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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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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 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
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22L<Announced on 2012-11-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00760.html>
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24Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
25of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
26scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
27glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
28beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
29much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
30caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
31vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
32had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
33
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34=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
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36Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves
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38 Music oft hath such a charm
39 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
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41=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, The Cyberiad, Trurl's Machine
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43L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00017.html>
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45Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
46machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
47trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
48little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
49to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
e4a5e942 50he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
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51the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
52
53The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
54current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
55transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
56chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
57adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
58as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
59solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
60valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
61the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
62machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
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64=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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68Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
69behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
70recording everything.
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72=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
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74L<Announced on 2012-09-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-09/msg01226.html>
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76 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
77 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
78 She aims it at the creature's head,
79 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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81 A few weeks later, in the wood,
82 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
83 But what a change! No cloak of red,
84 No silly hood upon her head.
85 She said, "Hello, and do please note
86 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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88=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
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90L<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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92Preparation:
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94Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
95or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
96Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
97look golden brown.
98Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
99ready to create the soup.
100
101Ingredients:
102
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103 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
104 3 tbsp butter
105 1/4 cup olive oil
106 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
107 1 tsp salt
108 1 tsp sugar
109 black pepper to taste
110 1 cup red wine
111 1/4 cup all purpose flour
112 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
113 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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115Method:
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117 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
118 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
119 to half an hour.
120 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
121 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
122 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
123 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
124 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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126Enjoy.
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128=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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132‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
133
134Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
135their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
136
137The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
138butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
139and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
140
141Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
142
143‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
144
145‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
146
147‘What?’
148
149‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
150
151‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
152his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
153dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
154quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
155
156‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
157an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
158
159‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
160
161The iotum rose, spinning.
162
163‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
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165=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
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169On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
170taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
171"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
172and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
173merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
174subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
175Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
176it.
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178=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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182`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
183`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
184hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
185The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
186been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
187be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
188to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
189fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
190
191There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
192climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
193broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
194implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
195on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
196Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
197astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
198for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
199out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
200the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
201
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202=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose - Never Split The Party
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207 Don't you know? You never split the party
208 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
209 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
210 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
211
212 -- Emerald Rose, Never Split The Party
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214=head2 v5.16.1 RC1 - Tom Moldvay - Dungeons & Dragons
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219I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
220Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
221Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
222The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
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226I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
227sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
228collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
229
230My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
231inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
232swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
233side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
234The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
235dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
236
237 -- Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook
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239=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden - September 1, 1939
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244 All I have is a voice
245 To undo the folded lie,
246 The romantic lie in the brain
247 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
248 And the lie of Authority
249 Whose buildings grope the sky:
250 There is no such thing as the State
251 And no one exists alone;
252 Hunger allows no choice
253 To the citizen or the police;
254 We must love one another or die.
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256 -- W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
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258=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
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263 How many roads must a man walk down
264 Before you call him a man?
265 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
266 Before she sleeps in the sand?
267 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
268 Before they're forever banned?
269 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
270 The answer is blowin' in the wind
271
272 How many years can a mountain exist
273 Before it's washed to the sea?
274 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
275 Before they're allowed to be free?
276 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
277 Pretending he just doesn't see?
278 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
279 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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281 How many times must a man look up
282 Before he can see the sky?
283 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
284 Before he can hear people cry?
285 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
286 That too many people have died?
287 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
288 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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290 -- Bob Dylan, Spring 1962
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297 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
298 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
299 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
300 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
301 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
302
303Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
304age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
305older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
306debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
307girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
308A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
309Top for more than one week.
310
311Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
312lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
313buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
314into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
315meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
316soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
317single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
318
319 "I'm never going to give you up"
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326"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
327
328He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
329notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
330which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
331OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
332ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
333
334There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
335busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
336out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
337mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
338and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
339with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
340bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
341chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
342excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
343down cheering and applauding.
344
345"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
346
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347=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, A Wizard of Earthsea
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352Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
353into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
354beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
355winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
356wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
357over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
358
359But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
360gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
361villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
362journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
363domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
364with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
365by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
366Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
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368=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman
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373This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
374been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
375confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
376how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
377could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
378putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
379I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
380before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
381think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
382all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
383off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
384was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
385The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
386endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
387benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
388boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
389lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
390Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
391resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
392Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
393you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
394
395 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
396 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
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400L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian
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403A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
404don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
405without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
406the human experience, the better design we will have.
407
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408=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
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412 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
413 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
414 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
415 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
416 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
417 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
418 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
419 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
420 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
421 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
422 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
423 eaten them, but not for love.
