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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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14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
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 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, Così fan tutte
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22L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
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24 DON ALFONSO:
25 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
26 my lip stammers.
27 My voice cannot emerge,
28 but remains in my throat.
29 What will you do? What shall I do?
30 Oh what a great catastrophe!
31 There can be nothing worse.
32 I feel pity for you and for them.
33
34 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
35 die.
36 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
37 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
38 love dead, perhaps?
39 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
40 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
41 DORABELLA: Wounded?
42 DON ALFONSO: No.
43 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
44 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
45 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
46 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
47 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
48 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
49 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
50 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
51 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
52 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
53 you wish it, they are ready...
54 DORABELLA: Where are they?
55 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
56
57 -- Lorenzo da Ponte, /Così fan tutte/,
58 trans. William Weaver
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60=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, The Men that Don't Fit In
61
62L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
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64 If they just went straight they might go far,
65 They are strong and brave and true;
66 But they're always tired of the things that are,
67 And they want the strange and new.
68 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
69 What a deep mark I would make!"
70 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
71 Is only a fresh mistake.
72
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73=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969.
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75L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
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77 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
78 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
79 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
80 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
81 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
82 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
83 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
84 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
85 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
86 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
87 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
88 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
89 Aldrin: 120 feet.
90 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
91 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
92 Duke: 60 seconds.
93 Aldrin: Light's on.
94 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
95 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
96 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
97 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
98 down a half.
99 Duke: 30 seconds.
100 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
101 Aldrin: Contact Light.
102 Armstrong: Shutdown.
103 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
104 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
105 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
106 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
107 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
108 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
109 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
110 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
111 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
112 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
113 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
114 Aldrin: Thank you.
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116=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, The Crossroads of Twilights, Book 10 of the Wheel of Time
117
118L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
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120 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
121 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
122 We danced among the lightning bolts,
123 and tore the world asunder.
124
125 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
126 written near the end of the previous Age,
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128 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
129 Reborn.
130
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131=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, The Song of the Bell
132
133L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
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135 Walled in fast within the earth
136 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
137 This must be the bell’s great birth!
138 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
139 Sweat must trickle now
140 From the burning brow,
141 Till the work its master honour.
142 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
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144=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
145
146L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
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148 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
149 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
150 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
151 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
152 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
153 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
154
155 -- William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
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157=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
158
159L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
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161 When times go bad
162 when times go rough
163 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
164 And let me do my stuff
165
166 -- Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
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168=head2 v5.19.11 - Lautréamont, Les Chants de Maldoror
169
170L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
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172O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
173sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
174Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
175than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
176temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
177mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
178your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
179draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
180implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
181rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
182bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
183Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
184is a fool!
185
186 -- Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"],
187 /Les Chants de Maldoror/, trans. Paul Knight
188
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189=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, The Decipherment of Linear B
190
191L<Announced on 2014-03-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/03/msg213851.html>
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193The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
194the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
195withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
196consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
197tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
198detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
199by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
200
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201=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, Tea with the Black Dragon
202
203L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
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205Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
206rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
207stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
208know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
209that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
210chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
211clouds thickened above them.
212
213"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
214you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
215body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
216closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
217hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
218he looked Long in the face.
219
220"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
221master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
222grew fierce.
223
224"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
225fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
226truth!"
227
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228=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, Catch-22
229
230L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
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232“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
233hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
234
235“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
236
237“Is there? What is the point?”
238
239“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
240
241“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
242
243“The trick is not to think about that.”
244
245“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
246
247Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
248
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249=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
250
251L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
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254
255 And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
256 down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
257 the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
258 were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
259 they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
260 Europe was over.
261
262 Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
263 leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
264 kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
265 horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
266
267 Birds were talking.
268
269 One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
270
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273=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
274
275L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
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279 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
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281 Mr. Bun: Morning.
