355-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
1356kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
1357adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
1358as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
1359
1360The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
1361asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
1362brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
1363and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
1364Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
1365produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
1366possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
1367beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
1368are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
1369are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
1370seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
1371remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
1372you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
1373cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
1374lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
1375marriages made in heaven.
1376
1377
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1378=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
1379
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1380L<Announced on 2016-02-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/02/msg234535.html>
1381
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1382Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
1383of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
1384helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
1385
1386But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
1387any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
1388she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
1389no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
1390free.
1391
da44b70c 1392=head2 v5.23.7 - William Gibson, "Neuromancer"
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1395
1396A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
1397nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
1398the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
1399in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
1400colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
1401over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
1402cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
1403the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
1404and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
1405dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
1406into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
1407trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
1408
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1409=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
1410
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1411L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
1412
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1413 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
1414
1415 5.23 Episode VII
1416 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
1417
1418 It is a period of
1419 unrest as separatists
1420 announce their intentions
1421 to fork PERL and return the
1422 galaxy to speed and stability.
1423
1424 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
1425 to hold together the remains of the
1426 once mighty Republic against a tide of
1427 incivility and the depredations of a new
1428 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
1429
1430 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
1431 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
1432 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
1433 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
1434 a new Empire of gradual typing....
1435
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1436=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
1437
1438L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
1439
1440After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
1441me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
1442Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
1443adventure.
1444
1445I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
1446only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
1447lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
1448sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
1449lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
1450hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
1451
1452Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
1453no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
1454loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
1455control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
1456It took me two weeks to figure it out.
1457
1458The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
1459register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
1460an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
1461index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
1462would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
1463the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
1464
1465Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
1466to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
1467instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
1468additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
1469instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
1470ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
1471
1472The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
1473lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
1474was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
1475all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
1476
1477He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
1478largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
1479datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
1480overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
1481the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
1482the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
1483program went happily on its way.
1484
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1485=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
1486
1487L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
1488
1489Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
1490first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
1491or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
1492Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
1493when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
1494when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
1495difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
1496keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
1497strong men.
1498
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1499=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
1500
1501L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
1502
1503 Little of of all we value here
1504 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
1505 Without both feeling and looking queer.
1506 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
1507 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
1508 (This is a moral that runs at large;
1509 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
1510
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1511=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
1512
4442630f 1513L<Announced on 2015-08-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230298.html>
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1514
1515 Would you believe in a night like this
1516 A night like this, when visions come true
1517 Would you believe in a tale like this
1518 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
1519 Come to the blazing fire and
1520
1521 See me in the shadows
1522 See me in the shadows
1523 Songs I will sing
1524 Of runes and rings
1525 Just hand me my harp
1526 This night turns into myth
1527 Nothing seems real
1528 You soon will feel
1529 The world we live in is another skald's
1530 Dream in the shadows
1531 Dream in the shadows
1532
1533 Do you believe there is sense in it
1534 Is it truth or myth?
1535 They´re one in my rhymes
1536 Nobody knows the meaning behind
1537 The weaver's line
1538 Well nobody else but the Norns can
1539 See through the blazing fires of time and
1540 All things will proceed as the
1541 Child of the hallowed
1542 Will speak to you now
1543
1544 See me in the shadows
1545 See me in the shadows
1546 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
1547 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
1548 Nothing seems real
1549 You soon will feel
1550 The world we live in is another skald´s
1551 Dream in the shadows
1552 Dream in the shadows
1553
1554 Do not fear for my reason
1555 There's nothing to hide
1556 How bitter your treason
1557 How bitter the lie
1558 Remember the runes and remember the light
1559 All I ever want is to be at your side
1560 We'll gladden the raven now I will
1561 Run through the blazing fires
1562 That's my choice
1563 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
1564
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1565=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
1566
1567L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
1568
1569 I was born beneath this willow,
1570 Where my sire the earth did farm
1571 Had the green grass as my pillow
1572 The east wind as a blanket warm.
1573
1574 But away! away! called the wind from the west
1575 And in answer I did run
1576 Seeking glory and adventure
1577 Promised by the rising sun.
1578
1579 I found love beneath this willow,
1580 As true a love as life could hold,
1581 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
1582 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
1583
1584 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
1585 In faithful answer I did run
1586 Marching forth for king and country
1587 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
1588
1589 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
1590 As the seven seas I plied
1591 And the girl who I left waiting
1592 Longing to be at her side.
1593
1594 But about! about! called the wind from the west
1595 As once again my ship did run
1596 Down the coast, about the wide world
1597 Flying sails in the setting sun.
1598
1599 Now I lie beneath the willow
1600 Now at last no more to roam,
1601 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
1602 In their arms I'm finally home.
1603
1604 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
1605 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
1606 Will chase the sun into the morning
1607 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
1608
da44b70c 1609=head2 v5.23.0 - Bob Dylan, "Maggie's Farm"
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1610
1611L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
1612
1613 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1614 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1615 Well, I try my best
1616 To be just like I am
1617 But everybody wants you
1618 To be just like them
1619 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
1620 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1621
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1622=head2 v5.22.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1623
1624L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245526.html>
1625
1626 Then Little Red Riding Hood said, 'But Grandma,
1627 what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.'
1628 'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
1629 'To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
1630 'Ah well, no matter what you say,
1631 'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
1632 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1633 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1634 She aims it at the creature's head
1635 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
1636
1637 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1638 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1639 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1640 No silly hood upon her head.
1641 She said, 'Hello, and do please note
1642 'My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.'