424
425 -- As You Like It, William Shakespeare
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432
433It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
434do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
435they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
436catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
437awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
438inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
439
440So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
441mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
442the heart of the programmer.
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445=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, All Art is Quite Useless
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450 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
451 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
452 do so at their peril.
453
454 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
455 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
456 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
457 artist is in accord with himself.
458
459 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
460 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
461 thing is that one admires it intensely.
462
463 All art is quite useless.
464
465 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
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468=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, The Third Duina Elegy
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473 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
474 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
475 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
476 things the significance of a human future;
477 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
478 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
479 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
480 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
481 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
482 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
483 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
484 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
485 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
486 hurtles all ages along with it forever
487 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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489 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
490 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
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492=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
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496Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
497fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
498winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
499down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
500being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
501extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
502but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
503
504Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
505that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
506around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
507fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
508the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
509closed system.
510
511Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
512the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
513/be/ them.'
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515=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
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519 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
520 you will have gained.
521
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522=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
523
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526 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
527 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
528 When breakfast is taken away,
529 To turn his attention to dinner;
530 And it's not in the range of belief,
531 To look upon him as a glutton,
532 Who, when he is tired of beef,
533 Determines to tackle the mutton.
534 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
535 If it will appease her sorrow,
536 I'll marry this lady today,
537 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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543At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
544my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
545the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
546since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
547already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
548to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
549the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
550can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
551unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
552
553=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
554
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557 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
558 Tolerates no work of man.
559 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
560 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
561 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
562 While the last larks sing and soar,
563 From the heather-blossoms sweet
564 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
565 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
566 Eleanor makes macaroons!
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569
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572 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
573 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
574 Lobster I freely endorse,
575 In pate or patty or pasty.
576 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
577 And nothing the matter with jam,
578 And the warmest greetings I utter
579 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
580 For they're food,
581 All food,
582 And I think very fondly of food.
583 Through I'm broody at times
584 When bothered by rhymes,
585 I brood
586 On food.
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592At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
593myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
594impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
595"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
596gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
597or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
598
599I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
600computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
601ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
602would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
603my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
604away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
605won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
606
607So a freely distributable program is born.
608
609=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
610
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613This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
614continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
615aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
616and your bags will be offloaded.
617
618=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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622Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
623of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
624by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
625sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
626swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
627down their paved streets.
628
629Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
630obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
631company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
632the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
633govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
634the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
635
636=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
637
638L<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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640But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
641my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
642reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
643wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
644Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
645the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
646This seemed doubly astounding to meE<0x2014>first that Australia could
647just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
648this had never reached me.
649
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650=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<Leaves of Grass|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
651
652L<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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654 When the full-grown poet came,
655 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
656 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
657 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
658 Nay he is mine alone;
659 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
660 by the hand;
661 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly holding hands,
662 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
663 And wholly and joyously blends them.
664
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669 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
670 nema ráða vel kunni.
671 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
672 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
673 Sák á telgðu talkni
674 tíu launstafi ristna.
675 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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678=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
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680L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
681
682In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
683granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
684do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
685that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
686generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
687endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
688that fire can truly light the world.
689
690And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
691ask what you can do for your country.
692
693My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
694but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
695
696Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
697ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
698we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
699the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
700asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
701work must truly be our own.
702
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707The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
708to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
709between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
710cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
711areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
712be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
713As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
714the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
715instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
716interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
717also be automated.
718
719Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
720if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
721were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
722and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
723indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
724techniques like X-ray crystallography.
725
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726=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
727
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731
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734[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
735
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737 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
738 Trinity: What did you see?
739 Cypher: What happened?
740 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
741 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
742 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
743 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
744 Neo: What is it?
745 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
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748
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751The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
752he storm vanishes.
753
754"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
755fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
756to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
757me?"
758
759I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
760like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
761
762"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
763as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
764on my heart.
765
766(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
767
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769
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772Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
773air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
774the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
775faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
776of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
777the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
778deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
779fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
780stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
781revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
782
783For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
784courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
785the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
786jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
787were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
788there, a glimmer of moonshine.
789
790Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
791rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
792grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
793park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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797
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800`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
801`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
802it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
803she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
804
805 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
806 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
807 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
808 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
809
810
811`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
812
813`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
814nonsense.'
815
816Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
817anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
818
819`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
820
821`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
822
823`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
824with his nose, you know?'
825
826`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
827the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
828
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830
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833Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
834Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
835notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
836for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
837sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
838
839Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
840dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
841Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
842motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
843Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
844that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
845had ever even been a car.
846
847There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
848been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
849this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
850flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
851re-entry.
