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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
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24 Would you believe in a night like this
25 A night like this, when visions come true
26 Would you believe in a tale like this
27 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
28 Come to the blazing fire and
29
30 See me in the shadows
31 See me in the shadows
32 Songs I will sing
33 Of runes and rings
34 Just hand me my harp
35 This night turns into myth
36 Nothing seems real
37 You soon will feel
38 The world we live in is another skald's
39 Dream in the shadows
40 Dream in the shadows
41
42 Do you believe there is sense in it
43 Is it truth or myth?
44 They´re one in my rhymes
45 Nobody knows the meaning behind
46 The weaver's line
47 Well nobody else but the Norns can
48 See through the blazing fires of time and
49 All things will proceed as the
50 Child of the hallowed
51 Will speak to you now
52
53 See me in the shadows
54 See me in the shadows
55 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
56 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
57 Nothing seems real
58 You soon will feel
59 The world we live in is another skald´s
60 Dream in the shadows
61 Dream in the shadows
62
63 Do not fear for my reason
64 There's nothing to hide
65 How bitter your treason
66 How bitter the lie
67 Remember the runes and remember the light
68 All I ever want is to be at your side
69 We'll gladden the raven now I will
70 Run through the blazing fires
71 That's my choice
72 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
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74=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
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78 I was born beneath this willow,
79 Where my sire the earth did farm
80 Had the green grass as my pillow
81 The east wind as a blanket warm.
82
83 But away! away! called the wind from the west
84 And in answer I did run
85 Seeking glory and adventure
86 Promised by the rising sun.
87
88 I found love beneath this willow,
89 As true a love as life could hold,
90 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
91 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
92
93 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
94 In faithful answer I did run
95 Marching forth for king and country
96 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
97
98 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
99 As the seven seas I plied
100 And the girl who I left waiting
101 Longing to be at her side.
102
103 But about! about! called the wind from the west
104 As once again my ship did run
105 Down the coast, about the wide world
106 Flying sails in the setting sun.
107
108 Now I lie beneath the willow
109 Now at last no more to roam,
110 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
111 In their arms I'm finally home.
112
113 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
114 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
115 Will chase the sun into the morning
116 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
117
118=head2 v5.23.0 - Bob Dylan, Maggie's Farm
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122 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
123 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
124 Well, I try my best
125 To be just like I am
126 But everybody wants you
127 To be just like them
128 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
129 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
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131=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
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135“You are the advocate of the dead.”
136
137The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
138that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
139take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
140their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
141remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
142figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
143
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144=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
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148 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
149 Among the theories scattered on the grass
150 Take up my good intentions with the rest
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152=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
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154L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
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156There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
157its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
158
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159=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
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163 They shall pass and their places be taken,
164 The gods and the priests that are pure.
165 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
166 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
167 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
168 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
169 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
170 And delicate dust.
171
172 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
173 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
174 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
175 As the serpent again to a rod.
176 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
177 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
178 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
179 Our Lady of Pain.
180
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181=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
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185The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
186Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
187started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
188crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
189and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
190pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
191through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
192claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
193were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
194they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
195It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
196obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
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198=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
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202 There is another sky,
203 Ever serene and fair,
204 And there is another sunshine,
205 Though it be darkness there;
206 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
207 Never mind silent fields -
208 Here is a little forest,
209 Whose leaf is ever green;
210 Here is a brighter garden,
211 Where not a frost has been;
212 In its unfading flowers
213 I hear the bright bee hum:
214 Prithee, my brother,
215 Into my garden come!
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217=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
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221Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
222Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
223Calvin: Brother! You doubting Thomases get in the way of more scientific advances with your stupid ethical questions! This is a *BRILLIANT* idea! Hit the button, will ya?
224Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
225[Box]: *BOINK*
226Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
227Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
228Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
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2ee7da68 230=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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234"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
235Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
236we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
237everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
238"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
239refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
240"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
241would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
242than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
243the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 245=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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249GAME CAT
250
251EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
252things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
253Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
254lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
255snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
256This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
257all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
258Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
259some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
260finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
261just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
262Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
263MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
264The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
265involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
266and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
267where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
268Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 270=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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274 Het Dorp
275
276 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
277 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
278 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
279 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
280 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
281 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
282 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
283 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
284 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
285 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
286 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 287 het vee, de boerderijen.
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289 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
290 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
291 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 292 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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294 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
295 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
296 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
297 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
298 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
299 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
300 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
301 ze zien de televisiequiz
302 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
303 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
304 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
305 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
306
307 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
308 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
309 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 310 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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312 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
313 in minirok en beatle-haar
314 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
315 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
316 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
317 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
318 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
319 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
320 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
321 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
322 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
323 een ansicht en herinneringen.
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325 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
326 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
327 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
328 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
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2ee7da68 330=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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334To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
335of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
336masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
337of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
338seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
339joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
340to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
341high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
342approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
343ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
344myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
345to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
346discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
347canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
348armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
349rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
350handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
351stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
352occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
353and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
354which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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356=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
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360 If they just went straight they might go far,
361 They are strong and brave and true;
362 But they're always tired of the things that are,
363 And they want the strange and new.
364 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
365 What a deep mark I would make!"
366 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
367 Is only a fresh mistake.
368
369=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
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373 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
374 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
375 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
376 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
377 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
378 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
379 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
380 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
381 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
382 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
383 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
384 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
385 Aldrin: 120 feet.
386 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
387 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
388 Duke: 60 seconds.
389 Aldrin: Light's on.
390 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
391 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
392 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
393 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
394 down a half.
