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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
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22L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
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24 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
25 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
26 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
27 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
28 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
29 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
30 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
31 fact this is all we are doing
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33=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
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35L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
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37 Concerning Nomes and Time
38
39 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
40 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
41
42 Let me explain.
43
44 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
45 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
46 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
47
48 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
49 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
50
51 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
52 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
53 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
54 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
55 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
56 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
57 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
58
59 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
60 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
61 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
62 even know.
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64=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
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66L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
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68 When awful darkness and silence reign
69 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
70 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
71 When the angry breakers roar
72 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
73 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
74 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
75
76 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
77 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
78 A lonely spark with silvery rays
79 Piercing the coal-black night, -
80 A Meteor strange and bright: -
81 Hither and thither the vision strays,
82 A single lurid light.
83
84 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
85 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
86 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
87 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
88 And those who watch at that midnight hour
89 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
90 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
91 'The Dong! - the Dong!
92 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
93 The Dong! the Dong!
94 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
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96=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
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98L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
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100 Waiting for the beat to kick in
101 But it never does
102 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
103 That lift me above
104 All of these tiresome things
105 That we know and love
106 Waiting for the beat to kick in
107 But it never does
108
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109=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
110
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113Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
114totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
115you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
116that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
117people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
118
119Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
120gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
121symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
122and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
123clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
124home, from the ground up.
125
126No wonder you're a geek.
127
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128=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
129
130L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
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132 Even the bravest that are slain
133 Shall not dissemble their surprise
134 On waking to find valor reign,
135 Even as on earth, in paradise;
136 And where they sought without the sword
137 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
138 To find that the utmost reward
139 Of daring should be still to dare.
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141=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
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143L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
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145 A bird within the bower of her delight,
146 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
147 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
148
149 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
150 No weary task for her, for as at play
151 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
152
153 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
154 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
155 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
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157=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
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159L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
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161 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
162 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
163 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
164
165 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
166 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
167 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
168
169 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
170 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
171 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
172
173 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
174 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
175 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
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177=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
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179L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
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181 New punishments behoves me sing in this
182 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
183 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
184
185 I now stood ready to observe the full
186 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
187 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
188
189 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
190 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
191 As Litany processions keep, up here.
192
193 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
194 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
195 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
196
197 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
198 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
199 All power of looking forward being denied.
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201=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
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203L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
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205 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
206 I could be monarch of a desert land
207 I could devote and dedicate forever
208 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
209 So desert it would have to be, so walled
210 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
211 No one would covet it or think it worth
212 The pains of conquering to force change on.
213 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
214 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
215 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
216 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
217 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
218 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
219
220 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
221 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
222 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
223
224=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
225
226L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
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228 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
229 You can't find one good thing to say
230 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
231 You'd stay the hell out of my way
232
233 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
234 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
235
236=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
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238L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
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240"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
241
242=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
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244L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
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246The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
247Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
248gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
249
250=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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252L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
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254“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
255
256“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
257
258“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
259be fun.”
260
261Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
262
263“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
264every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
265
266“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
267
268“You’ll have to jump.”
269
270“I’ll jump.”
271
272“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
273
274Yossarian jumped.
275
276Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
277missing him by inches, and he took off.
278
279=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
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281L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
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283 Nothing was left to do that I could see
284 Unless to find that there was no one there
285 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
286 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
287 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
288 Break silence now or be forever silent.
289 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
290 The melancholy of having to count souls
291 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
292 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
293 It must be I want life to go on living.
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295=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
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297L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
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299Spring
300
301Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
302look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
303I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
304and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
305love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
306meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
307and begin a new adventure.
308
309Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
310-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
311kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
312adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
313as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
314
315The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
316asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
317brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
318and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
319Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
320produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
321possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
322beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
323are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
324are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
325seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
326remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
327you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
328cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
329lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
330marriages made in heaven.
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333=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
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337Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
338of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
339helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
340
341But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
342any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
343she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
344no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
345free.
346
da44b70c 347=head2 v5.23.7 - William Gibson, "Neuromancer"
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351A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
352nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
353the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
354in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
355colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
356over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
357cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
358the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
359and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
360dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
361into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
362trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
363
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364=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
365
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366L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
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368 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
369
370 5.23 Episode VII
371 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
372
373 It is a period of
374 unrest as separatists
375 announce their intentions
376 to fork PERL and return the
377 galaxy to speed and stability.
378
379 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
380 to hold together the remains of the
381 once mighty Republic against a tide of
382 incivility and the depredations of a new
383 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
384
385 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
386 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
387 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
388 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
389 a new Empire of gradual typing....
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391=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
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393L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
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395After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
396me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
397Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
398adventure.
399
400I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
401only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
402lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
403sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
404lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
405hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
406
407Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
408no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
409loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
410control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
411It took me two weeks to figure it out.
412
413The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
414register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
415an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
416index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
417would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
418the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
419
420Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
421to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
422instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
423additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
424instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
425ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
426
427The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
428lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
429was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
430all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
431
432He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
433largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
434datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
435overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
436the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
437the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
438program went happily on its way.
439
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440=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
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442L<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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444Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
445first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
446or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
447Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
448when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
449when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
450difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
451keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
452strong men.
453
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454=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
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456L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
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458 Little of of all we value here
459 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
460 Without both feeling and looking queer.
461 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
462 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
463 (This is a moral that runs at large;
464 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
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466=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
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470 Would you believe in a night like this
471 A night like this, when visions come true
472 Would you believe in a tale like this
473 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
474 Come to the blazing fire and
475
476 See me in the shadows
477 See me in the shadows
478 Songs I will sing
479 Of runes and rings
480 Just hand me my harp
481 This night turns into myth
482 Nothing seems real
483 You soon will feel
484 The world we live in is another skald's
485 Dream in the shadows
486 Dream in the shadows
487
488 Do you believe there is sense in it
489 Is it truth or myth?
490 They´re one in my rhymes
491 Nobody knows the meaning behind
492 The weaver's line
493 Well nobody else but the Norns can
494 See through the blazing fires of time and
495 All things will proceed as the
496 Child of the hallowed
497 Will speak to you now
498
499 See me in the shadows
500 See me in the shadows
501 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
502 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
503 Nothing seems real
504 You soon will feel
505 The world we live in is another skald´s
506 Dream in the shadows
507 Dream in the shadows
508
509 Do not fear for my reason
510 There's nothing to hide
511 How bitter your treason
512 How bitter the lie
513 Remember the runes and remember the light
514 All I ever want is to be at your side
515 We'll gladden the raven now I will
516 Run through the blazing fires
517 That's my choice
518 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
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520=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
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522L<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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524 I was born beneath this willow,
