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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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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20=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
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24 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
25 Among the theories scattered on the grass
26 Take up my good intentions with the rest
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28=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
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30L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
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32There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
33its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
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35=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
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39 They shall pass and their places be taken,
40 The gods and the priests that are pure.
41 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
42 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
43 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
44 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
45 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
46 And delicate dust.
47
48 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
49 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
50 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
51 As the serpent again to a rod.
52 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
53 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
54 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
55 Our Lady of Pain.
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57=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
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59L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
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61The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
62Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
63started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
64crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
65and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
66pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
67through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
68claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
69were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
70they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
71It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
72obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
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74=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
75
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78 There is another sky,
79 Ever serene and fair,
80 And there is another sunshine,
81 Though it be darkness there;
82 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
83 Never mind silent fields -
84 Here is a little forest,
85 Whose leaf is ever green;
86 Here is a brighter garden,
87 Where not a frost has been;
88 In its unfading flowers
89 I hear the bright bee hum:
90 Prithee, my brother,
91 Into my garden come!
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93=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
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97Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
98Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
99Calvin: 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?
100Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
101[Box]: *BOINK*
102Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
103Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
104Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
105
2ee7da68 106=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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110"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
111Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
112we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
113everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
114"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
115refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
116"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
117would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
118than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
119the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 121=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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125GAME CAT
126
127EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
128things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
129Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
130lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
131snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
132This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
133all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
134Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
135some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
136finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
137just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
138Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
139MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
140The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
141involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
142and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
143where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
144Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 146=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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150 Het Dorp
151
152 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
153 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
154 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
155 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
156 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
157 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
158 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
159 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
160 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
161 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
162 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 163 het vee, de boerderijen.
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165 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
166 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
167 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 168 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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170 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
171 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
172 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
173 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
174 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
175 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
176 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
177 ze zien de televisiequiz
178 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
179 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
180 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
181 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
182
183 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
184 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
185 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 186 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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188 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
189 in minirok en beatle-haar
190 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
191 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
192 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
193 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
194 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
195 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
196 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
197 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
198 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
199 een ansicht en herinneringen.
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201 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
202 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
203 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
204 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
205
2ee7da68 206=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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210To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
211of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
212masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
213of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
214seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
215joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
216to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
217high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
218approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
219ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
220myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
221to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
222discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
223canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
224armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
225rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
226handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
227stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
228occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
229and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
230which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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232=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
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234L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
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236 If they just went straight they might go far,
237 They are strong and brave and true;
238 But they're always tired of the things that are,
239 And they want the strange and new.
240 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
241 What a deep mark I would make!"
242 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
243 Is only a fresh mistake.
244
245=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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249 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
250 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
251 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
252 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
253 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
254 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
255 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
256 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
257 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
258 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
259 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
260 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
261 Aldrin: 120 feet.
262 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
263 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
264 Duke: 60 seconds.
265 Aldrin: Light's on.
266 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
267 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
268 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
269 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
270 down a half.
271 Duke: 30 seconds.
272 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
273 Aldrin: Contact Light.
274 Armstrong: Shutdown.
275 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
276 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
277 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
278 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
279 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
280 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
281 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
282 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
283 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
284 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
285 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
286 Aldrin: Thank you.
287
288=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
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292 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
293 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
294 We danced among the lightning bolts,
295 and tore the world asunder.
296
297 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
298 written near the end of the previous Age,
299 known by some as the Third Age.
300 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
301 Reborn.
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303=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
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307 Walled in fast within the earth
308 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
309 This must be the bell’s great birth!
310 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
311 Sweat must trickle now
312 From the burning brow,
313 Till the work its master honour.
314 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
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320 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
321 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
322 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
323 Where is the cow hidden right now?
324
325 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
326 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
327 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
328 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
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330 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
331 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
332 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
333 Yeah!
334
335 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
336 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
337 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
338 Yeah, yeah!
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342L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
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344 I've seen things,
345 I've seen them with my eyes;
346 I've seen things,
347 They're often in disguise.
348
349 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
350 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
351 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
352 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
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354 I've seen things,
355 I've seen them with my eyes;
356 I've seen things,
357 They're often in disguise.
358
359 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
360
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365 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
366 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
367 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
368
369 DON ALFONSO:
370 Take heart, my dearest children.
371 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
372
373 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
374 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
375
376 FIORDILIGI:
377 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
378 It is disappearing already!
379 It is no longer in sight!
380 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
381
382 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
383 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
384
385 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
386 May the wind be gentle,
387 may the sea be calm,
388 and may the elements
389 respond kindly
390 to our wishes.
391
2ee7da68 392=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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396 GUGLIELMO:
397 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
398 is reluctant to come before her.
399
400 FERRANDO:
401 My trembling lip
402 can utter no word.
403
404 DON ALFONSO:
405 The hero displays his manliness
406 in the most terrible moments.
407
408 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
409 Now that we have heard the news,
410 you have the lesser duty:
411 Take heart, and plunge your swords
412 into both our hearts.