395 Duke: 30 seconds.
396 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
397 Aldrin: Contact Light.
398 Armstrong: Shutdown.
399 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
400 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
401 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
402 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
403 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
404 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
405 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
406 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
407 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
408 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
409 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
410 Aldrin: Thank you.
411
412=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
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416 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
417 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
418 We danced among the lightning bolts,
419 and tore the world asunder.
420
421 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
422 written near the end of the previous Age,
423 known by some as the Third Age.
424 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
425 Reborn.
426
427=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
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431 Walled in fast within the earth
432 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
433 This must be the bell’s great birth!
434 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
435 Sweat must trickle now
436 From the burning brow,
437 Till the work its master honour.
438 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
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444 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
445 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
446 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
447 Where is the cow hidden right now?
448
449 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
450 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
451 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
452 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
453
454 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
455 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
456 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
457 Yeah!
458
459 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
460 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
461 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
462 Yeah, yeah!
463
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468 I've seen things,
469 I've seen them with my eyes;
470 I've seen things,
471 They're often in disguise.
472
473 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
474 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
475 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
476 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
477
478 I've seen things,
479 I've seen them with my eyes;
480 I've seen things,
481 They're often in disguise.
482
483 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
484
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489 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
490 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
491 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
492
493 DON ALFONSO:
494 Take heart, my dearest children.
495 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
496
497 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
498 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
499
500 FIORDILIGI:
501 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
502 It is disappearing already!
503 It is no longer in sight!
504 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
505
506 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
507 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
508
509 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
510 May the wind be gentle,
511 may the sea be calm,
512 and may the elements
513 respond kindly
514 to our wishes.
515
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520 GUGLIELMO:
521 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
522 is reluctant to come before her.
523
524 FERRANDO:
525 My trembling lip
526 can utter no word.
527
528 DON ALFONSO:
529 The hero displays his manliness
530 in the most terrible moments.
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532 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
533 Now that we have heard the news,
534 you have the lesser duty:
535 Take heart, and plunge your swords
536 into both our hearts.
537
538 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
539 My idol, blame fate
540 that I must abandon you.
541
542 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
543 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
544 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
545 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
546 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
547 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
548 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
549
550 ALL:
551 Thus destiny defrauds
552 the hopes of mortals.
553 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
554 who can ever love life?
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560 DON ALFONSO:
561 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
562 my lip stammers.
563 My voice cannot emerge,
564 but remains in my throat.
565 What will you do? What shall I do?
566 Oh what a great catastrophe!
567 There can be nothing worse.
568 I feel pity for you and for them.
569
570 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
571 die.
572 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
573 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
574 love dead, perhaps?
575 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
576 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
577 DORABELLA: Wounded?
578 DON ALFONSO: No.
579 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
580 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
581 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
582 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
583 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
584 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
585 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
586 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
587 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
588 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
589 you wish it, they are ready...
590 DORABELLA: Where are they?
591 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
592
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593=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
594
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597 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
598 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
599 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
600 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
601 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
602 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
603
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604=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
605
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607
608 When times go bad
609 when times go rough
610 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
611 And let me do my stuff
612
2ee7da68 613=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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617O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
618sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
619Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
620than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
621temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
622mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
623your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
624draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
625implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
626rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
627bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
628Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
629is a fool!
630
2ee7da68 631=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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635The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
636the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
637withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
638consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
639tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
640detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
641by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
642
2ee7da68 643=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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647Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
648rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
649stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
650know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
651that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
652chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
653clouds thickened above them.
654
655"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
656you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
657body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
658closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
659hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
660he looked Long in the face.
661
662"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
663master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
664grew fierce.
665
666"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
667fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
668truth!"
669
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674“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
675hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
676
677“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
678
679“Is there? What is the point?”
680
681“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
682
683“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
684
685“The trick is not to think about that.”
686
687“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
688
689Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
690
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691=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
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695And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
696down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
697the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
698were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
699they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
700Europe was over.
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702Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
703leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
704kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
705horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 706
e91f1fc1 707Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 708
e91f1fc1 709One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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711=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
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715 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
716
717 Mr. Bun: Morning.
718 Waitress: Morning.
719 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
720 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
721 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
722 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
723 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
724 egg on top and spam
725 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
726 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
727 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
728 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
729 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
730 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
731 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
732 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
733 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
734 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
735
736 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
737
738 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
739 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
740 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
741 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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747 I
748
749 A cat is strolling through my mind
750 Acting as though he owned the place,
751 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
752 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
753
754 So tender and discreet his tone;
755 But whether he should growl or purr
756 His voice is always rich and deep.
757 That is the secret of his charm.
758
759 This purling voice that filters down
760 Into my darkest depths of soul
761 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
762 Delights me as a potion would.
763
764 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
765 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
766 Without the need for any words
767 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
768
769 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
770 Across my heart, fine instrument,
771 And makes to sing so royally
772 The strongest and the purest chord,
773
774 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
775 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
776 In whom all is, angelically,
777 As subtle as harmonious.
778
779 II
780
781 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
782 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
783 I might have been embalmed in it
784 By giving him one little pet.
785
786 He is my household's guardian soul;
787 He judges, he presides, inspires
788 All matters in hos royal realm;
789 Might he be fairy? or a god?
790
791 When my eyes, to this cat I love
792 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
793 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
794 And when I look within myself,
795
796 I notice with astonishment
797 The fire of his opal eyes,
798 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
799 Taking my measure, steadily.
800
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805There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
806that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
807Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
808despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
809loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
810looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
811his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
812of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
813heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
814danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
815She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
816surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
817and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
818be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
819name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
820and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
821him.
