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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
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22L<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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24 The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the correct
25 incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life, showing things
26 that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight, however [...] One must
27 perform perfectly. The computer resembles the magic of legend in this respect,
28 too. If one character, one pause, of the incantation is not strictly in proper
29 form, the magic doesn't work.
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31=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
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35 Over hill, over dale,
36 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
37 Over park, over pale,
38 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
39 I do wander everywhere,
40 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
41 And I serve the fairy queen,
42 To dew her orbs upon the green.
43 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
44 In their gold coats, spots you see;
45 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
46 In their freckles live our savours.
47 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
48 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
49 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
50 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
51
52=head2 v5.19.0 -- Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
53
54L<Announced on 2013-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201980.html>
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56 From the beginning, I knew…
57 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
58 …that I can't fix…
59 …with my hands…
60
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61=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
62
63L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
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65It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
66who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
67walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
68and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
69search, in questions, in torment.
70
71=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, Catch-22
72
73L<Announced on 2013-04-16 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201889.html>
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75Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
76
77=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
78
79L<Announced on 2013-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201823.html>
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81 I'd love to go drowning
82 And to stay and to stay
83 But the ocean doesn't want me today
84 I'll go in up to here
85 It can't possibly hurt
86 All they will find is my beer
87 And my shirt
88
89=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
90
91L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
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93 And the great day of wrath has come
94 And here's mud in your big red eye
95 The poker's in the fire
96 And the locusts take the sky
97 And the earth died screaming
98 While I lay dreaming of you
99
100=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
101
102L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
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104 What's he building in there?
105
106 We have a right to know…
107
108=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel, This is Spın̈al Tap
109
110L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
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112It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
113eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
114
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115=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon The Deep
116
117L<Announced on 2013-03-22 by Max Maischein|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-03/msg00908.html>
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119The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
120followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
121safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
122place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
123would be famous for this.
124
125Six months passed. A year.
126
127The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
128Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
129powerful, it does not need to self-know.
130
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131=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, Freedom of Choice
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133L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-03/msg00414.html>
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135 A victim of collision on the open sea
136 Nobody ever said that life was free
137 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
138 But use your freedom of choice
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140=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, The Nine Billion Names of God
141
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144He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
145mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
146encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
147
148'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
149Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
150finished its run. It was due about now.'
151
152Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
8af848c0 153see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
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155'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
156is always a last time for everything.)
157
158Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
159
160
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161=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
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163L<Announced on 2013-02-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-02/msg01146.html>
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165Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
166The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
167recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
168his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
169Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
170of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
171Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
172of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
173'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
174embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
175'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
176in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
177leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
178
179The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
180Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
181in the destruction of the planet Earth.
182
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183=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, An Instance of the Fingerpost
184
185L<Announced on 2013-01-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2013-01/msg00518.html>
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187I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
188the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
189dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
190between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
191improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
192fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
193I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
194them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
195do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
196from an authority while others cut E<0x2014> when he taught, the knife was
197in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
198perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
199himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
200a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
201the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
202world is richer for it.
203
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204=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, The Darkness That Comes Before
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206L<Announced on 2012-12-18 by Dave Rolsky|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-12/msg00679.html>
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208No thought.
209 The boy extinguished. Only a place.
210 This place.
211 Motionless, 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.
212 A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
213 For 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.
214 The 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 . . .
215 And 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.
216 The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
217 I have been legion . . .
218 In 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.
219 Now I understand.
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221=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
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223L<Announced on 2012-11-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00760.html>
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225Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
226of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
227scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
228glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
229beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
230much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
231caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
232vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
233had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
234
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235=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
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237Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves
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239 Music oft hath such a charm
240 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
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242=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, The Cyberiad, Trurl's Machine
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244L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00017.html>
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246Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
247machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
248trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
249little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
250to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
e4a5e942 251he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
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252the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
253
254The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
255current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
256transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
257chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
258adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
259as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
260solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
261valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
262the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
263machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
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265=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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269Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
270behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
271recording everything.