282 Waitress: Morning.
283 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
284 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
285 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
286 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
287 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
288 egg on top and spam
289 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
290 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
291 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
292 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
293 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
294 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
295 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
296 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
297 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
298 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
299
300 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
301
302 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
303 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
304 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
305 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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309=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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311L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
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315 I
316
317 A cat is strolling through my mind
318 Acting as though he owned the place,
319 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
320 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
321
322 So tender and discreet his tone;
323 But whether he should growl or purr
324 His voice is always rich and deep.
325 That is the secret of his charm.
326
327 This purling voice that filters down
328 Into my darkest depths of soul
329 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
330 Delights me as a potion would.
331
332 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
333 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
334 Without the need for any words
335 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
336
337 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
338 Across my heart, fine instrument,
339 And makes to sing so royally
340 The strongest and the purest chord,
341
342 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
343 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
344 In whom all is, angelically,
345 As subtle as harmonious.
346
347 II
348
349 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
350 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
351 I might have been embalmed in it
352 By giving him one little pet.
353
354 He is my household's guardian soul;
355 He judges, he presides, inspires
356 All matters in hos royal realm;
357 Might he be fairy? or a god?
358
359 When my eyes, to this cat I love
360 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
361 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
362 And when I look within myself,
363
364 I notice with astonishment
365 The fire of his opal eyes,
366 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
367 Taking my measure, steadily.
368
369 -- Charles Baudelaire, /The Flowers of Evil, 51. The Cat/,
370 trans. James McGowan
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374=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
375
376L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
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379
380There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
381that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
382Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
383despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
384loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
385looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
386his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
387of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
388heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
389danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
390She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
391surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
392and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
393be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
394name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
395and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
396him.
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400=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
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402L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
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406E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
407written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
408betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
409have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
410personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
411Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
412For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
413political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
414working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
415between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
416however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
417logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
418an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
419to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
420outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
421there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
422There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
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426=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
427
428L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
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432The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
433correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
434showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
435however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
436magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
437the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
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441=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
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445 Over hill, over dale,
446 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
447 Over park, over pale,
448 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
449 I do wander everywhere,
450 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
451 And I serve the fairy queen,
452 To dew her orbs upon the green.
453 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
454 In their gold coats, spots you see;
455 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
456 In their freckles live our savours.
457 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
458 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
459 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
460 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
461
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464L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
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466 From the beginning, I knew…
467 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
468 …that I can't fix…
469 …with my hands…
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471=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
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473L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
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475One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
476only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
477that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
478about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
479places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
480Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
481mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
482every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
483
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484=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
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486L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
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488The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
489systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
490thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
491operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
492ever seen.
493
494An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
495something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
496kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
497anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
498disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
499gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
500that renders the operating system unnecessary.
501
502=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
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504L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
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506Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
507someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
508again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
509and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
510language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
511
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512=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
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514L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
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516It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
517who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
518walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
519and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
520search, in questions, in torment.
521
522=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, Catch-22
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524L<Announced on 2013-04-16 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201889.html>
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526Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
527
528=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
529
530L<Announced on 2013-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201823.html>
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532 I'd love to go drowning
533 And to stay and to stay
534 But the ocean doesn't want me today
535 I'll go in up to here
536 It can't possibly hurt
537 All they will find is my beer
538 And my shirt
539
540=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
541
542L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
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544 And the great day of wrath has come
545 And here's mud in your big red eye
546 The poker's in the fire
547 And the locusts take the sky
548 And the earth died screaming
549 While I lay dreaming of you
550
551=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
552
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555 What's he building in there?
556
557 We have a right to know…
558
559=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel, This is Spın̈al Tap
560
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563It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
564eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
565
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566=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon The Deep
567
568L<Announced on 2013-03-22 by Max Maischein|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-03/msg00908.html>
569
570The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
571followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
572safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
573place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
574would be famous for this.
575
576Six months passed. A year.
577
578The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
579Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
580powerful, it does not need to self-know.
581
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582=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, Freedom of Choice
583
584L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-03/msg00414.html>
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586 A victim of collision on the open sea
587 Nobody ever said that life was free
588 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
589 But use your freedom of choice
590
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591=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, The Nine Billion Names of God
592
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595He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
596mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
597encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
598
599'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
600Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
601finished its run. It was due about now.'
602
603Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
8af848c0 604see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
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606'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
607is always a last time for everything.)
608
609Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
610
611
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613
614L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-02/msg01146.html>
615
616Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
617The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
618recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
619his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
620Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
621of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
622Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
623of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
624'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
625embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
626'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
627in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
628leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
629
630The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
631Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
632in the destruction of the planet Earth.