822
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823=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
824
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827E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
828written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
829betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
830have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
831personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
832Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
833For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
834political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
835working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
836between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
837however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
838logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
839an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
840to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
841outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
842there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
843There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
844
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845=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
846
847L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
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849The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
850correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
851showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
852however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
853magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
854the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
855
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856=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
857
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859
860 Over hill, over dale,
861 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
862 Over park, over pale,
863 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
864 I do wander everywhere,
865 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
866 And I serve the fairy queen,
867 To dew her orbs upon the green.
868 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
869 In their gold coats, spots you see;
870 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
871 In their freckles live our savours.
872 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
873 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
874 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
875 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
876
5f42d1f2 877=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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880
881 From the beginning, I knew…
882 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
883 …that I can't fix…
884 …with my hands…
885
40e1c3e8 886=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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889
890 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
891 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
892 The shadows lengthen
893 In Carcosa.
894
895 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
896 And strange moons circle through the skies
897 But stranger still is
898 Lost Carcosa.
899
900 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
901 Where flap the tatters of the King,
902 Must die unheard in
903 Dim Carcosa.
904
905 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
906 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
907 Shall dry and die in
908 Lost Carcosa.
909
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910=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
911
912(no epigraph)
913
40e1c3e8 914=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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917
918"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
919empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
920Yellow!"
921
40e1c3e8 922=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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925
926 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
927
928 STRANGER: Indeed?
929
930 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
931
932 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
933
934 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
935
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936=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
937
938L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
939
940One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
941only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
942that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
943about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
944places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
945Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
946mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
947every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
948
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950
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952
953The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
954systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
955thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
956operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
957ever seen.
958
959An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
960something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
961kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
962anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
963disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
964gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
965that renders the operating system unnecessary.
966
967=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
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970
971Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
972someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
973again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
974and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
975language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
976
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978
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980
981It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
982who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
983walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
984and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
985search, in questions, in torment.
986
2ee7da68 987=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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990
991Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
992
993=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
994
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996
997 I'd love to go drowning
998 And to stay and to stay
999 But the ocean doesn't want me today
1000 I'll go in up to here
1001 It can't possibly hurt
1002 All they will find is my beer
1003 And my shirt
1004
1005=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
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1008
1009 And the great day of wrath has come
1010 And here's mud in your big red eye
1011 The poker's in the fire
1012 And the locusts take the sky
1013 And the earth died screaming
1014 While I lay dreaming of you
1015
1016=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
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1020 What's he building in there?
1021
1022 We have a right to know…
1023
2ee7da68 1024=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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1027
1028It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
1029eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
1030
2ee7da68 1031=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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1034
1035The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
1036followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
1037safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
1038place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
1039would be famous for this.
1040
1041Six months passed. A year.
1042
72f869fd 1043The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 1044Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 1045powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 1046
2ee7da68 1047=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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1050
1051Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
1052The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
1053recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
1054his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
1055Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
1056of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
1057Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
1058of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
1059'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
1060embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
1061'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
1062in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
1063leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
1064
1065The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
1066Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
1067in the destruction of the planet Earth.
1068
2ee7da68 1069=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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1073I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
1074the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
1075dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
1076between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
1077improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
1078fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
1079I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
1080them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
1081do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 1082from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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1083in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
1084perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
1085himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
1086a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
1087the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
1088world is richer for it.
1089
2ee7da68 1090=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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1093
1094No thought.
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1095
1096The boy extinguished. Only a place.
1097
1098This place.
1099
1100Motionless, the Pragma sat facing him, the bare soles of his feet flat against each other, his dark frock scored by the shadows of deep folds, his eyes as empty as the child they watched.
1101
1102A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
1103
1104For the first lances of sunlight careered over the glacier, as ponderous as great tree limbs in the wind. Shadows hardened and light gleamed across the Pragma’s ancient skull.
1105
1106The old man’s left hand forsook his right sleeve, bearing a watery knife. And like a rope in water, his arm pitched outward, fingertips trailing across the blade as the knife swung languidly into the air, the sun skating and the dark shrine plunging across its mirror back . . .
1107
1108And the place where Kellhus had once existed extended an open hand—the blond hairs like luminous filaments against tanned skin—and grasped the knife from stunned space.
1109
1110The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
1111
1112I have been legion . . .
1113
1114In his periphery, he could see the spike of the sun ease from the mountain. He felt drunk with exhaustion. In the recoil of his trance, it seemed all he could hear were the twigs arching and bobbing in the wind, pulled by leaves like a million sails no bigger than his hand. Cause everywhere, but amid countless minute happenings—diffuse, useless.
1115
1116Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 1118=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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1122Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
1123of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
1124scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
1125glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
1126beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
1127much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
1128caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
1129vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
1130had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
1131
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1132=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
1133
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1135
1136Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
1137behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
1138recording everything.