852
853There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
854metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
855somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
856make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
857
858It should have fallen apart miles back.
859
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861
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864We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
865the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
866in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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868
869=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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873And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
874bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
875yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
876with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
877if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
878bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
879quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
880
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882
883L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
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885The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
886involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
887when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
888streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
889road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
890seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
891smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
892
893"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
894volcano were once more to set to work."
895
896=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
897
898L<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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900 I saw a huge steam roller,
901 It blotted out the sun.
902 The people all lay down, lay down;
903 They did not try to run.
904 My love and I, we looked amazed
905 Upon the gory mystery.
906 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
907 'The great machine is history!'
908 My love and I, we ran away,
909 The engine did not find us.
910 We ran up to a mountain top,
911 Left history far behind us.
912 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
913 But somehow we don't think so.
914 We went to see where history'd been,
915 And my, the dead did stink so.
916
917=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
918
919L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
920
921CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
922she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
923seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
924
925What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
926of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
927has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
928will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
929only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
930lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
931design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
932periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
933
934=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
935
936L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
937
938The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
939from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
940view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
941Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
942once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
943endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
944a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
945will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
946of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
947Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
948still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
949
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951
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954"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
955many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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957what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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959had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
960...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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962hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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963degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
964and-thirty degrees."
965
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967
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970San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
971the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
972hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
973of the Free World."
974
975Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
976level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
977harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
978exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
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985the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
986just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
987a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
988it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
989of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
990common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
991bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
992
993 Around and around and around we spin,
994 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
995
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1000'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
1001not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
1002your cat grins like that?'
1003
1004'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
1005
1006She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
1007jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
1008and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
1009
1010'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
1011that cats COULD grin.'
1012
1013'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
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1019'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
1020have got altered.'
1021
1022'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
1023there was silence for some minutes.
1024
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1029'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
1030always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
1031rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
1032yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
1033can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
1034kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
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1040At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
1041called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
1042dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
1043in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
1044sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
1045
1046'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
1047is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
1048the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
1049to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
1050accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 1051Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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1061So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
1062hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
1063making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
1064picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
1065close by her.
1066
1067There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
1068VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
1069dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
1070occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
1071it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
1072OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
1073Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
1074never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
1075take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
1076after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
1077rabbit-hole under the hedge.
1078
1079In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
1080in the world she was to get out again.
1081
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1090 A little child, a limber elf,
1091 Singing, dancing to itself,
1092 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
1093 That always finds, and never seeks,
1094 Makes such a vision to the sight
1095 As fills a father's eyes with light;
1096 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
1097 Upon his heart, that he at last
1098 Must needs express his love's excess
1099 With words of unmeant bitterness.
1100 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
1101 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
1102 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
1103 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
1104 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
1105 At each wild word to feel within
1106 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
1107 And what, if in a world of sin
1108 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
1109 Such giddiness of heart and brain
1110 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
1111 So talks as it's most used to do.
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1117And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
1118into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
1119mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
1120question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
1121hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
1122louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
1123who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
1124worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
1125done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
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1134Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
1135
1136"Why ain't that work?"
1137
1138Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
1139is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
1140
1141"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
1142
1143The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
1144to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
1145
1146That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
1147swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
1148-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
1149watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
1150absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
1151
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1153
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1156The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
1157at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
1158streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
1159the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
1160live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
1161colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
1162as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
1163wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
1164prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
1165however much they're into colour.
1166
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1171Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
1172and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
1173word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
1174disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
1175everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
1176on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
1177that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
1178glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
1179war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
1180presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
1181for more hazardous assignment.
1182
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1184
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1187Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
1188streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
1189trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
1190to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
1191about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
1192of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
1193facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
1194explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
1195Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
1196people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
1197work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
1198their art.
1199
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1204'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
1205the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
1206Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
1207Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
1208responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
1209Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
1210Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
1211Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
1212Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
1213Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
1214
1215'Can they all type?' I joked.
1216
1217'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
1218McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
1219
1220I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
1221'We could have opened an agency.'
1222
1223Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
1224Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
1225amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
1226all say that, do they?' I ventured.
1227
1228Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
1229replied. 'Not quite all.'
1230
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1243He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
1244he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
1245out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
1246noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
1247must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
1248number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
1249did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
1250
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1255=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
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1259=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
1260
1261L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
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1263
1264=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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1268=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
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1272=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
1273
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1276This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
1277gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
1278technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
1279about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
1280bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
1281paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
1282in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
1283electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
1284picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
1285to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
1286technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
1287getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
1288sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
1289it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
1290conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
1291
1292"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
1293that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
1294`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
1295
1296"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
1297one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
1298flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
1299everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
1300make you flip?