413
414 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
415 My idol, blame fate
416 that I must abandon you.
417
418 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
419 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
420 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
421 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
422 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
423 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
424 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
425
426 ALL:
427 Thus destiny defrauds
428 the hopes of mortals.
429 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
430 who can ever love life?
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436 DON ALFONSO:
437 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
438 my lip stammers.
439 My voice cannot emerge,
440 but remains in my throat.
441 What will you do? What shall I do?
442 Oh what a great catastrophe!
443 There can be nothing worse.
444 I feel pity for you and for them.
445
446 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
447 die.
448 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
449 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
450 love dead, perhaps?
451 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
452 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
453 DORABELLA: Wounded?
454 DON ALFONSO: No.
455 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
456 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
457 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
458 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
459 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
460 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
461 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
462 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
463 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
464 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
465 you wish it, they are ready...
466 DORABELLA: Where are they?
467 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
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473 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
474 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
475 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
476 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
477 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
478 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
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480=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
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484 When times go bad
485 when times go rough
486 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
487 And let me do my stuff
488
2ee7da68 489=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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493O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
494sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
495Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
496than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
497temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
498mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
499your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
500draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
501implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
502rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
503bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
504Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
505is a fool!
506
2ee7da68 507=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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511The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
512the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
513withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
514consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
515tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
516detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
517by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
518
2ee7da68 519=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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523Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
524rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
525stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
526know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
527that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
528chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
529clouds thickened above them.
530
531"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
532you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
533body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
534closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
535hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
536he looked Long in the face.
537
538"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
539master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
540grew fierce.
541
542"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
543fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
544truth!"
545
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548L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
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550“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
551hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
552
553“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
554
555“Is there? What is the point?”
556
557“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
558
559“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
560
561“The trick is not to think about that.”
562
563“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
564
565Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
566
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567=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
568
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571And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
572down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
573the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
574were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
575they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
576Europe was over.
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578Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
579leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
580kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
581horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 582
e91f1fc1 583Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 584
e91f1fc1 585One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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587=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
588
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591 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
592
593 Mr. Bun: Morning.
594 Waitress: Morning.
595 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
596 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
597 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
598 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
599 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
600 egg on top and spam
601 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
602 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
603 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
604 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
605 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
606 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
607 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
608 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
609 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
610 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
611
612 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
613
614 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
615 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
616 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
617 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
5a3c3c58 618
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623 I
624
625 A cat is strolling through my mind
626 Acting as though he owned the place,
627 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
628 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
629
630 So tender and discreet his tone;
631 But whether he should growl or purr
632 His voice is always rich and deep.
633 That is the secret of his charm.
634
635 This purling voice that filters down
636 Into my darkest depths of soul
637 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
638 Delights me as a potion would.
639
640 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
641 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
642 Without the need for any words
643 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
644
645 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
646 Across my heart, fine instrument,
647 And makes to sing so royally
648 The strongest and the purest chord,
649
650 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
651 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
652 In whom all is, angelically,
653 As subtle as harmonious.
654
655 II
656
657 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
658 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
659 I might have been embalmed in it
660 By giving him one little pet.
661
662 He is my household's guardian soul;
663 He judges, he presides, inspires
664 All matters in hos royal realm;
665 Might he be fairy? or a god?
666
667 When my eyes, to this cat I love
668 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
669 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
670 And when I look within myself,
671
672 I notice with astonishment
673 The fire of his opal eyes,
674 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
675 Taking my measure, steadily.
676
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677=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
678
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681There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
682that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
683Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
684despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
685loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
686looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
687his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
688of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
689heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
690danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
691She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
692surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
693and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
694be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
695name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
696and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
697him.
698
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699=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
700
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703E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
704written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
705betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
706have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
707personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
708Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
709For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
710political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
711working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
712between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
713however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
714logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
715an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
716to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
717outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
718there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
719There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
720
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721=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
722
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725The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
726correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
727showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
728however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
729magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
730the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
731
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732=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
733
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735
736 Over hill, over dale,
737 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
738 Over park, over pale,
739 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
740 I do wander everywhere,
741 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
742 And I serve the fairy queen,
743 To dew her orbs upon the green.
744 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
745 In their gold coats, spots you see;
746 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
747 In their freckles live our savours.
748 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
749 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
750 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
751 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
752
5f42d1f2 753=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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756
757 From the beginning, I knew…
758 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
759 …that I can't fix…
760 …with my hands…
761
40e1c3e8 762=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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765
766 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
767 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
768 The shadows lengthen
769 In Carcosa.
770
771 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
772 And strange moons circle through the skies
773 But stranger still is
774 Lost Carcosa.
775
776 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
777 Where flap the tatters of the King,
778 Must die unheard in
779 Dim Carcosa.
780
781 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
782 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
783 Shall dry and die in
784 Lost Carcosa.
785
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787
788(no epigraph)
789
40e1c3e8 790=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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793
794"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
795empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
796Yellow!"