1139
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1140=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1141
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1144 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1145 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1146 She aims it at the creature's head,
1147 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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1149 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1150 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1151 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1152 No silly hood upon her head.
1153 She said, "Hello, and do please note
1154 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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1156=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
1157
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1159
1160Preparation:
1161
1162Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
1163or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
1164Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
1165look golden brown.
1166Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
1167ready to create the soup.
1168
1169Ingredients:
1170
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1172 3 tbsp butter
1173 1/4 cup olive oil
1174 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
1175 1 tsp salt
1176 1 tsp sugar
1177 black pepper to taste
1178 1 cup red wine
1179 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1180 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
1181 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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1183Method:
1184
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1185 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
1186 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
1187 to half an hour.
1188 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
1189 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
1190 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
1191 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
1192 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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1194Enjoy.
1195
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1196=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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1199
1200‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
1201
1202Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
1203their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
1204
1205The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
1206butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
1207and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
1208
1209Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
1210
1211‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
1212
1213‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
1214
1215‘What?’
1216
1217‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
1218
1219‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
1220his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
1221dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
1222quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
1223
1224‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
1225an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
1226
1227‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
1228
1229The iotum rose, spinning.
1230
1231‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
1232
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1233=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
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1237On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
1238taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
1239"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
1240and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
1241merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
1242subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
1243Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
1244it.
1245
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1249
1250`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
1251`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
1252hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
1253The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
1254been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
1255be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
1256to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
1257fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
1258
1259There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
1260climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
1261broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
1262implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
1263on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
1264Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
1265astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
1266for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
1267out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
1268the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
1269
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1270=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
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1274 A victim of collision on the open sea
1275 Nobody ever said that life was free
1276 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
1277 But use your freedom of choice
1278
1279=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
1280
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1283Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
1284machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
1285trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
1286little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
1287to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
1288he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
1289the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
1290
1291The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
1292current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
1293transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
1294chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
1295adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
1296as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
1297solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
1298valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
1299the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
1300machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
1301
2ee7da68 1302=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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1305
1306 Don't you know? You never split the party
1307 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
1308 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
1309 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
1310
c33412d7 1311=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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1314
1315I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
1316Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
1317Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
1318The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
1319
1320
1321
1322I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
1323sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
1324collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
1325
1326My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
1327inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
1328swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
1329side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
1330The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
1331dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
1332
2ee7da68 1333=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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1337 All I have is a voice
1338 To undo the folded lie,
1339 The romantic lie in the brain
1340 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
1341 And the lie of Authority
1342 Whose buildings grope the sky:
1343 There is no such thing as the State
1344 And no one exists alone;
1345 Hunger allows no choice
1346 To the citizen or the police;
1347 We must love one another or die.
1348
2ee7da68 1349=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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1353 How many roads must a man walk down
1354 Before you call him a man?
1355 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
1356 Before she sleeps in the sand?
1357 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
1358 Before they're forever banned?
1359 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1360 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1361
1362 How many years can a mountain exist
1363 Before it's washed to the sea?
1364 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
1365 Before they're allowed to be free?
1366 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
1367 Pretending he just doesn't see?
1368 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1369 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1370
1371 How many times must a man look up
1372 Before he can see the sky?
1373 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
1374 Before he can hear people cry?
1375 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
1376 That too many people have died?
1377 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1378 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 1380=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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1383
1384 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1385 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
1386 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1387 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
1388 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
1389
1390Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
1391age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
1392older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
1393debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
1394girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
1395A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
1396Top for more than one week.
1397
1398Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
1399lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
1400buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
1401into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
1402meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
1403soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
1404single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
1405
1406 "I'm never going to give you up"
1407
2ee7da68 1408=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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1411
1412"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
1413
1414He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
1415notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
1416which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
1417OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
1418ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
1419
1420There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
1421busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
1422out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
1423mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
1424and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
1425with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
1426bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
1427chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
1428excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
1429down cheering and applauding.
1430
1431"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
1432
2ee7da68 1433=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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1437Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
1438into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
1439beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
1440winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
1441wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
1442over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
1443
1444But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
1445gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
1446villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
1447journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
1448domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
1449with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
1450by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
1451Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
1452
2ee7da68 1453=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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1456
1457This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
1458been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
1459confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
1460how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
1461could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
1462putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
1463I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
1464before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
1465think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
1466all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
1467off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
1468was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
1469The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
1470endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
1471benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
1472boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
1473lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
1474Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
1475resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
1476Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
1477you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
1478
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1482
1483A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
1484don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
1485without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
1486the human experience, the better design we will have.
1487
2ee7da68 1488=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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1492All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
1493the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
1494do so at their peril.
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1496It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
1497Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
1498work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
1499artist is in accord with himself.
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1501We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
1502he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
1503thing is that one admires it intensely.
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2ee7da68 1507=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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1511 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
1512 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
1513 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
1514 things the significance of a human future;
1515 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
1516 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
1517 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
1518 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
1519 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
1520 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
1521 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
1522 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
1523 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
1524 hurtles all ages along with it forever
1525 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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1527=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
1528
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1531Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
1532fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
1533winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
1534down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
1535being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
1536extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
1537but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
1538
1539Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
1540that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
1541around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
1542fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
1543the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
1544closed system.
1545
1546Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
1547the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
1548/be/ them.'