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1644=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1645
1646L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
1647
1648 As soon as Wolf began to feel
1649 That he would like a decent meal,
1650 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
1651 When Grandma opened it, she saw
1652 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
1653 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
1654 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
1655 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
1656 And she was absolutely right.
1657 He ate her up in one big bite.
1658
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1659=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
1660
1661L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
1662
1663 As one who strives a hill to climb,
1664 Who never climbed before:
1665 Who finds it, in a little time,
1666 Grow every moment less sublime,
1667 And votes the thing a bore:
1668
1669 Yet, having once begun to try,
1670 Dares not desert his quest,
1671 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
1672 On one small hut against the sky
1673 Wherein he hopes to rest:
1674
1675 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
1676 With many a puff and pant:
1677 Who still, as rises the ascent,
1678 In language grows more violent,
1679 Although in breath more scant:
1680
1681 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
1682 That crowns the upward track:
1683 And, entering with unsteady pace,
1684 Receives a buffet in the face
1685 That lands him on his back:
1686
1687 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
1688 Glide swiftly down again,
1689 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
1690 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
1691 He drops upon the plain -
1692
1693 So I, that had resolved to bring
1694 Conviction to a ghost,
1695 And found it quite a different thing
1696 From any human arguing,
1697 Yet dared not quit my post.
1698
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1699=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
1700
1701L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
1702
1703 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
1704 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
1705 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
1706 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
1707 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
1708 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
1709 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
1710 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
1711 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
1712 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
1713 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
1714 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
1715 Thither he bent his way, determined there
1716 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
1717 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
1718 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
1719 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
1720 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
1721 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
1722
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1723=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1724
1725L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
1726
1727 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
1728 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
1729 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
1730 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
1731 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
1732 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
1733 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
1734 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
1735 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
1736 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
1737 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
1738 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
1739 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
1740 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
1741 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
1742 At certain revolutions all the damned
1743 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
1744 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
1745 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
1746 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
1747 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
1748 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
1749 They ferry over this Lethean sound
1750 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
1751 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
1752 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
1753 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
1754 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
1755 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
1756 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
1757 The ford, and of itself the water flies
1758 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
1759 The lip of Tantalus.
1760
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1761=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
1762
1763L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
1764
1765 Between two dishes, equally attractive
1766 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
1767 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
1768
1769 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
1770 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
1771 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
1772
1773 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
1774 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
1775 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
1776
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1777=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
1778
1779L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
1780
1781 For better waters heading with the wind
1782 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
1783 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
1784
1785 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
1786 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
1787 To leap up into joy celestial.
1788
1789 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
1790 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
1791 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
1792
1793 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
1794 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
1795 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
1796
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1797=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
1798
1799L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
1800
1801 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
1802 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
1803 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
1804
1805 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
1806 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
1807 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
1808
1809 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
1810 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
1811 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
1812
1813 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
1814 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
1815 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
1816
1817 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
1818 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
1819 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
1820
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1821=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1822
1823L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
1824
1825A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
1826splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
1827shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
1828straight up into the air!_'
1829The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
1830experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
1831gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
1832his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
1833most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
1834storm.
1835Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
1836knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
1837heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
1838intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
1839those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
1840scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
1841set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
1842everything, regardless?
1843At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
1844voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
1845
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1846=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1847
1848L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
1849
1850This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
1851before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
1852whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
1853carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
1854merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
1855ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
1856entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
1857boisterous.
1858Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
1859not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
1860up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
1861nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
1862masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
1863the attentions of several all too merry couples.
1864Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
1865that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
1866Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
1867on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
1868raising a glass of champagne.
1869In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
1870mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
1871lonely corner.
1872He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
1873a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
1874that it was Christine and followed her.
1875'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
1876The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
1877no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
1878on in silence.
1879
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1880=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1881
1882L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
1883
1884 If the snow flies in my face,
1885 Let me shake it off me!
1886 If my heart within me speaks,
1887 I'll sing bright and gaily!
1888
1889 Will not listen what it says,
1890 Have no ears for moaning.
1891 Do not feel what it complains,--
1892 Only fools like groaning!
1893
1894 Jolly brave into the world,
1895 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
1896 If there is no God on earth,
1897 Let 's be gods down nether!
1898
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1899=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1900
1901L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
1902
1903 Why do I shun all those highways
1904 Which the other wanderer seeks?
1905 Why do I find bridged by-ways
1906 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
1907
1908 For I have no crime committed,
1909 Why I should now run from men,--
1910 What demented heart's desire
1911 Drives me to a desert glen?
1912
1913 Signposts on all highways stationed
1914 Point their signs toward the towns,
1915 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
1916 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
1917
1918 One such signpost I see planted
1919 Of my question unconcerned,
1920 One road must my choice be granted,
1921 Whence no man has yet returned!
1922
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1923=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1924
1925L<Announced on 2015-12-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233032.html>
1926
1927 How the storm tore rents
1928 In heavens gray attired!
1929 The rags of cloud are flying
1930 Around, of combat tired.
1931
1932 And flames of fire lambent,
1933 Fly between them and part,
1934 That 's what I call a morning,
1935 A morning after my heart!
1936
1937 My heart sees in the heavens
1938 Its own picture unspoilt--
1939 It's nothing but the Winter,
1940 The Winter, cold and wild.
1941
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1942=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1943
1944L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
1945
1946 The hoary frost has a white sheen
1947 Strewn all over my hair,
1948 So I thought I was an old man
1949 And thought life dealt me fair.
1950
1951 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
1952 And I have my black hair again.
1953 How I abhor my young fair years,
1954 How long to wait for death and biers?
1955
1956 From setting sun to morning's hue
1957 Many a head turns white.
1958 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
1959 In all this lifelong plight!
1960
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1961=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1962
1963L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
1964
1965 In the deepest rocky crevice
1966 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
1967 How I could find my way from here,
1968 For me it's easy memory!
1969
1970 For I am used to straying ways,
1971 Every path to th'end a way,
1972 All our joys and all our suffering,--
1973 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
1974
1975 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
1976 I quite calmly downward stroll;
1977 Every stream its sea will enter,
1978 Every suffering finds its goal!
1979
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1980=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
1981
1982L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
1983
1984“You are the advocate of the dead.”
