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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
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24Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
25totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
26you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
27that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
28people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
29
30Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
31gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
32symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
33and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
34clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
35home, from the ground up.
36
37No wonder you're a geek.
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39=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
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41L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
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43 Even the bravest that are slain
44 Shall not dissemble their surprise
45 On waking to find valor reign,
46 Even as on earth, in paradise;
47 And where they sought without the sword
48 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
49 To find that the utmost reward
50 Of daring should be still to dare.
51
52=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
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54L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
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56 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
57 I could be monarch of a desert land
58 I could devote and dedicate forever
59 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
60 So desert it would have to be, so walled
61 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
62 No one would covet it or think it worth
63 The pains of conquering to force change on.
64 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
65 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
66 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
67 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
68 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
69 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
70
71 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
72 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
73 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
74
75=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
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77L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
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79 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
80 You can't find one good thing to say
81 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
82 You'd stay the hell out of my way
83
84 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
85 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
86
87=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
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89L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
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91"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
92
93=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
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95L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
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97The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
98Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
99gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
100
101=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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103L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
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105“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
106
107“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
108
109“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
110be fun.”
111
112Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
113
114“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
115every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
116
117“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
118
119“You’ll have to jump.”
120
121“I’ll jump.”
122
123“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
124
125Yossarian jumped.
126
127Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
128missing him by inches, and he took off.
129
130=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
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132L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
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134 Nothing was left to do that I could see
135 Unless to find that there was no one there
136 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
137 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
138 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
139 Break silence now or be forever silent.
140 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
141 The melancholy of having to count souls
142 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
143 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
144 It must be I want life to go on living.
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146=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
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148L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
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150Spring
151
152Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
153look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
154I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
155and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
156love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
157meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
158and begin a new adventure.
159
160Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
161-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
162kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
163adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
164as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
165
166The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
167asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
168brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
169and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
170Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
171produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
172possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
173beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
174are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
175are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
176seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
177remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
178you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
179cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
180lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
181marriages made in heaven.
182
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184=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
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186L<Announced on 2016-02-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/02/msg234535.html>
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188Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
189of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
190helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
191
192But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
193any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
194she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
195no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
196free.
197
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202A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
203nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
204the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
205in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
206colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
207over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
208cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
209the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
210and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
211dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
212into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
213trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
214
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215=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
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217L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
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219 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
220
221 5.23 Episode VII
222 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
223
224 It is a period of
225 unrest as separatists
226 announce their intentions
227 to fork PERL and return the
228 galaxy to speed and stability.
229
230 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
231 to hold together the remains of the
232 once mighty Republic against a tide of
233 incivility and the depredations of a new
234 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
235
236 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
237 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
238 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
239 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
240 a new Empire of gradual typing....
241
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242=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
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244L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
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246After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
247me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
248Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
249adventure.
250
251I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
252only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
253lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
254sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
255lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
256hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
257
258Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
259no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
260loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
261control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
262It took me two weeks to figure it out.
263
264The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
265register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
266an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
267index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
268would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
269the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
270
271Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
272to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
273instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
274additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
275instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
276ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
277
278The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
279lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
280was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
281all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
282
283He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
284largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
285datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
286overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
287the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
288the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
289program went happily on its way.
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291=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
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293L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
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295Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
296first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
297or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
298Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
299when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
300when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
301difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
302keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
303strong men.
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305=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
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307L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
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309 Little of of all we value here
310 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
311 Without both feeling and looking queer.
312 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
313 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
314 (This is a moral that runs at large;
315 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
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317=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
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321 Would you believe in a night like this
322 A night like this, when visions come true
323 Would you believe in a tale like this
324 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
325 Come to the blazing fire and
326
327 See me in the shadows
328 See me in the shadows
329 Songs I will sing
330 Of runes and rings
331 Just hand me my harp
332 This night turns into myth
333 Nothing seems real
334 You soon will feel
335 The world we live in is another skald's
336 Dream in the shadows
337 Dream in the shadows
338
339 Do you believe there is sense in it
340 Is it truth or myth?
341 They´re one in my rhymes
342 Nobody knows the meaning behind
343 The weaver's line
344 Well nobody else but the Norns can
345 See through the blazing fires of time and
346 All things will proceed as the
347 Child of the hallowed
348 Will speak to you now
349
350 See me in the shadows
351 See me in the shadows
352 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
353 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
354 Nothing seems real
355 You soon will feel
356 The world we live in is another skald´s
357 Dream in the shadows
358 Dream in the shadows
359
360 Do not fear for my reason
361 There's nothing to hide
362 How bitter your treason
363 How bitter the lie
364 Remember the runes and remember the light
365 All I ever want is to be at your side
366 We'll gladden the raven now I will
367 Run through the blazing fires
368 That's my choice
369 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
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371=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
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373L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
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375 I was born beneath this willow,
376 Where my sire the earth did farm
377 Had the green grass as my pillow
378 The east wind as a blanket warm.
379
380 But away! away! called the wind from the west
381 And in answer I did run
382 Seeking glory and adventure
383 Promised by the rising sun.
384
385 I found love beneath this willow,
386 As true a love as life could hold,
387 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
388 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
389
390 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
391 In faithful answer I did run
392 Marching forth for king and country
393 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
394
395 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
396 As the seven seas I plied
397 And the girl who I left waiting
398 Longing to be at her side.
399
400 But about! about! called the wind from the west
401 As once again my ship did run
402 Down the coast, about the wide world
403 Flying sails in the setting sun.
404
405 Now I lie beneath the willow
406 Now at last no more to roam,
407 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
408 In their arms I'm finally home.
409
410 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
411 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
412 Will chase the sun into the morning
413 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
414
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417L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
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419 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
420 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
421 Well, I try my best
422 To be just like I am
423 But everybody wants you
424 To be just like them
425 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
426 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
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428=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
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430L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
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432This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
433before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
434whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
435carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
436merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
437ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
438entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
439boisterous.
440Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
441not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
442up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
443nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
444masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
445the attentions of several all too merry couples.
446Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
447that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
448Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
449on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
450raising a glass of champagne.
451In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
452mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
453lonely corner.
454He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
455a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
456that it was Christine and followed her.
457'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
458The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
459no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
460on in silence.
