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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
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22L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
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24 Even the bravest that are slain
25 Shall not dissemble their surprise
26 On waking to find valor reign,
27 Even as on earth, in paradise;
28 And where they sought without the sword
29 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
30 To find that the utmost reward
31 Of daring should be still to dare.
32
33=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
34
35L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
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37 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
38 I could be monarch of a desert land
39 I could devote and dedicate forever
40 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
41 So desert it would have to be, so walled
42 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
43 No one would covet it or think it worth
44 The pains of conquering to force change on.
45 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
46 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
47 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
48 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
49 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
50 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
51
52 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
53 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
54 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
55
56=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
57
58L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
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60 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
61 You can't find one good thing to say
62 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
63 You'd stay the hell out of my way
64
65 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
66 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
67
68=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
69
70L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
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72"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
73
74=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
75
76L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
77
78The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
79Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
80gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
81
82=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
83
84L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
85
86“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
87
88“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
89
90“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
91be fun.”
92
93Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
94
95“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
96every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
97
98“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
99
100“You’ll have to jump.”
101
102“I’ll jump.”
103
104“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
105
106Yossarian jumped.
107
108Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
109missing him by inches, and he took off.
110
111=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
112
113L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
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115 Nothing was left to do that I could see
116 Unless to find that there was no one there
117 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
118 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
119 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
120 Break silence now or be forever silent.
121 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
122 The melancholy of having to count souls
123 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
124 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
125 It must be I want life to go on living.
126
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127=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
128
129L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
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131Spring
132
133Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
134look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
135I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
136and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
137love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
138meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
139and begin a new adventure.
140
141Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
142-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
143kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
144adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
145as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
146
147The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
148asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
149brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
150and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
151Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
152produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
153possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
154beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
155are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
156are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
157seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
158remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
159you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
160cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
161lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
162marriages made in heaven.
163
164
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165=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
166
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167L<Announced on 2016-02-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/02/msg234535.html>
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169Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
170of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
171helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
172
173But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
174any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
175she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
176no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
177free.
178
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183A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
184nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
185the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
186in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
187colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
188over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
189cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
190the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
191and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
192dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
193into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
194trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
195
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196=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
197
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198L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
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200 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
201
202 5.23 Episode VII
203 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
204
205 It is a period of
206 unrest as separatists
207 announce their intentions
208 to fork PERL and return the
209 galaxy to speed and stability.
210
211 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
212 to hold together the remains of the
213 once mighty Republic against a tide of
214 incivility and the depredations of a new
215 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
216
217 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
218 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
219 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
220 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
221 a new Empire of gradual typing....
222
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223=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
224
225L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
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227After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
228me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
229Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
230adventure.
231
232I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
233only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
234lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
235sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
236lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
237hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
238
239Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
240no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
241loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
242control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
243It took me two weeks to figure it out.
244
245The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
246register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
247an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
248index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
249would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
250the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
251
252Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
253to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
254instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
255additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
256instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
257ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
258
259The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
260lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
261was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
262all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
263
264He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
265largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
266datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
267overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
268the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
269the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
270program went happily on its way.
271
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272=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
273
274L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
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276Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
277first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
278or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
279Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
280when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
281when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
282difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
283keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
284strong men.
285
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286=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
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288L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
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290 Little of of all we value here
291 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
292 Without both feeling and looking queer.
293 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
294 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
295 (This is a moral that runs at large;
296 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
297
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298=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
299
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302 Would you believe in a night like this
303 A night like this, when visions come true
304 Would you believe in a tale like this
305 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
306 Come to the blazing fire and
307
308 See me in the shadows
309 See me in the shadows
310 Songs I will sing
311 Of runes and rings
312 Just hand me my harp
313 This night turns into myth
314 Nothing seems real
315 You soon will feel
316 The world we live in is another skald's
317 Dream in the shadows
318 Dream in the shadows
319
320 Do you believe there is sense in it
321 Is it truth or myth?
322 They´re one in my rhymes
323 Nobody knows the meaning behind
324 The weaver's line
325 Well nobody else but the Norns can
326 See through the blazing fires of time and
327 All things will proceed as the
328 Child of the hallowed
329 Will speak to you now
330
331 See me in the shadows
332 See me in the shadows
333 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
334 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
335 Nothing seems real
336 You soon will feel
337 The world we live in is another skald´s
338 Dream in the shadows
339 Dream in the shadows
340
341 Do not fear for my reason
342 There's nothing to hide
343 How bitter your treason
344 How bitter the lie
345 Remember the runes and remember the light
346 All I ever want is to be at your side
347 We'll gladden the raven now I will
348 Run through the blazing fires
349 That's my choice
350 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
351
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352=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
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354L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
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356 I was born beneath this willow,
357 Where my sire the earth did farm
358 Had the green grass as my pillow
359 The east wind as a blanket warm.
360
361 But away! away! called the wind from the west
362 And in answer I did run
363 Seeking glory and adventure
364 Promised by the rising sun.
365
366 I found love beneath this willow,
367 As true a love as life could hold,
368 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
369 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
370
371 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
372 In faithful answer I did run
373 Marching forth for king and country
374 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
375
376 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
377 As the seven seas I plied
378 And the girl who I left waiting
379 Longing to be at her side.
380
381 But about! about! called the wind from the west
382 As once again my ship did run
383 Down the coast, about the wide world
384 Flying sails in the setting sun.
385
386 Now I lie beneath the willow
387 Now at last no more to roam,
388 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
389 In their arms I'm finally home.
390
391 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
392 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
393 Will chase the sun into the morning
394 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
395
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398L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
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400 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
401 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
402 Well, I try my best
403 To be just like I am
404 But everybody wants you
405 To be just like them
406 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
407 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
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409=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
410
411L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
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413This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
414before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
415whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
416carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
417merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
418ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
419entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
420boisterous.
421Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
422not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
423up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
424nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
425masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
426the attentions of several all too merry couples.
427Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
428that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
429Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
430on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
431raising a glass of champagne.
432In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
433mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
434lonely corner.
435He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
436a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
437that it was Christine and followed her.
438'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
439The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
440no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
441on in silence.