1985
1986The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
1987that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
1988take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
1989their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
1990remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
1991figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
1992
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1993=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
1994
1995L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
1996
1997 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
1998 Among the theories scattered on the grass
1999 Take up my good intentions with the rest
2000
2001=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
2002
2003L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
2004
2005There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
2006its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
2007
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2008=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
2009
2010L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
2011
2012 They shall pass and their places be taken,
2013 The gods and the priests that are pure.
2014 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
2015 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
2016 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
2017 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
2018 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
2019 And delicate dust.
2020
2021 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
2022 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
2023 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
2024 As the serpent again to a rod.
2025 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
2026 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
2027 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
2028 Our Lady of Pain.
2029
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2030=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
2031
2032L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
2033
2034The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
2035Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
2036started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
2037crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
2038and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
2039pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
2040through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
2041claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
2042were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
2043they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
2044It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
2045obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
2046
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2047=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
2048
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2051 There is another sky,
2052 Ever serene and fair,
2053 And there is another sunshine,
2054 Though it be darkness there;
2055 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
2056 Never mind silent fields -
2057 Here is a little forest,
2058 Whose leaf is ever green;
2059 Here is a brighter garden,
2060 Where not a frost has been;
2061 In its unfading flowers
2062 I hear the bright bee hum:
2063 Prithee, my brother,
2064 Into my garden come!
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2066=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
2067
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2069
2070Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
2071Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
2072Calvin: 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?
2073Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
2074[Box]: *BOINK*
2075Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
2076Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
2077Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
2078
2ee7da68 2079=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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2080
2081L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
2082
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2083"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
2084Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
2085we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
2086everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
2087"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
2088refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
2089"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
2090would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
2091than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
2092the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 2094=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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2095
2096L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
2097
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2098GAME CAT
2099
2100EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
2101things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
2102Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
2103lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
2104snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
2105This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
2106all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
2107Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
2108some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
2109finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
2110just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
2111Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
2112MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
2113The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
2114involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
2115and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
2116where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
2117Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 2119=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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2120
2121L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
2122
2123 Het Dorp
2124
2125 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
2126 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
2127 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
2128 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
2129 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
2130 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
2131 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
2132 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
2133 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
2134 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
2135 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 2136 het vee, de boerderijen.
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2137
2138 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2139 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
2140 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 2141 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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2142
2143 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
2144 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
2145 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
2146 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
2147 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
2148 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
2149 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
2150 ze zien de televisiequiz
2151 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
2152 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
2153 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
2154 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
2155
2156 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2157 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
2158 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 2159 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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2160
2161 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
2162 in minirok en beatle-haar
2163 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
2164 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
2165 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
2166 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
2167 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
2168 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
2169 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
2170 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
2171 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
2172 een ansicht en herinneringen.
2173
2174 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2175 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
2176 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
2177 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
2178
2ee7da68 2179=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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2180
2181L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
2182
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2183To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
2184of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
2185masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
2186of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
2187seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
2188joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
2189to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
2190high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
2191approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
2192ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
2193myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
2194to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
2195discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
2196canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
2197armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
2198rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
2199handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
2200stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
2201occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
2202and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
2203which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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2205=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
2206
2207L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
2208
2209 If they just went straight they might go far,
2210 They are strong and brave and true;
2211 But they're always tired of the things that are,
2212 And they want the strange and new.
2213 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
2214 What a deep mark I would make!"
2215 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
2216 Is only a fresh mistake.
2217
2218=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
2219
2220L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
2221
2222 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
2223 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
2224 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
2225 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
2226 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
2227 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
2228 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
2229 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
2230 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
2231 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
2232 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
2233 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
2234 Aldrin: 120 feet.
2235 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
2236 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
2237 Duke: 60 seconds.
2238 Aldrin: Light's on.
2239 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
2240 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
2241 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
2242 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
2243 down a half.
2244 Duke: 30 seconds.
2245 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
2246 Aldrin: Contact Light.
2247 Armstrong: Shutdown.
2248 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
2249 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
2250 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
2251 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
2252 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
2253 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
2254 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
2255 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
2256 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
2257 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
2258 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
2259 Aldrin: Thank you.
2260
2261=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
2262
2263L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
2264
2265 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
2266 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
2267 We danced among the lightning bolts,
2268 and tore the world asunder.
2269
2270 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
2271 written near the end of the previous Age,
2272 known by some as the Third Age.
2273 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
2274 Reborn.
2275
2276=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
2277
2278L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
2279
2280 Walled in fast within the earth
2281 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
2282 This must be the bell’s great birth!
2283 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
2284 Sweat must trickle now
2285 From the burning brow,
2286 Till the work its master honour.
2287 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
2288
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2289=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
2290
2291L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
2292
2293 Steady old Väinämöinen
2294 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2295 'No lilting on the waters
2296 and no singing on the waves!
