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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 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
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24 I've got the life
25 And I'm gonna keep it
26 I've got the life
27 And nobody's gonna take it away
28 I've got the life
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30=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
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32L<Announced on 2017-05-23 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244511.html>
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34 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
35 absolutely nothing else to do.
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37=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
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39L<Announced on 2017-05-11 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244337.html>
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41 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
42 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
43 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
44 converts than reason.
45
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46=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
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50 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
51 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
52 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
53
54 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
55 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
56 machinery like that.
57
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58=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
59
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60L<Announced on 2017-03-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/03/msg243624.html>
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62 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
63 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
64 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
65 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
66 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
67 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
68 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
69
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72L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
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74 He who wants the world to remain as it is
75 doesn't want it to remain.
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77=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
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79L<Announced on 2017-01-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242405.html>
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81 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
82 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
83 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
84 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
85 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
86 bread, please."
87
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88=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
89
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92 So long
93 is in the song
94 and it's in the way you're gone
95 but it's like a foreign language
96 in my mind
97 and maybe was I blind
98 I could not see
99 and would not know
100 you're gone so long
101 so long.
102
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103=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
104
105L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
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107 Of Beren and Lúthien
108
109 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
110 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
111 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
112 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
113 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
114 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
115 song.
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117=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
118
119L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
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121 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
122 Are you?
123 Yes. Do you know who he lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
124 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
125 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
126 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
127 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
128 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
129 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
130 a sea of shite.
131 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
132 America meant?
133 No.
134 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
135 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
136 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
137 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
138 playing to freak them out?
139 Who's Michael Stipe?
140 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
141 No, I'm not, Stephen.
142
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143=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
144
145L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
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147 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
148 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
149 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
150 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
151 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
152 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
153 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
154 fact this is all we are doing
155
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156=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
157
158L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
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160 Concerning Nomes and Time
161
162 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
163 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
164
165 Let me explain.
166
167 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
168 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
169 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
170
171 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
172 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
173
174 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
175 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
176 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
177 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
178 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
179 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
180 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
181
182 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
183 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
184 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
185 even know.
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187=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
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189L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
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191 When awful darkness and silence reign
192 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
193 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
194 When the angry breakers roar
195 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
196 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
197 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
198
199 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
200 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
201 A lonely spark with silvery rays
202 Piercing the coal-black night, -
203 A Meteor strange and bright: -
204 Hither and thither the vision strays,
205 A single lurid light.
206
207 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
208 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
209 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
210 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
211 And those who watch at that midnight hour
212 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
213 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
214 'The Dong! - the Dong!
215 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
216 The Dong! the Dong!
217 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
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219=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
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221L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
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223 Waiting for the beat to kick in
224 But it never does
225 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
226 That lift me above
227 All of these tiresome things
228 That we know and love
229 Waiting for the beat to kick in
230 But it never does
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232=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
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236Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
237totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
238you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
239that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
240people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
241
242Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
243gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
244symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
245and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
246clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
247home, from the ground up.
248
249No wonder you're a geek.
250
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251=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
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253L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
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255 Even the bravest that are slain
256 Shall not dissemble their surprise
257 On waking to find valor reign,
258 Even as on earth, in paradise;
259 And where they sought without the sword
260 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
261 To find that the utmost reward
262 Of daring should be still to dare.
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264=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
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266L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
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268 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
269 'If only you'd spoken before!
270 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
271 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
272
273 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
274 If you never were met with again -
275 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
276 You might have suggested it then?
277
278 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
279 As I think I've already remarked.'
280 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
281 'I informed you the day we embarked.
282
283 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
284 (We are all of us weak at times):
285 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
286 Was never among my crimes!
287
288 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
289 I said it in German and Greek:
290 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
291 That English is what you speak!'
292
293 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
294 Had grown longer at every word:
295 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
296 More debate would be simply absurd.
297
298 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
299 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
300 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
301 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
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303=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
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305L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
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307 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
308 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
309 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
310 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
311 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
312 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
313 And now the sun with more effectual beams
314 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
315 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
316 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
317 After a night of storm so ruinous,
318 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
319 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
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321=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
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323L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
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325 Before the gates there sat
326 On either side a formidable shape;
327 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
328 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
329 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
330 With mortal sting; about her middle round
331 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
332 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
333 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
334 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
335 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
336 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
337 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
338 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
339 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
340 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
341 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
342 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
343 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
344 If shape it might be called that shape had none
345 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
346 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
347 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
348 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
349 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
350 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
351 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
352 The monster moving onward came as fast
353 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
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355=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
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357L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
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359 A bird within the bower of her delight,
360 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
361 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
362
363 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
364 No weary task for her, for as at play
365 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
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367 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
368 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
369 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
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371=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
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373L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
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375 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
376 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
377 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
378
379 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
380 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
381 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
382
383 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
384 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
385 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
386
387 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
388 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
389 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
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391=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
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393L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
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395 New punishments behoves me sing in this
396 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
397 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
398
399 I now stood ready to observe the full
400 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
401 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
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403 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
404 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
405 As Litany processions keep, up here.
406
407 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
408 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
409 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
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411 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
412 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
413 All power of looking forward being denied.
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415=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
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417L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
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419 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
420 I could be monarch of a desert land
421 I could devote and dedicate forever
422 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
423 So desert it would have to be, so walled
424 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
425 No one would covet it or think it worth
426 The pains of conquering to force change on.
427 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
428 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
429 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
430 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
431 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
432 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
433
434 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
435 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
436 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
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438=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
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440L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
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442 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
443 You can't find one good thing to say
444 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
445 You'd stay the hell out of my way
446
447 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
448 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
449
450=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
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452L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
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454"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
455
456=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
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458L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
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460The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
461Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
462gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
463
464=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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466L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
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468“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
469
470“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
471
472“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
473be fun.”
474
475Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
476
477“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
478every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
479
480“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
481
482“You’ll have to jump.”
483
484“I’ll jump.”
485
486“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
487
488Yossarian jumped.
489
490Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
491missing him by inches, and he took off.
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493=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
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495L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
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497 Nothing was left to do that I could see
498 Unless to find that there was no one there
499 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
500 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
501 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
502 Break silence now or be forever silent.
503 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
504 The melancholy of having to count souls
505 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
506 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
507 It must be I want life to go on living.
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509=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
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511L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
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513Spring
514
515Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
516look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
517I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
518and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
519love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
520meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
521and begin a new adventure.
522
523Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
524-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
525kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
526adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
527as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
528
529The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
530asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
531brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
532and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
533Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
534produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
535possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
536beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
537are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
538are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
539seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
540remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
541you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
542cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
543lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
544marriages made in heaven.
545
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547=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
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551Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
552of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
553helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
554
555But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
556any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
557she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
558no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
559free.
