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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 v5.27.1 - Rona Munro, Doctor Who: Survival
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24 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
25 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
26 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
27 Somewhere there's danger,
28 somewhere there's injustice
29 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
30 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
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32=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
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36 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
37 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
38 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
39 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
40 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
41 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
42 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
43 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
44 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
45
46 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
47
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48=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
49
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52 I've got the life
53 And I'm gonna keep it
54 I've got the life
55 And nobody's gonna take it away
56 I've got the life
57
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58=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
59
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62 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
63 absolutely nothing else to do.
64
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65=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
66
67L<Announced on 2017-05-11 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244337.html>
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69 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
70 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
71 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
72 converts than reason.
73
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74=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
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78 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
79 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
80 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
81
82 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
83 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
84 machinery like that.
85
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86=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
87
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88L<Announced on 2017-03-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/03/msg243624.html>
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90 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
91 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
92 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
93 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
94 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
95 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
96 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
97
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99
100L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
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102 He who wants the world to remain as it is
103 doesn't want it to remain.
104
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105=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
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107L<Announced on 2017-01-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242405.html>
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109 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
110 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
111 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
112 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
113 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
114 bread, please."
115
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116=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
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120 So long
121 is in the song
122 and it's in the way you're gone
123 but it's like a foreign language
124 in my mind
125 and maybe was I blind
126 I could not see
127 and would not know
128 you're gone so long
129 so long.
130
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131=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
132
133L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
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135 Of Beren and Lúthien
136
137 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
138 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
139 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
140 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
141 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
142 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
143 song.
144
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145=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
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147L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
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149 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
150 Are you?
151 Yes. Do you know who he lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
152 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
153 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
154 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
155 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
156 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
157 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
158 a sea of shite.
159 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
160 America meant?
161 No.
162 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
163 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
164 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
165 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
166 playing to freak them out?
167 Who's Michael Stipe?
168 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
169 No, I'm not, Stephen.
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171=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
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173L<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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175 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
176 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
177 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
178 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
179 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
180 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
181 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
182 fact this is all we are doing
183
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184=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
185
186L<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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188 Concerning Nomes and Time
189
190 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
191 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
192
193 Let me explain.
194
195 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
196 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
197 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
198
199 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
200 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
201
202 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
203 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
204 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
205 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
206 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
207 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
208 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
209
210 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
211 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
212 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
213 even know.
214
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215=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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217L<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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219 When awful darkness and silence reign
220 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
221 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
222 When the angry breakers roar
223 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
224 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
225 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
226
227 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
228 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
229 A lonely spark with silvery rays
230 Piercing the coal-black night, -
231 A Meteor strange and bright: -
232 Hither and thither the vision strays,
233 A single lurid light.
234
235 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
236 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
237 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
238 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
239 And those who watch at that midnight hour
240 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
241 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
242 'The Dong! - the Dong!
243 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
244 The Dong! the Dong!
245 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
246
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247=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
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249L<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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251 Waiting for the beat to kick in
252 But it never does
253 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
254 That lift me above
255 All of these tiresome things
256 That we know and love
257 Waiting for the beat to kick in
258 But it never does
259
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260=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
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264Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
265totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
266you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
267that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
268people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
269
270Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
271gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
272symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
273and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
274clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
275home, from the ground up.
276
277No wonder you're a geek.
278
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279=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
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281L<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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283 Even the bravest that are slain
284 Shall not dissemble their surprise
285 On waking to find valor reign,
286 Even as on earth, in paradise;
287 And where they sought without the sword
288 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
289 To find that the utmost reward
290 Of daring should be still to dare.
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292=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
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294L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
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296 The animal I really dig
297 Above all others is the pig.
298 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
299 Pig are courteous. However,
300 Now and then, to break this rule,
301 One meets a pig who is a fool.
302 What, for example, would you say
303 If strolling through the woods one day,
304 Right there in front of you you saw
305 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
306 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
307 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
308
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309=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
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311L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
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313 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
314 'If only you'd spoken before!
315 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
316 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
317
318 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
319 If you never were met with again -
320 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
321 You might have suggested it then?
322
323 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
324 As I think I've already remarked.'
325 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
326 'I informed you the day we embarked.
327
328 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
329 (We are all of us weak at times):
330 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
331 Was never among my crimes!
332
333 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
334 I said it in German and Greek:
335 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
336 That English is what you speak!'
337
338 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
339 Had grown longer at every word:
340 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
341 More debate would be simply absurd.
342
343 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
344 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
345 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
346 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
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348=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
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350L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
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352 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
353 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
354 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
355 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
356 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
357 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
358 And now the sun with more effectual beams
359 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
360 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
361 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
362 After a night of storm so ruinous,
363 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
364 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
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366=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
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368L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
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370 Before the gates there sat
371 On either side a formidable shape;
372 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
373 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
374 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
375 With mortal sting; about her middle round
376 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
377 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
378 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
379 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
380 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
381 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
382 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
383 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
384 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
385 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
386 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
387 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
388 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
389 If shape it might be called that shape had none
390 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
391 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
392 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
393 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
394 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
395 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
396 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
397 The monster moving onward came as fast
398 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
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400=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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402L<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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404 A bird within the bower of her delight,
405 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
406 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
407
408 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
409 No weary task for her, for as at play
410 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
411
412 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
413 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
414 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
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416=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
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418L<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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420 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
421 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
422 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
423
424 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
425 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
426 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
427
428 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
429 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
430 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
431
432 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
433 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
434 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
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436=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
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438L<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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440 New punishments behoves me sing in this
441 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
442 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
443
444 I now stood ready to observe the full
445 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
446 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
447
448 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
449 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
450 As Litany processions keep, up here.
451
452 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
453 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
454 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
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456 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
457 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
458 All power of looking forward being denied.
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460=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
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462L<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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464 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
465 I could be monarch of a desert land
466 I could devote and dedicate forever
467 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
468 So desert it would have to be, so walled
469 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
470 No one would covet it or think it worth
471 The pains of conquering to force change on.
472 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
473 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
474 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
475 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
476 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
477 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
478
479 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
480 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
481 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
482
483=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
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485L<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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487 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
488 You can't find one good thing to say
489 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
490 You'd stay the hell out of my way
491
492 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
493 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
494
495=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
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497L<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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499"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
500
501=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
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503L<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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505The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
506Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
507gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
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509=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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511L<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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513“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
514
515“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
516
517“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
518be fun.”
519
520Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
521
522“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
523every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
524
525“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
526
527“You’ll have to jump.”
528
529“I’ll jump.”
530
531“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
532
533Yossarian jumped.
534
535Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
536missing him by inches, and he took off.
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538=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
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540L<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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542 Nothing was left to do that I could see
543 Unless to find that there was no one there
544 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
545 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
546 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
547 Break silence now or be forever silent.
548 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
549 The melancholy of having to count souls
550 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
551 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
552 It must be I want life to go on living.
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554=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
555
556L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
557
558Spring
559
560Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
561look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
562I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
563and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
564love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
565meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
566and begin a new adventure.