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462=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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464L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
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466 If the snow flies in my face,
467 Let me shake it off me!
468 If my heart within me speaks,
469 I'll sing bright and gaily!
470
471 Will not listen what it says,
472 Have no ears for moaning.
473 Do not feel what it complains,--
474 Only fools like groaning!
475
476 Jolly brave into the world,
477 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
478 If there is no God on earth,
479 Let 's be gods down nether!
480
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481=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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483L<Announced on 2015-12-08 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233215.html>
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485 Why do I shun all those highways
486 Which the other wanderer seeks?
487 Why do I find bridged by-ways
488 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
489
490 For I have no crime committed,
491 Why I should now run from men,--
492 What demented heart's desire
493 Drives me to a desert glen?
494
495 Signposts on all highways stationed
496 Point their signs toward the towns,
497 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
498 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
499
500 One such signpost I see planted
501 Of my question unconcerned,
502 One road must my choice be granted,
503 Whence no man has yet returned!
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505=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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507L<Announced on 2015-12-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233032.html>
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509 How the storm tore rents
510 In heavens gray attired!
511 The rags of cloud are flying
512 Around, of combat tired.
513
514 And flames of fire lambent,
515 Fly between them and part,
516 That 's what I call a morning,
517 A morning after my heart!
518
519 My heart sees in the heavens
520 Its own picture unspoilt--
521 It's nothing but the Winter,
522 The Winter, cold and wild.
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524=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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526L<Announced on 2015-11-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232632.html>
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528 The hoary frost has a white sheen
529 Strewn all over my hair,
530 So I thought I was an old man
531 And thought life dealt me fair.
532
533 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
534 And I have my black hair again.
535 How I abhor my young fair years,
536 How long to wait for death and biers?
537
538 From setting sun to morning's hue
539 Many a head turns white.
540 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
541 In all this lifelong plight!
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543=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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545L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
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547 In the deepest rocky crevice
548 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
549 How I could find my way from here,
550 For me it's easy memory!
551
552 For I am used to straying ways,
553 Every path to th'end a way,
554 All our joys and all our suffering,--
555 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
556
557 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
558 I quite calmly downward stroll;
559 Every stream its sea will enter,
560 Every suffering finds its goal!
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562=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
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564L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
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566“You are the advocate of the dead.”
567
568The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
569that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
570take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
571their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
572remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
573figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
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575=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
576
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578
579 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
580 Among the theories scattered on the grass
581 Take up my good intentions with the rest
582
583=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
584
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586
587There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
588its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
589
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590=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
591
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593
594 They shall pass and their places be taken,
595 The gods and the priests that are pure.
596 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
597 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
598 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
599 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
600 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
601 And delicate dust.
602
603 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
604 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
605 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
606 As the serpent again to a rod.
607 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
608 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
609 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
610 Our Lady of Pain.
611
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612=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
613
614L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
615
616The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
617Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
618started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
619crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
620and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
621pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
622through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
623claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
624were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
625they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
626It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
627obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
628
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629=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
630
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633 There is another sky,
634 Ever serene and fair,
635 And there is another sunshine,
636 Though it be darkness there;
637 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
638 Never mind silent fields -
639 Here is a little forest,
640 Whose leaf is ever green;
641 Here is a brighter garden,
642 Where not a frost has been;
643 In its unfading flowers
644 I hear the bright bee hum:
645 Prithee, my brother,
646 Into my garden come!
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648=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
649
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651
652Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
653Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
654Calvin: Brother! You doubting Thomases get in the way of more scientific advances with your stupid ethical questions! This is a *BRILLIANT* idea! Hit the button, will ya?
655Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
656[Box]: *BOINK*
657Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
658Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
659Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
660
2ee7da68 661=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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664
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665"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
666Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
667we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
668everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
669"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
670refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
671"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
672would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
673than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
674the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 676=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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678L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
679
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680GAME CAT
681
682EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
683things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
684Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
685lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
686snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
687This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
688all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
689Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
690some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
691finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
692just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
693Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
694MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
695The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
696involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
697and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
698where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
699Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 701=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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704
705 Het Dorp
706
707 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
708 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
709 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
710 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
711 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
712 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
713 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
714 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
715 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
716 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
717 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 718 het vee, de boerderijen.
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720 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
721 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
722 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 723 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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724
725 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
726 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
727 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
728 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
729 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
730 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
731 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
732 ze zien de televisiequiz
733 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
734 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
735 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
736 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
737
738 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
739 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
740 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
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742
743 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
744 in minirok en beatle-haar
745 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
746 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
747 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
748 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
749 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
750 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
751 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
752 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
753 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
754 een ansicht en herinneringen.
755
756 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
757 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
758 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
759 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
760
2ee7da68 761=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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765To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
766of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
767masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
768of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
769seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
770joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
771to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
772high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
773approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
774ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
775myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
776to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
777discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
778canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
779armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
780rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
781handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
782stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
783occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
784and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
785which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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787=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
788
789L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
790
791 If they just went straight they might go far,
792 They are strong and brave and true;
793 But they're always tired of the things that are,
794 And they want the strange and new.
795 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
796 What a deep mark I would make!"
797 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
798 Is only a fresh mistake.
799
800=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
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802L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
803
804 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
805 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
806 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
807 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
808 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
809 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
810 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
811 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
812 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
813 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
814 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
815 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
816 Aldrin: 120 feet.
817 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
818 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
819 Duke: 60 seconds.
820 Aldrin: Light's on.
821 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
822 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
823 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
824 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
825 down a half.
826 Duke: 30 seconds.
827 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
828 Aldrin: Contact Light.
829 Armstrong: Shutdown.
830 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
831 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
832 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
833 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
834 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
835 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
836 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
837 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
838 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
839 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
840 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
841 Aldrin: Thank you.
842
843=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
844
845L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
846
847 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
848 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
849 We danced among the lightning bolts,
850 and tore the world asunder.
851
852 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
853 written near the end of the previous Age,
854 known by some as the Third Age.
855 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
856 Reborn.
857
858=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
859
860L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
861
862 Walled in fast within the earth
863 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
864 This must be the bell’s great birth!
865 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
866 Sweat must trickle now
867 From the burning brow,
868 Till the work its master honour.
869 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
870
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871=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
872
873L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
874
875 Steady old Väinämöinen
876 uttered a word and spoke thus:
877 'No lilting on the waters
878 and no singing on the waves!
879 Song keeps you lazy
880 tales delay rowing.
881 Precious day would pass and night
882 would overtake us midway
883 on these wide waters
884 upon these vast waves.'
