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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 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
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22L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
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24Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
25first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
26or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
27Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
28when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
29when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
30difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
31keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
32strong men.
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34=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
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38 Little of of all we value here
39 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
40 Without both feeling and looking queer.
41 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
42 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
43 (This is a moral that runs at large;
44 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
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46=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
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50 Would you believe in a night like this
51 A night like this, when visions come true
52 Would you believe in a tale like this
53 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
54 Come to the blazing fire and
55
56 See me in the shadows
57 See me in the shadows
58 Songs I will sing
59 Of runes and rings
60 Just hand me my harp
61 This night turns into myth
62 Nothing seems real
63 You soon will feel
64 The world we live in is another skald's
65 Dream in the shadows
66 Dream in the shadows
67
68 Do you believe there is sense in it
69 Is it truth or myth?
70 They´re one in my rhymes
71 Nobody knows the meaning behind
72 The weaver's line
73 Well nobody else but the Norns can
74 See through the blazing fires of time and
75 All things will proceed as the
76 Child of the hallowed
77 Will speak to you now
78
79 See me in the shadows
80 See me in the shadows
81 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
82 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
83 Nothing seems real
84 You soon will feel
85 The world we live in is another skald´s
86 Dream in the shadows
87 Dream in the shadows
88
89 Do not fear for my reason
90 There's nothing to hide
91 How bitter your treason
92 How bitter the lie
93 Remember the runes and remember the light
94 All I ever want is to be at your side
95 We'll gladden the raven now I will
96 Run through the blazing fires
97 That's my choice
98 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
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100=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
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102L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
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104 I was born beneath this willow,
105 Where my sire the earth did farm
106 Had the green grass as my pillow
107 The east wind as a blanket warm.
108
109 But away! away! called the wind from the west
110 And in answer I did run
111 Seeking glory and adventure
112 Promised by the rising sun.
113
114 I found love beneath this willow,
115 As true a love as life could hold,
116 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
117 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
118
119 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
120 In faithful answer I did run
121 Marching forth for king and country
122 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
123
124 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
125 As the seven seas I plied
126 And the girl who I left waiting
127 Longing to be at her side.
128
129 But about! about! called the wind from the west
130 As once again my ship did run
131 Down the coast, about the wide world
132 Flying sails in the setting sun.
133
134 Now I lie beneath the willow
135 Now at last no more to roam,
136 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
137 In their arms I'm finally home.
138
139 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
140 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
141 Will chase the sun into the morning
142 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
143
144=head2 v5.23.0 - Bob Dylan, Maggie's Farm
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146L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
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148 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
149 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
150 Well, I try my best
151 To be just like I am
152 But everybody wants you
153 To be just like them
154 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
155 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
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157=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
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159L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
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161“You are the advocate of the dead.”
162
163The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
164that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
165take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
166their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
167remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
168figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
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170=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
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172L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
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174 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
175 Among the theories scattered on the grass
176 Take up my good intentions with the rest
177
178=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
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180L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
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182There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
183its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
184
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185=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
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187L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
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189 They shall pass and their places be taken,
190 The gods and the priests that are pure.
191 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
192 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
193 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
194 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
195 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
196 And delicate dust.
197
198 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
199 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
200 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
201 As the serpent again to a rod.
202 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
203 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
204 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
205 Our Lady of Pain.
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207=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
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209L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
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211The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
212Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
213started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
214crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
215and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
216pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
217through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
218claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
219were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
220they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
221It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
222obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
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224=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
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228 There is another sky,
229 Ever serene and fair,
230 And there is another sunshine,
231 Though it be darkness there;
232 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
233 Never mind silent fields -
234 Here is a little forest,
235 Whose leaf is ever green;
236 Here is a brighter garden,
237 Where not a frost has been;
238 In its unfading flowers
239 I hear the bright bee hum:
240 Prithee, my brother,
241 Into my garden come!
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243=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
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247Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
248Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
249Calvin: 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?
250Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
251[Box]: *BOINK*
252Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
253Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
254Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
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2ee7da68 256=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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258L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
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260"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
261Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
262we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
263everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
264"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
265refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
266"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
267would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
268than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
269the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 271=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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273L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
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275GAME CAT
276
277EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
278things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
279Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
280lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
281snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
282This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
283all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
284Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
285some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
286finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
287just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
288Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
289MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
290The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
291involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
292and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
293where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
294Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 296=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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298L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
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300 Het Dorp
301
302 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
303 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
304 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
305 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
306 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
307 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
308 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
309 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
310 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
311 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
312 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 313 het vee, de boerderijen.
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315 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
316 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
317 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 318 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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320 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
321 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
322 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
323 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
324 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
325 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
326 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
327 ze zien de televisiequiz
328 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
329 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
330 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
331 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
332
333 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
334 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
335 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 336 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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338 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
339 in minirok en beatle-haar
340 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
341 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
342 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
343 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
344 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
345 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
346 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
347 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
348 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
349 een ansicht en herinneringen.
350
351 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
352 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
353 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
354 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
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2ee7da68 356=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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360To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
361of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
362masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
363of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
364seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
365joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
366to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
367high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
368approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
369ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
370myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
371to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
372discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
373canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
374armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
375rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
376handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
377stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
378occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
379and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
380which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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382=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
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384L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
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386 If they just went straight they might go far,
387 They are strong and brave and true;
388 But they're always tired of the things that are,
389 And they want the strange and new.
390 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
391 What a deep mark I would make!"
392 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
393 Is only a fresh mistake.
394
395=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
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397L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
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399 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
400 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
401 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
402 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
403 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
404 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
405 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
406 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
407 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
408 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
409 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
410 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
411 Aldrin: 120 feet.
412 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
413 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
414 Duke: 60 seconds.
415 Aldrin: Light's on.
416 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
417 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
418 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
419 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
420 down a half.