525 Where my sire the earth did farm
526 Had the green grass as my pillow
527 The east wind as a blanket warm.
528
529 But away! away! called the wind from the west
530 And in answer I did run
531 Seeking glory and adventure
532 Promised by the rising sun.
533
534 I found love beneath this willow,
535 As true a love as life could hold,
536 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
537 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
538
539 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
540 In faithful answer I did run
541 Marching forth for king and country
542 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
543
544 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
545 As the seven seas I plied
546 And the girl who I left waiting
547 Longing to be at her side.
548
549 But about! about! called the wind from the west
550 As once again my ship did run
551 Down the coast, about the wide world
552 Flying sails in the setting sun.
553
554 Now I lie beneath the willow
555 Now at last no more to roam,
556 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
557 In their arms I'm finally home.
558
559 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
560 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
561 Will chase the sun into the morning
562 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
563
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566L<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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568 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
569 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
570 Well, I try my best
571 To be just like I am
572 But everybody wants you
573 To be just like them
574 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
575 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
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577=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
578
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581 Between two dishes, equally attractive
582 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
583 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
584
585 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
586 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
587 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
588
589 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
590 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
591 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
592
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593=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
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597 For better waters heading with the wind
598 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
599 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
600
601 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
602 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
603 To leap up into joy celestial.
604
605 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
606 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
607 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
608
609 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
610 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
611 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
612
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613=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
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617 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
618 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
619 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
620
621 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
622 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
623 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
624
625 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
626 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
627 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
628
629 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
630 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
631 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
632
633 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
634 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
635 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
636
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637=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
638
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640
641A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
642splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
643shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
644straight up into the air!_'
645The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
646experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
647gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
648his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
649most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
650storm.
651Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
652knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
653heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
654intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
655those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
656scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
657set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
658everything, regardless?
659At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
660voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
661
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662=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
663
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666This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
667before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
668whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
669carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
670merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
671ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
672entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
673boisterous.
674Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
675not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
676up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
677nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
678masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
679the attentions of several all too merry couples.
680Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
681that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
682Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
683on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
684raising a glass of champagne.
685In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
686mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
687lonely corner.
688He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
689a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
690that it was Christine and followed her.
691'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
692The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
693no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
694on in silence.
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696=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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700 If the snow flies in my face,
701 Let me shake it off me!
702 If my heart within me speaks,
703 I'll sing bright and gaily!
704
705 Will not listen what it says,
706 Have no ears for moaning.
707 Do not feel what it complains,--
708 Only fools like groaning!
709
710 Jolly brave into the world,
711 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
712 If there is no God on earth,
713 Let 's be gods down nether!
714
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715=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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718
719 Why do I shun all those highways
720 Which the other wanderer seeks?
721 Why do I find bridged by-ways
722 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
723
724 For I have no crime committed,
725 Why I should now run from men,--
726 What demented heart's desire
727 Drives me to a desert glen?
728
729 Signposts on all highways stationed
730 Point their signs toward the towns,
731 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
732 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
733
734 One such signpost I see planted
735 Of my question unconcerned,
736 One road must my choice be granted,
737 Whence no man has yet returned!
738
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739=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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742
743 How the storm tore rents
744 In heavens gray attired!
745 The rags of cloud are flying
746 Around, of combat tired.
747
748 And flames of fire lambent,
749 Fly between them and part,
750 That 's what I call a morning,
751 A morning after my heart!
752
753 My heart sees in the heavens
754 Its own picture unspoilt--
755 It's nothing but the Winter,
756 The Winter, cold and wild.
757
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758=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
759
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762 The hoary frost has a white sheen
763 Strewn all over my hair,
764 So I thought I was an old man
765 And thought life dealt me fair.
766
767 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
768 And I have my black hair again.
769 How I abhor my young fair years,
770 How long to wait for death and biers?
771
772 From setting sun to morning's hue
773 Many a head turns white.
774 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
775 In all this lifelong plight!
776
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777=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
778
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780
781 In the deepest rocky crevice
782 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
783 How I could find my way from here,
784 For me it's easy memory!
785
786 For I am used to straying ways,
787 Every path to th'end a way,
788 All our joys and all our suffering,--
789 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
790
791 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
792 I quite calmly downward stroll;
793 Every stream its sea will enter,
794 Every suffering finds its goal!
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796=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
797
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799
800“You are the advocate of the dead.”
801
802The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
803that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
804take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
805their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
806remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
807figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
808
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809=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
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812
813 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
814 Among the theories scattered on the grass
815 Take up my good intentions with the rest
816
817=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
818
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820
821There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
822its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
823
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824=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
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827
828 They shall pass and their places be taken,
829 The gods and the priests that are pure.
830 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
831 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
832 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
833 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
834 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
835 And delicate dust.
836
837 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
838 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
839 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
840 As the serpent again to a rod.
841 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
842 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
843 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
844 Our Lady of Pain.
845
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846=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
847
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849
850The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
851Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
852started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
853crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
854and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
855pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
856through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
857claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
858were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
859they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
860It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
861obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
862
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863=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
864
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867 There is another sky,
868 Ever serene and fair,
869 And there is another sunshine,
870 Though it be darkness there;
871 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
872 Never mind silent fields -
873 Here is a little forest,
874 Whose leaf is ever green;
875 Here is a brighter garden,
876 Where not a frost has been;
877 In its unfading flowers
878 I hear the bright bee hum:
879 Prithee, my brother,
880 Into my garden come!
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882=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
883
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885
886Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
887Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
888Calvin: 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?
889Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
890[Box]: *BOINK*
891Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
892Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
893Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
894
2ee7da68 895=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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898
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899"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
900Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
901we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
902everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
903"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
904refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
905"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
906would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
907than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
908the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 910=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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912L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
913
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914GAME CAT
915
916EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
917things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
918Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
919lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
920snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
921This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
922all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
923Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
924some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
925finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
926just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
927Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
928MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
929The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
930involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
931and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
932where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
933Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 935=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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938
939 Het Dorp
940
941 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
942 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
943 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
944 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
945 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
946 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
947 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
948 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
949 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
950 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
951 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 952 het vee, de boerderijen.
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953
954 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
955 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
956 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 957 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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958
959 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
960 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
961 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
962 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
963 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
964 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
965 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
966 ze zien de televisiequiz
967 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
968 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
969 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
970 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
971
972 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
973 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
974 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 975 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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976
977 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
978 in minirok en beatle-haar
979 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
980 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
981 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
982 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
983 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
984 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
985 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
986 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
987 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
988 een ansicht en herinneringen.