560
da44b70c 561=head2 v5.23.7 - William Gibson, "Neuromancer"
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564
565A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
566nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
567the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
568in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
569colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
570over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
571cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
572the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
573and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
574dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
575into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
576trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
577
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578=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
579
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581
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582 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
583
584 5.23 Episode VII
585 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
586
587 It is a period of
588 unrest as separatists
589 announce their intentions
590 to fork PERL and return the
591 galaxy to speed and stability.
592
593 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
594 to hold together the remains of the
595 once mighty Republic against a tide of
596 incivility and the depredations of a new
597 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
598
599 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
600 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
601 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
602 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
603 a new Empire of gradual typing....
604
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605=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
606
607L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
608
609After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
610me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
611Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
612adventure.
613
614I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
615only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
616lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
617sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
618lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
619hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
620
621Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
622no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
623loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
624control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
625It took me two weeks to figure it out.
626
627The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
628register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
629an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
630index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
631would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
632the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
633
634Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
635to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
636instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
637additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
638instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
639ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
640
641The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
642lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
643was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
644all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
645
646He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
647largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
648datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
649overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
650the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
651the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
652program went happily on its way.
653
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654=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
655
656L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
657
658Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
659first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
660or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
661Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
662when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
663when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
664difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
665keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
666strong men.
667
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668=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
669
670L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
671
672 Little of of all we value here
673 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
674 Without both feeling and looking queer.
675 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
676 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
677 (This is a moral that runs at large;
678 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
679
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680=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
681
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683
684 Would you believe in a night like this
685 A night like this, when visions come true
686 Would you believe in a tale like this
687 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
688 Come to the blazing fire and
689
690 See me in the shadows
691 See me in the shadows
692 Songs I will sing
693 Of runes and rings
694 Just hand me my harp
695 This night turns into myth
696 Nothing seems real
697 You soon will feel
698 The world we live in is another skald's
699 Dream in the shadows
700 Dream in the shadows
701
702 Do you believe there is sense in it
703 Is it truth or myth?
704 They´re one in my rhymes
705 Nobody knows the meaning behind
706 The weaver's line
707 Well nobody else but the Norns can
708 See through the blazing fires of time and
709 All things will proceed as the
710 Child of the hallowed
711 Will speak to you now
712
713 See me in the shadows
714 See me in the shadows
715 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
716 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
717 Nothing seems real
718 You soon will feel
719 The world we live in is another skald´s
720 Dream in the shadows
721 Dream in the shadows
722
723 Do not fear for my reason
724 There's nothing to hide
725 How bitter your treason
726 How bitter the lie
727 Remember the runes and remember the light
728 All I ever want is to be at your side
729 We'll gladden the raven now I will
730 Run through the blazing fires
731 That's my choice
732 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
733
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734=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
735
736L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
737
738 I was born beneath this willow,
739 Where my sire the earth did farm
740 Had the green grass as my pillow
741 The east wind as a blanket warm.
742
743 But away! away! called the wind from the west
744 And in answer I did run
745 Seeking glory and adventure
746 Promised by the rising sun.
747
748 I found love beneath this willow,
749 As true a love as life could hold,
750 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
751 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
752
753 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
754 In faithful answer I did run
755 Marching forth for king and country
756 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
757
758 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
759 As the seven seas I plied
760 And the girl who I left waiting
761 Longing to be at her side.
762
763 But about! about! called the wind from the west
764 As once again my ship did run
765 Down the coast, about the wide world
766 Flying sails in the setting sun.
767
768 Now I lie beneath the willow
769 Now at last no more to roam,
770 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
771 In their arms I'm finally home.
772
773 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
774 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
775 Will chase the sun into the morning
776 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
777
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780L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
781
782 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
783 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
784 Well, I try my best
785 To be just like I am
786 But everybody wants you
787 To be just like them
788 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
789 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
790
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791=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
792
793L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
794
795 As one who strives a hill to climb,
796 Who never climbed before:
797 Who finds it, in a little time,
798 Grow every moment less sublime,
799 And votes the thing a bore:
800
801 Yet, having once begun to try,
802 Dares not desert his quest,
803 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
804 On one small hut against the sky
805 Wherein he hopes to rest:
806
807 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
808 With many a puff and pant:
809 Who still, as rises the ascent,
810 In language grows more violent,
811 Although in breath more scant:
812
813 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
814 That crowns the upward track:
815 And, entering with unsteady pace,
816 Receives a buffet in the face
817 That lands him on his back:
818
819 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
820 Glide swiftly down again,
821 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
822 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
823 He drops upon the plain -
824
825 So I, that had resolved to bring
826 Conviction to a ghost,
827 And found it quite a different thing
828 From any human arguing,
829 Yet dared not quit my post.
830
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831=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
832
833L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
834
835 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
836 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
837 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
838 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
839 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
840 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
841 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
842 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
843 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
844 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
845 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
846 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
847 Thither he bent his way, determined there
848 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
849 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
850 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
851 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
852 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
853 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
854
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855=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
856
857L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
858
859 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
860 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
861 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
862 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
863 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
864 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
865 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
866 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
867 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
868 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
869 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
870 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
871 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
872 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
873 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
874 At certain revolutions all the damned
875 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
876 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
877 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
878 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
879 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
880 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
881 They ferry over this Lethean sound
882 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
883 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
884 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
885 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
886 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
887 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
888 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
889 The ford, and of itself the water flies
890 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
891 The lip of Tantalus.
892
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893=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
894
895L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
896
897 Between two dishes, equally attractive
898 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
899 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
900
901 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
902 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
903 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
904
905 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
906 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
907 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
908
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909=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
910
911L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
912
913 For better waters heading with the wind
914 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
915 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
916
917 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
918 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
919 To leap up into joy celestial.
920
921 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
922 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
923 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
924
925 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
926 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
927 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
928
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929=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
930
931L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
932
933 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
934 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
935 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
936
937 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
938 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
939 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
940
941 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
942 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
943 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
944
945 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
946 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
947 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
948
949 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
950 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
951 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
952
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953=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
954
955L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
956
957A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
958splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
959shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
960straight up into the air!_'
961The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
962experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
963gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
964his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
965most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
966storm.
967Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
968knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
969heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
970intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
971those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
972scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
973set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
974everything, regardless?
975At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
976voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
977
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978=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
979
980L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
981
982This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
983before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
984whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
985carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
986merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
987ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
988entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
989boisterous.
990Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
991not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
992up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
993nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
994masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
995the attentions of several all too merry couples.
996Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
997that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
998Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
999on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
1000raising a glass of champagne.
1001In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
1002mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
1003lonely corner.
1004He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
1005a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
1006that it was Christine and followed her.
1007'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
1008The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
1009no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
1010on in silence.
