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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.31.5 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Daddy Long-legs and the Fly
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22L<Announced on 2019-10-20 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/10/msg256478.html>
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24 'O Mr Daddy Long-legs,'
25 Said Mr Floppy Fly,
26 'It's true I never go to court,
27 And I will tell you why.
28 If I had six long legs like yours,
29 At once I'd go to court!
30 But oh! I can't, because my legs
31 Are so extremely short.
32 And I'm afraid the King and Queen
33 (One in red, and one in green)
34 Would say aloud, "You are not fit,
35 You Fly, to come to court a bit!"'
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37=head2 v5.31.4 - Ann Leckie, "The Raven Tower"
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39L<Announced on 2019-09-20 by Max Maischein|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/09/msg256254.html>
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41 Stories can be risky for someone like me. What I say must be true, or it
42will be made true, and if it cannot be made true - if I don't have the
43power, or if what I have said is an impossibility - then I will pay the
44price. I might more or less safely say, "Once there was a man who rode
45home to attend his father's funeral and claim his inheritance, but
46matters were not as he expected them to be." I do not doubt that such a
47thing has happened more than once in all the time there have been
48fathers to die and sons to succeed them. But to go any further, I must
49supply more details - the specific actions of specific people, and their
50specific consequences - and there I might blunder, all unknowing, into
51untruth. It's safer for me to speak of what I know. Or to speak only in
52the safest of generalities. Or else to say plainly at the beginning,
53"Here is a story I have heard," placing the burden of truth or not on
54the teller whose words I am merely accurately reporting.
55
56 But what is the story that I am telling? Here is another story I have
57heard:
58Once there were two brothers, and one of them wanted what the other had.
59Bent all his will to obtain what the other had, no matter the cost.
60 Here is another story: Once there was a prisoner in a tower.
61 And another:
62Once someone risked their life out of duty and loyalty to a friend.
63 Ah, there's a story that I might tell, and truthfully.
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65=head2 v5.31.3 - Samantha Harvey, "All Is Song"
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67L<Announced on 2019-08-20 by Tom Hukins|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/08/msg256012.html>
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69We are born from unity, we divide into isolation. We winnow ourselves
70out from the thing that first made sense of us and then expect to find
71meaning, yet a fraction makes no sense without the number of which
72it's a fractional part. We see loss, feel grief, give ourselves
73illness, we're cells that have over-divided and we call the division
74growth; the only real growth is in the return to unity, God, the
75unifying principle.
76
77Tired to his core, he turned the video off. The rain still poured as
78he went upstairs, and in bed as he tripped down into the deep open
79shaft of sleep he kept thinking that to divide by zero was to end up
80with infinity, as was to divide by God. To divide by God, to divide
81by God, over and over he thought it without sense; to divide by God; I
82must tell my students that the way to pass their exams is to divide by
83God. Then he must have slept, for it was morning.
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85=head2 v5.31.2 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Duck and the Kangaroo
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87L<Announced on 2019-07-20 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/07/msg255639.html>
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89 Said the Duck to the Kangaroo,
90 'Good gracious! how you hop!
91 Over the fields and the water too,
92 As if you never would stop!
93 My life is a bore in this nasty pond,
94 And I long to go out in the world beyond!
95 I wish I could hop like you!'
96 Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.
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98=head2 v5.31.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, _A Man without a Country_
99
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102On Tuesday, January 20, 2004, I sent Joel Bleifuss, my editor at _In These
103Times_, this fax:
104
105 ON ORANGE ALERT HERE.
106 ECONOMIC TERRORIST ATTACK
107 EXPECTED AT 8 PM EST. KV
108
109Worried, he called, asking what was up. I said I would tell him when I had
110more complete information on the bombs George Bush was set to deliver in his
111State of the Union address.
112
113That night I got a call from my friend, the out-of-print-science-fiction
114writer Kilgore Trout. He asked me, "Did you watch the State of the Union
115address?"
116
117"Yes, and it certainly helped to remember what the great British socialist
118playwright George Bernard Shaw said about this planet."
119
120"Which was?"
121
122"He said, 'I don't know if there are men on the moon, but if there are, they
123must be using the earth as their lunatic asylum.' And he wasn't talking
124about the germs or the elephants. He meant we the people."
125
126"Okay."
127
128"You don't think this is the Lunatic Asylum of the Universe?"
129
130"Kurt, I don't think I expressed an opinion one way of the other."
131
132"We are killing this planet as a life-support system with the poisons from
133all the thermodynamic whoopee we're making with atomic energy and fossil
134fuels, and everybody knows it, and practically nobody cares. This is how
135crazy we are. I think the planet's immune system is trying to get rid of us
136with AIDS and new strains of flu and tuberculosis, and so on. I think the
137planet should get rid of us. We're really awful animals. I mean, that dumb
138Barbra Streisand song, 'People who need people are the luckiest people in
139the world' -- she's talking about cannibals. Lots to eat. Yes, the planet is
140trying to get rid of us, but I think it's too late."
141
142And I said good-bye to my friend, hung up the phone, sat down and wrote this
143epitaph: "The good Earth -- we could have saved it, but we were too damn
144cheap and lazy."
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146=head2 v5.31.0 - Fumiko Enchi, Masks
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150 The secrets inside her mind are like flowers in a garden at
151 nighttime, filling the darkness with perfume.
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153=head2 v5.30.1 - Francesco Maria Piave, trans. Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, "La traviata", Act I: Brindisi
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155L<Announced on 2019-11-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/11/msg256610.html>
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157 VIOLETTA:
158 With you I would share
159 my days of happiness;
160 everything is folly in this world
161 that does not give us pleasure.
162 Let us enjoy life,
163 for the pleasures of love are swift and fleeting
164 as a flower that lives and dies
165 and can be enjoyed no more.
166 Let's take our pleasure while its ardent,
167 brilliant summons lures us on!
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171L<Announced on 2019-10-27 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/10/msg256542.html>
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173 ALFREDO:
174 Let's drink from the joyous chalice
175 where beauty flowers...
176 Let the fleeting hour
177 to pleasure's intoxication yield.
178 Let's drink
179 to love's sweet tremors --
180 to those eyes
181 that pierce the heart.
182 Let's drink to love -- to wine
183 that warms our kisses.
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185=head2 v5.30.0 - Morihei Ueshiba
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189 Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we
190 are as good as dead.
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192=head2 v5.30.0-RC2 - Derek Walcott
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196 The truest writers are those who see language not as linguistic process but
197 as a living element.
198
199 -- Derek Walcott
200
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201=head2 v5.30.0-RC1 - Marcel Proust
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205 If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream
206 less but to dream more, to dream all the time.
207
208 -- Marcel Proust
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210=head2 v5.29.10 - Maya Angelou, Alone
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214 Lying, thinking
215 Last night
216 How to find my soul a home
217 Where water is not thirsty
218 And bread loaf is not stone
219 I came up with one thing
220 And I don't believe I'm wrong
221 That nobody,
222 But nobody
223 Can make it out here alone.
224
225 Alone, all alone
226 Nobody, but nobody
227 Can make it out here alone.
228
229 There are some millionaires
230 With money they can't use
231 Their wives run round like banshees
232 Their children sing the blues
233 They've got expensive doctors
234 To cure their hearts of stone.
235 But nobody
236 No, nobody
237 Can make it out here alone.
238
239 Alone, all alone
240 Nobody, but nobody
241 Can make it out here alone.
242
243 Now if you listen closely
244 I'll tell you what I know
245 Storm clouds are gathering
246 The wind is gonna blow
247 The race of man is suffering
248 And I can hear the moan,
249 'Cause nobody,
250 But nobody
251 Can make it out here alone.
252
253 Alone, all alone
254 Nobody, but nobody
255 Can make it out here alone.
256
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257=head2 v5.29.9 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Dancing Men
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259L<Announced on 2019-03-21 by Zak Elep|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/03/msg253978.html>
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261 What one man can invent, another can discover.
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263=head2 v5.29.8 - Isaac Asimov, Foundation: “Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.”
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267=head2 v5.29.7 - Edsger W. Dijkstra: "Programming Considered as a Human Activity", IFIP Congress, New York, 1965.
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271When I became acquainted with the notion of algorithmic languages I
272never challenged the then prevailing notion that the problems of
273language design and implementation were mostly a question of
274compromises: every new convenience for the user had to be paid for
275by the implementation, either in the form of increased trouble
276during translation, or during execution or during both. Well, we
277are most certainly not living in Heaven and I am not going to deny
278the possibility of a conflict between convenience and efficiency,
279but now I do protest when this conflict is presented as a complete
280summing up of the situation. I am of the opinion that is worth-while
281to investigate what extent the needs of Man and Machine go hand in
282hand and to see what techniques we can devise of the benefit of all
283of us. I trust that this investigation will bear fruits and if this
284talk made some of you share this fervent hope, it has achieved its aim.
