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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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24Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
25behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
26recording everything.
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28=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
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32The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
33She whips a pistol from her knickers.
34She aims it at the creature's head,
35And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
36
37A few weeks later, in the wood,
38I came across Miss Riding Hood.
39But what a change! No cloak of red,
40No silly hood upon her head.
41She said, "Hello, and do please note
42My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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44=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
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46L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
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48Preparation:
49
50Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
51or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
52Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
53look golden brown.
54Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
55ready to create the soup.
56
57Ingredients:
58
5916 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
603 tbsp butter
611/4 cup olive oil
622 small garlic cloves, finely minced
631 tsp salt
641 tsp sugar
65black pepper to taste
661 cup red wine
671/4 cup all purpose flour
686 cups of beef or vegetable stock
691 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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71Method:
72
73Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
74Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
75 to half an hour.
76Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
77Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
78Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
79Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
80Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
81
82Enjoy.
83
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84=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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88‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
89
90Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
91their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
92
93The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
94butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
95and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
96
97Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
98
99‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
100
101‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
102
103‘What?’
104
105‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
106
107‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
108his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
109dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
110quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
111
112‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
113an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
114
115‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
116
117The iotum rose, spinning.
118
119‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
120
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125On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
126taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
127"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
128and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
129merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
130subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
131Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
132it.
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134=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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138`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
139`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
140hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
141The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
142been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
143be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
144to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
145fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
146
147There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
148climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
149broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
150implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
151on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
152Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
153astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
154for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
155out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
156the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
157
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158=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose - Never Split The Party
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163 Don't you know? You never split the party
164 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
165 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
166 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
167
168 -- Emerald Rose, Never Split The Party
169
170=head2 v5.16.1 RC1 - Tom Moldvay - Dungeons & Dragons
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175I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
176Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
177Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
178The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
179
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181
182I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
183sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
184collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
185
186My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
187inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
188swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
189side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
190The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
191dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
192
193 -- Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook
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195=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden - September 1, 1939
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200 All I have is a voice
201 To undo the folded lie,
202 The romantic lie in the brain
203 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
204 And the lie of Authority
205 Whose buildings grope the sky:
206 There is no such thing as the State
207 And no one exists alone;
208 Hunger allows no choice
209 To the citizen or the police;
210 We must love one another or die.
211
212 -- W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
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214=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
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219 How many roads must a man walk down
220 Before you call him a man?
221 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
222 Before she sleeps in the sand?
223 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
224 Before they're forever banned?
225 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
226 The answer is blowin' in the wind
227
228 How many years can a mountain exist
229 Before it's washed to the sea?
230 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
231 Before they're allowed to be free?
232 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
233 Pretending he just doesn't see?
234 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
235 The answer is blowin' in the wind
236
237 How many times must a man look up
238 Before he can see the sky?
239 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
240 Before he can hear people cry?
241 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
242 That too many people have died?
243 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
244 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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246 -- Bob Dylan, Spring 1962
247
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248=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF - The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way
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250L<Announced on 2012-02-20 by Max
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253 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
254 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
255 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
256 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
257 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
258
259Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
260age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
261older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
262debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
263girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
264A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
265Top for more than one week.
266
267Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
268lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
269buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
270into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
271meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
272soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
273single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
274
275 "I'm never going to give you up"
276
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277=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, The Voyage of QV66
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282"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
283
284He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
285notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
286which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
287OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
288ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
289
290There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
291busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
292out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
293mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
294and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
295with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
296bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
297chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
298excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
299down cheering and applauding.
300
301"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
302
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303=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, A Wizard of Earthsea
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308Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
309into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
310beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
311winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
312wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
313over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
314
315But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
316gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
317villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
318journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
319domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
320with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
321by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
322Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
323
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324=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman
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329This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
330been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
331confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
332how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
333could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
334putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
335I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
336before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
337think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
338all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
339off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
340was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
341The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
342endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
343benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
344boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
345lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
346Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
347resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
348Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
349you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
350
351 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
352 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
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356L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian
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359A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
360don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
361without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
362the human experience, the better design we will have.
363
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364=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
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368 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
369 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
370 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
371 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
372 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
373 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
374 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
375 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
376 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
377 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
378 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
379 eaten them, but not for love.
380
381 -- As You Like It, William Shakespeare
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389It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
390do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
391they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
392catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
393awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
394inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
395
396So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
397mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
398the heart of the programmer.