421 Duke: 30 seconds.
422 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
423 Aldrin: Contact Light.
424 Armstrong: Shutdown.
425 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
426 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
427 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
428 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
429 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
430 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
431 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
432 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
433 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
434 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
435 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
436 Aldrin: Thank you.
437
438=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
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440L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
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442 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
443 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
444 We danced among the lightning bolts,
445 and tore the world asunder.
446
447 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
448 written near the end of the previous Age,
449 known by some as the Third Age.
450 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
451 Reborn.
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453=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
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457 Walled in fast within the earth
458 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
459 This must be the bell’s great birth!
460 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
461 Sweat must trickle now
462 From the burning brow,
463 Till the work its master honour.
464 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
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466=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
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468L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
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470 Steady old Väinämöinen
471 uttered a word and spoke thus:
472 'No lilting on the waters
473 and no singing on the waves!
474 Song keeps you lazy
475 tales delay rowing.
476 Precious day would pass and night
477 would overtake us midway
478 on these wide waters
479 upon these vast waves.'
480
481 The wanton Lemminkäinen
482 uttered a word and spoke thus:
483 'The time will pass anyway
484 the fair day will flee
485 and the night will come panting
486 and the twilight will steal in
487 if you don't sing while you live
488 nor hum in this world.'
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490=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"
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492L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
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494'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
495and I was reciting these lines:
496
497 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
498 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
499 I wonder at the patience that I showed
500 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
501 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
502 I have remained confused in misery.
503
504I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
505Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
506walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
507person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
508am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
509ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
510asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
511allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
512added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
513and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
514idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
515coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
516and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
517different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
518without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
519the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
520the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
521sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
522gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
523told you about this, so goodbye."
524
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525=head2 v5.20.3-RC1 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
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527L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
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529'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
530asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
531and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
532and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
533I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
534candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
535were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
536congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
537face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
538[...]
539'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
540her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
541them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
542ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
543told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
544man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
545[...]
546'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
547servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
548was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
549four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
550like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
551fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
552"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
553was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
554shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
555longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
556a bean.
557
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558=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
559
560L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
561
562 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
563 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
564 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
565 Where is the cow hidden right now?
566
567 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
568 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
569 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
570 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
571
572 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
573 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
574 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
575 Yeah!
576
577 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
578 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
579 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
580 Yeah, yeah!
581
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582=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
583
584L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
585
586 I've seen things,
587 I've seen them with my eyes;
588 I've seen things,
589 They're often in disguise.
590
591 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
592 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
593 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
594 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
595
596 I've seen things,
597 I've seen them with my eyes;
598 I've seen things,
599 They're often in disguise.
600
601 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
602
2ee7da68 603=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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605L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
606
607 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
608 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
609 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
610
611 DON ALFONSO:
612 Take heart, my dearest children.
613 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
614
615 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
616 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
617
618 FIORDILIGI:
619 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
620 It is disappearing already!
621 It is no longer in sight!
622 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
623
624 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
625 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
626
627 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
628 May the wind be gentle,
629 may the sea be calm,
630 and may the elements
631 respond kindly
632 to our wishes.
633
2ee7da68 634=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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636L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
637
638 GUGLIELMO:
639 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
640 is reluctant to come before her.
641
642 FERRANDO:
643 My trembling lip
644 can utter no word.
645
646 DON ALFONSO:
647 The hero displays his manliness
648 in the most terrible moments.
649
650 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
651 Now that we have heard the news,
652 you have the lesser duty:
653 Take heart, and plunge your swords
654 into both our hearts.
655
656 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
657 My idol, blame fate
658 that I must abandon you.
659
660 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
661 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
662 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
663 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
664 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
665 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
666 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
667
668 ALL:
669 Thus destiny defrauds
670 the hopes of mortals.
671 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
672 who can ever love life?
673
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675
676L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
677
678 DON ALFONSO:
679 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
680 my lip stammers.
681 My voice cannot emerge,
682 but remains in my throat.
683 What will you do? What shall I do?
684 Oh what a great catastrophe!
685 There can be nothing worse.
686 I feel pity for you and for them.
687
688 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
689 die.
690 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
691 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
692 love dead, perhaps?
693 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
694 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
695 DORABELLA: Wounded?
696 DON ALFONSO: No.
697 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
698 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
699 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
700 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
701 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
702 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
703 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
704 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
705 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
706 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
707 you wish it, they are ready...
708 DORABELLA: Where are they?
709 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
710
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711=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
712
713L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
714
715 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
716 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
717 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
718 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
719 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
720 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
721
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722=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
723
724L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
725
726 When times go bad
727 when times go rough
728 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
729 And let me do my stuff
730
2ee7da68 731=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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733L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
734
735O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
736sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
737Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
738than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
739temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
740mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
741your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
742draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
743implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
744rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
745bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
746Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
747is a fool!
748
2ee7da68 749=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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751L<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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753The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
754the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
755withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
756consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
757tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
758detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
759by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
760
2ee7da68 761=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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762
763L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
764
765Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
766rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
767stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
768know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
769that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
770chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
771clouds thickened above them.
772
773"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
774you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
775body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
776closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
777hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
778he looked Long in the face.
779
780"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
781master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
782grew fierce.
783
784"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
785fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
786truth!"