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286=head2 v5.29.6 - Rudyard Kipling: "How the Camel Got His Hump"
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288L<Announced on 2018-12-18 by Abigail|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/12/msg253187.html>
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290 The Camel's hump is an ugly lump
291 Which well you may see at the Zoo;
292 But uglier yet is the hump we get
293 From having little to do.
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295 Kiddies and grown-ups too-oo-oo
296 If we haven't enough to do-oo-oo,
297 We get the hump -
298 Cameelious hump -
299 The hump that is black and blue!
300
301 We climb out of bed with a frouzly head
302 And a snarly-yarly voice.
303 We shiver and scowl and we grunt and we growl
304 At our bath and our boots and our toys;
305
306 And there ought to be a corner for me
307 (And I know there is one for you)
308 When we get the hump -
309 Cameelious hump -
310 The hump that is black and blue!
311
312 The cure for this ill is to not sit still,
313 Or frowst with a book by the fire;
314 But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
315 And dig till you gentle perspire;
316
317 And then you will find that the sun and the wind,
318 And the Djinn of the Garden too,
319 Have lifted the hump -
320 The horrible hump -
321 The hump that is black and blue!
322
323 I get it as well as you-oo-oo -
324 If I haven't enough to do-oo-oo!
325 We all get hump -
326 Cameelious hump -
327 Kiddies and grown-ups too!
328
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330=head2 v5.29.5 - T. S. Eliot, "The Naming Of Cats"
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332L<Announced on 2018-11-20 by Karen Etheridge|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252839.html>
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334 The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
335 It isn't just one of your holiday games;
336 You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
337 When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
338 First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
339 Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
340 Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey--
341 All of them sensible everyday names.
342 There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
343 Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
344 Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter--
345 But all of them sensible everyday names.
346 But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
347 A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
348 Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
349 Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
350 Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
351 Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
352 Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
353 Names that never belong to more than one cat.
354 But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
355 And that is the name that you never will guess;
356 The name that no human research can discover--
357 But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
358 When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
359 The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
360 His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
361 Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
362 His ineffable effable
363 Effanineffable
364 Deep and inscrutable singular Name.
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366=head2 v5.29.4 - The Mountain Goats, "Oceanographer's Choice"
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370 Well
371 Guy in a skeleton costume
372 Comes up to the guy in the Superman suit
373 Runs through him with a broadsword
374 I flipped the television off
375 Bring all the bright lights up
376 Turn the radio up loud
377 I don't know why I'm so persuaded
378 That if I think things through
379 Long enough and hard enough
380 I'll somehow get to you
381 But then you came in and we locked eyes
382 You kicked the ashtray over as we came toward each other
383 Stubbed my cigarette out against the west wall
384 Quickly lit another
385 Look at that
386 Would you look at that?
387 We're throwing off sparks
388 What will I do when I don't have you
389 To hold onto in the dark?
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391=head2 v5.29.3 - Mac Miller, "Senior Skip Day"
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393L<Announced on 2018-09-20 by John 'genehack' Anderson|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/09/msg252255.html>
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395 Enjoy the best things in your life
396 ’Cause you ain’t gonna get to live it twice
397 They say you waste time asleep
398 But I’m just tryin’ to dream
399
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400=head2 v5.29.2 - Rick Riordan, "The Lightning Thief"
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402L<Announced on 2018-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/08/msg251918.html>
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404 Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood.
405
406 If you're reading this because you think you might be one,
407 my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever
408 lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try
409 to lead a normal life.
410
411 Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time,
412 it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.
413
414 If you're a normal kid, reading this because you think it's
415 fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe
416 that none of this ever happened.
417
418 But if you recognize yourself in these pages - if you feel
419 something stirring inside - stop reading immediately.
420 You might be one of us. And once you know that, it's only a
421 matter of time before they sense it too, and they'll come for you.
422
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423=head2 v5.29.1 - Richard Curtis & Ben Elton, "Blackadder, Series 3, Episode 2: Ink and Incapability"
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427 Dr. Samuel Johnson: Here it is, sir: the very cornerstone of English
428 scholarship. This book, sir, contains every word in our beloved
429 language.
430
431 Prince Regent George: Hmm.
432
433 Edmund Blackadder: Every single one, sir?
434
435 Johnson: (confidently) Every single word, sir!
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437 Blackadder: (to Prince) Oh, well, in that case, sir, I hope you will
438 not object if I also offer the Doctor my most enthusiastic
439 contrafribularities.
440
441 Johnson: What?
442
443 Blackadder: 'Contrafribularities,' sir? It is a common word down our
444 way.
445
446 Johnson: Damn! (writes in the book)
447
448 Blackadder: Oh, I'm sorry, sir. I'm anaspeptic, phrasmotic, even
449 compunctious to have caused you such pericombobulation.
450
451 Johnson: What? What? WHAT?
452
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453=head2 v5.29.0 - Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case of the Grinning Gorilla
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7df03490 457 Courage is the only antidote for danger.
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459=head2 v5.28.2 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Jumblies
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461L<Announced on 2019-04-19 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/04/msg254456.html>
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463 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
464 In a Sieve they went to sea:
465 In spite of all their friends could say,
466 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
467 In a Sieve they went to sea!
468 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
469 And every one cried, 'You'll all be drowned!'
470 They called aloud, 'Our Sieve ain't big,
471 But we don't care a button! we don't care a fig!
472 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!'
473 Far and few, far and few,
474 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
475 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
476 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
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478=head2 v5.28.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Quangle Wangle's Hat
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480L<Announced on 2019-04-05 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2019/04/msg254218.html>
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482 On the top of the Crumpetty Tree
483 The Quangle Wangle sat,
484 But his face you could not see,
485 On account of his Beaver Hat.
486 For his Hat was a hundred and two feet wide,
487 With ribbons and bibbons on every side,
488 And bells, and buttons, and loops, and lace,
489 So that nobody ever could see the face
490 Of the Quangle Wangle Quee.
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492=head2 v5.28.1 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
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494L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252975.html>
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496On August 25, 1983, Leonard Bernstein celebrated his sixty-fifth
497birthday in his birthplace, Lawrence, Massachusetts. He had actually
498lived in the town for only a few weeks as a newborn baby, and had last
499visited it forty-nine years previously, in 1934, to get the name on his
500birth certificate altered from Louis to Leonard. But the citizens of
501Lawrence proposed to dedicate an outdoor theater to him in their
502heritage park and to provide not one but two local orchestras--the
503Merrimack Valley Philharmonic to play excerpts from his own compositions
504and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony and Chorus to perform the "Ode to
505Joy" and accompany Bernstein himself reading (for the only time in his
506life) the text of A Lincoln Portrait. So Bernstein turned down birthday
507invitations from Tanglewood and Central Park, New York, and the
508Hollywood Bowl and drove through the cheering if slightly bewildered
509crowds lining the streets of Lawrence in an open-topped 1928 Ford
510roadster, looking as homespun as James Stewart in Frank Capra's classic,
511It's a Wonderful Life.
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513=head2 v5.28.0 - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967
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517 When we look at modern man we have to face the fact that modern man
518 suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring
519 contrast with his scientific and technological abundance. We've learned
520 to fly the air as birds, we've learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we
521 haven't learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.
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523=head2 v5.28.0-RC4 - Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
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527 You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do
528 anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world,
529 the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over.
530 You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name.
531 You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is
7df03490 532 finished.
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534=head2 v5.28.0-RC3 - Anthony Horowitz, Magpie Murders
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538 These had been his plans. But if there was one thing that life had
539 taught him, it was the futility of making plans. Life had its own
540 agenda.
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542=head2 v5.28.0-RC2 - Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
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546 Had she not been of exceptional intelligence and literacy, with an
547 imagination filled and sustained, so to speak, by the images of
548 others, images conveyed by language, by the word, she might have
549 remained almost as helpless as a baby.
550
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551=head2 v5.28.0-RC1 - Anu Garg, A Word A Day
552
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555 One doesn't have to know the unit of pain (dol) to realize that the
556 unit of joy is not the dollar, or any other currency for that matter.
557
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558=head2 v5.27.11 - Tana French, In the Woods
559
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562 And then, too, I had learned early to assume something dark and
563 lethal hidden at the heart of anything I loved. When I couldn't find
564 it, I responded, bewildered and wary, in the only way I knew how: by
525f6500 565 planting it there myself.
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567=head2 v5.27.10 - Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, p. 248
568
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571 A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher
572 a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts,
573 build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders,
574 cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure,
575 program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
576 Specialization is for insects.
577
e60142ac 578=head2 v5.27.9 - Agatha Christie, "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"
579
580L<Announced on 2018-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/02/msg249549.html>
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582 Poirot was an extraordinary looking little man. He was hardly more
583 than five feet, four inches, but carried himself with great dignity.
584 His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it
585 a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military.
586 The neatness of his attire was almost incredible. I believe a
587 speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound.
588 Yet this quaint dandified little man who, I was sorry to see, now
589 limped badly, had been in his time one of the most celebrated members
590 of the Belgian police. As a detective, his flair had been extraordinary,
591 and he had achieved triumphs by unravelling some of the most baffling
592 cases of the day.
593 He pointed out to me the little house inhabited by him and his fellow
594 Belgians, and I promised to go and see him at an early date. Then he
595 raised his hat with a flourish to Cynthia, and we drove away.
596 "He's a dear little man," said Cynthia. "I'd no idea you knew him."
597 "You've been entertaining a celebrity unawares," I replied.
598 And, for the rest of the way home, I recited to them the various
599 exploits and triumphs of Hercule Poirot.
600
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601=head2 v5.27.8 - Jasper Fforde, "Shades of Grey"
602
603L<Announced on 2018-01-20 by Abigail|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/248914>
604
6052.4.16.55.021: Males are to wear dresscode #6 during inter-Collective
606travel. Hats are encouraged, but not required.
607
6089.3.88.32.025: The cucumber and tomato are both fruit; the avocado
609is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians,
610on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.
611
6125.3.21.01.002: Once allocated, postcodes are permanent, and for life.
613
6146.1.02.11.235: Artifacture from before the Something That Happened
615may be collected, so long it does not appear on the Leapback list
616or possess color above 23 percent saturation.
617
6182.3.06.02.087: Unnecessary sharpening of pencils constitutes a waste
619of public resources, and will be punished as appropriate.
620
6212.1.01.05.002: All children are to attent school until the age of
622sixteen or until they have learned everything, whichever be the sooner.
623
6241.3.02.06.023: There shall be no staring at the sun, however good
625the reason.
626
6271.1.19.02.006: Team sports are mandatory in order to build character.
628Character is there to give purpose to team sports.
629
6302.3.03.01.006: Juggling shall not be practiced after 4:00 pm.