989
990 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
991 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
992 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
993 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
994
2ee7da68 995=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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998
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999To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
1000of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
1001masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
1002of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
1003seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
1004joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
1005to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
1006high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
1007approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
1008ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
1009myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
1010to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
1011discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
1012canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
1013armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
1014rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
1015handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
1016stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
1017occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
1018and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
1019which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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1021=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
1022
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1024
1025 If they just went straight they might go far,
1026 They are strong and brave and true;
1027 But they're always tired of the things that are,
1028 And they want the strange and new.
1029 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
1030 What a deep mark I would make!"
1031 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
1032 Is only a fresh mistake.
1033
1034=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
1035
1036L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
1037
1038 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
1039 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
1040 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
1041 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
1042 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
1043 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
1044 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
1045 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
1046 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
1047 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
1048 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
1049 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
1050 Aldrin: 120 feet.
1051 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
1052 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
1053 Duke: 60 seconds.
1054 Aldrin: Light's on.
1055 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
1056 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
1057 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
1058 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
1059 down a half.
1060 Duke: 30 seconds.
1061 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
1062 Aldrin: Contact Light.
1063 Armstrong: Shutdown.
1064 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
1065 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
1066 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
1067 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
1068 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
1069 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
1070 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
1071 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
1072 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
1073 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
1074 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
1075 Aldrin: Thank you.
1076
1077=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
1078
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1080
1081 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
1082 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
1083 We danced among the lightning bolts,
1084 and tore the world asunder.
1085
1086 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
1087 written near the end of the previous Age,
1088 known by some as the Third Age.
1089 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
1090 Reborn.
1091
1092=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
1093
1094L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
1095
1096 Walled in fast within the earth
1097 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
1098 This must be the bell’s great birth!
1099 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
1100 Sweat must trickle now
1101 From the burning brow,
1102 Till the work its master honour.
1103 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
1104
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1105=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
1106
1107L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
1108
1109 Steady old Väinämöinen
1110 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1111 'No lilting on the waters
1112 and no singing on the waves!
1113 Song keeps you lazy
1114 tales delay rowing.
1115 Precious day would pass and night
1116 would overtake us midway
1117 on these wide waters
1118 upon these vast waves.'
1119
1120 The wanton Lemminkäinen
1121 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1122 'The time will pass anyway
1123 the fair day will flee
1124 and the night will come panting
1125 and the twilight will steal in
1126 if you don't sing while you live
1127 nor hum in this world.'
1128
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1129=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"
1130
1131L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
1132
1133'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
1134and I was reciting these lines:
1135
1136 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
1137 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
1138 I wonder at the patience that I showed
1139 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
1140 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
1141 I have remained confused in misery.
1142
1143I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
1144Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
1145walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
1146person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
1147am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
1148ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
1149asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
1150allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
1151added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
1152and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
1153idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
1154coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
1155and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
1156different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
1157without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
1158the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
1159the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
1160sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
1161gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
1162told you about this, so goodbye."
1163
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1165
1166L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
1167
1168'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
1169asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
1170and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
1171and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
1172I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
1173candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
1174were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
1175congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
1176face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
1177[...]
1178'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
1179her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
1180them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
1181ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
1182told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
1183man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
1184[...]
1185'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
1186servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
1187was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
1188four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
1189like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
1190fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
1191"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
1192was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
1193shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
1194longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
1195a bean.
1196
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1197=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
1198
1199L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
1200
1201 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
1202 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
1203 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
1204 Where is the cow hidden right now?
1205
1206 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
1207 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
1208 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
1209 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
1210
1211 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
1212 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
1213 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
1214 Yeah!
1215
1216 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
1217 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
1218 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
1219 Yeah, yeah!
1220
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1221=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
1222
1223L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
1224
1225 I've seen things,
1226 I've seen them with my eyes;
1227 I've seen things,
1228 They're often in disguise.
1229
1230 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
1231 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
1232 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
1233 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
1234
1235 I've seen things,
1236 I've seen them with my eyes;
1237 I've seen things,
1238 They're often in disguise.
1239
1240 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
1241
2ee7da68 1242=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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1243
1244L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
1245
1246 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
1247 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
1248 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
1249
1250 DON ALFONSO:
1251 Take heart, my dearest children.
1252 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
1253
1254 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
1255 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
1256
1257 FIORDILIGI:
1258 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
1259 It is disappearing already!
1260 It is no longer in sight!
1261 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
1262
1263 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
1264 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
1265
1266 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
1267 May the wind be gentle,
1268 may the sea be calm,
1269 and may the elements
1270 respond kindly
1271 to our wishes.
1272
2ee7da68 1273=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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1274
1275L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
1276
1277 GUGLIELMO:
1278 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
1279 is reluctant to come before her.
1280
1281 FERRANDO:
1282 My trembling lip
1283 can utter no word.
1284
1285 DON ALFONSO:
1286 The hero displays his manliness
1287 in the most terrible moments.
1288
1289 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
1290 Now that we have heard the news,
1291 you have the lesser duty:
1292 Take heart, and plunge your swords
1293 into both our hearts.
1294
1295 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
1296 My idol, blame fate
1297 that I must abandon you.
1298
1299 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
1300 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
1301 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
1302 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
1303 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
1304 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
1305 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
1306
1307 ALL:
1308 Thus destiny defrauds
1309 the hopes of mortals.
1310 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
1311 who can ever love life?
1312
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1314
1315L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
1316
1317 DON ALFONSO:
1318 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
1319 my lip stammers.
1320 My voice cannot emerge,
1321 but remains in my throat.
1322 What will you do? What shall I do?
1323 Oh what a great catastrophe!
1324 There can be nothing worse.
1325 I feel pity for you and for them.
1326
1327 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
1328 die.
1329 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
1330 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
1331 love dead, perhaps?
1332 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
1333 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
1334 DORABELLA: Wounded?
1335 DON ALFONSO: No.
1336 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
1337 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
1338 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
1339 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
1340 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
1341 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
1342 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
1343 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
1344 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
1345 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
1346 you wish it, they are ready...
1347 DORABELLA: Where are they?
1348 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
1349
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1350=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
1351
1352L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
1353
1354 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
1355 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
1356 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
1357 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
1358 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
1359 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
1360
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1361=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
1362
1363L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
1364
1365 When times go bad
1366 when times go rough
1367 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
1368 And let me do my stuff
1369
2ee7da68 1370=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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1371
1372L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
1373
1374O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
1375sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
1376Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
1377than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
1378temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
1379mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
1380your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
1381draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
1382implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
1383rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
1384bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
1385Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
1386is a fool!