787
2ee7da68 788=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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790L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
791
792“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
793hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
794
795“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
796
797“Is there? What is the point?”
798
799“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
800
801“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
802
803“The trick is not to think about that.”
804
805“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
806
807Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
808
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809=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
810
811L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
812
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813And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
814down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
815the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
816were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
817they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
818Europe was over.
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820Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
821leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
822kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
823horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 824
e91f1fc1 825Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 826
e91f1fc1 827One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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829=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
830
831L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
832
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833 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
834
835 Mr. Bun: Morning.
836 Waitress: Morning.
837 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
838 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
839 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
840 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
841 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
842 egg on top and spam
843 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
844 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
845 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
846 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
847 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
848 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
849 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
850 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
851 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
852 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
853
854 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
855
856 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
857 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
858 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
859 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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40e1c3e8 861=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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863L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
864
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865 I
866
867 A cat is strolling through my mind
868 Acting as though he owned the place,
869 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
870 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
871
872 So tender and discreet his tone;
873 But whether he should growl or purr
874 His voice is always rich and deep.
875 That is the secret of his charm.
876
877 This purling voice that filters down
878 Into my darkest depths of soul
879 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
880 Delights me as a potion would.
881
882 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
883 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
884 Without the need for any words
885 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
886
887 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
888 Across my heart, fine instrument,
889 And makes to sing so royally
890 The strongest and the purest chord,
891
892 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
893 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
894 In whom all is, angelically,
895 As subtle as harmonious.
896
897 II
898
899 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
900 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
901 I might have been embalmed in it
902 By giving him one little pet.
903
904 He is my household's guardian soul;
905 He judges, he presides, inspires
906 All matters in hos royal realm;
907 Might he be fairy? or a god?
908
909 When my eyes, to this cat I love
910 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
911 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
912 And when I look within myself,
913
914 I notice with astonishment
915 The fire of his opal eyes,
916 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
917 Taking my measure, steadily.
918
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920
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923There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
924that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
925Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
926despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
927loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
928looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
929his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
930of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
931heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
932danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
933She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
934surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
935and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
936be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
937name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
938and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
939him.
940
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941=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
942
943L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
944
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945E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
946written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
947betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
948have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
949personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
950Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
951For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
952political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
953working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
954between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
955however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
956logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
957an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
958to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
959outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
960there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
961There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
962
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963=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
964
965L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
966
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967The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
968correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
969showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
970however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
971magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
972the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
973
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974=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
975
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977
978 Over hill, over dale,
979 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
980 Over park, over pale,
981 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
982 I do wander everywhere,
983 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
984 And I serve the fairy queen,
985 To dew her orbs upon the green.
986 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
987 In their gold coats, spots you see;
988 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
989 In their freckles live our savours.
990 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
991 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
992 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
993 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
994
5f42d1f2 995=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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996
997L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
998
999 From the beginning, I knew…
1000 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
1001 …that I can't fix…
1002 …with my hands…
1003
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1006L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
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1008 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
1009 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
1010 The shadows lengthen
1011 In Carcosa.
1012
1013 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
1014 And strange moons circle through the skies
1015 But stranger still is
1016 Lost Carcosa.
1017
1018 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
1019 Where flap the tatters of the King,
1020 Must die unheard in
1021 Dim Carcosa.
1022
1023 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
1024 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
1025 Shall dry and die in
1026 Lost Carcosa.
1027
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1029
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1031
40e1c3e8 1032=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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1035
1036"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
1037empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
1038Yellow!"
1039
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1043
1044 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
1045
1046 STRANGER: Indeed?
1047
1048 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
1049
1050 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
1051
1052 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
1053
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1055
1056L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
1057
1058One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
1059only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
1060that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
1061about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
1062places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
1063Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
1064mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
1065every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
1066
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1068
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1070
1071The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
1072systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
1073thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
1074operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
1075ever seen.
1076
1077An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
1078something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
1079kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
1080anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
1081disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
1082gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
1083that renders the operating system unnecessary.
1084
1085=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
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1088
1089Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
1090someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
1091again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
1092and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
1093language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
1094
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1095=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
1096
1097L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
1098
1099It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
1100who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
1101walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
1102and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
1103search, in questions, in torment.
1104
2ee7da68 1105=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1108
1109Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
1110
1111=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
1112
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1114
1115 I'd love to go drowning
1116 And to stay and to stay
1117 But the ocean doesn't want me today
1118 I'll go in up to here
1119 It can't possibly hurt
1120 All they will find is my beer
1121 And my shirt
1122
1123=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
1124
1125L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
1126
1127 And the great day of wrath has come
1128 And here's mud in your big red eye
1129 The poker's in the fire
1130 And the locusts take the sky
1131 And the earth died screaming
1132 While I lay dreaming of you
1133
1134=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
1135
1136L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
1137
1138 What's he building in there?
1139
1140 We have a right to know…
1141
2ee7da68 1142=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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1144L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
1145
1146It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
1147eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
1148
2ee7da68 1149=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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1152
1153The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
1154followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
1155safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
1156place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
1157would be famous for this.
1158
1159Six months passed. A year.
1160
72f869fd 1161The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 1162Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 1163powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 1164
2ee7da68 1165=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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1168
1169Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
1170The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
1171recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
1172his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
1173Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
1174of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
1175Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
1176of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
1177'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
1178embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
1179'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
1180in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
1181leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
1182
1183The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
1184Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
1185in the destruction of the planet Earth.
1186
2ee7da68 1187=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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1191I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
1192the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
1193dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
1194between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
1195improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
1196fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
1197I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
1198them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
1199do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 1200from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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1201in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
1202perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
1203himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
1204a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
1205the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
1206world is richer for it.
