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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
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24Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
25of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
26scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
27glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
28beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
29much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
30caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
31vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
32had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
33
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34=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
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36Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves
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38 Music oft hath such a charm
39 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
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41=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, The Cyberiad, Trurl's Machine
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43L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00017.html>
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45Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
46machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
47trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
48little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
49to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
e4a5e942 50he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
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51the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
52
53The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
54current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
55transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
56chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
57adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
58as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
59solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
60valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
61the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
62machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
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64=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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68Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
69behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
70recording everything.
71
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72=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
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74L<Announced on 2012-09-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-09/msg01226.html>
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76 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
77 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
78 She aims it at the creature's head,
79 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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81 A few weeks later, in the wood,
82 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
83 But what a change! No cloak of red,
84 No silly hood upon her head.
85 She said, "Hello, and do please note
86 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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88=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
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90L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
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92Preparation:
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94Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
95or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
96Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
97look golden brown.
98Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
99ready to create the soup.
100
101Ingredients:
102
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103 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
104 3 tbsp butter
105 1/4 cup olive oil
106 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
107 1 tsp salt
108 1 tsp sugar
109 black pepper to taste
110 1 cup red wine
111 1/4 cup all purpose flour
112 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
113 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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115Method:
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117 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
118 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
119 to half an hour.
120 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
121 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
122 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
123 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
124 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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126Enjoy.
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128=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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132‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
133
134Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
135their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
136
137The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
138butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
139and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
140
141Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
142
143‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
144
145‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
146
147‘What?’
148
149‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
150
151‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
152his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
153dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
154quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
155
156‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
157an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
158
159‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
160
161The iotum rose, spinning.
162
163‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
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165=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
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169On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
170taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
171"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
172and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
173merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
174subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
175Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
176it.
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178=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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182`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
183`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
184hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
185The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
186been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
187be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
188to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
189fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
190
191There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
192climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
193broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
194implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
195on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
196Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
197astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
198for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
199out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
200the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
201
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202=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose - Never Split The Party
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207 Don't you know? You never split the party
208 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
209 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
210 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
211
212 -- Emerald Rose, Never Split The Party
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214=head2 v5.16.1 RC1 - Tom Moldvay - Dungeons & Dragons
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219I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
220Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
221Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
222The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
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226I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
227sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
228collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
229
230My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
231inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
232swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
233side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
234The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
235dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
236
237 -- Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook
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239=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden - September 1, 1939
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244 All I have is a voice
245 To undo the folded lie,
246 The romantic lie in the brain
247 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
248 And the lie of Authority
249 Whose buildings grope the sky:
250 There is no such thing as the State
251 And no one exists alone;
252 Hunger allows no choice
253 To the citizen or the police;
254 We must love one another or die.
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256 -- W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
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263 How many roads must a man walk down
264 Before you call him a man?
265 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
266 Before she sleeps in the sand?
267 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
268 Before they're forever banned?
269 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
270 The answer is blowin' in the wind
271
272 How many years can a mountain exist
273 Before it's washed to the sea?
274 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
275 Before they're allowed to be free?
276 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
277 Pretending he just doesn't see?
278 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
279 The answer is blowin' in the wind
280
281 How many times must a man look up
282 Before he can see the sky?
283 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
284 Before he can hear people cry?
285 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
286 That too many people have died?
287 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
288 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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290 -- Bob Dylan, Spring 1962
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297 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
298 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
299 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
300 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
301 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
302
303Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
304age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
305older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
306debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
307girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
308A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
309Top for more than one week.
310
311Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
312lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
313buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
314into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
315meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
316soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
317single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
318
319 "I'm never going to give you up"
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326"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
327
328He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
329notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
330which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
331OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
332ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
333
334There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
335busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
336out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
337mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
338and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
339with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
340bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
341chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
342excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
343down cheering and applauding.