1387
2ee7da68 1388=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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1389
1390L<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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1391
1392The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
1393the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
1394withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
1395consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
1396tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
1397detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
1398by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
1399
2ee7da68 1400=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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1401
1402L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
1403
1404Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
1405rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
1406stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
1407know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
1408that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
1409chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
1410clouds thickened above them.
1411
1412"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
1413you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
1414body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
1415closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
1416hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
1417he looked Long in the face.
1418
1419"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
1420master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
1421grew fierce.
1422
1423"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
1424fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
1425truth!"
1426
2ee7da68 1427=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1429L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
1430
1431“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
1432hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
1433
1434“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
1435
1436“Is there? What is the point?”
1437
1438“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
1439
1440“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
1441
1442“The trick is not to think about that.”
1443
1444“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
1445
1446Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
1447
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1448=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
1449
1450L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
1451
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1452And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
1453down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
1454the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
1455were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
1456they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
1457Europe was over.
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1459Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
1460leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
1461kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
1462horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 1463
e91f1fc1 1464Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 1465
e91f1fc1 1466One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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1468=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
1469
1470L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
1471
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1472 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
1473
1474 Mr. Bun: Morning.
1475 Waitress: Morning.
1476 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
1477 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
1478 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
1479 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
1480 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
1481 egg on top and spam
1482 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
1483 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
1484 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
1485 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
1486 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
1487 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
1488 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
1489 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
1490 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
1491 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
1492
1493 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
1494
1495 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
1496 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
1497 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
1498 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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1502L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
1503
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1504 I
1505
1506 A cat is strolling through my mind
1507 Acting as though he owned the place,
1508 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
1509 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
1510
1511 So tender and discreet his tone;
1512 But whether he should growl or purr
1513 His voice is always rich and deep.
1514 That is the secret of his charm.
1515
1516 This purling voice that filters down
1517 Into my darkest depths of soul
1518 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
1519 Delights me as a potion would.
1520
1521 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
1522 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
1523 Without the need for any words
1524 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
1525
1526 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
1527 Across my heart, fine instrument,
1528 And makes to sing so royally
1529 The strongest and the purest chord,
1530
1531 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
1532 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
1533 In whom all is, angelically,
1534 As subtle as harmonious.
1535
1536 II
1537
1538 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
1539 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
1540 I might have been embalmed in it
1541 By giving him one little pet.
1542
1543 He is my household's guardian soul;
1544 He judges, he presides, inspires
1545 All matters in hos royal realm;
1546 Might he be fairy? or a god?
1547
1548 When my eyes, to this cat I love
1549 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
1550 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
1551 And when I look within myself,
1552
1553 I notice with astonishment
1554 The fire of his opal eyes,
1555 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
1556 Taking my measure, steadily.
1557
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1558=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
1559
1560L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
1561
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1562There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
1563that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
1564Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
1565despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
1566loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
1567looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
1568his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
1569of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
1570heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
1571danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
1572She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
1573surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
1574and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
1575be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
1576name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
1577and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
1578him.
1579
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1580=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
1581
1582L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
1583
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1584E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
1585written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
1586betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
1587have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
1588personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
1589Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
1590For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
1591political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
1592working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
1593between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
1594however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
1595logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
1596an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
1597to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
1598outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
1599there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
1600There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
1601
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1603
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1606The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
1607correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
1608showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
1609however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
1610magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
1611the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
1612
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1613=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1614
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1616
1617 Over hill, over dale,
1618 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
1619 Over park, over pale,
1620 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
1621 I do wander everywhere,
1622 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
1623 And I serve the fairy queen,
1624 To dew her orbs upon the green.
1625 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
1626 In their gold coats, spots you see;
1627 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
1628 In their freckles live our savours.
1629 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
1630 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
1631 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
1632 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
1633
5f42d1f2 1634=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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1637
1638 From the beginning, I knew…
1639 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
1640 …that I can't fix…
1641 …with my hands…
1642
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1646
1647 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
1648 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
1649 The shadows lengthen
1650 In Carcosa.
1651
1652 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
1653 And strange moons circle through the skies
1654 But stranger still is
1655 Lost Carcosa.
1656
1657 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
1658 Where flap the tatters of the King,
1659 Must die unheard in
1660 Dim Carcosa.
1661
1662 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
1663 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
1664 Shall dry and die in
1665 Lost Carcosa.
1666
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1668
1669(no epigraph)
1670
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1674
1675"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
1676empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
1677Yellow!"
1678
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1682
1683 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
1684
1685 STRANGER: Indeed?
1686
1687 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
1688
1689 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
1690
1691 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
1692
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1693=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
1694
1695L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
1696
1697One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
1698only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
1699that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
1700about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
1701places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
1702Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
1703mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
1704every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
1705
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1709
1710The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
1711systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
1712thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
1713operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
1714ever seen.
1715
1716An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
1717something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
1718kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
1719anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
1720disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
1721gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
1722that renders the operating system unnecessary.
1723
1724=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
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1728Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
1729someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
1730again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
1731and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
1732language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
1733
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1735
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1737
1738It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
1739who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
1740walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
1741and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
1742search, in questions, in torment.
1743
2ee7da68 1744=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1748Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
1749
1750=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
1751
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1753
1754 I'd love to go drowning
1755 And to stay and to stay
1756 But the ocean doesn't want me today
1757 I'll go in up to here
1758 It can't possibly hurt
1759 All they will find is my beer
1760 And my shirt
1761
1762=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
1763
1764L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
1765
1766 And the great day of wrath has come
1767 And here's mud in your big red eye
1768 The poker's in the fire
1769 And the locusts take the sky
1770 And the earth died screaming
1771 While I lay dreaming of you
1772
1773=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
1774
1775L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
1776
1777 What's he building in there?
1778
1779 We have a right to know…
1780
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1784
1785It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
1786eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
1787
2ee7da68 1788=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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1791
1792The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
1793followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
1794safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
1795place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
1796would be famous for this.
1797
1798Six months passed. A year.
1799
72f869fd 1800The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 1801Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 1802powerful, it does not need to self-know.
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2ee7da68 1804=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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1808Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
1809The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
1810recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
1811his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
1812Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
1813of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
1814Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
1815of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
1816'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
1817embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
1818'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
1819in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
1820leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
1821
1822The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
1823Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
1824in the destruction of the planet Earth.
1825
2ee7da68 1826=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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1830I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
1831the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
1832dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
1833between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
1834improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
1835fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
1836I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
1837them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
1838do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
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1841perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
1842himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
1843a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
1844the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
1845world is richer for it.