1301
1302=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
1303
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1306Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
1307
1308=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
1309
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1312What of October, that ambiguous month
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1318Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
1319proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
1320the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
1321anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
1322how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
1323
1324'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
1325
1326This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
1327that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
1328
1329'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
1330expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
1331anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
1332sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
1333
1334This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
1335basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
1336policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
1337disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
1338the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
1339Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
1340and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
1341Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
1342
1343In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
1344reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
1345
1346I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
1347Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
1348for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
1349had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
1350work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
1351the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
1352left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
1353pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
1354the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
1355the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
1356
1357I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
1358publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
1359Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
1360
1361So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
1362pushing to increase the membership?
1363
1364'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
1365more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
1366futile and impotent it becomes.'
1367
1368This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
1369
1370Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
1371diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
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1377There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
1378about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
1379four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
1380anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
1381thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
1382
1383Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
1384and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
1385press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
1386obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
1387produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
1388this draft...'
1389
1390I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
1391hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
1392incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
1393
1394'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
1395redundancy payments as well.'
1396
1397'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
1398it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
1399
1400'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
1401
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1406A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
1407was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
1408and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
1409jets and all.
1410
1411I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
1412
1413I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
1414Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
1415specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
1416the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
1417jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
1418grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
1419in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
1420
1421While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
1422taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
1423me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
1424sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1425three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1426plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1427occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1428were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1429
1430And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1431were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1432
1433Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1434name like Charlie Umtali?
1435
1436I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1437know something about our official visitor.
1438
1439Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1440has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1441car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1442to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1443knew little of his background.
1444
1445I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1446Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1447first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1448
1449Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1450
1451'Why?' I enquired.
1452
1453'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1454to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1455never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1456
1457Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1458that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1459
1460In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1461where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1462revolving door and comes out in front.'
1463
1464'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1465
1466'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1467
1468'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
1469
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1471
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1474 It's not that easy bein' green
1475 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 1476 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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1477 Or something much more colorful like that
1478
1479 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1480 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1481 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1482 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1483 Or stars in the sky
1484
1485 But green's the color of Spring
1486 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1487 And green can be big like an ocean
1488 Or important like a mountain
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1489 Or tall like a tree
1490
1491 When green is all there is to be
1492 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1493 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1494 And I think it's what I want to be
1495
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1497
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1500Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 1501
2831a86c 1502Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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1505
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1508And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1509hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1510cat.
1511
1512Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1513the wolf? What then?"
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1516
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1519And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
1520bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
1521round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
1522
1523In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
1524gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
1525climbed up the high stone wall.
1526
1527One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
1528stretched out over the wall.
1529
1530Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
1531Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
1532take care that he doesn't catch you!".
1533
1534The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
1535snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
1536
1537How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 1538the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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1541
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1543
4363636d 1544"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 1545you."
4363636d 1546
51caa79e 1547"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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1548
1549"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
1550and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 1551to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 1552
51caa79e 1553"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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1555"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
1556planting it."
1557
1558"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 1559grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 1560
51caa79e 1561Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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1563"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
1564Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 1565wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 1566
51caa79e 1567Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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1568
1569"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
1570how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 1571and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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1573=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
1574
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1577"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
1578
1579"Hunting," said Pooh.
1580
1581"Hunting what?"
1582
1583"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
1584
1585"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
1586
1587"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
1588
1589"What do you think you'll answer?"
1590
1591"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
1592"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
1593you see there?"
1594
1595"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
1596excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
1597
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1598=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
1599
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1602Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
1603ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
1604bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
1605waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
1606droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
1607hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
1608longbow.
1609
1610In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
1611often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
1612placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
1613likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
1614may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
1615Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
1616Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
1617farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
1618grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 1619T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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1622
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1625Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
1626ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
1627sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
1628pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
1629shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1630
1631The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1632Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1633Caledonia and South America.
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1635=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
1636
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1639The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1640often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1641large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1642and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1643spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1644year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1645may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1646
1647It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1648branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1649of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1650that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1651
1652Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1653other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1654acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1655mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1656
1657It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1658heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1660=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
1661
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1662L<Announced on 2004-04-22 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/c7333acf03ef4015>
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1664 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1665 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1666 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1667 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1668
1669 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1670 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1671 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1672 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1673 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1674 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1675 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1676 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1677
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1678 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1679 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1680
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1682=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1683
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1686 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1687 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1688 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1689 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1690
1691 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1692 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1693 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1694 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1695 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1696 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1697
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1698=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
1699
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1702 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1703 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1704 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1705 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1706 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1707 They are searching high and low,
1708 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1709 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1710 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1711 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1712 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1713 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1714 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1715 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1716 And we're off at last of the northern part
1717 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1718
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1719=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
1720
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1723 We are the music makers,
1724 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1725 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1726 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1727 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1728 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1729 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1730 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1732=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
1733
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1736 There may be trouble ahead,