797
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801
802 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
803
804 STRANGER: Indeed?
805
806 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
807
808 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
809
810 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
811
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812=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
813
814L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
815
816One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
817only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
818that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
819about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
820places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
821Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
822mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
823every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
824
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825=head2 v5.18.1 - Chuck Moore
826
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828
829The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
830systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
831thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
832operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
833ever seen.
834
835An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
836something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
837kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
838anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
839disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
840gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
841that renders the operating system unnecessary.
842
843=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
844
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846
847Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
848someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
849again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
850and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
851language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
852
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853=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
854
855L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
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857It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
858who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
859walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
860and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
861search, in questions, in torment.
862
2ee7da68 863=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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866
867Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
868
869=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
870
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872
873 I'd love to go drowning
874 And to stay and to stay
875 But the ocean doesn't want me today
876 I'll go in up to here
877 It can't possibly hurt
878 All they will find is my beer
879 And my shirt
880
881=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
882
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884
885 And the great day of wrath has come
886 And here's mud in your big red eye
887 The poker's in the fire
888 And the locusts take the sky
889 And the earth died screaming
890 While I lay dreaming of you
891
892=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
893
894L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
895
896 What's he building in there?
897
898 We have a right to know…
899
2ee7da68 900=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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902L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
903
904It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
905eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
906
2ee7da68 907=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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910
911The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
912followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
913safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
914place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
915would be famous for this.
916
917Six months passed. A year.
918
72f869fd 919The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 920Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 921powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 922
2ee7da68 923=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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926
927Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
928The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
929recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
930his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
931Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
932of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
933Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
934of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
935'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
936embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
937'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
938in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
939leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
940
941The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
942Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
943in the destruction of the planet Earth.
944
2ee7da68 945=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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949I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
950the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
951dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
952between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
953improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
954fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
955I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
956them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
957do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 958from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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959in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
960perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
961himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
962a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
963the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
964world is richer for it.
965
2ee7da68 966=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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969
970No thought.
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971
972The boy extinguished. Only a place.
973
974This place.
975
976Motionless, 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.
977
978A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
979
980For 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.
981
982The 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 . . .
983
984And 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.
985
986The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
987
988I have been legion . . .
989
990In 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.
991
992Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 994=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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997
998Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
999of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
1000scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
1001glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
1002beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
1003much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
1004caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
1005vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
1006had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
1007
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1008=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
1009
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1011
1012Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
1013behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
1014recording everything.
1015
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1016=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
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1021 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1022 She aims it at the creature's head,
1023 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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1025 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1026 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1027 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1028 No silly hood upon her head.
1029 She said, "Hello, and do please note
1030 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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1032=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
1033
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1035
1036Preparation:
1037
1038Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
1039or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
1040Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
1041look golden brown.
1042Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
1043ready to create the soup.
1044
1045Ingredients:
1046
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1047 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
1048 3 tbsp butter
1049 1/4 cup olive oil
1050 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
1051 1 tsp salt
1052 1 tsp sugar
1053 black pepper to taste
1054 1 cup red wine
1055 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1056 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
1057 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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1059Method:
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1061 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
1062 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
1063 to half an hour.
1064 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
1065 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
1066 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
1067 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
1068 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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1070Enjoy.
1071
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1075
1076‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
1077
1078Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
1079their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
1080
1081The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
1082butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
1083and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
1084
1085Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
1086
1087‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
1088
1089‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
1090
1091‘What?’
1092
1093‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
1094
1095‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
1096his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
1097dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
1098quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
1099
1100‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
1101an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
1102
1103‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
1104
1105The iotum rose, spinning.
1106
1107‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
1108
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1113On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
1114taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
1115"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
1116and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
1117merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
1118subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
1119Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
1120it.
1121
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1125
1126`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
1127`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
1128hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
1129The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
1130been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
1131be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
1132to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
1133fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
1134
1135There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
1136climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
1137broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
1138implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
1139on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
1140Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
1141astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
1142for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
1143out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
1144the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
1145
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1147
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1149
1150 A victim of collision on the open sea
1151 Nobody ever said that life was free
1152 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
1153 But use your freedom of choice
1154
1155=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
1156
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1158
1159Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
1160machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
1161trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
1162little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
1163to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
1164he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
1165the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
1166
1167The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
1168current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
1169transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
1170chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
1171adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
1172as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
1173solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
1174valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
1175the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
1176machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
1177
2ee7da68 1178=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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1182 Don't you know? You never split the party
1183 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
1184 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
1185 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
1186
c33412d7 1187=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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1190
1191I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
1192Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
1193Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
1194The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
1195
1196
1197
1198I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
1199sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
1200collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
1201
1202My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
1203inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
1204swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
1205side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
1206The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
1207dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
1208
2ee7da68 1209=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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1213 All I have is a voice