1846
2ee7da68 1847=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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1851No thought.
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1853The boy extinguished. Only a place.
1854
1855This place.
1856
1857Motionless, 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.
1858
1859A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
1860
1861For 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.
1862
1863The 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 . . .
1864
1865And 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.
1866
1867The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
1868
1869I have been legion . . .
1870
1871In 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.
1872
1873Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 1875=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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1879Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
1880of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
1881scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
1882glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
1883beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
1884much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
1885caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
1886vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
1887had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
1888
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1890
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1892
1893Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
1894behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
1895recording everything.
1896
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1897=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1898
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1902 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1903 She aims it at the creature's head,
1904 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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1907 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1908 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1909 No silly hood upon her head.
1910 She said, "Hello, and do please note
1911 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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1914
1915L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
1916
1917Preparation:
1918
1919Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
1920or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
1921Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
1922look golden brown.
1923Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
1924ready to create the soup.
1925
1926Ingredients:
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1929 3 tbsp butter
1930 1/4 cup olive oil
1931 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
1932 1 tsp salt
1933 1 tsp sugar
1934 black pepper to taste
1935 1 cup red wine
1936 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1937 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
1938 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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1940Method:
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1943 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
1944 to half an hour.
1945 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
1946 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
1947 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
1948 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
1949 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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1951Enjoy.
1952
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1953=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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1957‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
1958
1959Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
1960their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
1961
1962The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
1963butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
1964and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
1965
1966Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
1967
1968‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
1969
1970‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
1971
1972‘What?’
1973
1974‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
1975
1976‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
1977his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
1978dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
1979quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
1980
1981‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
1982an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
1983
1984‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
1985
1986The iotum rose, spinning.
1987
1988‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
1989
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1992L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
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1994On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
1995taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
1996"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
1997and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
1998merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
1999subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
2000Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
2001it.
2002
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2007`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
2008`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
2009hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
2010The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
2011been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
2012be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
2013to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
2014fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
2015
2016There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
2017climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
2018broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
2019implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
2020on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
2021Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
2022astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
2023for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
2024out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
2025the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
2026
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2028
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2031 A victim of collision on the open sea
2032 Nobody ever said that life was free
2033 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
2034 But use your freedom of choice
2035
2036=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
2037
2038L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
2039
2040Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
2041machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
2042trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
2043little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
2044to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
2045he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
2046the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
2047
2048The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
2049current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
2050transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
2051chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
2052adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
2053as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
2054solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
2055valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
2056the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
2057machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
2058
2ee7da68 2059=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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2063 Don't you know? You never split the party
2064 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
2065 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
2066 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
2067
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2071
2072I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
2073Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
2074Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
2075The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
2076
2077
2078
2079I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
2080sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
2081collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
2082
2083My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
2084inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
2085swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
2086side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
2087The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
2088dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
2089
2ee7da68 2090=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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2094 All I have is a voice
2095 To undo the folded lie,
2096 The romantic lie in the brain
2097 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
2098 And the lie of Authority
2099 Whose buildings grope the sky:
2100 There is no such thing as the State
2101 And no one exists alone;
2102 Hunger allows no choice
2103 To the citizen or the police;
2104 We must love one another or die.
2105
2ee7da68 2106=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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2110 How many roads must a man walk down
2111 Before you call him a man?
2112 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
2113 Before she sleeps in the sand?
2114 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
2115 Before they're forever banned?
2116 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2117 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2118
2119 How many years can a mountain exist
2120 Before it's washed to the sea?
2121 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
2122 Before they're allowed to be free?
2123 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
2124 Pretending he just doesn't see?
2125 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2126 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2127
2128 How many times must a man look up
2129 Before he can see the sky?
2130 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
2131 Before he can hear people cry?
2132 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
2133 That too many people have died?
2134 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2135 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 2137=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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2140
2141 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2142 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
2143 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2144 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
2145 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
2146
2147Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
2148age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
2149older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
2150debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
2151girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
2152A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
2153Top for more than one week.
2154
2155Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
2156lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
2157buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
2158into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
2159meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
2160soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
2161single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
2162
2163 "I'm never going to give you up"
2164
2ee7da68 2165=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 2166
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2168
2169"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
2170
2171He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
2172notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
2173which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
2174OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
2175ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
2176
2177There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
2178busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
2179out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
2180mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
2181and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
2182with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
2183bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
2184chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
2185excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
2186down cheering and applauding.
2187
2188"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
2189
2ee7da68 2190=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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2193
2194Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
2195into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
2196beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
2197winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
2198wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
2199over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
2200
2201But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
2202gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
2203villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
2204journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
2205domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
2206with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
2207by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
2208Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
2209
2ee7da68 2210=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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2213
2214This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
2215been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
2216confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
2217how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
2218could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
2219putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
2220I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
2221before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
2222think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
2223all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
2224off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
2225was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
2226The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
2227endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
2228benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
2229boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
2230lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
2231Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
2232resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
2233Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
2234you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
2235
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2236=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
2237
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2239
2240A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
2241don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
2242without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
2243the human experience, the better design we will have.
2244
2ee7da68 2245=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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2249All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
2250the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
2251do so at their peril.
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2253It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
2254Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
2255work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
2256artist is in accord with himself.
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2258We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
2259he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
2260thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 2261
4ed12d4a 2262All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 2263
2ee7da68 2264=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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2268 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
2269 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
2270 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
2271 things the significance of a human future;
2272 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
2273 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
2274 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
2275 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
2276 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
2277 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
2278 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
2279 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
2280 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
2281 hurtles all ages along with it forever
2282 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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2284=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
2285
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2287
2288Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
2289fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
2290winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
2291down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
2292being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
2293extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
2294but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
2295
2296Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
2297that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
2298around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
2299fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
2300the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
2301closed system.
2302
2303Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
2304the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
2305/be/ them.'
2306
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2307=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
2308
2309L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
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4ed12d4a 2311If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 2312
c682aa67 2313=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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2317He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
2318mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
2319encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
2320
2321'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
2322Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
2323finished its run. It was due about now.'
2324
2325Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
2326see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
2327
2328'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
2329is always a last time for everything.)
2330
2331Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
2332
2333=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
2334
2335L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
2336
2337 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
2338 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
2339 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
2340 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
2341 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
2342 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
2343 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
2344 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
2345 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
2346 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
2347 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
2348 eaten them, but not for love.