1207
2ee7da68 1208=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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1211
1212No thought.
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1214The boy extinguished. Only a place.
1215
1216This place.
1217
1218Motionless, 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.
1219
1220A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
1221
1222For 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.
1223
1224The 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 . . .
1225
1226And 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.
1227
1228The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
1229
1230I have been legion . . .
1231
1232In 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.
1233
1234Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 1236=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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1239
1240Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
1241of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
1242scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
1243glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
1244beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
1245much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
1246caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
1247vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
1248had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
1249
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1250=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
1251
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1253
1254Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
1255behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
1256recording everything.
1257
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1258=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1259
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1262 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1263 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1264 She aims it at the creature's head,
1265 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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1267 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1268 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1269 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1270 No silly hood upon her head.
1271 She said, "Hello, and do please note
1272 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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1274=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
1275
1276L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
1277
1278Preparation:
1279
1280Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
1281or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
1282Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
1283look golden brown.
1284Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
1285ready to create the soup.
1286
1287Ingredients:
1288
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1289 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
1290 3 tbsp butter
1291 1/4 cup olive oil
1292 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
1293 1 tsp salt
1294 1 tsp sugar
1295 black pepper to taste
1296 1 cup red wine
1297 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1298 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
1299 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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1301Method:
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1303 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
1304 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
1305 to half an hour.
1306 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
1307 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
1308 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
1309 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
1310 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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1312Enjoy.
1313
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1314=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
1315
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1317
1318‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
1319
1320Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
1321their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
1322
1323The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
1324butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
1325and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
1326
1327Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
1328
1329‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
1330
1331‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
1332
1333‘What?’
1334
1335‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
1336
1337‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
1338his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
1339dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
1340quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
1341
1342‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
1343an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
1344
1345‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
1346
1347The iotum rose, spinning.
1348
1349‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
1350
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1351=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
1352
1353L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
1354
1355On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
1356taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
1357"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
1358and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
1359merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
1360subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
1361Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
1362it.
1363
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1364=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
1365
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1367
1368`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
1369`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
1370hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
1371The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
1372been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
1373be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
1374to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
1375fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
1376
1377There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
1378climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
1379broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
1380implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
1381on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
1382Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
1383astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
1384for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
1385out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
1386the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
1387
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1388=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
1389
1390L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
1391
1392 A victim of collision on the open sea
1393 Nobody ever said that life was free
1394 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
1395 But use your freedom of choice
1396
1397=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
1398
1399L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
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1401Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
1402machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
1403trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
1404little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
1405to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
1406he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
1407the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
1408
1409The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
1410current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
1411transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
1412chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
1413adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
1414as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
1415solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
1416valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
1417the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
1418machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
1419
2ee7da68 1420=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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1423
1424 Don't you know? You never split the party
1425 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
1426 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
1427 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
1428
c33412d7 1429=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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1432
1433I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
1434Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
1435Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
1436The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
1437
1438
1439
1440I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
1441sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
1442collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
1443
1444My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
1445inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
1446swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
1447side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
1448The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
1449dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
1450
2ee7da68 1451=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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1455 All I have is a voice
1456 To undo the folded lie,
1457 The romantic lie in the brain
1458 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
1459 And the lie of Authority
1460 Whose buildings grope the sky:
1461 There is no such thing as the State
1462 And no one exists alone;
1463 Hunger allows no choice
1464 To the citizen or the police;
1465 We must love one another or die.
1466
2ee7da68 1467=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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1471 How many roads must a man walk down
1472 Before you call him a man?
1473 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
1474 Before she sleeps in the sand?
1475 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
1476 Before they're forever banned?
1477 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1478 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1479
1480 How many years can a mountain exist
1481 Before it's washed to the sea?
1482 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
1483 Before they're allowed to be free?
1484 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
1485 Pretending he just doesn't see?
1486 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1487 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1488
1489 How many times must a man look up
1490 Before he can see the sky?
1491 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
1492 Before he can hear people cry?
1493 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
1494 That too many people have died?
1495 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1496 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 1498=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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1502 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1503 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
1504 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1505 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
1506 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
1507
1508Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
1509age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
1510older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
1511debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
1512girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
1513A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
1514Top for more than one week.
1515
1516Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
1517lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
1518buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
1519into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
1520meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
1521soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
1522single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
1523
1524 "I'm never going to give you up"
1525
2ee7da68 1526=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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1529
1530"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
1531
1532He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
1533notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
1534which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
1535OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
1536ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
1537
1538There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
1539busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
1540out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
1541mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
1542and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
1543with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
1544bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
1545chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
1546excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
1547down cheering and applauding.
1548
1549"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
1550
2ee7da68 1551=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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1555Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
1556into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
1557beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
1558winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
1559wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
1560over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
1561
1562But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
1563gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
1564villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
1565journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
1566domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
1567with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
1568by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
1569Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
1570
2ee7da68 1571=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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1574
1575This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
1576been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
1577confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
1578how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
1579could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
1580putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
1581I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
1582before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
1583think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
1584all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
1585off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
1586was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
1587The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
1588endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
1589benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
1590boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
1591lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
1592Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
1593resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
1594Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
1595you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
1596
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1598
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1600
1601A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
1602don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
1603without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
1604the human experience, the better design we will have.
1605
2ee7da68 1606=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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1610All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
1611the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
1612do so at their peril.
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1614It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
1615Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
1616work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
1617artist is in accord with himself.