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401=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, All Art is Quite Useless
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406 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
407 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
408 do so at their peril.
409
410 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
411 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
412 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
413 artist is in accord with himself.
414
415 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
416 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
417 thing is that one admires it intensely.
418
419 All art is quite useless.
420
421 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
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429True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
430no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
431not to give roses and other especially auspicious
432things the significance of a human future;
433to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
434and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
435Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
436all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
437And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
438so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
439But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
440Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
441among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
442hurtles all ages along with it forever
443through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
444
445 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
446 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
447
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448=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
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451
452Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
453fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
454winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
455down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
456being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
457extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
458but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
459
460Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
461that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
462around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
463fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
464the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
465closed system.
466
467Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
468the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
469/be/ them.'
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471=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
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475 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
476 you will have gained.
477
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478=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
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480L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
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482You cannot eat breakfast all day,
483Nor is it the act of a sinner,
484When breakfast is taken away,
485To turn his attention to dinner;
486And it's not in the range of belief,
487To look upon him as a glutton,
488Who, when he is tired of beef,
489Determines to tackle the mutton.
490Ah! But this I am willing to say,
491If it will appease her sorrow,
492I'll marry this lady today,
493And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
494
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499At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
500my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
501the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
502since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
503already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
504to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
505the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
506can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
507unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
508
509=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
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511L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
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513Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
514Tolerates no work of man.
515Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
516Fetch your clearest honey, please,
517Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
518While the last larks sing and soar,
519From the heather-blossoms sweet
520Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
521And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
522Eleanor makes macaroons!
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526L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
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528Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
529And terrapin, too, is tasty,
530Lobster I freely endorse,
531In pate or patty or pasty.
532But there's nothing the matter with butter,
533And nothing the matter with jam,
534And the warmest greetings I utter
535To the ham and the yam and the clam.
536For they're food,
537All food,
538And I think very fondly of food.
539Through I'm broody at times
540When bothered by rhymes,
541I brood
542On food.
543
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548At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
549myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
550impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
551"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
552gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
553or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
554
555I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
556computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
557ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
558would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
559my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
560away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
561won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
562
563So a freely distributable program is born.
564
565=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
566
567L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
568
569This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
570continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
571aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
572and your bags will be offloaded.
573
574=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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576L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
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578Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
579of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
580by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
581sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
582swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
583down their paved streets.
584
585Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
586obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
587company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
588the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
589govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
590the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
591
592=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
593
594L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
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596But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
597my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
598reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
599wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
600Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
601the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
602This seemed doubly astounding to meE<0x2014>first that Australia could
603just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
604this had never reached me.
605
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606=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<Leaves of Grass|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
607
608L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2011-03/msg00560.html>
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610 When the full-grown poet came,
611 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
612 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
613 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
614 Nay he is mine alone;
615 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
616 by the hand;
617 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly holding hands,
618 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
619 And wholly and joyously blends them.
620
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625 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
626 nema ráða vel kunni.
627 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
628 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
629 Sák á telgðu talkni
630 tíu launstafi ristna.
631 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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636L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
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638In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
639granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
640do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
641that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
642generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
643endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
644that fire can truly light the world.
645
646And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
647ask what you can do for your country.
648
649My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
650but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
651
652Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
653ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
654we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
655the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
656asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
657work must truly be our own.
658
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660
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663The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
664to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
665between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
666cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
667areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
668be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
669As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
670the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
671instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
672interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
673also be automated.
674
675Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
676if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
677were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
678and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
679indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
680techniques like X-ray crystallography.
681
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683
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686[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
687
688Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
689
690[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
691
692Trinity: What did you just say?
693Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
694Trinity: What did you see?
695Cypher: What happened?
696Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
697Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
698Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
699Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
700Neo: What is it?
701Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
702
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707The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
708he storm vanishes.
709
710"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
711fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
712to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
713me?"
714
715I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
716like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
717
718"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
719as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
720on my heart.
721
722(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
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728Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
729air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
730the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
731faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
732of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
733the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
734deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
735fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
736stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
737revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
738
739For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
740courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
741the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
742jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
743were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
744there, a glimmer of moonshine.
745
746Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
747rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
748grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
749park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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756`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
757`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
758it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
759she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
760
761 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
762 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
763 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
764 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
765
766
767`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
768
769`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
770nonsense.'
771
772Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
773anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
774
775`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
776
777`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
778
779`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
780with his nose, you know?'