567
568Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
569-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
570kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
571adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
572as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
573
574The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
575asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
576brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
577and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
578Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
579produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
580possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
581beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
582are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
583are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
584seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
585remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
586you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
587cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
588lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
589marriages made in heaven.
590
591
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592=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
593
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596Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
597of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
598helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
599
600But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
601any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
602she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
603no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
604free.
605
da44b70c 606=head2 v5.23.7 - William Gibson, "Neuromancer"
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609
610A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
611nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
612the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
613in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
614colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
615over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
616cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
617the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
618and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
619dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
620into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
621trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
622
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623=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
624
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625L<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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627 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
628
629 5.23 Episode VII
630 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
631
632 It is a period of
633 unrest as separatists
634 announce their intentions
635 to fork PERL and return the
636 galaxy to speed and stability.
637
638 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
639 to hold together the remains of the
640 once mighty Republic against a tide of
641 incivility and the depredations of a new
642 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
643
644 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
645 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
646 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
647 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
648 a new Empire of gradual typing....
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650=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
651
652L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
653
654After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
655me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
656Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
657adventure.
658
659I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
660only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
661lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
662sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
663lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
664hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
665
666Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
667no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
668loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
669control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
670It took me two weeks to figure it out.
671
672The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
673register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
674an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
675index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
676would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
677the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
678
679Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
680to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
681instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
682additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
683instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
684ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
685
686The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
687lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
688was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
689all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
690
691He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
692largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
693datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
694overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
695the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
696the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
697program went happily on its way.
698
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699=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
700
701L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
702
703Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
704first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
705or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
706Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
707when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
708when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
709difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
710keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
711strong men.
712
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713=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
714
715L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
716
717 Little of of all we value here
718 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
719 Without both feeling and looking queer.
720 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
721 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
722 (This is a moral that runs at large;
723 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
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725=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
726
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729 Would you believe in a night like this
730 A night like this, when visions come true
731 Would you believe in a tale like this
732 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
733 Come to the blazing fire and
734
735 See me in the shadows
736 See me in the shadows
737 Songs I will sing
738 Of runes and rings
739 Just hand me my harp
740 This night turns into myth
741 Nothing seems real
742 You soon will feel
743 The world we live in is another skald's
744 Dream in the shadows
745 Dream in the shadows
746
747 Do you believe there is sense in it
748 Is it truth or myth?
749 They´re one in my rhymes
750 Nobody knows the meaning behind
751 The weaver's line
752 Well nobody else but the Norns can
753 See through the blazing fires of time and
754 All things will proceed as the
755 Child of the hallowed
756 Will speak to you now
757
758 See me in the shadows
759 See me in the shadows
760 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
761 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
762 Nothing seems real
763 You soon will feel
764 The world we live in is another skald´s
765 Dream in the shadows
766 Dream in the shadows
767
768 Do not fear for my reason
769 There's nothing to hide
770 How bitter your treason
771 How bitter the lie
772 Remember the runes and remember the light
773 All I ever want is to be at your side
774 We'll gladden the raven now I will
775 Run through the blazing fires
776 That's my choice
777 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
778
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779=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
780
781L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
782
783 I was born beneath this willow,
784 Where my sire the earth did farm
785 Had the green grass as my pillow
786 The east wind as a blanket warm.
787
788 But away! away! called the wind from the west
789 And in answer I did run
790 Seeking glory and adventure
791 Promised by the rising sun.
792
793 I found love beneath this willow,
794 As true a love as life could hold,
795 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
796 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
797
798 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
799 In faithful answer I did run
800 Marching forth for king and country
801 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
802
803 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
804 As the seven seas I plied
805 And the girl who I left waiting
806 Longing to be at her side.
807
808 But about! about! called the wind from the west
809 As once again my ship did run
810 Down the coast, about the wide world
811 Flying sails in the setting sun.
812
813 Now I lie beneath the willow
814 Now at last no more to roam,
815 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
816 In their arms I'm finally home.
817
818 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
819 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
820 Will chase the sun into the morning
821 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
822
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825L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
826
827 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
828 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
829 Well, I try my best
830 To be just like I am
831 But everybody wants you
832 To be just like them
833 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
834 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
835
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836=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
837
838L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
839
840 As soon as Wolf began to feel
841 That he would like a decent meal,
842 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
843 When Grandma opened it, she saw
844 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
845 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
846 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
847 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
848 And she was absolutely right.
849 He ate her up in one big bite.
850
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851=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
852
853L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
854
855 As one who strives a hill to climb,
856 Who never climbed before:
857 Who finds it, in a little time,
858 Grow every moment less sublime,
859 And votes the thing a bore:
860
861 Yet, having once begun to try,
862 Dares not desert his quest,
863 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
864 On one small hut against the sky
865 Wherein he hopes to rest:
866
867 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
868 With many a puff and pant:
869 Who still, as rises the ascent,
870 In language grows more violent,
871 Although in breath more scant:
872
873 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
874 That crowns the upward track:
875 And, entering with unsteady pace,
876 Receives a buffet in the face
877 That lands him on his back:
878
879 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
880 Glide swiftly down again,
881 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
882 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
883 He drops upon the plain -
884
885 So I, that had resolved to bring
886 Conviction to a ghost,
887 And found it quite a different thing
888 From any human arguing,
889 Yet dared not quit my post.
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891=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
892
893L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
894
895 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
896 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
897 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
898 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
899 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
900 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
901 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
902 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
903 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
904 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
905 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
906 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
907 Thither he bent his way, determined there
908 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
909 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
910 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
911 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
912 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
913 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
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915=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
916
917L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
918
919 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
920 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
921 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
922 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
923 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
924 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
925 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
926 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
927 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
928 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
929 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
930 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
931 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
932 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
933 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
934 At certain revolutions all the damned
935 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
936 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
937 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
938 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
939 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
940 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
941 They ferry over this Lethean sound
942 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
943 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
944 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
945 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
946 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
947 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
948 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
949 The ford, and of itself the water flies
950 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
951 The lip of Tantalus.
952
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953=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
954
955L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
956
957 Between two dishes, equally attractive
958 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
959 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
960
961 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
962 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
963 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
964
965 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
966 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
967 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
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969=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
970
971L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
972
973 For better waters heading with the wind
974 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
975 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
976
977 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
978 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
979 To leap up into joy celestial.
980
981 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
982 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
983 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
984
985 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
986 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
987 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
988
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989=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
990
991L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
992
993 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
994 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
995 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
996
997 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
998 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
999 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
1000
1001 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
1002 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
1003 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
1004
1005 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
1006 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
1007 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
1008
1009 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
1010 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
1011 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
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1013=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1014
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1016
1017A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
1018splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
1019shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
1020straight up into the air!_'
1021The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
1022experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
1023gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
1024his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
1025most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
1026storm.