631
632
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633=head2 v5.27.7 - Terry Pratchett, "Hogfather"
634
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636
637 Death looked at the sacks.
638
639 It was a strange but demonstrable fact that the sacks of
640 toys carried by the Hogfather, no matter what they
641 really contained, always appeared to have sticking out
642 of the top a teddy bear, a toy soldier in the kind of
643 colorful uniform that would stand out in a disco, a
644 drum and a red-and-white candy cane. The actual
645 contents always turned out to be something a bit
646 garish and costing $5.99.
647
648 Death had investigated one or two. There had been a
649 Real Agatean Ninja, for example, with Fearsome
650 Death Grip, and a Captain Carrot One-Man Night
651 Watch with a complete wardrobe of toy weapons, each
652 of which cost as much as the original wooden doll in
653 the first place.
654
655 Mind you, the stuff for the girls was just as
656 depressing. It seemed to be nearly all horses. Most of
657 them were grinning. Horses, Death felt, shouldn't grin.
658
659 Any horse that was grinning was planning something.
660
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661=head2 v5.27.6 - Ogden Nash, "Behold the Duck"
662
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665 Behold the duck,
666 it does not cluck;
667 a cluck it lacks,
668 it quacks!
669
670 It is 'specially fond
671 of puddles or ponds;
672 when it dines or sups
673 it bottoms ups.
674
675
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676=head2 v5.27.5 - Frank Birch, Dilly Knox & G. P. Mackeson, "Alice in I.D.25"
677
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680 'Can I do anything?' Alice suggested timidly, thinking that something
681 dreadful must have happened.
682 The Waterflap jumped as if it had been shot. 'What are you doing
683 here?' it snapped. 'Take this at once into the Directional room,' and it
684 thrust the paper which had caused all the fuss into her hands.
685 'But where is the Directional room?' she inquired, bewildered.
686 'Why, there of course,' howled the Waterflap, pointing to a door.
687 'How could I possibly know that!' Alice exclaimed, angered by his
688 rudeness.
689 'Silly girl,' it hissed. 'Why, it's called the Directional room
690 because it's in that direction,' and it pushed her roughly through the
691 doorway.
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693=head2 v5.27.4 - Richard Brautigan, "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"
694
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697 I like to think (and
698 the sooner the better!)
699 of a cybernetic meadow
700 where mammals and computers
701 live together in mutually
702 programming harmony
703 like pure water
704 touching clear sky.
705
706 I like to think
707 (right now, please!)
708 of a cybernetic forest
709 filled with pines and electronics
710 where deer stroll peacefully
711 past computers
712 as if they were flowers
713 with spinning blossoms.
714
715 I like to think
716 (it has to be!)
717 of a cybernetic ecology
718 where we are free of our labors
719 and joined back to nature,
720 returned to our mammal
721 brothers and sisters,
722 and all watched over
723 by machines of loving grace.
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725=head2 v5.27.3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
726
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729 When you walk through a storm
730 Hold your head up high
731 And don't be afraid of the dark
732
733 At the end of a storm
734 There's a golden sky
735 And the sweet silver song of a lark
736
737 Walk on through the wind
738 Walk on through the rain
739 Though your dreams be tossed and blown
740
741 Walk on, walk on
742 With hope in your heart
743 And you'll never walk alone
744
745 You'll never walk alone
746
747 Walk on, walk on
748 With hope in your heart
749 And you'll never walk alone
750
751 You'll never walk alone
752
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753=head2 v5.27.2 - Lev Grossman, Codex
754
755L<Announced on 2017-07-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245585.html>
756
757 He went back for another stack of books: a three-volume English legal
758 treatise; a travel guide to Tuscany from the '20s crammed with faded
759 Italian wildflowers that fluttered out from between the pages like
760 moths; a French edition of Turgeniev so decayed that it came apart in
761 his hands; a register of London society from 1863. In a way it was
762 idiotic. He was treating these books like they were holy relics. It
763 wasn't like he would ever actually read them. But there was something
764 magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly
765 ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused
766 by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used
767 to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of
768 memory, not stamped out of silicon but laboriously crafted out of wood
769 pulp and ink, leather and glue. Somebody had cared enough to write
770 these things; somebody else had cared enough to buy them, possibly
771 even read them, at the very least keep them safe for 150 years,
772 sometimes longer, when they could have vanished at the touch of a
773 spark. That made them worth something, didn't it, just by itself?
774 Though most of them would have bored him rigid the second he cracked
775 them open, which there wasn't much chance of. Maybe that was what he
776 found so appealing: the sight of so many books that he'd never have to
777 read, so much work he'd never have to do.
778
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779=head2 v5.27.1 - Rona Munro, Doctor Who: Survival
780
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782
783 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
784 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
785 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
786 Somewhere there's danger,
787 somewhere there's injustice
788 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
789 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
790
791=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
792
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795 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
796 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
797 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
798 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
799 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
800 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
801 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
802 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
803 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
804
805 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
806
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807=head2 v5.26.3 - Humphrey Burton, "Leonard Bernstein"
808
809L<Announced on 2018-11-29 by Steve Hay|http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/11/msg252974.html>
810
811The origins of the name "Bernstein" are sometimes linked with the German
812noun Bernstein, which means "amber"--a translucent yellowish fossilized
813resin, used for ornaments and thought to possess magical properties.
814Leonard Bernstein would later call himself "Lenny Amber" when he needed
815a pseudonym for the popular piano transcriptions he published in his
816mid-twenties, and his business affairs would be organized within a
817company called Amberson Enterprises. There are several towns and
818villages named Bernstein in Germany and Austria (where the pronunciation
819is BernSTINE), but Bernstein's parents came from Jewish ghettos in
820northwestern Ukraine, where the last syllable is usually pronounced
821BernSHTAYN or STEEN. Sam insisted, however, on the mid-European style
822employed by the earlier immigrants.
823
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824=head2 v5.26.2 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
825
826L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250440.html>
827
828How does a cat use its whiskers? The usual answer is that the whiskers
829are feelers that enable a cat to tell whether a gap is wide enough for
830it to squeeze through, but the truth is more complicated and more
831remarkable. In addition to their obvious role as feelers sensitive to
832touch, the whiskers also operate as air-current detectors. As the cat
833moves along in the dark it needs to manoeuvre past solid objects without
834touching them. Each solid object it approaches causes slight eddies in
835the air, minute disturbances in the currents of air movements, and the
836cat's whiskers are so amazingly sensitive that they can read these air
837changes and respond to the presence of solid obstacles even without
838touching them.
839
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841
842L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250103.html>
843
844Cats have a way of endearing themselves to their owners, not just by
845their 'kittenoid' behaviour, which stimulates strong parental feelings,
846but also by their sheer gracefulness. There is an elegance and a
847composure about them that captivates the human eye. To the sensitive
848human being it becomes a privilege to share a room with a cat, exchange
849its glance, feel its greeting rub, or watch it gently luxuriate itself
850into a snoozing ball on a soft cushion.
851
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852=head2 v5.26.1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
853
854L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246408.html>
855
856 And soon I heard a roaring wind:
857 It did not come anear;
858 But with its sound it shook the sails,
859 That were so thin and sere.
860
861 The upper air burst into life!
862 And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
863 To and fro they were hurried about!
864 And to and fro, and in and out,
865 The wan stars danced between.
866
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867=head2 v5.26.1-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
868
869L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246202.html>
870
871 At length did cross an Albatross,
872 Thorough the fog it came;
873 As if it had been a Christian soul,
874 We hailed it in God's name.
875
876 It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
877 And round and round it flew.
878 The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
879 The helmsman steered us through!
880
881 And a good south wind sprung up behind;
882 The Albatross did follow,
883 And every day, for food or play,
884 Came to the mariner's hollo!
885
886 In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
887 It perched for vespers nine;
888 Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
889 Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
890
891 'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
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892 From the fiends, that plague thee thus!—
893 Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
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894 I shot the ALBATROSS.
895
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896=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
897
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899
900 I've got the life
901 And I'm gonna keep it
902 I've got the life
903 And nobody's gonna take it away
904 I've got the life
905
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906=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
907
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909
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910 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
911 absolutely nothing else to do.
912
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913=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
914
915L<Announced on 2017-05-11 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244337.html>
916
917 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
918 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
919 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
920 converts than reason.
921
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922=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
923
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926 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
927 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
928 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
929
930 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
931 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
932 machinery like that.
933
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934=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
935
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938 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
939 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
940 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
941 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
942 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
943 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
944 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
945
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947
948L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
949
950 He who wants the world to remain as it is
951 doesn't want it to remain.
952
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953=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
954
955L<Announced on 2017-01-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242405.html>
956
957 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
958 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
959 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
960 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
961 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
962 bread, please."
963
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964=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
965
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967
968 So long
969 is in the song
970 and it's in the way you're gone
971 but it's like a foreign language
972 in my mind
973 and maybe was I blind
974 I could not see
975 and would not know
976 you're gone so long
977 so long.
978
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979=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
980
981L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
982
983 Of Beren and Lúthien
984
985 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
986 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
987 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
988 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
989 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
990 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
991 song.
992
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993=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
994
995L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
996
997 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
998 Are you?
3f0ff2a3 999 Yes. Do you know who the lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
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1000 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
1001 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
1002 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
1003 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
1004 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
1005 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
1006 a sea of shite.
1007 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
1008 America meant?
1009 No.
1010 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
1011 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
1012 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
1013 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
1014 playing to freak them out?
1015 Who's Michael Stipe?
1016 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
1017 No, I'm not, Stephen.
1018
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1019=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
1020
1021L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
1022
1023 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
1024 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
1025 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
1026 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
1027 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
1028 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
1029 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
1030 fact this is all we are doing
1031
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1032=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
1033
1034L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
1035
1036 Concerning Nomes and Time
1037
1038 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
1039 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
1040
1041 Let me explain.
1042
1043 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
1044 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
1045 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
1046
1047 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
1048 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
1049
1050 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
1051 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
1052 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
1053 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
1054 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
1055 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
1056 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
1057
1058 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
1059 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
1060 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
1061 even know.
