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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 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
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22L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
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24After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
25me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
26Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
27adventure.
28
29I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
30only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
31lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
32sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
33lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
34hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
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36Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
37no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
38loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
39control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
40It took me two weeks to figure it out.
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42The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
43register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
44an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
45index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
46would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
47the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
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49Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
50to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
51instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
52additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
53instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
54ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
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56The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
57lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
58was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
59all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
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61He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
62largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
63datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
64overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
65the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
66the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
67program went happily on its way.
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69=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
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71L<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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73Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
74first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
75or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
76Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
77when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
78when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
79difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
80keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
81strong men.
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83=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
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85L<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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87 Little of of all we value here
88 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
89 Without both feeling and looking queer.
90 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
91 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
92 (This is a moral that runs at large;
93 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
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95=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
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99 Would you believe in a night like this
100 A night like this, when visions come true
101 Would you believe in a tale like this
102 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
103 Come to the blazing fire and
104
105 See me in the shadows
106 See me in the shadows
107 Songs I will sing
108 Of runes and rings
109 Just hand me my harp
110 This night turns into myth
111 Nothing seems real
112 You soon will feel
113 The world we live in is another skald's
114 Dream in the shadows
115 Dream in the shadows
116
117 Do you believe there is sense in it
118 Is it truth or myth?
119 They´re one in my rhymes
120 Nobody knows the meaning behind
121 The weaver's line
122 Well nobody else but the Norns can
123 See through the blazing fires of time and
124 All things will proceed as the
125 Child of the hallowed
126 Will speak to you now
127
128 See me in the shadows
129 See me in the shadows
130 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
131 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
132 Nothing seems real
133 You soon will feel
134 The world we live in is another skald´s
135 Dream in the shadows
136 Dream in the shadows
137
138 Do not fear for my reason
139 There's nothing to hide
140 How bitter your treason
141 How bitter the lie
142 Remember the runes and remember the light
143 All I ever want is to be at your side
144 We'll gladden the raven now I will
145 Run through the blazing fires
146 That's my choice
147 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
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149=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
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151L<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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153 I was born beneath this willow,
154 Where my sire the earth did farm
155 Had the green grass as my pillow
156 The east wind as a blanket warm.
157
158 But away! away! called the wind from the west
159 And in answer I did run
160 Seeking glory and adventure
161 Promised by the rising sun.
162
163 I found love beneath this willow,
164 As true a love as life could hold,
165 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
166 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
167
168 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
169 In faithful answer I did run
170 Marching forth for king and country
171 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
172
173 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
174 As the seven seas I plied
175 And the girl who I left waiting
176 Longing to be at her side.
177
178 But about! about! called the wind from the west
179 As once again my ship did run
180 Down the coast, about the wide world
181 Flying sails in the setting sun.
182
183 Now I lie beneath the willow
184 Now at last no more to roam,
185 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
186 In their arms I'm finally home.
187
188 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
189 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
190 Will chase the sun into the morning
191 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
192
193=head2 v5.23.0 - Bob Dylan, Maggie's Farm
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195L<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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197 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
198 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
199 Well, I try my best
200 To be just like I am
201 But everybody wants you
202 To be just like them
203 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
204 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
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206=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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208L<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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210 Why do I shun all those highways
211 Which the other wanderer seeks?
212 Why do I find bridged by-ways
213 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
214
215 For I have no crime committed,
216 Why I should now run from men,--
217 What demented heart's desire
218 Drives me to a desert glen?
219
220 Signposts on all highways stationed
221 Point their signs toward the towns,
222 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
223 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
224
225 One such signpost I see planted
226 Of my question unconcerned,
227 One road must my choice be granted,
228 Whence no man has yet returned!
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230=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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232L<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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234 How the storm tore rents
235 In heavens gray attired!
236 The rags of cloud are flying
237 Around, of combat tired.
238
239 And flames of fire lambent,
240 Fly between them and part,
241 That 's what I call a morning,
242 A morning after my heart!
243
244 My heart sees in the heavens
245 Its own picture unspoilt--
246 It's nothing but the Winter,
247 The Winter, cold and wild.
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249=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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251L<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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253 The hoary frost has a white sheen
254 Strewn all over my hair,
255 So I thought I was an old man
256 And thought life dealt me fair.
257
258 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
259 And I have my black hair again.
260 How I abhor my young fair years,
261 How long to wait for death and biers?
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263 From setting sun to morning's hue
264 Many a head turns white.
265 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
266 In all this lifelong plight!
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268=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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270L<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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272 In the deepest rocky crevice
273 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
274 How I could find my way from here,
275 For me it's easy memory!
276
277 For I am used to straying ways,
278 Every path to th'end a way,
279 All our joys and all our suffering,--
280 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
281
282 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
283 I quite calmly downward stroll;
284 Every stream its sea will enter,
285 Every suffering finds its goal!
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287=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
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289L<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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291“You are the advocate of the dead.”
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293The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
294that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
295take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
296their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
297remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
298figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
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300=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
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302L<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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304 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
305 Among the theories scattered on the grass
306 Take up my good intentions with the rest
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308=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
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310L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
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312There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
313its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
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315=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
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317L<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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319 They shall pass and their places be taken,
320 The gods and the priests that are pure.
321 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
322 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
323 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
324 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
325 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
326 And delicate dust.
327
328 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
329 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
330 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
331 As the serpent again to a rod.
332 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
333 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
334 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
335 Our Lady of Pain.
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337=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
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339L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
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341The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
342Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
343started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
344crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
345and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
346pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
347through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
348claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
349were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
350they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
351It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
352obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
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354=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
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358 There is another sky,
359 Ever serene and fair,
360 And there is another sunshine,
361 Though it be darkness there;
362 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
363 Never mind silent fields -
364 Here is a little forest,
365 Whose leaf is ever green;
366 Here is a brighter garden,
367 Where not a frost has been;
368 In its unfading flowers
369 I hear the bright bee hum:
370 Prithee, my brother,
371 Into my garden come!
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373=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
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377Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
378Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
379Calvin: 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?
380Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
381[Box]: *BOINK*
382Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
383Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
384Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
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390"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
391Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
392we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
393everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
394"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
395refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
396"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
397would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
398than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
399the discontinuity."
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403L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
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405GAME CAT
406
407EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
408things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
409Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
410lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
411snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
412This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
413all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
414Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
415some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
416finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
417just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
418Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
419MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
420The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
421involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
422and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
423where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
424Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 426=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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428L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
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430 Het Dorp
431
432 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
433 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
434 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
435 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
436 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
437 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
438 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
439 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
440 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
441 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
442 een zandweg tussen koren door,
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445 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
446 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
447 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 448 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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450 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
451 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
452 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
453 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
454 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
455 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
456 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
457 ze zien de televisiequiz
458 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
459 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
460 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
461 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
462
463 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
464 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
465 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 466 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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468 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
469 in minirok en beatle-haar
470 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
471 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
472 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
473 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
474 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
475 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
476 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
477 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
478 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
479 een ansicht en herinneringen.
480
481 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
482 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
483 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
484 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
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2ee7da68 486=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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490To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
491of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
492masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
493of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
494seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
495joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
496to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
497high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
498approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
499ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
500myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
501to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
502discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
503canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
504armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
505rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
506handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
507stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
508occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
509and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
510which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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512=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
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514L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
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516 If they just went straight they might go far,
517 They are strong and brave and true;
518 But they're always tired of the things that are,
519 And they want the strange and new.
520 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
521 What a deep mark I would make!"
522 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
523 Is only a fresh mistake.
524
525=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
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527L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
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529 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
530 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
531 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
532 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
533 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
534 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
535 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
536 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
537 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
538 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
539 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
540 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
541 Aldrin: 120 feet.
542 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
543 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
544 Duke: 60 seconds.
545 Aldrin: Light's on.
546 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
547 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
548 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
549 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
550 down a half.
551 Duke: 30 seconds.
552 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
553 Aldrin: Contact Light.
554 Armstrong: Shutdown.
555 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
556 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
557 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
558 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
559 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
560 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
561 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
562 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
563 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
564 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
565 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
566 Aldrin: Thank you.
567
568=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
569
570L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
571
572 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
573 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
574 We danced among the lightning bolts,
575 and tore the world asunder.
576
577 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
578 written near the end of the previous Age,
579 known by some as the Third Age.
580 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
581 Reborn.
582
583=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
584
585L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
586
587 Walled in fast within the earth
588 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
589 This must be the bell’s great birth!
590 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
591 Sweat must trickle now
592 From the burning brow,
593 Till the work its master honour.
594 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
595
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596=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
597
598L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
599
600 Steady old Väinämöinen
601 uttered a word and spoke thus:
602 'No lilting on the waters
603 and no singing on the waves!
604 Song keeps you lazy
605 tales delay rowing.
606 Precious day would pass and night
607 would overtake us midway
608 on these wide waters
609 upon these vast waves.'
610
611 The wanton Lemminkäinen
612 uttered a word and spoke thus:
613 'The time will pass anyway
614 the fair day will flee
615 and the night will come panting
616 and the twilight will steal in
617 if you don't sing while you live
618 nor hum in this world.'
619
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620=head2 v5.20.3-RC2 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
621
622L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
623
624'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
625and I was reciting these lines:
626
627 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
628 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
629 I wonder at the patience that I showed
630 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
631 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
632 I have remained confused in misery.
633
634I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
635Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
636walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
637person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
638am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
639ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
640asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
641allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
642added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
643and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
644idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
645coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
646and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
647different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
648without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
649the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
650the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
651sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
652gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
653told you about this, so goodbye."
654
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655=head2 v5.20.3-RC1 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
656
657L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
658
659'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
660asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
661and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
662and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
663I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
664candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
665were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
666congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
667face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
668[...]
669'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
670her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
671them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
672ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
673told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
674man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
675[...]
676'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
677servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
678was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
679four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
680like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
681fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
682"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
683was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
684shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
685longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
686a bean.
687
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688=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
689
690L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
691
692 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
693 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
694 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
695 Where is the cow hidden right now?
696
697 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
698 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
699 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
700 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
701
702 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
703 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
704 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
705 Yeah!
706
707 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
708 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
709 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
710 Yeah, yeah!
711
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712=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
713
714L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
715
716 I've seen things,
717 I've seen them with my eyes;
718 I've seen things,
719 They're often in disguise.
720
721 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
722 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
723 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
724 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
725
726 I've seen things,
727 I've seen them with my eyes;
728 I've seen things,
729 They're often in disguise.
730
731 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
732
2ee7da68 733=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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735L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
736
737 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
738 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
739 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
740
741 DON ALFONSO:
742 Take heart, my dearest children.
743 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
744
745 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
746 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
747
748 FIORDILIGI:
749 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
750 It is disappearing already!
751 It is no longer in sight!
752 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
753
754 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
755 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
756
757 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
758 May the wind be gentle,
759 may the sea be calm,
760 and may the elements
761 respond kindly
762 to our wishes.
763
2ee7da68 764=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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765
766L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
767
768 GUGLIELMO:
769 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
770 is reluctant to come before her.
771
772 FERRANDO:
773 My trembling lip
774 can utter no word.
775
776 DON ALFONSO:
777 The hero displays his manliness
778 in the most terrible moments.
779
780 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
781 Now that we have heard the news,
782 you have the lesser duty:
783 Take heart, and plunge your swords
784 into both our hearts.
785
786 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
787 My idol, blame fate
788 that I must abandon you.
789
790 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
791 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
792 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
793 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
794 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
795 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
796 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
797
798 ALL:
799 Thus destiny defrauds
800 the hopes of mortals.
801 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
802 who can ever love life?
803
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805
806L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
807
808 DON ALFONSO:
809 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
810 my lip stammers.
811 My voice cannot emerge,
812 but remains in my throat.