1549
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1551
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c682aa67 1556=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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1560He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
1561mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
1562encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
1563
1564'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
1565Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
1566finished its run. It was due about now.'
1567
1568Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
1569see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
1570
1571'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
1572is always a last time for everything.)
1573
1574Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
1575
1576=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
1577
1578L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
1579
1580 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
1581 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
1582 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
1583 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
1584 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
1585 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
1586 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
1587 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
1588 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
1589 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
1590 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
1591 eaten them, but not for love.
1592
1593=head2 v5.14.2 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
1594
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1597It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
1598do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
1599they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
1600catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
1601awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
1602inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
1603
1604So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
1605mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
1606the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 1608=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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1612At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
1613my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
1614the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
1615since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
1616already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
1617to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
1618the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
1619can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
1620unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
1621
c684cf36 1622=head2 v5.14.0 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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1625
1626At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
1627myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
1628impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
1629"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
1630gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
1631or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
1632
1633I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
1634computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
1635ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
1636would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
1637my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
1638away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
1639won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
1640
1641So a freely distributable program is born.
1642
1643=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
1644
1645L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
1646
1647This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
1648continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
1649aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
1650and your bags will be offloaded.
1651
2ee7da68 1652=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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1655
1656Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
1657of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
1658by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
1659sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
1660swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
1661down their paved streets.
1662
1663Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
1664obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
1665company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
1666the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
1667govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
1668the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
1669
1670=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
1671
1672L<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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1674But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
1675my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
1676reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
1677wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
1678Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
1679the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 1680This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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1681just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
1682this had never reached me.
1683
2ee7da68 1684=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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1687
1688 When the full-grown poet came,
1689 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
1690 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
1691 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
1692 Nay he is mine alone;
1693 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
1694 by the hand;
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1696 holding hands,
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1697 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
1698 And wholly and joyously blends them.
1699
2ee7da68 1700=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
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1704 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
1705 nema ráða vel kunni.
1706 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
1707 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
1708 Sák á telgðu talkni
1709 tíu launstafi ristna.
1710 Þat hefr lauka lindi
1711 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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1714
1715L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
1716
1717In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
1718granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
1719do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
1720that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
1721generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
1722endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
1723that fire can truly light the world.
1724
1725And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
1726ask what you can do for your country.
1727
1728My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
1729but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
1730
1731Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
1732ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
1733we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
1734the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
1735asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
1736work must truly be our own.
1737
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1738=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
1739
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1741
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1742The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
1743to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
1744between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
1745cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
1746areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
1747be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
1748As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
1749the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
1750instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
1751interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
1752also be automated.
1753
1754Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
1755if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
1756were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
1757and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
1758indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
1759techniques like X-ray crystallography.
1760
2ee7da68 1761=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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1765[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
1766
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1768
1769[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
1770
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1771 Trinity: What did you just say?
1772 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
1773 Trinity: What did you see?
1774 Cypher: What happened?
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1775 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
1776 like it.
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1777 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
1778 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
1779 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
1780 Neo: What is it?
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1781 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
1782 they change something.
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1784=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
1785
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1788The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
1789he storm vanishes.
1790
1791"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
1792fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
1793to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
1794me?"
1795
1796I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
1797like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
1798
1799"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
1800as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
1801on my heart.
1802
1803(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
1804
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1806
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1809Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
1810air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
1811the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
1812faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
1813of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
1814the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
1815deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
1816fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
1817stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
1818revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
1819
1820For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
1821courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
1822the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
1823jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
1824were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
1825there, a glimmer of moonshine.
1826
1827Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
1828rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
1829grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
1830park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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1833=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1834
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1837`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
1838`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
1839it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
1840she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
1841
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1842 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
1843 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
1844 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
1845 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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1847
1848`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
1849
1850`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
1851nonsense.'
1852
1853Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
1854anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
1855
1856`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
1857
1858`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
1859
1860`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
1861with his nose, you know?'
1862
1863`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
1864the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
1865
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1867
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1870Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
1871Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
1872notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
1873for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
1874sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
1875
1876Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
1877dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
1878Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
1879motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
1880Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
1881that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
1882had ever even been a car.
1883
1884There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
1885been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
1886this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
1887flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
1888re-entry.
1889
1890There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
1891metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
1892somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
1893make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
1894
1895It should have fallen apart miles back.
1896
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1898
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1901We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
1902the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
1903in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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1905
1906=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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1910And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
1911bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
1912yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
1913with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
1914if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
1915bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
1916quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
1917
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1918=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
1919
1920L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
1921
1922The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
1923involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
1924when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
1925streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
1926road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
1927seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
1928smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
1929
1930"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
1931volcano were once more to set to work."