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1012=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1013
1014L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
1015
1016 If the snow flies in my face,
1017 Let me shake it off me!
1018 If my heart within me speaks,
1019 I'll sing bright and gaily!
1020
1021 Will not listen what it says,
1022 Have no ears for moaning.
1023 Do not feel what it complains,--
1024 Only fools like groaning!
1025
1026 Jolly brave into the world,
1027 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
1028 If there is no God on earth,
1029 Let 's be gods down nether!
1030
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1031=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1032
1033L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
1034
1035 Why do I shun all those highways
1036 Which the other wanderer seeks?
1037 Why do I find bridged by-ways
1038 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
1039
1040 For I have no crime committed,
1041 Why I should now run from men,--
1042 What demented heart's desire
1043 Drives me to a desert glen?
1044
1045 Signposts on all highways stationed
1046 Point their signs toward the towns,
1047 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
1048 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
1049
1050 One such signpost I see planted
1051 Of my question unconcerned,
1052 One road must my choice be granted,
1053 Whence no man has yet returned!
1054
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1055=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1056
1057L<Announced on 2015-12-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233032.html>
1058
1059 How the storm tore rents
1060 In heavens gray attired!
1061 The rags of cloud are flying
1062 Around, of combat tired.
1063
1064 And flames of fire lambent,
1065 Fly between them and part,
1066 That 's what I call a morning,
1067 A morning after my heart!
1068
1069 My heart sees in the heavens
1070 Its own picture unspoilt--
1071 It's nothing but the Winter,
1072 The Winter, cold and wild.
1073
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1074=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1075
1076L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
1077
1078 The hoary frost has a white sheen
1079 Strewn all over my hair,
1080 So I thought I was an old man
1081 And thought life dealt me fair.
1082
1083 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
1084 And I have my black hair again.
1085 How I abhor my young fair years,
1086 How long to wait for death and biers?
1087
1088 From setting sun to morning's hue
1089 Many a head turns white.
1090 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
1091 In all this lifelong plight!
1092
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1093=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1094
1095L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
1096
1097 In the deepest rocky crevice
1098 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
1099 How I could find my way from here,
1100 For me it's easy memory!
1101
1102 For I am used to straying ways,
1103 Every path to th'end a way,
1104 All our joys and all our suffering,--
1105 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
1106
1107 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
1108 I quite calmly downward stroll;
1109 Every stream its sea will enter,
1110 Every suffering finds its goal!
1111
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1112=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
1113
1114L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
1115
1116“You are the advocate of the dead.”
1117
1118The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
1119that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
1120take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
1121their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
1122remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
1123figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
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1125=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
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1128
1129 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
1130 Among the theories scattered on the grass
1131 Take up my good intentions with the rest
1132
1133=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
1134
1135L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
1136
1137There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
1138its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
1139
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1140=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
1141
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1143
1144 They shall pass and their places be taken,
1145 The gods and the priests that are pure.
1146 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
1147 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
1148 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
1149 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
1150 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
1151 And delicate dust.
1152
1153 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
1154 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
1155 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
1156 As the serpent again to a rod.
1157 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
1158 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
1159 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
1160 Our Lady of Pain.
1161
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1162=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
1163
1164L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
1165
1166The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
1167Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
1168started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
1169crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
1170and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
1171pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
1172through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
1173claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
1174were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
1175they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
1176It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
1177obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
1178
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1179=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
1180
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1183 There is another sky,
1184 Ever serene and fair,
1185 And there is another sunshine,
1186 Though it be darkness there;
1187 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
1188 Never mind silent fields -
1189 Here is a little forest,
1190 Whose leaf is ever green;
1191 Here is a brighter garden,
1192 Where not a frost has been;
1193 In its unfading flowers
1194 I hear the bright bee hum:
1195 Prithee, my brother,
1196 Into my garden come!
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1198=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
1199
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1201
1202Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
1203Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
1204Calvin: 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?
1205Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
1206[Box]: *BOINK*
1207Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
1208Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
1209Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
1210
2ee7da68 1211=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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1213L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
1214
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1215"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
1216Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
1217we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
1218everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
1219"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
1220refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
1221"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
1222would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
1223than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
1224the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 1226=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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1227
1228L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
1229
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1230GAME CAT
1231
1232EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
1233things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
1234Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
1235lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
1236snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
1237This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
1238all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
1239Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
1240some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
1241finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
1242just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
1243Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
1244MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
1245The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
1246involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
1247and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
1248where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
1249Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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1252
1253L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
1254
1255 Het Dorp
1256
1257 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
1258 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
1259 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
1260 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
1261 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
1262 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
1263 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
1264 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
1265 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
1266 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
1267 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 1268 het vee, de boerderijen.
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1269
1270 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1271 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1272 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1273 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1274
1275 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
1276 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
1277 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
1278 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
1279 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
1280 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
1281 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
1282 ze zien de televisiequiz
1283 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
1284 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
1285 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
1286 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
1287
1288 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1289 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1290 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1291 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1292
1293 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
1294 in minirok en beatle-haar
1295 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
1296 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
1297 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
1298 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
1299 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
1300 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
1301 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
1302 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
1303 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
1304 een ansicht en herinneringen.
1305
1306 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1307 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
1308 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
1309 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
1310
2ee7da68 1311=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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1313L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
1314
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1315To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
1316of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
1317masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
1318of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
1319seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
1320joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
1321to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
1322high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
1323approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
1324ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
1325myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
1326to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
1327discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
1328canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
1329armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
1330rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
1331handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
1332stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
1333occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
1334and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
1335which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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1337=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
1338
1339L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
1340
1341 If they just went straight they might go far,
1342 They are strong and brave and true;
1343 But they're always tired of the things that are,
1344 And they want the strange and new.
1345 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
1346 What a deep mark I would make!"
1347 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
1348 Is only a fresh mistake.
1349
1350=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
1351
1352L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
1353
1354 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
1355 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
1356 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
1357 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
1358 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
1359 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
1360 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
1361 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
1362 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
1363 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
1364 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
1365 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
1366 Aldrin: 120 feet.
1367 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
1368 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
1369 Duke: 60 seconds.
1370 Aldrin: Light's on.
1371 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
1372 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
1373 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
1374 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
1375 down a half.
1376 Duke: 30 seconds.
1377 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
1378 Aldrin: Contact Light.
1379 Armstrong: Shutdown.
1380 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
1381 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
1382 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
1383 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
1384 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
1385 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
1386 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
1387 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
1388 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
1389 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
1390 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
1391 Aldrin: Thank you.
1392
1393=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
1394
1395L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
1396
1397 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
1398 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
1399 We danced among the lightning bolts,
1400 and tore the world asunder.
1401
1402 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
1403 written near the end of the previous Age,
1404 known by some as the Third Age.