813 What will you do? What shall I do?
814 Oh what a great catastrophe!
815 There can be nothing worse.
816 I feel pity for you and for them.
817
818 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
819 die.
820 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
821 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
822 love dead, perhaps?
823 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
824 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
825 DORABELLA: Wounded?
826 DON ALFONSO: No.
827 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
828 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
829 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
830 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
831 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
832 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
833 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
834 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
835 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
836 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
837 you wish it, they are ready...
838 DORABELLA: Where are they?
839 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
840
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841=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
842
843L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
844
845 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
846 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
847 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
848 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
849 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
850 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
851
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852=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
853
854L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
855
856 When times go bad
857 when times go rough
858 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
859 And let me do my stuff
860
2ee7da68 861=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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862
863L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
864
865O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
866sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
867Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
868than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
869temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
870mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
871your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
872draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
873implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
874rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
875bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
876Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
877is a fool!
878
2ee7da68 879=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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881L<Announced on 2014-03-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/03/msg213851.html>
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882
883The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
884the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
885withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
886consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
887tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
888detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
889by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
890
2ee7da68 891=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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893L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
894
895Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
896rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
897stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
898know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
899that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
900chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
901clouds thickened above them.
902
903"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
904you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
905body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
906closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
907hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
908he looked Long in the face.
909
910"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
911master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
912grew fierce.
913
914"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
915fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
916truth!"
917
2ee7da68 918=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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920L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
921
922“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
923hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
924
925“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
926
927“Is there? What is the point?”
928
929“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
930
931“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
932
933“The trick is not to think about that.”
934
935“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
936
937Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
938
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939=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
940
941L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
942
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943And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
944down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
945the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
946were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
947they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
948Europe was over.
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950Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
951leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
952kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
953horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 954
e91f1fc1 955Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 956
e91f1fc1 957One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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959=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
960
961L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
962
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963 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
964
965 Mr. Bun: Morning.
966 Waitress: Morning.
967 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
968 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
969 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
970 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
971 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
972 egg on top and spam
973 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
974 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
975 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
976 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
977 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
978 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
979 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
980 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
981 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
982 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
983
984 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
985
986 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
987 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
988 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
989 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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993L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
994
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995 I
996
997 A cat is strolling through my mind
998 Acting as though he owned the place,
999 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
1000 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
1001
1002 So tender and discreet his tone;
1003 But whether he should growl or purr
1004 His voice is always rich and deep.
1005 That is the secret of his charm.
1006
1007 This purling voice that filters down
1008 Into my darkest depths of soul
1009 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
1010 Delights me as a potion would.
1011
1012 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
1013 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
1014 Without the need for any words
1015 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
1016
1017 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
1018 Across my heart, fine instrument,
1019 And makes to sing so royally
1020 The strongest and the purest chord,
1021
1022 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
1023 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
1024 In whom all is, angelically,
1025 As subtle as harmonious.
1026
1027 II
1028
1029 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
1030 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
1031 I might have been embalmed in it
1032 By giving him one little pet.
1033
1034 He is my household's guardian soul;
1035 He judges, he presides, inspires
1036 All matters in hos royal realm;
1037 Might he be fairy? or a god?
1038
1039 When my eyes, to this cat I love
1040 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
1041 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
1042 And when I look within myself,
1043
1044 I notice with astonishment
1045 The fire of his opal eyes,
1046 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
1047 Taking my measure, steadily.
1048
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1049=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
1050
1051L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
1052
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1053There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
1054that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
1055Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
1056despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
1057loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
1058looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
1059his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
1060of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
1061heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
1062danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
1063She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
1064surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
1065and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
1066be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
1067name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
1068and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
1069him.
1070
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1071=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
1072
1073L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
1074
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1075E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
1076written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
1077betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
1078have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
1079personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
1080Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
1081For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
1082political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
1083working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
1084between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
1085however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
1086logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
1087an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
1088to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
1089outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
1090there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
1091There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
1092
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1093=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
1094
1095L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
1096
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1097The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
1098correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
1099showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
1100however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
1101magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
1102the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
1103
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1105
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1107
1108 Over hill, over dale,
1109 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
1110 Over park, over pale,
1111 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
1112 I do wander everywhere,
1113 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
1114 And I serve the fairy queen,
1115 To dew her orbs upon the green.
1116 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
1117 In their gold coats, spots you see;
1118 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
1119 In their freckles live our savours.
1120 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
1121 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
1122 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
1123 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
1124
5f42d1f2 1125=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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1128
1129 From the beginning, I knew…
1130 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
1131 …that I can't fix…
1132 …with my hands…
1133
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1137
1138 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
1139 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
1140 The shadows lengthen
1141 In Carcosa.
1142
1143 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
1144 And strange moons circle through the skies
1145 But stranger still is
1146 Lost Carcosa.
1147
1148 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
1149 Where flap the tatters of the King,
1150 Must die unheard in
1151 Dim Carcosa.
1152
1153 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
1154 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
1155 Shall dry and die in
1156 Lost Carcosa.
1157
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1158=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
1159
1160(no epigraph)
1161
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1165
1166"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
1167empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
1168Yellow!"
1169
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1173
1174 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
1175
1176 STRANGER: Indeed?
1177
1178 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
1179
1180 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
1181
1182 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
1183
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1184=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
1185
1186L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
1187
1188One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
1189only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
1190that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
1191about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
1192places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
1193Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
1194mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
1195every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
1196
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1198
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1200
1201The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
1202systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
1203thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
1204operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
1205ever seen.
1206
1207An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
1208something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
1209kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
1210anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
1211disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
1212gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
1213that renders the operating system unnecessary.
1214
1215=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
1216
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1218
1219Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
1220someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
1221again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
1222and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
1223language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
1224
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1225=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
1226
1227L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
1228
1229It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
1230who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
1231walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
1232and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
1233search, in questions, in torment.