1214 To undo the folded lie,
1215 The romantic lie in the brain
1216 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
1217 And the lie of Authority
1218 Whose buildings grope the sky:
1219 There is no such thing as the State
1220 And no one exists alone;
1221 Hunger allows no choice
1222 To the citizen or the police;
1223 We must love one another or die.
1224
2ee7da68 1225=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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1229 How many roads must a man walk down
1230 Before you call him a man?
1231 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
1232 Before she sleeps in the sand?
1233 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
1234 Before they're forever banned?
1235 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1236 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1237
1238 How many years can a mountain exist
1239 Before it's washed to the sea?
1240 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
1241 Before they're allowed to be free?
1242 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
1243 Pretending he just doesn't see?
1244 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1245 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1246
1247 How many times must a man look up
1248 Before he can see the sky?
1249 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
1250 Before he can hear people cry?
1251 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
1252 That too many people have died?
1253 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1254 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 1256=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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1259
1260 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1261 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
1262 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1263 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
1264 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
1265
1266Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
1267age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
1268older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
1269debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
1270girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
1271A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
1272Top for more than one week.
1273
1274Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
1275lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
1276buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
1277into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
1278meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
1279soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
1280single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
1281
1282 "I'm never going to give you up"
1283
2ee7da68 1284=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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1287
1288"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
1289
1290He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
1291notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
1292which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
1293OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
1294ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
1295
1296There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
1297busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
1298out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
1299mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
1300and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
1301with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
1302bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
1303chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
1304excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
1305down cheering and applauding.
1306
1307"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
1308
2ee7da68 1309=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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1313Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
1314into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
1315beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
1316winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
1317wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
1318over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
1319
1320But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
1321gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
1322villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
1323journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
1324domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
1325with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
1326by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
1327Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
1328
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1332
1333This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
1334been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
1335confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
1336how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
1337could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
1338putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
1339I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
1340before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
1341think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
1342all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
1343off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
1344was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
1345The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
1346endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
1347benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
1348boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
1349lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
1350Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
1351resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
1352Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
1353you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
1354
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1356
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1358
1359A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
1360don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
1361without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
1362the human experience, the better design we will have.
1363
2ee7da68 1364=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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1368All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
1369the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
1370do so at their peril.
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1372It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
1373Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
1374work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
1375artist is in accord with himself.
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1377We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
1378he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
1379thing is that one admires it intensely.
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4ed12d4a 1381All art is quite useless.
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2ee7da68 1383=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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1387 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
1388 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
1389 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
1390 things the significance of a human future;
1391 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
1392 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
1393 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
1394 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
1395 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
1396 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
1397 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
1398 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
1399 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
1400 hurtles all ages along with it forever
1401 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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1404
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1406
1407Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
1408fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
1409winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
1410down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
1411being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
1412extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
1413but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
1414
1415Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
1416that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
1417around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
1418fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
1419the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
1420closed system.
1421
1422Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
1423the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
1424/be/ them.'
1425
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1429
4ed12d4a 1430If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
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c682aa67 1432=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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1436He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
1437mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
1438encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
1439
1440'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
1441Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
1442finished its run. It was due about now.'
1443
1444Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
1445see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
1446
1447'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
1448is always a last time for everything.)
1449
1450Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
1451
1452=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
1453
1454L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
1455
1456 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
1457 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
1458 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
1459 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
1460 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
1461 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
1462 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
1463 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
1464 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
1465 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
1466 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
1467 eaten them, but not for love.
1468
1469=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 >>
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1472
1473It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
1474do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
1475they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
1476catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
1477awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
1478inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
1479
1480So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
1481mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
1482the heart of the programmer.
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1487
1488At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
1489my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
1490the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
1491since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
1492already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
1493to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
1494the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
1495can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
1496unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
1497
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1501
1502At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
1503myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
1504impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
1505"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
1506gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
1507or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
1508
1509I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
1510computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
1511ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
1512would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
1513my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
1514away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
1515won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
1516
1517So a freely distributable program is born.
1518
1519=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
1520
1521L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
1522
1523This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
1524continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
1525aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
1526and your bags will be offloaded.
1527
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1531
1532Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
1533of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
1534by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
1535sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
1536swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
1537down their paved streets.
1538
1539Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
1540obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
1541company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
1542the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
1543govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
1544the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
1545
1546=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
1547
1548L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
1549
1550But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
1551my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
1552reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
1553wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
1554Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
1555the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
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1558this had never reached me.
1559
2ee7da68 1560=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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1564 When the full-grown poet came,
1565 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
1566 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
1567 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
1568 Nay he is mine alone;
1569 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
1570 by the hand;
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1572 holding hands,
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1573 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
1574 And wholly and joyously blends them.
1575
2ee7da68 1576=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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1580 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
1581 nema ráða vel kunni.
1582 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
1583 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
1584 Sák á telgðu talkni
1585 tíu launstafi ristna.
1586 Þat hefr lauka lindi
1587 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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1590
1591L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
1592
1593In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
1594granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
1595do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
1596that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
1597generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
1598endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
1599that fire can truly light the world.