1405 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
1406 Reborn.
1407
1408=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
1409
1410L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
1411
1412 Walled in fast within the earth
1413 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
1414 This must be the bell’s great birth!
1415 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
1416 Sweat must trickle now
1417 From the burning brow,
1418 Till the work its master honour.
1419 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
1420
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1421=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
1422
1423L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
1424
1425 Steady old Väinämöinen
1426 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1427 'No lilting on the waters
1428 and no singing on the waves!
1429 Song keeps you lazy
1430 tales delay rowing.
1431 Precious day would pass and night
1432 would overtake us midway
1433 on these wide waters
1434 upon these vast waves.'
1435
1436 The wanton Lemminkäinen
1437 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1438 'The time will pass anyway
1439 the fair day will flee
1440 and the night will come panting
1441 and the twilight will steal in
1442 if you don't sing while you live
1443 nor hum in this world.'
1444
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1446
1447L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
1448
1449'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
1450and I was reciting these lines:
1451
1452 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
1453 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
1454 I wonder at the patience that I showed
1455 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
1456 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
1457 I have remained confused in misery.
1458
1459I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
1460Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
1461walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
1462person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
1463am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
1464ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
1465asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
1466allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
1467added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
1468and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
1469idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
1470coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
1471and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
1472different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
1473without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
1474the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
1475the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
1476sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
1477gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
1478told you about this, so goodbye."
1479
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1481
1482L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
1483
1484'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
1485asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
1486and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
1487and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
1488I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
1489candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
1490were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
1491congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
1492face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
1493[...]
1494'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
1495her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
1496them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
1497ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
1498told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
1499man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
1500[...]
1501'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
1502servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
1503was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
1504four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
1505like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
1506fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
1507"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
1508was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
1509shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
1510longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
1511a bean.
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1514
1515L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
1516
1517 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
1518 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
1519 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
1520 Where is the cow hidden right now?
1521
1522 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
1523 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
1524 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
1525 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
1526
1527 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
1528 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
1529 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
1530 Yeah!
1531
1532 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
1533 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
1534 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
1535 Yeah, yeah!
1536
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1538
1539L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
1540
1541 I've seen things,
1542 I've seen them with my eyes;
1543 I've seen things,
1544 They're often in disguise.
1545
1546 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
1547 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
1548 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
1549 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
1550
1551 I've seen things,
1552 I've seen them with my eyes;
1553 I've seen things,
1554 They're often in disguise.
1555
1556 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
1557
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1560L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
1561
1562 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
1563 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
1564 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
1565
1566 DON ALFONSO:
1567 Take heart, my dearest children.
1568 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
1569
1570 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
1571 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
1572
1573 FIORDILIGI:
1574 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
1575 It is disappearing already!
1576 It is no longer in sight!
1577 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
1578
1579 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
1580 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
1581
1582 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
1583 May the wind be gentle,
1584 may the sea be calm,
1585 and may the elements
1586 respond kindly
1587 to our wishes.
1588
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1591L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
1592
1593 GUGLIELMO:
1594 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
1595 is reluctant to come before her.
1596
1597 FERRANDO:
1598 My trembling lip
1599 can utter no word.
1600
1601 DON ALFONSO:
1602 The hero displays his manliness
1603 in the most terrible moments.
1604
1605 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
1606 Now that we have heard the news,
1607 you have the lesser duty:
1608 Take heart, and plunge your swords
1609 into both our hearts.
1610
1611 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
1612 My idol, blame fate
1613 that I must abandon you.
1614
1615 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
1616 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
1617 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
1618 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
1619 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
1620 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
1621 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
1622
1623 ALL:
1624 Thus destiny defrauds
1625 the hopes of mortals.
1626 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
1627 who can ever love life?
1628
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1632
1633 DON ALFONSO:
1634 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
1635 my lip stammers.
1636 My voice cannot emerge,
1637 but remains in my throat.
1638 What will you do? What shall I do?
1639 Oh what a great catastrophe!
1640 There can be nothing worse.
1641 I feel pity for you and for them.
1642
1643 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
1644 die.
1645 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
1646 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
1647 love dead, perhaps?
1648 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
1649 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
1650 DORABELLA: Wounded?
1651 DON ALFONSO: No.
1652 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
1653 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
1654 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
1655 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
1656 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
1657 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
1658 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
1659 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
1660 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
1661 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
1662 you wish it, they are ready...
1663 DORABELLA: Where are they?
1664 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
1665
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1666=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
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1669
1670 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
1671 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
1672 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
1673 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
1674 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
1675 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
1676
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1677=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
1678
1679L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
1680
1681 When times go bad
1682 when times go rough
1683 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
1684 And let me do my stuff
1685
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1689
1690O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
1691sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
1692Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
1693than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
1694temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
1695mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
1696your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
1697draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
1698implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
1699rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
1700bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
1701Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
1702is a fool!
1703
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1707
1708The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
1709the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
1710withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
1711consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
1712tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
1713detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
1714by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
1715
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1719
1720Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
1721rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
1722stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
1723know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
1724that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
1725chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
1726clouds thickened above them.
1727
1728"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
1729you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
1730body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
1731closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
1732hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
1733he looked Long in the face.
1734
1735"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
1736master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
1737grew fierce.
1738
1739"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
1740fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
1741truth!"
1742
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1747“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
1748hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
1749
1750“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
1751
1752“Is there? What is the point?”
1753
1754“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
1755
1756“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
1757
1758“The trick is not to think about that.”
1759
1760“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
1761
1762Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
1763
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1765
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1768And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
1769down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
1770the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
1771were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
1772they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
1773Europe was over.
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1775Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
1776leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
1777kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
1778horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 1779
e91f1fc1 1780Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 1781
e91f1fc1 1782One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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1784=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
1785
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1788 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
1789
1790 Mr. Bun: Morning.
1791 Waitress: Morning.
1792 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
1793 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
1794 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
1795 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
1796 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
1797 egg on top and spam
1798 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
1799 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
1800 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
1801 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
1802 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
1803 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
1804 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
1805 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
1806 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
1807 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
1808
1809 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
1810
1811 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
1812 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
1813 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
1814 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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1820 I
1821
1822 A cat is strolling through my mind
1823 Acting as though he owned the place,
1824 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
1825 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
1826
1827 So tender and discreet his tone;
1828 But whether he should growl or purr
1829 His voice is always rich and deep.
1830 That is the secret of his charm.
1831
1832 This purling voice that filters down
1833 Into my darkest depths of soul
1834 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
1835 Delights me as a potion would.
1836
1837 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
1838 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
1839 Without the need for any words
1840 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
1841
1842 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
1843 Across my heart, fine instrument,
1844 And makes to sing so royally
1845 The strongest and the purest chord,
1846
1847 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
1848 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
1849 In whom all is, angelically,
1850 As subtle as harmonious.
1851
1852 II
1853
1854 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
1855 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
1856 I might have been embalmed in it
1857 By giving him one little pet.
1858
1859 He is my household's guardian soul;
1860 He judges, he presides, inspires
1861 All matters in hos royal realm;
1862 Might he be fairy? or a god?
1863
1864 When my eyes, to this cat I love
1865 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
1866 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
1867 And when I look within myself,
1868
1869 I notice with astonishment
1870 The fire of his opal eyes,
1871 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
1872 Taking my measure, steadily.
1873
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1874=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
1875
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1878There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
1879that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
1880Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
1881despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
1882loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
1883looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
1884his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
1885of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
1886heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
1887danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
1888She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
1889surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
1890and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
1891be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
1892name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
1893and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
1894him.