2297 Song keeps you lazy
2298 tales delay rowing.
2299 Precious day would pass and night
2300 would overtake us midway
2301 on these wide waters
2302 upon these vast waves.'
2303
2304 The wanton Lemminkäinen
2305 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2306 'The time will pass anyway
2307 the fair day will flee
2308 and the night will come panting
2309 and the twilight will steal in
2310 if you don't sing while you live
2311 nor hum in this world.'
2312
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2313=head2 v5.20.3-RC2 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
2314
2315L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
2316
2317'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
2318and I was reciting these lines:
2319
2320 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
2321 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
2322 I wonder at the patience that I showed
2323 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
2324 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
2325 I have remained confused in misery.
2326
2327I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
2328Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
2329walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
2330person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
2331am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
2332ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
2333asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
2334allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
2335added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
2336and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
2337idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
2338coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
2339and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
2340different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
2341without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
2342the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
2343the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
2344sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
2345gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
2346told you about this, so goodbye."
2347
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2348=head2 v5.20.3-RC1 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
2349
2350L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
2351
2352'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
2353asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
2354and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
2355and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
2356I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
2357candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
2358were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
2359congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
2360face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
2361[...]
2362'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
2363her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
2364them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
2365ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
2366told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
2367man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
2368[...]
2369'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
2370servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
2371was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
2372four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
2373like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
2374fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
2375"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
2376was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
2377shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
2378longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
2379a bean.
2380
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2381=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
2382
2383L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
2384
2385 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
2386 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
2387 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
2388 Where is the cow hidden right now?
2389
2390 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
2391 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
2392 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
2393 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
2394
2395 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
2396 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
2397 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
2398 Yeah!
2399
2400 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
2401 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
2402 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
2403 Yeah, yeah!
2404
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2405=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
2406
2407L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
2408
2409 I've seen things,
2410 I've seen them with my eyes;
2411 I've seen things,
2412 They're often in disguise.
2413
2414 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
2415 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
2416 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
2417 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
2418
2419 I've seen things,
2420 I've seen them with my eyes;
2421 I've seen things,
2422 They're often in disguise.
2423
2424 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
2425
2ee7da68 2426=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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2427
2428L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
2429
2430 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
2431 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
2432 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
2433
2434 DON ALFONSO:
2435 Take heart, my dearest children.
2436 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
2437
2438 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
2439 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
2440
2441 FIORDILIGI:
2442 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
2443 It is disappearing already!
2444 It is no longer in sight!
2445 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
2446
2447 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
2448 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
2449
2450 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
2451 May the wind be gentle,
2452 may the sea be calm,
2453 and may the elements
2454 respond kindly
2455 to our wishes.
2456
2ee7da68 2457=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2458
2459L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
2460
2461 GUGLIELMO:
2462 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
2463 is reluctant to come before her.
2464
2465 FERRANDO:
2466 My trembling lip
2467 can utter no word.
2468
2469 DON ALFONSO:
2470 The hero displays his manliness
2471 in the most terrible moments.
2472
2473 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
2474 Now that we have heard the news,
2475 you have the lesser duty:
2476 Take heart, and plunge your swords
2477 into both our hearts.
2478
2479 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
2480 My idol, blame fate
2481 that I must abandon you.
2482
2483 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
2484 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
2485 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
2486 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
2487 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
2488 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
2489 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
2490
2491 ALL:
2492 Thus destiny defrauds
2493 the hopes of mortals.
2494 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
2495 who can ever love life?
2496
2ee7da68 2497=head2 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2498
2499L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
2500
2501 DON ALFONSO:
2502 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
2503 my lip stammers.
2504 My voice cannot emerge,
2505 but remains in my throat.
2506 What will you do? What shall I do?
2507 Oh what a great catastrophe!
2508 There can be nothing worse.
2509 I feel pity for you and for them.
2510
2511 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
2512 die.
2513 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
2514 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
2515 love dead, perhaps?
2516 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
2517 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
2518 DORABELLA: Wounded?
2519 DON ALFONSO: No.
2520 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
2521 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
2522 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
2523 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
2524 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
2525 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
2526 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
2527 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
2528 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
2529 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
2530 you wish it, they are ready...
2531 DORABELLA: Where are they?
2532 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
2533
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2534=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
2535
2536L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
2537
2538 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
2539 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
2540 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
2541 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
2542 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
2543 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
2544
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2545=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
2546
2547L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
2548
2549 When times go bad
2550 when times go rough
2551 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
2552 And let me do my stuff
2553
2ee7da68 2554=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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2555
2556L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
2557
2558O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
2559sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
2560Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
2561than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
2562temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
2563mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
2564your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
2565draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
2566implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
2567rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
2568bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
2569Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
2570is a fool!
2571
2ee7da68 2572=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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2573
2574L<Announced on 2014-03-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/03/msg213851.html>
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2575
2576The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
2577the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
2578withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
2579consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
2580tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
2581detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
2582by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
2583
2ee7da68 2584=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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2585
2586L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
2587
2588Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
2589rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
2590stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
2591know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
2592that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
2593chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
2594clouds thickened above them.
2595
2596"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
2597you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
2598body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
2599closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
2600hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
2601he looked Long in the face.
2602
2603"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
2604master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
2605grew fierce.
2606
2607"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
2608fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
2609truth!"
2610
2ee7da68 2611=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2612
2613L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
2614
2615“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
2616hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
2617
2618“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
2619
2620“Is there? What is the point?”
2621
2622“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
2623
2624“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
2625
2626“The trick is not to think about that.”