272
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273=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
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275L<Announced on 2012-09-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-09/msg01226.html>
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277 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
278 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
279 She aims it at the creature's head,
280 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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282 A few weeks later, in the wood,
283 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
284 But what a change! No cloak of red,
285 No silly hood upon her head.
286 She said, "Hello, and do please note
287 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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289=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
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291L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
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293Preparation:
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295Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
296or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
297Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
298look golden brown.
299Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
300ready to create the soup.
301
302Ingredients:
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305 3 tbsp butter
306 1/4 cup olive oil
307 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
308 1 tsp salt
309 1 tsp sugar
310 black pepper to taste
311 1 cup red wine
312 1/4 cup all purpose flour
313 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
314 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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316Method:
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319 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
320 to half an hour.
321 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
322 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
323 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
324 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
325 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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327Enjoy.
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329=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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333‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
334
335Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
336their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
337
338The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
339butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
340and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
341
342Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
343
344‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
345
346‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
347
348‘What?’
349
350‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
351
352‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
353his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
354dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
355quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
356
357‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
358an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
359
360‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
361
362The iotum rose, spinning.
363
364‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
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366=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
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368L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
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370On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
371taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
372"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
373and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
374merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
375subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
376Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
377it.
378
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379=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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383`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
384`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
385hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
386The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
387been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
388be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
389to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
390fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
391
392There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
393climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
394broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
395implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
396on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
397Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
398astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
399for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
400out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
401the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
402
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408 Don't you know? You never split the party
409 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
410 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
411 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
412
413 -- Emerald Rose, Never Split The Party
414
415=head2 v5.16.1 RC1 - Tom Moldvay - Dungeons & Dragons
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417L<Announced on 2012-08-03 by Ricardo
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420I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
421Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
422Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
423The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
424
425
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427I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
428sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
429collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
430
431My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
432inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
433swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
434side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
435The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
436dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
437
438 -- Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook
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440=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden - September 1, 1939
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445 All I have is a voice
446 To undo the folded lie,
447 The romantic lie in the brain
448 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
449 And the lie of Authority
450 Whose buildings grope the sky:
451 There is no such thing as the State
452 And no one exists alone;
453 Hunger allows no choice
454 To the citizen or the police;
455 We must love one another or die.
456
457 -- W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
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459=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
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461L<Announced on 2012-03-20 by
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464 How many roads must a man walk down
465 Before you call him a man?
466 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
467 Before she sleeps in the sand?
468 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
469 Before they're forever banned?
470 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
471 The answer is blowin' in the wind
472
473 How many years can a mountain exist
474 Before it's washed to the sea?
475 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
476 Before they're allowed to be free?
477 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
478 Pretending he just doesn't see?
479 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
480 The answer is blowin' in the wind
481
482 How many times must a man look up
483 Before he can see the sky?
484 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
485 Before he can hear people cry?
486 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
487 That too many people have died?
488 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
489 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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491 -- Bob Dylan, Spring 1962
492
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493=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF - The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way
494
495L<Announced on 2012-02-20 by Max
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498 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
499 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
500 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
501 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
502 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
503
504Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
505age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
506older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
507debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
508girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
509A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
510Top for more than one week.
511
512Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
513lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
514buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
515into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
516meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
517soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
518single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
519
520 "I'm never going to give you up"
521
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523
524L<Announced on 2012-01-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams
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526
527"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
528
529He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
530notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
531which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
532OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
533ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
534
535There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
536busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
537out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
538mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
539and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
540with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
541bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
542chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
543excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
544down cheering and applauding.