1600
1601And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
1602ask what you can do for your country.
1603
1604My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
1605but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
1606
1607Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
1608ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
1609we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
1610the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
1611asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
1612work must truly be our own.
1613
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1615
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1618The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
1619to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
1620between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
1621cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
1622areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
1623be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
1624As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
1625the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
1626instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
1627interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
1628also be automated.
1629
1630Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
1631if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
1632were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
1633and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
1634indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
1635techniques like X-ray crystallography.
1636
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1640
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1641[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
1642
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1644
1645[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
1646
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1647 Trinity: What did you just say?
1648 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
1649 Trinity: What did you see?
1650 Cypher: What happened?
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1651 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
1652 like it.
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1653 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
1654 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
1655 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
1656 Neo: What is it?
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1657 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
1658 they change something.
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1660=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
1661
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1664The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
1665he storm vanishes.
1666
1667"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
1668fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
1669to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
1670me?"
1671
1672I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
1673like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
1674
1675"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
1676as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
1677on my heart.
1678
1679(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
1680
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1682
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1685Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
1686air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
1687the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
1688faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
1689of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
1690the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
1691deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
1692fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
1693stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
1694revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
1695
1696For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
1697courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
1698the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
1699jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
1700were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
1701there, a glimmer of moonshine.
1702
1703Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
1704rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
1705grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
1706park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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1710
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1713`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
1714`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
1715it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
1716she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
1717
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1718 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
1719 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
1720 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
1721 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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1723
1724`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
1725
1726`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
1727nonsense.'
1728
1729Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
1730anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
1731
1732`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
1733
1734`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
1735
1736`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
1737with his nose, you know?'
1738
1739`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
1740the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
1741
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1742=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
1743
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1746Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
1747Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
1748notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
1749for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
1750sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
1751
1752Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
1753dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
1754Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
1755motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
1756Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
1757that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
1758had ever even been a car.
1759
1760There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
1761been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
1762this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
1763flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
1764re-entry.
1765
1766There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
1767metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
1768somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
1769make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
1770
1771It should have fallen apart miles back.
1772
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1774
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1777We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
1778the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
1779in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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1780there exist ... special circumstances.
1781
1782=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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1786And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
1787bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
1788yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
1789with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
1790if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
1791bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
1792quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
1793
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1795
1796L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
1797
1798The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
1799involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
1800when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
1801streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
1802road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
1803seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
1804smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
1805
1806"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
1807volcano were once more to set to work."
1808
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1810
1811L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
1812
1813 Music oft hath such a charm
1814 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
1815
1816=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
1817
1818L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
1819
1820 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
1821 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
1822 When breakfast is taken away,
1823 To turn his attention to dinner;
1824 And it's not in the range of belief,
1825 To look upon him as a glutton,
1826 Who, when he is tired of beef,
1827 Determines to tackle the mutton.
1828 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
1829 If it will appease her sorrow,
1830 I'll marry this lady today,
1831 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
1832
1833=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
1834
1835L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
1836
1837 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
1838 Tolerates no work of man.
1839 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
1840 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
1841 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
1842 While the last larks sing and soar,
1843 From the heather-blossoms sweet
1844 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
1845 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
1846 Eleanor makes macaroons!
1847
1848=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
1849
1850L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
1851
1852 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
1853 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
1854 Lobster I freely endorse,
1855 In pate or patty or pasty.
1856 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
1857 And nothing the matter with jam,
1858 And the warmest greetings I utter
1859 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
1860 For they're food,
1861 All food,
1862 And I think very fondly of food.
1863 Through I'm broody at times
1864 When bothered by rhymes,
1865 I brood
1866 On food.
1867
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1869
1870L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
1871
1872 I saw a huge steam roller,
1873 It blotted out the sun.
1874 The people all lay down, lay down;
1875 They did not try to run.
1876 My love and I, we looked amazed
1877 Upon the gory mystery.
1878 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
1879 'The great machine is history!'
1880 My love and I, we ran away,
1881 The engine did not find us.
1882 We ran up to a mountain top,
1883 Left history far behind us.
1884 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
1885 But somehow we don't think so.
1886 We went to see where history'd been,
1887 And my, the dead did stink so.
1888
1889=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1890
1891L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
1892
1893CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
1894she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
1895seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
1896
1897What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
1898of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
1899has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
1900will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
1901only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
1902lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
1903design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
1904periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
1905
1906=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1907
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1909
1910The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
1911from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
1912view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
1913Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
1914once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
1915endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
1916a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
1917will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
1918of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
1919Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
1920still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
1921
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1923
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1926"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
1927many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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1929what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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1930Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
1931had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
1932...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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1934hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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1935degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
1936and-thirty degrees."
1937
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1939
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1942San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
1943the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
1944hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
1945of the Free World."
1946
1947Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
1948level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
1949harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
1950exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
1951
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1952=head2 v5.12.1-RC1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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1956Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
1957the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
1958just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
1959a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
1960it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
1961of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
1962common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
1963bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
1964
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1966 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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1969
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1972'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
1973not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
1974your cat grins like that?'