1027Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
1028knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
1029heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
1030intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
1031those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
1032scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
1033set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
1034everything, regardless?
1035At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
1036voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
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1038=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1039
1040L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
1041
1042This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
1043before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
1044whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
1045carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
1046merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
1047ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
1048entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
1049boisterous.
1050Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
1051not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
1052up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
1053nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
1054masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
1055the attentions of several all too merry couples.
1056Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
1057that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
1058Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
1059on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
1060raising a glass of champagne.
1061In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
1062mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
1063lonely corner.
1064He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
1065a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
1066that it was Christine and followed her.
1067'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
1068The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
1069no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
1070on in silence.
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1072=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1073
1074L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
1075
1076 If the snow flies in my face,
1077 Let me shake it off me!
1078 If my heart within me speaks,
1079 I'll sing bright and gaily!
1080
1081 Will not listen what it says,
1082 Have no ears for moaning.
1083 Do not feel what it complains,--
1084 Only fools like groaning!
1085
1086 Jolly brave into the world,
1087 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
1088 If there is no God on earth,
1089 Let 's be gods down nether!
1090
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1091=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1092
1093L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
1094
1095 Why do I shun all those highways
1096 Which the other wanderer seeks?
1097 Why do I find bridged by-ways
1098 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
1099
1100 For I have no crime committed,
1101 Why I should now run from men,--
1102 What demented heart's desire
1103 Drives me to a desert glen?
1104
1105 Signposts on all highways stationed
1106 Point their signs toward the towns,
1107 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
1108 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
1109
1110 One such signpost I see planted
1111 Of my question unconcerned,
1112 One road must my choice be granted,
1113 Whence no man has yet returned!
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1115=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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1118
1119 How the storm tore rents
1120 In heavens gray attired!
1121 The rags of cloud are flying
1122 Around, of combat tired.
1123
1124 And flames of fire lambent,
1125 Fly between them and part,
1126 That 's what I call a morning,
1127 A morning after my heart!
1128
1129 My heart sees in the heavens
1130 Its own picture unspoilt--
1131 It's nothing but the Winter,
1132 The Winter, cold and wild.
1133
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1134=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1135
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1137
1138 The hoary frost has a white sheen
1139 Strewn all over my hair,
1140 So I thought I was an old man
1141 And thought life dealt me fair.
1142
1143 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
1144 And I have my black hair again.
1145 How I abhor my young fair years,
1146 How long to wait for death and biers?
1147
1148 From setting sun to morning's hue
1149 Many a head turns white.
1150 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
1151 In all this lifelong plight!
1152
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1153=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1154
1155L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
1156
1157 In the deepest rocky crevice
1158 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
1159 How I could find my way from here,
1160 For me it's easy memory!
1161
1162 For I am used to straying ways,
1163 Every path to th'end a way,
1164 All our joys and all our suffering,--
1165 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
1166
1167 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
1168 I quite calmly downward stroll;
1169 Every stream its sea will enter,
1170 Every suffering finds its goal!
1171
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1172=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
1173
1174L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
1175
1176“You are the advocate of the dead.”
1177
1178The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
1179that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
1180take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
1181their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
1182remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
1183figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
1184
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1185=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
1186
1187L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
1188
1189 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
1190 Among the theories scattered on the grass
1191 Take up my good intentions with the rest
1192
1193=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
1194
1195L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
1196
1197There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
1198its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
1199
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1200=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
1201
1202L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
1203
1204 They shall pass and their places be taken,
1205 The gods and the priests that are pure.
1206 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
1207 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
1208 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
1209 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
1210 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
1211 And delicate dust.
1212
1213 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
1214 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
1215 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
1216 As the serpent again to a rod.
1217 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
1218 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
1219 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
1220 Our Lady of Pain.
1221
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1222=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
1223
1224L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
1225
1226The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
1227Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
1228started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
1229crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
1230and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
1231pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
1232through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
1233claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
1234were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
1235they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
1236It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
1237obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
1238
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1239=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
1240
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1243 There is another sky,
1244 Ever serene and fair,
1245 And there is another sunshine,
1246 Though it be darkness there;
1247 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
1248 Never mind silent fields -
1249 Here is a little forest,
1250 Whose leaf is ever green;
1251 Here is a brighter garden,
1252 Where not a frost has been;
1253 In its unfading flowers
1254 I hear the bright bee hum:
1255 Prithee, my brother,
1256 Into my garden come!
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1258=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
1259
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1261
1262Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
1263Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
1264Calvin: 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?
1265Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
1266[Box]: *BOINK*
1267Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
1268Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
1269Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
1270
2ee7da68 1271=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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1272
1273L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
1274
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1275"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
1276Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
1277we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
1278everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
1279"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
1280refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
1281"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
1282would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
1283than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
1284the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 1286=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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1287
1288L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
1289
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1290GAME CAT
1291
1292EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
1293things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
1294Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
1295lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
1296snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
1297This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
1298all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
1299Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
1300some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
1301finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
1302just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
1303Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
1304MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
1305The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
1306involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
1307and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
1308where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
1309Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 1311=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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1312
1313L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
1314
1315 Het Dorp
1316
1317 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
1318 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
1319 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
1320 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
1321 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
1322 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
1323 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
1324 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
1325 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
1326 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
1327 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 1328 het vee, de boerderijen.
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1329
1330 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1331 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1332 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1333 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1334
1335 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
1336 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
1337 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
1338 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
1339 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
1340 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
1341 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
1342 ze zien de televisiequiz
1343 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
1344 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
1345 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
1346 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
1347
1348 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1349 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1350 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1351 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1352
1353 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
1354 in minirok en beatle-haar
1355 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
1356 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
1357 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
1358 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
1359 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
1360 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
1361 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
1362 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
1363 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
1364 een ansicht en herinneringen.
1365
1366 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1367 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
1368 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
1369 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
1370
2ee7da68 1371=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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1373L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
1374
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1375To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
1376of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
1377masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
1378of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
1379seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
1380joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
1381to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
1382high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
1383approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
1384ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
1385myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
1386to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
1387discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
1388canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
1389armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
1390rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
1391handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
1392stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
1393occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
1394and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
1395which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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1397=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
1398
1399L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
1400
1401 If they just went straight they might go far,
1402 They are strong and brave and true;
1403 But they're always tired of the things that are,
1404 And they want the strange and new.
1405 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
1406 What a deep mark I would make!"
1407 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
1408 Is only a fresh mistake.
1409
1410=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
1411
1412L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
1413
1414 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
1415 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
1416 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
1417 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
1418 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
1419 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
1420 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
1421 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
1422 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
1423 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
1424 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
1425 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
1426 Aldrin: 120 feet.
1427 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
1428 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
1429 Duke: 60 seconds.
1430 Aldrin: Light's on.
1431 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
1432 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
1433 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
1434 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
1435 down a half.