2627
2628“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
2629
2630Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
2631
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2632=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
2633
2634L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
2635
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2636And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
2637down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
2638the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
2639were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
2640they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
2641Europe was over.
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2643Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
2644leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
2645kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
2646horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 2647
e91f1fc1 2648Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 2649
e91f1fc1 2650One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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2652=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
2653
2654L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
2655
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2656 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
2657
2658 Mr. Bun: Morning.
2659 Waitress: Morning.
2660 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
2661 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
2662 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
2663 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
2664 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
2665 egg on top and spam
2666 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
2667 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
2668 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
2669 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
2670 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
2671 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
2672 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
2673 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
2674 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
2675 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
2676
2677 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
2678
2679 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
2680 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
2681 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
2682 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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2685
2686L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
2687
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2688 I
2689
2690 A cat is strolling through my mind
2691 Acting as though he owned the place,
2692 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
2693 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
2694
2695 So tender and discreet his tone;
2696 But whether he should growl or purr
2697 His voice is always rich and deep.
2698 That is the secret of his charm.
2699
2700 This purling voice that filters down
2701 Into my darkest depths of soul
2702 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
2703 Delights me as a potion would.
2704
2705 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
2706 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
2707 Without the need for any words
2708 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
2709
2710 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
2711 Across my heart, fine instrument,
2712 And makes to sing so royally
2713 The strongest and the purest chord,
2714
2715 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
2716 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
2717 In whom all is, angelically,
2718 As subtle as harmonious.
2719
2720 II
2721
2722 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
2723 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
2724 I might have been embalmed in it
2725 By giving him one little pet.
2726
2727 He is my household's guardian soul;
2728 He judges, he presides, inspires
2729 All matters in hos royal realm;
2730 Might he be fairy? or a god?
2731
2732 When my eyes, to this cat I love
2733 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
2734 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
2735 And when I look within myself,
2736
2737 I notice with astonishment
2738 The fire of his opal eyes,
2739 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
2740 Taking my measure, steadily.
2741
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2742=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
2743
2744L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
2745
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2746There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
2747that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
2748Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
2749despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
2750loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
2751looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
2752his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
2753of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
2754heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
2755danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
2756She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
2757surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
2758and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
2759be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
2760name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
2761and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
2762him.
2763
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2764=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
2765
2766L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
2767
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2768E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
2769written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
2770betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
2771have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
2772personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
2773Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
2774For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
2775political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
2776working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
2777between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
2778however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
2779logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
2780an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
2781to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
2782outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
2783there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
2784There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
2785
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2786=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
2787
2788L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
2789
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2790The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
2791correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
2792showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
2793however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
2794magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
2795the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
2796
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2797=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2798
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2800
2801 Over hill, over dale,
2802 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
2803 Over park, over pale,
2804 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
2805 I do wander everywhere,
2806 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
2807 And I serve the fairy queen,
2808 To dew her orbs upon the green.
2809 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
2810 In their gold coats, spots you see;
2811 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
2812 In their freckles live our savours.
2813 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
2814 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
2815 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
2816 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
2817
5f42d1f2 2818=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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2820L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
2821
2822 From the beginning, I knew…
2823 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
2824 …that I can't fix…
2825 …with my hands…
2826
40e1c3e8 2827=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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2828
2829L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
2830
2831 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
2832 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
2833 The shadows lengthen
2834 In Carcosa.
2835
2836 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
2837 And strange moons circle through the skies
2838 But stranger still is
2839 Lost Carcosa.
2840
2841 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
2842 Where flap the tatters of the King,
2843 Must die unheard in
2844 Dim Carcosa.
2845
2846 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
2847 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
2848 Shall dry and die in
2849 Lost Carcosa.
2850
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2851=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
2852
2853(no epigraph)
2854
40e1c3e8 2855=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2858
2859"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
2860empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
2861Yellow!"
2862
40e1c3e8 2863=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2866
2867 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
2868
2869 STRANGER: Indeed?
2870
2871 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
2872
2873 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
2874
2875 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
2876
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2877=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
2878
2879L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
2880
2881One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
2882only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
2883that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
2884about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
2885places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
2886Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
2887mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
2888every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
2889
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2890=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
2891
2892L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
2893
2894The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
2895systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
2896thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
2897operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
2898ever seen.
2899
2900An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
2901something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
2902kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
2903anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
2904disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
2905gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
2906that renders the operating system unnecessary.
2907
2908=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
2909
2910L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
2911
2912Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
2913someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
2914again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
2915and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
2916language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
2917
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2918=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
2919
2920L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
2921
2922It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
2923who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
2924walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
2925and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
2926search, in questions, in torment.
2927
2ee7da68 2928=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2931
2932Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
2933
2934=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
2935
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2937
2938 I'd love to go drowning
2939 And to stay and to stay
2940 But the ocean doesn't want me today
2941 I'll go in up to here
2942 It can't possibly hurt
2943 All they will find is my beer
2944 And my shirt
2945
2946=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
2947
2948L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
2949
2950 And the great day of wrath has come
2951 And here's mud in your big red eye
2952 The poker's in the fire
2953 And the locusts take the sky
2954 And the earth died screaming
2955 While I lay dreaming of you
2956
2957=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
2958
2959L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
2960
2961 What's he building in there?
2962
2963 We have a right to know…
2964
2ee7da68 2965=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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2966
2967L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
2968
2969It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
2970eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
2971
2ee7da68 2972=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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f3d08688 2974L<Announced on 2013-03-23 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200504.html>
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2975
2976The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
2977followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
2978safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
2979place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
2980would be famous for this.