1932
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1933=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
1934
1935L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
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1937 Music oft hath such a charm
1938 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
1939
1940=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
1941
1942L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
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1944 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
1945 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
1946 When breakfast is taken away,
1947 To turn his attention to dinner;
1948 And it's not in the range of belief,
1949 To look upon him as a glutton,
1950 Who, when he is tired of beef,
1951 Determines to tackle the mutton.
1952 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
1953 If it will appease her sorrow,
1954 I'll marry this lady today,
1955 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
1956
1957=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
1958
1959L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
1960
1961 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
1962 Tolerates no work of man.
1963 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
1964 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
1965 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
1966 While the last larks sing and soar,
1967 From the heather-blossoms sweet
1968 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
1969 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
1970 Eleanor makes macaroons!
1971
1972=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
1973
1974L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
1975
1976 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
1977 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
1978 Lobster I freely endorse,
1979 In pate or patty or pasty.
1980 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
1981 And nothing the matter with jam,
1982 And the warmest greetings I utter
1983 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
1984 For they're food,
1985 All food,
1986 And I think very fondly of food.
1987 Through I'm broody at times
1988 When bothered by rhymes,
1989 I brood
1990 On food.
1991
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1992=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
1993
1994L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
1995
1996 I saw a huge steam roller,
1997 It blotted out the sun.
1998 The people all lay down, lay down;
1999 They did not try to run.
2000 My love and I, we looked amazed
2001 Upon the gory mystery.
2002 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
2003 'The great machine is history!'
2004 My love and I, we ran away,
2005 The engine did not find us.
2006 We ran up to a mountain top,
2007 Left history far behind us.
2008 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
2009 But somehow we don't think so.
2010 We went to see where history'd been,
2011 And my, the dead did stink so.
2012
2013=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2014
2015L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
2016
2017CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
2018she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
2019seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
2020
2021What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
2022of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
2023has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
2024will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
2025only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
2026lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
2027design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
2028periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
2029
2030=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2031
2032L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
2033
2034The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
2035from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
2036view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
2037Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
2038once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
2039endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
2040a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
2041will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
2042of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
2043Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
2044still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
2045
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2046=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
2047
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2049
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2050"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
2051many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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2052Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
2053what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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2054Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
2055had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
2056...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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2057"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
2058hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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2059degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
2060and-thirty degrees."
2061
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2062=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
2063
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2066San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
2067the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
2068hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
2069of the Free World."
2070
2071Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
2072level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
2073harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
2074exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
2075
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2076=head2 v5.12.1-RC1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
2077
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2080Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
2081the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
2082just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
2083a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
2084it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
2085of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
2086common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
2087bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
2088
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2090 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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2092=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2093
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2096'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
2097not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
2098your cat grins like that?'
2099
2100'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
2101
2102She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
2103jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
2104and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
2105
2106'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
2107that cats COULD grin.'
2108
2109'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
2110
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2112
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2114
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2115'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
2116have got altered.'
2117
2118'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
2119there was silence for some minutes.
2120
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2121=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2122
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2124
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2125'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
2126always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
2127rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
2128yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
2129can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
2130kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
2131
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2132=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2133
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2135
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2136At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
2137called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
2138dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
2139in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
2140sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
2141
2142'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
2143is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
2144the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
2145to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
2146accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 2147Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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3e340399 2153=head2 v5.12.0-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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2156
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2157So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
2158hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
2159making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
2160picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
2161close by her.
2162
2163There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
2164VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
2165dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
2166occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
2167it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
2168OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
2169Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
2170never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
2171take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
2172after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
2173rabbit-hole under the hedge.
2174
2175In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
2176in the world she was to get out again.
2177
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2186 A little child, a limber elf,
2187 Singing, dancing to itself,
2188 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
2189 That always finds, and never seeks,
2190 Makes such a vision to the sight
2191 As fills a father's eyes with light;
2192 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
2193 Upon his heart, that he at last
2194 Must needs express his love's excess
2195 With words of unmeant bitterness.
2196 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
2197 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
2198 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
2199 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
2200 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
2201 At each wild word to feel within
2202 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
2203 And what, if in a world of sin
2204 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
2205 Such giddiness of heart and brain
2206 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
2207 So talks as it's most used to do.
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2209=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
2210
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2213And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
2214into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
2215mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
2216question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
2217hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
2218louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
2219who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
2220worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
2221done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
2222
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2223=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
2224
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2226
4363636d 2227"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 2228course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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2229
2230Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
2231
2232"Why ain't that work?"
2233
2234Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
2235is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
2236
2237"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
2238
2239The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
2240to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
2241
2242That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
2243swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
2244-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
2245watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
2246absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
2247
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2248=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
2249
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2252The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
2253at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
2254streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
2255the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
2256live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
2257colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
2258as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
2259wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
2260prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
2261however much they're into colour.
2262
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2263=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
2264
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2266
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2267Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
2268and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
2269word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
2270disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
2271everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
2272on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
2273that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
2274glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 2275war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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2276presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
2277for more hazardous assignment.
2278
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2279=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
2280
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2283Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
2284streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
2285trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
2286to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
2287about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
2288of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
2289facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
2290explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
2291Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
2292people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
2293work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
2294their art.
2295
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2296=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
2297
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2300'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
2301the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
2302Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
2303Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
2304responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
2305Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
2306Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
2307Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
2308Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
2309Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
2310
2311'Can they all type?' I joked.
2312
2313'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
2314McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
2315
2316I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
2317'We could have opened an agency.'
2318
2319Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
2320Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
2321amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
2322all say that, do they?' I ventured.
2323
2324Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
2325replied. 'Not quite all.'
2326
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2339He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
2340he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
2341out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
2342noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
2343must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
2344number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
2345did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
2346
2347=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
2348
2349L<Announced on 2007-11-25 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130978.html>
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2351=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
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2354
2355=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
2356
2357L<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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2359
2360=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
2361
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2363
2364=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
2365
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2367
2368=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
2369
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2372This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
2373gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
2374technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
2375about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
2376bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
2377paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
2378in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
2379electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
2380picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
2381to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
2382technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
2383getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
2384sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
2385it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
2386conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
2387
2388"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
2389that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
2390`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
2391
2392"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
2393one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
2394flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
2395everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
2396make you flip?