633
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635
636L<Announced on 2013-01-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-01/msg00518.html>
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638I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
639the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
640dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
641between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
642improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
643fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
644I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
645them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
646do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 647from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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648in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
649perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
650himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
651a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
652the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
653world is richer for it.
654
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655=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, The Darkness That Comes Before
656
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659No thought.
660 The boy extinguished. Only a place.
661 This place.
662 Motionless, 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.
663 A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
664 For 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.
665 The 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 . . .
666 And 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.
667 The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
668 I have been legion . . .
669 In 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.
670 Now I understand.
671
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672=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
673
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676Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
677of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
678scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
679glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
680beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
681much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
682caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
683vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
684had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
685
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687
688Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves
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690 Music oft hath such a charm
691 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
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693=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, The Cyberiad, Trurl's Machine
694
695L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00017.html>
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697Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
698machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
699trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
700little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
701to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
e4a5e942 702he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
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703the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
704
705The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
706current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
707transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
708chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
709adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
710as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
711solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
712valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
713the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
714machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
715
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717
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720Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
721behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
722recording everything.
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725
726L<Announced on 2012-09-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-09/msg01226.html>
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729 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
730 She aims it at the creature's head,
731 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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734 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
735 But what a change! No cloak of red,
736 No silly hood upon her head.
737 She said, "Hello, and do please note
738 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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741
742L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
743
744Preparation:
745
746Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
747or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
748Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
749look golden brown.
750Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
751ready to create the soup.
752
753Ingredients:
754
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756 3 tbsp butter
757 1/4 cup olive oil
758 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
759 1 tsp salt
760 1 tsp sugar
761 black pepper to taste
762 1 cup red wine
763 1/4 cup all purpose flour
764 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
765 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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767Method:
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770 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
771 to half an hour.
772 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
773 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
774 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
775 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
776 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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778Enjoy.
779
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780=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
781
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783
784‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
785
786Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
787their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
788
789The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
790butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
791and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
792
793Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
794
795‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
796
797‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
798
799‘What?’
800
801‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
802
803‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
804his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
805dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
806quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
807
808‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
809an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
810
811‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
812
813The iotum rose, spinning.
814
815‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
816
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817=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
818
819L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
820
821On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
822taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
823"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
824and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
825merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
826subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
827Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
828it.
829
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831
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834`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
835`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
836hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
837The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
838been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
839be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
840to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
841fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
842
843There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
844climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
845broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
846implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
847on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
848Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
849astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
850for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
851out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
852the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
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859 Don't you know? You never split the party
860 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
861 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
862 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
863
864 -- Emerald Rose, Never Split The Party
865
866=head2 v5.16.1 RC1 - Tom Moldvay - Dungeons & Dragons
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870
871I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
872Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
873Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
874The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
875
876
877
878I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
879sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
880collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
881
882My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
883inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
884swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
885side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
886The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
887dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
888
889 -- Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook
890
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891=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden - September 1, 1939
892
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896 All I have is a voice
897 To undo the folded lie,
898 The romantic lie in the brain
899 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
900 And the lie of Authority
901 Whose buildings grope the sky:
902 There is no such thing as the State
903 And no one exists alone;
904 Hunger allows no choice
905 To the citizen or the police;
906 We must love one another or die.
907
908 -- W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
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915 How many roads must a man walk down
916 Before you call him a man?
917 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
918 Before she sleeps in the sand?
919 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
920 Before they're forever banned?
921 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
922 The answer is blowin' in the wind
923
924 How many years can a mountain exist
925 Before it's washed to the sea?
926 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
927 Before they're allowed to be free?
928 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
929 Pretending he just doesn't see?
930 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
931 The answer is blowin' in the wind
932
933 How many times must a man look up
934 Before he can see the sky?
935 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
936 Before he can hear people cry?
937 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
938 That too many people have died?
939 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
940 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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942 -- Bob Dylan, Spring 1962
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945
946L<Announced on 2012-02-20 by Max
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948
949 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
950 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
951 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
952 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
953 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
954
955Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
956age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
957older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
958debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
959girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
960A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
961Top for more than one week.
962
963Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
964lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
965buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
966into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
967meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
968soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
969single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
970
971 "I'm never going to give you up"
972
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974
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977
978"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
979
980He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
981notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
982which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
983OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
984ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
985
986There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
987busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
988out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
989mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
990and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
991with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
992bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
993chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
994excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
995down cheering and applauding.