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1064
1065L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
1066
1067 When awful darkness and silence reign
1068 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
1069 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
1070 When the angry breakers roar
1071 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
1072 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
1073 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
1074
1075 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
1076 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
1077 A lonely spark with silvery rays
1078 Piercing the coal-black night, -
1079 A Meteor strange and bright: -
1080 Hither and thither the vision strays,
1081 A single lurid light.
1082
1083 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
1084 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
1085 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
1086 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
1087 And those who watch at that midnight hour
1088 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
1089 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
1090 'The Dong! - the Dong!
1091 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
1092 The Dong! the Dong!
1093 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
1094
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1095=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
1096
1097L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
1098
1099 Waiting for the beat to kick in
1100 But it never does
1101 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
1102 That lift me above
1103 All of these tiresome things
1104 That we know and love
1105 Waiting for the beat to kick in
1106 But it never does
1107
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1108=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
1109
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1111
1112Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
1113totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
1114you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
1115that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
1116people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
1117
1118Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
1119gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
1120symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
1121and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
1122clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
1123home, from the ground up.
1124
1125No wonder you're a geek.
1126
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1127=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
1128
1129L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
1130
1131 Even the bravest that are slain
1132 Shall not dissemble their surprise
1133 On waking to find valor reign,
1134 Even as on earth, in paradise;
1135 And where they sought without the sword
1136 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
1137 To find that the utmost reward
1138 Of daring should be still to dare.
1139
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1140=head2 v5.24.4 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
1141
1142L<Announced on 2018-04-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/04/msg250439.html>
1143
1144Cats hate doors. Doors simply do not register in the evolutionary story
1145of the cat family. They constantly block patrolling activities and
1146prevent cats from exploring their home range and then returning to their
1147central, secure base at will. Humans often do not understand that a cat
1148needs to make only a brief survey of its territory before returning with
1149all the necessary information about the activities of other cats in the
1150vicinity. It likes to make these tours of inspection at frequent
1151intervals, but does not want to stay outside for very long, unless there
1152has been some special and unexpected change in the condition of the
1153local feline population.
1154
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1155=head2 v5.24.4-RC1 - Desmond Morris, "Catwatching: The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour"
1156
1157L<Announced on 2018-03-24 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2018/03/msg250102.html>
1158
1159The domestic cat is a contradiction. No animal has developed such an
1160intimate relationship with mankind, while at the same time demanding and
1161getting such independence of movement and action. The dog may be man's
1162best friend, but it is rarely allowed out on its own to wander from
1163garden to garden or street to street. The obedient dog has to be taken
1164for a walk. The headstrong cat walks alone.
1165
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1166=head2 v5.24.3 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
1167
1168L<Announced on 2017-09-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246407.html>
1169
1170 Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
1171 Beloved from pole to pole!
1172 To Mary Queen the praise be given!
1173 She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,
1174 That slid into my soul.
1175
1176 The silly buckets on the deck,
1177 That had so long remained,
1178 I dreamt that they were filled with dew;
1179 And when I awoke, it rained.
1180
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1181=head2 v5.24.3-RC1 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
1182
1183L<Announced on 2017-09-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/09/msg246201.html>
1184
1185 'And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
1186 Was tyrannous and strong:
1187 He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
1188 And chased us south along.
1189
1190 With sloping masts and dipping prow,
1191 As who pursued with yell and blow
1192 Still treads the shadow of his foe,
1193 And forward bends his head,
1194 The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
1195 And southward aye we fled.
1196
1197 And now there came both mist and snow,
1198 And it grew wondrous cold:
1199 And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
1200 As green as emerald.
1201
1202 And through the drifts the snowy clifts
1203 Did send a dismal sheen:
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1205 The ice was all between.
1206
1207 The ice was here, the ice was there,
1208 The ice was all around:
1209 It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
1210 Like noises in a swound!
1211
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1212=head2 v5.24.2 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
1213
1214L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245527.html>
1215
1216 A short while later, through the wood,
1217 Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
1218 The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze
1219 And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
1220 His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
1221 And spit was dripping from his jaw.
1222 Once more the maiden's eyelid flickers.
1223 She draws the pistol from her knickers.
1224 Once more, she hits the vital spot,
1225 And kills him with a single shot.
1226 Pig, peeping through the window, stood
1227 And yelled, 'Well done, Miss Riding Hood!'
1228
1229 Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
1230 Young ladies from the upper crust.
1231 For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
1232 Not only has two wolfskin coats,
1233 But when she goes from place to place,
1234 She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELLING CASE.
1235
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1236=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
1237
1238L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
1239
1240 The animal I really dig
1241 Above all others is the pig.
1242 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
1243 Pig are courteous. However,
1244 Now and then, to break this rule,
1245 One meets a pig who is a fool.
1246 What, for example, would you say
1247 If strolling through the woods one day,
1248 Right there in front of you you saw
1249 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
1250 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
1251 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
1252
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1253=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
1254
1255L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
1256
1257 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
1258 'If only you'd spoken before!
1259 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
1260 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
1261
1262 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
1263 If you never were met with again -
1264 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
1265 You might have suggested it then?
1266
1267 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
1268 As I think I've already remarked.'
1269 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
1270 'I informed you the day we embarked.
1271
1272 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
1273 (We are all of us weak at times):
1274 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
1275 Was never among my crimes!
1276
1277 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
1278 I said it in German and Greek:
1279 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
1280 That English is what you speak!'
1281
1282 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
1283 Had grown longer at every word:
1284 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
1285 More debate would be simply absurd.
1286
1287 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
1288 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
1289 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
1290 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
1291
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1292=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
1293
1294L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
1295
1296 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
1297 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
1298 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
1299 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
1300 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
1301 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
1302 And now the sun with more effectual beams
1303 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
1304 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
1305 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
1306 After a night of storm so ruinous,
1307 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
1308 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
1309
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1310=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1311
1312L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
1313
1314 Before the gates there sat
1315 On either side a formidable shape;
1316 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
1317 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
1318 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
1319 With mortal sting; about her middle round
1320 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
1321 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
1322 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
1323 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
1324 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
1325 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
1326 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
1327 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
1328 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
1329 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
1330 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
1331 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
1332 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
1333 If shape it might be called that shape had none
1334 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
1335 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
1336 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
1337 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
1338 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
1339 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
1340 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
1341 The monster moving onward came as fast
1342 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
1343
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1344=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
1345
1346L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
1347
1348 A bird within the bower of her delight,
1349 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
1350 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
1351
1352 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
1353 No weary task for her, for as at play
1354 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
1355
1356 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
1357 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
1358 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
1359
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1360=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
1361
1362L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
1363
1364 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
1365 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
1366 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
1367
1368 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
1369 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
1370 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
1371
1372 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
1373 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
1374 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
1375
1376 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
1377 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
1378 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
1379
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1380=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
1381
1382L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
1383
1384 New punishments behoves me sing in this
1385 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
1386 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
1387
1388 I now stood ready to observe the full
1389 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
1390 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
1391
1392 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
1393 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
1394 As Litany processions keep, up here.
1395
1396 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
1397 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
1398 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
1399
1400 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
1401 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
1402 All power of looking forward being denied.
1403
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1404=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
1405
1406L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
1407
1408 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
1409 I could be monarch of a desert land
1410 I could devote and dedicate forever
1411 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
1412 So desert it would have to be, so walled
1413 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
1414 No one would covet it or think it worth
1415 The pains of conquering to force change on.
1416 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
1417 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
1418 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
1419 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
1420 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
1421 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
1422
1423 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
1424 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
1425 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
1426
1427=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
1428
1429L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
1430
1431 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
1432 You can't find one good thing to say
1433 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
1434 You'd stay the hell out of my way
1435
1436 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
1437 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
1438
1439=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
1440
1441L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
1442
1443"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
1444
1445=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
1446
1447L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
1448
1449The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
1450Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
1451gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
1452
1453=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
1454
1455L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
1456
1457“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
1458
1459“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
1460
1461“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
1462be fun.”
1463
1464Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
1465
1466“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
1467every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
1468
1469“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
1470
1471“You’ll have to jump.”
1472
1473“I’ll jump.”
1474
1475“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
1476
1477Yossarian jumped.
1478
1479Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
1480missing him by inches, and he took off.
1481
1482=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
1483
1484L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
1485
1486 Nothing was left to do that I could see
1487 Unless to find that there was no one there
1488 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
1489 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
1490 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
1491 Break silence now or be forever silent.
1492 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
1493 The melancholy of having to count souls
1494 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
1495 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
1496 It must be I want life to go on living.
1497
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1498=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
1499
1500L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
1501
1502Spring
1503
1504Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
1505look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
1506I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
1507and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
1508love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
1509meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
1510and begin a new adventure.
1511
1512Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
1513-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
1514kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
1515adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
1516as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
1517
1518The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
1519asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
1520brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
1521and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
1522Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
1523produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
1524possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
1525beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
1526are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
1527are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
1528seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
1529remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
1530you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
1531cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
1532lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
1533marriages made in heaven.
1534
1535
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1536=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
1537
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1538L<Announced on 2016-02-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/02/msg234535.html>
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1540Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
1541of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
1542helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
1543
1544But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
1545any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
1546she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
1547no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
1548free.
1549
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1553
1554A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
1555nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
1556the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
1557in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
1558colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
1559over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
1560cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
1561the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
1562and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
1563dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
1564into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
1565trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
1566
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1567=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
1568
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1569L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
1570
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1571 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
1572
1573 5.23 Episode VII
1574 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
1575
1576 It is a period of
1577 unrest as separatists
1578 announce their intentions
1579 to fork PERL and return the
1580 galaxy to speed and stability.