344
345"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
346
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347=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, A Wizard of Earthsea
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352Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
353into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
354beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
355winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
356wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
357over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
358
359But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
360gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
361villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
362journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
363domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
364with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
365by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
366Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
367
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368=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman
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373This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
374been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
375confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
376how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
377could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
378putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
379I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
380before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
381think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
382all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
383off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
384was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
385The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
386endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
387benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
388boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
389lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
390Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
391resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
392Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
393you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
394
395 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
396 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
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398=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
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400L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian
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403A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
404don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
405without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
406the human experience, the better design we will have.
407
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408=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
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412 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
413 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
414 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
415 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
416 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
417 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
418 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
419 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
420 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
421 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
422 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
423 eaten them, but not for love.
424
425 -- As You Like It, William Shakespeare
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432
433It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
434do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
435they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
436catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
437awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
438inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
439
440So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
441mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
442the heart of the programmer.
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445=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, All Art is Quite Useless
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450 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
451 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
452 do so at their peril.
453
454 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
455 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
456 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
457 artist is in accord with himself.
458
459 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
460 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
461 thing is that one admires it intensely.
462
463 All art is quite useless.
464
465 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
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468=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, The Third Duina Elegy
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473 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
474 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
475 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
476 things the significance of a human future;
477 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
478 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
479 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
480 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
481 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
482 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
483 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
484 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
485 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
486 hurtles all ages along with it forever
487 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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489 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
490 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
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492=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
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496Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
497fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
498winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
499down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
500being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
501extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
502but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
503
504Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
505that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
506around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
507fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
508the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
509closed system.
510
511Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
512the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
513/be/ them.'
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519 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
520 you will have gained.
521
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522=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
523
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526 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
527 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
528 When breakfast is taken away,
529 To turn his attention to dinner;
530 And it's not in the range of belief,
531 To look upon him as a glutton,
532 Who, when he is tired of beef,
533 Determines to tackle the mutton.
534 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
535 If it will appease her sorrow,
536 I'll marry this lady today,
537 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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543At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
544my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
545the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
546since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
547already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
548to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
549the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
550can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
551unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
552
553=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
554
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557 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
558 Tolerates no work of man.
559 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
560 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
561 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
562 While the last larks sing and soar,
563 From the heather-blossoms sweet
564 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
565 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
566 Eleanor makes macaroons!
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568=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
569
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572 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
573 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
574 Lobster I freely endorse,
575 In pate or patty or pasty.
576 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
577 And nothing the matter with jam,
578 And the warmest greetings I utter
579 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
580 For they're food,
581 All food,
582 And I think very fondly of food.
583 Through I'm broody at times
584 When bothered by rhymes,
585 I brood
586 On food.
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592At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
593myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
594impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
595"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
596gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
597or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
598
599I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
600computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
601ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
602would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
603my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
604away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
605won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
606
607So a freely distributable program is born.
608
609=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
610
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613This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
614continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
615aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
616and your bags will be offloaded.
617
618=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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622Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
623of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
624by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
625sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
626swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
627down their paved streets.
628
629Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
630obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
631company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
632the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
633govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
634the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
635
636=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
637
638L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
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640But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
641my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
642reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
643wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
644Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
645the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
646This seemed doubly astounding to meE<0x2014>first that Australia could
647just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
648this had never reached me.
649
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650=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<Leaves of Grass|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
651
652L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2011-03/msg00560.html>
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654 When the full-grown poet came,
655 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
656 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
657 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
658 Nay he is mine alone;
659 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
660 by the hand;
661 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly holding hands,
662 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
663 And wholly and joyously blends them.
664
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669 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
670 nema ráða vel kunni.
671 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
672 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
673 Sák á telgðu talkni
674 tíu launstafi ristna.
675 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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678=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
679
680L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
681
682In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
683granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
684do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
685that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
686generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
687endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
688that fire can truly light the world.