1234
2ee7da68 1235=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1238
1239Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
1240
1241=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
1242
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1244
1245 I'd love to go drowning
1246 And to stay and to stay
1247 But the ocean doesn't want me today
1248 I'll go in up to here
1249 It can't possibly hurt
1250 All they will find is my beer
1251 And my shirt
1252
1253=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
1254
1255L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
1256
1257 And the great day of wrath has come
1258 And here's mud in your big red eye
1259 The poker's in the fire
1260 And the locusts take the sky
1261 And the earth died screaming
1262 While I lay dreaming of you
1263
1264=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
1265
1266L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
1267
1268 What's he building in there?
1269
1270 We have a right to know…
1271
2ee7da68 1272=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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1275
1276It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
1277eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
1278
2ee7da68 1279=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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1282
1283The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
1284followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
1285safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
1286place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
1287would be famous for this.
1288
1289Six months passed. A year.
1290
72f869fd 1291The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 1292Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 1293powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 1294
2ee7da68 1295=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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1298
1299Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
1300The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
1301recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
1302his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
1303Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
1304of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
1305Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
1306of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
1307'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
1308embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
1309'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
1310in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
1311leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
1312
1313The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
1314Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
1315in the destruction of the planet Earth.
1316
2ee7da68 1317=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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1320
1321I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
1322the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
1323dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
1324between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
1325improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
1326fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
1327I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
1328them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
1329do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
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1331in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
1332perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
1333himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
1334a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
1335the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
1336world is richer for it.
1337
2ee7da68 1338=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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1342No thought.
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1343
1344The boy extinguished. Only a place.
1345
1346This place.
1347
1348Motionless, 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.
1349
1350A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
1351
1352For 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.
1353
1354The 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 . . .
1355
1356And 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.
1357
1358The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
1359
1360I have been legion . . .
1361
1362In 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.
1363
1364Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 1366=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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1369
1370Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
1371of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
1372scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
1373glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
1374beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
1375much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
1376caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
1377vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
1378had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
1379
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1381
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1383
1384Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
1385behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
1386recording everything.
1387
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1388=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1389
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1392 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1393 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1394 She aims it at the creature's head,
1395 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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1397 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1398 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1399 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1400 No silly hood upon her head.
1401 She said, "Hello, and do please note
1402 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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1404=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
1405
1406L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
1407
1408Preparation:
1409
1410Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
1411or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
1412Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
1413look golden brown.
1414Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
1415ready to create the soup.
1416
1417Ingredients:
1418
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1420 3 tbsp butter
1421 1/4 cup olive oil
1422 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
1423 1 tsp salt
1424 1 tsp sugar
1425 black pepper to taste
1426 1 cup red wine
1427 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1428 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
1429 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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1431Method:
1432
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1434 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
1435 to half an hour.
1436 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
1437 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
1438 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
1439 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
1440 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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1442Enjoy.
1443
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1444=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
1445
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1447
1448‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
1449
1450Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
1451their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
1452
1453The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
1454butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
1455and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
1456
1457Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
1458
1459‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
1460
1461‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
1462
1463‘What?’
1464
1465‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
1466
1467‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
1468his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
1469dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
1470quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
1471
1472‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
1473an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
1474
1475‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
1476
1477The iotum rose, spinning.
1478
1479‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
1480
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1481=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
1482
1483L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
1484
1485On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
1486taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
1487"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
1488and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
1489merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
1490subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
1491Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
1492it.
1493
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1494=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
1495
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1497
1498`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
1499`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
1500hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
1501The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
1502been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
1503be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
1504to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
1505fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
1506
1507There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
1508climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
1509broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
1510implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
1511on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
1512Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
1513astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
1514for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
1515out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
1516the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
1517
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1519
1520L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
1521
1522 A victim of collision on the open sea
1523 Nobody ever said that life was free
1524 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
1525 But use your freedom of choice
1526
1527=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
1528
1529L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
1530
1531Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
1532machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
1533trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
1534little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
1535to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
1536he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
1537the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
1538
1539The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
1540current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
1541transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
1542chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
1543adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
1544as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
1545solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
1546valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
1547the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
1548machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
1549
2ee7da68 1550=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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1554 Don't you know? You never split the party
1555 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
1556 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
1557 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
1558
c33412d7 1559=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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1562
1563I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
1564Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
1565Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
1566The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
1567
1568
1569
1570I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
1571sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
1572collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
1573
1574My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
1575inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
1576swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
1577side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
1578The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
1579dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
1580
2ee7da68 1581=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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1585 All I have is a voice
1586 To undo the folded lie,
1587 The romantic lie in the brain
1588 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
1589 And the lie of Authority
1590 Whose buildings grope the sky:
1591 There is no such thing as the State
1592 And no one exists alone;
1593 Hunger allows no choice
1594 To the citizen or the police;
1595 We must love one another or die.
1596
2ee7da68 1597=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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1601 How many roads must a man walk down
1602 Before you call him a man?
1603 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
1604 Before she sleeps in the sand?
1605 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
1606 Before they're forever banned?
1607 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1608 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1609
1610 How many years can a mountain exist
1611 Before it's washed to the sea?
1612 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
1613 Before they're allowed to be free?
1614 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
1615 Pretending he just doesn't see?
1616 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1617 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1618
1619 How many times must a man look up
1620 Before he can see the sky?
1621 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
1622 Before he can hear people cry?
1623 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
1624 That too many people have died?
1625 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1626 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 1628=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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1631
1632 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1633 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
1634 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1635 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
1636 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
1637
1638Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
1639age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
1640older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
1641debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
1642girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
1643A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
1644Top for more than one week.
1645
1646Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
1647lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
1648buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
1649into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
1650meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
1651soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
1652single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
1653
1654 "I'm never going to give you up"
1655
2ee7da68 1656=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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1659
1660"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
1661
1662He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
1663notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
1664which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
1665OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
1666ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
1667
1668There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
1669busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
1670out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
1671mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
1672and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
1673with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
1674bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
1675chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
1676excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
1677down cheering and applauding.