2397
2398=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
2399
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2402Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
2403
2404=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
2405
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2408What of October, that ambiguous month
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2411
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2414Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
2415proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
2416the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
2417anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
2418how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
2419
2420'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
2421
2422This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
2423that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
2424
2425'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
2426expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
2427anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
2428sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
2429
2430This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
2431basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
2432policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
2433disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
2434the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
2435Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
2436and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
2437Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
2438
2439In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
2440reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
2441
2442I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
2443Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
2444for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
2445had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
2446work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
2447the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
2448left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
2449pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
2450the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
2451the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
2452
2453I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
2454publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
2455Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
2456
2457So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
2458pushing to increase the membership?
2459
2460'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
2461more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
2462futile and impotent it becomes.'
2463
2464This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
2465
2466Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
2467diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
2468
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2470
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2473There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
2474about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
2475four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
2476anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
2477thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
2478
2479Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
2480and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
2481press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
2482obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
2483produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
2484this draft...'
2485
2486I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
2487hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
2488incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
2489
2490'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
2491redundancy payments as well.'
2492
2493'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
2494it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
2495
2496'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
2497
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2499
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2502A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
2503was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
2504and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
2505jets and all.
2506
2507I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
2508
2509I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
2510Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
2511specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
2512the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
2513jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
2514grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
2515in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
2516
2517While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
2518taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
2519me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
2520sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
2521three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
2522plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
2523occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
2524were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
2525
2526And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
2527were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
2528
2529Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
2530name like Charlie Umtali?
2531
2532I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
2533know something about our official visitor.
2534
2535Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
2536has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
2537car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
2538to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
2539knew little of his background.
2540
2541I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
2542Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
2543first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
2544
2545Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
2546
2547'Why?' I enquired.
2548
2549'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
2550to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
2551never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
2552
2553Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
2554that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
2555
2556In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
2557where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
2558revolving door and comes out in front.'
2559
2560'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
2561
2562'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
2563
2564'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
2565
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2566=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
2567
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2570 It's not that easy bein' green
2571 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
2572 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
2573 Or something much more colorful like that
51caa79e 2574
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2575 It's not easy bein' green
2576 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
2577 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
2578 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
2579 Or stars in the sky
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2581 But green's the color of Spring
2582 And green can be cool and friendly-like
2583 And green can be big like an ocean
2584 Or important like a mountain
2585 Or tall like a tree
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2587 When green is all there is to be
2588 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
2589 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
2590 And I think it's what I want to be
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2592=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
2593
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4ed12d4a 2596 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 2597
4ed12d4a 2598 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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2600=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2601
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2604And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
2605hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
2606cat.
2607
2608Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 2609the wolf? What then?"
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2611=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2612
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2615And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
2616bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
2617round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
2618
2619In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
2620gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
2621climbed up the high stone wall.
2622
2623One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
2624stretched out over the wall.
2625
2626Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
2627Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
2628take care that he doesn't catch you!".
2629
2630The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
2631snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
2632
2633How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 2634the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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2636=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
2637
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4363636d 2640"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 2641you."
4363636d 2642
51caa79e 2643"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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2644
2645"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
2646and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 2647to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 2648
51caa79e 2649"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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2650
2651"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
2652planting it."
2653
2654"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 2655grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 2656
51caa79e 2657Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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2658
2659"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
2660Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 2661wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 2663Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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2664
2665"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
2666how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 2667and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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2669=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
2670
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2673"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
2674
2675"Hunting," said Pooh.
2676
2677"Hunting what?"
2678
2679"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
2680
2681"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
2682
2683"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
2684
2685"What do you think you'll answer?"
2686
2687"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
2688"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
2689you see there?"
2690
2691"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
2692excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
2693
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2694=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
2695
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2698Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
2699ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
2700bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
2701waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
2702droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
2703hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
2704longbow.
2705
2706In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
2707often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
2708placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
2709likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
2710may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
2711Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
2712Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
2713farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
2714grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 2715T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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2717=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
2718
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2721Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
2722ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
2723sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
2724pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
2725shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
2726
2727The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
2728Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 2729Caledonia and South America.
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2731=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
2732
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2735The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
2736often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
2737large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
2738and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
2739spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
2740year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
2741may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
2742
2743It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
2744branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
2745of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
2746that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
2747
2748Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
2749other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
2750acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
2751mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
2752
2753It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 2754heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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2756=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
2757
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2760 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
2761 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
2762 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
2763 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
2764
2765 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
2766 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
2767 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
2768 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
2769 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
2770 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
2771 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
2772 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
2773
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2774 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
2775 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
2776
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2777
2778=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
2779
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2782 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
2783 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
2784 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
2785 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2786
2787 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
2788 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
2789 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
2790 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2791 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
2792 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
2793
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2794=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
2795
f3d08688 2796L<Announced on 2004-04-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90422.html>
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2798 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