1895
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1896=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
1897
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1900E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
1901written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
1902betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
1903have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
1904personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
1905Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
1906For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
1907political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
1908working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
1909between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
1910however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
1911logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
1912an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
1913to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
1914outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
1915there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
1916There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
1917
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1918=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
1919
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1921
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1922The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
1923correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
1924showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
1925however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
1926magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
1927the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
1928
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1929=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1930
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1932
1933 Over hill, over dale,
1934 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
1935 Over park, over pale,
1936 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
1937 I do wander everywhere,
1938 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
1939 And I serve the fairy queen,
1940 To dew her orbs upon the green.
1941 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
1942 In their gold coats, spots you see;
1943 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
1944 In their freckles live our savours.
1945 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
1946 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
1947 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
1948 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
1949
5f42d1f2 1950=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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1951
1952L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
1953
1954 From the beginning, I knew…
1955 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
1956 …that I can't fix…
1957 …with my hands…
1958
40e1c3e8 1959=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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1962
1963 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
1964 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
1965 The shadows lengthen
1966 In Carcosa.
1967
1968 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
1969 And strange moons circle through the skies
1970 But stranger still is
1971 Lost Carcosa.
1972
1973 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
1974 Where flap the tatters of the King,
1975 Must die unheard in
1976 Dim Carcosa.
1977
1978 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
1979 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
1980 Shall dry and die in
1981 Lost Carcosa.
1982
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1983=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
1984
1985(no epigraph)
1986
40e1c3e8 1987=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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1990
1991"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
1992empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
1993Yellow!"
1994
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1998
1999 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
2000
2001 STRANGER: Indeed?
2002
2003 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
2004
2005 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
2006
2007 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
2008
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2009=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
2010
2011L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
2012
2013One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
2014only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
2015that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
2016about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
2017places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
2018Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
2019mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
2020every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
2021
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2023
2024L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
2025
2026The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
2027systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
2028thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
2029operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
2030ever seen.
2031
2032An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
2033something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
2034kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
2035anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
2036disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
2037gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
2038that renders the operating system unnecessary.
2039
2040=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
2041
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2043
2044Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
2045someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
2046again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
2047and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
2048language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
2049
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2050=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
2051
2052L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
2053
2054It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
2055who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
2056walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
2057and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
2058search, in questions, in torment.
2059
2ee7da68 2060=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2063
2064Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
2065
2066=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
2067
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2069
2070 I'd love to go drowning
2071 And to stay and to stay
2072 But the ocean doesn't want me today
2073 I'll go in up to here
2074 It can't possibly hurt
2075 All they will find is my beer
2076 And my shirt
2077
2078=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
2079
2080L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
2081
2082 And the great day of wrath has come
2083 And here's mud in your big red eye
2084 The poker's in the fire
2085 And the locusts take the sky
2086 And the earth died screaming
2087 While I lay dreaming of you
2088
2089=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
2090
2091L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
2092
2093 What's he building in there?
2094
2095 We have a right to know…
2096
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2100
2101It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
2102eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
2103
2ee7da68 2104=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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2107
2108The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
2109followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
2110safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
2111place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
2112would be famous for this.
2113
2114Six months passed. A year.
2115
72f869fd 2116The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 2117Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 2118powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 2119
2ee7da68 2120=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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2123
2124Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
2125The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
2126recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
2127his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
2128Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
2129of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
2130Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
2131of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
2132'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
2133embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
2134'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
2135in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
2136leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
2137
2138The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
2139Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
2140in the destruction of the planet Earth.
2141
2ee7da68 2142=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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2145
2146I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
2147the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
2148dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
2149between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
2150improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
2151fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
2152I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
2153them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
2154do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 2155from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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2156in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
2157perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
2158himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
2159a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
2160the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
2161world is richer for it.
2162
2ee7da68 2163=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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2166
2167No thought.
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2168
2169The boy extinguished. Only a place.
2170
2171This place.
2172
2173Motionless, 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.
2174
2175A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
2176
2177For 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.
2178
2179The 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 . . .
2180
2181And 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.
2182
2183The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
2184
2185I have been legion . . .
2186
2187In 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.
2188
2189Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 2191=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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2194
2195Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
2196of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
2197scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
2198glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
2199beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
2200much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
2201caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
2202vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
2203had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
2204
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2205=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2206
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2208
2209Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
2210behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
2211recording everything.
2212
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2213=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
2214
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2217 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
2218 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
2219 She aims it at the creature's head,
2220 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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2222 A few weeks later, in the wood,
2223 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
2224 But what a change! No cloak of red,
2225 No silly hood upon her head.
2226 She said, "Hello, and do please note
2227 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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2229=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
2230
2231L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
2232
2233Preparation:
2234
2235Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
2236or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
2237Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
2238look golden brown.
2239Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
2240ready to create the soup.
2241
2242Ingredients:
2243
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2244 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
2245 3 tbsp butter
2246 1/4 cup olive oil
2247 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
2248 1 tsp salt
2249 1 tsp sugar
2250 black pepper to taste
2251 1 cup red wine
2252 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2253 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
2254 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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2255
2256Method:
2257
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2258 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
2259 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
2260 to half an hour.
2261 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2262 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
2263 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
2264 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
2265 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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2266
2267Enjoy.
2268
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2269=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
2270
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2272
2273‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
2274
2275Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
2276their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
2277
2278The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
2279butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
2280and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
2281
2282Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
2283
2284‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
2285
2286‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
2287
2288‘What?’
2289
2290‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
2291
2292‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
2293his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
2294dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
2295quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
2296
2297‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
2298an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
2299
2300‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
2301
2302The iotum rose, spinning.
2303
2304‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
2305
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2306=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
2307
2308L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
2309
2310On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
2311taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
2312"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
2313and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
2314merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
2315subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
2316Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
2317it.