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443=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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445L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
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447 If the snow flies in my face,
448 Let me shake it off me!
449 If my heart within me speaks,
450 I'll sing bright and gaily!
451
452 Will not listen what it says,
453 Have no ears for moaning.
454 Do not feel what it complains,--
455 Only fools like groaning!
456
457 Jolly brave into the world,
458 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
459 If there is no God on earth,
460 Let 's be gods down nether!
461
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462=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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464L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
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466 Why do I shun all those highways
467 Which the other wanderer seeks?
468 Why do I find bridged by-ways
469 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
470
471 For I have no crime committed,
472 Why I should now run from men,--
473 What demented heart's desire
474 Drives me to a desert glen?
475
476 Signposts on all highways stationed
477 Point their signs toward the towns,
478 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
479 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
480
481 One such signpost I see planted
482 Of my question unconcerned,
483 One road must my choice be granted,
484 Whence no man has yet returned!
485
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486=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
487
488L<Announced on 2015-12-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233032.html>
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490 How the storm tore rents
491 In heavens gray attired!
492 The rags of cloud are flying
493 Around, of combat tired.
494
495 And flames of fire lambent,
496 Fly between them and part,
497 That 's what I call a morning,
498 A morning after my heart!
499
500 My heart sees in the heavens
501 Its own picture unspoilt--
502 It's nothing but the Winter,
503 The Winter, cold and wild.
504
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505=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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507L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
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509 The hoary frost has a white sheen
510 Strewn all over my hair,
511 So I thought I was an old man
512 And thought life dealt me fair.
513
514 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
515 And I have my black hair again.
516 How I abhor my young fair years,
517 How long to wait for death and biers?
518
519 From setting sun to morning's hue
520 Many a head turns white.
521 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
522 In all this lifelong plight!
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524=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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526L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
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528 In the deepest rocky crevice
529 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
530 How I could find my way from here,
531 For me it's easy memory!
532
533 For I am used to straying ways,
534 Every path to th'end a way,
535 All our joys and all our suffering,--
536 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
537
538 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
539 I quite calmly downward stroll;
540 Every stream its sea will enter,
541 Every suffering finds its goal!
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543=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
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545L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
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547“You are the advocate of the dead.”
548
549The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
550that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
551take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
552their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
553remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
554figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
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556=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
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558L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
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560 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
561 Among the theories scattered on the grass
562 Take up my good intentions with the rest
563
564=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
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566L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
567
568There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
569its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
570
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571=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
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573L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
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575 They shall pass and their places be taken,
576 The gods and the priests that are pure.
577 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
578 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
579 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
580 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
581 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
582 And delicate dust.
583
584 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
585 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
586 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
587 As the serpent again to a rod.
588 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
589 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
590 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
591 Our Lady of Pain.
592
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594
595L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
596
597The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
598Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
599started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
600crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
601and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
602pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
603through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
604claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
605were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
606they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
607It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
608obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
609
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610=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
611
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614 There is another sky,
615 Ever serene and fair,
616 And there is another sunshine,
617 Though it be darkness there;
618 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
619 Never mind silent fields -
620 Here is a little forest,
621 Whose leaf is ever green;
622 Here is a brighter garden,
623 Where not a frost has been;
624 In its unfading flowers
625 I hear the bright bee hum:
626 Prithee, my brother,
627 Into my garden come!
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630
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633Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
634Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
635Calvin: Brother! You doubting Thomases get in the way of more scientific advances with your stupid ethical questions! This is a *BRILLIANT* idea! Hit the button, will ya?
636Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
637[Box]: *BOINK*
638Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
639Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
640Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
641
2ee7da68 642=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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644L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
645
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646"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
647Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
648we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
649everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
650"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
651refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
652"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
653would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
654than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
655the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 657=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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659L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
660
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661GAME CAT
662
663EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
664things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
665Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
666lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
667snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
668This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
669all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
670Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
671some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
672finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
673just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
674Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
675MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
676The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
677involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
678and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
679where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
680Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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684L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
685
686 Het Dorp
687
688 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
689 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
690 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
691 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
692 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
693 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
694 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
695 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
696 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
697 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
698 een zandweg tussen koren door,
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700
701 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
702 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
703 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 704 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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705
706 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
707 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
708 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
709 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
710 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
711 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
712 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
713 ze zien de televisiequiz
714 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
715 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
716 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
717 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
718
719 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
720 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
721 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
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723
724 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
725 in minirok en beatle-haar
726 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
727 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
728 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
729 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
730 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
731 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
732 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
733 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
734 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
735 een ansicht en herinneringen.
736
737 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
738 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
739 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
740 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
741
2ee7da68 742=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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744L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
745
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746To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
747of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
748masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
749of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
750seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
751joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
752to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
753high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
754approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
755ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
756myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
757to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
758discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
759canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
760armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
761rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
762handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
763stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
764occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
765and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
766which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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768=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
769
770L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
771
772 If they just went straight they might go far,
773 They are strong and brave and true;
774 But they're always tired of the things that are,
775 And they want the strange and new.
776 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
777 What a deep mark I would make!"
778 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
779 Is only a fresh mistake.
780
781=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
782
783L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
784
785 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
786 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
787 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
788 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
789 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
790 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
791 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
792 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
793 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
794 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
795 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
796 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
797 Aldrin: 120 feet.
798 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
799 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
800 Duke: 60 seconds.
801 Aldrin: Light's on.
802 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
803 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
804 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
805 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
806 down a half.
807 Duke: 30 seconds.
808 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
809 Aldrin: Contact Light.
810 Armstrong: Shutdown.
811 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
812 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
813 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
814 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
815 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
816 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
817 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
818 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
819 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
820 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
821 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
822 Aldrin: Thank you.
823
824=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
825
826L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
827
828 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
829 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
830 We danced among the lightning bolts,
831 and tore the world asunder.
832
833 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
834 written near the end of the previous Age,
835 known by some as the Third Age.
836 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
837 Reborn.
838
839=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
840
841L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
842
843 Walled in fast within the earth
844 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
845 This must be the bell’s great birth!
846 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
847 Sweat must trickle now
848 From the burning brow,
849 Till the work its master honour.
850 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
851
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853
854L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
855
856 Steady old Väinämöinen
857 uttered a word and spoke thus:
858 'No lilting on the waters
859 and no singing on the waves!
860 Song keeps you lazy
861 tales delay rowing.
862 Precious day would pass and night
863 would overtake us midway
864 on these wide waters
865 upon these vast waves.'
866
867 The wanton Lemminkäinen
868 uttered a word and spoke thus:
869 'The time will pass anyway
870 the fair day will flee
871 and the night will come panting
872 and the twilight will steal in
873 if you don't sing while you live
874 nor hum in this world.'