1581
1582 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
1583 to hold together the remains of the
1584 once mighty Republic against a tide of
1585 incivility and the depredations of a new
1586 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
1587
1588 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
1589 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
1590 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
1591 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
1592 a new Empire of gradual typing....
1593
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1594=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
1595
1596L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
1597
1598After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
1599me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
1600Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
1601adventure.
1602
1603I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
1604only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
1605lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
1606sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
1607lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
1608hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
1609
1610Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
1611no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
1612loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
1613control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
1614It took me two weeks to figure it out.
1615
1616The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
1617register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
1618an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
1619index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
1620would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
1621the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
1622
1623Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
1624to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
1625instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
1626additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
1627instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
1628ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
1629
1630The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
1631lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
1632was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
1633all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
1634
1635He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
1636largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
1637datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
1638overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
1639the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
1640the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
1641program went happily on its way.
1642
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1643=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
1644
1645L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
1646
1647Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
1648first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
1649or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
1650Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
1651when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
1652when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
1653difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
1654keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
1655strong men.
1656
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1657=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
1658
1659L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
1660
1661 Little of of all we value here
1662 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
1663 Without both feeling and looking queer.
1664 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
1665 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
1666 (This is a moral that runs at large;
1667 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
1668
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1669=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
1670
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1672
1673 Would you believe in a night like this
1674 A night like this, when visions come true
1675 Would you believe in a tale like this
1676 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
1677 Come to the blazing fire and
1678
1679 See me in the shadows
1680 See me in the shadows
1681 Songs I will sing
1682 Of runes and rings
1683 Just hand me my harp
1684 This night turns into myth
1685 Nothing seems real
1686 You soon will feel
1687 The world we live in is another skald's
1688 Dream in the shadows
1689 Dream in the shadows
1690
1691 Do you believe there is sense in it
1692 Is it truth or myth?
1693 They´re one in my rhymes
1694 Nobody knows the meaning behind
1695 The weaver's line
1696 Well nobody else but the Norns can
1697 See through the blazing fires of time and
1698 All things will proceed as the
1699 Child of the hallowed
1700 Will speak to you now
1701
1702 See me in the shadows
1703 See me in the shadows
1704 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
1705 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
1706 Nothing seems real
1707 You soon will feel
1708 The world we live in is another skald´s
1709 Dream in the shadows
1710 Dream in the shadows
1711
1712 Do not fear for my reason
1713 There's nothing to hide
1714 How bitter your treason
1715 How bitter the lie
1716 Remember the runes and remember the light
1717 All I ever want is to be at your side
1718 We'll gladden the raven now I will
1719 Run through the blazing fires
1720 That's my choice
1721 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
1722
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1723=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
1724
1725L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
1726
1727 I was born beneath this willow,
1728 Where my sire the earth did farm
1729 Had the green grass as my pillow
1730 The east wind as a blanket warm.
1731
1732 But away! away! called the wind from the west
1733 And in answer I did run
1734 Seeking glory and adventure
1735 Promised by the rising sun.
1736
1737 I found love beneath this willow,
1738 As true a love as life could hold,
1739 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
1740 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
1741
1742 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
1743 In faithful answer I did run
1744 Marching forth for king and country
1745 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
1746
1747 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
1748 As the seven seas I plied
1749 And the girl who I left waiting
1750 Longing to be at her side.
1751
1752 But about! about! called the wind from the west
1753 As once again my ship did run
1754 Down the coast, about the wide world
1755 Flying sails in the setting sun.
1756
1757 Now I lie beneath the willow
1758 Now at last no more to roam,
1759 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
1760 In their arms I'm finally home.
1761
1762 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
1763 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
1764 Will chase the sun into the morning
1765 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
1766
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1768
1769L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
1770
1771 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1772 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1773 Well, I try my best
1774 To be just like I am
1775 But everybody wants you
1776 To be just like them
1777 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
1778 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
1779
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1780=head2 v5.22.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1781
1782L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245526.html>
1783
1784 Then Little Red Riding Hood said, 'But Grandma,
1785 what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.'
1786 'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
1787 'To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
1788 'Ah well, no matter what you say,
1789 'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
1790 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1791 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1792 She aims it at the creature's head
1793 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
1794
1795 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1796 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1797 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1798 No silly hood upon her head.
1799 She said, 'Hello, and do please note
1800 'My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.'
1801
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1802=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1803
1804L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
1805
1806 As soon as Wolf began to feel
1807 That he would like a decent meal,
1808 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
1809 When Grandma opened it, she saw
1810 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
1811 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
1812 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
1813 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
1814 And she was absolutely right.
1815 He ate her up in one big bite.
1816
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1817=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
1818
1819L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
1820
1821 As one who strives a hill to climb,
1822 Who never climbed before:
1823 Who finds it, in a little time,
1824 Grow every moment less sublime,
1825 And votes the thing a bore:
1826
1827 Yet, having once begun to try,
1828 Dares not desert his quest,
1829 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
1830 On one small hut against the sky
1831 Wherein he hopes to rest:
1832
1833 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
1834 With many a puff and pant:
1835 Who still, as rises the ascent,
1836 In language grows more violent,
1837 Although in breath more scant:
1838
1839 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
1840 That crowns the upward track:
1841 And, entering with unsteady pace,
1842 Receives a buffet in the face
1843 That lands him on his back:
1844
1845 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
1846 Glide swiftly down again,
1847 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
1848 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
1849 He drops upon the plain -
1850
1851 So I, that had resolved to bring
1852 Conviction to a ghost,
1853 And found it quite a different thing
1854 From any human arguing,
1855 Yet dared not quit my post.
1856
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1857=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
1858
1859L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
1860
1861 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
1862 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
1863 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
1864 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
1865 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
1866 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
1867 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
1868 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
1869 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
1870 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
1871 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
1872 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
1873 Thither he bent his way, determined there
1874 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
1875 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
1876 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
1877 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
1878 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
1879 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
1880
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1881=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1882
1883L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
1884
1885 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
1886 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
1887 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
1888 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
1889 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
1890 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
1891 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
1892 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
1893 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
1894 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
1895 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
1896 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
1897 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
1898 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
1899 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
1900 At certain revolutions all the damned
1901 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
1902 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
1903 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
1904 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
1905 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
1906 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
1907 They ferry over this Lethean sound
1908 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
1909 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
1910 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
1911 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
1912 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
1913 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
1914 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
1915 The ford, and of itself the water flies
1916 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
1917 The lip of Tantalus.
1918
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1919=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
1920
1921L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
1922
1923 Between two dishes, equally attractive
1924 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
1925 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
1926
1927 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
1928 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
1929 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
1930
1931 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
1932 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
1933 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
1934
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1935=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
1936
1937L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
1938
1939 For better waters heading with the wind
1940 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
1941 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
1942
1943 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
1944 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
1945 To leap up into joy celestial.
1946
1947 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
1948 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
1949 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
1950
1951 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
1952 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
1953 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
1954
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1955=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
1956
1957L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
1958
1959 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
1960 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
1961 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
1962
1963 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
1964 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
1965 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
1966
1967 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
1968 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
1969 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
1970
1971 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
1972 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
1973 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
1974
1975 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
1976 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
1977 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
1978
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1979=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1980
1981L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
1982
1983A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
1984splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
1985shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
1986straight up into the air!_'
1987The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
1988experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
1989gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
1990his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
1991most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
1992storm.
1993Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
1994knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
1995heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
1996intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
1997those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
1998scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
1999set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
2000everything, regardless?
2001At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
2002voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
2003
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2004=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
2005
2006L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
2007
2008This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
2009before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
2010whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
2011carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
2012merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
2013ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
2014entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
2015boisterous.
2016Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
2017not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
2018up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
2019nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
2020masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
2021the attentions of several all too merry couples.
2022Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
2023that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
2024Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
2025on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
2026raising a glass of champagne.
2027In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
2028mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
2029lonely corner.
2030He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
2031a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
2032that it was Christine and followed her.
2033'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
2034The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
2035no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
2036on in silence.
2037
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2038=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2039
2040L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
2041
2042 If the snow flies in my face,
2043 Let me shake it off me!
2044 If my heart within me speaks,
2045 I'll sing bright and gaily!
2046
2047 Will not listen what it says,
2048 Have no ears for moaning.
2049 Do not feel what it complains,--
2050 Only fools like groaning!
2051
2052 Jolly brave into the world,
2053 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
2054 If there is no God on earth,
2055 Let 's be gods down nether!
2056
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2057=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2058
2059L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
2060
2061 Why do I shun all those highways
2062 Which the other wanderer seeks?
2063 Why do I find bridged by-ways
2064 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
2065
2066 For I have no crime committed,
2067 Why I should now run from men,--
2068 What demented heart's desire
2069 Drives me to a desert glen?
2070
2071 Signposts on all highways stationed
2072 Point their signs toward the towns,
2073 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
2074 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
2075
2076 One such signpost I see planted
2077 Of my question unconcerned,
2078 One road must my choice be granted,
2079 Whence no man has yet returned!
2080
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2081=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2082
2083L<Announced on 2015-12-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233032.html>
2084
2085 How the storm tore rents
2086 In heavens gray attired!
2087 The rags of cloud are flying
2088 Around, of combat tired.
2089
2090 And flames of fire lambent,
2091 Fly between them and part,
2092 That 's what I call a morning,
2093 A morning after my heart!
2094
2095 My heart sees in the heavens
2096 Its own picture unspoilt--
2097 It's nothing but the Winter,
2098 The Winter, cold and wild.
2099
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2100=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2101
2102L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
2103
2104 The hoary frost has a white sheen
2105 Strewn all over my hair,
2106 So I thought I was an old man
2107 And thought life dealt me fair.
2108
2109 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
2110 And I have my black hair again.
2111 How I abhor my young fair years,
2112 How long to wait for death and biers?
2113
2114 From setting sun to morning's hue
2115 Many a head turns white.
2116 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
2117 In all this lifelong plight!
2118
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2119=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
2120
2121L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
2122
2123 In the deepest rocky crevice
2124 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
2125 How I could find my way from here,
2126 For me it's easy memory!
2127
2128 For I am used to straying ways,
2129 Every path to th'end a way,
2130 All our joys and all our suffering,--
2131 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
2132
2133 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
2134 I quite calmly downward stroll;
2135 Every stream its sea will enter,
2136 Every suffering finds its goal!
2137
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2138=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
2139
2140L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
2141
2142“You are the advocate of the dead.”