2318
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2319=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2320
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2322
2323`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
2324`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
2325hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
2326The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
2327been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
2328be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
2329to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
2330fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
2331
2332There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
2333climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
2334broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
2335implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
2336on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
2337Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
2338astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
2339for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
2340out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
2341the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
2342
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2343=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
2344
2345L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
2346
2347 A victim of collision on the open sea
2348 Nobody ever said that life was free
2349 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
2350 But use your freedom of choice
2351
2352=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
2353
2354L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
2355
2356Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
2357machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
2358trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
2359little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
2360to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
2361he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
2362the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
2363
2364The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
2365current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
2366transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
2367chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
2368adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
2369as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
2370solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
2371valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
2372the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
2373machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
2374
2ee7da68 2375=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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2378
2379 Don't you know? You never split the party
2380 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
2381 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
2382 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
2383
c33412d7 2384=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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2387
2388I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
2389Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
2390Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
2391The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
2392
2393
2394
2395I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
2396sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
2397collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
2398
2399My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
2400inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
2401swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
2402side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
2403The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
2404dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
2405
2ee7da68 2406=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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2410 All I have is a voice
2411 To undo the folded lie,
2412 The romantic lie in the brain
2413 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
2414 And the lie of Authority
2415 Whose buildings grope the sky:
2416 There is no such thing as the State
2417 And no one exists alone;
2418 Hunger allows no choice
2419 To the citizen or the police;
2420 We must love one another or die.
2421
2ee7da68 2422=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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2426 How many roads must a man walk down
2427 Before you call him a man?
2428 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
2429 Before she sleeps in the sand?
2430 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
2431 Before they're forever banned?
2432 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2433 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2434
2435 How many years can a mountain exist
2436 Before it's washed to the sea?
2437 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
2438 Before they're allowed to be free?
2439 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
2440 Pretending he just doesn't see?
2441 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2442 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2443
2444 How many times must a man look up
2445 Before he can see the sky?
2446 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
2447 Before he can hear people cry?
2448 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
2449 That too many people have died?
2450 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2451 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 2453=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
1f9d7ff5 2454
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2456
2457 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2458 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
2459 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2460 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
2461 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
2462
2463Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
2464age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
2465older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
2466debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
2467girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
2468A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
2469Top for more than one week.
2470
2471Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
2472lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
2473buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
2474into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
2475meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
2476soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
2477single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
2478
2479 "I'm never going to give you up"
2480
2ee7da68 2481=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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2484
2485"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
2486
2487He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
2488notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
2489which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
2490OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
2491ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
2492
2493There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
2494busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
2495out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
2496mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
2497and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
2498with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
2499bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
2500chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
2501excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
2502down cheering and applauding.
2503
2504"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
2505
2ee7da68 2506=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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2509
2510Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
2511into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
2512beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
2513winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
2514wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
2515over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
2516
2517But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
2518gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
2519villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
2520journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
2521domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
2522with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
2523by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
2524Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
2525
2ee7da68 2526=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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2529
2530This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
2531been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
2532confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
2533how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
2534could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
2535putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
2536I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
2537before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
2538think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
2539all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
2540off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
2541was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
2542The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
2543endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
2544benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
2545boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
2546lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
2547Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
2548resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
2549Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
2550you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
2551
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2552=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
2553
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2555
2556A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
2557don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
2558without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
2559the human experience, the better design we will have.
2560
2ee7da68 2561=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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2565All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
2566the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
2567do so at their peril.
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2569It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
2570Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
2571work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
2572artist is in accord with himself.
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2574We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
2575he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
2576thing is that one admires it intensely.
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4ed12d4a 2578All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 2579
2ee7da68 2580=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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2584 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
2585 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
2586 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
2587 things the significance of a human future;
2588 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
2589 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
2590 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
2591 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
2592 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
2593 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
2594 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
2595 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
2596 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
2597 hurtles all ages along with it forever
2598 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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2601
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2603
2604Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
2605fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
2606winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
2607down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
2608being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
2609extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
2610but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
2611
2612Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
2613that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
2614around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
2615fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
2616the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
2617closed system.
2618
2619Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
2620the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
2621/be/ them.'
2622
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2624
2625L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
2626
4ed12d4a 2627If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 2628
c682aa67 2629=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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2633He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
2634mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
2635encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
2636
2637'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
2638Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
2639finished its run. It was due about now.'
2640
2641Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
2642see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
2643
2644'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
2645is always a last time for everything.)
2646
2647Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
2648
2649=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
2650
2651L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
2652
2653 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
2654 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
2655 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
2656 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
2657 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
2658 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
2659 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
2660 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
2661 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
2662 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
2663 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
2664 eaten them, but not for love.
2665
2666=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 >>
2667
2668L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
2669
2670It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
2671do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
2672they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
2673catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
2674awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
2675inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
2676
2677So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
2678mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
2679the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 2681=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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2683L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
2684
2685At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
2686my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
2687the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
2688since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
2689already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
2690to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
2691the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
2692can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
2693unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
2694
c684cf36 2695=head2 v5.14.0 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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2696
2697L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
2698
2699At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
2700myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
2701impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
2702"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
2703gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
2704or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
2705
2706I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
2707computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
2708ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
2709would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
2710my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
2711away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
2712won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
2713
2714So a freely distributable program is born.
2715
2716=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
2717
2718L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
2719
2720This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
2721continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
2722aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
2723and your bags will be offloaded.
2724
2ee7da68 2725=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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2728
2729Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
2730of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
2731by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
2732sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
2733swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
2734down their paved streets.
2735
2736Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
2737obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
2738company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
2739the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
2740govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
2741the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
2742
2743=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
2744
2745L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
2746
2747But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
2748my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
2749reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
2750wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
2751Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
2752the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 2753This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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2754just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
2755this had never reached me.
2756
2ee7da68 2757=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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2760
2761 When the full-grown poet came,
2762 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
2763 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
2764 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
2765 Nay he is mine alone;
2766 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
2767 by the hand;
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2768 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
2769 holding hands,
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2770 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
2771 And wholly and joyously blends them.
2772
2ee7da68 2773=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
f1e17f6f 2774
fbc70a9e 2775L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/02/msg169340.html>
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2777 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
2778 nema ráða vel kunni.
2779 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
2780 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
2781 Sák á telgðu talkni
2782 tíu launstafi ristna.
2783 Þat hefr lauka lindi
2784 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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2786=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
2787
2788L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
2789
2790In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
2791granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
2792do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
2793that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
2794generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
2795endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
2796that fire can truly light the world.
2797
2798And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
2799ask what you can do for your country.
2800
2801My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
2802but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
2803
2804Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
2805ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
2806we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
2807the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
2808asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
2809work must truly be our own.
2810
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2811=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
2812
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2814
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2815The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
2816to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
2817between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
2818cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
2819areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
2820be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
2821As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
2822the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
2823instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
2824interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
2825also be automated.
2826
2827Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
2828if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
2829were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
2830and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
2831indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
2832techniques like X-ray crystallography.
2833
2ee7da68 2834=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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2837
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2838[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
2839
5814c912 2840 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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2841
2842[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
2843
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2844 Trinity: What did you just say?
2845 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
2846 Trinity: What did you see?
2847 Cypher: What happened?
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2848 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
2849 like it.