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1619We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
1620he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
1621thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 1622
4ed12d4a 1623All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 1624
2ee7da68 1625=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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1629 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
1630 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
1631 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
1632 things the significance of a human future;
1633 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
1634 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
1635 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
1636 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
1637 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
1638 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
1639 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
1640 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
1641 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
1642 hurtles all ages along with it forever
1643 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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1646
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1649Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
1650fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
1651winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
1652down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
1653being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
1654extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
1655but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
1656
1657Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
1658that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
1659around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
1660fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
1661the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
1662closed system.
1663
1664Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
1665the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
1666/be/ them.'
1667
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4ed12d4a 1672If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
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c682aa67 1674=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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1678He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
1679mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
1680encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
1681
1682'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
1683Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
1684finished its run. It was due about now.'
1685
1686Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
1687see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
1688
1689'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
1690is always a last time for everything.)
1691
1692Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
1693
1694=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
1695
1696L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
1697
1698 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
1699 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
1700 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
1701 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
1702 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
1703 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
1704 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
1705 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
1706 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
1707 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
1708 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
1709 eaten them, but not for love.
1710
1711=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 >>
1712
1713L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
1714
1715It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
1716do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
1717they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
1718catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
1719awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
1720inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
1721
1722So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
1723mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
1724the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 1726=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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1728L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
1729
1730At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
1731my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
1732the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
1733since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
1734already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
1735to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
1736the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
1737can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
1738unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
1739
c684cf36 1740=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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1743
1744At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
1745myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
1746impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
1747"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
1748gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
1749or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
1750
1751I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
1752computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
1753ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
1754would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
1755my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
1756away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
1757won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
1758
1759So a freely distributable program is born.
1760
1761=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
1762
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1764
1765This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
1766continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
1767aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
1768and your bags will be offloaded.
1769
2ee7da68 1770=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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1774Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
1775of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
1776by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
1777sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
1778swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
1779down their paved streets.
1780
1781Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
1782obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
1783company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
1784the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
1785govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
1786the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
1787
1788=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
1789
1790L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
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1792But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
1793my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
1794reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
1795wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
1796Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
1797the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 1798This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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1799just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
1800this had never reached me.
1801
2ee7da68 1802=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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1805
1806 When the full-grown poet came,
1807 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
1808 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
1809 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
1810 Nay he is mine alone;
1811 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
1812 by the hand;
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1813 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
1814 holding hands,
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1815 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
1816 And wholly and joyously blends them.
1817
2ee7da68 1818=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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1822 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
1823 nema ráða vel kunni.
1824 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
1825 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
1826 Sák á telgðu talkni
1827 tíu launstafi ristna.
1828 Þat hefr lauka lindi
1829 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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1832
1833L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
1834
1835In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
1836granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
1837do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
1838that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
1839generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
1840endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
1841that fire can truly light the world.
1842
1843And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
1844ask what you can do for your country.
1845
1846My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
1847but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
1848
1849Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
1850ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
1851we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
1852the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
1853asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
1854work must truly be our own.
1855
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1856=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
1857
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1860The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
1861to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
1862between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
1863cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
1864areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
1865be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
1866As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
1867the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
1868instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
1869interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
1870also be automated.
1871
1872Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
1873if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
1874were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
1875and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
1876indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
1877techniques like X-ray crystallography.
1878
2ee7da68 1879=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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1883[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
1884
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1886
1887[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
1888
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1889 Trinity: What did you just say?
1890 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
1891 Trinity: What did you see?
1892 Cypher: What happened?
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1893 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
1894 like it.
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1895 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
1896 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
1897 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
1898 Neo: What is it?
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1899 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
1900 they change something.
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1902=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
1903
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1906The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
1907he storm vanishes.
1908
1909"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
1910fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
1911to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
1912me?"
1913
1914I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
1915like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
1916
1917"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
1918as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
1919on my heart.
1920
1921(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
1922
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1924
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1927Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
1928air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
1929the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
1930faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
1931of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
1932the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
1933deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
1934fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
1935stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
1936revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
1937
1938For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
1939courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
1940the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
1941jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
1942were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
1943there, a glimmer of moonshine.
1944
1945Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
1946rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
1947grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
1948park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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1951=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1952
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1955`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
1956`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
1957it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
1958she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
1959
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1960 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
1961 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
1962 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
1963 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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1965
1966`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
1967
1968`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
1969nonsense.'
1970
1971Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
1972anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
1973
1974`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
1975
1976`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
1977
1978`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
1979with his nose, you know?'
1980
1981`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
1982the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
1983
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1985
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1988Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
1989Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
1990notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
1991for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
1992sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
1993
1994Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
1995dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
1996Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
1997motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
1998Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
1999that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
2000had ever even been a car.
2001
2002There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
2003been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
2004this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
2005flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
2006re-entry.
2007
2008There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
2009metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
2010somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
2011make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
2012
2013It should have fallen apart miles back.
2014
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2019We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
2020the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
2021in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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2023
2024=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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2028And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
2029bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
2030yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
2031with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
2032if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
2033bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
2034quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
2035
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2037
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2040The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
2041involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
2042when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
2043streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
2044road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
2045seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
2046smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
2047
2048"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
2049volcano were once more to set to work."