1436 Duke: 30 seconds.
1437 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
1438 Aldrin: Contact Light.
1439 Armstrong: Shutdown.
1440 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
1441 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
1442 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
1443 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
1444 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
1445 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
1446 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
1447 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
1448 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
1449 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
1450 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
1451 Aldrin: Thank you.
1452
1453=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
1454
1455L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
1456
1457 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
1458 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
1459 We danced among the lightning bolts,
1460 and tore the world asunder.
1461
1462 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
1463 written near the end of the previous Age,
1464 known by some as the Third Age.
1465 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
1466 Reborn.
1467
1468=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
1469
1470L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
1471
1472 Walled in fast within the earth
1473 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
1474 This must be the bell’s great birth!
1475 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
1476 Sweat must trickle now
1477 From the burning brow,
1478 Till the work its master honour.
1479 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
1480
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1481=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
1482
1483L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
1484
1485 Steady old Väinämöinen
1486 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1487 'No lilting on the waters
1488 and no singing on the waves!
1489 Song keeps you lazy
1490 tales delay rowing.
1491 Precious day would pass and night
1492 would overtake us midway
1493 on these wide waters
1494 upon these vast waves.'
1495
1496 The wanton Lemminkäinen
1497 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1498 'The time will pass anyway
1499 the fair day will flee
1500 and the night will come panting
1501 and the twilight will steal in
1502 if you don't sing while you live
1503 nor hum in this world.'
1504
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1505=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"
1506
1507L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
1508
1509'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
1510and I was reciting these lines:
1511
1512 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
1513 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
1514 I wonder at the patience that I showed
1515 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
1516 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
1517 I have remained confused in misery.
1518
1519I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
1520Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
1521walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
1522person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
1523am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
1524ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
1525asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
1526allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
1527added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
1528and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
1529idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
1530coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
1531and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
1532different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
1533without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
1534the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
1535the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
1536sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
1537gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
1538told you about this, so goodbye."
1539
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1541
1542L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
1543
1544'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
1545asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
1546and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
1547and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
1548I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
1549candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
1550were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
1551congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
1552face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
1553[...]
1554'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
1555her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
1556them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
1557ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
1558told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
1559man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
1560[...]
1561'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
1562servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
1563was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
1564four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
1565like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
1566fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
1567"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
1568was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
1569shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
1570longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
1571a bean.
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1574
1575L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
1576
1577 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
1578 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
1579 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
1580 Where is the cow hidden right now?
1581
1582 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
1583 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
1584 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
1585 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
1586
1587 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
1588 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
1589 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
1590 Yeah!
1591
1592 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
1593 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
1594 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
1595 Yeah, yeah!
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1597=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
1598
1599L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
1600
1601 I've seen things,
1602 I've seen them with my eyes;
1603 I've seen things,
1604 They're often in disguise.
1605
1606 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
1607 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
1608 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
1609 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
1610
1611 I've seen things,
1612 I've seen them with my eyes;
1613 I've seen things,
1614 They're often in disguise.
1615
1616 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
1617
2ee7da68 1618=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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1619
1620L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
1621
1622 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
1623 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
1624 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
1625
1626 DON ALFONSO:
1627 Take heart, my dearest children.
1628 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
1629
1630 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
1631 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
1632
1633 FIORDILIGI:
1634 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
1635 It is disappearing already!
1636 It is no longer in sight!
1637 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
1638
1639 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
1640 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
1641
1642 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
1643 May the wind be gentle,
1644 may the sea be calm,
1645 and may the elements
1646 respond kindly
1647 to our wishes.
1648
2ee7da68 1649=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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1650
1651L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
1652
1653 GUGLIELMO:
1654 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
1655 is reluctant to come before her.
1656
1657 FERRANDO:
1658 My trembling lip
1659 can utter no word.
1660
1661 DON ALFONSO:
1662 The hero displays his manliness
1663 in the most terrible moments.
1664
1665 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
1666 Now that we have heard the news,
1667 you have the lesser duty:
1668 Take heart, and plunge your swords
1669 into both our hearts.
1670
1671 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
1672 My idol, blame fate
1673 that I must abandon you.
1674
1675 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
1676 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
1677 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
1678 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
1679 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
1680 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
1681 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
1682
1683 ALL:
1684 Thus destiny defrauds
1685 the hopes of mortals.
1686 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
1687 who can ever love life?
1688
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1690
1691L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
1692
1693 DON ALFONSO:
1694 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
1695 my lip stammers.
1696 My voice cannot emerge,
1697 but remains in my throat.
1698 What will you do? What shall I do?
1699 Oh what a great catastrophe!
1700 There can be nothing worse.
1701 I feel pity for you and for them.
1702
1703 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
1704 die.
1705 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
1706 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
1707 love dead, perhaps?
1708 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
1709 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
1710 DORABELLA: Wounded?
1711 DON ALFONSO: No.
1712 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
1713 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
1714 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
1715 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
1716 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
1717 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
1718 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
1719 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
1720 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
1721 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
1722 you wish it, they are ready...
1723 DORABELLA: Where are they?
1724 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
1725
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1726=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
1727
1728L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
1729
1730 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
1731 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
1732 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
1733 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
1734 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
1735 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
1736
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1737=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
1738
1739L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
1740
1741 When times go bad
1742 when times go rough
1743 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
1744 And let me do my stuff
1745
2ee7da68 1746=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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1747
1748L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
1749
1750O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
1751sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
1752Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
1753than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
1754temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
1755mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
1756your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
1757draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
1758implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
1759rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
1760bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
1761Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
1762is a fool!
1763
2ee7da68 1764=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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1767
1768The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
1769the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
1770withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
1771consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
1772tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
1773detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
1774by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
1775
2ee7da68 1776=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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1777
1778L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
1779
1780Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
1781rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
1782stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
1783know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
1784that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
1785chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
1786clouds thickened above them.
1787
1788"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
1789you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
1790body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
1791closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
1792hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
1793he looked Long in the face.
1794
1795"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
1796master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
1797grew fierce.
1798
1799"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
1800fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
1801truth!"
1802
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1805L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
1806
1807“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
1808hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
1809
1810“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
1811
1812“Is there? What is the point?”
1813
1814“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
1815
1816“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
1817
1818“The trick is not to think about that.”
1819
1820“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
1821
1822Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
1823
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1824=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
1825
1826L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
1827
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1828And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
1829down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
1830the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
1831were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
1832they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
1833Europe was over.