885
886 The wanton Lemminkäinen
887 uttered a word and spoke thus:
888 'The time will pass anyway
889 the fair day will flee
890 and the night will come panting
891 and the twilight will steal in
892 if you don't sing while you live
893 nor hum in this world.'
894
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896
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898
899'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
900and I was reciting these lines:
901
902 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
903 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
904 I wonder at the patience that I showed
905 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
906 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
907 I have remained confused in misery.
908
909I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
910Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
911walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
912person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
913am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
914ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
915asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
916allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
917added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
918and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
919idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
920coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
921and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
922different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
923without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
924the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
925the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
926sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
927gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
928told you about this, so goodbye."
929
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931
932L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
933
934'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
935asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
936and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
937and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
938I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
939candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
940were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
941congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
942face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
943[...]
944'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
945her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
946them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
947ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
948told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
949man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
950[...]
951'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
952servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
953was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
954four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
955like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
956fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
957"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
958was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
959shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
960longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
961a bean.
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964
965L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
966
967 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
968 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
969 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
970 Where is the cow hidden right now?
971
972 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
973 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
974 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
975 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
976
977 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
978 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
979 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
980 Yeah!
981
982 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
983 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
984 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
985 Yeah, yeah!
986
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988
989L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
990
991 I've seen things,
992 I've seen them with my eyes;
993 I've seen things,
994 They're often in disguise.
995
996 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
997 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
998 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
999 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
1000
1001 I've seen things,
1002 I've seen them with my eyes;
1003 I've seen things,
1004 They're often in disguise.
1005
1006 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
1007
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1011
1012 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
1013 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
1014 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
1015
1016 DON ALFONSO:
1017 Take heart, my dearest children.
1018 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
1019
1020 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
1021 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
1022
1023 FIORDILIGI:
1024 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
1025 It is disappearing already!
1026 It is no longer in sight!
1027 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
1028
1029 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
1030 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
1031
1032 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
1033 May the wind be gentle,
1034 may the sea be calm,
1035 and may the elements
1036 respond kindly
1037 to our wishes.
1038
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1041L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
1042
1043 GUGLIELMO:
1044 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
1045 is reluctant to come before her.
1046
1047 FERRANDO:
1048 My trembling lip
1049 can utter no word.
1050
1051 DON ALFONSO:
1052 The hero displays his manliness
1053 in the most terrible moments.
1054
1055 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
1056 Now that we have heard the news,
1057 you have the lesser duty:
1058 Take heart, and plunge your swords
1059 into both our hearts.
1060
1061 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
1062 My idol, blame fate
1063 that I must abandon you.
1064
1065 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
1066 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
1067 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
1068 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
1069 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
1070 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
1071 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
1072
1073 ALL:
1074 Thus destiny defrauds
1075 the hopes of mortals.
1076 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
1077 who can ever love life?
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1081L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
1082
1083 DON ALFONSO:
1084 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
1085 my lip stammers.
1086 My voice cannot emerge,
1087 but remains in my throat.
1088 What will you do? What shall I do?
1089 Oh what a great catastrophe!
1090 There can be nothing worse.
1091 I feel pity for you and for them.
1092
1093 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
1094 die.
1095 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
1096 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
1097 love dead, perhaps?
1098 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
1099 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
1100 DORABELLA: Wounded?
1101 DON ALFONSO: No.
1102 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
1103 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
1104 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
1105 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
1106 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
1107 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
1108 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
1109 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
1110 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
1111 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
1112 you wish it, they are ready...
1113 DORABELLA: Where are they?
1114 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
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1119
1120 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
1121 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
1122 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
1123 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
1124 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
1125 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
1126
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1127=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
1128
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1130
1131 When times go bad
1132 when times go rough
1133 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
1134 And let me do my stuff
1135
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1139
1140O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
1141sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
1142Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
1143than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
1144temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
1145mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
1146your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
1147draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
1148implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
1149rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
1150bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
1151Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
1152is a fool!
1153
2ee7da68 1154=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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1157
1158The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
1159the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
1160withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
1161consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
1162tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
1163detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
1164by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
1165
2ee7da68 1166=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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1169
1170Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
1171rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
1172stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
1173know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
1174that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
1175chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
1176clouds thickened above them.
1177
1178"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
1179you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
1180body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
1181closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
1182hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
1183he looked Long in the face.
1184
1185"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
1186master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
1187grew fierce.
1188
1189"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
1190fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
1191truth!"
1192
2ee7da68 1193=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1197“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
1198hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
1199
1200“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
1201
1202“Is there? What is the point?”
1203
1204“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
1205
1206“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
1207
1208“The trick is not to think about that.”
1209
1210“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
1211
1212Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
1213
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1214=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
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1218And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
1219down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
1220the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
1221were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
1222they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
1223Europe was over.
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1225Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
1226leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
1227kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
1228horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 1229
e91f1fc1 1230Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 1231
e91f1fc1 1232One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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1234=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
1235
1236L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
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1238 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
1239
1240 Mr. Bun: Morning.
1241 Waitress: Morning.
1242 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
1243 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
1244 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
1245 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
1246 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
1247 egg on top and spam
1248 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
1249 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
1250 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
1251 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
1252 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
1253 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
1254 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
1255 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
1256 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
1257 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
1258
1259 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
1260
1261 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
1262 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
1263 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
1264 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
5a3c3c58 1265
40e1c3e8 1266=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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1270 I
1271
1272 A cat is strolling through my mind
1273 Acting as though he owned the place,
1274 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
1275 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
1276
1277 So tender and discreet his tone;
1278 But whether he should growl or purr
1279 His voice is always rich and deep.
1280 That is the secret of his charm.
1281
1282 This purling voice that filters down
1283 Into my darkest depths of soul
1284 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
1285 Delights me as a potion would.
1286
1287 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
1288 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
1289 Without the need for any words
1290 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
1291
1292 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
1293 Across my heart, fine instrument,
1294 And makes to sing so royally
1295 The strongest and the purest chord,
1296
1297 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
1298 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
1299 In whom all is, angelically,
1300 As subtle as harmonious.
1301
1302 II
1303
1304 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
1305 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
1306 I might have been embalmed in it
1307 By giving him one little pet.
1308
1309 He is my household's guardian soul;
1310 He judges, he presides, inspires
1311 All matters in hos royal realm;
1312 Might he be fairy? or a god?
1313
1314 When my eyes, to this cat I love
1315 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
1316 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
1317 And when I look within myself,
1318
1319 I notice with astonishment
1320 The fire of his opal eyes,
1321 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
1322 Taking my measure, steadily.
1323
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1324=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
1325
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1328There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
1329that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
1330Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
1331despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
1332loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
1333looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
1334his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
1335of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
1336heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
1337danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
1338She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
1339surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
1340and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
1341be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
1342name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
1343and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
1344him.