875
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877
878L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
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880'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
881and I was reciting these lines:
882
883 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
884 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
885 I wonder at the patience that I showed
886 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
887 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
888 I have remained confused in misery.
889
890I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
891Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
892walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
893person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
894am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
895ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
896asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
897allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
898added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
899and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
900idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
901coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
902and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
903different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
904without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
905the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
906the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
907sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
908gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
909told you about this, so goodbye."
910
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912
913L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
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915'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
916asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
917and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
918and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
919I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
920candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
921were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
922congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
923face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
924[...]
925'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
926her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
927them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
928ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
929told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
930man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
931[...]
932'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
933servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
934was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
935four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
936like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
937fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
938"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
939was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
940shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
941longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
942a bean.
943
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945
946L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
947
948 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
949 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
950 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
951 Where is the cow hidden right now?
952
953 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
954 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
955 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
956 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
957
958 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
959 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
960 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
961 Yeah!
962
963 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
964 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
965 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
966 Yeah, yeah!
967
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969
970L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
971
972 I've seen things,
973 I've seen them with my eyes;
974 I've seen things,
975 They're often in disguise.
976
977 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
978 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
979 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
980 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
981
982 I've seen things,
983 I've seen them with my eyes;
984 I've seen things,
985 They're often in disguise.
986
987 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
988
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991L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
992
993 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
994 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
995 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
996
997 DON ALFONSO:
998 Take heart, my dearest children.
999 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
1000
1001 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
1002 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
1003
1004 FIORDILIGI:
1005 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
1006 It is disappearing already!
1007 It is no longer in sight!
1008 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
1009
1010 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
1011 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
1012
1013 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
1014 May the wind be gentle,
1015 may the sea be calm,
1016 and may the elements
1017 respond kindly
1018 to our wishes.
1019
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1023
1024 GUGLIELMO:
1025 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
1026 is reluctant to come before her.
1027
1028 FERRANDO:
1029 My trembling lip
1030 can utter no word.
1031
1032 DON ALFONSO:
1033 The hero displays his manliness
1034 in the most terrible moments.
1035
1036 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
1037 Now that we have heard the news,
1038 you have the lesser duty:
1039 Take heart, and plunge your swords
1040 into both our hearts.
1041
1042 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
1043 My idol, blame fate
1044 that I must abandon you.
1045
1046 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
1047 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
1048 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
1049 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
1050 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
1051 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
1052 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
1053
1054 ALL:
1055 Thus destiny defrauds
1056 the hopes of mortals.
1057 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
1058 who can ever love life?
1059
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1062L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
1063
1064 DON ALFONSO:
1065 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
1066 my lip stammers.
1067 My voice cannot emerge,
1068 but remains in my throat.
1069 What will you do? What shall I do?
1070 Oh what a great catastrophe!
1071 There can be nothing worse.
1072 I feel pity for you and for them.
1073
1074 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
1075 die.
1076 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
1077 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
1078 love dead, perhaps?
1079 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
1080 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
1081 DORABELLA: Wounded?
1082 DON ALFONSO: No.
1083 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
1084 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
1085 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
1086 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
1087 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
1088 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
1089 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
1090 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
1091 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
1092 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
1093 you wish it, they are ready...
1094 DORABELLA: Where are they?
1095 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
1096
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1097=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
1098
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1101 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
1102 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
1103 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
1104 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
1105 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
1106 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
1107
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1108=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
1109
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1111
1112 When times go bad
1113 when times go rough
1114 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
1115 And let me do my stuff
1116
2ee7da68 1117=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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1120
1121O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
1122sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
1123Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
1124than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
1125temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
1126mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
1127your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
1128draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
1129implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
1130rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
1131bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
1132Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
1133is a fool!
1134
2ee7da68 1135=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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1138
1139The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
1140the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
1141withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
1142consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
1143tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
1144detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
1145by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
1146
2ee7da68 1147=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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1150
1151Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
1152rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
1153stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
1154know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
1155that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
1156chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
1157clouds thickened above them.
1158
1159"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
1160you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
1161body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
1162closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
1163hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
1164he looked Long in the face.
1165
1166"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
1167master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
1168grew fierce.
1169
1170"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
1171fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
1172truth!"
1173
2ee7da68 1174=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1178“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
1179hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
1180
1181“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
1182
1183“Is there? What is the point?”
1184
1185“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
1186
1187“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
1188
1189“The trick is not to think about that.”
1190
1191“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
1192
1193Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
1194
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1195=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
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1199And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
1200down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
1201the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
1202were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
1203they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
1204Europe was over.
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1206Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
1207leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
1208kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
1209horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 1210
e91f1fc1 1211Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 1212
e91f1fc1 1213One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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1215=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
1216
1217L<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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1219 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
1220
1221 Mr. Bun: Morning.
1222 Waitress: Morning.
1223 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
1224 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
1225 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
1226 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
1227 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
1228 egg on top and spam
1229 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
1230 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
1231 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
1232 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
1233 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
1234 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
1235 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
1236 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
1237 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
1238 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
1239
1240 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
1241
1242 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
1243 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
1244 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
1245 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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40e1c3e8 1247=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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1249L<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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1251 I
1252
1253 A cat is strolling through my mind
1254 Acting as though he owned the place,
1255 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
1256 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
1257
1258 So tender and discreet his tone;
1259 But whether he should growl or purr
1260 His voice is always rich and deep.
1261 That is the secret of his charm.
1262
1263 This purling voice that filters down
1264 Into my darkest depths of soul
1265 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
1266 Delights me as a potion would.
1267
1268 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
1269 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
1270 Without the need for any words
1271 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
1272
1273 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
1274 Across my heart, fine instrument,
1275 And makes to sing so royally
1276 The strongest and the purest chord,
1277
1278 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
1279 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
1280 In whom all is, angelically,
1281 As subtle as harmonious.
1282
1283 II
1284
1285 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
1286 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
1287 I might have been embalmed in it
1288 By giving him one little pet.
1289
1290 He is my household's guardian soul;
1291 He judges, he presides, inspires
1292 All matters in hos royal realm;
1293 Might he be fairy? or a god?
1294
1295 When my eyes, to this cat I love
1296 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
1297 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
1298 And when I look within myself,
1299
1300 I notice with astonishment
1301 The fire of his opal eyes,
1302 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
1303 Taking my measure, steadily.
1304
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1305=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
1306
1307L<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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1309There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
1310that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
1311Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
1312despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
1313loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
1314looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
1315his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
1316of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
1317heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
1318danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
1319She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
1320surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
1321and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
1322be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
1323name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
1324and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
1325him.