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1835Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
1836leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
1837kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
1838horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 1839
e91f1fc1 1840Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 1841
e91f1fc1 1842One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
2cff31c9 1843
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1844=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
1845
1846L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
1847
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1848 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
1849
1850 Mr. Bun: Morning.
1851 Waitress: Morning.
1852 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
1853 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
1854 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
1855 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
1856 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
1857 egg on top and spam
1858 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
1859 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
1860 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
1861 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
1862 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
1863 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
1864 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
1865 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
1866 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
1867 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
1868
1869 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
1870
1871 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
1872 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
1873 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
1874 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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40e1c3e8 1876=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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1878L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
1879
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1880 I
1881
1882 A cat is strolling through my mind
1883 Acting as though he owned the place,
1884 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
1885 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
1886
1887 So tender and discreet his tone;
1888 But whether he should growl or purr
1889 His voice is always rich and deep.
1890 That is the secret of his charm.
1891
1892 This purling voice that filters down
1893 Into my darkest depths of soul
1894 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
1895 Delights me as a potion would.
1896
1897 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
1898 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
1899 Without the need for any words
1900 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
1901
1902 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
1903 Across my heart, fine instrument,
1904 And makes to sing so royally
1905 The strongest and the purest chord,
1906
1907 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
1908 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
1909 In whom all is, angelically,
1910 As subtle as harmonious.
1911
1912 II
1913
1914 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
1915 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
1916 I might have been embalmed in it
1917 By giving him one little pet.
1918
1919 He is my household's guardian soul;
1920 He judges, he presides, inspires
1921 All matters in hos royal realm;
1922 Might he be fairy? or a god?
1923
1924 When my eyes, to this cat I love
1925 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
1926 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
1927 And when I look within myself,
1928
1929 I notice with astonishment
1930 The fire of his opal eyes,
1931 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
1932 Taking my measure, steadily.
1933
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1934=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
1935
1936L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
1937
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1938There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
1939that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
1940Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
1941despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
1942loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
1943looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
1944his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
1945of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
1946heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
1947danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
1948She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
1949surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
1950and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
1951be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
1952name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
1953and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
1954him.
1955
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1956=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
1957
1958L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
1959
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1960E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
1961written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
1962betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
1963have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
1964personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
1965Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
1966For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
1967political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
1968working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
1969between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
1970however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
1971logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
1972an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
1973to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
1974outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
1975there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
1976There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
1977
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1978=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
1979
1980L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
1981
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1982The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
1983correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
1984showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
1985however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
1986magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
1987the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
1988
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1989=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1990
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1992
1993 Over hill, over dale,
1994 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
1995 Over park, over pale,
1996 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
1997 I do wander everywhere,
1998 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
1999 And I serve the fairy queen,
2000 To dew her orbs upon the green.
2001 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
2002 In their gold coats, spots you see;
2003 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
2004 In their freckles live our savours.
2005 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
2006 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
2007 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
2008 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
2009
5f42d1f2 2010=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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2012L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
2013
2014 From the beginning, I knew…
2015 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
2016 …that I can't fix…
2017 …with my hands…
2018
40e1c3e8 2019=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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2021L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
2022
2023 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
2024 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
2025 The shadows lengthen
2026 In Carcosa.
2027
2028 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
2029 And strange moons circle through the skies
2030 But stranger still is
2031 Lost Carcosa.
2032
2033 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
2034 Where flap the tatters of the King,
2035 Must die unheard in
2036 Dim Carcosa.
2037
2038 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
2039 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
2040 Shall dry and die in
2041 Lost Carcosa.
2042
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2043=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
2044
2045(no epigraph)
2046
40e1c3e8 2047=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2050
2051"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
2052empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
2053Yellow!"
2054
40e1c3e8 2055=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2058
2059 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
2060
2061 STRANGER: Indeed?
2062
2063 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
2064
2065 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
2066
2067 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
2068
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2069=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
2070
2071L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
2072
2073One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
2074only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
2075that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
2076about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
2077places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
2078Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
2079mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
2080every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
2081
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2083
2084L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
2085
2086The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
2087systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
2088thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
2089operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
2090ever seen.
2091
2092An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
2093something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
2094kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
2095anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
2096disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
2097gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
2098that renders the operating system unnecessary.
2099
2100=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
2101
2102L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
2103
2104Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
2105someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
2106again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
2107and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
2108language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
2109
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2110=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
2111
2112L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
2113
2114It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
2115who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
2116walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
2117and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
2118search, in questions, in torment.
2119
2ee7da68 2120=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2123
2124Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
2125
2126=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
2127
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2129
2130 I'd love to go drowning
2131 And to stay and to stay
2132 But the ocean doesn't want me today
2133 I'll go in up to here
2134 It can't possibly hurt
2135 All they will find is my beer
2136 And my shirt
2137
2138=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
2139
2140L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
2141
2142 And the great day of wrath has come
2143 And here's mud in your big red eye
2144 The poker's in the fire
2145 And the locusts take the sky
2146 And the earth died screaming
2147 While I lay dreaming of you
2148
2149=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
2150
2151L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
2152
2153 What's he building in there?
2154
2155 We have a right to know…
2156
2ee7da68 2157=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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2158
2159L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
2160
2161It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
2162eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
2163
2ee7da68 2164=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
7707f065 2165
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2167
2168The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
2169followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
2170safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
2171place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
2172would be famous for this.
2173
2174Six months passed. A year.
2175
72f869fd 2176The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 2177Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 2178powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 2179
2ee7da68 2180=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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f3d08688 2182L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/02/msg199115.html>
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2183
2184Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
2185The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
2186recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
2187his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
2188Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
2189of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
2190Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
2191of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
2192'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
2193embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
2194'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
2195in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
2196leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
2197
2198The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
2199Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
2200in the destruction of the planet Earth.
2201
2ee7da68 2202=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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2205
2206I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
2207the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
2208dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
2209between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
2210improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
2211fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
2212I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
2213them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
2214do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 2215from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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2216in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
2217perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
2218himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
2219a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
2220the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
2221world is richer for it.
2222
2ee7da68 2223=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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2226
2227No thought.
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2228
2229The boy extinguished. Only a place.
2230
2231This place.
2232
2233Motionless, 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.
2234
2235A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
2236
2237For 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.
2238
2239The 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 . . .
2240
2241And 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.
2242
2243The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
2244
2245I have been legion . . .
2246
2247In 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.
2248
2249Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 2251=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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2254
2255Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
2256of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
2257scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
2258glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
2259beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
2260much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
2261caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
2262vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
2263had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
2264
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2265=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2266
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2268
2269Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
2270behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
2271recording everything.
2272
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2273=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
2274
f3d08688 2275L<Announced on 2012-09-19 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/09/msg192635.html>
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2277 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
2278 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
2279 She aims it at the creature's head,
2280 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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2282 A few weeks later, in the wood,
2283 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
2284 But what a change! No cloak of red,
2285 No silly hood upon her head.
2286 She said, "Hello, and do please note
2287 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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2289=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
2290
2291L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
2292
2293Preparation:
2294
2295Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
2296or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
2297Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
2298look golden brown.