689
690And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
691ask what you can do for your country.
692
693My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
694but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
695
696Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
697ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
698we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
699the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
700asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
701work must truly be our own.
702
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707The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
708to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
709between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
710cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
711areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
712be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
713As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
714the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
715instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
716interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
717also be automated.
718
719Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
720if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
721were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
722and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
723indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
724techniques like X-ray crystallography.
725
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726=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
727
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731
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734[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
735
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737 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
738 Trinity: What did you see?
739 Cypher: What happened?
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740 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
741 like it.
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742 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
743 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
744 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
745 Neo: What is it?
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746 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
747 they change something.
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750
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753The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
754he storm vanishes.
755
756"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
757fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
758to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
759me?"
760
761I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
762like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
763
764"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
765as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
766on my heart.
767
768(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
769
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771
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774Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
775air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
776the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
777faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
778of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
779the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
780deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
781fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
782stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
783revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
784
785For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
786courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
787the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
788jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
789were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
790there, a glimmer of moonshine.
791
792Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
793rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
794grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
795park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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799
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802`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
803`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
804it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
805she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
806
807 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
808 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
809 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
810 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
811
812
813`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
814
815`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
816nonsense.'
817
818Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
819anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
820
821`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
822
823`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
824
825`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
826with his nose, you know?'
827
828`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
829the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
830
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832
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835Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
836Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
837notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
838for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
839sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
840
841Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
842dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
843Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
844motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
845Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
846that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
847had ever even been a car.
848
849There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
850been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
851this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
852flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
853re-entry.
854
855There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
856metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
857somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
858make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
859
860It should have fallen apart miles back.
861
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863
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866We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
867the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
868in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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870
871=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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875And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
876bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
877yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
878with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
879if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
880bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
881quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
882
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884
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887The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
888involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
889when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
890streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
891road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
892seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
893smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
894
895"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
896volcano were once more to set to work."
897
898=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
899
900L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
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902 I saw a huge steam roller,
903 It blotted out the sun.
904 The people all lay down, lay down;
905 They did not try to run.
906 My love and I, we looked amazed
907 Upon the gory mystery.
908 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
909 'The great machine is history!'
910 My love and I, we ran away,
911 The engine did not find us.
912 We ran up to a mountain top,
913 Left history far behind us.
914 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
915 But somehow we don't think so.
916 We went to see where history'd been,
917 And my, the dead did stink so.
918
919=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
920
921L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
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923CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
924she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
925seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
926
927What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
928of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
929has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
930will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
931only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
932lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
933design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
934periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
935
936=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
937
938L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
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940The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
941from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
942view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
943Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
944once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
945endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
946a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
947will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
948of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
949Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
950still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
951
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953
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956"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
957many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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959what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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960Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
961had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
962...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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964hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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966and-thirty degrees."
967
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969
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972San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
973the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
974hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
975of the Free World."
976
977Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
978level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
979harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
980exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
981
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987the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
988just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
989a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
990it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
991of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
992common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
993bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
994
995 Around and around and around we spin,
996 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
997
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1002'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
1003not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
1004your cat grins like that?'
1005
1006'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
1007
1008She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
1009jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
1010and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
1011
1012'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
1013that cats COULD grin.'
1014
1015'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
1016
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1021'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
1022have got altered.'
1023
1024'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
1025there was silence for some minutes.
1026
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1031'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
1032always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
1033rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
1034yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
1035can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
1036kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
1037
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1042At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
1043called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
1044dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
1045in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
1046sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
1047
1048'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
1049is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
1050the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
1051to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
1052accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 1053Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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1063So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
1064hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
1065making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
1066picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
1067close by her.
1068
1069There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
1070VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
1071dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
1072occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
1073it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
1074OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
1075Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
1076never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
1077take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
1078after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
1079rabbit-hole under the hedge.
1080
1081In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
1082in the world she was to get out again.