1345
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1346=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
1347
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1349
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1350E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
1351written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
1352betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
1353have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
1354personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
1355Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
1356For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
1357political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
1358working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
1359between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
1360however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
1361logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
1362an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
1363to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
1364outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
1365there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
1366There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
1367
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1368=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
1369
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1371
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1372The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
1373correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
1374showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
1375however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
1376magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
1377the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
1378
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1379=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
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1382
1383 Over hill, over dale,
1384 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
1385 Over park, over pale,
1386 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
1387 I do wander everywhere,
1388 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
1389 And I serve the fairy queen,
1390 To dew her orbs upon the green.
1391 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
1392 In their gold coats, spots you see;
1393 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
1394 In their freckles live our savours.
1395 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
1396 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
1397 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
1398 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
1399
5f42d1f2 1400=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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1403
1404 From the beginning, I knew…
1405 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
1406 …that I can't fix…
1407 …with my hands…
1408
40e1c3e8 1409=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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1412
1413 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
1414 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
1415 The shadows lengthen
1416 In Carcosa.
1417
1418 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
1419 And strange moons circle through the skies
1420 But stranger still is
1421 Lost Carcosa.
1422
1423 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
1424 Where flap the tatters of the King,
1425 Must die unheard in
1426 Dim Carcosa.
1427
1428 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
1429 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
1430 Shall dry and die in
1431 Lost Carcosa.
1432
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1433=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
1434
1435(no epigraph)
1436
40e1c3e8 1437=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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1440
1441"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
1442empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
1443Yellow!"
1444
40e1c3e8 1445=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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1448
1449 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
1450
1451 STRANGER: Indeed?
1452
1453 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
1454
1455 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
1456
1457 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
1458
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1459=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
1460
1461L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
1462
1463One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
1464only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
1465that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
1466about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
1467places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
1468Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
1469mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
1470every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
1471
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1472=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
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1475
1476The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
1477systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
1478thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
1479operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
1480ever seen.
1481
1482An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
1483something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
1484kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
1485anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
1486disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
1487gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
1488that renders the operating system unnecessary.
1489
1490=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
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1493
1494Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
1495someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
1496again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
1497and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
1498language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
1499
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1500=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
1501
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1503
1504It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
1505who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
1506walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
1507and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
1508search, in questions, in torment.
1509
2ee7da68 1510=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1513
1514Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
1515
1516=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
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1519
1520 I'd love to go drowning
1521 And to stay and to stay
1522 But the ocean doesn't want me today
1523 I'll go in up to here
1524 It can't possibly hurt
1525 All they will find is my beer
1526 And my shirt
1527
1528=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
1529
1530L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
1531
1532 And the great day of wrath has come
1533 And here's mud in your big red eye
1534 The poker's in the fire
1535 And the locusts take the sky
1536 And the earth died screaming
1537 While I lay dreaming of you
1538
1539=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
1540
1541L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
1542
1543 What's he building in there?
1544
1545 We have a right to know…
1546
2ee7da68 1547=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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1550
1551It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
1552eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
1553
2ee7da68 1554=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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1557
1558The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
1559followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
1560safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
1561place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
1562would be famous for this.
1563
1564Six months passed. A year.
1565
72f869fd 1566The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 1567Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 1568powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 1569
2ee7da68 1570=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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1573
1574Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
1575The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
1576recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
1577his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
1578Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
1579of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
1580Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
1581of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
1582'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
1583embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
1584'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
1585in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
1586leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
1587
1588The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
1589Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
1590in the destruction of the planet Earth.
1591
2ee7da68 1592=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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1596I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
1597the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
1598dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
1599between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
1600improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
1601fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
1602I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
1603them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
1604do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
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1607perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
1608himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
1609a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
1610the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
1611world is richer for it.
1612
2ee7da68 1613=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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1617No thought.
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1619The boy extinguished. Only a place.
1620
1621This place.
1622
1623Motionless, 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.
1624
1625A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
1626
1627For 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.
1628
1629The 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 . . .
1630
1631And 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.
1632
1633The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
1634
1635I have been legion . . .
1636
1637In 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.
1638
1639Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 1641=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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1645Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
1646of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
1647scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
1648glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
1649beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
1650much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
1651caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
1652vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
1653had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
1654
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1656
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1658
1659Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
1660behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
1661recording everything.
1662
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1664
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1667 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1668 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1669 She aims it at the creature's head,
1670 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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1672 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1673 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1674 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1675 No silly hood upon her head.
1676 She said, "Hello, and do please note
1677 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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1679=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
1680
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1683Preparation:
1684
1685Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
1686or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
1687Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
1688look golden brown.
1689Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
1690ready to create the soup.
1691
1692Ingredients:
1693
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1695 3 tbsp butter
1696 1/4 cup olive oil
1697 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
1698 1 tsp salt
1699 1 tsp sugar
1700 black pepper to taste
1701 1 cup red wine
1702 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1703 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
1704 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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1706Method:
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1709 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
1710 to half an hour.
1711 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
1712 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
1713 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
1714 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
1715 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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1717Enjoy.
1718
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1722
1723‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
1724
1725Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
1726their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
1727
1728The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
1729butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
1730and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
1731
1732Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
1733
1734‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
1735
1736‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
1737
1738‘What?’
1739
1740‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
1741
1742‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
1743his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
1744dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
1745quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
1746
1747‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
1748an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
1749
1750‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
1751
1752The iotum rose, spinning.
1753
1754‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
1755
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1757
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1760On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
1761taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
1762"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
1763and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
1764merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
1765subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
1766Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
1767it.