2981
2982Six months passed. A year.
2983
72f869fd 2984The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 2985Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 2986powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 2987
2ee7da68 2988=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
fed67cf1 2989
f3d08688 2990L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/02/msg199115.html>
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2991
2992Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
2993The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
2994recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
2995his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
2996Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
2997of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
2998Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
2999of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
3000'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
3001embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
3002'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
3003in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
3004leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
3005
3006The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
3007Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
3008in the destruction of the planet Earth.
3009
2ee7da68 3010=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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f3d08688 3012L<Announced on 2013-01-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/01/msg197571.html>
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3013
3014I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
3015the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
3016dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
3017between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
3018improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
3019fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
3020I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
3021them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
3022do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 3023from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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3024in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
3025perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
3026himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
3027a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
3028the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
3029world is richer for it.
3030
2ee7da68 3031=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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3034
3035No thought.
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3036
3037The boy extinguished. Only a place.
3038
3039This place.
3040
3041Motionless, 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.
3042
3043A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
3044
3045For 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.
3046
3047The 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 . . .
3048
3049And 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.
3050
3051The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
3052
3053I have been legion . . .
3054
3055In 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.
3056
3057Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 3059=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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3062
3063Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
3064of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
3065scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
3066glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
3067beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
3068much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
3069caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
3070vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
3071had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
3072
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3073=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
3074
f3d08688 3075L<Announced on 2012-10-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194349.html>
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3076
3077Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
3078behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
3079recording everything.
3080
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3081=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
3082
f3d08688 3083L<Announced on 2012-09-19 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/09/msg192635.html>
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3085 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
3086 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
3087 She aims it at the creature's head,
3088 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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3090 A few weeks later, in the wood,
3091 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
3092 But what a change! No cloak of red,
3093 No silly hood upon her head.
3094 She said, "Hello, and do please note
3095 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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3097=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
3098
3099L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
3100
3101Preparation:
3102
3103Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
3104or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
3105Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
3106look golden brown.
3107Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
3108ready to create the soup.
3109
3110Ingredients:
3111
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3112 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
3113 3 tbsp butter
3114 1/4 cup olive oil
3115 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
3116 1 tsp salt
3117 1 tsp sugar
3118 black pepper to taste
3119 1 cup red wine
3120 1/4 cup all purpose flour
3121 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
3122 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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3123
3124Method:
3125
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3126 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
3127 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
3128 to half an hour.
3129 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
3130 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
3131 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
3132 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
3133 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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3134
3135Enjoy.
3136
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3137=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
3138
3d76f962 3139L<Announced on 2012-07-21 by TonyC|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/07/msg189828.html>
d7846122
TC
3140
3141‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
3142
3143Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
3144their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
3145
3146The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
3147butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
3148and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
3149
3150Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
3151
3152‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
3153
3154‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
3155
3156‘What?’
3157
3158‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
3159
3160‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
3161his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
3162dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
3163quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
3164
3165‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
3166an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
3167
3168‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
3169
3170The iotum rose, spinning.
3171
3172‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
3173
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3174=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
3175
3176L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
3177
3178On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
3179taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
3180"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
3181and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
3182merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
3183subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
3184Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
3185it.
3186
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Z
3187=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
3188
f51b9d59 3189L<Announced on 2012-05-26 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/05/msg187214.html>
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Z
3190
3191`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
3192`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
3193hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
3194The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
3195been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
3196be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
3197to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
3198fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
3199
3200There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
3201climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
3202broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
3203implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
3204on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
3205Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
3206astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
3207for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
3208out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
3209the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
3210
c682aa67
SH
3211=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
3212
3213L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
3214
3215 A victim of collision on the open sea
3216 Nobody ever said that life was free
3217 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
3218 But use your freedom of choice
3219
3220=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
3221
3222L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
3223
3224Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
3225machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
3226trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
3227little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
3228to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
3229he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
3230the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
3231
3232The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
3233current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
3234transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
3235chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
3236adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
3237as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
3238solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
3239valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
3240the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
3241machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
3242
2ee7da68 3243=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
a210cc89 3244
6dab83b1 3245L<Announced on 2012-08-08 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190413.html>
a210cc89
RS
3246
3247 Don't you know? You never split the party
3248 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
3249 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
3250 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
3251
c33412d7 3252=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
a210cc89 3253
6dab83b1 3254L<Announced on 2012-08-03 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190264.html>
a210cc89
RS
3255
3256I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
3257Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
3258Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
3259The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
3260
3261
3262
3263I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
3264sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
3265collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
3266
3267My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
3268inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
3269swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
3270side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
3271The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
3272dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
3273
2ee7da68 3274=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
4c4c16b2 3275
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4c4c16b2 3277
a210cc89
RS
3278 All I have is a voice
3279 To undo the folded lie,
3280 The romantic lie in the brain
3281 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
3282 And the lie of Authority
3283 Whose buildings grope the sky:
3284 There is no such thing as the State
3285 And no one exists alone;
3286 Hunger allows no choice
3287 To the citizen or the police;
3288 We must love one another or die.
3289
2ee7da68 3290=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
54fdd2d6 3291
6dab83b1 3292L<Announced on 2012-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/03/msg184824.html>
a97faa3d 3293
4ed12d4a
SH
3294 How many roads must a man walk down
3295 Before you call him a man?
3296 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
3297 Before she sleeps in the sand?
3298 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
3299 Before they're forever banned?
3300 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3301 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3302
3303 How many years can a mountain exist
3304 Before it's washed to the sea?
3305 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
3306 Before they're allowed to be free?
3307 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
3308 Pretending he just doesn't see?
3309 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3310 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3311
3312 How many times must a man look up
3313 Before he can see the sky?
3314 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
3315 Before he can hear people cry?
3316 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
3317 That too many people have died?
3318 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3319 The answer is blowin' in the wind
54fdd2d6 3320
2ee7da68 3321=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
1f9d7ff5 3322
6dab83b1 3323L<Announced on 2012-02-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/02/msg183919.html>
1f9d7ff5
MM
3324
3325 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3326 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
3327 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3328 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
3329 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
3330
3331Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
3332age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
3333older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
3334debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
3335girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
3336A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
3337Top for more than one week.