1083
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1092 A little child, a limber elf,
1093 Singing, dancing to itself,
1094 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
1095 That always finds, and never seeks,
1096 Makes such a vision to the sight
1097 As fills a father's eyes with light;
1098 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
1099 Upon his heart, that he at last
1100 Must needs express his love's excess
1101 With words of unmeant bitterness.
1102 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
1103 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
1104 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
1105 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
1106 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
1107 At each wild word to feel within
1108 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
1109 And what, if in a world of sin
1110 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
1111 Such giddiness of heart and brain
1112 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
1113 So talks as it's most used to do.
1114
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1119And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
1120into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
1121mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
1122question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
1123hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
1124louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
1125who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
1126worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
1127done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
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d517a16a 1134course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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1136Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
1137
1138"Why ain't that work?"
1139
1140Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
1141is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
1142
1143"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
1144
1145The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
1146to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
1147
1148That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
1149swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
1150-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
1151watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
1152absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
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1155
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1158The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
1159at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
1160streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
1161the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
1162live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
1163colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
1164as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
1165wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
1166prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
1167however much they're into colour.
1168
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1173Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
1174and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
1175word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
1176disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
1177everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
1178on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
1179that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
1180glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
1181war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
1182presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
1183for more hazardous assignment.
1184
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1186
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1189Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
1190streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
1191trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
1192to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
1193about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
1194of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
1195facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
1196explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
1197Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
1198people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
1199work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
1200their art.
1201
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1206'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
1207the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
1208Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
1209Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
1210responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
1211Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
1212Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
1213Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
1214Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
1215Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
1216
1217'Can they all type?' I joked.
1218
1219'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
1220McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
1221
1222I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
1223'We could have opened an agency.'
1224
1225Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
1226Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
1227amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
1228all say that, do they?' I ventured.
1229
1230Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
1231replied. 'Not quite all.'
1232
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1245He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
1246he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
1247out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
1248noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
1249must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
1250number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
1251did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
1252
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1257=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
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1261=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
1262
1263L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
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1265
1266=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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1270=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
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1274=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
1275
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1278This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
1279gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
1280technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
1281about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
1282bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
1283paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
1284in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
1285electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
1286picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
1287to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
1288technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
1289getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
1290sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
1291it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
1292conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
1293
1294"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
1295that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
1296`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
1297
1298"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
1299one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
1300flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
1301everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
1302make you flip?
1303
1304=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
1305
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1308Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
1309
1310=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
1311
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1314What of October, that ambiguous month
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1320Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
1321proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
1322the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
1323anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
1324how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
1325
1326'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
1327
1328This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
1329that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
1330
1331'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
1332expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
1333anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
1334sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
1335
1336This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
1337basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
1338policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
1339disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
1340the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
1341Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
1342and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
1343Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
1344
1345In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
1346reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
1347
1348I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
1349Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
1350for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
1351had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
1352work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
1353the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
1354left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
1355pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
1356the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
1357the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
1358
1359I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
1360publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
1361Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
1362
1363So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
1364pushing to increase the membership?
1365
1366'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
1367more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
1368futile and impotent it becomes.'
1369
1370This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
1371
1372Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
1373diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
1374
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1379There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
1380about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
1381four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
1382anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
1383thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
1384
1385Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
1386and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
1387press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
1388obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
1389produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
1390this draft...'
1391
1392I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
1393hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
1394incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
1395
1396'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
1397redundancy payments as well.'
1398
1399'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
1400it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
1401
1402'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
1403
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1408A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
1409was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
1410and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
1411jets and all.
1412
1413I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
1414
1415I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
1416Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
1417specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
1418the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
1419jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
1420grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
1421in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
1422
1423While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
1424taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
1425me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
1426sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1427three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1428plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1429occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1430were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1431
1432And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1433were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1434
1435Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1436name like Charlie Umtali?
1437
1438I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1439know something about our official visitor.