2143
2144The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
2145that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
2146take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
2147their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
2148remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
2149figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
2150
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2151=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
2152
2153L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
2154
2155 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
2156 Among the theories scattered on the grass
2157 Take up my good intentions with the rest
2158
2159=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
2160
2161L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
2162
2163There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
2164its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
2165
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2166=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
2167
2168L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
2169
2170 They shall pass and their places be taken,
2171 The gods and the priests that are pure.
2172 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
2173 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
2174 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
2175 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
2176 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
2177 And delicate dust.
2178
2179 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
2180 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
2181 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
2182 As the serpent again to a rod.
2183 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
2184 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
2185 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
2186 Our Lady of Pain.
2187
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2188=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
2189
2190L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
2191
2192The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
2193Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
2194started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
2195crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
2196and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
2197pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
2198through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
2199claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
2200were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
2201they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
2202It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
2203obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
2204
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2205=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
2206
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2209 There is another sky,
2210 Ever serene and fair,
2211 And there is another sunshine,
2212 Though it be darkness there;
2213 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
2214 Never mind silent fields -
2215 Here is a little forest,
2216 Whose leaf is ever green;
2217 Here is a brighter garden,
2218 Where not a frost has been;
2219 In its unfading flowers
2220 I hear the bright bee hum:
2221 Prithee, my brother,
2222 Into my garden come!
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2224=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
2225
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2227
2228Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
2229Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
2230Calvin: Brother! You doubting Thomases get in the way of more scientific advances with your stupid ethical questions! This is a *BRILLIANT* idea! Hit the button, will ya?
2231Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
2232[Box]: *BOINK*
2233Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
2234Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
2235Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
2236
2ee7da68 2237=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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2238
2239L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
2240
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2241"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
2242Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
2243we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
2244everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
2245"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
2246refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
2247"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
2248would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
2249than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
2250the discontinuity."
d171d861 2251
2ee7da68 2252=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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2253
2254L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
2255
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2256GAME CAT
2257
2258EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
2259things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
2260Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
2261lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
2262snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
2263This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
2264all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
2265Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
2266some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
2267finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
2268just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
2269Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
2270MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
2271The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
2272involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
2273and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
2274where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
2275Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 2277=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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2278
2279L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
2280
2281 Het Dorp
2282
2283 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
2284 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
2285 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
2286 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
2287 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
2288 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
2289 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
2290 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
2291 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
2292 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
2293 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 2294 het vee, de boerderijen.
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2295
2296 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2297 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
2298 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 2299 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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2300
2301 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
2302 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
2303 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
2304 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
2305 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
2306 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
2307 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
2308 ze zien de televisiequiz
2309 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
2310 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
2311 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
2312 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
2313
2314 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2315 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
2316 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 2317 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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2318
2319 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
2320 in minirok en beatle-haar
2321 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
2322 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
2323 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
2324 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
2325 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
2326 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
2327 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
2328 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
2329 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
2330 een ansicht en herinneringen.
2331
2332 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
2333 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
2334 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
2335 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
2336
2ee7da68 2337=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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2338
2339L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
2340
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2341To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
2342of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
2343masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
2344of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
2345seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
2346joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
2347to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
2348high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
2349approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
2350ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
2351myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
2352to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
2353discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
2354canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
2355armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
2356rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
2357handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
2358stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
2359occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
2360and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
2361which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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2363=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
2364
2365L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
2366
2367 If they just went straight they might go far,
2368 They are strong and brave and true;
2369 But they're always tired of the things that are,
2370 And they want the strange and new.
2371 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
2372 What a deep mark I would make!"
2373 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
2374 Is only a fresh mistake.
2375
2376=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
2377
2378L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
2379
2380 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
2381 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
2382 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
2383 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
2384 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
2385 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
2386 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
2387 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
2388 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
2389 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
2390 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
2391 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
2392 Aldrin: 120 feet.
2393 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
2394 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
2395 Duke: 60 seconds.
2396 Aldrin: Light's on.
2397 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
2398 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
2399 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
2400 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
2401 down a half.
2402 Duke: 30 seconds.
2403 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
2404 Aldrin: Contact Light.
2405 Armstrong: Shutdown.
2406 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
2407 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
2408 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
2409 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
2410 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
2411 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
2412 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
2413 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
2414 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
2415 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
2416 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
2417 Aldrin: Thank you.
2418
2419=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
2420
2421L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
2422
2423 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
2424 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
2425 We danced among the lightning bolts,
2426 and tore the world asunder.
2427
2428 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
2429 written near the end of the previous Age,
2430 known by some as the Third Age.
2431 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
2432 Reborn.
2433
2434=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
2435
2436L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
2437
2438 Walled in fast within the earth
2439 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
2440 This must be the bell’s great birth!
2441 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
2442 Sweat must trickle now
2443 From the burning brow,
2444 Till the work its master honour.
2445 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
2446
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2447=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
2448
2449L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
2450
2451 Steady old Väinämöinen
2452 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2453 'No lilting on the waters
2454 and no singing on the waves!
2455 Song keeps you lazy
2456 tales delay rowing.
2457 Precious day would pass and night
2458 would overtake us midway
2459 on these wide waters
2460 upon these vast waves.'
2461
2462 The wanton Lemminkäinen
2463 uttered a word and spoke thus:
2464 'The time will pass anyway
2465 the fair day will flee
2466 and the night will come panting
2467 and the twilight will steal in
2468 if you don't sing while you live
2469 nor hum in this world.'
2470
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2471=head2 v5.20.3-RC2 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
2472
2473L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
2474
2475'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
2476and I was reciting these lines:
2477
2478 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
2479 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
2480 I wonder at the patience that I showed
2481 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
2482 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
2483 I have remained confused in misery.
2484
2485I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
2486Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
2487walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
2488person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
2489am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
2490ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
2491asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
2492allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
2493added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
2494and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
2495idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
2496coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
2497and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
2498different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
2499without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
2500the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
2501the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
2502sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
2503gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
2504told you about this, so goodbye."
2505
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2507
2508L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
2509
2510'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
2511asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
2512and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
2513and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
2514I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
2515candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
2516were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
2517congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
2518face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
2519[...]
2520'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
2521her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
2522them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
2523ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
2524told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
2525man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
2526[...]
2527'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
2528servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
2529was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
2530four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
2531like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
2532fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
2533"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
2534was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
2535shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
2536longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
2537a bean.
2538
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2540
2541L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
2542
2543 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
2544 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
2545 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
2546 Where is the cow hidden right now?
2547
2548 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
2549 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
2550 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
2551 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
2552
2553 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
2554 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
2555 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
2556 Yeah!
2557
2558 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
2559 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
2560 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
2561 Yeah, yeah!
2562
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2564
2565L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
2566
2567 I've seen things,
2568 I've seen them with my eyes;
2569 I've seen things,
2570 They're often in disguise.
2571
2572 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
2573 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
2574 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
2575 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
2576
2577 I've seen things,
2578 I've seen them with my eyes;
2579 I've seen things,
2580 They're often in disguise.
2581
2582 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
2583
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2585
2586L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
2587
2588 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
2589 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
2590 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
2591
2592 DON ALFONSO:
2593 Take heart, my dearest children.
2594 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
2595
2596 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
2597 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
2598
2599 FIORDILIGI:
2600 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
2601 It is disappearing already!
2602 It is no longer in sight!
2603 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
2604
2605 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
2606 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
2607
2608 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
2609 May the wind be gentle,
2610 may the sea be calm,
2611 and may the elements
2612 respond kindly
2613 to our wishes.
2614
2ee7da68 2615=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2616
2617L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
2618
2619 GUGLIELMO:
2620 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
2621 is reluctant to come before her.
2622
2623 FERRANDO:
2624 My trembling lip
2625 can utter no word.
2626
2627 DON ALFONSO:
2628 The hero displays his manliness
2629 in the most terrible moments.
2630
2631 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
2632 Now that we have heard the news,
2633 you have the lesser duty:
2634 Take heart, and plunge your swords
2635 into both our hearts.
2636
2637 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
2638 My idol, blame fate
2639 that I must abandon you.
2640
2641 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
2642 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
2643 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
2644 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
2645 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
2646 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
2647 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
2648
2649 ALL:
2650 Thus destiny defrauds
2651 the hopes of mortals.
2652 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
2653 who can ever love life?
2654
2ee7da68 2655=head2 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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2656
2657L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
2658
2659 DON ALFONSO:
2660 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
2661 my lip stammers.
2662 My voice cannot emerge,
2663 but remains in my throat.
2664 What will you do? What shall I do?
2665 Oh what a great catastrophe!
2666 There can be nothing worse.
2667 I feel pity for you and for them.
2668
2669 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
2670 die.
2671 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
2672 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
2673 love dead, perhaps?
2674 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
2675 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
2676 DORABELLA: Wounded?
2677 DON ALFONSO: No.
2678 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
2679 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
2680 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
2681 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
2682 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
2683 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
2684 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
2685 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
2686 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
2687 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
2688 you wish it, they are ready...