3338
3339Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
3340lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
3341buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
3342into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
3343meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
3344soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
3345single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
3346
3347 "I'm never going to give you up"
3348
2ee7da68 3349=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 3350
6dab83b1 3351L<Announced on 2012-01-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/01/msg182230.html>
cf6bc744
CBW
3352
3353"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
3354
3355He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
3356notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
3357which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
3358OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
3359ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
3360
3361There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
3362busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
3363out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
3364mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
3365and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
3366with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
3367bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
3368chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
3369excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
3370down cheering and applauding.
3371
3372"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
3373
2ee7da68 3374=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
b0d358f0 3375
6dab83b1 3376L<Announced on 2011-12-20 by Dave Rolsky|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/12/msg180962.html>
b0d358f0
DR
3377
3378Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
3379into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
3380beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
3381winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
3382wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
3383over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
3384
3385But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
3386gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
3387villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
3388journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
3389domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
3390with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
3391by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
3392Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
3393
2ee7da68 3394=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
d0fc7727 3395
6dab83b1 3396L<Announced on 2011-11-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/11/msg179588.html>
d0fc7727
SH
3397
3398This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
3399been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
3400confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
3401how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
3402could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
3403putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
3404I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
3405before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
3406think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
3407all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
3408off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
3409was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
3410The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
3411endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
3412benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
3413boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
3414lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
3415Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
3416resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
3417Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
3418you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
3419
1542e678
FR
3420=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
3421
6dab83b1 3422L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/10/msg178412.html>
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3423
3424A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
3425don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
3426without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
3427the human experience, the better design we will have.
3428
2ee7da68 3429=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
607b15aa 3430
6dab83b1 3431L<Announced on 2011-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177427.html>
ca420de3 3432
4ed12d4a
SH
3433All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
3434the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
3435do so at their peril.
607b15aa 3436
4ed12d4a
SH
3437It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
3438Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
3439work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
3440artist is in accord with himself.
607b15aa 3441
4ed12d4a
SH
3442We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
3443he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
3444thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 3445
4ed12d4a 3446All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 3447
2ee7da68 3448=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
bfb65171 3449
6dab83b1 3450L<Announced on 2011-08-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/08/msg176067.html>
bfb65171 3451
5814c912
RS
3452 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
3453 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
3454 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
3455 things the significance of a human future;
3456 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
3457 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
3458 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
3459 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
3460 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
3461 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
3462 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
3463 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
3464 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
3465 hurtles all ages along with it forever
3466 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
bfb65171 3467
1889cb12
Z
3468=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
3469
2ccefb8a 3470L<Announced on 2011-07-20 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/07/msg175014.html>
1889cb12
Z
3471
3472Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
3473fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
3474winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
3475down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
3476being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
3477extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
3478but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
3479
3480Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
3481that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
3482around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
3483fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
3484the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
3485closed system.
3486
3487Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
3488the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
3489/be/ them.'
3490
452ead5e
DG
3491=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
3492
3493L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
3494
4ed12d4a 3495If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 3496
c682aa67 3497=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
b3c5102d 3498
c682aa67 3499L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Dave Mitchell|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg199988.html>
b3c5102d 3500
c682aa67
SH
3501He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
3502mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
3503encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
3504
3505'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
3506Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
3507finished its run. It was due about now.'
3508
3509Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
3510see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
3511
3512'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
3513is always a last time for everything.)
3514
3515Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
3516
3517=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
3518
3519L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
3520
3521 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
3522 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
3523 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
3524 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
3525 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
3526 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
3527 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
3528 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
3529 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
3530 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
3531 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
3532 eaten them, but not for love.
3533
3534=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 >>
3535
3536L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
3537
3538It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
3539do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
3540they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
3541catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
3542awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
3543inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
3544
3545So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
3546mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
3547the heart of the programmer.
b3c5102d 3548
c684cf36 3549=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 >>
901b3fdb
LB
3550
3551L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
3552
3553At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
3554my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
3555the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
3556since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
3557already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
3558to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
3559the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
3560can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
3561unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
3562
c684cf36 3563=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 >>
8b55b028
ZA
3564
3565L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
3566
3567At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
3568myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
3569impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
3570"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
3571gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
3572or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
3573
3574I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
3575computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
3576ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
3577would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
3578my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
3579away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
3580won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
3581
3582So a freely distributable program is born.
3583
3584=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
3585
3586L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
3587
3588This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
3589continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
3590aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
3591and your bags will be offloaded.
3592
2ee7da68 3593=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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3595L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
3596
3597Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
3598of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
3599by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
3600sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
3601swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
3602down their paved streets.
3603
3604Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
3605obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
3606company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
3607the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
3608govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
3609the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
3610
3611=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
3612
3613L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
3614
3615But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
3616my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
3617reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
3618wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
3619Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
3620the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 3621This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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3622just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
3623this had never reached me.