996
997"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
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1004Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
1005into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
1006beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
1007winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
1008wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
1009over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
1010
1011But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
1012gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
1013villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
1014journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
1015domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
1016with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
1017by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
1018Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
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1025This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
1026been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
1027confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
1028how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
1029could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
1030putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
1031I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
1032before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
1033think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
1034all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
1035off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
1036was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
1037The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
1038endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
1039benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
1040boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
1041lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
1042Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
1043resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
1044Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
1045you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
1046
1047 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
1048 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
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1051
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1054
1055A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
1056don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
1057without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
1058the human experience, the better design we will have.
1059
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1060=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
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1064 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
1065 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
1066 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
1067 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
1068 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
1069 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
1070 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
1071 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
1072 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
1073 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
1074 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
1075 eaten them, but not for love.
1076
1077 -- As You Like It, William Shakespeare
1078
c684cf36 1079=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 >>
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1084
1085It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
1086do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
1087they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
1088catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
1089awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
1090inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
1091
1092So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
1093mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
1094the heart of the programmer.
1095
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1097=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, All Art is Quite Useless
1098
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1102 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
1103 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
1104 do so at their peril.
1105
1106 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
1107 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
1108 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
1109 artist is in accord with himself.
1110
1111 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
1112 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
1113 thing is that one admires it intensely.
1114
1115 All art is quite useless.
1116
1117 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
1118
1119
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1125 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
1126 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
1127 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
1128 things the significance of a human future;
1129 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
1130 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
1131 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
1132 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
1133 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
1134 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
1135 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
1136 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
1137 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
1138 hurtles all ages along with it forever
1139 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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1141 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
1142 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
1143
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1145
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1147
1148Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
1149fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
1150winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
1151down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
1152being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
1153extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
1154but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
1155
1156Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
1157that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
1158around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
1159fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
1160the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
1161closed system.
1162
1163Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
1164the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
1165/be/ them.'
1166
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1171 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
1172 you will have gained.
1173
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1174=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
1175
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1178 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
1179 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
1180 When breakfast is taken away,
1181 To turn his attention to dinner;
1182 And it's not in the range of belief,
1183 To look upon him as a glutton,
1184 Who, when he is tired of beef,
1185 Determines to tackle the mutton.
1186 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
1187 If it will appease her sorrow,
1188 I'll marry this lady today,
1189 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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1195At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
1196my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
1197the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
1198since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
1199already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
1200to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
1201the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
1202can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
1203unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
1204
1205=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
1206
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1209 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
1210 Tolerates no work of man.
1211 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
1212 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
1213 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
1214 While the last larks sing and soar,
1215 From the heather-blossoms sweet
1216 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
1217 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
1218 Eleanor makes macaroons!
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1220=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
1221
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1224 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
1225 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
1226 Lobster I freely endorse,
1227 In pate or patty or pasty.
1228 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
1229 And nothing the matter with jam,
1230 And the warmest greetings I utter
1231 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
1232 For they're food,
1233 All food,
1234 And I think very fondly of food.
1235 Through I'm broody at times
1236 When bothered by rhymes,
1237 I brood
1238 On food.
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1243
1244At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
1245myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
1246impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
1247"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
1248gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
1249or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
1250
1251I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
1252computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
1253ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
1254would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
1255my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
1256away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
1257won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
1258
1259So a freely distributable program is born.
1260
1261=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
1262
1263L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
1264
1265This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
1266continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
1267aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
1268and your bags will be offloaded.
1269
1270=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
1271
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1273
1274Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
1275of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
1276by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
1277sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
1278swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
1279down their paved streets.
1280
1281Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
1282obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
1283company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
1284the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
1285govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
1286the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
1287
1288=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
1289
1290L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
1291
1292But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
1293my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
1294reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
1295wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
1296Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
1297the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 1298This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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1299just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
1300this had never reached me.
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1305
1306 When the full-grown poet came,
1307 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
1308 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
1309 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
1310 Nay he is mine alone;
1311 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
1312 by the hand;
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1314 holding hands,
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1315 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
1316 And wholly and joyously blends them.
1317
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1322 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
1323 nema ráða vel kunni.