1326
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1327=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
1328
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1331E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
1332written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
1333betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
1334have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
1335personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
1336Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
1337For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
1338political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
1339working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
1340between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
1341however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
1342logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
1343an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
1344to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
1345outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
1346there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
1347There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
1348
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1349=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
1350
1351L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
1352
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1353The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
1354correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
1355showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
1356however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
1357magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
1358the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
1359
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1360=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
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1363
1364 Over hill, over dale,
1365 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
1366 Over park, over pale,
1367 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
1368 I do wander everywhere,
1369 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
1370 And I serve the fairy queen,
1371 To dew her orbs upon the green.
1372 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
1373 In their gold coats, spots you see;
1374 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
1375 In their freckles live our savours.
1376 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
1377 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
1378 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
1379 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
1380
5f42d1f2 1381=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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1384
1385 From the beginning, I knew…
1386 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
1387 …that I can't fix…
1388 …with my hands…
1389
40e1c3e8 1390=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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1393
1394 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
1395 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
1396 The shadows lengthen
1397 In Carcosa.
1398
1399 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
1400 And strange moons circle through the skies
1401 But stranger still is
1402 Lost Carcosa.
1403
1404 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
1405 Where flap the tatters of the King,
1406 Must die unheard in
1407 Dim Carcosa.
1408
1409 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
1410 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
1411 Shall dry and die in
1412 Lost Carcosa.
1413
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1415
1416(no epigraph)
1417
40e1c3e8 1418=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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1421
1422"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
1423empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
1424Yellow!"
1425
40e1c3e8 1426=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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1429
1430 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
1431
1432 STRANGER: Indeed?
1433
1434 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
1435
1436 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
1437
1438 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
1439
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1440=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
1441
1442L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
1443
1444One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
1445only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
1446that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
1447about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
1448places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
1449Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
1450mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
1451every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
1452
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1453=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
1454
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1456
1457The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
1458systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
1459thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
1460operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
1461ever seen.
1462
1463An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
1464something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
1465kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
1466anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
1467disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
1468gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
1469that renders the operating system unnecessary.
1470
1471=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
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1474
1475Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
1476someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
1477again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
1478and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
1479language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
1480
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1481=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
1482
1483L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
1484
1485It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
1486who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
1487walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
1488and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
1489search, in questions, in torment.
1490
2ee7da68 1491=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1494
1495Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
1496
1497=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
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1500
1501 I'd love to go drowning
1502 And to stay and to stay
1503 But the ocean doesn't want me today
1504 I'll go in up to here
1505 It can't possibly hurt
1506 All they will find is my beer
1507 And my shirt
1508
1509=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
1510
1511L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
1512
1513 And the great day of wrath has come
1514 And here's mud in your big red eye
1515 The poker's in the fire
1516 And the locusts take the sky
1517 And the earth died screaming
1518 While I lay dreaming of you
1519
1520=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
1521
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1523
1524 What's he building in there?
1525
1526 We have a right to know…
1527
2ee7da68 1528=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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1531
1532It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
1533eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
1534
2ee7da68 1535=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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1538
1539The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
1540followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
1541safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
1542place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
1543would be famous for this.
1544
1545Six months passed. A year.
1546
72f869fd 1547The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 1548Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 1549powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 1550
2ee7da68 1551=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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1554
1555Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
1556The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
1557recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
1558his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
1559Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
1560of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
1561Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
1562of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
1563'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
1564embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
1565'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
1566in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
1567leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
1568
1569The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
1570Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
1571in the destruction of the planet Earth.
1572
2ee7da68 1573=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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1576
1577I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
1578the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
1579dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
1580between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
1581improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
1582fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
1583I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
1584them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
1585do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
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1588perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
1589himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
1590a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
1591the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
1592world is richer for it.
1593
2ee7da68 1594=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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1598No thought.
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1600The boy extinguished. Only a place.
1601
1602This place.
1603
1604Motionless, 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.
1605
1606A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
1607
1608For 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.
1609
1610The 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 . . .
1611
1612And 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.
1613
1614The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
1615
1616I have been legion . . .
1617
1618In 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.
1619
1620Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 1622=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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1626Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
1627of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
1628scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
1629glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
1630beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
1631much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
1632caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
1633vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
1634had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
1635
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1637
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1640Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
1641behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
1642recording everything.
1643
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1645
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1648 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1649 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1650 She aims it at the creature's head,
1651 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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1653 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1654 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1655 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1656 No silly hood upon her head.
1657 She said, "Hello, and do please note
1658 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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1661
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1664Preparation:
1665
1666Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
1667or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
1668Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
1669look golden brown.
1670Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
1671ready to create the soup.
1672
1673Ingredients:
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1676 3 tbsp butter
1677 1/4 cup olive oil
1678 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
1679 1 tsp salt
1680 1 tsp sugar
1681 black pepper to taste
1682 1 cup red wine
1683 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1684 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
1685 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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1687Method:
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1690 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
1691 to half an hour.
1692 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
1693 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
1694 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
1695 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
1696 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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1698Enjoy.
1699
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1703
1704‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
1705
1706Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
1707their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
1708
1709The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
1710butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
1711and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
1712
1713Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
1714
1715‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
1716
1717‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
1718
1719‘What?’
1720
1721‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
1722
1723‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
1724his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
1725dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
1726quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
1727
1728‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
1729an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
1730
1731‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
1732
1733The iotum rose, spinning.
1734
1735‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
1736
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1741On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
1742taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
1743"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
1744and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
1745merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
1746subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
1747Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
1748it.