545
546"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
547
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548=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, A Wizard of Earthsea
549
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553Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
554into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
555beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
556winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
557wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
558over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
559
560But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
561gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
562villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
563journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
564domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
565with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
566by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
567Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
568
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570
571L<Announced on 2011-11-20 by Steve
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574This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
575been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
576confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
577how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
578could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
579putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
580I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
581before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
582think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
583all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
584off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
585was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
586The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
587endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
588benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
589boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
590lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
591Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
592resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
593Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
594you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
595
596 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
597 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
598
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601L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian
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604A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
605don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
606without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
607the human experience, the better design we will have.
608
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610
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613 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
614 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
615 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
616 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
617 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
618 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
619 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
620 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
621 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
622 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
623 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
624 eaten them, but not for love.
625
626 -- As You Like It, William Shakespeare
627
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633
634It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
635do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
636they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
637catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
638awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
639inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
640
641So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
642mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
643the heart of the programmer.
644
645
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646=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, All Art is Quite Useless
647
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651 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
652 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
653 do so at their peril.
654
655 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
656 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
657 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
658 artist is in accord with himself.
659
660 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
661 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
662 thing is that one admires it intensely.
663
664 All art is quite useless.
665
666 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
667
668
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670
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674 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
675 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
676 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
677 things the significance of a human future;
678 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
679 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
680 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
681 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
682 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
683 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
684 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
685 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
686 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
687 hurtles all ages along with it forever
688 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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690 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
691 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
692
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693=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
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697Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
698fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
699winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
700down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
701being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
702extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
703but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
704
705Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
706that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
707around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
708fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
709the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
710closed system.
711
712Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
713the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
714/be/ them.'
715
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716=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
717
718L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
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720 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
721 you will have gained.
722
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727 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
728 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
729 When breakfast is taken away,
730 To turn his attention to dinner;
731 And it's not in the range of belief,
732 To look upon him as a glutton,
733 Who, when he is tired of beef,
734 Determines to tackle the mutton.
735 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
736 If it will appease her sorrow,
737 I'll marry this lady today,
738 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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743
744At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
745my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
746the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
747since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
748already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
749to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
750the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
751can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
752unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
753
754=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
755
756L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
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758 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
759 Tolerates no work of man.
760 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
761 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
762 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
763 While the last larks sing and soar,
764 From the heather-blossoms sweet
765 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
766 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
767 Eleanor makes macaroons!
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769=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
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773 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
774 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
775 Lobster I freely endorse,
776 In pate or patty or pasty.
777 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
778 And nothing the matter with jam,
779 And the warmest greetings I utter
780 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
781 For they're food,
782 All food,
783 And I think very fondly of food.
784 Through I'm broody at times
785 When bothered by rhymes,
786 I brood
787 On food.
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791L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
792
793At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
794myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
795impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
796"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
797gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
798or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
799
800I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
801computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
802ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
803would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
804my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
805away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
806won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
807
808So a freely distributable program is born.
809
810=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
811
812L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
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814This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
815continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
816aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
817and your bags will be offloaded.
818
819=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
820
821L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
822
823Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
824of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
825by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
826sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
827swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
828down their paved streets.
829
830Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
831obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
832company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
833the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
834govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
835the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
836
837=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
838
839L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
840
841But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
842my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
843reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
844wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
845Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
846the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
847This seemed doubly astounding to meE<0x2014>first that Australia could
848just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
849this had never reached me.
850
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852
853L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2011-03/msg00560.html>
854
855 When the full-grown poet came,
856 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
857 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
858 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
859 Nay he is mine alone;
860 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
861 by the hand;
862 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly holding hands,
863 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
864 And wholly and joyously blends them.
865
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870 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
871 nema ráða vel kunni.
872 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
873 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
874 Sák á telgðu talkni
875 tíu launstafi ristna.
876 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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879=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
880
881L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
882
883In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
884granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
885do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
886that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
887generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
888endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
889that fire can truly light the world.
890
891And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
892ask what you can do for your country.
893
894My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
895but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
896
897Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
898ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
899we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
900the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
901asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
902work must truly be our own.
903
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908The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
909to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
910between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
911cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
912areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
913be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
914As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
915the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
916instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
917interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
918also be automated.