1768
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1773`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
1774`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
1775hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
1776The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
1777been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
1778be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
1779to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
1780fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
1781
1782There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
1783climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
1784broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
1785implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
1786on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
1787Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
1788astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
1789for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
1790out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
1791the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
1792
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1794
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1797 A victim of collision on the open sea
1798 Nobody ever said that life was free
1799 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
1800 But use your freedom of choice
1801
1802=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
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1806Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
1807machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
1808trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
1809little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
1810to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
1811he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
1812the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
1813
1814The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
1815current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
1816transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
1817chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
1818adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
1819as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
1820solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
1821valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
1822the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
1823machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
1824
2ee7da68 1825=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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1829 Don't you know? You never split the party
1830 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
1831 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
1832 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
1833
c33412d7 1834=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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1837
1838I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
1839Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
1840Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
1841The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
1842
1843
1844
1845I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
1846sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
1847collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
1848
1849My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
1850inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
1851swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
1852side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
1853The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
1854dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
1855
2ee7da68 1856=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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1860 All I have is a voice
1861 To undo the folded lie,
1862 The romantic lie in the brain
1863 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
1864 And the lie of Authority
1865 Whose buildings grope the sky:
1866 There is no such thing as the State
1867 And no one exists alone;
1868 Hunger allows no choice
1869 To the citizen or the police;
1870 We must love one another or die.
1871
2ee7da68 1872=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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1876 How many roads must a man walk down
1877 Before you call him a man?
1878 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
1879 Before she sleeps in the sand?
1880 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
1881 Before they're forever banned?
1882 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1883 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1884
1885 How many years can a mountain exist
1886 Before it's washed to the sea?
1887 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
1888 Before they're allowed to be free?
1889 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
1890 Pretending he just doesn't see?
1891 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1892 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1893
1894 How many times must a man look up
1895 Before he can see the sky?
1896 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
1897 Before he can hear people cry?
1898 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
1899 That too many people have died?
1900 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1901 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 1903=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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1907 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1908 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
1909 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1910 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
1911 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
1912
1913Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
1914age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
1915older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
1916debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
1917girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
1918A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
1919Top for more than one week.
1920
1921Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
1922lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
1923buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
1924into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
1925meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
1926soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
1927single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
1928
1929 "I'm never going to give you up"
1930
2ee7da68 1931=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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1935"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
1936
1937He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
1938notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
1939which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
1940OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
1941ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
1942
1943There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
1944busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
1945out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
1946mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
1947and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
1948with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
1949bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
1950chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
1951excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
1952down cheering and applauding.
1953
1954"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
1955
2ee7da68 1956=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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1960Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
1961into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
1962beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
1963winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
1964wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
1965over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
1966
1967But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
1968gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
1969villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
1970journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
1971domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
1972with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
1973by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
1974Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
1975
2ee7da68 1976=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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1980This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
1981been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
1982confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
1983how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
1984could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
1985putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
1986I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
1987before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
1988think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
1989all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
1990off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
1991was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
1992The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
1993endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
1994benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
1995boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
1996lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
1997Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
1998resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
1999Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
2000you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
2001
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2003
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2006A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
2007don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
2008without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
2009the human experience, the better design we will have.
2010
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2015All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
2016the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
2017do so at their peril.
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2019It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
2020Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
2021work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
2022artist is in accord with himself.
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2024We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
2025he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
2026thing is that one admires it intensely.
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2ee7da68 2030=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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2035 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
2036 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
2037 things the significance of a human future;
2038 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
2039 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
2040 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
2041 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
2042 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
2043 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
2044 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
2045 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
2046 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
2047 hurtles all ages along with it forever
2048 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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2051
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2054Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
2055fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
2056winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
2057down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
2058being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
2059extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
2060but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
2061
2062Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
2063that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
2064around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
2065fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
2066the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
2067closed system.
2068
2069Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
2070the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
2071/be/ them.'
2072
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2074
2075L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
2076
4ed12d4a 2077If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
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c682aa67 2079=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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2083He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
2084mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
2085encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
2086
2087'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
2088Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
2089finished its run. It was due about now.'
2090
2091Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
2092see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
2093
2094'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
2095is always a last time for everything.)
2096
2097Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
2098
2099=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
2100
2101L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
2102
2103 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
2104 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
2105 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
2106 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
2107 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
2108 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
2109 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
2110 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
2111 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
2112 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
2113 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
2114 eaten them, but not for love.
2115
2116=head2 v5.14.2 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
2117
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2119
2120It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
2121do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
2122they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
2123catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
2124awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
2125inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
2126
2127So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
2128mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
2129the heart of the programmer.
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c684cf36 2131=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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2134
2135At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
2136my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
2137the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
2138since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
2139already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
2140to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
2141the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
2142can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
2143unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
2144
c684cf36 2145=head2 v5.14.0 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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2146
2147L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
2148
2149At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
2150myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
2151impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
2152"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
2153gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
2154or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
2155
2156I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
2157computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
2158ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
2159would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
2160my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
2161away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
2162won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
2163
2164So a freely distributable program is born.
2165
2166=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
2167
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2169
2170This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
2171continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
2172aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
2173and your bags will be offloaded.
2174
2ee7da68 2175=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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2178
2179Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
2180of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
2181by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
2182sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
2183swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
2184down their paved streets.
2185
2186Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
2187obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
2188company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
2189the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
2190govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
2191the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
2192
2193=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
2194
2195L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
2196
2197But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
2198my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
2199reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
2200wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
2201Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
2202the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 2203This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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2204just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
2205this had never reached me.
2206
2ee7da68 2207=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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2210
2211 When the full-grown poet came,
2212 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
2213 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
2214 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
2215 Nay he is mine alone;
2216 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
2217 by the hand;
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2218 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
2219 holding hands,
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2220 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
2221 And wholly and joyously blends them.
2222
2ee7da68 2223=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
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fbc70a9e 2225L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/02/msg169340.html>
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2227 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
2228 nema ráða vel kunni.
2229 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
2230 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
2231 Sák á telgðu talkni
2232 tíu launstafi ristna.
2233 Þat hefr lauka lindi
2234 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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2236=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
2237
2238L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
2239
2240In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
2241granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
2242do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
2243that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
2244generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
2245endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
2246that fire can truly light the world.
2247
2248And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
2249ask what you can do for your country.
2250
2251My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
2252but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
2253
2254Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
2255ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
2256we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
2257the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
2258asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
2259work must truly be our own.
2260
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2261=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
2262
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2264
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2265The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
2266to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
2267between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
2268cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
2269areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
2270be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
2271As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
2272the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
2273instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
2274interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
2275also be automated.
2276
2277Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
2278if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
2279were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
2280and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
2281indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
2282techniques like X-ray crystallography.
2283
2ee7da68 2284=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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2287
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2288[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
2289
5814c912 2290 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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2291
2292[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
2293
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2294 Trinity: What did you just say?