1749
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1754`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
1755`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
1756hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
1757The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
1758been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
1759be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
1760to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
1761fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
1762
1763There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
1764climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
1765broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
1766implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
1767on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
1768Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
1769astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
1770for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
1771out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
1772the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
1773
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1778 A victim of collision on the open sea
1779 Nobody ever said that life was free
1780 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
1781 But use your freedom of choice
1782
1783=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
1784
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1787Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
1788machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
1789trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
1790little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
1791to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
1792he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
1793the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
1794
1795The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
1796current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
1797transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
1798chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
1799adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
1800as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
1801solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
1802valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
1803the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
1804machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
1805
2ee7da68 1806=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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1810 Don't you know? You never split the party
1811 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
1812 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
1813 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
1814
c33412d7 1815=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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1818
1819I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
1820Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
1821Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
1822The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
1823
1824
1825
1826I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
1827sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
1828collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
1829
1830My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
1831inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
1832swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
1833side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
1834The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
1835dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
1836
2ee7da68 1837=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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1841 All I have is a voice
1842 To undo the folded lie,
1843 The romantic lie in the brain
1844 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
1845 And the lie of Authority
1846 Whose buildings grope the sky:
1847 There is no such thing as the State
1848 And no one exists alone;
1849 Hunger allows no choice
1850 To the citizen or the police;
1851 We must love one another or die.
1852
2ee7da68 1853=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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1857 How many roads must a man walk down
1858 Before you call him a man?
1859 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
1860 Before she sleeps in the sand?
1861 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
1862 Before they're forever banned?
1863 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1864 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1865
1866 How many years can a mountain exist
1867 Before it's washed to the sea?
1868 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
1869 Before they're allowed to be free?
1870 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
1871 Pretending he just doesn't see?
1872 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1873 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1874
1875 How many times must a man look up
1876 Before he can see the sky?
1877 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
1878 Before he can hear people cry?
1879 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
1880 That too many people have died?
1881 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1882 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 1884=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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1887
1888 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1889 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
1890 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1891 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
1892 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
1893
1894Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
1895age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
1896older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
1897debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
1898girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
1899A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
1900Top for more than one week.
1901
1902Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
1903lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
1904buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
1905into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
1906meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
1907soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
1908single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
1909
1910 "I'm never going to give you up"
1911
2ee7da68 1912=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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1916"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
1917
1918He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
1919notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
1920which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
1921OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
1922ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
1923
1924There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
1925busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
1926out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
1927mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
1928and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
1929with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
1930bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
1931chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
1932excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
1933down cheering and applauding.
1934
1935"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
1936
2ee7da68 1937=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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1941Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
1942into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
1943beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
1944winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
1945wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
1946over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
1947
1948But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
1949gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
1950villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
1951journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
1952domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
1953with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
1954by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
1955Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
1956
2ee7da68 1957=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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1961This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
1962been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
1963confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
1964how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
1965could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
1966putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
1967I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
1968before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
1969think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
1970all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
1971off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
1972was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
1973The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
1974endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
1975benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
1976boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
1977lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
1978Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
1979resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
1980Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
1981you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
1982
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1987A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
1988don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
1989without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
1990the human experience, the better design we will have.
1991
2ee7da68 1992=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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1997the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
1998do so at their peril.
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2000It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
2001Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
2002work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
2003artist is in accord with himself.
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2006he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
2007thing is that one admires it intensely.
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4ed12d4a 2009All art is quite useless.
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2ee7da68 2011=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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2015 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
2016 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
2017 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
2018 things the significance of a human future;
2019 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
2020 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
2021 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
2022 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
2023 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
2024 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
2025 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
2026 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
2027 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
2028 hurtles all ages along with it forever
2029 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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2035Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
2036fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
2037winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
2038down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
2039being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
2040extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
2041but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
2042
2043Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
2044that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
2045around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
2046fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
2047the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
2048closed system.
2049
2050Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
2051the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
2052/be/ them.'
2053
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2055
2056L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
2057
4ed12d4a 2058If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 2059
c682aa67 2060=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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2064He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
2065mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
2066encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
2067
2068'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
2069Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
2070finished its run. It was due about now.'
2071
2072Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
2073see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
2074
2075'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
2076is always a last time for everything.)
2077
2078Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
2079
2080=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
2081
2082L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
2083
2084 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
2085 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
2086 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
2087 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
2088 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
2089 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
2090 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
2091 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
2092 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
2093 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
2094 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
2095 eaten them, but not for love.
2096
2097=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 >>
2098
2099L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
2100
2101It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
2102do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
2103they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
2104catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
2105awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
2106inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
2107
2108So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
2109mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
2110the heart of the programmer.
b3c5102d 2111
c684cf36 2112=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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2114L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
2115
2116At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
2117my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
2118the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
2119since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
2120already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
2121to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
2122the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
2123can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
2124unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
2125
c684cf36 2126=head2 v5.14.0 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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2127
2128L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
2129
2130At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
2131myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
2132impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
2133"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
2134gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
2135or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
2136
2137I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
2138computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
2139ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
2140would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
2141my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
2142away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
2143won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
2144
2145So a freely distributable program is born.
2146
2147=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
2148
2149L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
2150
2151This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
2152continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
2153aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
2154and your bags will be offloaded.
2155
2ee7da68 2156=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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2159
2160Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
2161of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
2162by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
2163sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
2164swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
2165down their paved streets.
2166
2167Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
2168obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
2169company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
2170the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
2171govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
2172the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
2173
2174=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
2175
2176L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
2177
2178But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
2179my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
2180reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
2181wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
2182Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
2183the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 2184This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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2185just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
2186this had never reached me.
2187
2ee7da68 2188=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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2191
2192 When the full-grown poet came,
2193 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
2194 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
2195 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
2196 Nay he is mine alone;
2197 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
2198 by the hand;
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2199 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
2200 holding hands,
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2201 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
2202 And wholly and joyously blends them.
2203
2ee7da68 2204=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
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fbc70a9e 2206L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/02/msg169340.html>
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2208 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
2209 nema ráða vel kunni.
2210 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
2211 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
2212 Sák á telgðu talkni
2213 tíu launstafi ristna.
2214 Þat hefr lauka lindi
2215 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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2217=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
2218
2219L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
2220
2221In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
2222granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
2223do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
2224that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
2225generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
2226endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
2227that fire can truly light the world.
2228
2229And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
2230ask what you can do for your country.
2231
2232My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
2233but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
2234
2235Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
2236ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
2237we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
2238the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
2239asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
2240work must truly be our own.
2241
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2242=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
2243
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2245
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2246The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
2247to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
2248between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
2249cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
2250areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
2251be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
2252As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
2253the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
2254instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
2255interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
2256also be automated.
2257
2258Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
2259if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
2260were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
2261and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
2262indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
2263techniques like X-ray crystallography.