919
920Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
921if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
922were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
923and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
924indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
925techniques like X-ray crystallography.
926
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928
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932
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935[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
936
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937 Trinity: What did you just say?
938 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
939 Trinity: What did you see?
940 Cypher: What happened?
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941 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
942 like it.
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943 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
944 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
945 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
946 Neo: What is it?
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947 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
948 they change something.
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950=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
951
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954The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
955he storm vanishes.
956
957"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
958fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
959to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
960me?"
961
962I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
963like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
964
965"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
966as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
967on my heart.
968
969(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
970
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972
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975Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
976air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
977the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
978faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
979of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
980the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
981deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
982fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
983stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
984revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
985
986For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
987courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
988the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
989jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
990were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
991there, a glimmer of moonshine.
992
993Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
994rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
995grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
996park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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1003`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
1004`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
1005it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
1006she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
1007
1008 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
1009 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
1010 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
1011 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
1012
1013
1014`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
1015
1016`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
1017nonsense.'
1018
1019Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
1020anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
1021
1022`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
1023
1024`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
1025
1026`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
1027with his nose, you know?'
1028
1029`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
1030the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
1031
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1033
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1036Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
1037Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
1038notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
1039for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
1040sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
1041
1042Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
1043dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
1044Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
1045motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
1046Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
1047that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
1048had ever even been a car.
1049
1050There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
1051been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
1052this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
1053flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
1054re-entry.
1055
1056There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
1057metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
1058somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
1059make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
1060
1061It should have fallen apart miles back.
1062
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1067We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
1068the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
1069in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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1071
1072=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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1076And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
1077bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
1078yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
1079with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
1080if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
1081bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
1082quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
1083
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1088The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
1089involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
1090when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
1091streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
1092road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
1093seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
1094smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
1095
1096"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
1097volcano were once more to set to work."
1098
1099=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
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1103 I saw a huge steam roller,
1104 It blotted out the sun.
1105 The people all lay down, lay down;
1106 They did not try to run.
1107 My love and I, we looked amazed
1108 Upon the gory mystery.
1109 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
1110 'The great machine is history!'
1111 My love and I, we ran away,
1112 The engine did not find us.
1113 We ran up to a mountain top,
1114 Left history far behind us.
1115 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
1116 But somehow we don't think so.
1117 We went to see where history'd been,
1118 And my, the dead did stink so.
1119
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1124CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
1125she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
1126seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
1127
1128What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
1129of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
1130has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
1131will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
1132only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
1133lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
1134design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
1135periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
1136
1137=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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1141The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
1142from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
1143view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
1144Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
1145once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
1146endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
1147a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
1148will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
1149of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
1150Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
1151still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
1152
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1157"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
1158many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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1160what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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1161Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
1162had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
1163...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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1164"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
1165hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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1166degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
1167and-thirty degrees."
1168
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1173San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
1174the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
1175hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
1176of the Free World."
1177
1178Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
1179level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
1180harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
1181exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
1182
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1187Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
1188the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
1189just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
1190a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
1191it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
1192of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
1193common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
1194bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
1195
1196 Around and around and around we spin,
1197 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
1198
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1203'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
1204not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
1205your cat grins like that?'
1206
1207'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
1208
1209She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
1210jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
1211and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
1212
1213'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
1214that cats COULD grin.'
1215
1216'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
1217
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1222'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
1223have got altered.'
1224
1225'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
1226there was silence for some minutes.
1227
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1232'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
1233always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
1234rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
1235yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
1236can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
1237kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
1238
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1240
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1243At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
1244called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
1245dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
1246in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
1247sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
1248
1249'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
1250is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
1251the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
1252to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
1253accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 1254Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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1264So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
1265hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
1266making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
1267picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
1268close by her.
1269
1270There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
1271VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
1272dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
1273occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
1274it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
1275OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
1276Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
1277never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
1278take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
1279after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
1280rabbit-hole under the hedge.