1678
1679"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
1680
2ee7da68 1681=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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1685Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
1686into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
1687beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
1688winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
1689wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
1690over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
1691
1692But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
1693gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
1694villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
1695journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
1696domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
1697with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
1698by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
1699Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
1700
2ee7da68 1701=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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1704
1705This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
1706been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
1707confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
1708how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
1709could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
1710putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
1711I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
1712before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
1713think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
1714all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
1715off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
1716was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
1717The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
1718endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
1719benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
1720boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
1721lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
1722Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
1723resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
1724Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
1725you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
1726
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1728
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1730
1731A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
1732don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
1733without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
1734the human experience, the better design we will have.
1735
2ee7da68 1736=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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1740All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
1741the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
1742do so at their peril.
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1744It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
1745Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
1746work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
1747artist is in accord with himself.
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1749We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
1750he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
1751thing is that one admires it intensely.
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4ed12d4a 1753All art is quite useless.
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2ee7da68 1755=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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1759 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
1760 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
1761 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
1762 things the significance of a human future;
1763 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
1764 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
1765 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
1766 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
1767 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
1768 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
1769 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
1770 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
1771 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
1772 hurtles all ages along with it forever
1773 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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1776
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1779Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
1780fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
1781winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
1782down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
1783being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
1784extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
1785but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
1786
1787Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
1788that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
1789around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
1790fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
1791the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
1792closed system.
1793
1794Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
1795the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
1796/be/ them.'
1797
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4ed12d4a 1802If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
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c682aa67 1804=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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1808He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
1809mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
1810encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
1811
1812'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
1813Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
1814finished its run. It was due about now.'
1815
1816Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
1817see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
1818
1819'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
1820is always a last time for everything.)
1821
1822Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
1823
1824=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
1825
1826L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
1827
1828 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
1829 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
1830 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
1831 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
1832 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
1833 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
1834 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
1835 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
1836 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
1837 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
1838 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
1839 eaten them, but not for love.
1840
1841=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 >>
1842
1843L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
1844
1845It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
1846do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
1847they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
1848catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
1849awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
1850inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
1851
1852So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
1853mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
1854the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 1856=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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1858L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
1859
1860At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
1861my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
1862the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
1863since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
1864already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
1865to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
1866the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
1867can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
1868unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
1869
c684cf36 1870=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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1872L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
1873
1874At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
1875myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
1876impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
1877"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
1878gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
1879or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
1880
1881I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
1882computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
1883ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
1884would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
1885my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
1886away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
1887won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
1888
1889So a freely distributable program is born.
1890
1891=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
1892
1893L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
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1895This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
1896continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
1897aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
1898and your bags will be offloaded.
1899
2ee7da68 1900=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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1904Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
1905of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
1906by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
1907sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
1908swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
1909down their paved streets.
1910
1911Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
1912obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
1913company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
1914the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
1915govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
1916the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
1917
1918=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
1919
1920L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
1921
1922But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
1923my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
1924reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
1925wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
1926Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
1927the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 1928This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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1929just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
1930this had never reached me.
1931
2ee7da68 1932=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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1936 When the full-grown poet came,
1937 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
1938 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
1939 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
1940 Nay he is mine alone;
1941 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
1942 by the hand;
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1944 holding hands,
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1945 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
1946 And wholly and joyously blends them.
1947
2ee7da68 1948=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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1952 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
1953 nema ráða vel kunni.
1954 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
1955 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
1956 Sák á telgðu talkni
1957 tíu launstafi ristna.
1958 Þat hefr lauka lindi
1959 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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1962
1963L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
1964
1965In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
1966granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
1967do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
1968that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
1969generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
1970endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
1971that fire can truly light the world.
1972
1973And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
1974ask what you can do for your country.
1975
1976My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
1977but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
1978
1979Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
1980ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
1981we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
1982the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
1983asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
1984work must truly be our own.
1985
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1987
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1990The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
1991to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
1992between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
1993cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
1994areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
1995be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
1996As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
1997the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
1998instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
1999interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
2000also be automated.
2001
2002Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
2003if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
2004were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
2005and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
2006indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
2007techniques like X-ray crystallography.
2008
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2013[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
2014
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2016
2017[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
2018
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2019 Trinity: What did you just say?
2020 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
2021 Trinity: What did you see?
2022 Cypher: What happened?
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2023 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
2024 like it.
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2025 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
2026 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
2027 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
2028 Neo: What is it?
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2029 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
2030 they change something.
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2032=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
2033
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2036The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
2037he storm vanishes.
2038
2039"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
2040fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
2041to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
2042me?"
2043
2044I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
2045like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
2046
2047"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
2048as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
2049on my heart.
2050
2051(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
2052
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2057Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
2058air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
2059the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
2060faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
2061of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
2062the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
2063deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
2064fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
2065stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
2066revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
2067
2068For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
2069courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
2070the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
2071jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
2072were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
2073there, a glimmer of moonshine.
2074
2075Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
2076rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
2077grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
2078park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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2085`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
2086`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
2087it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
2088she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
2089
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2090 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
2091 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
2092 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
2093 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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2094
2095
2096`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
2097
2098`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
2099nonsense.'
2100
2101Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
2102anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
2103
2104`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
2105
2106`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
2107
2108`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
2109with his nose, you know?'
2110
2111`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
2112the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
2113
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2115
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2118Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
2119Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
2120notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
2121for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
2122sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
2123
2124Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
2125dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
2126Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
2127motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
2128Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
2129that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
2130had ever even been a car.
2131
2132There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
2133been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
2134this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
2135flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
2136re-entry.
2137
2138There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
2139metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
2140somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
2141make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
2142
2143It should have fallen apart miles back.
2144
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2146
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2149We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
2150the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
2151in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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2152there exist ... special circumstances.
2153
2154=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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2158And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
2159bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
2160yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
2161with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
2162if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
2163bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
2164quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
2165
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2167
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2170The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
2171involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
2172when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
2173streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
2174road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
2175seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
2176smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
2177
2178"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
2179volcano were once more to set to work."