1975
1976'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
1977
1978She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
1979jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
1980and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
1981
1982'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
1983that cats COULD grin.'
1984
1985'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
1986
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1988
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1991'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
1992have got altered.'
1993
1994'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
1995there was silence for some minutes.
1996
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1998
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2001'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
2002always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
2003rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
2004yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
2005can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
2006kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
2007
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2012At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
2013called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
2014dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
2015in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
2016sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
2017
2018'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
2019is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
2020the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
2021to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
2022accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 2023Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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2033So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
2034hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
2035making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
2036picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
2037close by her.
2038
2039There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
2040VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
2041dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
2042occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
2043it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
2044OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
2045Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
2046never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
2047take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
2048after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
2049rabbit-hole under the hedge.
2050
2051In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
2052in the world she was to get out again.
2053
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2062 A little child, a limber elf,
2063 Singing, dancing to itself,
2064 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
2065 That always finds, and never seeks,
2066 Makes such a vision to the sight
2067 As fills a father's eyes with light;
2068 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
2069 Upon his heart, that he at last
2070 Must needs express his love's excess
2071 With words of unmeant bitterness.
2072 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
2073 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
2074 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
2075 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
2076 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
2077 At each wild word to feel within
2078 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
2079 And what, if in a world of sin
2080 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
2081 Such giddiness of heart and brain
2082 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
2083 So talks as it's most used to do.
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2086
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2089And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
2090into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
2091mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
2092question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
2093hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
2094louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
2095who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
2096worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
2097done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
2098
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2106Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
2107
2108"Why ain't that work?"
2109
2110Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
2111is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
2112
2113"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
2114
2115The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
2116to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
2117
2118That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
2119swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
2120-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
2121watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
2122absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
2123
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2125
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2128The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
2129at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
2130streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
2131the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
2132live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
2133colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
2134as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
2135wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
2136prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
2137however much they're into colour.
2138
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2139=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
2140
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2143Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
2144and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
2145word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
2146disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
2147everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
2148on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
2149that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
2150glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 2151war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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2152presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
2153for more hazardous assignment.
2154
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2155=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
2156
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2159Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
2160streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
2161trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
2162to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
2163about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
2164of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
2165facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
2166explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
2167Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
2168people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
2169work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
2170their art.
2171
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2173
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2176'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
2177the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
2178Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
2179Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
2180responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
2181Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
2182Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
2183Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
2184Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
2185Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
2186
2187'Can they all type?' I joked.
2188
2189'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
2190McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
2191
2192I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
2193'We could have opened an agency.'
2194
2195Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
2196Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
2197amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
2198all say that, do they?' I ventured.
2199
2200Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
2201replied. 'Not quite all.'
2202
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2215He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
2216he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
2217out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
2218noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
2219must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
2220number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
2221did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
2222
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2231=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
2232
2233L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
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2235
2236=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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2244=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
2245
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2248This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
2249gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
2250technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
2251about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
2252bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
2253paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
2254in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
2255electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
2256picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
2257to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
2258technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
2259getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
2260sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
2261it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
2262conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
2263
2264"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
2265that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
2266`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
2267
2268"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
2269one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
2270flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
2271everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
2272make you flip?
2273
2274=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
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2278Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
2279
2280=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
2281
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2284What of October, that ambiguous month
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2287
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2290Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
2291proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
2292the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
2293anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
2294how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
2295
2296'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
2297
2298This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
2299that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
2300
2301'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
2302expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
2303anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
2304sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
2305
2306This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
2307basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
2308policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
2309disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
2310the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
2311Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
2312and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
2313Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
2314
2315In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
2316reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
2317
2318I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
2319Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
2320for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
2321had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
2322work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
2323the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
2324left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
2325pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
2326the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
2327the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
2328
2329I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
2330publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
2331Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
2332
2333So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
2334pushing to increase the membership?
2335
2336'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
2337more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
2338futile and impotent it becomes.'
2339
2340This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
2341
2342Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
2343diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
2344
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2349There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
2350about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
2351four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
2352anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
2353thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
2354
2355Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
2356and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
2357press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
2358obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
2359produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
2360this draft...'
2361
2362I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
2363hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
2364incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
2365
2366'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
2367redundancy payments as well.'
2368
2369'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
2370it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
2371
2372'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
2373
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2378A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
2379was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
2380and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
2381jets and all.
2382
2383I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
2384
2385I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
2386Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
2387specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
2388the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
2389jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
2390grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
2391in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
2392
2393While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
2394taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
2395me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
2396sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
2397three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
2398plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
2399occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
2400were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
2401
2402And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
2403were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
2404
2405Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
2406name like Charlie Umtali?
2407
2408I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
2409know something about our official visitor.
2410
2411Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
2412has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
2413car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
2414to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
2415knew little of his background.