2264
2ee7da68 2265=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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2268
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2269[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
2270
5814c912 2271 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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2272
2273[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
2274
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2275 Trinity: What did you just say?
2276 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
2277 Trinity: What did you see?
2278 Cypher: What happened?
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2279 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
2280 like it.
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2281 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
2282 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
2283 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
2284 Neo: What is it?
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2285 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
2286 they change something.
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2288=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
2289
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2290L<Announced on 2010-10-20 by Tatsuhiko Miyagawa|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/10/msg165183.html>
2291
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2292The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
2293he storm vanishes.
2294
2295"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
2296fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
2297to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
2298me?"
2299
2300I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
2301like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
2302
2303"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
2304as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
2305on my heart.
2306
2307(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
2308
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2309=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
2310
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2312
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2313Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
2314air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
2315the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
2316faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
2317of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
2318the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
2319deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
2320fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
2321stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
2322revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
2323
2324For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
2325courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
2326the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
2327jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
2328were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
2329there, a glimmer of moonshine.
2330
2331Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
2332rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
2333grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
2334park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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2337=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2338
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2340
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2341`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
2342`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
2343it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
2344she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
2345
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2346 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
2347 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
2348 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
2349 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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2350
2351
2352`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
2353
2354`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
2355nonsense.'
2356
2357Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
2358anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
2359
2360`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
2361
2362`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
2363
2364`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
2365with his nose, you know?'
2366
2367`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
2368the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
2369
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2370=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
2371
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2372L<Announced on 2010-07-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/07/msg162230.html>
2373
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2374Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
2375Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
2376notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
2377for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
2378sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
2379
2380Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
2381dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
2382Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
2383motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
2384Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
2385that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
2386had ever even been a car.
2387
2388There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
2389been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
2390this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
2391flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
2392re-entry.
2393
2394There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
2395metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
2396somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
2397make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
2398
2399It should have fallen apart miles back.
2400
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2402
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2404
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2405We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
2406the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
2407in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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2408there exist ... special circumstances.
2409
2410=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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2413
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2414And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
2415bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
2416yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
2417with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
2418if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
2419bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
2420quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
2421
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2422=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
2423
2424L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
2425
2426The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
2427involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
2428when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
2429streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
2430road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
2431seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
2432smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
2433
2434"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
2435volcano were once more to set to work."
2436
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2437=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
2438
2439L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
2440
2441 Music oft hath such a charm
2442 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
2443
2444=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
2445
2446L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
2447
2448 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
2449 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
2450 When breakfast is taken away,
2451 To turn his attention to dinner;
2452 And it's not in the range of belief,
2453 To look upon him as a glutton,
2454 Who, when he is tired of beef,
2455 Determines to tackle the mutton.
2456 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
2457 If it will appease her sorrow,
2458 I'll marry this lady today,
2459 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
2460
2461=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
2462
2463L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
2464
2465 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
2466 Tolerates no work of man.
2467 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
2468 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
2469 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
2470 While the last larks sing and soar,
2471 From the heather-blossoms sweet
2472 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
2473 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
2474 Eleanor makes macaroons!
2475
2476=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
2477
2478L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
2479
2480 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
2481 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
2482 Lobster I freely endorse,
2483 In pate or patty or pasty.
2484 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
2485 And nothing the matter with jam,
2486 And the warmest greetings I utter
2487 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
2488 For they're food,
2489 All food,
2490 And I think very fondly of food.
2491 Through I'm broody at times
2492 When bothered by rhymes,
2493 I brood
2494 On food.
2495
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2497
2498L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
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2500 I saw a huge steam roller,
2501 It blotted out the sun.
2502 The people all lay down, lay down;
2503 They did not try to run.
2504 My love and I, we looked amazed
2505 Upon the gory mystery.
2506 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
2507 'The great machine is history!'
2508 My love and I, we ran away,
2509 The engine did not find us.
2510 We ran up to a mountain top,
2511 Left history far behind us.
2512 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
2513 But somehow we don't think so.
2514 We went to see where history'd been,
2515 And my, the dead did stink so.
2516
2517=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2518
2519L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
2520
2521CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
2522she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
2523seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
2524
2525What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
2526of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
2527has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
2528will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
2529only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
2530lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
2531design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
2532periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
2533
2534=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2535
2536L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
2537
2538The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
2539from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
2540view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
2541Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
2542once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
2543endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
2544a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
2545will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
2546of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
2547Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
2548still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
2549
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2551
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2554"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
2555many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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2556Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
2557what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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2558Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
2559had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
2560...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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2561"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
2562hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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2563degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
2564and-thirty degrees."
2565
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2567
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2570San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
2571the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
2572hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
2573of the Free World."
2574
2575Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
2576level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
2577harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
2578exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
2579
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2580=head2 v5.12.1-RC1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
2581
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2584Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
2585the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
2586just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
2587a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
2588it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
2589of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
2590common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
2591bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
2592
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2594 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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2596=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2597
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2600'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
2601not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
2602your cat grins like that?'
2603
2604'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
2605
2606She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
2607jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
2608and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
2609
2610'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
2611that cats COULD grin.'
2612
2613'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
2614
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2616
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2618
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2619'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
2620have got altered.'
2621
2622'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
2623there was silence for some minutes.
2624
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2625=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2626
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2628
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2629'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
2630always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
2631rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
2632yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
2633can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
2634kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
2635
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2636=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2637
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2640At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
2641called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
2642dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
2643in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
2644sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
2645
2646'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
2647is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
2648the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
2649to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
2650accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 2651Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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2831a86c 2655Available on CPAN since 2010-04-01.
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2661So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
2662hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
2663making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
2664picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
2665close by her.
2666
2667There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
2668VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
2669dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
2670occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
2671it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
2672OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
2673Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
2674never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
2675take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
2676after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
2677rabbit-hole under the hedge.
2678
2679In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
2680in the world she was to get out again.
2681
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2690 A little child, a limber elf,
2691 Singing, dancing to itself,
2692 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
2693 That always finds, and never seeks,
2694 Makes such a vision to the sight
2695 As fills a father's eyes with light;
2696 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
2697 Upon his heart, that he at last
2698 Must needs express his love's excess
2699 With words of unmeant bitterness.
2700 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
2701 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
2702 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
2703 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
2704 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
2705 At each wild word to feel within
2706 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
2707 And what, if in a world of sin
2708 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
2709 Such giddiness of heart and brain
2710 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
2711 So talks as it's most used to do.
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2713=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
2714
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2717And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
2718into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
2719mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
2720question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
2721hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
2722louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
2723who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
2724worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
2725done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
2726
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2727=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
2728
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2729L<Announced on 2009-12-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/12/msg154838.html>
2730
4363636d 2731"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 2732course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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2733
2734Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
2735
2736"Why ain't that work?"