2299Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
2300ready to create the soup.
2301
2302Ingredients:
2303
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2304 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
2305 3 tbsp butter
2306 1/4 cup olive oil
2307 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
2308 1 tsp salt
2309 1 tsp sugar
2310 black pepper to taste
2311 1 cup red wine
2312 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2313 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
2314 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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2315
2316Method:
2317
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2318 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
2319 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
2320 to half an hour.
2321 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2322 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
2323 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
2324 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
2325 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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2326
2327Enjoy.
2328
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2329=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
2330
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2332
2333‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
2334
2335Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
2336their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
2337
2338The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
2339butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
2340and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
2341
2342Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
2343
2344‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
2345
2346‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
2347
2348‘What?’
2349
2350‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
2351
2352‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
2353his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
2354dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
2355quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
2356
2357‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
2358an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
2359
2360‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
2361
2362The iotum rose, spinning.
2363
2364‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
2365
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2366=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
2367
2368L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
2369
2370On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
2371taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
2372"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
2373and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
2374merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
2375subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
2376Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
2377it.
2378
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2379=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2380
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2382
2383`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
2384`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
2385hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
2386The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
2387been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
2388be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
2389to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
2390fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
2391
2392There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
2393climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
2394broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
2395implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
2396on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
2397Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
2398astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
2399for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
2400out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
2401the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
2402
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2403=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
2404
2405L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
2406
2407 A victim of collision on the open sea
2408 Nobody ever said that life was free
2409 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
2410 But use your freedom of choice
2411
2412=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
2413
2414L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
2415
2416Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
2417machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
2418trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
2419little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
2420to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
2421he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
2422the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
2423
2424The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
2425current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
2426transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
2427chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
2428adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
2429as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
2430solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
2431valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
2432the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
2433machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
2434
2ee7da68 2435=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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2438
2439 Don't you know? You never split the party
2440 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
2441 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
2442 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
2443
c33412d7 2444=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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2447
2448I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
2449Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
2450Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
2451The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
2452
2453
2454
2455I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
2456sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
2457collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
2458
2459My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
2460inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
2461swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
2462side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
2463The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
2464dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
2465
2ee7da68 2466=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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2470 All I have is a voice
2471 To undo the folded lie,
2472 The romantic lie in the brain
2473 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
2474 And the lie of Authority
2475 Whose buildings grope the sky:
2476 There is no such thing as the State
2477 And no one exists alone;
2478 Hunger allows no choice
2479 To the citizen or the police;
2480 We must love one another or die.
2481
2ee7da68 2482=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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2486 How many roads must a man walk down
2487 Before you call him a man?
2488 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
2489 Before she sleeps in the sand?
2490 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
2491 Before they're forever banned?
2492 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2493 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2494
2495 How many years can a mountain exist
2496 Before it's washed to the sea?
2497 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
2498 Before they're allowed to be free?
2499 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
2500 Pretending he just doesn't see?
2501 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2502 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2503
2504 How many times must a man look up
2505 Before he can see the sky?
2506 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
2507 Before he can hear people cry?
2508 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
2509 That too many people have died?
2510 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2511 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 2513=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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2516
2517 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2518 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
2519 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2520 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
2521 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
2522
2523Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
2524age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
2525older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
2526debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
2527girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
2528A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
2529Top for more than one week.
2530
2531Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
2532lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
2533buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
2534into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
2535meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
2536soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
2537single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
2538
2539 "I'm never going to give you up"
2540
2ee7da68 2541=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 2542
6dab83b1 2543L<Announced on 2012-01-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/01/msg182230.html>
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2544
2545"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
2546
2547He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
2548notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
2549which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
2550OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
2551ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
2552
2553There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
2554busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
2555out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
2556mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
2557and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
2558with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
2559bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
2560chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
2561excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
2562down cheering and applauding.
2563
2564"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
2565
2ee7da68 2566=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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2569
2570Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
2571into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
2572beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
2573winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
2574wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
2575over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
2576
2577But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
2578gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
2579villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
2580journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
2581domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
2582with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
2583by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
2584Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
2585
2ee7da68 2586=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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2589
2590This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
2591been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
2592confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
2593how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
2594could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
2595putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
2596I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
2597before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
2598think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
2599all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
2600off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
2601was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
2602The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
2603endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
2604benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
2605boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
2606lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
2607Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
2608resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
2609Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
2610you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
2611
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2612=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
2613
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2615
2616A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
2617don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
2618without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
2619the human experience, the better design we will have.
2620
2ee7da68 2621=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
607b15aa 2622
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2625All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
2626the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
2627do so at their peril.
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2629It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
2630Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
2631work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
2632artist is in accord with himself.
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2634We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
2635he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
2636thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 2637
4ed12d4a 2638All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 2639
2ee7da68 2640=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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2644 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
2645 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
2646 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
2647 things the significance of a human future;
2648 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
2649 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
2650 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
2651 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
2652 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
2653 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
2654 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
2655 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
2656 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
2657 hurtles all ages along with it forever
2658 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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2661
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2663
2664Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
2665fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
2666winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
2667down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
2668being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
2669extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
2670but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
2671
2672Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
2673that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
2674around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
2675fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
2676the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
2677closed system.
2678
2679Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
2680the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
2681/be/ them.'
2682
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2684
2685L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
2686
4ed12d4a 2687If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 2688
c682aa67 2689=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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2693He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
2694mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
2695encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
2696
2697'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
2698Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
2699finished its run. It was due about now.'
2700
2701Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
2702see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
2703
2704'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
2705is always a last time for everything.)
2706
2707Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
2708
2709=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
2710
2711L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
2712
2713 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
2714 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
2715 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
2716 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
2717 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
2718 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
2719 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
2720 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
2721 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
2722 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
2723 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
2724 eaten them, but not for love.
2725
2726=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 >>
2727
2728L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
2729
2730It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
2731do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
2732they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
2733catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
2734awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
2735inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
2736
2737So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
2738mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
2739the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 2741=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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2743L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
2744
2745At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
2746my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
2747the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
2748since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
2749already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
2750to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
2751the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
2752can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
2753unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
2754
c684cf36 2755=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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2756
2757L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
2758
2759At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
2760myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
2761impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
2762"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
2763gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
2764or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
2765
2766I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
2767computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
2768ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
2769would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
2770my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
2771away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
2772won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
2773
2774So a freely distributable program is born.
2775
2776=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
2777
2778L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
2779
2780This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
2781continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
2782aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
2783and your bags will be offloaded.
2784
2ee7da68 2785=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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2787L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
2788
2789Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
2790of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
2791by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
2792sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
2793swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
2794down their paved streets.
2795
2796Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
2797obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
2798company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
2799the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
2800govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
2801the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
2802
2803=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
2804
2805L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
2806
2807But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
2808my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
2809reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
2810wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
2811Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
2812the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 2813This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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2814just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
2815this had never reached me.