2349
2350=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 >>
2351
2352L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
2353
2354It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
2355do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
2356they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
2357catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
2358awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
2359inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
2360
2361So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
2362mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
2363the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 2365=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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2366
2367L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
2368
2369At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
2370my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
2371the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
2372since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
2373already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
2374to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
2375the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
2376can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
2377unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
2378
c684cf36 2379=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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2380
2381L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
2382
2383At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
2384myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
2385impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
2386"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
2387gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
2388or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
2389
2390I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
2391computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
2392ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
2393would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
2394my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
2395away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
2396won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
2397
2398So a freely distributable program is born.
2399
2400=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
2401
2402L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
2403
2404This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
2405continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
2406aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
2407and your bags will be offloaded.
2408
2ee7da68 2409=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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2411L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
2412
2413Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
2414of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
2415by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
2416sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
2417swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
2418down their paved streets.
2419
2420Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
2421obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
2422company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
2423the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
2424govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
2425the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
2426
2427=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
2428
2429L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
2430
2431But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
2432my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
2433reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
2434wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
2435Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
2436the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 2437This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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2438just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
2439this had never reached me.
2440
2ee7da68 2441=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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2444
2445 When the full-grown poet came,
2446 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
2447 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
2448 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
2449 Nay he is mine alone;
2450 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
2451 by the hand;
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2452 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
2453 holding hands,
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2454 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
2455 And wholly and joyously blends them.
2456
2ee7da68 2457=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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2461 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
2462 nema ráða vel kunni.
2463 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
2464 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
2465 Sák á telgðu talkni
2466 tíu launstafi ristna.
2467 Þat hefr lauka lindi
2468 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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2470=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
2471
2472L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
2473
2474In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
2475granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
2476do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
2477that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
2478generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
2479endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
2480that fire can truly light the world.
2481
2482And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
2483ask what you can do for your country.
2484
2485My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
2486but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
2487
2488Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
2489ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
2490we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
2491the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
2492asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
2493work must truly be our own.
2494
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2495=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
2496
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2497L<Announced on 2010-12-19 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/12/msg167271.html>
2498
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2499The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
2500to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
2501between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
2502cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
2503areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
2504be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
2505As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
2506the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
2507instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
2508interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
2509also be automated.
2510
2511Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
2512if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
2513were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
2514and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
2515indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
2516techniques like X-ray crystallography.
2517
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2521
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2522[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
2523
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2525
2526[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
2527
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2528 Trinity: What did you just say?
2529 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
2530 Trinity: What did you see?
2531 Cypher: What happened?
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2532 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
2533 like it.
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2534 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
2535 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
2536 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
2537 Neo: What is it?
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2538 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
2539 they change something.
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2541=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
2542
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2545The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
2546he storm vanishes.
2547
2548"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
2549fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
2550to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
2551me?"
2552
2553I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
2554like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
2555
2556"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
2557as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
2558on my heart.
2559
2560(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
2561
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2563
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2566Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
2567air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
2568the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
2569faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
2570of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
2571the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
2572deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
2573fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
2574stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
2575revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
2576
2577For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
2578courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
2579the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
2580jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
2581were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
2582there, a glimmer of moonshine.
2583
2584Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
2585rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
2586grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
2587park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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2590=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2591
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2594`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
2595`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
2596it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
2597she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
2598
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2599 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
2600 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
2601 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
2602 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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2603
2604
2605`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
2606
2607`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
2608nonsense.'
2609
2610Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
2611anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
2612
2613`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
2614
2615`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
2616
2617`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
2618with his nose, you know?'
2619
2620`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
2621the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
2622
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2623=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
2624
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2627Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
2628Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
2629notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
2630for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
2631sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
2632
2633Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
2634dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
2635Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
2636motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
2637Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
2638that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
2639had ever even been a car.
2640
2641There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
2642been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
2643this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
2644flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
2645re-entry.
2646
2647There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
2648metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
2649somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
2650make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
2651
2652It should have fallen apart miles back.
2653
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2655
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2658We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
2659the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
2660in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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2661there exist ... special circumstances.
2662
2663=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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2667And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
2668bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
2669yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
2670with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
2671if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
2672bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
2673quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
2674
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2676
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2678
2679The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
2680involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
2681when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
2682streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
2683road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
2684seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
2685smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
2686
2687"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
2688volcano were once more to set to work."
2689
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2690=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
2691
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2693
2694 Music oft hath such a charm
2695 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
2696
2697=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
2698
2699L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
2700
2701 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
2702 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
2703 When breakfast is taken away,
2704 To turn his attention to dinner;
2705 And it's not in the range of belief,
2706 To look upon him as a glutton,
2707 Who, when he is tired of beef,
2708 Determines to tackle the mutton.
2709 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
2710 If it will appease her sorrow,
2711 I'll marry this lady today,
2712 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
2713
2714=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
2715
2716L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
2717
2718 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
2719 Tolerates no work of man.
2720 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
2721 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
2722 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
2723 While the last larks sing and soar,
2724 From the heather-blossoms sweet
2725 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
2726 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
2727 Eleanor makes macaroons!
2728
2729=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
2730
2731L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
2732
2733 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
2734 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
2735 Lobster I freely endorse,
2736 In pate or patty or pasty.
2737 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
2738 And nothing the matter with jam,
2739 And the warmest greetings I utter
2740 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
2741 For they're food,
2742 All food,
2743 And I think very fondly of food.
2744 Through I'm broody at times
2745 When bothered by rhymes,
2746 I brood
2747 On food.
2748
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2749=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
2750
2751L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
2752
2753 I saw a huge steam roller,
2754 It blotted out the sun.
2755 The people all lay down, lay down;
2756 They did not try to run.
2757 My love and I, we looked amazed
2758 Upon the gory mystery.
2759 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
2760 'The great machine is history!'
2761 My love and I, we ran away,
2762 The engine did not find us.
2763 We ran up to a mountain top,
2764 Left history far behind us.
2765 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
2766 But somehow we don't think so.
2767 We went to see where history'd been,
2768 And my, the dead did stink so.
2769
2770=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2771
2772L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
2773
2774CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
2775she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
2776seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
2777
2778What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
2779of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
2780has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
2781will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
2782only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
2783lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
2784design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
2785periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
2786
2787=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2788
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2790
2791The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
2792from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
2793view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
2794Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
2795once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
2796endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
2797a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
2798will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
2799of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
2800Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
2801still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
2802
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2803=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
2804
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2807"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
2808many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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2809Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
2810what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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2811Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
2812had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
2813...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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2814"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
2815hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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2816degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
2817and-thirty degrees."
2818
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2819=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
2820
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2823San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
2824the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
2825hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
2826of the Free World."