2737
2738Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
2739is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
2740
2741"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
2742
2743The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
2744to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
2745
2746That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
2747swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
2748-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
2749watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
2750absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
2751
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2752=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
2753
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2756The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
2757at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
2758streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
2759the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
2760live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
2761colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
2762as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
2763wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
2764prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
2765however much they're into colour.
2766
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2767=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
2768
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2771Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
2772and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
2773word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
2774disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
2775everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
2776on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
2777that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
2778glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 2779war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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2780presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
2781for more hazardous assignment.
2782
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2783=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
2784
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2787Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
2788streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
2789trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
2790to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
2791about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
2792of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
2793facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
2794explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
2795Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
2796people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
2797work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
2798their art.
2799
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2800=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
2801
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2804'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
2805the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
2806Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
2807Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
2808responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
2809Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
2810Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
2811Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
2812Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
2813Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
2814
2815'Can they all type?' I joked.
2816
2817'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
2818McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
2819
2820I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
2821'We could have opened an agency.'
2822
2823Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
2824Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
2825amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
2826all say that, do they?' I ventured.
2827
2828Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
2829replied. 'Not quite all.'
2830
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2843He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
2844he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
2845out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
2846noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
2847must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
2848number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
2849did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
2850
2851=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
2852
2853L<Announced on 2007-11-25 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130978.html>
2854
2855=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
2856
2857L<Announced on 2007-11-17 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130653.html>
2858
2859=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
2860
2861L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
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2863
2864=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
2865
2866L<Announced on 2006-08-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/08/msg115782.html>
2867
2868=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
2869
2870L<Announced on 2006-01-28 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/01/msg109086.html>
2871
2872=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
2873
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2876This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
2877gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
2878technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
2879about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
2880bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
2881paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
2882in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
2883electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
2884picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
2885to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
2886technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
2887getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
2888sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
2889it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
2890conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
2891
2892"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
2893that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
2894`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
2895
2896"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
2897one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
2898flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
2899everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
2900make you flip?
2901
2902=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
2903
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2906Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
2907
2908=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
2909
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2912What of October, that ambiguous month
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2915
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2918Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
2919proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
2920the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
2921anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
2922how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
2923
2924'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
2925
2926This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
2927that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
2928
2929'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
2930expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
2931anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
2932sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
2933
2934This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
2935basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
2936policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
2937disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
2938the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
2939Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
2940and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
2941Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
2942
2943In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
2944reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
2945
2946I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
2947Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
2948for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
2949had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
2950work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
2951the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
2952left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
2953pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
2954the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
2955the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
2956
2957I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
2958publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
2959Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
2960
2961So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
2962pushing to increase the membership?
2963
2964'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
2965more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
2966futile and impotent it becomes.'
2967
2968This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
2969
2970Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
2971diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
2972
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2974
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2977There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
2978about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
2979four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
2980anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
2981thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
2982
2983Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
2984and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
2985press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
2986obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
2987produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
2988this draft...'
2989
2990I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
2991hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
2992incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
2993
2994'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
2995redundancy payments as well.'
2996
2997'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
2998it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
2999
3000'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
3001
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3003
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3006A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
3007was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
3008and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
3009jets and all.
3010
3011I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
3012
3013I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
3014Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
3015specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
3016the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
3017jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
3018grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
3019in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
3020
3021While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
3022taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
3023me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
3024sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
3025three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
3026plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
3027occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
3028were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
3029
3030And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
3031were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
3032
3033Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
3034name like Charlie Umtali?
3035
3036I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
3037know something about our official visitor.
3038
3039Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
3040has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
3041car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
3042to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
3043knew little of his background.
3044
3045I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
3046Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
3047first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
3048
3049Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
3050
3051'Why?' I enquired.
3052
3053'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
3054to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
3055never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
3056
3057Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
3058that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
3059
3060In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
3061where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
3062revolving door and comes out in front.'
3063
3064'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
3065
3066'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
3067
3068'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
3069
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3070=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
3071
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3074 It's not that easy bein' green
3075 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
3076 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
3077 Or something much more colorful like that
51caa79e 3078
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3079 It's not easy bein' green
3080 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
3081 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
3082 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
3083 Or stars in the sky
51caa79e 3084
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3085 But green's the color of Spring
3086 And green can be cool and friendly-like
3087 And green can be big like an ocean
3088 Or important like a mountain
3089 Or tall like a tree
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3091 When green is all there is to be
3092 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
3093 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
3094 And I think it's what I want to be
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3096=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
3097
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4ed12d4a 3100 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 3101
4ed12d4a 3102 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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3104=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3105
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3108And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
3109hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
3110cat.
3111
3112Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 3113the wolf? What then?"
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3115=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3116
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3119And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
3120bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
3121round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
3122
3123In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
3124gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
3125climbed up the high stone wall.
3126
3127One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
3128stretched out over the wall.
3129
3130Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
3131Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
3132take care that he doesn't catch you!".
3133
3134The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
3135snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
3136
3137How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 3138the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
4363636d 3139
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3140=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
3141
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4363636d 3144"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 3145you."
4363636d 3146
51caa79e 3147"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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3148
3149"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
3150and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 3151to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 3152
51caa79e 3153"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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3154
3155"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
3156planting it."
3157
3158"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 3159grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 3160
51caa79e 3161Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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3162
3163"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
3164Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 3165wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 3166
51caa79e 3167Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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3168
3169"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
3170how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 3171and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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3173=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
3174
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3177"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
3178
3179"Hunting," said Pooh.
3180
3181"Hunting what?"
3182
3183"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
3184
3185"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
3186
3187"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
3188
3189"What do you think you'll answer?"
3190
3191"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
3192"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
3193you see there?"
3194
3195"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
3196excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
3197
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3198=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
3199
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3202Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
3203ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
3204bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
3205waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
3206droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
3207hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
3208longbow.
3209
3210In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
3211often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
3212placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
3213likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
3214may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
3215Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
3216Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
3217farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
3218grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 3219T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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3221=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
3222
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3225Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
3226ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
3227sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
3228pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
3229shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
3230
3231The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
3232Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 3233Caledonia and South America.