2050
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2052
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2055 Music oft hath such a charm
2056 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
2057
2058=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
2059
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2061
2062 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
2063 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
2064 When breakfast is taken away,
2065 To turn his attention to dinner;
2066 And it's not in the range of belief,
2067 To look upon him as a glutton,
2068 Who, when he is tired of beef,
2069 Determines to tackle the mutton.
2070 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
2071 If it will appease her sorrow,
2072 I'll marry this lady today,
2073 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
2074
2075=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
2076
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2079 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
2080 Tolerates no work of man.
2081 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
2082 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
2083 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
2084 While the last larks sing and soar,
2085 From the heather-blossoms sweet
2086 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
2087 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
2088 Eleanor makes macaroons!
2089
2090=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
2091
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2094 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
2095 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
2096 Lobster I freely endorse,
2097 In pate or patty or pasty.
2098 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
2099 And nothing the matter with jam,
2100 And the warmest greetings I utter
2101 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
2102 For they're food,
2103 All food,
2104 And I think very fondly of food.
2105 Through I'm broody at times
2106 When bothered by rhymes,
2107 I brood
2108 On food.
2109
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2114 I saw a huge steam roller,
2115 It blotted out the sun.
2116 The people all lay down, lay down;
2117 They did not try to run.
2118 My love and I, we looked amazed
2119 Upon the gory mystery.
2120 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
2121 'The great machine is history!'
2122 My love and I, we ran away,
2123 The engine did not find us.
2124 We ran up to a mountain top,
2125 Left history far behind us.
2126 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
2127 But somehow we don't think so.
2128 We went to see where history'd been,
2129 And my, the dead did stink so.
2130
2131=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2132
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2135CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
2136she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
2137seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
2138
2139What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
2140of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
2141has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
2142will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
2143only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
2144lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
2145design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
2146periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
2147
2148=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2149
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2152The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
2153from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
2154view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
2155Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
2156once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
2157endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
2158a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
2159will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
2160of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
2161Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
2162still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
2163
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2165
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2168"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
2169many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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2171what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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2172Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
2173had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
2174...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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2175"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
2176hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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2177degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
2178and-thirty degrees."
2179
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2180=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
2181
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2184San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
2185the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
2186hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
2187of the Free World."
2188
2189Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
2190level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
2191harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
2192exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
2193
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2195
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2198Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
2199the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
2200just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
2201a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
2202it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
2203of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
2204common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
2205bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
2206
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2208 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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2211
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2214'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
2215not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
2216your cat grins like that?'
2217
2218'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
2219
2220She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
2221jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
2222and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
2223
2224'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
2225that cats COULD grin.'
2226
2227'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
2228
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2230
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2233'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
2234have got altered.'
2235
2236'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
2237there was silence for some minutes.
2238
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2240
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2243'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
2244always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
2245rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
2246yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
2247can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
2248kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
2249
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2250=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2251
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2254At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
2255called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
2256dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
2257in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
2258sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
2259
2260'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
2261is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
2262the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
2263to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
2264accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 2265Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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2275So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
2276hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
2277making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
2278picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
2279close by her.
2280
2281There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
2282VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
2283dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
2284occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
2285it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
2286OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
2287Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
2288never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
2289take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
2290after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
2291rabbit-hole under the hedge.
2292
2293In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
2294in the world she was to get out again.
2295
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2304 A little child, a limber elf,
2305 Singing, dancing to itself,
2306 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
2307 That always finds, and never seeks,
2308 Makes such a vision to the sight
2309 As fills a father's eyes with light;
2310 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
2311 Upon his heart, that he at last
2312 Must needs express his love's excess
2313 With words of unmeant bitterness.
2314 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
2315 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
2316 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
2317 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
2318 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
2319 At each wild word to feel within
2320 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
2321 And what, if in a world of sin
2322 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
2323 Such giddiness of heart and brain
2324 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
2325 So talks as it's most used to do.
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2327=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
2328
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2331And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
2332into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
2333mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
2334question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
2335hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
2336louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
2337who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
2338worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
2339done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
2340
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2342
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4363636d 2345"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 2346course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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2348Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
2349
2350"Why ain't that work?"
2351
2352Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
2353is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
2354
2355"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
2356
2357The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
2358to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
2359
2360That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
2361swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
2362-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
2363watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
2364absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
2365
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2370The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
2371at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
2372streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
2373the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
2374live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
2375colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
2376as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
2377wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
2378prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
2379however much they're into colour.
2380
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2382
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2385Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
2386and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
2387word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
2388disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
2389everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
2390on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
2391that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
2392glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 2393war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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2394presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
2395for more hazardous assignment.
2396
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2397=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
2398
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2401Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
2402streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
2403trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
2404to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
2405about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
2406of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
2407facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
2408explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
2409Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
2410people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
2411work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
2412their art.
2413
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2418'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
2419the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
2420Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
2421Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
2422responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
2423Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
2424Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
2425Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
2426Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
2427Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
2428
2429'Can they all type?' I joked.
2430
2431'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
2432McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
2433
2434I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
2435'We could have opened an agency.'
2436
2437Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
2438Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
2439amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
2440all say that, do they?' I ventured.
2441
2442Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
2443replied. 'Not quite all.'
2444
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2456
2457He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
2458he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
2459out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
2460noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
2461must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
2462number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
2463did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
2464
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2469=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
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2472
2473=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
2474
2475L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
2476available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
2477
2478=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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2481
2482=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
2483
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2485
2486=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
2487
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2489
2490This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
2491gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
2492technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
2493about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
2494bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
2495paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
2496in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
2497electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
2498picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
2499to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
2500technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
2501getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
2502sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
2503it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
2504conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
2505
2506"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
2507that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
2508`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
2509
2510"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
2511one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
2512flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
2513everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
2514make you flip?