781
782`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
783the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
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789Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
790Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
791notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
792for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
793sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
794
795Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
796dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
797Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
798motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
799Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
800that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
801had ever even been a car.
802
803There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
804been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
805this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
806flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
807re-entry.
808
809There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
810metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
811somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
812make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
813
814It should have fallen apart miles back.
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817
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821the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
822in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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824
825=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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829And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
830bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
831yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
832with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
833if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
834bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
835quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
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841The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
842involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
843when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
844streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
845road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
846seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
847smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
848
849"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
850volcano were once more to set to work."
851
852=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
853
854L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
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856 I saw a huge steam roller,
857 It blotted out the sun.
858 The people all lay down, lay down;
859 They did not try to run.
860 My love and I, we looked amazed
861 Upon the gory mystery.
862 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
863 'The great machine is history!'
864 My love and I, we ran away,
865 The engine did not find us.
866 We ran up to a mountain top,
867 Left history far behind us.
868 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
869 But somehow we don't think so.
870 We went to see where history'd been,
871 And my, the dead did stink so.
872
873=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
874
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877CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
878she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
879seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
880
881What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
882of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
883has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
884will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
885only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
886lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
887design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
888periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
889
890=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
891
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894The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
895from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
896view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
897Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
898once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
899endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
900a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
901will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
902of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
903Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
904still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
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907
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910"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
911many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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913what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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915had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
916...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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918hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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920and-thirty degrees."
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926San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
927the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
928hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
929of the Free World."
930
931Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
932level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
933harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
934exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
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940Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
941the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
942just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
943a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
944it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
945of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
946common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
947bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
948
949 Around and around and around we spin,
950 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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956'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
957not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
958your cat grins like that?'
959
960'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
961
962She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
963jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
964and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
965
966'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
967that cats COULD grin.'
968
969'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
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975'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
976have got altered.'
977
978'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
979there was silence for some minutes.
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985'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
986always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
987rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
988yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
989can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
990kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
991
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996At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
997called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
998dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
999in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
1000sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
1001
1002'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
1003is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
1004the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
1005to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
1006accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 1007Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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1017So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
1018hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
1019making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
1020picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
1021close by her.
1022
1023There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
1024VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
1025dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
1026occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
1027it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
1028OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
1029Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
1030never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
1031take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
1032after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
1033rabbit-hole under the hedge.
1034
1035In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
1036in the world she was to get out again.
1037
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1046 A little child, a limber elf,
1047 Singing, dancing to itself,
1048 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
1049 That always finds, and never seeks,
1050 Makes such a vision to the sight
1051 As fills a father's eyes with light;
1052 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
1053 Upon his heart, that he at last
1054 Must needs express his love's excess
1055 With words of unmeant bitterness.
1056 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
1057 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
1058 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
1059 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
1060 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
1061 At each wild word to feel within
1062 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
1063 And what, if in a world of sin
1064 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
1065 Such giddiness of heart and brain
1066 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
1067 So talks as it's most used to do.
1068
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1070
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1073And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
1074into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
1075mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
1076question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
1077hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
1078louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
1079who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
1080worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
1081done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
1082
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1090Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
1091
1092"Why ain't that work?"
1093
1094Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
1095is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
1096
1097"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
1098
1099The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
1100to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
1101
1102That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
1103swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
1104-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
1105watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
1106absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
1107
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1112The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
1113at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
1114streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
1115the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
1116live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
1117colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
1118as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
1119wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
1120prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
1121however much they're into colour.
1122
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1127Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
1128and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
1129word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
1130disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
1131everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
1132on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
1133that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
1134glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
1135war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
1136presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
1137for more hazardous assignment.
1138
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1140
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1143Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
1144streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
1145trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
1146to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
1147about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
1148of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
1149facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
1150explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
1151Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
1152people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
1153work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
1154their art.
1155
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1157
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1160'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
1161the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
1162Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
1163Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
1164responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
1165Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
1166Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
1167Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
1168Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
1169Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
1170
1171'Can they all type?' I joked.
1172
1173'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
1174McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
1175
1176I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
1177'We could have opened an agency.'
1178
1179Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
1180Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
1181amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
1182all say that, do they?' I ventured.
1183
1184Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
1185replied. 'Not quite all.'