1440
1441Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1442has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1443car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1444to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1445knew little of his background.
1446
1447I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1448Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1449first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1450
1451Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1452
1453'Why?' I enquired.
1454
1455'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1456to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1457never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1458
1459Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1460that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1461
1462In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1463where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1464revolving door and comes out in front.'
1465
1466'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1467
1468'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1469
1470'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
1471
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1473
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1476 It's not that easy bein' green
1477 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 1478 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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1479 Or something much more colorful like that
1480
1481 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1482 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1483 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1484 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1485 Or stars in the sky
1486
1487 But green's the color of Spring
1488 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1489 And green can be big like an ocean
1490 Or important like a mountain
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1491 Or tall like a tree
1492
1493 When green is all there is to be
1494 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1495 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1496 And I think it's what I want to be
1497
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1499
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1502Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 1503
2831a86c 1504Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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1507
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1510And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1511hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1512cat.
1513
1514Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1515the wolf? What then?"
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1518
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1521And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
1522bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
1523round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
1524
1525In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
1526gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
1527climbed up the high stone wall.
1528
1529One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
1530stretched out over the wall.
1531
1532Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
1533Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
1534take care that he doesn't catch you!".
1535
1536The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
1537snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
1538
1539How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 1540the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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1543
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1545
4363636d 1546"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 1547you."
4363636d 1548
51caa79e 1549"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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1550
1551"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
1552and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 1553to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 1554
51caa79e 1555"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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1557"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
1558planting it."
1559
1560"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 1561grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 1562
51caa79e 1563Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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1565"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
1566Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 1567wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 1568
51caa79e 1569Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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1570
1571"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
1572how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 1573and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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1575=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
1576
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1579"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
1580
1581"Hunting," said Pooh.
1582
1583"Hunting what?"
1584
1585"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
1586
1587"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
1588
1589"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
1590
1591"What do you think you'll answer?"
1592
1593"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
1594"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
1595you see there?"
1596
1597"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
1598excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
1599
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1600=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
1601
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1604Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
1605ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
1606bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
1607waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
1608droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
1609hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
1610longbow.
1611
1612In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
1613often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
1614placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
1615likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
1616may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
1617Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
1618Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
1619farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
1620grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 1621T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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1624
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1625L<Announced on 2004-07-09 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/f92175725af7a5ad>
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1627Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
1628ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
1629sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
1630pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
1631shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1632
1633The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1634Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1635Caledonia and South America.
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1637=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
1638
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1641The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1642often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1643large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1644and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1645spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1646year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1647may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1648
1649It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1650branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1651of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1652that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1653
1654Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1655other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1656acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1657mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1658
1659It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1660heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1662=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
1663
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1664L<Announced on 2004-04-22 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/c7333acf03ef4015>
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1666 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1667 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1668 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1669 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1670
1671 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1672 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1673 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1674 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1675 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1676 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1677 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1678 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1679
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1680 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1681 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1682
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1684=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1685
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1688 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1689 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1690 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1691 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1692
1693 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1694 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1695 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1696 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1697 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1698 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1699
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1700=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
1701
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1704 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1705 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1706 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1707 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1708 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1709 They are searching high and low,
1710 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1711 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1712 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1713 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1714 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1715 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1716 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1717 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1718 And we're off at last of the northern part
1719 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1720
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1721=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
1722
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1725 We are the music makers,
1726 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1727 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1728 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1729 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1730 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1731 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1732 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1734=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
1735
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1738 There may be trouble ahead,
1739 But while there's music and moonlight,
1740 And love and romance,
1741 Let's face the music and dance.
1742
1743 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1744 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1745 And while we still have that chance,
1746 Let's face the music and dance.
1747
1748 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1749 Humming a different tune, and then,