2295 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
2296 Trinity: What did you see?
2297 Cypher: What happened?
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2298 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
2299 like it.
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2300 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
2301 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
2302 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
2303 Neo: What is it?
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2304 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
2305 they change something.
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2307=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
2308
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2311The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
2312he storm vanishes.
2313
2314"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
2315fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
2316to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
2317me?"
2318
2319I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
2320like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
2321
2322"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
2323as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
2324on my heart.
2325
2326(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
2327
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2328=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
2329
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2331
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2332Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
2333air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
2334the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
2335faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
2336of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
2337the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
2338deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
2339fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
2340stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
2341revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
2342
2343For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
2344courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
2345the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
2346jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
2347were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
2348there, a glimmer of moonshine.
2349
2350Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
2351rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
2352grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
2353park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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2356=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2357
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2359
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2360`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
2361`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
2362it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
2363she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
2364
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2365 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
2366 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
2367 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
2368 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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2369
2370
2371`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
2372
2373`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
2374nonsense.'
2375
2376Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
2377anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
2378
2379`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
2380
2381`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
2382
2383`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
2384with his nose, you know?'
2385
2386`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
2387the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
2388
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2389=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
2390
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2392
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2393Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
2394Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
2395notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
2396for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
2397sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
2398
2399Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
2400dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
2401Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
2402motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
2403Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
2404that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
2405had ever even been a car.
2406
2407There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
2408been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
2409this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
2410flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
2411re-entry.
2412
2413There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
2414metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
2415somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
2416make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
2417
2418It should have fallen apart miles back.
2419
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2421
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2424We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
2425the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
2426in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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2427there exist ... special circumstances.
2428
2429=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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2432
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2433And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
2434bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
2435yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
2436with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
2437if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
2438bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
2439quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
2440
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2441=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
2442
2443L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
2444
2445The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
2446involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
2447when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
2448streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
2449road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
2450seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
2451smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
2452
2453"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
2454volcano were once more to set to work."
2455
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2456=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
2457
2458L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
2459
2460 Music oft hath such a charm
2461 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
2462
2463=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
2464
2465L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
2466
2467 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
2468 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
2469 When breakfast is taken away,
2470 To turn his attention to dinner;
2471 And it's not in the range of belief,
2472 To look upon him as a glutton,
2473 Who, when he is tired of beef,
2474 Determines to tackle the mutton.
2475 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
2476 If it will appease her sorrow,
2477 I'll marry this lady today,
2478 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
2479
2480=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
2481
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2483
2484 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
2485 Tolerates no work of man.
2486 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
2487 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
2488 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
2489 While the last larks sing and soar,
2490 From the heather-blossoms sweet
2491 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
2492 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
2493 Eleanor makes macaroons!
2494
2495=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
2496
2497L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
2498
2499 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
2500 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
2501 Lobster I freely endorse,
2502 In pate or patty or pasty.
2503 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
2504 And nothing the matter with jam,
2505 And the warmest greetings I utter
2506 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
2507 For they're food,
2508 All food,
2509 And I think very fondly of food.
2510 Through I'm broody at times
2511 When bothered by rhymes,
2512 I brood
2513 On food.
2514
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2515=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
2516
2517L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
2518
2519 I saw a huge steam roller,
2520 It blotted out the sun.
2521 The people all lay down, lay down;
2522 They did not try to run.
2523 My love and I, we looked amazed
2524 Upon the gory mystery.
2525 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
2526 'The great machine is history!'
2527 My love and I, we ran away,
2528 The engine did not find us.
2529 We ran up to a mountain top,
2530 Left history far behind us.
2531 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
2532 But somehow we don't think so.
2533 We went to see where history'd been,
2534 And my, the dead did stink so.
2535
2536=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2537
2538L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
2539
2540CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
2541she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
2542seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
2543
2544What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
2545of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
2546has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
2547will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
2548only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
2549lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
2550design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
2551periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
2552
2553=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2554
2555L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
2556
2557The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
2558from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
2559view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
2560Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
2561once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
2562endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
2563a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
2564will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
2565of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
2566Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
2567still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
2568
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2569=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
2570
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2573"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
2574many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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2575Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
2576what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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2577Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
2578had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
2579...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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2580"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
2581hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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2582degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
2583and-thirty degrees."
2584
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2585=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
2586
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2589San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
2590the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
2591hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
2592of the Free World."
2593
2594Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
2595level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
2596harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
2597exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
2598
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2599=head2 v5.12.1-RC1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
2600
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2603Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
2604the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
2605just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
2606a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
2607it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
2608of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
2609common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
2610bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
2611
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2612 Around and around and around we spin,
2613 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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2615=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2616
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2619'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
2620not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
2621your cat grins like that?'
2622
2623'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
2624
2625She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
2626jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
2627and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
2628
2629'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
2630that cats COULD grin.'
2631
2632'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
2633
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2634=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2635
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2637
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2638'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
2639have got altered.'
2640
2641'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
2642there was silence for some minutes.
2643
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2644=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2645
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2647
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2648'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
2649always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
2650rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
2651yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
2652can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
2653kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
2654
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2655=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2656
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2657L<Announced on 2010-04-02 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg158346.html>
2658
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2659At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
2660called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
2661dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
2662in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
2663sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
2664
2665'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
2666is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
2667the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
2668to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
2669accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 2670Mercia and Northumbria --"'
4363636d 2671
2831a86c 2672=head2 v5.12.0-RC2 - no announcement
4363636d 2673
2831a86c 2674Available on CPAN since 2010-04-01.
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3e340399 2676=head2 v5.12.0-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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2678L<Announced on 2010-03-29 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/03/msg158060.html>
2679
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2680So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
2681hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
2682making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
2683picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
2684close by her.
2685
2686There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
2687VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
2688dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
2689occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
2690it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
2691OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
2692Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
2693never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
2694take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
2695after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
2696rabbit-hole under the hedge.
2697
2698In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
2699in the world she was to get out again.
2700
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3e340399 2705=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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2708
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2709 A little child, a limber elf,
2710 Singing, dancing to itself,
2711 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
2712 That always finds, and never seeks,
2713 Makes such a vision to the sight
2714 As fills a father's eyes with light;
2715 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
2716 Upon his heart, that he at last
2717 Must needs express his love's excess
2718 With words of unmeant bitterness.
2719 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
2720 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
2721 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
2722 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
2723 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
2724 At each wild word to feel within
2725 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
2726 And what, if in a world of sin
2727 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
2728 Such giddiness of heart and brain
2729 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
2730 So talks as it's most used to do.
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2732=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
2733
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2736And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
2737into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
2738mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
2739question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
2740hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
2741louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
2742who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
2743worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
2744done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
2745
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2746=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
2747
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2748L<Announced on 2009-12-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/12/msg154838.html>
2749
4363636d 2750"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 2751course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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2752
2753Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
2754
2755"Why ain't that work?"