2827
2828Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
2829level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
2830harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
2831exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
2832
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2834
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2837Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
2838the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
2839just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
2840a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
2841it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
2842of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
2843common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
2844bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
2845
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2846 Around and around and around we spin,
2847 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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2849=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2850
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2853'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
2854not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
2855your cat grins like that?'
2856
2857'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
2858
2859She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
2860jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
2861and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
2862
2863'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
2864that cats COULD grin.'
2865
2866'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
2867
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2869
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2872'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
2873have got altered.'
2874
2875'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
2876there was silence for some minutes.
2877
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2878=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2879
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2882'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
2883always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
2884rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
2885yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
2886can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
2887kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
2888
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2889=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2890
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2893At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
2894called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
2895dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
2896in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
2897sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
2898
2899'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
2900is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
2901the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
2902to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
2903accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 2904Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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2914So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
2915hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
2916making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
2917picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
2918close by her.
2919
2920There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
2921VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
2922dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
2923occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
2924it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
2925OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
2926Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
2927never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
2928take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
2929after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
2930rabbit-hole under the hedge.
2931
2932In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
2933in the world she was to get out again.
2934
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3e340399 2939=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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2943 A little child, a limber elf,
2944 Singing, dancing to itself,
2945 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
2946 That always finds, and never seeks,
2947 Makes such a vision to the sight
2948 As fills a father's eyes with light;
2949 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
2950 Upon his heart, that he at last
2951 Must needs express his love's excess
2952 With words of unmeant bitterness.
2953 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
2954 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
2955 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
2956 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
2957 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
2958 At each wild word to feel within
2959 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
2960 And what, if in a world of sin
2961 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
2962 Such giddiness of heart and brain
2963 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
2964 So talks as it's most used to do.
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2966=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
2967
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2970And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
2971into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
2972mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
2973question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
2974hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
2975louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
2976who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
2977worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
2978done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
2979
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2980=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
2981
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2983
4363636d 2984"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 2985course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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2986
2987Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
2988
2989"Why ain't that work?"
2990
2991Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
2992is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
2993
2994"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
2995
2996The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
2997to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
2998
2999That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
3000swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
3001-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
3002watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
3003absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
3004
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3006
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3009The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
3010at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
3011streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
3012the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
3013live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
3014colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
3015as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
3016wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
3017prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
3018however much they're into colour.
3019
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3020=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
3021
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3024Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
3025and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
3026word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
3027disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
3028everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
3029on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
3030that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
3031glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 3032war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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3033presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
3034for more hazardous assignment.
3035
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3036=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
3037
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3040Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
3041streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
3042trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
3043to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
3044about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
3045of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
3046facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
3047explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
3048Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
3049people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
3050work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
3051their art.
3052
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3053=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3054
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3057'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
3058the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
3059Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
3060Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
3061responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
3062Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
3063Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
3064Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
3065Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
3066Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
3067
3068'Can they all type?' I joked.
3069
3070'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
3071McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
3072
3073I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
3074'We could have opened an agency.'
3075
3076Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
3077Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
3078amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
3079all say that, do they?' I ventured.
3080
3081Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
3082replied. 'Not quite all.'
3083
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3095
3096He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
3097he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
3098out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
3099noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
3100must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
3101number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
3102did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
3103
3104=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3105
3106L<Announced on 2007-11-25 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130978.html>
3107
3108=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
3109
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3111
3112=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
3113
3114L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
3115available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
3116
3117=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
3118
3119L<Announced on 2006-08-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/08/msg115782.html>
3120
3121=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
3122
3123L<Announced on 2006-01-28 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/01/msg109086.html>
3124
3125=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
3126
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3128
3129This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
3130gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
3131technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
3132about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
3133bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
3134paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
3135in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
3136electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
3137picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
3138to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
3139technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
3140getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
3141sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
3142it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
3143conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
3144
3145"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
3146that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
3147`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
3148
3149"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
3150one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
3151flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
3152everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
3153make you flip?
3154
3155=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
3156
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3158
3159Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
3160
3161=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
3162
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3164
3165What of October, that ambiguous month
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3167=head2 v5.8.9 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3168
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3171Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
3172proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
3173the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
3174anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
3175how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
3176
3177'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
3178
3179This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
3180that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
3181
3182'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
3183expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
3184anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
3185sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
3186
3187This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
3188basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
3189policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
3190disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
3191the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
3192Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
3193and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
3194Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
3195
3196In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
3197reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
3198
3199I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
3200Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
3201for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
3202had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
3203work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
3204the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
3205left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
3206pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
3207the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
3208the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
3209
3210I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
3211publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
3212Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
3213
3214So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
3215pushing to increase the membership?
3216
3217'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
3218more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
3219futile and impotent it becomes.'
3220
3221This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
3222
3223Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
3224diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
3225
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3227
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3230There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
3231about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
3232four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
3233anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
3234thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
3235
3236Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
3237and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
3238press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
3239obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
3240produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
3241this draft...'
3242
3243I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
3244hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
3245incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
3246
3247'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
3248redundancy payments as well.'
3249
3250'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
3251it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
3252
3253'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
3254
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3256
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3259A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
3260was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
3261and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
3262jets and all.
3263
3264I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
3265
3266I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
3267Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
3268specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
3269the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
3270jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
3271grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
3272in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
3273
3274While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
3275taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
3276me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
3277sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
3278three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
3279plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
3280occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
3281were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
3282
3283And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
3284were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
3285
3286Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
3287name like Charlie Umtali?
3288
3289I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
3290know something about our official visitor.
3291
3292Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
3293has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
3294car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
3295to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
3296knew little of his background.
3297
3298I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
3299Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
3300first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
3301
3302Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
3303
3304'Why?' I enquired.
3305
3306'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
3307to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
3308never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
3309
3310Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
3311that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
3312
3313In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
3314where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
3315revolving door and comes out in front.'
3316
3317'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
3318
3319'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
3320
3321'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
3322
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3323=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
3324
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3327 It's not that easy bein' green
3328 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
3329 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
3330 Or something much more colorful like that
51caa79e 3331
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3332 It's not easy bein' green
3333 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
3334 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
3335 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
3336 Or stars in the sky
51caa79e 3337
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3338 But green's the color of Spring
3339 And green can be cool and friendly-like
3340 And green can be big like an ocean
3341 Or important like a mountain
3342 Or tall like a tree
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3344 When green is all there is to be
3345 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
3346 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
3347 And I think it's what I want to be
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3349=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
3350
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2831a86c 3352
4ed12d4a 3353 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 3354
4ed12d4a 3355 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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3357=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3358
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3361And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
3362hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
3363cat.