1281
1282In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
1283in the world she was to get out again.
1284
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1293 A little child, a limber elf,
1294 Singing, dancing to itself,
1295 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
1296 That always finds, and never seeks,
1297 Makes such a vision to the sight
1298 As fills a father's eyes with light;
1299 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
1300 Upon his heart, that he at last
1301 Must needs express his love's excess
1302 With words of unmeant bitterness.
1303 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
1304 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
1305 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
1306 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
1307 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
1308 At each wild word to feel within
1309 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
1310 And what, if in a world of sin
1311 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
1312 Such giddiness of heart and brain
1313 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
1314 So talks as it's most used to do.
1315
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1317
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1320And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
1321into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
1322mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
1323question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
1324hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
1325louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
1326who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
1327worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
1328done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
1329
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1331
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4363636d 1334"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 1335course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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1337Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
1338
1339"Why ain't that work?"
1340
1341Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
1342is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
1343
1344"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
1345
1346The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
1347to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
1348
1349That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
1350swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
1351-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
1352watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
1353absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
1354
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1359The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
1360at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
1361streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
1362the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
1363live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
1364colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
1365as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
1366wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
1367prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
1368however much they're into colour.
1369
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1374Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
1375and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
1376word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
1377disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
1378everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
1379on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
1380that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
1381glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
1382war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
1383presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
1384for more hazardous assignment.
1385
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1387
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1390Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
1391streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
1392trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
1393to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
1394about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
1395of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
1396facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
1397explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
1398Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
1399people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
1400work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
1401their art.
1402
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1407'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
1408the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
1409Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
1410Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
1411responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
1412Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
1413Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
1414Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
1415Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
1416Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
1417
1418'Can they all type?' I joked.
1419
1420'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
1421McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
1422
1423I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
1424'We could have opened an agency.'
1425
1426Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
1427Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
1428amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
1429all say that, do they?' I ventured.
1430
1431Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
1432replied. 'Not quite all.'
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1446He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
1447he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
1448out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
1449noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
1450must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
1451number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
1452did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
1453
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1465available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
1466
1467=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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1475=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
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1479This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
1480gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
1481technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
1482about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
1483bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
1484paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
1485in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
1486electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
1487picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
1488to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
1489technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
1490getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
1491sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
1492it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
1493conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
1494
1495"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
1496that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
1497`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
1498
1499"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
1500one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
1501flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
1502everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
1503make you flip?
1504
1505=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
1506
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1509Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
1510
1511=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
1512
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1515What of October, that ambiguous month
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1521Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
1522proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
1523the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
1524anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
1525how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
1526
1527'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
1528
1529This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
1530that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
1531
1532'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
1533expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
1534anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
1535sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
1536
1537This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
1538basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
1539policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
1540disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
1541the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
1542Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
1543and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
1544Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
1545
1546In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
1547reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
1548
1549I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
1550Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
1551for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
1552had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
1553work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
1554the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
1555left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
1556pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
1557the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
1558the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
1559
1560I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
1561publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
1562Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
1563
1564So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
1565pushing to increase the membership?
1566
1567'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
1568more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
1569futile and impotent it becomes.'
1570
1571This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
1572
1573Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
1574diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
1575
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1580There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
1581about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
1582four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
1583anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
1584thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
1585
1586Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
1587and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
1588press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
1589obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
1590produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
1591this draft...'
1592
1593I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
1594hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
1595incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
1596
1597'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
1598redundancy payments as well.'
1599
1600'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
1601it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
1602
1603'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
1604
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1609A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
1610was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
1611and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
1612jets and all.
1613
1614I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
1615
1616I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
1617Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
1618specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
1619the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
1620jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
1621grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
1622in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
1623
1624While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
1625taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
1626me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
1627sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1628three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1629plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1630occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1631were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1632
1633And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1634were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1635
1636Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1637name like Charlie Umtali?