1324 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
1325 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
1326 Sák á telgðu talkni
1327 tíu launstafi ristna.
1328 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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1332
1333L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
1334
1335In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
1336granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
1337do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
1338that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
1339generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
1340endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
1341that fire can truly light the world.
1342
1343And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
1344ask what you can do for your country.
1345
1346My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
1347but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
1348
1349Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
1350ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
1351we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
1352the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
1353asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
1354work must truly be our own.
1355
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1357
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1360The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
1361to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
1362between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
1363cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
1364areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
1365be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
1366As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
1367the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
1368instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
1369interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
1370also be automated.
1371
1372Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
1373if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
1374were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
1375and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
1376indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
1377techniques like X-ray crystallography.
1378
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1379=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
1380
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1383[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
1384
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1387[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
1388
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1389 Trinity: What did you just say?
1390 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
1391 Trinity: What did you see?
1392 Cypher: What happened?
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1393 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
1394 like it.
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1395 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
1396 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
1397 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
1398 Neo: What is it?
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1399 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
1400 they change something.
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1406The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
1407he storm vanishes.
1408
1409"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
1410fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
1411to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
1412me?"
1413
1414I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
1415like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
1416
1417"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
1418as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
1419on my heart.
1420
1421(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
1422
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1424
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1427Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
1428air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
1429the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
1430faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
1431of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
1432the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
1433deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
1434fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
1435stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
1436revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
1437
1438For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
1439courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
1440the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
1441jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
1442were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
1443there, a glimmer of moonshine.
1444
1445Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
1446rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
1447grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
1448park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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1452
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1455`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
1456`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
1457it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
1458she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
1459
1460 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
1461 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
1462 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
1463 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
1464
1465
1466`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
1467
1468`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
1469nonsense.'
1470
1471Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
1472anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
1473
1474`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
1475
1476`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
1477
1478`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
1479with his nose, you know?'
1480
1481`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
1482the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
1483
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1485
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1488Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
1489Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
1490notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
1491for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
1492sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
1493
1494Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
1495dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
1496Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
1497motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
1498Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
1499that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
1500had ever even been a car.
1501
1502There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
1503been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
1504this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
1505flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
1506re-entry.
1507
1508There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
1509metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
1510somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
1511make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
1512
1513It should have fallen apart miles back.
1514
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1516
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1519We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
1520the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
1521in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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1523
1524=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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1528And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
1529bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
1530yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
1531with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
1532if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
1533bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
1534quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
1535
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1537
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1540The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
1541involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
1542when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
1543streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
1544road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
1545seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
1546smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
1547
1548"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
1549volcano were once more to set to work."
1550
1551=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
1552
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1555 I saw a huge steam roller,
1556 It blotted out the sun.
1557 The people all lay down, lay down;
1558 They did not try to run.
1559 My love and I, we looked amazed
1560 Upon the gory mystery.
1561 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
1562 'The great machine is history!'
1563 My love and I, we ran away,
1564 The engine did not find us.
1565 We ran up to a mountain top,
1566 Left history far behind us.
1567 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
1568 But somehow we don't think so.
1569 We went to see where history'd been,
1570 And my, the dead did stink so.
1571
1572=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1573
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1575
1576CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
1577she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
1578seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
1579
1580What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
1581of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
1582has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
1583will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
1584only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
1585lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
1586design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
1587periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
1588
1589=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1590
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1593The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
1594from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
1595view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
1596Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
1597once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
1598endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
1599a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
1600will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
1601of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
1602Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
1603still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
1604
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1609"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
1610many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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1612what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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1613Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
1614had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
1615...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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1617hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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1618degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
1619and-thirty degrees."
1620
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1622
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1625San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
1626the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
1627hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
1628of the Free World."
1629
1630Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
1631level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
1632harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
1633exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
1634
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1636
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1639Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
1640the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
1641just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
1642a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
1643it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
1644of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
1645common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
1646bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
1647
1648 Around and around and around we spin,
1649 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
1650
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1655'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
1656not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
1657your cat grins like that?'
1658
1659'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
1660
1661She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
1662jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
1663and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
1664
1665'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
1666that cats COULD grin.'
1667
1668'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
1669
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1674'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
1675have got altered.'