2180
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2182
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2184
2185 Music oft hath such a charm
2186 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
2187
2188=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
2189
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2191
2192 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
2193 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
2194 When breakfast is taken away,
2195 To turn his attention to dinner;
2196 And it's not in the range of belief,
2197 To look upon him as a glutton,
2198 Who, when he is tired of beef,
2199 Determines to tackle the mutton.
2200 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
2201 If it will appease her sorrow,
2202 I'll marry this lady today,
2203 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
2204
2205=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
2206
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2208
2209 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
2210 Tolerates no work of man.
2211 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
2212 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
2213 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
2214 While the last larks sing and soar,
2215 From the heather-blossoms sweet
2216 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
2217 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
2218 Eleanor makes macaroons!
2219
2220=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
2221
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2223
2224 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
2225 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
2226 Lobster I freely endorse,
2227 In pate or patty or pasty.
2228 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
2229 And nothing the matter with jam,
2230 And the warmest greetings I utter
2231 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
2232 For they're food,
2233 All food,
2234 And I think very fondly of food.
2235 Through I'm broody at times
2236 When bothered by rhymes,
2237 I brood
2238 On food.
2239
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2240=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
2241
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2243
2244 I saw a huge steam roller,
2245 It blotted out the sun.
2246 The people all lay down, lay down;
2247 They did not try to run.
2248 My love and I, we looked amazed
2249 Upon the gory mystery.
2250 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
2251 'The great machine is history!'
2252 My love and I, we ran away,
2253 The engine did not find us.
2254 We ran up to a mountain top,
2255 Left history far behind us.
2256 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
2257 But somehow we don't think so.
2258 We went to see where history'd been,
2259 And my, the dead did stink so.
2260
2261=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2262
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2264
2265CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
2266she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
2267seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
2268
2269What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
2270of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
2271has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
2272will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
2273only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
2274lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
2275design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
2276periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
2277
2278=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2279
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2281
2282The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
2283from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
2284view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
2285Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
2286once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
2287endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
2288a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
2289will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
2290of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
2291Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
2292still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
2293
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2294=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
2295
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2298"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
2299many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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2300Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
2301what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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2302Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
2303had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
2304...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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2305"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
2306hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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2307degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
2308and-thirty degrees."
2309
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2311
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2314San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
2315the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
2316hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
2317of the Free World."
2318
2319Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
2320level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
2321harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
2322exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
2323
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2328Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
2329the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
2330just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
2331a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
2332it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
2333of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
2334common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
2335bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
2336
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2338 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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2341
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2344'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
2345not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
2346your cat grins like that?'
2347
2348'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
2349
2350She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
2351jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
2352and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
2353
2354'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
2355that cats COULD grin.'
2356
2357'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
2358
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2363'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
2364have got altered.'
2365
2366'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
2367there was silence for some minutes.
2368
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2373'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
2374always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
2375rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
2376yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
2377can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
2378kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
2379
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2381
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2384At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
2385called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
2386dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
2387in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
2388sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
2389
2390'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
2391is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
2392the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
2393to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
2394accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 2395Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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2405So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
2406hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
2407making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
2408picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
2409close by her.
2410
2411There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
2412VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
2413dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
2414occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
2415it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
2416OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
2417Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
2418never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
2419take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
2420after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
2421rabbit-hole under the hedge.
2422
2423In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
2424in the world she was to get out again.
2425
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2434 A little child, a limber elf,
2435 Singing, dancing to itself,
2436 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
2437 That always finds, and never seeks,
2438 Makes such a vision to the sight
2439 As fills a father's eyes with light;
2440 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
2441 Upon his heart, that he at last
2442 Must needs express his love's excess
2443 With words of unmeant bitterness.
2444 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
2445 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
2446 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
2447 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
2448 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
2449 At each wild word to feel within
2450 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
2451 And what, if in a world of sin
2452 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
2453 Such giddiness of heart and brain
2454 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
2455 So talks as it's most used to do.
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2457=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
2458
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2461And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
2462into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
2463mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
2464question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
2465hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
2466louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
2467who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
2468worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
2469done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
2470
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2472
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2474
4363636d 2475"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 2476course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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2477
2478Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
2479
2480"Why ain't that work?"
2481
2482Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
2483is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
2484
2485"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
2486
2487The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
2488to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
2489
2490That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
2491swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
2492-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
2493watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
2494absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
2495
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2497
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2500The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
2501at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
2502streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
2503the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
2504live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
2505colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
2506as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
2507wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
2508prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
2509however much they're into colour.
2510
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2511=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
2512
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2515Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
2516and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
2517word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
2518disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
2519everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
2520on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
2521that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
2522glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 2523war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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2524presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
2525for more hazardous assignment.
2526
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2527=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
2528
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2531Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
2532streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
2533trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
2534to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
2535about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
2536of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
2537facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
2538explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
2539Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
2540people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
2541work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
2542their art.
2543
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2545
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2548'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
2549the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
2550Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
2551Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
2552responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
2553Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
2554Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
2555Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
2556Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
2557Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
2558
2559'Can they all type?' I joked.
2560
2561'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
2562McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
2563
2564I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
2565'We could have opened an agency.'
2566
2567Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
2568Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
2569amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
2570all say that, do they?' I ventured.
2571
2572Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
2573replied. 'Not quite all.'
2574
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2587He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
2588he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
2589out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
2590noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
2591must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
2592number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
2593did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
2594
2595=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
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2598
2599=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
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2603=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
2604
2605L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
2606available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
2607
2608=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
2609
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2611
2612=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
2613
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2615
2616=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
2617
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2619
2620This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
2621gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
2622technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
2623about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
2624bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
2625paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
2626in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
2627electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
2628picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
2629to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
2630technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
2631getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
2632sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
2633it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
2634conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
2635
2636"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
2637that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
2638`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
2639
2640"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
2641one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
2642flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
2643everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
2644make you flip?