3364
3365Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 3366the wolf? What then?"
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3368=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3369
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3372And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
3373bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
3374round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
3375
3376In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
3377gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
3378climbed up the high stone wall.
3379
3380One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
3381stretched out over the wall.
3382
3383Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
3384Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
3385take care that he doesn't catch you!".
3386
3387The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
3388snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
3389
3390How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 3391the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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3393=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
3394
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4363636d 3397"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 3398you."
4363636d 3399
51caa79e 3400"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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3401
3402"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
3403and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 3404to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 3405
51caa79e 3406"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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3407
3408"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
3409planting it."
3410
3411"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 3412grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 3413
51caa79e 3414Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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3415
3416"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
3417Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 3418wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 3419
51caa79e 3420Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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3421
3422"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
3423how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 3424and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
4363636d 3425
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3426=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
3427
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3429
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3430"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
3431
3432"Hunting," said Pooh.
3433
3434"Hunting what?"
3435
3436"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
3437
3438"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
3439
3440"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
3441
3442"What do you think you'll answer?"
3443
3444"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
3445"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
3446you see there?"
3447
3448"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
3449excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
3450
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3451=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
3452
f3d08688 3453L<Announced on 2004-07-19 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg93189.html>
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3455Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
3456ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
3457bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
3458waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
3459droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
3460hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
3461longbow.
3462
3463In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
3464often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
3465placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
3466likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
3467may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
3468Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
3469Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
3470farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
3471grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 3472T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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3474=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
3475
f3d08688 3476L<Announced on 2004-07-09 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92934.html>
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3478Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
3479ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
3480sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
3481pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
3482shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
3483
3484The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
3485Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 3486Caledonia and South America.
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3488=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
3489
f3d08688 3490L<Announced on 2004-07-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92840.html>
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3492The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
3493often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
3494large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
3495and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
3496spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
3497year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
3498may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
3499
3500It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
3501branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
3502of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
3503that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
3504
3505Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
3506other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
3507acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
3508mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
3509
3510It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 3511heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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3513=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
3514
f3d08688 3515L<Announced on 2004-04-22 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90984.html>
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3517 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
3518 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
3519 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
3520 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
3521
3522 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
3523 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
3524 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
3525 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
3526 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
3527 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
3528 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
3529 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
3530
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3531 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
3532 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
3533
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3534
3535=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
3536
f3d08688 3537L<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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3539 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
3540 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
3541 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
3542 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3543
3544 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
3545 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
3546 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
3547 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3548 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
3549 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
3550
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3551=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
3552
f3d08688 3553L<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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3555 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
3556 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
3557 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
3558 We must find him of the train can't start.'
3559 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
3560 They are searching high and low,
3561 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
3562 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
3563 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
3564 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
3565 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
3566 He's been busy in the luggage van!
3567 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 3568 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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3569 And we're off at last of the northern part
3570 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
3571
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3572=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
3573
f3d08688 3574L<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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3576 We are the music makers,
3577 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
3578 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
3579 And sitting by desolate streams; --
3580 World-losers and world-forsakers,
3581 On whom the pale moon gleams:
3582 Yet we are the movers and shakers
3583 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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3585=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
3586
f3d08688 3587L<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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3589 There may be trouble ahead,
3590 But while there's music and moonlight,
3591 And love and romance,
3592 Let's face the music and dance.
3593
3594 Before the fiddlers have fled,
3595 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
3596 And while we still have that chance,
3597 Let's face the music and dance.
3598
3599 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
3600 Humming a different tune, and then,
3601
3602 There may be teardrops to shed,
3603 So while there's music and moonlight,
3604 And love and romance,
3605 Let's face the music and dance.
3606
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3607=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
3608
f3d08688 3609L<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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3611 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
3612 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
3613 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
3614 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
3615 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
3616 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
3617
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3618 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
3619 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
3620 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
3621 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
3622
3623 O my brave soul!
3624 O farther farther sail!
3625 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
3626 O farther, farther, farther sail!
3627
2ee7da68 3628=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
4363636d 3629
f3d08688 3630L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84645.html>
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3632 It's fun to charter an accountant
3633 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
3634 To find, explore the funds offshore
3635 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
3636
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3637=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
3638
f3d08688 3639L<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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3641 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
3642 In a Sieve they went to sea:
3643 In spite of all their friends could say,
3644 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
3645 In a Sieve they went to sea!
3646 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
3647 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
3648 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
3649 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
3650 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
3651
3652 Far and few, far and few,
3653 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
3654 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
3655 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
3656
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3658
3659L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
3660
3661=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
3662
3663L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
3664
3665No matter what she did with her hair it took about
3666three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
3667like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
3668no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
3669overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
3670
3671=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3672
3673L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
3674
3675Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
3676It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
3677devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
3678then you can be my most trusted minister."
3679
3680=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3681
3682L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
3683
3684Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
3685a knife with a curved blade.
3686
3687=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3688
3689L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
3690
3691Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
3692me because I've got magic aaargh."
3693
3694=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3695
3696L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
3697
3698Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
3699in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
3700with his head.
3701
3702But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
3703weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
3704open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
3705defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
3706Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
3707was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
3708
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3709=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3710
3711L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
3712
3713There was the faint sound of footsteps.
3714"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
3715said the low priest.
3716There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
3717The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
3718"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
3719The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
3720The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
3721The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
3722thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
3723There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
3724"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
3725said the High Priest.
3726"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
3727There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
3728"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
3729There were footsteps again.
3730
3731=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3732
3733L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
3734
3735=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3736
3737L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
3738
3739=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
3740
3741L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
3742
3743=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3744
3745L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
3746
3747Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
3748No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
3749got there first, and is waiting for it.
3750
3751=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
3752
3753L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
3754
3755His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
3756the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
3757all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
3758bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
3759you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
3760
3761=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
3762
dd047fac 3763L<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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3765"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
3766
3767Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
3768
3769"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
3770flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
3771arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
3772and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
3773I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
3774I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
3775will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
3776liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
3777Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
3778ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
3779
3780"All that?" said Twoflower.
3781
3782"Usually."
3783
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3784=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
3785
3786L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
3787
3788The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
3789but that had to be the 57th strangest.
3790[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
3791
2ee7da68 3792=head2 v5.6.2 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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3795
3796When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
3797sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
3798a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
3799what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
3800long in this instance.
3801
2ee7da68 3802=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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f3d08688 3804L<Announced on 2003-11-08 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84953.html>
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3805
3806"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
3807
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3812`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
3813himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
3814upset.
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3816`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
3817to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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3819Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
3820stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
3821louder.
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