1676
1677'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
1678there was silence for some minutes.
1679
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1681
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1684'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
1685always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
1686rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
1687yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
1688can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
1689kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
1690
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1692
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1695At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
1696called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
1697dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
1698in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
1699sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
1700
1701'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
1702is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
1703the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
1704to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
1705accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 1706Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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1716So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
1717hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
1718making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
1719picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
1720close by her.
1721
1722There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
1723VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
1724dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
1725occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
1726it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
1727OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
1728Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
1729never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
1730take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
1731after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
1732rabbit-hole under the hedge.
1733
1734In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
1735in the world she was to get out again.
1736
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1745 A little child, a limber elf,
1746 Singing, dancing to itself,
1747 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
1748 That always finds, and never seeks,
1749 Makes such a vision to the sight
1750 As fills a father's eyes with light;
1751 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
1752 Upon his heart, that he at last
1753 Must needs express his love's excess
1754 With words of unmeant bitterness.
1755 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
1756 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
1757 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
1758 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
1759 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
1760 At each wild word to feel within
1761 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
1762 And what, if in a world of sin
1763 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
1764 Such giddiness of heart and brain
1765 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
1766 So talks as it's most used to do.
1767
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1768=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
1769
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1772And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
1773into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
1774mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
1775question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
1776hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
1777louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
1778who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
1779worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
1780done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
1781
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1782=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
1783
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4363636d 1786"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 1787course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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1789Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
1790
1791"Why ain't that work?"
1792
1793Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
1794is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
1795
1796"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
1797
1798The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
1799to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
1800
1801That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
1802swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
1803-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
1804watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
1805absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
1806
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1808
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1811The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
1812at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
1813streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
1814the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
1815live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
1816colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
1817as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
1818wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
1819prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
1820however much they're into colour.
1821
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1823
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1826Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
1827and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
1828word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
1829disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
1830everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
1831on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
1832that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
1833glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 1834war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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1835presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
1836for more hazardous assignment.
1837
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1838=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
1839
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1842Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
1843streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
1844trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
1845to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
1846about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
1847of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
1848facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
1849explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
1850Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
1851people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
1852work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
1853their art.
1854
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1855=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
1856
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1859'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
1860the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
1861Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
1862Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
1863responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
1864Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
1865Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
1866Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
1867Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
1868Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
1869
1870'Can they all type?' I joked.
1871
1872'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
1873McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
1874
1875I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
1876'We could have opened an agency.'
1877
1878Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
1879Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
1880amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
1881all say that, do they?' I ventured.
1882
1883Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
1884replied. 'Not quite all.'
1885
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1898He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
1899he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
1900out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
1901noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
1902must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
1903number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
1904did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
1905
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1910=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
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1913
1914=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
1915
1916L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
1917available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
1918
1919=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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1926
1927=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
1928
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1931This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
1932gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
1933technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
1934about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
1935bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
1936paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
1937in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
1938electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
1939picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
1940to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
1941technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
1942getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
1943sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
1944it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
1945conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
1946
1947"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
1948that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
1949`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
1950
1951"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
1952one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
1953flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
1954everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
1955make you flip?
1956
1957=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
1958
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1961Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
1962
1963=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
1964
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1967What of October, that ambiguous month
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1973Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
1974proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
1975the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
1976anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
1977how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
1978
1979'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
1980
1981This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
1982that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
1983
1984'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
1985expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
1986anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
1987sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
1988
1989This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
1990basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
1991policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
1992disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
1993the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
1994Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
1995and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
1996Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
1997
1998In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
1999reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
2000
2001I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
2002Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
2003for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
2004had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
2005work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
2006the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
2007left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
2008pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
2009the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
2010the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
2011
2012I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
2013publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
2014Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
2015
2016So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
2017pushing to increase the membership?
2018
2019'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
2020more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
2021futile and impotent it becomes.'
2022
2023This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
2024
2025Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
2026diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
2027
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2032There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
2033about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
2034four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
2035anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
2036thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
2037
2038Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
2039and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
2040press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
2041obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
2042produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
2043this draft...'
2044
2045I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
2046hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
2047incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
2048
2049'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
2050redundancy payments as well.'
2051
2052'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
2053it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
2054
2055'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
2056
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2061A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
2062was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
2063and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
2064jets and all.