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2850 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
2851 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
2852 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
2853 Neo: What is it?
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2854 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
2855 they change something.
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2857=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
2858
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2860
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2861The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
2862he storm vanishes.
2863
2864"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
2865fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
2866to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
2867me?"
2868
2869I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
2870like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
2871
2872"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
2873as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
2874on my heart.
2875
2876(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
2877
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2878=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
2879
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2881
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2882Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
2883air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
2884the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
2885faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
2886of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
2887the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
2888deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
2889fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
2890stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
2891revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
2892
2893For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
2894courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
2895the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
2896jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
2897were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
2898there, a glimmer of moonshine.
2899
2900Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
2901rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
2902grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
2903park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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2906=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2907
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2910`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
2911`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
2912it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
2913she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
2914
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2915 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
2916 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
2917 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
2918 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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2919
2920
2921`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
2922
2923`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
2924nonsense.'
2925
2926Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
2927anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
2928
2929`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
2930
2931`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
2932
2933`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
2934with his nose, you know?'
2935
2936`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
2937the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
2938
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2939=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
2940
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2942
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2943Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
2944Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
2945notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
2946for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
2947sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
2948
2949Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
2950dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
2951Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
2952motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
2953Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
2954that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
2955had ever even been a car.
2956
2957There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
2958been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
2959this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
2960flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
2961re-entry.
2962
2963There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
2964metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
2965somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
2966make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
2967
2968It should have fallen apart miles back.
2969
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2970=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
2971
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2973
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2974We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
2975the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
2976in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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2977there exist ... special circumstances.
2978
2979=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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2982
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2983And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
2984bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
2985yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
2986with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
2987if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
2988bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
2989quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
2990
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2991=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
2992
2993L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
2994
2995The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
2996involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
2997when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
2998streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
2999road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
3000seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
3001smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
3002
3003"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
3004volcano were once more to set to work."
3005
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3006=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
3007
3008L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
3009
3010 Music oft hath such a charm
3011 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
3012
3013=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
3014
3015L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
3016
3017 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
3018 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
3019 When breakfast is taken away,
3020 To turn his attention to dinner;
3021 And it's not in the range of belief,
3022 To look upon him as a glutton,
3023 Who, when he is tired of beef,
3024 Determines to tackle the mutton.
3025 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
3026 If it will appease her sorrow,
3027 I'll marry this lady today,
3028 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
3029
3030=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
3031
3032L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
3033
3034 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
3035 Tolerates no work of man.
3036 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
3037 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
3038 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
3039 While the last larks sing and soar,
3040 From the heather-blossoms sweet
3041 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
3042 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
3043 Eleanor makes macaroons!
3044
3045=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
3046
3047L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
3048
3049 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
3050 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
3051 Lobster I freely endorse,
3052 In pate or patty or pasty.
3053 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
3054 And nothing the matter with jam,
3055 And the warmest greetings I utter
3056 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
3057 For they're food,
3058 All food,
3059 And I think very fondly of food.
3060 Through I'm broody at times
3061 When bothered by rhymes,
3062 I brood
3063 On food.
3064
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3066
3067L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
3068
3069 I saw a huge steam roller,
3070 It blotted out the sun.
3071 The people all lay down, lay down;
3072 They did not try to run.
3073 My love and I, we looked amazed
3074 Upon the gory mystery.
3075 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
3076 'The great machine is history!'
3077 My love and I, we ran away,
3078 The engine did not find us.
3079 We ran up to a mountain top,
3080 Left history far behind us.
3081 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
3082 But somehow we don't think so.
3083 We went to see where history'd been,
3084 And my, the dead did stink so.
3085
3086=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3087
3088L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
3089
3090CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
3091she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
3092seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
3093
3094What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
3095of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
3096has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
3097will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
3098only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
3099lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
3100design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
3101periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
3102
3103=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3104
3105L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
3106
3107The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
3108from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
3109view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
3110Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
3111once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
3112endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
3113a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
3114will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
3115of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
3116Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
3117still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
3118
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3119=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3120
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3122
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3123"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
3124many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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3125Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
3126what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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3127Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
3128had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
3129...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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3130"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
3131hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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3132degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
3133and-thirty degrees."
3134
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3135=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3136
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3138
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3139San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
3140the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
3141hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
3142of the Free World."
3143
3144Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
3145level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
3146harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
3147exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
3148
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3149=head2 v5.12.1-RC1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3150
3151L<Announced on 2010-05-09 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/05/msg159971.html>
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3153Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
3154the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
3155just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
3156a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
3157it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
3158of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
3159common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
3160bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
3161
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3162 Around and around and around we spin,
3163 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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3165=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3166
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3169'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
3170not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
3171your cat grins like that?'
3172
3173'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
3174
3175She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
3176jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
3177and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
3178
3179'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
3180that cats COULD grin.'
3181
3182'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
3183
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3184=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3185
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3186L<Announced on 2010-04-09 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg158720.html>
3187
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3188'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
3189have got altered.'
3190
3191'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
3192there was silence for some minutes.
3193
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3194=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3195
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3196L<Announced on 2010-04-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg158567.html>
3197
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3198'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
3199always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
3200rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
3201yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
3202can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
3203kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
3204
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3205=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3206
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3207L<Announced on 2010-04-02 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg158346.html>
3208
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3209At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
3210called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
3211dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
3212in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
3213sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
3214
3215'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
3216is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
3217the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
3218to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
3219accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 3220Mercia and Northumbria --"'
4363636d 3221
2831a86c 3222=head2 v5.12.0-RC2 - no announcement
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2831a86c 3224Available on CPAN since 2010-04-01.
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3e340399 3226=head2 v5.12.0-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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3228L<Announced on 2010-03-29 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/03/msg158060.html>
3229
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3230So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
3231hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
3232making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
3233picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
3234close by her.
3235
3236There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
3237VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
3238dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
3239occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
3240it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
3241OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
3242Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
3243never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
3244take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
3245after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
3246rabbit-hole under the hedge.
3247
3248In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
3249in the world she was to get out again.
3250
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3e340399 3255=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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3257L<Announced on 2010-02-21 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/02/msg156957.html>
3258
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3259 A little child, a limber elf,
3260 Singing, dancing to itself,
3261 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
3262 That always finds, and never seeks,
3263 Makes such a vision to the sight
3264 As fills a father's eyes with light;
3265 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
3266 Upon his heart, that he at last
3267 Must needs express his love's excess
3268 With words of unmeant bitterness.
3269 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
3270 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
3271 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
3272 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
3273 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
3274 At each wild word to feel within
3275 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
3276 And what, if in a world of sin
3277 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
3278 Such giddiness of heart and brain
3279 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
3280 So talks as it's most used to do.
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3282=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
3283
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3285
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3286And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
3287into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
3288mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
3289question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
3290hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
3291louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
3292who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
3293worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
3294done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
3295
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3296=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
3297
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3298L<Announced on 2009-12-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/12/msg154838.html>
3299
4363636d 3300"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 3301course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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3302
3303Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
3304
3305"Why ain't that work?"