2416
2417I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
2418Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
2419first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
2420
2421Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
2422
2423'Why?' I enquired.
2424
2425'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
2426to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
2427never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
2428
2429Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
2430that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
2431
2432In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
2433where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
2434revolving door and comes out in front.'
2435
2436'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
2437
2438'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
2439
2440'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
2441
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2442=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
2443
f3d08688 2444L<Announced on 2006-01-31 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/01/msg109190.html>
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2446 It's not that easy bein' green
2447 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
2448 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
2449 Or something much more colorful like that
51caa79e 2450
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2451 It's not easy bein' green
2452 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
2453 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
2454 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
2455 Or stars in the sky
51caa79e 2456
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2457 But green's the color of Spring
2458 And green can be cool and friendly-like
2459 And green can be big like an ocean
2460 Or important like a mountain
2461 Or tall like a tree
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2463 When green is all there is to be
2464 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
2465 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
2466 And I think it's what I want to be
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2468=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
2469
f3d08688 2470L<Announced on 2006-01-20 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/01/msg108833.html>
2831a86c 2471
4ed12d4a 2472 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 2473
4ed12d4a 2474 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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2476=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2477
f3d08688 2478L<Announced on 2005-05-31 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2005/05/msg101088.html>
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2480And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
2481hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
2482cat.
2483
2484Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 2485the wolf? What then?"
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2487=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2488
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2489L<Announced on 2005-05-20 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2005/05/msg100711.html>
2490
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2491And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
2492bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
2493round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
2494
2495In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
2496gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
2497climbed up the high stone wall.
2498
2499One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
2500stretched out over the wall.
2501
2502Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
2503Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
2504take care that he doesn't catch you!".
2505
2506The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
2507snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
2508
2509How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 2510the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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2512=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
2513
f3d08688 2514L<Announced on 2004-11-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/11/msg96304.html>
2831a86c 2515
4363636d 2516"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 2517you."
4363636d 2518
51caa79e 2519"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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2520
2521"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
2522and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 2523to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 2524
51caa79e 2525"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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2526
2527"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
2528planting it."
2529
2530"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 2531grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 2532
51caa79e 2533Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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2534
2535"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
2536Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 2537wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 2538
51caa79e 2539Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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2540
2541"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
2542how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 2543and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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2545=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
2546
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2547L<Announced on 2004-11-11 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/11/msg95786.html>
2548
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2549"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
2550
2551"Hunting," said Pooh.
2552
2553"Hunting what?"
2554
2555"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
2556
2557"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
2558
2559"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
2560
2561"What do you think you'll answer?"
2562
2563"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
2564"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
2565you see there?"
2566
2567"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
2568excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
2569
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2570=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
2571
f3d08688 2572L<Announced on 2004-07-19 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg93189.html>
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2574Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
2575ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
2576bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
2577waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
2578droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
2579hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
2580longbow.
2581
2582In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
2583often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
2584placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
2585likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
2586may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
2587Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
2588Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
2589farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
2590grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 2591T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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2593=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
2594
f3d08688 2595L<Announced on 2004-07-09 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92934.html>
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2597Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
2598ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
2599sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
2600pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
2601shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
2602
2603The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
2604Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 2605Caledonia and South America.
4363636d 2606
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2607=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
2608
f3d08688 2609L<Announced on 2004-07-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92840.html>
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2611The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
2612often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
2613large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
2614and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
2615spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
2616year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
2617may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
2618
2619It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
2620branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
2621of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
2622that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
2623
2624Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
2625other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
2626acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
2627mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
2628
2629It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 2630heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
4363636d 2631
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2632=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
2633
f3d08688 2634L<Announced on 2004-04-22 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90984.html>
2831a86c 2635
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2636 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
2637 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
2638 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
2639 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
2640
2641 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
2642 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
2643 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
2644 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
2645 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
2646 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
2647 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
2648 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
2649
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2650 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
2651 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
2652
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2653
2654=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
2655
f3d08688 2656L<Announced on 2004-04-16 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90796.html>
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2658 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
2659 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
2660 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
2661 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2662
2663 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
2664 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
2665 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
2666 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2667 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
2668 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
2669
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2670=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
2671
f3d08688 2672L<Announced on 2004-04-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90422.html>
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2674 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
2675 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
2676 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
2677 We must find him of the train can't start.'
2678 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
2679 They are searching high and low,
2680 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
2681 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
2682 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
2683 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
2684 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
2685 He's been busy in the luggage van!
2686 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 2687 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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2688 And we're off at last of the northern part
2689 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
2690
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2691=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
2692
f3d08688 2693L<Announced on 2004-01-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg87317.html>
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2695 We are the music makers,