2065
2066I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
2067
2068I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
2069Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
2070specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
2071the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
2072jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
2073grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
2074in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
2075
2076While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
2077taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
2078me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
2079sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
2080three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
2081plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
2082occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
2083were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
2084
2085And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
2086were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
2087
2088Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
2089name like Charlie Umtali?
2090
2091I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
2092know something about our official visitor.
2093
2094Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
2095has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
2096car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
2097to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
2098knew little of his background.
2099
2100I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
2101Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
2102first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
2103
2104Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
2105
2106'Why?' I enquired.
2107
2108'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
2109to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
2110never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
2111
2112Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
2113that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
2114
2115In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
2116where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
2117revolving door and comes out in front.'
2118
2119'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
2120
2121'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
2122
2123'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
2124
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2126
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2129 It's not that easy bein' green
2130 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 2131 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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2132 Or something much more colorful like that
2133
2134 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 2135 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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2136 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
2137 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
2138 Or stars in the sky
2139
2140 But green's the color of Spring
2141 And green can be cool and friendly-like
2142 And green can be big like an ocean
2143 Or important like a mountain
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2144 Or tall like a tree
2145
2146 When green is all there is to be
2147 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
2148 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
2149 And I think it's what I want to be
2150
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2152
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2155Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 2156
2831a86c 2157Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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2159=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
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2163And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
2164hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
2165cat.
2166
2167Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 2168the wolf? What then?"
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2170=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2171
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2174And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
2175bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
2176round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
2177
2178In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
2179gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
2180climbed up the high stone wall.
2181
2182One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
2183stretched out over the wall.
2184
2185Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
2186Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
2187take care that he doesn't catch you!".
2188
2189The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
2190snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
2191
2192How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 2193the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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2195=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
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4363636d 2199"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 2200you."
4363636d 2201
51caa79e 2202"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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2203
2204"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
2205and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 2206to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 2207
51caa79e 2208"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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2210"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
2211planting it."
2212
2213"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 2214grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 2216Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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2218"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
2219Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 2220wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 2221
51caa79e 2222Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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2223
2224"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
2225how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 2226and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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2228=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
2229
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2232"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
2233
2234"Hunting," said Pooh.
2235
2236"Hunting what?"
2237
2238"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
2239
2240"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
2241
2242"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
2243
2244"What do you think you'll answer?"
2245
2246"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
2247"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
2248you see there?"
2249
2250"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
2251excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
2252
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2254
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2257Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
2258ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
2259bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
2260waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
2261droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
2262hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
2263longbow.
2264
2265In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
2266often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
2267placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
2268likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
2269may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
2270Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
2271Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
2272farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
2273grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 2274T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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2280Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
2281ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
2282sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
2283pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
2284shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
2285
2286The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
2287Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 2288Caledonia and South America.
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2291
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2294The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
2295often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
2296large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
2297and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
2298spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
2299year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
2300may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
2301
2302It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
2303branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
2304of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
2305that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
2306
2307Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
2308other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
2309acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
2310mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
2311
2312It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 2313heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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2315=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
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2319 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
2320 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
2321 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
2322 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
2323
2324 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
2325 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
2326 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
2327 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
2328 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
2329 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
2330 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
2331 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
2332
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2333 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
2334 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
2335
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2337=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
2338
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2341 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
2342 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
2343 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
2344 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2345
2346 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
2347 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
2348 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
2349 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2350 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
2351 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
2352
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2354
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2357 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
2358 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
2359 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
2360 We must find him of the train can't start.'
2361 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
2362 They are searching high and low,
2363 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
2364 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
2365 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
2366 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
2367 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
2368 He's been busy in the luggage van!
2369 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 2370 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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2371 And we're off at last of the northern part
2372 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
2373
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2374=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
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2378 We are the music makers,
2379 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
2380 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
2381 And sitting by desolate streams; --
2382 World-losers and world-forsakers,
2383 On whom the pale moon gleams:
2384 Yet we are the movers and shakers
2385 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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2387=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
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2391 There may be trouble ahead,