3306
3307Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
3308is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
3309
3310"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
3311
3312The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
3313to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
3314
3315That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
3316swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
3317-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
3318watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
3319absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
3320
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3321=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
3322
f0ccce9b 3323L<Announced on 2009-11-20 by Léon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/11/msg153646.html>
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3325The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
3326at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
3327streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
3328the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
3329live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
3330colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
3331as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
3332wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
3333prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
3334however much they're into colour.
3335
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3336=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
3337
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3339
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3340Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
3341and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
3342word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
3343disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
3344everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
3345on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
3346that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
3347glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 3348war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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3349presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
3350for more hazardous assignment.
3351
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3352=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
3353
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3354L<Announced on 2009-10-02 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/10/msg151376.html>
3355
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3356Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
3357streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
3358trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
3359to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
3360about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
3361of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
3362facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
3363explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
3364Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
3365people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
3366work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
3367their art.
3368
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3369=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3370
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3373'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
3374the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
3375Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
3376Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
3377responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
3378Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
3379Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
3380Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
3381Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
3382Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
3383
3384'Can they all type?' I joked.
3385
3386'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
3387McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
3388
3389I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
3390'We could have opened an agency.'
3391
3392Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
3393Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
3394amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
3395all say that, do they?' I ventured.
3396
3397Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
3398replied. 'Not quite all.'
3399
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3411
3412He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
3413he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
3414out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
3415noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
3416must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
3417number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
3418did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
3419
3420=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3421
3422L<Announced on 2007-11-25 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130978.html>
3423
3424=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
3425
3426L<Announced on 2007-11-17 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130653.html>
3427
3428=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
3429
3430L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
3431available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
3432
3433=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
3434
3435L<Announced on 2006-08-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/08/msg115782.html>
3436
3437=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
3438
3439L<Announced on 2006-01-28 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/01/msg109086.html>
3440
3441=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
3442
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3444
3445This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
3446gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
3447technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
3448about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
3449bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
3450paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
3451in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
3452electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
3453picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
3454to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
3455technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
3456getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
3457sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
3458it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
3459conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
3460
3461"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
3462that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
3463`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
3464
3465"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
3466one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
3467flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
3468everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
3469make you flip?
3470
3471=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
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3475Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
3476
3477=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
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3480
3481What of October, that ambiguous month
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3487Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
3488proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
3489the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
3490anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
3491how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
3492
3493'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
3494
3495This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
3496that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
3497
3498'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
3499expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
3500anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
3501sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
3502
3503This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
3504basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
3505policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
3506disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
3507the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
3508Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
3509and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
3510Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
3511
3512In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
3513reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
3514
3515I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
3516Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
3517for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
3518had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
3519work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
3520the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
3521left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
3522pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
3523the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
3524the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
3525
3526I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
3527publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
3528Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
3529
3530So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
3531pushing to increase the membership?
3532
3533'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
3534more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
3535futile and impotent it becomes.'
3536
3537This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
3538
3539Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
3540diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
3541
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3546There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
3547about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
3548four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
3549anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
3550thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
3551
3552Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
3553and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
3554press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
3555obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
3556produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
3557this draft...'
3558
3559I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
3560hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
3561incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
3562
3563'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
3564redundancy payments as well.'
3565
3566'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
3567it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
3568
3569'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
3570
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3575A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
3576was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
3577and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
3578jets and all.
3579
3580I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
3581
3582I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
3583Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
3584specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
3585the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
3586jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
3587grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
3588in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
3589
3590While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
3591taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
3592me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
3593sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
3594three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
3595plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
3596occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
3597were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
3598
3599And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
3600were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
3601
3602Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
3603name like Charlie Umtali?
3604
3605I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
3606know something about our official visitor.
3607
3608Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
3609has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
3610car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
3611to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
3612knew little of his background.
3613
3614I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
3615Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
3616first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
3617
3618Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
3619
3620'Why?' I enquired.
3621
3622'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
3623to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
3624never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
3625
3626Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
3627that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
3628
3629In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
3630where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
3631revolving door and comes out in front.'
3632
3633'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
3634
3635'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
3636
3637'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
3638
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3639=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
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3643 It's not that easy bein' green
3644 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
3645 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
3646 Or something much more colorful like that
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3648 It's not easy bein' green
3649 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
3650 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
3651 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
3652 Or stars in the sky
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3654 But green's the color of Spring
3655 And green can be cool and friendly-like
3656 And green can be big like an ocean
3657 Or important like a mountain
3658 Or tall like a tree
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3660 When green is all there is to be
3661 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
3662 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
3663 And I think it's what I want to be
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3665=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
3666
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4ed12d4a 3669 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 3670
4ed12d4a 3671 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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3673=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3674
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3677And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
3678hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
3679cat.
3680
3681Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 3682the wolf? What then?"
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3684=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3685
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3688And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
3689bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
3690round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
3691
3692In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
3693gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
3694climbed up the high stone wall.
3695
3696One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
3697stretched out over the wall.
3698
3699Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
3700Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
3701take care that he doesn't catch you!".
3702
3703The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
3704snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
3705
3706How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 3707the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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3709=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
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4363636d 3713"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 3714you."
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51caa79e 3716"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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3717
3718"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
3719and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 3720to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 3721
51caa79e 3722"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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3723
3724"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
3725planting it."
3726
3727"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 3728grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 3730Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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3731
3732"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
3733Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 3734wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 3736Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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3737
3738"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
3739how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 3740and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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3742=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
3743
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3746"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
3747
3748"Hunting," said Pooh.
3749
3750"Hunting what?"
3751
3752"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
3753
3754"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
3755
3756"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
3757
3758"What do you think you'll answer?"
3759
3760"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
3761"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
3762you see there?"
3763
3764"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
3765excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
3766
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3767=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
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3771Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
3772ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
3773bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
3774waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
3775droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
3776hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
3777longbow.
3778
3779In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
3780often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
3781placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
3782likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
3783may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
3784Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
3785Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
3786farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
3787grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 3788T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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3790=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
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3794Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
3795ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
3796sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
3797pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
3798shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
3799
3800The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
3801Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 3802Caledonia and South America.
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3804=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
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3808The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
3809often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
3810large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
3811and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
3812spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
3813year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
3814may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
3815
3816It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
3817branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
3818of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
3819that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
3820
3821Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
3822other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
3823acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
3824mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
3825
3826It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 3827heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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3829=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
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3833 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
3834 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
3835 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
3836 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
3837
3838 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
3839 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
3840 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
3841 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
3842 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
3843 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
3844 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
3845 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
3846
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3847 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
3848 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
3849
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3851=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
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