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3235=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
3236
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3239The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
3240often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
3241large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
3242and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
3243spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
3244year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
3245may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
3246
3247It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
3248branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
3249of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
3250that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
3251
3252Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
3253other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
3254acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
3255mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
3256
3257It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 3258heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
4363636d 3259
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3260=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
3261
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3264 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
3265 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
3266 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
3267 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
3268
3269 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
3270 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
3271 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
3272 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
3273 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
3274 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
3275 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
3276 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
3277
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3278 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
3279 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
3280
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3281
3282=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
3283
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3286 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
3287 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
3288 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
3289 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3290
3291 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
3292 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
3293 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
3294 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3295 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
3296 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
3297
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3298=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
3299
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3302 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
3303 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
3304 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
3305 We must find him of the train can't start.'
3306 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
3307 They are searching high and low,
3308 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
3309 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
3310 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
3311 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
3312 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
3313 He's been busy in the luggage van!
3314 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 3315 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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3316 And we're off at last of the northern part
3317 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
3318
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3319=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
3320
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3323 We are the music makers,
3324 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
3325 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
3326 And sitting by desolate streams; --
3327 World-losers and world-forsakers,
3328 On whom the pale moon gleams:
3329 Yet we are the movers and shakers
3330 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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3332=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
3333
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3336 There may be trouble ahead,
3337 But while there's music and moonlight,
3338 And love and romance,
3339 Let's face the music and dance.
3340
3341 Before the fiddlers have fled,
3342 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
3343 And while we still have that chance,
3344 Let's face the music and dance.
3345
3346 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
3347 Humming a different tune, and then,
3348
3349 There may be teardrops to shed,
3350 So while there's music and moonlight,
3351 And love and romance,
3352 Let's face the music and dance.
3353
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3354=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
3355
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3358 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
3359 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
3360 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
3361 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
3362 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
3363 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
3364
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3365 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
3366 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
3367 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
3368 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
3369
3370 O my brave soul!
3371 O farther farther sail!
3372 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
3373 O farther, farther, farther sail!
3374
2ee7da68 3375=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
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3379 It's fun to charter an accountant
3380 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
3381 To find, explore the funds offshore
3382 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
3383
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3384=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
3385
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3388 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
3389 In a Sieve they went to sea:
3390 In spite of all their friends could say,
3391 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
3392 In a Sieve they went to sea!
3393 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
3394 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
3395 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
3396 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
3397 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
3398
3399 Far and few, far and few,
3400 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
3401 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
3402 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
3403
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3404=head2 v5.8.1 - epigraph same as v5.7.1
3405
3406L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
3407
3408=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
3409
3410L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
3411
3412No matter what she did with her hair it took about
3413three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
3414like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
3415no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
3416overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
3417
3418=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3419
3420L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
3421
3422Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
3423It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
3424devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
3425then you can be my most trusted minister."
3426
3427=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3428
3429L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
3430
3431Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
3432a knife with a curved blade.
3433
3434=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3435
3436L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
3437
3438Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
3439me because I've got magic aaargh."
3440
3441=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3442
3443L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
3444
3445Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
3446in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
3447with his head.
3448
3449But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
3450weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
3451open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
3452defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
3453Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
3454was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
3455
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3456=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3457
3458L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
3459
3460There was the faint sound of footsteps.
3461"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
3462said the low priest.
3463There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
3464The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
3465"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
3466The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
3467The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
3468The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
3469thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
3470There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
3471"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
3472said the High Priest.
3473"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
3474There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
3475"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
3476There were footsteps again.
3477
3478=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3479
3480L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
3481
3482=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3483
3484L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
3485
3486=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
3487
3488L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
3489
3490=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3491
3492L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
3493
3494Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
3495No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
3496got there first, and is waiting for it.
3497
3498=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
3499
3500L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
3501
3502His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
3503the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
3504all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
3505bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
3506you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
3507
3508=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
3509
dd047fac 3510L<Announced on 2001-04-09 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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3512"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
3513
3514Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
3515
3516"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
3517flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
3518arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
3519and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
3520I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
3521I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
3522will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
3523liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
3524Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
3525ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
3526
3527"All that?" said Twoflower.
3528
3529"Usually."
3530
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3531=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
3532
3533L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
3534
3535The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
3536but that had to be the 57th strangest.
3537[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
3538
2ee7da68 3539=head2 v5.6.2 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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3542
3543When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
3544sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
3545a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
3546what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
3547long in this instance.
3548
2ee7da68 3549=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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3552
3553"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
3554
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3559`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
3560himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
3561upset.
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3563`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
3564to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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3566Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
3567stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
3568louder.
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3570`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
3571my precious, three guesseses.'
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dd047fac 3575L<Announced on 2001-04-01 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33421.html>
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3579No announcement available.
3580
2831a86c 3581=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
4363636d 3582
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2831a86c 3589=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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3591L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
3592
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3593 The dragon is withered,
3594 His bones are now crumbled;
3595 His armour is shivered,
3596 His splendour is humbled!
3597 Though sword shall be rusted,
3598 And throne and crown perish
3599 With strength that men trusted
3600 And wealth that they cherish,
3601 Here grass is still growing,
3602 And leaves are a yet swinging,
3603 The white water flowing,
3604 And elves are yet singing
3605 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
3606 Come back to the valley.
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3608=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3609
3610L<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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3612=head2 v5.005_05-RC1 - no epigraph
3613
3614L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
3615
3616=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
3617
f3d08688 3618L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/03/msg89047.html>
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3620=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
3621
f3d08688 3622L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88672.html>
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3623
3624The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
3625the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
3626never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
3627them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
3628chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
3629run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
3630and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
3631and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
3632and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
3633the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
3634fall.
3635
3636=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3637
f3d08688 3638L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88312.html>
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3639
3640Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
3641plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
3642going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
3643she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
3644at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
3645cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
3646hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
3647passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
3648disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
3649of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
3650she fell past it.
3651
3652=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
3653
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3654L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/12/msg86423.html>
3655
3656 't was 16 years ago today
3657 Larry taught us a new game
3658 of lazyness, impatience, and hubris
3659 Happy birthday, Perl!
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3661=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
3662
0e6b8110 3663This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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3664on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
3665L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
3666by ysth.
3667
3668=cut
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