3624
2ee7da68 3625=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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3628
3629 When the full-grown poet came,
3630 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
3631 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
3632 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
3633 Nay he is mine alone;
3634 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
3635 by the hand;
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3636 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
3637 holding hands,
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3638 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
3639 And wholly and joyously blends them.
3640
2ee7da68 3641=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
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3645 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
3646 nema ráða vel kunni.
3647 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
3648 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
3649 Sák á telgðu talkni
3650 tíu launstafi ristna.
3651 Þat hefr lauka lindi
3652 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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3654=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
3655
3656L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
3657
3658In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
3659granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
3660do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
3661that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
3662generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
3663endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
3664that fire can truly light the world.
3665
3666And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
3667ask what you can do for your country.
3668
3669My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
3670but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
3671
3672Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
3673ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
3674we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
3675the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
3676asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
3677work must truly be our own.
3678
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3679=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
3680
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3681L<Announced on 2010-12-19 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/12/msg167271.html>
3682
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3683The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
3684to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
3685between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
3686cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
3687areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
3688be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
3689As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
3690the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
3691instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
3692interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
3693also be automated.
3694
3695Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
3696if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
3697were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
3698and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
3699indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
3700techniques like X-ray crystallography.
3701
2ee7da68 3702=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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3704L<Announced on 2010-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/11/msg166162.html>
3705
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3706[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
3707
5814c912 3708 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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3709
3710[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
3711
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3712 Trinity: What did you just say?
3713 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
3714 Trinity: What did you see?
3715 Cypher: What happened?
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3716 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
3717 like it.
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3718 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
3719 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
3720 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
3721 Neo: What is it?
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3722 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
3723 they change something.
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3725=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
3726
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3727L<Announced on 2010-10-20 by Tatsuhiko Miyagawa|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/10/msg165183.html>
3728
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3729The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
3730he storm vanishes.
3731
3732"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
3733fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
3734to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
3735me?"
3736
3737I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
3738like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
3739
3740"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
3741as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
3742on my heart.
3743
3744(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
3745
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3746=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
3747
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3748L<Announced on 2010-09-19 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg164238.html>
3749
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3750Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
3751air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
3752the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
3753faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
3754of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
3755the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
3756deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
3757fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
3758stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
3759revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
3760
3761For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
3762courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
3763the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
3764jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
3765were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
3766there, a glimmer of moonshine.
3767
3768Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
3769rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
3770grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
3771park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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3774=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3775
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3777
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3778`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
3779`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
3780it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
3781she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
3782
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3783 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
3784 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
3785 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
3786 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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3787
3788
3789`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
3790
3791`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
3792nonsense.'
3793
3794Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
3795anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
3796
3797`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
3798
3799`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
3800
3801`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
3802with his nose, you know?'
3803
3804`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
3805the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
3806
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3807=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
3808
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3810
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3811Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
3812Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
3813notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
3814for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
3815sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
3816
3817Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
3818dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
3819Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
3820motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
3821Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
3822that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
3823had ever even been a car.
3824
3825There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
3826been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
3827this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
3828flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
3829re-entry.
3830
3831There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
3832metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
3833somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
3834make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
3835
3836It should have fallen apart miles back.
3837
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3838=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
3839
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3841
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3842We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
3843the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
3844in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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3845there exist ... special circumstances.
3846
3847=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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3850
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3851And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
3852bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
3853yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
3854with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
3855if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
3856bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
3857quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
3858
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3859=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
3860
3861L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
3862
3863The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
3864involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
3865when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
3866streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
3867road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
3868seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
3869smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
3870
3871"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
3872volcano were once more to set to work."
3873
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3874=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
3875
3876L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
3877
3878 Music oft hath such a charm
3879 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
3880
3881=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
3882
3883L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
3884
3885 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
3886 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
3887 When breakfast is taken away,
3888 To turn his attention to dinner;
3889 And it's not in the range of belief,
3890 To look upon him as a glutton,
3891 Who, when he is tired of beef,
3892 Determines to tackle the mutton.
3893 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
3894 If it will appease her sorrow,
3895 I'll marry this lady today,
3896 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
3897
3898=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
3899
3900L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
3901
3902 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
3903 Tolerates no work of man.
3904 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
3905 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
3906 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
3907 While the last larks sing and soar,
3908 From the heather-blossoms sweet
3909 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
3910 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
3911 Eleanor makes macaroons!
3912
3913=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
3914
3915L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
3916
3917 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
3918 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
3919 Lobster I freely endorse,
3920 In pate or patty or pasty.
3921 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
3922 And nothing the matter with jam,
3923 And the warmest greetings I utter
3924 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
3925 For they're food,
3926 All food,
3927 And I think very fondly of food.
3928 Through I'm broody at times
3929 When bothered by rhymes,
3930 I brood
3931 On food.
3932
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3933=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
3934
3935L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
3936
3937 I saw a huge steam roller,
3938 It blotted out the sun.
3939 The people all lay down, lay down;
3940 They did not try to run.
3941 My love and I, we looked amazed
3942 Upon the gory mystery.
3943 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
3944 'The great machine is history!'
3945 My love and I, we ran away,
3946 The engine did not find us.
3947 We ran up to a mountain top,
3948 Left history far behind us.
3949 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
3950 But somehow we don't think so.
3951 We went to see where history'd been,
3952 And my, the dead did stink so.
3953
3954=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3955
3956L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
3957
3958CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
3959she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
3960seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
3961
3962What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
3963of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
3964has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
3965will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
3966only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
3967lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
3968design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
3969periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.