1750
1751 There may be teardrops to shed,
1752 So while there's music and moonlight,
1753 And love and romance,
1754 Let's face the music and dance.
1755
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1756=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
1757
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1760 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1761 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1762 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1763 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1764 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1765 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1766
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1767 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1768 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1769 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1770 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1771
1772 O my brave soul!
1773 O farther farther sail!
1774 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1775 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1776
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1777=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
1778
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1781 It's fun to charter an accountant
1782 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1783 To find, explore the funds offshore
1784 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1785
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1786=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
1787
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1790 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1791 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1792 In spite of all their friends could say,
1793 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1794 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1795 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1796 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1797 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1798 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1799 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1800
1801 Far and few, far and few,
1802 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1803 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1804 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1805
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1807
1808L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
1809
1810=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1811
1812L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
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1814No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1815three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1816like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1817no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1818overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1819
1820=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1821
1822L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
1823
1824Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1825It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1826devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1827then you can be my most trusted minister."
1828
1829=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1830
1831L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
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1833Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1834a knife with a curved blade.
1835
1836=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1837
1838L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
1839
1840Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1841me because I've got magic aaargh."
1842
1843=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1844
1845L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
1846
1847Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1848in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1849with his head.
1850
1851But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1852weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1853open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1854defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1855Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1856was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1857
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1859
1860L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1861
1862There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1863"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1864said the low priest.
1865There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1866The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1867"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1868The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1869The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1870The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1871thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1872There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1873"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1874said the High Priest.
1875"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1876There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1877"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1878There were footsteps again.
1879
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1881
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1883
1884=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1885
1886L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1887
1888=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1889
1890L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1891
1892=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1893
1894L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1895
1896Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1897No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1898got there first, and is waiting for it.
1899
1900=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1901
1902L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1903
1904His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1905the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1906all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1907bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1908you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1909
1910=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1911
1912L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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1915
1916Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1917
1918"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1919flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1920arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1921and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1922I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1923I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1924will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1925liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1926Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1927ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1928
1929"All that?" said Twoflower.
1930
1931"Usually."
1932
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1933=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
1934
1935L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1936
1937The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1938but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1939[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1940
1941=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1942
1943L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1944
1945When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1946sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1947a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1948what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1949long in this instance.
1950
1951=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1952
1953L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1954
1955"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1956
2831a86c 1957=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
4363636d 1958
2831a86c 1959L<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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1961`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
1962himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
1963upset.
4363636d 1964
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1965`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
1966to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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1968Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
1969stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
1970louder.
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1972`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
1973my precious, three guesseses.'
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2831a86c 1975=head2 v5.6.1-foolish - no epigraph
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2831a86c 1979=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL3 - I can't find the announcement
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1981No announcement available.
1982
2831a86c 1983=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 1987=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 1989L<Announced on 2000-12-18 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/12/msg27738.html>
4363636d 1990
2831a86c 1991=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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1993L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
1994
1995 The dragon is withered,
1996 His bones are now crumbled;
1997 His armour is shivered,
1998 His splendour is humbled!
1999 Though sword shall be rusted,
2000 And throne and crown perish
2001 With strength that men trusted
2002 And wealth that they cherish,
2003 Here grass is still growing,
2004 And leaves are a yet swinging,
2005 The white water flowing,
2006 And elves are yet singing
2007 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
2008 Come back to the valley.
2009
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2011
2012L<Announced on 2000-03-22 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10140.html>
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2015
2016L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
2017
2018=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
2019
2020L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
2021
2022=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
2023
2024L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
2025
2026The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
2027the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
2028never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
2029them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
2030chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
2031run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
2032and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
2033and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
2034and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
2035the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
2036fall.
2037
2038=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2039
2040L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
2041
2042Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
2043plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
2044going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
2045she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
2046at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
2047cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
2048hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
2049passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
2050disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
2051of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
2052she fell past it.
2053
2054=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
2055
2056L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
2057
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2058=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
2059
0e6b8110 2060This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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2061on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
2062L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
2063by ysth.
2064
2065=cut
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