2645
2646=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
2647
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2649
2650Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
2651
2652=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
2653
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2655
2656What of October, that ambiguous month
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2658=head2 v5.8.9 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
2659
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2662Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
2663proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
2664the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
2665anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
2666how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
2667
2668'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
2669
2670This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
2671that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
2672
2673'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
2674expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
2675anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
2676sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
2677
2678This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
2679basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
2680policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
2681disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
2682the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
2683Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
2684and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
2685Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
2686
2687In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
2688reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
2689
2690I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
2691Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
2692for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
2693had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
2694work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
2695the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
2696left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
2697pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
2698the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
2699the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
2700
2701I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
2702publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
2703Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
2704
2705So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
2706pushing to increase the membership?
2707
2708'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
2709more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
2710futile and impotent it becomes.'
2711
2712This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
2713
2714Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
2715diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
2716
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2718
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2721There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
2722about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
2723four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
2724anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
2725thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
2726
2727Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
2728and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
2729press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
2730obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
2731produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
2732this draft...'
2733
2734I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
2735hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
2736incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
2737
2738'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
2739redundancy payments as well.'
2740
2741'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
2742it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
2743
2744'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
2745
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2747
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2750A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
2751was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
2752and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
2753jets and all.
2754
2755I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
2756
2757I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
2758Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
2759specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
2760the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
2761jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
2762grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
2763in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
2764
2765While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
2766taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
2767me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
2768sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
2769three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
2770plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
2771occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
2772were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
2773
2774And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
2775were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
2776
2777Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
2778name like Charlie Umtali?
2779
2780I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
2781know something about our official visitor.
2782
2783Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
2784has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
2785car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
2786to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
2787knew little of his background.
2788
2789I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
2790Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
2791first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
2792
2793Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
2794
2795'Why?' I enquired.
2796
2797'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
2798to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
2799never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
2800
2801Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
2802that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
2803
2804In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
2805where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
2806revolving door and comes out in front.'
2807
2808'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
2809
2810'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
2811
2812'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
2813
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2814=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
2815
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2818 It's not that easy bein' green
2819 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
2820 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
2821 Or something much more colorful like that
51caa79e 2822
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2823 It's not easy bein' green
2824 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
2825 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
2826 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
2827 Or stars in the sky
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2829 But green's the color of Spring
2830 And green can be cool and friendly-like
2831 And green can be big like an ocean
2832 Or important like a mountain
2833 Or tall like a tree
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2835 When green is all there is to be
2836 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
2837 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
2838 And I think it's what I want to be
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2840=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
2841
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2831a86c 2843
4ed12d4a 2844 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 2845
4ed12d4a 2846 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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2848=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2849
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2852And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
2853hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
2854cat.
2855
2856Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 2857the wolf? What then?"
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2860
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2863And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
2864bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
2865round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
2866
2867In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
2868gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
2869climbed up the high stone wall.
2870
2871One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
2872stretched out over the wall.
2873
2874Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
2875Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
2876take care that he doesn't catch you!".
2877
2878The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
2879snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
2880
2881How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 2882the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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2884=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
2885
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4363636d 2888"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 2889you."
4363636d 2890
51caa79e 2891"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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2892
2893"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
2894and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 2895to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 2896
51caa79e 2897"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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2898
2899"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
2900planting it."
2901
2902"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 2903grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 2904
51caa79e 2905Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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2906
2907"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
2908Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 2909wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 2910
51caa79e 2911Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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2912
2913"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
2914how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 2915and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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2917=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
2918
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2919L<Announced on 2004-11-11 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/11/msg95786.html>
2920
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2921"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
2922
2923"Hunting," said Pooh.
2924
2925"Hunting what?"
2926
2927"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
2928
2929"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
2930
2931"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
2932
2933"What do you think you'll answer?"
2934
2935"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
2936"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
2937you see there?"
2938
2939"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
2940excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
2941
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2942=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
2943
f3d08688 2944L<Announced on 2004-07-19 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg93189.html>
2831a86c 2945
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2946Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
2947ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
2948bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
2949waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
2950droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
2951hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
2952longbow.
2953
2954In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
2955often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
2956placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
2957likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
2958may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
2959Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
2960Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
2961farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
2962grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 2963T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
4363636d 2964
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2965=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
2966
f3d08688 2967L<Announced on 2004-07-09 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92934.html>
2831a86c 2968
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2969Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
2970ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
2971sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
2972pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
2973shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
2974
2975The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
2976Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 2977Caledonia and South America.
4363636d 2978
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2979=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
2980
f3d08688 2981L<Announced on 2004-07-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92840.html>
2831a86c 2982
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2983The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
2984often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
2985large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
2986and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
2987spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
2988year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
2989may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
2990
2991It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
2992branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
2993of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
2994that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
2995
2996Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
2997other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
2998acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
2999mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
3000
3001It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 3002heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
4363636d 3003
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3004=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
3005
f3d08688 3006L<Announced on 2004-04-22 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90984.html>
2831a86c 3007
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3008 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
3009 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
3010 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
3011 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
3012
3013 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
3014 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
3015 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
3016 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
3017 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
3018 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
3019 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
3020 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
3021
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3022 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
3023 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
3024
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3025
3026=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
3027
f3d08688 3028L<Announced on 2004-04-16 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90796.html>
2831a86c 3029
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3030 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
3031 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
3032 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
3033 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3034
3035 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
3036 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
3037 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
3038 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3039 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
3040 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
3041
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3042=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
3043
f3d08688 3044L<Announced on 2004-04-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90422.html>
2831a86c 3045
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3046 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
3047 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
3048 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
3049 We must find him of the train can't start.'
3050 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
3051 They are searching high and low,
3052 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
3053 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
3054 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
3055 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
3056 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
3057 He's been busy in the luggage van!
3058 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 3059 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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3060 And we're off at last of the northern part
3061 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
3062
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3063=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
3064
f3d08688 3065L<Announced on 2004-01-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg87317.html>
2831a86c 3066
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3067 We are the music makers,