2816
2ee7da68 2817=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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2820
2821 When the full-grown poet came,
2822 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
2823 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
2824 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
2825 Nay he is mine alone;
2826 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
2827 by the hand;
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2828 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
2829 holding hands,
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2830 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
2831 And wholly and joyously blends them.
2832
2ee7da68 2833=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
f1e17f6f 2834
fbc70a9e 2835L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/02/msg169340.html>
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2837 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
2838 nema ráða vel kunni.
2839 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
2840 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
2841 Sák á telgðu talkni
2842 tíu launstafi ristna.
2843 Þat hefr lauka lindi
2844 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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2846=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
2847
2848L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
2849
2850In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
2851granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
2852do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
2853that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
2854generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
2855endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
2856that fire can truly light the world.
2857
2858And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
2859ask what you can do for your country.
2860
2861My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
2862but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
2863
2864Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
2865ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
2866we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
2867the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
2868asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
2869work must truly be our own.
2870
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2871=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
2872
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2874
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2875The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
2876to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
2877between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
2878cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
2879areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
2880be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
2881As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
2882the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
2883instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
2884interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
2885also be automated.
2886
2887Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
2888if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
2889were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
2890and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
2891indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
2892techniques like X-ray crystallography.
2893
2ee7da68 2894=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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2897
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2898[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
2899
5814c912 2900 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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2901
2902[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
2903
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2904 Trinity: What did you just say?
2905 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
2906 Trinity: What did you see?
2907 Cypher: What happened?
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2908 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
2909 like it.
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2910 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
2911 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
2912 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
2913 Neo: What is it?
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2914 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
2915 they change something.
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2917=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
2918
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2920
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2921The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
2922he storm vanishes.
2923
2924"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
2925fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
2926to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
2927me?"
2928
2929I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
2930like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
2931
2932"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
2933as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
2934on my heart.
2935
2936(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
2937
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2938=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
2939
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2941
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2942Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
2943air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
2944the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
2945faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
2946of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
2947the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
2948deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
2949fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
2950stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
2951revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
2952
2953For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
2954courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
2955the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
2956jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
2957were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
2958there, a glimmer of moonshine.
2959
2960Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
2961rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
2962grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
2963park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
806849f8 2964described.
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2966=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2967
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2969
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2970`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
2971`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
2972it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
2973she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
2974
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2975 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
2976 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
2977 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
2978 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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2979
2980
2981`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
2982
2983`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
2984nonsense.'
2985
2986Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
2987anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
2988
2989`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
2990
2991`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
2992
2993`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
2994with his nose, you know?'
2995
2996`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
2997the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
2998
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2999=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
3000
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3002
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3003Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
3004Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
3005notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
3006for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
3007sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
3008
3009Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
3010dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
3011Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
3012motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
3013Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
3014that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
3015had ever even been a car.
3016
3017There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
3018been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
3019this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
3020flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
3021re-entry.
3022
3023There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
3024metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
3025somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
3026make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
3027
3028It should have fallen apart miles back.
3029
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3031
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3034We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
3035the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
3036in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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3037there exist ... special circumstances.
3038
3039=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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3043And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
3044bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
3045yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
3046with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
3047if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
3048bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
3049quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
3050
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3051=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
3052
3053L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
3054
3055The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
3056involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
3057when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
3058streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
3059road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
3060seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
3061smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
3062
3063"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
3064volcano were once more to set to work."
3065
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3066=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
3067
3068L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
3069
3070 Music oft hath such a charm
3071 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
3072
3073=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
3074
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3076
3077 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
3078 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
3079 When breakfast is taken away,
3080 To turn his attention to dinner;
3081 And it's not in the range of belief,
3082 To look upon him as a glutton,
3083 Who, when he is tired of beef,
3084 Determines to tackle the mutton.
3085 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
3086 If it will appease her sorrow,
3087 I'll marry this lady today,
3088 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
3089
3090=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
3091
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3093
3094 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
3095 Tolerates no work of man.
3096 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
3097 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
3098 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
3099 While the last larks sing and soar,
3100 From the heather-blossoms sweet
3101 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
3102 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
3103 Eleanor makes macaroons!
3104
3105=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
3106
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3108
3109 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
3110 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
3111 Lobster I freely endorse,
3112 In pate or patty or pasty.
3113 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
3114 And nothing the matter with jam,
3115 And the warmest greetings I utter
3116 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
3117 For they're food,
3118 All food,
3119 And I think very fondly of food.
3120 Through I'm broody at times
3121 When bothered by rhymes,
3122 I brood
3123 On food.
3124
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3126
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3128
3129 I saw a huge steam roller,
3130 It blotted out the sun.
3131 The people all lay down, lay down;
3132 They did not try to run.
3133 My love and I, we looked amazed
3134 Upon the gory mystery.
3135 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
3136 'The great machine is history!'
3137 My love and I, we ran away,
3138 The engine did not find us.
3139 We ran up to a mountain top,
3140 Left history far behind us.
3141 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
3142 But somehow we don't think so.
3143 We went to see where history'd been,
3144 And my, the dead did stink so.
3145
3146=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3147
3148L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
3149
3150CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
3151she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
3152seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
3153
3154What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
3155of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
3156has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
3157will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
3158only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
3159lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
3160design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
3161periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
3162
3163=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3164
3165L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
3166
3167The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
3168from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
3169view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
3170Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
3171once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
3172endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
3173a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
3174will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
3175of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
3176Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
3177still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
3178
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3179=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3180
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3183"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
3184many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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3185Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
3186what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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3187Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
3188had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
3189...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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3190"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
3191hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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3192degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
3193and-thirty degrees."
3194
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3195=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3196
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3199San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
3200the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
3201hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
3202of the Free World."
3203
3204Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
3205level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
3206harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
3207exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
3208
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3210
3211L<Announced on 2010-05-09 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/05/msg159971.html>
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3213Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
3214the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
3215just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
3216a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
3217it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
3218of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
3219common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
3220bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
3221
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3222 Around and around and around we spin,
3223 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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3225=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3226
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3229'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
3230not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
3231your cat grins like that?'
3232
3233'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
3234
3235She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
3236jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
3237and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
3238
3239'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
3240that cats COULD grin.'
3241
3242'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
3243
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3244=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3245
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3247
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3248'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
3249have got altered.'
3250
3251'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
3252there was silence for some minutes.
3253
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3254=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3255
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3258'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
3259always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
3260rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
3261yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
3262can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
3263kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
3264
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3265=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3266
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3269At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
3270called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
3271dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
3272in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
3273sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
3274
3275'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
3276is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
3277the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
3278to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
3279accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 3280Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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3e340399 3286=head2 v5.12.0-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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3290So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
3291hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
3292making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
3293picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
3294close by her.