1737 But while there's music and moonlight,
1738 And love and romance,
1739 Let's face the music and dance.
1740
1741 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1742 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1743 And while we still have that chance,
1744 Let's face the music and dance.
1745
1746 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1747 Humming a different tune, and then,
1748
1749 There may be teardrops to shed,
1750 So while there's music and moonlight,
1751 And love and romance,
1752 Let's face the music and dance.
1753
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1754=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
1755
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1758 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1759 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1760 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1761 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1762 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1763 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1764
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1765 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1766 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1767 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1768 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1769
1770 O my brave soul!
1771 O farther farther sail!
1772 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1773 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1774
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1775=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
1776
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1779 It's fun to charter an accountant
1780 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1781 To find, explore the funds offshore
1782 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1783
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1784=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
1785
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1788 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1789 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1790 In spite of all their friends could say,
1791 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1792 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1793 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1794 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1795 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1796 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1797 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1798
1799 Far and few, far and few,
1800 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1801 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1802 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1803
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1805
1806L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
1807
1808=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1809
1810L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
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1812No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1813three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1814like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1815no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1816overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1817
1818=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1819
1820L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
1821
1822Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1823It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1824devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1825then you can be my most trusted minister."
1826
1827=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1828
1829L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
1830
1831Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1832a knife with a curved blade.
1833
1834=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1835
1836L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
1837
1838Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1839me because I've got magic aaargh."
1840
1841=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1842
1843L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
1844
1845Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1846in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1847with his head.
1848
1849But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1850weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1851open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1852defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1853Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1854was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1855
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1857
1858L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1859
1860There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1861"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1862said the low priest.
1863There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1864The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1865"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1866The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1867The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1868The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1869thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1870There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1871"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1872said the High Priest.
1873"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1874There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1875"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1876There were footsteps again.
1877
1878=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
1879
1880L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1881
1882=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1883
1884L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1885
1886=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1887
1888L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1889
1890=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1891
1892L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1893
1894Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1895No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1896got there first, and is waiting for it.
1897
1898=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1899
1900L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1901
1902His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1903the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1904all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1905bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1906you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1907
1908=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1909
1910L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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1912"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1913
1914Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1915
1916"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1917flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1918arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1919and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1920I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1921I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1922will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1923liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1924Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1925ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1926
1927"All that?" said Twoflower.
1928
1929"Usually."
1930
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1931=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
1932
1933L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1934
1935The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1936but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1937[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1938
1939=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1940
1941L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1942
1943When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1944sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1945a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1946what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1947long in this instance.
1948
1949=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1950
1951L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1952
1953"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1954
2831a86c 1955=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
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2831a86c 1957L<Announced on 2001-04-08 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33823.html>
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1959`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
1960himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
1961upset.
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1963`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
1964to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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1966Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
1967stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
1968louder.
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1970`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
1971my precious, three guesseses.'
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2831a86c 1973=head2 v5.6.1-foolish - no epigraph
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2831a86c 1977=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL3 - I can't find the announcement
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1979No announcement available.
1980
2831a86c 1981=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 1985=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 1987L<Announced on 2000-12-18 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/12/msg27738.html>
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2831a86c 1989=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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1991L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
1992
1993 The dragon is withered,
1994 His bones are now crumbled;
1995 His armour is shivered,
1996 His splendour is humbled!
1997 Though sword shall be rusted,
1998 And throne and crown perish
1999 With strength that men trusted
2000 And wealth that they cherish,
2001 Here grass is still growing,
2002 And leaves are a yet swinging,
2003 The white water flowing,
2004 And elves are yet singing
2005 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
2006 Come back to the valley.
2007
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2009
2010L<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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2012=head2 v5.005_05-RC1 - no epigraph
2013
2014L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
2015
2016=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
2017
2018L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
2019
2020=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
2021
2022L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
2023
2024The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
2025the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
2026never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
2027them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
2028chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
2029run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
2030and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
2031and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
2032and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
2033the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
2034fall.
2035
2036=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2037
2038L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
2039
2040Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
2041plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
2042going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
2043she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
2044at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
2045cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
2046hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
2047passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
2048disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
2049of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
2050she fell past it.
2051
2052=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
2053
2054L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
2055
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2056=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
2057
0e6b8110 2058This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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2059on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
2060L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
2061by ysth.
2062
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