3068 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
3069 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
3070 And sitting by desolate streams; --
3071 World-losers and world-forsakers,
3072 On whom the pale moon gleams:
3073 Yet we are the movers and shakers
3074 Of the world for ever, it seems.
4363636d 3075
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3076=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
3077
f3d08688 3078L<Announced on 2004-01-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg86969.html>
2831a86c 3079
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3080 There may be trouble ahead,
3081 But while there's music and moonlight,
3082 And love and romance,
3083 Let's face the music and dance.
3084
3085 Before the fiddlers have fled,
3086 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
3087 And while we still have that chance,
3088 Let's face the music and dance.
3089
3090 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
3091 Humming a different tune, and then,
3092
3093 There may be teardrops to shed,
3094 So while there's music and moonlight,
3095 And love and romance,
3096 Let's face the music and dance.
3097
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3098=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
3099
f3d08688 3100L<Announced on 2003-11-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84822.html>
2831a86c 3101
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3102 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
3103 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
3104 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
3105 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
3106 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
3107 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
3108
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3109 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
3110 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
3111 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
3112 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
3113
3114 O my brave soul!
3115 O farther farther sail!
3116 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
3117 O farther, farther, farther sail!
3118
2ee7da68 3119=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
4363636d 3120
f3d08688 3121L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84645.html>
2831a86c 3122
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3123 It's fun to charter an accountant
3124 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
3125 To find, explore the funds offshore
3126 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
3127
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3128=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
3129
f3d08688 3130L<Announced on 2003-10-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/10/msg84194.html>
2831a86c 3131
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3132 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
3133 In a Sieve they went to sea:
3134 In spite of all their friends could say,
3135 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
3136 In a Sieve they went to sea!
3137 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
3138 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
3139 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
3140 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
3141 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
3142
3143 Far and few, far and few,
3144 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
3145 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
3146 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
3147
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3148=head2 v5.8.1 - epigraph same as v5.7.1
3149
3150L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
3151
3152=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
3153
3154L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
3155
3156No matter what she did with her hair it took about
3157three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
3158like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
3159no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
3160overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
3161
3162=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3163
3164L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
3165
3166Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
3167It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
3168devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
3169then you can be my most trusted minister."
3170
3171=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3172
3173L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
3174
3175Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
3176a knife with a curved blade.
3177
3178=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3179
3180L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
3181
3182Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
3183me because I've got magic aaargh."
3184
3185=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3186
3187L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
3188
3189Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
3190in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
3191with his head.
3192
3193But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
3194weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
3195open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
3196defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
3197Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
3198was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
3199
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3200=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3201
3202L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
3203
3204There was the faint sound of footsteps.
3205"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
3206said the low priest.
3207There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
3208The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
3209"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
3210The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
3211The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
3212The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
3213thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
3214There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
3215"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
3216said the High Priest.
3217"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
3218There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
3219"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
3220There were footsteps again.
3221
3222=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3223
3224L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
3225
3226=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3227
3228L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
3229
3230=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
3231
3232L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
3233
3234=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3235
3236L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
3237
3238Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
3239No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
3240got there first, and is waiting for it.
3241
3242=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
3243
3244L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
3245
3246His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
3247the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
3248all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
3249bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
3250you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
3251
3252=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
3253
dd047fac 3254L<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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3256"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
3257
3258Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
3259
3260"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
3261flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
3262arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
3263and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
3264I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
3265I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
3266will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
3267liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
3268Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
3269ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
3270
3271"All that?" said Twoflower.
3272
3273"Usually."
3274
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3275=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
3276
3277L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
3278
3279The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
3280but that had to be the 57th strangest.
3281[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
3282
2ee7da68 3283=head2 v5.6.2 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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f3d08688 3285L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg85222.html>
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3286
3287When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
3288sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
3289a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
3290what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
3291long in this instance.
3292
2ee7da68 3293=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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f3d08688 3295L<Announced on 2003-11-08 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84953.html>
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3296
3297"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
3298
2831a86c 3299=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
4363636d 3300
2831a86c 3301L<Announced on 2001-04-08 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33823.html>
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3303`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
3304himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
3305upset.
4363636d 3306
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3307`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
3308to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
4363636d 3309
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3310Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
3311stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
3312louder.
4363636d 3313
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3314`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
3315my precious, three guesseses.'
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4363636d 3318
dd047fac 3319L<Announced on 2001-04-01 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33421.html>
3e340399 3320
2831a86c 3321=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL3 - I can't find the announcement
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3323No announcement available.
3324
2831a86c 3325=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
4363636d 3326
2831a86c 3327L<Announced on 2001-01-31 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/01/msg29934.html>
4363636d 3328
2831a86c 3329=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 3331L<Announced on 2000-12-18 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/12/msg27738.html>
4363636d 3332
2831a86c 3333=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
a4b0381d 3334
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3335L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
3336
4ed12d4a
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3337 The dragon is withered,
3338 His bones are now crumbled;
3339 His armour is shivered,
3340 His splendour is humbled!
3341 Though sword shall be rusted,
3342 And throne and crown perish
3343 With strength that men trusted
3344 And wealth that they cherish,
3345 Here grass is still growing,
3346 And leaves are a yet swinging,
3347 The white water flowing,
3348 And elves are yet singing
3349 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
3350 Come back to the valley.
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3352=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3353
3354L<Announced on 2000-03-22 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10140.html>
4363636d 3355
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3356=head2 v5.005_05-RC1 - no epigraph
3357
3358L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
3359
3360=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
3361
f3d08688 3362L<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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3364=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
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3368The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
3369the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
3370never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
3371them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
3372chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
3373run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
3374and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
3375and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
3376and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
3377the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
3378fall.
3379
3380=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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3384Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
3385plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
3386going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
3387she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
3388at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
3389cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
3390hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
3391passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
3392disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
3393of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
3394she fell past it.
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3396=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
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3400 't was 16 years ago today
3401 Larry taught us a new game
3402 of lazyness, impatience, and hubris
3403 Happy birthday, Perl!
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3406
0e6b8110 3407This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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3409L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
3410by ysth.
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