1186
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c7bed260 1195=head2 v5.10.0 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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1199He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
1200he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
1201out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
1202noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
1203must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
1204number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
1205did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
1206
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1215=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
1216
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1218available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
1219
1220=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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1224=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
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1228=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
1229
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1232This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
1233gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
1234technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
1235about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
1236bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
1237paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
1238in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
1239electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
1240picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
1241to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
1242technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
1243getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
1244sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
1245it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
1246conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
1247
1248"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
1249that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
1250`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
1251
1252"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
1253one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
1254flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
1255everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
1256make you flip?
1257
1258=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
1259
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1262Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
1263
1264=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
1265
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1268What of October, that ambiguous month
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1274Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
1275proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
1276the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
1277anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
1278how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
1279
1280'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
1281
1282This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
1283that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
1284
1285'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
1286expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
1287anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
1288sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
1289
1290This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
1291basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
1292policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
1293disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
1294the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
1295Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
1296and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
1297Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
1298
1299In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
1300reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
1301
1302I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
1303Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
1304for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
1305had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
1306work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
1307the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
1308left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
1309pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
1310the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
1311the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
1312
1313I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
1314publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
1315Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
1316
1317So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
1318pushing to increase the membership?
1319
1320'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
1321more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
1322futile and impotent it becomes.'
1323
1324This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
1325
1326Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
1327diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
1328
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1333There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
1334about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
1335four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
1336anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
1337thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
1338
1339Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
1340and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
1341press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
1342obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
1343produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
1344this draft...'
1345
1346I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
1347hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
1348incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
1349
1350'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
1351redundancy payments as well.'
1352
1353'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
1354it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
1355
1356'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
1357
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1362A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
1363was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
1364and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
1365jets and all.
1366
1367I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
1368
1369I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
1370Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
1371specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
1372the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
1373jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
1374grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
1375in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
1376
1377While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
1378taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
1379me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
1380sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1381three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1382plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1383occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1384were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1385
1386And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1387were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1388
1389Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1390name like Charlie Umtali?
1391
1392I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1393know something about our official visitor.
1394
1395Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1396has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1397car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1398to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1399knew little of his background.
1400
1401I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1402Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1403first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1404
1405Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1406
1407'Why?' I enquired.
1408
1409'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1410to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1411never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1412
1413Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1414that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1415
1416In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1417where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1418revolving door and comes out in front.'
1419
1420'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1421
1422'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1423
1424'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
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1430 It's not that easy bein' green
1431 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
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1433 Or something much more colorful like that
1434
1435 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1436 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1437 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1438 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1439 Or stars in the sky
1440
1441 But green's the color of Spring
1442 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1443 And green can be big like an ocean
1444 Or important like a mountain
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1445 Or tall like a tree
1446
1447 When green is all there is to be
1448 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1449 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1450 And I think it's what I want to be
1451
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1456Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
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1464And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1465hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1466cat.
1467
1468Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1469the wolf? What then?"
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1475And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
1476bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
1477round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
1478
1479In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
1480gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
1481climbed up the high stone wall.
1482
1483One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
1484stretched out over the wall.
1485
1486Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
1487Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
1488take care that he doesn't catch you!".
1489
1490The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
1491snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
1492
1493How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 1494the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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1497
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1499
4363636d 1500"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 1501you."
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51caa79e 1503"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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1505"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
1506and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 1507to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 1508
51caa79e 1509"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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1511"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
1512planting it."
1513
1514"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 1515grow up into a beehive."
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1519"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
1520Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 1521wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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1525"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
1526how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 1527and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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1530
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1533"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
1534
1535"Hunting," said Pooh.
1536
1537"Hunting what?"
1538
1539"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
1540
1541"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
1542
1543"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
1544
1545"What do you think you'll answer?"
1546
1547"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
1548"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
1549you see there?"
1550
1551"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
1552excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
1553
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1555
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1558Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
1559ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
1560bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
1561waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
1562droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
1563hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
1564longbow.
1565
1566In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
1567often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
1568placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
1569likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
1570may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
1571Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
1572Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
1573farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
1574grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 1575T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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1578
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1581Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
1582ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
1583sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
1584pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
1585shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1586
1587The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1588Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1589Caledonia and South America.