2515
2516=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
2517
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2519
2520Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
2521
2522=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
2523
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2525
2526What of October, that ambiguous month
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2529
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2532Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
2533proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
2534the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
2535anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
2536how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
2537
2538'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
2539
2540This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
2541that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
2542
2543'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
2544expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
2545anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
2546sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
2547
2548This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
2549basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
2550policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
2551disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
2552the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
2553Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
2554and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
2555Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
2556
2557In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
2558reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
2559
2560I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
2561Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
2562for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
2563had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
2564work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
2565the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
2566left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
2567pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
2568the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
2569the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
2570
2571I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
2572publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
2573Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
2574
2575So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
2576pushing to increase the membership?
2577
2578'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
2579more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
2580futile and impotent it becomes.'
2581
2582This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
2583
2584Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
2585diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
2586
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2588
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2591There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
2592about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
2593four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
2594anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
2595thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
2596
2597Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
2598and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
2599press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
2600obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
2601produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
2602this draft...'
2603
2604I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
2605hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
2606incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
2607
2608'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
2609redundancy payments as well.'
2610
2611'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
2612it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
2613
2614'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
2615
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2617
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2620A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
2621was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
2622and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
2623jets and all.
2624
2625I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
2626
2627I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
2628Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
2629specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
2630the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
2631jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
2632grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
2633in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
2634
2635While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
2636taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
2637me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
2638sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
2639three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
2640plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
2641occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
2642were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
2643
2644And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
2645were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
2646
2647Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
2648name like Charlie Umtali?
2649
2650I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
2651know something about our official visitor.
2652
2653Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
2654has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
2655car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
2656to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
2657knew little of his background.
2658
2659I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
2660Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
2661first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
2662
2663Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
2664
2665'Why?' I enquired.
2666
2667'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
2668to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
2669never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
2670
2671Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
2672that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
2673
2674In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
2675where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
2676revolving door and comes out in front.'
2677
2678'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
2679
2680'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
2681
2682'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
2683
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2684=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
2685
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2688 It's not that easy bein' green
2689 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
2690 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
2691 Or something much more colorful like that
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2693 It's not easy bein' green
2694 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
2695 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
2696 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
2697 Or stars in the sky
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2699 But green's the color of Spring
2700 And green can be cool and friendly-like
2701 And green can be big like an ocean
2702 Or important like a mountain
2703 Or tall like a tree
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2705 When green is all there is to be
2706 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
2707 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
2708 And I think it's what I want to be
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2710=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
2711
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4ed12d4a 2714 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 2715
4ed12d4a 2716 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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2718=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2719
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2722And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
2723hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
2724cat.
2725
2726Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 2727the wolf? What then?"
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2729=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2730
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2733And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
2734bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
2735round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
2736
2737In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
2738gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
2739climbed up the high stone wall.
2740
2741One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
2742stretched out over the wall.
2743
2744Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
2745Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
2746take care that he doesn't catch you!".
2747
2748The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
2749snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
2750
2751How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 2752the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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2754=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
2755
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4363636d 2758"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 2759you."
4363636d 2760
51caa79e 2761"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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2762
2763"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
2764and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 2765to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 2766
51caa79e 2767"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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2768
2769"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
2770planting it."
2771
2772"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 2773grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 2775Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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2776
2777"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
2778Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 2779wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 2781Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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2782
2783"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
2784how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 2785and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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2787=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
2788
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2791"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
2792
2793"Hunting," said Pooh.
2794
2795"Hunting what?"
2796
2797"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
2798
2799"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
2800
2801"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
2802
2803"What do you think you'll answer?"
2804
2805"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
2806"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
2807you see there?"
2808
2809"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
2810excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
2811
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2816Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
2817ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
2818bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
2819waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
2820droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
2821hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
2822longbow.
2823
2824In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
2825often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
2826placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
2827likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
2828may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
2829Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
2830Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
2831farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
2832grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 2833T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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2835=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
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2839Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
2840ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
2841sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
2842pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
2843shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
2844
2845The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
2846Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 2847Caledonia and South America.
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2849=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
2850
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2853The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
2854often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
2855large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
2856and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
2857spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
2858year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
2859may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
2860
2861It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
2862branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
2863of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
2864that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
2865
2866Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
2867other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
2868acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
2869mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
2870
2871It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 2872heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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2874=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
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2878 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
2879 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
2880 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
2881 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
2882
2883 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
2884 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
2885 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
2886 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
2887 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
2888 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
2889 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
2890 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
2891
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2892 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
2893 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
2894
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2895
2896=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
2897
f3d08688 2898L<Announced on 2004-04-16 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90796.html>
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2900 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
2901 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
2902 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
2903 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2904
2905 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
2906 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
2907 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
2908 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2909 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
2910 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
2911
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2912=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
2913
f3d08688 2914L<Announced on 2004-04-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90422.html>
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2916 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
2917 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
2918 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
2919 We must find him of the train can't start.'
2920 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
2921 They are searching high and low,
2922 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
2923 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
2924 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
2925 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
2926 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
2927 He's been busy in the luggage van!
2928 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 2929 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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2930 And we're off at last of the northern part
2931 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
2932
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2933=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
2934
f3d08688 2935L<Announced on 2004-01-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg87317.html>
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2937 We are the music makers,
2938 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
2939 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
2940 And sitting by desolate streams; --
2941 World-losers and world-forsakers,
2942 On whom the pale moon gleams:
2943 Yet we are the movers and shakers
2944 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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2946=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
2947
f3d08688 2948L<Announced on 2004-01-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg86969.html>
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2950 There may be trouble ahead,