2689 DORABELLA: Where are they?
2690 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
2691
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2692=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
2693
2694L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
2695
2696 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
2697 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
2698 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
2699 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
2700 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
2701 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
2702
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2703=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
2704
2705L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
2706
2707 When times go bad
2708 when times go rough
2709 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
2710 And let me do my stuff
2711
2ee7da68 2712=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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2713
2714L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
2715
2716O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
2717sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
2718Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
2719than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
2720temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
2721mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
2722your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
2723draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
2724implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
2725rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
2726bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
2727Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
2728is a fool!
2729
2ee7da68 2730=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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2731
2732L<Announced on 2014-03-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/03/msg213851.html>
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2733
2734The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
2735the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
2736withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
2737consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
2738tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
2739detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
2740by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
2741
2ee7da68 2742=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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2743
2744L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
2745
2746Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
2747rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
2748stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
2749know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
2750that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
2751chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
2752clouds thickened above them.
2753
2754"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
2755you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
2756body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
2757closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
2758hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
2759he looked Long in the face.
2760
2761"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
2762master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
2763grew fierce.
2764
2765"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
2766fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
2767truth!"
2768
2ee7da68 2769=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2770
2771L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
2772
2773“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
2774hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
2775
2776“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
2777
2778“Is there? What is the point?”
2779
2780“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
2781
2782“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
2783
2784“The trick is not to think about that.”
2785
2786“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
2787
2788Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
2789
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2790=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
2791
2792L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
2793
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2794And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
2795down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
2796the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
2797were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
2798they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
2799Europe was over.
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2801Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
2802leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
2803kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
2804horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 2805
e91f1fc1 2806Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 2807
e91f1fc1 2808One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
2cff31c9 2809
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2810=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
2811
2812L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
2813
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2814 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
2815
2816 Mr. Bun: Morning.
2817 Waitress: Morning.
2818 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
2819 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
2820 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
2821 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
2822 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
2823 egg on top and spam
2824 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
2825 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
2826 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
2827 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
2828 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
2829 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
2830 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
2831 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
2832 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
2833 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
2834
2835 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
2836
2837 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
2838 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
2839 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
2840 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
5a3c3c58 2841
40e1c3e8 2842=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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2843
2844L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
2845
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2846 I
2847
2848 A cat is strolling through my mind
2849 Acting as though he owned the place,
2850 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
2851 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
2852
2853 So tender and discreet his tone;
2854 But whether he should growl or purr
2855 His voice is always rich and deep.
2856 That is the secret of his charm.
2857
2858 This purling voice that filters down
2859 Into my darkest depths of soul
2860 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
2861 Delights me as a potion would.
2862
2863 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
2864 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
2865 Without the need for any words
2866 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
2867
2868 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
2869 Across my heart, fine instrument,
2870 And makes to sing so royally
2871 The strongest and the purest chord,
2872
2873 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
2874 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
2875 In whom all is, angelically,
2876 As subtle as harmonious.
2877
2878 II
2879
2880 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
2881 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
2882 I might have been embalmed in it
2883 By giving him one little pet.
2884
2885 He is my household's guardian soul;
2886 He judges, he presides, inspires
2887 All matters in hos royal realm;
2888 Might he be fairy? or a god?
2889
2890 When my eyes, to this cat I love
2891 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
2892 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
2893 And when I look within myself,
2894
2895 I notice with astonishment
2896 The fire of his opal eyes,
2897 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
2898 Taking my measure, steadily.
2899
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2900=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
2901
2902L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
2903
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2904There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
2905that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
2906Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
2907despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
2908loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
2909looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
2910his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
2911of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
2912heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
2913danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
2914She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
2915surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
2916and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
2917be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
2918name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
2919and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
2920him.
2921
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2922=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
2923
2924L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
2925
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2926E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
2927written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
2928betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
2929have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
2930personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
2931Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
2932For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
2933political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
2934working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
2935between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
2936however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
2937logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
2938an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
2939to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
2940outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
2941there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
2942There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
2943
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2944=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
2945
2946L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
2947
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2948The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
2949correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
2950showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
2951however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
2952magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
2953the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
2954
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2955=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2956
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2958
2959 Over hill, over dale,
2960 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
2961 Over park, over pale,
2962 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
2963 I do wander everywhere,
2964 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
2965 And I serve the fairy queen,
2966 To dew her orbs upon the green.
2967 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
2968 In their gold coats, spots you see;
2969 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
2970 In their freckles live our savours.
2971 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
2972 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
2973 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
2974 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
2975
5f42d1f2 2976=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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2977
2978L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
2979
2980 From the beginning, I knew…
2981 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
2982 …that I can't fix…
2983 …with my hands…
2984
40e1c3e8 2985=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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2986
2987L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
2988
2989 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
2990 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
2991 The shadows lengthen
2992 In Carcosa.
2993
2994 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
2995 And strange moons circle through the skies
2996 But stranger still is
2997 Lost Carcosa.
2998
2999 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
3000 Where flap the tatters of the King,
3001 Must die unheard in
3002 Dim Carcosa.
3003
3004 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
3005 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
3006 Shall dry and die in
3007 Lost Carcosa.
3008
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3009=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
3010
3011(no epigraph)
3012
40e1c3e8 3013=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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3016
3017"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
3018empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
3019Yellow!"
3020
40e1c3e8 3021=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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3024
3025 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
3026
3027 STRANGER: Indeed?
3028
3029 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
3030
3031 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
3032
3033 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
3034
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3035=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
3036
3037L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
3038
3039One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
3040only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
3041that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
3042about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
3043places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
3044Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
3045mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
3046every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
3047
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3048=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
3049
3050L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
3051
3052The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
3053systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
3054thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
3055operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
3056ever seen.
3057
3058An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
3059something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
3060kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
3061anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
3062disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
3063gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
3064that renders the operating system unnecessary.
3065
3066=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
3067
3068L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
3069
3070Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
3071someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
3072again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
3073and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
3074language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
3075
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3076=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
3077
3078L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
3079
3080It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
3081who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
3082walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
3083and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
3084search, in questions, in torment.
3085
2ee7da68 3086=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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3089
3090Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
3091
3092=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
3093
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3095
3096 I'd love to go drowning
3097 And to stay and to stay
3098 But the ocean doesn't want me today
3099 I'll go in up to here
3100 It can't possibly hurt
3101 All they will find is my beer
3102 And my shirt
3103
3104=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
3105
3106L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
3107
3108 And the great day of wrath has come
3109 And here's mud in your big red eye
3110 The poker's in the fire
3111 And the locusts take the sky
3112 And the earth died screaming
3113 While I lay dreaming of you
3114
3115=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
3116
3117L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
3118
3119 What's he building in there?
3120
3121 We have a right to know…
3122
2ee7da68 3123=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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3124
3125L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
3126
3127It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
3128eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
3129
2ee7da68 3130=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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f3d08688 3132L<Announced on 2013-03-23 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200504.html>
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MM
3133
3134The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
3135followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
3136safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
3137place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
3138would be famous for this.
3139
3140Six months passed. A year.
3141
72f869fd 3142The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 3143Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 3144powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 3145
2ee7da68 3146=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
fed67cf1 3147
f3d08688 3148L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/02/msg199115.html>
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3149
3150Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
3151The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
3152recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
3153his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
3154Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
3155of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
3156Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
3157of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
3158'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
3159embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
3160'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
3161in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
3162leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
3163
3164The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
3165Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
3166in the destruction of the planet Earth.
3167
2ee7da68 3168=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
2eea07f2 3169
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3171
3172I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
3173the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
3174dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
3175between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
3176improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
3177fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
3178I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
3179them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
3180do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 3181from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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3182in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
3183perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
3184himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
3185a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
3186the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
3187world is richer for it.
3188
2ee7da68 3189=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
c2a10b9c 3190
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3192
3193No thought.
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3194
3195The boy extinguished. Only a place.
3196
3197This place.
3198
3199Motionless, the Pragma sat facing him, the bare soles of his feet flat against each other, his dark frock scored by the shadows of deep folds, his eyes as empty as the child they watched.
3200
3201A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
3202
3203For the first lances of sunlight careered over the glacier, as ponderous as great tree limbs in the wind. Shadows hardened and light gleamed across the Pragma’s ancient skull.
3204
3205The old man’s left hand forsook his right sleeve, bearing a watery knife. And like a rope in water, his arm pitched outward, fingertips trailing across the blade as the knife swung languidly into the air, the sun skating and the dark shrine plunging across its mirror back . . .
3206
3207And the place where Kellhus had once existed extended an open hand—the blond hairs like luminous filaments against tanned skin—and grasped the knife from stunned space.
3208
3209The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
3210
3211I have been legion . . .
3212
3213In his periphery, he could see the spike of the sun ease from the mountain. He felt drunk with exhaustion. In the recoil of his trance, it seemed all he could hear were the twigs arching and bobbing in the wind, pulled by leaves like a million sails no bigger than his hand. Cause everywhere, but amid countless minute happenings—diffuse, useless.
3214
3215Now I understand.
c2a10b9c 3216
2ee7da68 3217=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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3220
3221Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
3222of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
3223scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
3224glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
3225beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
3226much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
3227caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
3228vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
3229had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
3230
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3231=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
3232
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3234
3235Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
3236behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
3237recording everything.
3238
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3239=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
3240
f3d08688 3241L<Announced on 2012-09-19 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/09/msg192635.html>
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3243 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
3244 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
3245 She aims it at the creature's head,
3246 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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3248 A few weeks later, in the wood,
3249 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
3250 But what a change! No cloak of red,
3251 No silly hood upon her head.
3252 She said, "Hello, and do please note
3253 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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3255=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
3256
3257L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
3258
3259Preparation:
3260
3261Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
3262or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
3263Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
3264look golden brown.
3265Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
3266ready to create the soup.