2756
2757Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
2758is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
2759
2760"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
2761
2762The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
2763to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
2764
2765That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
2766swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
2767-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
2768watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
2769absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
2770
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2771=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
2772
f0ccce9b 2773L<Announced on 2009-11-20 by Léon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/11/msg153646.html>
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2775The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
2776at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
2777streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
2778the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
2779live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
2780colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
2781as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
2782wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
2783prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
2784however much they're into colour.
2785
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2786=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
2787
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2790Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
2791and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
2792word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
2793disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
2794everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
2795on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
2796that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
2797glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 2798war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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2799presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
2800for more hazardous assignment.
2801
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2802=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
2803
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2805
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2806Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
2807streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
2808trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
2809to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
2810about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
2811of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
2812facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
2813explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
2814Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
2815people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
2816work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
2817their art.
2818
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2819=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
2820
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2823'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
2824the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
2825Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
2826Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
2827responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
2828Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
2829Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
2830Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
2831Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
2832Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
2833
2834'Can they all type?' I joked.
2835
2836'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
2837McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
2838
2839I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
2840'We could have opened an agency.'
2841
2842Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
2843Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
2844amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
2845all say that, do they?' I ventured.
2846
2847Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
2848replied. 'Not quite all.'
2849
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2861
2862He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
2863he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
2864out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
2865noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
2866must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
2867number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
2868did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
2869
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2871
2872L<Announced on 2007-11-25 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130978.html>
2873
2874=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
2875
2876L<Announced on 2007-11-17 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130653.html>
2877
2878=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
2879
2880L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
2881available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
2882
2883=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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2885L<Announced on 2006-08-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/08/msg115782.html>
2886
2887=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
2888
2889L<Announced on 2006-01-28 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/01/msg109086.html>
2890
2891=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
2892
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2895This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
2896gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
2897technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
2898about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
2899bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
2900paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
2901in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
2902electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
2903picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
2904to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
2905technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
2906getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
2907sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
2908it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
2909conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
2910
2911"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
2912that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
2913`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
2914
2915"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
2916one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
2917flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
2918everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
2919make you flip?
2920
2921=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
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2925Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
2926
2927=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
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2930
2931What of October, that ambiguous month
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2934
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2937Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
2938proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
2939the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
2940anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
2941how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
2942
2943'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
2944
2945This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
2946that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
2947
2948'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
2949expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
2950anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
2951sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
2952
2953This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
2954basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
2955policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
2956disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
2957the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
2958Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
2959and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
2960Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
2961
2962In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
2963reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
2964
2965I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
2966Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
2967for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
2968had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
2969work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
2970the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
2971left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
2972pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
2973the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
2974the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
2975
2976I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
2977publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
2978Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
2979
2980So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
2981pushing to increase the membership?
2982
2983'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
2984more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
2985futile and impotent it becomes.'
2986
2987This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
2988
2989Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
2990diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
2991
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2996There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
2997about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
2998four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
2999anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
3000thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
3001
3002Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
3003and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
3004press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
3005obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
3006produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
3007this draft...'
3008
3009I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
3010hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
3011incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
3012
3013'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
3014redundancy payments as well.'
3015
3016'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
3017it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
3018
3019'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
3020
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3025A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
3026was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
3027and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
3028jets and all.
3029
3030I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
3031
3032I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
3033Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
3034specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
3035the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
3036jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
3037grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
3038in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
3039
3040While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
3041taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
3042me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
3043sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
3044three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
3045plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
3046occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
3047were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
3048
3049And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
3050were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
3051
3052Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
3053name like Charlie Umtali?
3054
3055I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
3056know something about our official visitor.
3057
3058Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
3059has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
3060car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
3061to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
3062knew little of his background.
3063
3064I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
3065Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
3066first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
3067
3068Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
3069
3070'Why?' I enquired.
3071
3072'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
3073to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
3074never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
3075
3076Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
3077that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
3078
3079In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
3080where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
3081revolving door and comes out in front.'
3082
3083'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
3084
3085'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
3086
3087'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
3088
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3089=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
3090
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3093 It's not that easy bein' green
3094 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
3095 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
3096 Or something much more colorful like that
51caa79e 3097
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3098 It's not easy bein' green
3099 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
3100 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
3101 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
3102 Or stars in the sky
51caa79e 3103
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3104 But green's the color of Spring
3105 And green can be cool and friendly-like
3106 And green can be big like an ocean
3107 Or important like a mountain
3108 Or tall like a tree
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3110 When green is all there is to be
3111 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
3112 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
3113 And I think it's what I want to be
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3115=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
3116
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4ed12d4a 3119 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 3120
4ed12d4a 3121 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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3123=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3124
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3127And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
3128hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
3129cat.
3130
3131Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 3132the wolf? What then?"
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3134=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3135
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3138And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
3139bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
3140round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
3141
3142In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
3143gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
3144climbed up the high stone wall.
3145
3146One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
3147stretched out over the wall.
3148
3149Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
3150Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
3151take care that he doesn't catch you!".
3152
3153The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
3154snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
3155
3156How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 3157the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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3159=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
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4363636d 3163"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 3164you."
4363636d 3165
51caa79e 3166"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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3167
3168"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
3169and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 3170to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 3171
51caa79e 3172"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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3173
3174"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
3175planting it."
3176
3177"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 3178grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 3179
51caa79e 3180Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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3181
3182"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
3183Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 3184wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 3185
51caa79e 3186Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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3187
3188"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
3189how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 3190and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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3192=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
3193
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3196"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
3197
3198"Hunting," said Pooh.
3199
3200"Hunting what?"
3201
3202"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
3203
3204"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
3205
3206"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
3207
3208"What do you think you'll answer?"
3209
3210"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
3211"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
3212you see there?"
3213
3214"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
3215excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
3216
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3217=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
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3221Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
3222ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
3223bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
3224waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
3225droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
3226hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
3227longbow.