2951 But while there's music and moonlight,
2952 And love and romance,
2953 Let's face the music and dance.
2954
2955 Before the fiddlers have fled,
2956 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
2957 And while we still have that chance,
2958 Let's face the music and dance.
2959
2960 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
2961 Humming a different tune, and then,
2962
2963 There may be teardrops to shed,
2964 So while there's music and moonlight,
2965 And love and romance,
2966 Let's face the music and dance.
2967
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2968=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
2969
f3d08688 2970L<Announced on 2003-11-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84822.html>
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2972 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
2973 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
2974 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
2975 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
2976 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
2977 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
2978
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2979 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
2980 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
2981 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
2982 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
2983
2984 O my brave soul!
2985 O farther farther sail!
2986 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
2987 O farther, farther, farther sail!
2988
2ee7da68 2989=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
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2993 It's fun to charter an accountant
2994 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
2995 To find, explore the funds offshore
2996 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
2997
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2998=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
2999
f3d08688 3000L<Announced on 2003-10-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/10/msg84194.html>
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3002 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
3003 In a Sieve they went to sea:
3004 In spite of all their friends could say,
3005 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
3006 In a Sieve they went to sea!
3007 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
3008 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
3009 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
3010 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
3011 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
3012
3013 Far and few, far and few,
3014 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
3015 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
3016 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
3017
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3019
3020L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
3021
3022=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
3023
3024L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
3025
3026No matter what she did with her hair it took about
3027three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
3028like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
3029no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
3030overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
3031
3032=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3033
3034L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
3035
3036Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
3037It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
3038devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
3039then you can be my most trusted minister."
3040
3041=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3042
3043L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
3044
3045Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
3046a knife with a curved blade.
3047
3048=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3049
3050L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
3051
3052Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
3053me because I've got magic aaargh."
3054
3055=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3056
3057L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
3058
3059Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
3060in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
3061with his head.
3062
3063But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
3064weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
3065open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
3066defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
3067Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
3068was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
3069
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3070=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3071
3072L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
3073
3074There was the faint sound of footsteps.
3075"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
3076said the low priest.
3077There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
3078The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
3079"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
3080The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
3081The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
3082The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
3083thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
3084There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
3085"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
3086said the High Priest.
3087"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
3088There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
3089"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
3090There were footsteps again.
3091
3092=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3093
3094L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
3095
3096=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3097
3098L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
3099
3100=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
3101
3102L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
3103
3104=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3105
3106L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
3107
3108Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
3109No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
3110got there first, and is waiting for it.
3111
3112=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
3113
3114L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
3115
3116His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
3117the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
3118all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
3119bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
3120you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
3121
3122=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
3123
dd047fac 3124L<Announced on 2001-04-09 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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3126"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
3127
3128Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
3129
3130"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
3131flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
3132arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
3133and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
3134I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
3135I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
3136will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
3137liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
3138Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
3139ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
3140
3141"All that?" said Twoflower.
3142
3143"Usually."
3144
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3145=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
3146
3147L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
3148
3149The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
3150but that had to be the 57th strangest.
3151[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
3152
2ee7da68 3153=head2 v5.6.2 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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3156
3157When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
3158sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
3159a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
3160what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
3161long in this instance.
3162
2ee7da68 3163=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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3166
3167"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
3168
2831a86c 3169=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
4363636d 3170
2831a86c 3171L<Announced on 2001-04-08 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33823.html>
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3173`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
3174himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
3175upset.
4363636d 3176
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3177`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
3178to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
4363636d 3179
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3180Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
3181stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
3182louder.
4363636d 3183
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3184`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
3185my precious, three guesseses.'
4363636d 3186
2831a86c 3187=head2 v5.6.1-foolish - no epigraph
4363636d 3188
dd047fac 3189L<Announced on 2001-04-01 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33421.html>
3e340399 3190
2831a86c 3191=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL3 - I can't find the announcement
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3193No announcement available.
3194
2831a86c 3195=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 3197L<Announced on 2001-01-31 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/01/msg29934.html>
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2831a86c 3199=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
4363636d 3200
2831a86c 3201L<Announced on 2000-12-18 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/12/msg27738.html>
4363636d 3202
2831a86c 3203=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
a4b0381d 3204
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3205L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
3206
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3207 The dragon is withered,
3208 His bones are now crumbled;
3209 His armour is shivered,
3210 His splendour is humbled!
3211 Though sword shall be rusted,
3212 And throne and crown perish
3213 With strength that men trusted
3214 And wealth that they cherish,
3215 Here grass is still growing,
3216 And leaves are a yet swinging,
3217 The white water flowing,
3218 And elves are yet singing
3219 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
3220 Come back to the valley.
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3222=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3223
3224L<Announced on 2000-03-22 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10140.html>
4363636d 3225
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3227
3228L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
3229
3230=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
3231
f3d08688 3232L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/03/msg89047.html>
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3233
3234=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
3235
f3d08688 3236L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88672.html>
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3237
3238The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
3239the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
3240never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
3241them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
3242chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
3243run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
3244and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
3245and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
3246and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
3247the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
3248fall.
3249
3250=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3251
f3d08688 3252L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88312.html>
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3253
3254Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
3255plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
3256going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
3257she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
3258at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
3259cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
3260hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
3261passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
3262disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
3263of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
3264she fell past it.
3265
3266=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
3267
f3d08688
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3268L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/12/msg86423.html>
3269
3270 't was 16 years ago today
3271 Larry taught us a new game
3272 of lazyness, impatience, and hubris
3273 Happy birthday, Perl!
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3275=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
3276
0e6b8110 3277This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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3278on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
3279L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
3280by ysth.
3281
3282=cut
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