3267
3268Ingredients:
3269
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3270 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
3271 3 tbsp butter
3272 1/4 cup olive oil
3273 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
3274 1 tsp salt
3275 1 tsp sugar
3276 black pepper to taste
3277 1 cup red wine
3278 1/4 cup all purpose flour
3279 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
3280 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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3281
3282Method:
3283
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3284 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
3285 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
3286 to half an hour.
3287 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
3288 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
3289 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
3290 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
3291 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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3292
3293Enjoy.
3294
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3295=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
3296
3d76f962 3297L<Announced on 2012-07-21 by TonyC|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/07/msg189828.html>
d7846122
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3298
3299‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
3300
3301Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
3302their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
3303
3304The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
3305butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
3306and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
3307
3308Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
3309
3310‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
3311
3312‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
3313
3314‘What?’
3315
3316‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
3317
3318‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
3319his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
3320dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
3321quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
3322
3323‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
3324an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
3325
3326‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
3327
3328The iotum rose, spinning.
3329
3330‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
3331
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3332=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
3333
3334L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
3335
3336On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
3337taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
3338"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
3339and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
3340merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
3341subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
3342Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
3343it.
3344
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3345=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
3346
f51b9d59 3347L<Announced on 2012-05-26 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/05/msg187214.html>
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3348
3349`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
3350`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
3351hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
3352The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
3353been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
3354be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
3355to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
3356fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
3357
3358There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
3359climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
3360broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
3361implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
3362on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
3363Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
3364astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
3365for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
3366out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
3367the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
3368
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3369=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
3370
3371L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
3372
3373 A victim of collision on the open sea
3374 Nobody ever said that life was free
3375 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
3376 But use your freedom of choice
3377
3378=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
3379
3380L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
3381
3382Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
3383machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
3384trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
3385little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
3386to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
3387he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
3388the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
3389
3390The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
3391current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
3392transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
3393chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
3394adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
3395as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
3396solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
3397valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
3398the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
3399machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
3400
2ee7da68 3401=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
a210cc89 3402
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3404
3405 Don't you know? You never split the party
3406 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
3407 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
3408 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
3409
c33412d7 3410=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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3413
3414I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
3415Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
3416Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
3417The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
3418
3419
3420
3421I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
3422sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
3423collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
3424
3425My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
3426inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
3427swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
3428side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
3429The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
3430dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
3431
2ee7da68 3432=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
4c4c16b2 3433
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3436 All I have is a voice
3437 To undo the folded lie,
3438 The romantic lie in the brain
3439 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
3440 And the lie of Authority
3441 Whose buildings grope the sky:
3442 There is no such thing as the State
3443 And no one exists alone;
3444 Hunger allows no choice
3445 To the citizen or the police;
3446 We must love one another or die.
3447
2ee7da68 3448=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
54fdd2d6 3449
6dab83b1 3450L<Announced on 2012-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/03/msg184824.html>
a97faa3d 3451
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3452 How many roads must a man walk down
3453 Before you call him a man?
3454 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
3455 Before she sleeps in the sand?
3456 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
3457 Before they're forever banned?
3458 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3459 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3460
3461 How many years can a mountain exist
3462 Before it's washed to the sea?
3463 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
3464 Before they're allowed to be free?
3465 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
3466 Pretending he just doesn't see?
3467 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3468 The answer is blowin' in the wind
3469
3470 How many times must a man look up
3471 Before he can see the sky?
3472 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
3473 Before he can hear people cry?
3474 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
3475 That too many people have died?
3476 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
3477 The answer is blowin' in the wind
54fdd2d6 3478
2ee7da68 3479=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
1f9d7ff5 3480
6dab83b1 3481L<Announced on 2012-02-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/02/msg183919.html>
1f9d7ff5
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3482
3483 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3484 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
3485 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
3486 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
3487 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
3488
3489Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
3490age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
3491older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
3492debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
3493girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
3494A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
3495Top for more than one week.
3496
3497Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
3498lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
3499buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
3500into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
3501meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
3502soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
3503single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
3504
3505 "I'm never going to give you up"
3506
2ee7da68 3507=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 3508
6dab83b1 3509L<Announced on 2012-01-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/01/msg182230.html>
cf6bc744
CBW
3510
3511"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
3512
3513He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
3514notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
3515which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
3516OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
3517ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
3518
3519There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
3520busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
3521out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
3522mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
3523and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
3524with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
3525bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
3526chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
3527excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
3528down cheering and applauding.
3529
3530"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
3531
2ee7da68 3532=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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3535
3536Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
3537into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
3538beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
3539winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
3540wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
3541over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
3542
3543But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
3544gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
3545villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
3546journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
3547domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
3548with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
3549by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
3550Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
3551
2ee7da68 3552=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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3555
3556This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
3557been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
3558confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
3559how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
3560could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
3561putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
3562I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
3563before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
3564think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
3565all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
3566off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
3567was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
3568The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
3569endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
3570benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
3571boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
3572lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
3573Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
3574resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
3575Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
3576you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
3577
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3578=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
3579
6dab83b1 3580L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/10/msg178412.html>
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3581
3582A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
3583don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
3584without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
3585the human experience, the better design we will have.
3586
2ee7da68 3587=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
607b15aa 3588
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3591All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
3592the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
3593do so at their peril.
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3595It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
3596Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
3597work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
3598artist is in accord with himself.
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3600We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
3601he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
3602thing is that one admires it intensely.
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4ed12d4a 3604All art is quite useless.
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2ee7da68 3606=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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3610 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
3611 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
3612 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
3613 things the significance of a human future;
3614 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
3615 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
3616 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
3617 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
3618 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
3619 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
3620 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
3621 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
3622 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
3623 hurtles all ages along with it forever
3624 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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3627
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3629
3630Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
3631fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
3632winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
3633down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
3634being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
3635extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
3636but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
3637
3638Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
3639that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
3640around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
3641fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
3642the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
3643closed system.
3644
3645Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
3646the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
3647/be/ them.'
3648
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3651L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
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4ed12d4a 3653If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
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c682aa67 3655=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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3659He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
3660mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
3661encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
3662
3663'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
3664Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
3665finished its run. It was due about now.'
3666
3667Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
3668see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
3669
3670'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
3671is always a last time for everything.)
3672
3673Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
3674
3675=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
3676
3677L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
3678
3679 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
3680 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
3681 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
3682 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
3683 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
3684 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
3685 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
3686 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
3687 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
3688 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
3689 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
3690 eaten them, but not for love.
3691
3692=head2 v5.14.2 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
3693
3694L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
3695
3696It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
3697do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
3698they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
3699catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
3700awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
3701inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
3702
3703So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
3704mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
3705the heart of the programmer.
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3709L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
3710
3711At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
3712my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
3713the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
3714since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
3715already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
3716to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
3717the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
3718can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
3719unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
3720
c684cf36 3721=head2 v5.14.0 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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3723L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
3724
3725At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
3726myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
3727impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
3728"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
3729gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
3730or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
3731
3732I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
3733computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
3734ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
3735would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
3736my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
3737away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
3738won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
3739
3740So a freely distributable program is born.
3741
3742=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
3743
3744L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
3745
3746This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
3747continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
3748aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
3749and your bags will be offloaded.
3750
2ee7da68 3751=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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3754
3755Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
3756of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
3757by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
3758sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
3759swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
3760down their paved streets.
3761
3762Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
3763obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
3764company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
3765the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
3766govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
3767the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
3768
3769=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
3770
3771L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
3772
3773But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
3774my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
3775reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
3776wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
3777Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
3778the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 3779This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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3780just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
3781this had never reached me.
3782
2ee7da68 3783=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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3786
3787 When the full-grown poet came,
3788 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
3789 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
3790 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
3791 Nay he is mine alone;
3792 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
3793 by the hand;
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3794 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
3795 holding hands,
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3796 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
3797 And wholly and joyously blends them.
3798
2ee7da68 3799=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
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3803 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
3804 nema ráða vel kunni.
3805 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
3806 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
3807 Sák á telgðu talkni
3808 tíu launstafi ristna.
3809 Þat hefr lauka lindi
3810 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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3812=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
3813
3814L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
3815
3816In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
3817granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
3818do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
3819that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
3820generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
3821endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
3822that fire can truly light the world.
3823
3824And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
3825ask what you can do for your country.
3826
3827My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
3828but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
3829
3830Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
3831ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
3832we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
3833the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
3834asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
3835work must truly be our own.
3836
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3837=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
3838
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3840
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3841The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
3842to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
3843between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
3844cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
3845areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
3846be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
3847As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
3848the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
3849instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
3850interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
3851also be automated.
3852
3853Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
3854if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
3855were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
3856and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
3857indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
3858techniques like X-ray crystallography.
3859
2ee7da68 3860=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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3864[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
3865
5814c912 3866 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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3867
3868[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
3869
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3870 Trinity: What did you just say?
3871 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
3872 Trinity: What did you see?
3873 Cypher: What happened?
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3874 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
3875 like it.
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3876 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
3877 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
3878 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
3879 Neo: What is it?
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3880 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
3881 they change something.
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3883=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
3884
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3887The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
3888he storm vanishes.
3889
3890"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
3891fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
3892to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
3893me?"
3894
3895I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
3896like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
3897
3898"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
3899as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
3900on my heart.
3901
3902(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
3903
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3904=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
3905
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3908Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
3909air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
3910the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
3911faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
3912of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
3913the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
3914deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
3915fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
3916stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
3917revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
3918
3919For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
3920courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
3921the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
3922jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
3923were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
3924there, a glimmer of moonshine.
3925
3926Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
3927rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
3928grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
3929park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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3932=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3933
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3936`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
3937`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
3938it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
3939she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
3940
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3941 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
3942 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
3943 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
3944 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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3945
3946
3947`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
3948
3949`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
3950nonsense.'
3951
3952Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
3953anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
3954
3955`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
3956
3957`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
3958
3959`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
3960with his nose, you know?'
3961
3962`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
3963the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
3964
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