1638
1639I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1640know something about our official visitor.
1641
1642Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1643has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1644car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1645to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1646knew little of his background.
1647
1648I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1649Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1650first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1651
1652Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1653
1654'Why?' I enquired.
1655
1656'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1657to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1658never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1659
1660Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1661that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1662
1663In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1664where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1665revolving door and comes out in front.'
1666
1667'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1668
1669'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1670
1671'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
1672
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1677 It's not that easy bein' green
1678 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 1679 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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1680 Or something much more colorful like that
1681
1682 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1683 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1684 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1685 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1686 Or stars in the sky
1687
1688 But green's the color of Spring
1689 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1690 And green can be big like an ocean
1691 Or important like a mountain
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1692 Or tall like a tree
1693
1694 When green is all there is to be
1695 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1696 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1697 And I think it's what I want to be
1698
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1703Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
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2831a86c 1705Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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1711And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1712hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1713cat.
1714
1715Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1716the wolf? What then?"
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1719
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1722And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
1723bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
1724round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
1725
1726In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
1727gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
1728climbed up the high stone wall.
1729
1730One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
1731stretched out over the wall.
1732
1733Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
1734Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
1735take care that he doesn't catch you!".
1736
1737The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
1738snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
1739
1740How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 1741the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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1743=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
1744
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4363636d 1747"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 1748you."
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51caa79e 1750"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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1751
1752"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
1753and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 1754to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
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51caa79e 1756"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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1758"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
1759planting it."
1760
1761"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 1762grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 1764Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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1765
1766"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
1767Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 1768wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 1770Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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1771
1772"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
1773how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 1774and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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1776=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
1777
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1780"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
1781
1782"Hunting," said Pooh.
1783
1784"Hunting what?"
1785
1786"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
1787
1788"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
1789
1790"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
1791
1792"What do you think you'll answer?"
1793
1794"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
1795"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
1796you see there?"
1797
1798"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
1799excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
1800
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1805Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
1806ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
1807bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
1808waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
1809droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
1810hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
1811longbow.
1812
1813In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
1814often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
1815placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
1816likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
1817may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
1818Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
1819Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
1820farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
1821grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 1822T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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1828Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
1829ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
1830sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
1831pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
1832shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1833
1834The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1835Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1836Caledonia and South America.
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1839
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1842The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1843often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1844large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1845and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1846spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1847year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1848may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1849
1850It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1851branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1852of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1853that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1854
1855Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1856other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1857acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1858mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1859
1860It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1861heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1863=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
1864
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1867 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1868 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1869 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1870 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1871
1872 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1873 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1874 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1875 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1876 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1877 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1878 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1879 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1880
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1881 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1882 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1883
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1885=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1886
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1889 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1890 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1891 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1892 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1893
1894 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1895 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1896 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1897 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1898 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1899 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
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1901=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
1902
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1904
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1905 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1906 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1907 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1908 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1909 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1910 They are searching high and low,
1911 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1912 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1913 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1914 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1915 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1916 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1917 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 1918 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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1919 And we're off at last of the northern part
1920 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1921
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1922=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
1923
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1924L<Announced on 2004-01-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/968fb8d71e23af69>
1925
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1926 We are the music makers,
1927 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1928 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1929 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1930 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1931 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1932 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1933 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1935=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
1936
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1937L<Announced on 2004-01-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/5ced50bebcd11c96>
1938
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1939 There may be trouble ahead,
1940 But while there's music and moonlight,
1941 And love and romance,
1942 Let's face the music and dance.
1943
1944 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1945 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1946 And while we still have that chance,
1947 Let's face the music and dance.
1948
1949 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1950 Humming a different tune, and then,
1951
1952 There may be teardrops to shed,
1953 So while there's music and moonlight,
1954 And love and romance,
1955 Let's face the music and dance.
1956
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1957=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
1958
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1959L<Announced on 2003-11-06 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/4714574f93967673>
1960
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1961 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1962 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1963 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1964 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1965 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1966 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1967
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1968 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1969 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1970 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1971 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1972