3295
3296There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
3297VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
3298dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
3299occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
3300it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
3301OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
3302Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
3303never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
3304take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
3305after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
3306rabbit-hole under the hedge.
3307
3308In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
3309in the world she was to get out again.
3310
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3e340399 3315=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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3319 A little child, a limber elf,
3320 Singing, dancing to itself,
3321 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
3322 That always finds, and never seeks,
3323 Makes such a vision to the sight
3324 As fills a father's eyes with light;
3325 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
3326 Upon his heart, that he at last
3327 Must needs express his love's excess
3328 With words of unmeant bitterness.
3329 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
3330 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
3331 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
3332 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
3333 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
3334 At each wild word to feel within
3335 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
3336 And what, if in a world of sin
3337 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
3338 Such giddiness of heart and brain
3339 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
3340 So talks as it's most used to do.
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3342=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
3343
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3346And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
3347into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
3348mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
3349question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
3350hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
3351louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
3352who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
3353worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
3354done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
3355
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3356=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
3357
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3359
4363636d 3360"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 3361course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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3362
3363Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
3364
3365"Why ain't that work?"
3366
3367Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
3368is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
3369
3370"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
3371
3372The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
3373to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
3374
3375That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
3376swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
3377-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
3378watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
3379absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
3380
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3381=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
3382
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3385The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
3386at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
3387streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
3388the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
3389live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
3390colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
3391as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
3392wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
3393prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
3394however much they're into colour.
3395
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3396=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
3397
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3400Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
3401and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
3402word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
3403disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
3404everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
3405on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
3406that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
3407glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 3408war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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3409presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
3410for more hazardous assignment.
3411
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3412=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
3413
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3416Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
3417streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
3418trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
3419to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
3420about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
3421of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
3422facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
3423explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
3424Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
3425people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
3426work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
3427their art.
3428
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3429=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3430
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3433'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
3434the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
3435Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
3436Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
3437responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
3438Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
3439Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
3440Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
3441Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
3442Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
3443
3444'Can they all type?' I joked.
3445
3446'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
3447McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
3448
3449I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
3450'We could have opened an agency.'
3451
3452Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
3453Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
3454amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
3455all say that, do they?' I ventured.
3456
3457Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
3458replied. 'Not quite all.'
3459
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3472He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
3473he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
3474out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
3475noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
3476must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
3477number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
3478did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
3479
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3487
3488=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
3489
3490L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
3491available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
3492
3493=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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3497=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
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3501=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
3502
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3504
3505This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
3506gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
3507technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
3508about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
3509bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
3510paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
3511in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
3512electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
3513picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
3514to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
3515technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
3516getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
3517sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
3518it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
3519conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
3520
3521"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
3522that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
3523`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
3524
3525"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
3526one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
3527flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
3528everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
3529make you flip?
3530
3531=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
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3534
3535Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
3536
3537=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
3538
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3540
3541What of October, that ambiguous month
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3543=head2 v5.8.9 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3544
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3547Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
3548proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
3549the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
3550anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
3551how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
3552
3553'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
3554
3555This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
3556that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
3557
3558'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
3559expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
3560anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
3561sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
3562
3563This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
3564basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
3565policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
3566disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
3567the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
3568Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
3569and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
3570Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
3571
3572In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
3573reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
3574
3575I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
3576Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
3577for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
3578had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
3579work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
3580the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
3581left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
3582pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
3583the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
3584the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
3585
3586I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
3587publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
3588Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
3589
3590So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
3591pushing to increase the membership?
3592
3593'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
3594more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
3595futile and impotent it becomes.'
3596
3597This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
3598
3599Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
3600diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
3601
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3603
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3606There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
3607about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
3608four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
3609anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
3610thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
3611
3612Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
3613and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
3614press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
3615obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
3616produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
3617this draft...'
3618
3619I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
3620hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
3621incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
3622
3623'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
3624redundancy payments as well.'
3625
3626'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
3627it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
3628
3629'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
3630
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3632
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3635A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
3636was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
3637and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
3638jets and all.
3639
3640I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
3641
3642I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
3643Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
3644specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
3645the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
3646jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
3647grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
3648in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
3649
3650While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
3651taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
3652me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
3653sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
3654three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
3655plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
3656occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
3657were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
3658
3659And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
3660were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
3661
3662Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
3663name like Charlie Umtali?
3664
3665I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
3666know something about our official visitor.
3667
3668Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
3669has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
3670car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
3671to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
3672knew little of his background.
3673
3674I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
3675Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
3676first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
3677
3678Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
3679
3680'Why?' I enquired.
3681
3682'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
3683to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
3684never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
3685
3686Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
3687that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
3688
3689In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
3690where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
3691revolving door and comes out in front.'
3692
3693'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
3694
3695'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
3696
3697'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
3698
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3699=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
3700
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3703 It's not that easy bein' green
3704 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
3705 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
3706 Or something much more colorful like that
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3708 It's not easy bein' green
3709 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
3710 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
3711 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
3712 Or stars in the sky
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3714 But green's the color of Spring
3715 And green can be cool and friendly-like
3716 And green can be big like an ocean
3717 Or important like a mountain
3718 Or tall like a tree
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3720 When green is all there is to be
3721 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
3722 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
3723 And I think it's what I want to be
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3725=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
3726
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4ed12d4a 3729 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 3730
4ed12d4a 3731 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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3733=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3734
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3737And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
3738hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
3739cat.
3740
3741Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 3742the wolf? What then?"
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3744=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3745
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3748And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
3749bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
3750round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
3751
3752In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
3753gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
3754climbed up the high stone wall.
3755
3756One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
3757stretched out over the wall.
3758
3759Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
3760Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
3761take care that he doesn't catch you!".
3762
3763The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
3764snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
3765
3766How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 3767the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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3769=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
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4363636d 3773"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 3774you."
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51caa79e 3776"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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3777
3778"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
3779and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 3780to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
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51caa79e 3782"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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3783
3784"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
3785planting it."
3786
3787"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 3788grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 3789
51caa79e 3790Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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3791
3792"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
3793Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 3794wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 3795
51caa79e 3796Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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3797
3798"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
3799how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 3800and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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3802=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
3803
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3806"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
3807
3808"Hunting," said Pooh.
3809
3810"Hunting what?"
3811
3812"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
3813
3814"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
3815
3816"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
3817
3818"What do you think you'll answer?"
3819
3820"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
3821"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
3822you see there?"
3823
3824"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
3825excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
3826
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3827=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
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3831Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
3832ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
3833bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
3834waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
3835droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
3836hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
3837longbow.
3838
3839In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
3840often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
3841placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
3842likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
3843may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
3844Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
3845Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
3846farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
3847grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 3848T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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3850=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
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3854Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
3855ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
3856sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
3857pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
3858shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
3859
3860The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
3861Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 3862Caledonia and South America.