2392 But while there's music and moonlight,
2393 And love and romance,
2394 Let's face the music and dance.
2395
2396 Before the fiddlers have fled,
2397 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
2398 And while we still have that chance,
2399 Let's face the music and dance.
2400
2401 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
2402 Humming a different tune, and then,
2403
2404 There may be teardrops to shed,
2405 So while there's music and moonlight,
2406 And love and romance,
2407 Let's face the music and dance.
2408
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2409=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
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2413 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
2414 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
2415 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
2416 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
2417 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
2418 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
2419
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2420 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
2421 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
2422 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
2423 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
2424
2425 O my brave soul!
2426 O farther farther sail!
2427 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
2428 O farther, farther, farther sail!
2429
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2430=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
2431
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2432L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/7669de5804b792f6>
2433
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2434 It's fun to charter an accountant
2435 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
2436 To find, explore the funds offshore
2437 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
2438
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2439=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
2440
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2443 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
2444 In a Sieve they went to sea:
2445 In spite of all their friends could say,
2446 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
2447 In a Sieve they went to sea!
2448 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
2449 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
2450 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
2451 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
2452 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
2453
2454 Far and few, far and few,
2455 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
2456 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
2457 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
2458
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2460
2461L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
2462
2463=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
2464
2465L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
2466
2467No matter what she did with her hair it took about
2468three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
2469like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
2470no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
2471overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
2472
2473=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2474
2475L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
2476
2477Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
2478It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
2479devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
2480then you can be my most trusted minister."
2481
2482=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2483
2484L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
2485
2486Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
2487a knife with a curved blade.
2488
2489=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2490
2491L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
2492
2493Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
2494me because I've got magic aaargh."
2495
2496=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2497
2498L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
2499
2500Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
2501in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
2502with his head.
2503
2504But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
2505weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
2506open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
2507defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
2508Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
2509was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
2510
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2511=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2512
2513L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
2514
2515There was the faint sound of footsteps.
2516"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
2517said the low priest.
2518There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
2519The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
2520"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
2521The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
2522The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
2523The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
2524thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
2525There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
2526"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
2527said the High Priest.
2528"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
2529There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
2530"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
2531There were footsteps again.
2532
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2534
2535L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
2536
2537=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
2538
2539L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
2540
2541=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
2542
2543L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
2544
2545=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2546
2547L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
2548
2549Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
2550No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
2551got there first, and is waiting for it.
2552
2553=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
2554
2555L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
2556
2557His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
2558the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
2559all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
2560bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
2561you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
2562
2563=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
2564
2565L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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2567"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
2568
2569Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
2570
2571"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
2572flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
2573arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
2574and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
2575I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
2576I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
2577will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
2578liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
2579Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
2580ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
2581
2582"All that?" said Twoflower.
2583
2584"Usually."
2585
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2586=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
2587
2588L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
2589
2590The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
2591but that had to be the 57th strangest.
2592[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
2593
2594=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2595
2596L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
2597
2598When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
2599sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
2600a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
2601what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
2602long in this instance.
2603
2604=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2605
2606L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
2607
2608"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
2609
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2614`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
2615himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
2616upset.
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2618`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
2619to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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2621Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
2622stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
2623louder.
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2625`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
2626my precious, three guesseses.'
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2634No announcement available.
2635
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2647
2648 The dragon is withered,
2649 His bones are now crumbled;
2650 His armour is shivered,
2651 His splendour is humbled!
2652 Though sword shall be rusted,
2653 And throne and crown perish
2654 With strength that men trusted
2655 And wealth that they cherish,
2656 Here grass is still growing,
2657 And leaves are a yet swinging,
2658 The white water flowing,
2659 And elves are yet singing
2660 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
2661 Come back to the valley.
2662
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2663=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
2664
2665L<Announced on 2000-03-22 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10140.html>
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2667=head2 v5.005_05-RC1 - no epigraph
2668
2669L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
2670
2671=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
2672
2673L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
2674
2675=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
2676
2677L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
2678
2679The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
2680the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
2681never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
2682them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
2683chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
2684run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
2685and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
2686and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
2687and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
2688the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
2689fall.
2690
2691=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2692
2693L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
2694
2695Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
2696plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
2697going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
2698she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
2699at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
2700cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
2701hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
2702passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
2703disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
2704of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
2705she fell past it.
2706
2707=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
2708
2709L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
2710
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2711=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
2712
0e6b8110 2713This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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2714on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
2715L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
2716by ysth.
2717
2718=cut
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