1973 O my brave soul!
1974 O farther farther sail!
1975 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1976 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1977
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1978=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
1979
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1980L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/7669de5804b792f6>
1981
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1982 It's fun to charter an accountant
1983 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1984 To find, explore the funds offshore
1985 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1986
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1987=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
1988
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1989L<Announced on 2003-10-28 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83680ef3bbf7378d>
1990
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1991 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1992 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1993 In spite of all their friends could say,
1994 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1995 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1996 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1997 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1998 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1999 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
2000 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
2001
2002 Far and few, far and few,
2003 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
2004 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
2005 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
2006
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2008
2009L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
2010
2011=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
2012
2013L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
2014
2015No matter what she did with her hair it took about
2016three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
2017like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
2018no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
2019overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
2020
2021=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2022
2023L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
2024
2025Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
2026It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
2027devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
2028then you can be my most trusted minister."
2029
2030=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2031
2032L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
2033
2034Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
2035a knife with a curved blade.
2036
2037=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2038
2039L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
2040
2041Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
2042me because I've got magic aaargh."
2043
2044=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2045
2046L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
2047
2048Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
2049in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
2050with his head.
2051
2052But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
2053weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
2054open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
2055defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
2056Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
2057was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
2058
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2059=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2060
2061L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
2062
2063There was the faint sound of footsteps.
2064"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
2065said the low priest.
2066There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
2067The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
2068"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
2069The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
2070The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
2071The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
2072thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
2073There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
2074"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
2075said the High Priest.
2076"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
2077There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
2078"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
2079There were footsteps again.
2080
2081=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
2082
2083L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
2084
2085=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
2086
2087L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
2088
2089=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
2090
2091L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
2092
2093=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2094
2095L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
2096
2097Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
2098No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
2099got there first, and is waiting for it.
2100
2101=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
2102
2103L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
2104
2105His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
2106the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
2107all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
2108bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
2109you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
2110
2111=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
2112
2113L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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2115"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
2116
2117Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
2118
2119"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
2120flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
2121arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
2122and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
2123I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
2124I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
2125will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
2126liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
2127Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
2128ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
2129
2130"All that?" said Twoflower.
2131
2132"Usually."
2133
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2135
2136L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
2137
2138The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
2139but that had to be the 57th strangest.
2140[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
2141
2142=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2143
2144L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
2145
2146When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
2147sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
2148a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
2149what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
2150long in this instance.
2151
2152=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
2153
2154L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
2155
2156"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
2157
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2162`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
2163himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
2164upset.
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2166`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
2167to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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2169Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
2170stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
2171louder.
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2173`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
2174my precious, three guesseses.'
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2182No announcement available.
2183
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2831a86c 2190L<Announced on 2000-12-18 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/12/msg27738.html>
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2831a86c 2192=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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2194L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
2195
2196 The dragon is withered,
2197 His bones are now crumbled;
2198 His armour is shivered,
2199 His splendour is humbled!
2200 Though sword shall be rusted,
2201 And throne and crown perish
2202 With strength that men trusted
2203 And wealth that they cherish,
2204 Here grass is still growing,
2205 And leaves are a yet swinging,
2206 The white water flowing,
2207 And elves are yet singing
2208 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
2209 Come back to the valley.
2210
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2212
2213L<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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2216
2217L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
2218
2219=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
2220
2221L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
2222
2223=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
2224
2225L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
2226
2227The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
2228the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
2229never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
2230them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
2231chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
2232run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
2233and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
2234and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
2235and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
2236the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
2237fall.
2238
2239=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2240
2241L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
2242
2243Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
2244plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
2245going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
2246she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
2247at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
2248cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
2249hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
2250passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
2251disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
2252of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
2253she fell past it.
2254
2255=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
2256
2257L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
2258
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2260
0e6b8110 2261This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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2263L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
2264by ysth.
2265
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