2799 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
2800 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
2801 We must find him of the train can't start.'
2802 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
2803 They are searching high and low,
2804 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
2805 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
2806 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
2807 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
2808 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
2809 He's been busy in the luggage van!
2810 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 2811 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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2812 And we're off at last of the northern part
2813 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
2814
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2815=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
2816
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2819 We are the music makers,
2820 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
2821 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
2822 And sitting by desolate streams; --
2823 World-losers and world-forsakers,
2824 On whom the pale moon gleams:
2825 Yet we are the movers and shakers
2826 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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2828=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
2829
f3d08688 2830L<Announced on 2004-01-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg86969.html>
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2832 There may be trouble ahead,
2833 But while there's music and moonlight,
2834 And love and romance,
2835 Let's face the music and dance.
2836
2837 Before the fiddlers have fled,
2838 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
2839 And while we still have that chance,
2840 Let's face the music and dance.
2841
2842 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
2843 Humming a different tune, and then,
2844
2845 There may be teardrops to shed,
2846 So while there's music and moonlight,
2847 And love and romance,
2848 Let's face the music and dance.
2849
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2850=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
2851
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2854 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
2855 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
2856 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
2857 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
2858 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
2859 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
2860
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2861 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
2862 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
2863 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
2864 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
2865
2866 O my brave soul!
2867 O farther farther sail!
2868 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
2869 O farther, farther, farther sail!
2870
2ee7da68 2871=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
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2875 It's fun to charter an accountant
2876 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
2877 To find, explore the funds offshore
2878 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
2879
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2880=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
2881
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2884 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
2885 In a Sieve they went to sea:
2886 In spite of all their friends could say,
2887 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
2888 In a Sieve they went to sea!
2889 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
2890 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
2891 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
2892 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
2893 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
2894
2895 Far and few, far and few,
2896 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
2897 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
2898 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
2899
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2901
2902L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
2903
2904=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
2905
2906L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
2907
2908No matter what she did with her hair it took about
2909three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
2910like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
2911no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
2912overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
2913
2914=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2915
2916L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
2917
2918Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
2919It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
2920devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
2921then you can be my most trusted minister."
2922
2923=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2924
2925L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
2926
2927Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
2928a knife with a curved blade.
2929
2930=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2931
2932L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
2933
2934Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
2935me because I've got magic aaargh."
2936
2937=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2938
2939L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
2940
2941Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
2942in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
2943with his head.
2944
2945But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
2946weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
2947open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
2948defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
2949Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
2950was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
2951
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2952=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2953
2954L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
2955
2956There was the faint sound of footsteps.
2957"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
2958said the low priest.
2959There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
2960The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
2961"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
2962The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
2963The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
2964The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
2965thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
2966There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
2967"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
2968said the High Priest.
2969"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
2970There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
2971"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
2972There were footsteps again.
2973
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2975
2976L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
2977
2978=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
2979
2980L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
2981
2982=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
2983
2984L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
2985
2986=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2987
2988L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
2989
2990Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
2991No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
2992got there first, and is waiting for it.
2993
2994=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
2995
2996L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
2997
2998His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
2999the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
3000all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
3001bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
3002you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
3003
3004=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
3005
dd047fac 3006L<Announced on 2001-04-09 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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3008"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
3009
3010Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
3011
3012"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
3013flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
3014arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
3015and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
3016I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
3017I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
3018will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
3019liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
3020Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
3021ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
3022
3023"All that?" said Twoflower.
3024
3025"Usually."
3026
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3027=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
3028
3029L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
3030
3031The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
3032but that had to be the 57th strangest.
3033[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
3034
2ee7da68 3035=head2 v5.6.2 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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3038
3039When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
3040sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
3041a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
3042what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
3043long in this instance.
3044
2ee7da68 3045=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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3048
3049"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
3050
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3055`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
3056himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
3057upset.
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3059`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
3060to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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3062Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
3063stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
3064louder.
4363636d 3065
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3066`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
3067my precious, three guesseses.'
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dd047fac 3071L<Announced on 2001-04-01 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33421.html>
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3075No announcement available.
3076
2831a86c 3077=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 3081=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 3083L<Announced on 2000-12-18 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/12/msg27738.html>
4363636d 3084
2831a86c 3085=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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3087L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
3088
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3089 The dragon is withered,
3090 His bones are now crumbled;
3091 His armour is shivered,
3092 His splendour is humbled!
3093 Though sword shall be rusted,
3094 And throne and crown perish
3095 With strength that men trusted
3096 And wealth that they cherish,
3097 Here grass is still growing,
3098 And leaves are a yet swinging,
3099 The white water flowing,
3100 And elves are yet singing
3101 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
3102 Come back to the valley.
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3104=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3105
3106L<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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3109
3110L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
3111
3112=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
3113
f3d08688 3114L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/03/msg89047.html>
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3115
3116=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
3117
f3d08688 3118L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88672.html>
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3119
3120The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
3121the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
3122never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
3123them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
3124chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
3125run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
3126and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
3127and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
3128and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
3129the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
3130fall.
3131
3132=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3133
f3d08688 3134L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88312.html>
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3135
3136Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
3137plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
3138going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
3139she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
3140at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
3141cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
3142hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
3143passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
3144disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
3145of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
3146she fell past it.
3147
3148=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
3149
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3150L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/12/msg86423.html>
3151
3152 't was 16 years ago today
3153 Larry taught us a new game
3154 of lazyness, impatience, and hubris
3155 Happy birthday, Perl!
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3157=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
3158
0e6b8110 3159This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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3160on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
3161L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
3162by ysth.
3163
3164=cut
3e340399 3165
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