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1591=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
1592
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1595The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1596often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1597large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1598and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1599spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1600year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1601may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1602
1603It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1604branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1605of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1606that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1607
1608Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1609other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1610acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1611mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1612
1613It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1614heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1617
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1620 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1621 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1622 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1623 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1624
1625 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1626 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1627 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1628 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1629 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1630 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1631 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1632 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1633
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1634 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1635 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1636
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1638=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1639
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1642 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1643 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1644 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1645 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1646
1647 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1648 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1649 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1650 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1651 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1652 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1653
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1654=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
1655
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1658 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1659 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1660 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1661 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1662 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1663 They are searching high and low,
1664 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1665 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1666 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1667 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1668 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1669 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1670 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1671 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1672 And we're off at last of the northern part
1673 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1674
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1675=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
1676
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1679 We are the music makers,
1680 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1681 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1682 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1683 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1684 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1685 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1686 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1688=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
1689
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1692 There may be trouble ahead,
1693 But while there's music and moonlight,
1694 And love and romance,
1695 Let's face the music and dance.
1696
1697 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1698 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1699 And while we still have that chance,
1700 Let's face the music and dance.
1701
1702 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1703 Humming a different tune, and then,
1704
1705 There may be teardrops to shed,
1706 So while there's music and moonlight,
1707 And love and romance,
1708 Let's face the music and dance.
1709
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1711
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1714 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1715 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1716 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1717 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1718 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1719 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1720
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1721 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1722 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1723 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1724 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1725
1726 O my brave soul!
1727 O farther farther sail!
1728 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1729 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1730
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1732
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1735 It's fun to charter an accountant
1736 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1737 To find, explore the funds offshore
1738 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1739
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1741
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1744 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1745 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1746 In spite of all their friends could say,
1747 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1748 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1749 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1750 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1751 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1752 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1753 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1754
1755 Far and few, far and few,
1756 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1757 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1758 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1759
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1761
1762L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
1763
1764=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1765
1766L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
1767
1768No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1769three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1770like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1771no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1772overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1773
1774=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1775
1776L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
1777
1778Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1779It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1780devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1781then you can be my most trusted minister."
1782
1783=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1784
1785L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
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1787Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1788a knife with a curved blade.
1789
1790=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1791
1792L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
1793
1794Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1795me because I've got magic aaargh."
1796
1797=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1798
1799L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
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1801Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1802in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1803with his head.
1804
1805But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1806weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1807open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1808defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1809Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1810was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1811
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1816There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1817"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1818said the low priest.
1819There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1820The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1821"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1822The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1823The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1824The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1825thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1826There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1827"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1828said the High Priest.
1829"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1830There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1831"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1832There were footsteps again.
1833
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1835
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1837
1838=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1839
1840L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1841
1842=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1843
1844L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1845
1846=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1847
1848L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1849
1850Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1851No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1852got there first, and is waiting for it.
1853
1854=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1855
1856L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1857
1858His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1859the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1860all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1861bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1862you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1863
1864=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1865
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1868"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1869
1870Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1871
1872"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1873flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1874arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1875and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1876I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1877I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1878will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1879liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1880Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1881ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1882
1883"All that?" said Twoflower.
1884
1885"Usually."
1886
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1888
1889L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1890
1891The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1892but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1893[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1894
1895=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1896
1897L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1898
1899When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1900sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1901a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1902what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1903long in this instance.
1904
1905=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1906
1907L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1908
1909"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1910
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1915`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
1916himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
1917upset.
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1919`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
1920to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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1922Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
1923stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
1924louder.
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1926`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
1927my precious, three guesseses.'
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2831a86c 1933=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL3 - I can't find the announcement
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1936
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2831a86c 1945=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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1947L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
1948
1949 The dragon is withered,
1950 His bones are now crumbled;
1951 His armour is shivered,
1952 His splendour is humbled!
1953 Though sword shall be rusted,
1954 And throne and crown perish
1955 With strength that men trusted
1956 And wealth that they cherish,
1957 Here grass is still growing,
1958 And leaves are a yet swinging,
1959 The white water flowing,
1960 And elves are yet singing
1961 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
1962 Come back to the valley.
1963
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1965
1966L<Announced on 2000-03-22 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10140.html>
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1969
1970L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
1971
1972=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
1973
1974L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
1975
1976=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
1977
1978L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
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1980The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
1981the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
1982never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
1983them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
1984chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
1985run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
1986and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
1987and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
1988and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
1989the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
1990fall.
1991
1992=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1993
1994L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
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1996Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
1997plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
1998going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
1999she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
2000at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
2001cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
2002hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
2003passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
2004disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
2005of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
2006she fell past it.
2007
2008=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
2009
2010L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
2011
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2013
0e6b8110 2014This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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2015on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
2016L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
2017by ysth.
2018
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