3228
3229In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
3230often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
3231placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
3232likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
3233may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
3234Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
3235Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
3236farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
3237grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 3238T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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3240=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
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3244Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
3245ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
3246sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
3247pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
3248shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
3249
3250The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
3251Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 3252Caledonia and South America.
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3254=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
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3258The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
3259often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
3260large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
3261and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
3262spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
3263year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
3264may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
3265
3266It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
3267branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
3268of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
3269that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
3270
3271Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
3272other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
3273acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
3274mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
3275
3276It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 3277heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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3279=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
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3283 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
3284 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
3285 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
3286 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
3287
3288 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
3289 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
3290 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
3291 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
3292 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
3293 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
3294 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
3295 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
3296
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3297 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
3298 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
3299
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3301=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
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3305 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
3306 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
3307 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
3308 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3309
3310 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
3311 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
3312 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
3313 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3314 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
3315 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
3316
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3317=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
3318
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3321 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
3322 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
3323 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
3324 We must find him of the train can't start.'
3325 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
3326 They are searching high and low,
3327 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
3328 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
3329 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
3330 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
3331 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
3332 He's been busy in the luggage van!
3333 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 3334 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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3335 And we're off at last of the northern part
3336 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
3337
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3338=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
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3342 We are the music makers,
3343 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
3344 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
3345 And sitting by desolate streams; --
3346 World-losers and world-forsakers,
3347 On whom the pale moon gleams:
3348 Yet we are the movers and shakers
3349 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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3351=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
3352
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3355 There may be trouble ahead,
3356 But while there's music and moonlight,
3357 And love and romance,
3358 Let's face the music and dance.
3359
3360 Before the fiddlers have fled,
3361 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
3362 And while we still have that chance,
3363 Let's face the music and dance.
3364
3365 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
3366 Humming a different tune, and then,
3367
3368 There may be teardrops to shed,
3369 So while there's music and moonlight,
3370 And love and romance,
3371 Let's face the music and dance.
3372
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3373=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
3374
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3377 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
3378 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
3379 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
3380 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
3381 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
3382 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
3383
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3384 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
3385 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
3386 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
3387 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
3388
3389 O my brave soul!
3390 O farther farther sail!
3391 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
3392 O farther, farther, farther sail!
3393
2ee7da68 3394=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
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3398 It's fun to charter an accountant
3399 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
3400 To find, explore the funds offshore
3401 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
3402
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3403=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
3404
f3d08688 3405L<Announced on 2003-10-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/10/msg84194.html>
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3407 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
3408 In a Sieve they went to sea:
3409 In spite of all their friends could say,
3410 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
3411 In a Sieve they went to sea!
3412 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
3413 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
3414 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
3415 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
3416 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
3417
3418 Far and few, far and few,
3419 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
3420 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
3421 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
3422
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3424
3425L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
3426
3427=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
3428
3429L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
3430
3431No matter what she did with her hair it took about
3432three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
3433like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
3434no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
3435overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
3436
3437=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3438
3439L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
3440
3441Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
3442It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
3443devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
3444then you can be my most trusted minister."
3445
3446=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3447
3448L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
3449
3450Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
3451a knife with a curved blade.
3452
3453=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3454
3455L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
3456
3457Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
3458me because I've got magic aaargh."
3459
3460=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3461
3462L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
3463
3464Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
3465in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
3466with his head.
3467
3468But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
3469weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
3470open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
3471defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
3472Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
3473was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
3474
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3475=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3476
3477L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
3478
3479There was the faint sound of footsteps.
3480"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
3481said the low priest.
3482There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
3483The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
3484"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
3485The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
3486The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
3487The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
3488thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
3489There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
3490"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
3491said the High Priest.
3492"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
3493There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
3494"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
3495There were footsteps again.
3496
3497=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3498
3499L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
3500
3501=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
3502
3503L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
3504
3505=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
3506
3507L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
3508
3509=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3510
3511L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
3512
3513Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
3514No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
3515got there first, and is waiting for it.
3516
3517=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
3518
3519L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
3520
3521His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
3522the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
3523all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
3524bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
3525you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
3526
3527=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
3528
dd047fac 3529L<Announced on 2001-04-09 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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3531"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
3532
3533Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
3534
3535"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
3536flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
3537arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
3538and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
3539I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
3540I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
3541will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
3542liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
3543Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
3544ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
3545
3546"All that?" said Twoflower.
3547
3548"Usually."
3549
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3550=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
3551
3552L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
3553
3554The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
3555but that had to be the 57th strangest.
3556[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
3557
2ee7da68 3558=head2 v5.6.2 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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3561
3562When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
3563sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
3564a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
3565what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
3566long in this instance.
3567
2ee7da68 3568=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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3571
3572"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
3573
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3578`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
3579himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
3580upset.
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3582`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
3583to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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3585Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
3586stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
3587louder.
4363636d 3588
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3589`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
3590my precious, three guesseses.'
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dd047fac 3594L<Announced on 2001-04-01 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33421.html>
3e340399 3595
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3598No announcement available.
3599
2831a86c 3600=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 3608=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
a4b0381d 3609
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3610L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
3611
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3612 The dragon is withered,
3613 His bones are now crumbled;
3614 His armour is shivered,
3615 His splendour is humbled!
3616 Though sword shall be rusted,
3617 And throne and crown perish
3618 With strength that men trusted
3619 And wealth that they cherish,
3620 Here grass is still growing,
3621 And leaves are a yet swinging,
3622 The white water flowing,
3623 And elves are yet singing
3624 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
3625 Come back to the valley.
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3627=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3628
3629L<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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3631=head2 v5.005_05-RC1 - no epigraph
3632
3633L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
3634
3635=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
3636
f3d08688 3637L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/03/msg89047.html>
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3638
3639=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
3640
f3d08688 3641L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88672.html>
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3642
3643The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
3644the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
3645never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
3646them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
3647chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
3648run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
3649and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
3650and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
3651and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
3652the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
3653fall.
3654
3655=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3656
f3d08688 3657L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88312.html>
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3658
3659Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
3660plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
3661going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
3662she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
3663at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
3664cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
3665hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
3666passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
3667disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
3668of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
3669she fell past it.
3670
3671=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
3672
f3d08688
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3673L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/12/msg86423.html>
3674
3675 't was 16 years ago today
3676 Larry taught us a new game
3677 of lazyness, impatience, and hubris
3678 Happy birthday, Perl!
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3680=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
3681
0e6b8110 3682This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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3683on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
3684L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
3685by ysth.
3686
3687=cut
3e340399 3688
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