2696 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
2697 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
2698 And sitting by desolate streams; --
2699 World-losers and world-forsakers,
2700 On whom the pale moon gleams:
2701 Yet we are the movers and shakers
2702 Of the world for ever, it seems.
4363636d 2703
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2704=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
2705
f3d08688 2706L<Announced on 2004-01-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg86969.html>
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2708 There may be trouble ahead,
2709 But while there's music and moonlight,
2710 And love and romance,
2711 Let's face the music and dance.
2712
2713 Before the fiddlers have fled,
2714 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
2715 And while we still have that chance,
2716 Let's face the music and dance.
2717
2718 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
2719 Humming a different tune, and then,
2720
2721 There may be teardrops to shed,
2722 So while there's music and moonlight,
2723 And love and romance,
2724 Let's face the music and dance.
2725
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2726=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
2727
f3d08688 2728L<Announced on 2003-11-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84822.html>
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2730 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
2731 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
2732 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
2733 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
2734 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
2735 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
2736
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2737 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
2738 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
2739 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
2740 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
2741
2742 O my brave soul!
2743 O farther farther sail!
2744 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
2745 O farther, farther, farther sail!
2746
2ee7da68 2747=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
4363636d 2748
f3d08688 2749L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84645.html>
2831a86c 2750
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2751 It's fun to charter an accountant
2752 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
2753 To find, explore the funds offshore
2754 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
2755
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2756=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
2757
f3d08688 2758L<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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2760 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
2761 In a Sieve they went to sea:
2762 In spite of all their friends could say,
2763 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
2764 In a Sieve they went to sea!
2765 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
2766 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
2767 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
2768 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
2769 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
2770
2771 Far and few, far and few,
2772 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
2773 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
2774 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
2775
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2776=head2 v5.8.1 - epigraph same as v5.7.1
2777
2778L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
2779
2780=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
2781
2782L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
2783
2784No matter what she did with her hair it took about
2785three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
2786like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
2787no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
2788overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
2789
2790=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2791
2792L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
2793
2794Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
2795It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
2796devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
2797then you can be my most trusted minister."
2798
2799=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2800
2801L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
2802
2803Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
2804a knife with a curved blade.
2805
2806=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2807
2808L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
2809
2810Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
2811me because I've got magic aaargh."
2812
2813=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2814
2815L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
2816
2817Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
2818in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
2819with his head.
2820
2821But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
2822weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
2823open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
2824defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
2825Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
2826was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
2827
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2828=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2829
2830L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
2831
2832There was the faint sound of footsteps.
2833"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
2834said the low priest.
2835There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
2836The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
2837"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
2838The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
2839The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
2840The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
2841thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
2842There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
2843"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
2844said the High Priest.
2845"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
2846There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
2847"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
2848There were footsteps again.
2849
2850=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
2851
2852L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
2853
2854=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
2855
2856L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
2857
2858=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
2859
2860L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
2861
2862=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2863
2864L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
2865
2866Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
2867No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
2868got there first, and is waiting for it.
2869
2870=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
2871
2872L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
2873
2874His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
2875the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
2876all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
2877bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
2878you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
2879
2880=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
2881
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2884"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
2885
2886Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
2887
2888"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
2889flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
2890arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
2891and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
2892I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
2893I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
2894will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
2895liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
2896Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
2897ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
2898
2899"All that?" said Twoflower.
2900
2901"Usually."
2902
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2904
2905L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
2906
2907The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
2908but that had to be the 57th strangest.
2909[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
2910
2ee7da68 2911=head2 v5.6.2 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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2914
2915When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
2916sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
2917a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
2918what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
2919long in this instance.
2920
2ee7da68 2921=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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2924
2925"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
2926
2831a86c 2927=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
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2831a86c 2929L<Announced on 2001-04-08 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33823.html>
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2931`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
2932himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
2933upset.
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2935`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
2936to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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2938Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
2939stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
2940louder.
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2942`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
2943my precious, three guesseses.'
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2951No announcement available.
2952
2831a86c 2953=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 2957=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 2961=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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2963L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
2964
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2965 The dragon is withered,
2966 His bones are now crumbled;
2967 His armour is shivered,
2968 His splendour is humbled!
2969 Though sword shall be rusted,
2970 And throne and crown perish
2971 With strength that men trusted
2972 And wealth that they cherish,
2973 Here grass is still growing,
2974 And leaves are a yet swinging,
2975 The white water flowing,
2976 And elves are yet singing
2977 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
2978 Come back to the valley.
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2981
2982L<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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2985
2986L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
2987
2988=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
2989
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2992=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
2993
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2995
2996The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
2997the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
2998never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
2999them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
3000chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
3001run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
3002and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
3003and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
3004and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
3005the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
3006fall.
3007
3008=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3009
f3d08688 3010L<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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3011
3012Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
3013plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
3014going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
3015she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
3016at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
3017cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
3018hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
3019passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
3020disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
3021of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
3022she fell past it.
3023
3024=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
3025
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3026L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/12/msg86423.html>
3027
3028 't was 16 years ago today
3029 Larry taught us a new game
3030 of lazyness, impatience, and hubris
3031 Happy birthday, Perl!
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3033=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
3034
0e6b8110 3035This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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3036on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
3037L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
3038by ysth.
3039
3040=cut
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